Over 40 years’ track record in social service, Peace & Justice, and Interfaith environments with extensive experience in facilitating fulfillment of human potential, linking individual & social transformation. A creative, resourceful and persuasive communicator with a commitment to personal excellence, interpersonal healing and human dignity.
Associate Regional Director/U.S./West Region for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker based international peace and justice organization; Collaborated with Regional Director to shape program plans, policy and budget; as well as supervised and trained 5 remote offices to develop and manage multi-million dollar grants; raised profile of program within AFSC departments; supported program directors and their team to troubleshoot issues and served as liaison between the field and the central office
Founder and Director, Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence – Designed and facilitated nonviolence training and education and training for schools, community organizations and individuals; Co-wrote: 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence Curriculum and Resource Guide
Youth church volunteer, facilitator and program design for faith-based youth camps
National Conference of Community & Justice (NCCJ), Los Angeles, CA.
Consultant & Volunteer: Facilitated community building, diversity and leadership training for youth and adults, Brotherhood/Sisterhood Camp, Youth Leadership Training, Human Relations Training and Community Arts Camp. Facilitate Dialogue Training, Core Skills Training
- California Community Foundation – Independent Living Skill instructor and contractor working on original plans for emancipation housing in California.
- California Foster Youth Connection, original board member.
- National Family Life and Education Center – Program Director, OASIS program – Designed program and curriculum, facilitated intervention and trained and supported staff to motivate and facilitate failing youth in their completion of high school requirements.
Transformational Counselor – Private practice – Counseling for individuals and facilitation for groups; healing emotional wounds and limiting beliefs, developing understanding, knowledge and self-mastery skills to live life with greater peace, freedom and effectiveness
Including: How To Communicate When your Buttons are Pushed, Emotional Clarity I and II, Soulforce for Peacemakers;
Community Healing Forum – Creator and facilitator – a process to alleviate trauma following a community tragedy; an urban Council that taps into collective intelligence of the affected community to calm and stabilize, re-connect with self and others; activate hope
Master Practitioner (Pastoral counseling) – Agape International Spiritual Center;
Lead Instructor, Practitioner Training/Year 2 (30 weeks) – prayer, self-awareness and self-counseling skills, working with clients, leadership
Staff Development Trainer – small group facilitation, communication, oral and written feedback skills
Co-Founder, CommonUnity, the community outreach ministries at the Agape International Spiritual Center
INDUSTRY BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
University of Santa Monica, M.A. in Applied Psychology w/ emphasis in spiritual psychology
University of Maryland, College Park, B.A in Sociology
California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ)
Racial Justice Facilitator Training certification
- Spearheaded the first Los Angeles Season for Nonviolence educational campaign in 1998, encompassing125 volunteers; participation of 167 community organizations and groups, 184 events and media coverage, leading to the creation of the Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence.
- Courageous Peacemaker Award, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, 2013