Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, lecturing across the country and internationally on Peace Leadership and Peace Literacy. He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope.
Paul Chappell’s website is peacefulrevolution.com.
Katherine R. Rowell, Ph.D. earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and has taught sociology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio since 1996. She served as the Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Sinclair Community College from 2008 to 2015. For the past eight years, she has taught advanced sociology courses in racism and poverty at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Kathy has won numerous awards for teaching excellence: American Sociological Association Teaching Excellence Award (2012), Outstanding Community College Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement of Scholarship and Education and the Carnegie Foundation in 2005, the 2005 North Central Sociological Professor of the Year and the 2012 American Sociological Association Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a board member of the Dayton International Peace Museum and strives to infuse peace literacy in all of her work. She has traveled with students for over ten years to the U.S. Mexican Border to learn about border issues and has co-organized four trips for students to Guatemala. She has also traveled to over 30 countries including Costa Rica where she participated in a faculty development project learning about peace and recently to Mongolia, where she participated in the North Asian Regional Peace Institute.
Dr. Derek Petrey (BA, Wright SU, MA & PhD, Ohio SU) started at Sinclair Community College in Fall 2003. He has taught courses in Spanish and Portuguese language, literature, and cultures, and has developed courses in Spanish for Social Work, Spanish for Health Care, and Spanish for Law Enforcement. He has also worked as a free-lance translator and interpreter since 1995, with particular expertise in legal identification documents, university transcripts, scholarly articles and conservation biology. He served as Honors Program Director for the College from 2009-2015 and was recently named director of the Sinclair’s Center for Teaching and Learning. He is a recipient of the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development award for excellence in teaching. He also has ten years of experience designing courses for adults outside of the academic community.
Dr. Linda Marie Richards researches nuclear history and teaches history of science and history at Oregon State University. Her work on human rights and nuclear history is available at atomiclinda.com.
Ann Mbacke‘s core belief is that we are all connected and therefore need one another. Recognizing that Peace Advocacy and Literacy are necessary ways of living and service, Ann began her journey of peace advocacy on a spiritual path as a student of various faith traditions and life paths including service as a Director of Religious Growth and Learning at a Unitarian Universalist church. Ann began her career in the environmental permitting field with governmental agencies and then began teaching middle school and high school which led to social work including mental health services and vocational/career development work with several non-profits. Ann has lived in several parts of the US; she is currently working to network and train young peace ambassadors as a community consultant living in Oxnard, CA.
Christopher Mahon is a high school English teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He also received an M.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University and his teaching credential from California State University, Northridge. In addition to teaching English courses at all high school grade levels, he has taught English as a Second Language to numerous students from around the world and has coached his high school’s Speech and Debate team. He has published articles on social and cultural issues in The San Jose Mercury News, the San Mateo County Times, the (San Diego) North County Times, and Education News. A graduate of the Summer 2012 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Peace Leadership Workshop, he is interested in bringing peace to the educational process.
Professor Emerita Abbie Jenks, MSW, M.Ed., created the Peace, Justice and Environmental Studies Liberal Arts option at Greenfield Community College in 2006, and was a member of the GCC Green Campus Committee. She was active in the national Peace and Justice Studies Association and served as the co-chair of the New England Peace Studies Association. Additionally, she was a Board Member of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Greenfield, MA for many years and a participant/initiating group member in the Transition Town movement in Pelham, MA where she lives. Ms. Jenks worked with other United States community colleges in the development of peace and conflict studies in community colleges and is a contributor to an online manual sponsored by the Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Peace, Conflict and Security in Community Colleges (PCSCC). She has several syllabi published in the latest edition of Peace, Justice and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide. (Garber, Julie, B. Welling Hall, Joseph Leichty, Timothy McElwee, eds. Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Reinner Publishers). Additionally, she presented at the national PJSA conferences in 2007-10 on building peace studies in community colleges. Her earlier background is in social work that laid the foundation for her work in peace education with a goal of reducing violence and its harmful effects. She remains a mother, and a peace, environmental and human rights activist.
Trish Beckett is a retired special education teacher who received bachelor degrees from The Ohio State University and Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Her teaching background working with adolescents with emotional and learning disabilities helped her develop an awareness of the importance of Peace Literacy in the public school setting. She attended the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Peace Leadership Summer Workshop in 2013. When Trish isn’t working on developing Peace Literacy curriculum, she delights in time with her granddaughters, creates quilts, and has walked 300 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago.
Susan Radford is a middle school Science and AVID Elective teacher in the Everett School District in Washington State. She has been sharing her love of science with students, including English Language Learners (ELL) and Extended Resource Room (ERR) students, since 1991. In 2009, Susan had the privilege of becoming an AVID Elective teacher. She feels it is pure joy to listen to 12 and 13 year old students have deep, meaningful dialogues on topics as simple as a tweet on kindness to something as complex as The Allegory of Plato’s Cave. She is the mother of three children, including one child with autism. As a teacher, a mother, and a human being, Susan tries to model empathy, compassion, kindness, gratitude, happiness, and failure with as much grace as possible.
NUCLEAR AGE PEACE FOUNDATION
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation was founded in 1982. Its mission is to educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons and to empower peace leaders. The Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with consultative status to the United Nations and is comprised of over 75,000 individuals and groups worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. For more information about the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, visit wagingpeace.org.
David Krieger, J.D., Ph.D., is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and has served as its President since 1982. For more than three decades, he has been a leader in the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons and build a more peaceful world. Dr. Krieger has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law and the abolition of nuclear weapons. He has written or edited two dozen books on peace, nuclear disarmament and peace poetry. Click here for a full bio.
Rick Wayman is Director of Programs & Operations at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF). He is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Political Advocacy from the School for International Training. Rick began working full-time on nuclear weapons issues with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK before moving to California in 2007 to join NAPF. He is a leading figure in the global civil society effort to support the Republic of the Marshall Islands in their Nuclear Zero Lawsuits against the world’s nine nuclear-armed nations.