Our Team

 
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
— Mahatma Gandhi
 
  Ryan Hall   Executive Director   A former member of the  Las Vegas Catholic Worker  community, Hall has a BA in Sociology and two Masters degrees, including in Theology and Ministry for a Multicultural Church. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his spouse Dr. Erandhi Hall and their cat Pace.

Ryan Hall
Executive Director

A former member of the Las Vegas Catholic Worker community, Hall has a BA in Sociology and two Masters degrees, including in Theology and Ministry for a Multicultural Church. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his spouse Dr. Erandhi Hall and their cat Pace.

  Veronica Pelicaric   International Training Coordinator   The co-author of  Engaging Nonviolence,  Pelicaric has led Pace e Bene workshops in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Haiti, Australia, Britain, and Trinidad and Tobago. A Zen Buddhist. she is conversant in six languages. Originally from Argentina, she now lives in Montreal, Canada.

Veronica Pelicaric
International Training Coordinator

The co-author of Engaging Nonviolence, Pelicaric has led Pace e Bene workshops in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Haiti, Australia, Britain, and Trinidad and Tobago. A Zen Buddhist. she is conversant in six languages. Originally from Argentina, she now lives in Montreal, Canada.


  John Dear   Outreach Coordinator   An internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence, Rev. Dear is a peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader who has published 37 books. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dear is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California.

John Dear
Outreach Coordinator

An internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence, Rev. Dear is a peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader who has published 37 books. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dear is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California.

  Kit Evans-Ford   Action Outreach Organizer   Evans-Ford has led many Pace e Bene workshops and directed the outreach for Campaign Nonviolence Action Week since 2014. She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree and has served in the Peace Corp and Teach for America. A founder of Testimonies of Hope, she lives in Davenport, Iowa with her family.

Kit Evans-Ford
Action Outreach Organizer

Evans-Ford has led many Pace e Bene workshops and directed the outreach for Campaign Nonviolence Action Week since 2014. She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree and has served in the Peace Corp and Teach for America. A founder of Testimonies of Hope, she lives in Davenport, Iowa with her family.

  Louie Vitale   Action Advocate   A Franciscan who served as the provincial of the California Franciscan Friars, Vitale co-founded Pace e Bene and the  Nevada Desert Experience . He has engaged extensively in nonviolent action, netting him many honorable stints in jail. He is now retired in Oakland, California.

Louie Vitale
Action Advocate

A Franciscan who served as the provincial of the California Franciscan Friars, Vitale co-founded Pace e Bene and the Nevada Desert Experience. He has engaged extensively in nonviolent action, netting him many honorable stints in jail. He is now retired in Oakland, California.


  Ken Butigan   Strategist   A long-time advocate for nonviolent change who has worked in  numerous social movements , Butigan teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago and has published a series of books on nonviolence.

Ken Butigan
Strategist

A long-time advocate for nonviolent change who has worked in numerous social movements, Butigan teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago and has published a series of books on nonviolence.


Our Board

 
  Mariano Jauco   Board chairperson, Jauco has provided consulting and coaching services for many organizations and businesses to build their capacity. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters degree in Ministry in a Multi-Cultural Church. He lives in Sacramento, California

Mariano Jauco

Board chairperson, Jauco has provided consulting and coaching services for many organizations and businesses to build their capacity. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters degree in Ministry in a Multi-Cultural Church. He lives in Sacramento, California

  Rev. Cynthia Stateman   A member of the board since 2003, Rev. Cynthia Stateman is the pastor of Quincy United Methodist Church in California. In the 1990s she did her field education with Pace e Bene, and has been leading From Violence to Wholeness trainings since then.

Rev. Cynthia Stateman

A member of the board since 2003, Rev. Cynthia Stateman is the pastor of Quincy United Methodist Church in California. In the 1990s she did her field education with Pace e Bene, and has been leading From Violence to Wholeness trainings since then.

  Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.   President and CEO of  Hip Hop Caucus —a national, award-winning organization that engages young people in elections, policymaking, and service—Rev. Yearwood is a minister, community activist and organizer. One of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life - he was named one of  Utne Magazine’s  “50 Visionaries” - he lives in Washington, DC with his family.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus—a national, award-winning organization that engages young people in elections, policymaking, and service—Rev. Yearwood is a minister, community activist and organizer. One of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life - he was named one of Utne Magazine’s “50 Visionaries” - he lives in Washington, DC with his family.

  George Martin   A leading justice, peace and climate organizer, educator, and trainer, Martin has worked with more than 100 organizations. He has served as a national co-chair of United for Peace and Justice and was the recipient of the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Social Courage Award. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

George Martin

A leading justice, peace and climate organizer, educator, and trainer, Martin has worked with more than 100 organizations. He has served as a national co-chair of United for Peace and Justice and was the recipient of the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Social Courage Award. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  Andrea Koverman   On the staff of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and a member of the Sisters of Charity community, Sister Koverman pursues the center’s mission to educate and advocate for peace, to challenge unjust local, national and global systems and to promote the creation of a nonviolent society. She has s a Master’s degrees in curriculum and administration.

Andrea Koverman

On the staff of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and a member of the Sisters of Charity community, Sister Koverman pursues the center’s mission to educate and advocate for peace, to challenge unjust local, national and global systems and to promote the creation of a nonviolent society. She has s a Master’s degrees in curriculum and administration.

  Fr. Chris Ponnet   Fr. Ponnet is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and serves as the pastor of of St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Pasadena, California. He also serves as Director of the Department of Pastoral Interfaith Chaplains at LACUSC Medical Center. He hosts Pax Christi LA, and the Gay and Lesbian Ministry of the Archdiocese, at St. Camillus. He has spoken nationally on HIV/AIDS, the death penalty and social justice. Linking the lives of his patients to justice and peace issues is fulfilling to him and fuels his preaching and activism.

Fr. Chris Ponnet

Fr. Ponnet is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and serves as the pastor of of St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Pasadena, California. He also serves as Director of the Department of Pastoral Interfaith Chaplains at LACUSC Medical Center. He hosts Pax Christi LA, and the Gay and Lesbian Ministry of the Archdiocese, at St. Camillus. He has spoken nationally on HIV/AIDS, the death penalty and social justice. Linking the lives of his patients to justice and peace issues is fulfilling to him and fuels his preaching and activism.