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WNPJ Board members for 2015
WNPJ's Board of Directors, for the Oct 2015 - Oct 2016 term
Board slate approved at the November 14, 2015 member assembly hosted by the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition
- Co-Chair: Barb Munson, Mosinee - firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-571-9296
- Co-Chair: Liz Bruno, Madison - email@example.com, 608-515-7348
- Secretary: Alexia Ware, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer: Paula Mohan - email@example.com
At-large Board Members
- Omar Barberena, Milwaukee - firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-793-1134
- Rob Danielson, LaFarge - email@example.com, 608-625-4949
- Cynthia Lin, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-695-3757
- Carlos Miranda, Madison - email@example.com, 608-255-0376
- Daren Olson, Milwaukee - firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-243-7764
- John L. Quinlan, Madison - QuinlanJohnL@aol.com, 608-213-8409
- Bonnie Urfer, Luck - email@example.com, 715-491-1115
- Claire Tran, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eric Upchurch, Madison - email@example.com
- Joe Priesler, Oshkosh - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lee Jonathan Williams, Madison - Leejonathanwilliams@gmail.com
Board Member biographies
Barb Munson, Co-Chair - A member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. Barbara is a member of the Wisconsin Arts Board and is spokesperson for Wisconsin Indian Education Association’s ‘Indian’ Mascot and Logo Taskforce. The taskforce successfully campaigned for the enactment of landmark civil rights legislation in 2010 that is leading to the elimination of race-based Indian nicknames, logos and mascots from Wisconsin Public Schools. Barbara received the 2010 Community Shares Sally Sunde Family Advocate Award and the 2011 ACLU-WI Eunice Z. Edgar Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an activist regarding this issue. Barbara also has a history of environmental activism and has leant support to a number of environmental causes affecting Wisconsin Tribes.
Liz Bruno, Co-Chair - Liz is a young white lady embracing a life in transition. She prioritizes learning about her own privilege and place in the world by listening with an open heart, growing connections, sharing life stories, and supporting the leadership of others while building her own leadership in this struggle for justice. Liz's deepening faith in the earth fuels her work toward racial justice and social change. Liz directly engages with this work as a collective member of Groundwork, a white anti-racist collective that works in accountability to people of color.
Rob Danielson - Rob's connections with non-violence go back to his upbringing in Oklahoma and conscientious objection to the Vietnam War. He was trained by Sara Backus for witnessing at the boat landings during the revival of the treaty rights of the Ojibwe in the late 1980s. Rob taught public awareness media-making in the UW-Milwaukee Film Department from 1976 to 2007. He worked with many artists and community leaders in addressing environmental, labor and social justice issues on public access television programs from 1981 to 1993. His public policy videos include "From the Ground Up," about citizen and local government response to sulfide mining proposals in northern Wisconsin, and "Home Remedies for a Violent City," about using non-violent responses to urban violence. Rob is active on energy and policy issues with the Town of Stark Energy Planning and Information Committee and SOUL of the Kickapoo. He also works in his retirement as a documentarian of natural soundscapes.
Carlos Miranda - Carlos Miranda was raised in southern California by working-class immigrants from Mexico. His father is a United Auto Workers member at General Motors and his mother is a farm worker at an agribusiness in Wisconsin. Carlos moved to Janesville in 1997. He obtained an associates degree at UW-Rock County and graduated from UW-Madison in 2007. Since May 2007, he has been at the Workers' Rights Center, an affiliate of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice. There, he listens to and shares stories and best practices that help educate and learn from mostly low-wage, immigrant workers, with a focus on labor laws, improving working conditions, ensuring health and safety, and defending against illegal retaliation by management. Carlos takes great pride in having helped to develop a growing, worker-owned cooperative called the Interpreters Cooperative of Madison. It is through this business that Carlos has been able to survive financially, working with a small non-profit in order to continue his commitment to social justice.
Omar Barberena - Omar Barberena was born in Nicaragua and grew up in the city of Milwaukee. He earned a double-major degree from UW-Milwaukee in International Relations and Spanish Culture & Civilizations. Omar loves the city of Milwaukee and has been actively involved in community events and causes he feels strongly about. He is a member of Peace Action Milwaukee, Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, Voces de la Frontera, Witness for Peace and has participated in other action-movements such as School of the Americas, voting rights, immigration reform and women's rights. Omar has travelled to Europe and Latin America and enjoys talking about his experiences.
Cynthia Lin - Cynthia Lin is a trainer and organizer at Western States Center, a social movement building organization rooted in the Northwest. There, she develops and facilitates political education in reproductive justice and LGBTQ justice, as well as supports organizations in forming strategies and coalitional relationships around these issues. Prior to moving to Portland, Cynthia was involved in organizing efforts in Madison, WI, with Freedom Inc., an antiviolence and youth organizing group, and Operation Welcome Home, which struggles against homelessness and the criminilization of poverty. Cynthia is also an activist scholar, working on a PhD in Civil Society and Community Research at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she previously got a Masters in environmental studies and urban planning and then worked as a social justice educator.
Daren Olson - Daren is a delegate to the Labor District Council of Milwaukee and a trade union activist who does construction work. He's retired from the U.S. Army, where he served as a transportation officer, reaching the rank of Major. He has a degree in agriculture business from UW-River Falls and volunteered in Haiti with relief and agriculture projects for two and a half years. Daren is active with his Church and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, and is a member of his local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters.