WNPJ Board members for 2016-17
WNPJ's Board of Directors, for the Oct 2016 - Oct 2017 term
Board slate approved at the October 15, 2016 Annual Fall Member Assembly hosted by the First United Methodist Church in Madison, WI
- Co-Chair: Liz Bruno, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-515-7348
- Co-Chair: Jessica Williams, Madison
- Secretary: Irene Toro Martinez, Madison
At-large Board Members
- Selma Aly, Milwaukee - email@example.com, 414-949-1060
- Myron Buchholz, Eau Claire
- Rob Danielson, LaFarge - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-625-4949
- Susan Tran Degrand, Madison - email@example.com
- Sachin Deshpande, Milwaukee - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cody Fearing, Madison - email@example.com, 310-801-1470
- Cynthia Lin, Madison
- Lisa Mitchell, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paula Mohan - email@example.com
- Barb Munson, Mosinee - firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-571-9296
- Jim Murphy, Highland - email@example.com, 608-617-7379
- John Peck, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org 608-260-0900
- John L. Quinlan, Madison - QuinlanJohnL@aol.com, 608-213-8409
- Bonnie Urfer, Luck - email@example.com, 715-491-1115
- Kat Werchouski, Ashland
Board Member biographies
Liz Bruno, Madison, Co-Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-515-7348
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.
Jessica Williams, Madison, Co-Chair
A social worker and activist in Madison, WI, Jessica worked alongside YGB and other anti-racist, anti-police organizations. Jessica is a current board member of WNPJ (2015-2016). She is a program coordinator at the YWCA as well as a domestic violence advocate with Freedom Inc.
Rob Danielson, LaFarge - email@example.com, 608-625-4949
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.
Cynthia Lin, Madison, On Leave
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 anti-violence and youth organizing group, and Operation Welcome Home, which struggles against homelessness and the criminalization 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 received a Masters in environmental studies and urban planning and then worked as a social justice educator.
Paula Mohan, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula teaches in the American Indian Studies program at UW-Madison and is active in anti-mining groups, environmental groups, and works to end mascotry in schools and in professional sports.
Barb Munson, Mosinee - email@example.com, 715-571-9296
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 task force 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.
John Quinlan, Madison - QuinlanJohnL@aol.com, 608-213-8409
John Quinlan is a Madison-based journalist, organizational development consultant, and civil rights activist. He is the founding director of “Voices in Support of Community,” a nonprofit that uses storytelling to advance social justice, and is the producer and host of “Forward Forum,” a 12-year-old award-winning radio and television public affairs program. He is a past director of the Tenant Resource Center, the LGBT community center OutReach, and the South Metropolitan Planning Council. He has served as president or co-chair of the Fair Housing Council, the Wisconsin Community Fund, and the city of Madison’s Study Circles on Race program, was secretary of the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission, and is a state and national leader of the United Nations Association-USA. He has been a recipient of Community Shares of Wisconsin's Sally Sunde social justice award, and the city of Madison's ML King Humanitarian Award. John received his B.A. in history at the UW-Madison, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Library Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Bonnie Urfer, Luck - firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-491-1115
Retired after 28 years with Nukewatch, working on creating a world free of war and the nuclear industrial complex.
While attending UW-Madison, Selma helped work on reducing student loan debt, fighting for a clearer path to citizenship and creating safe spaces for people of color. As a student, Selma served on the Board of Directors for United Council of UW Students and the Chair of the National People of Color Student Coalition Chairs. Selma then moved to Chicago for an internship with Chicago Jobs with Justice and the United Food and Commercial Workers. During her seven months in Chicago, Selma organized Walmart workers to fight for higher pay and safer workplaces. Then she moved to Milwaukee to continue that work with the Fight for Fifteen. Selma just started a new position with the organization called Safe and Sound, Inc. as the District 4 Community Organizer. Safe and Sound unites residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
Irene Toro Martinez, Madison, Secretary
Irene is a graduate student studying History of Science and Medicine at UW-Madison. She has been an organizer with the LGBT Books to Prisoners program for over three years.
Myron Buchholz, Eau Claire
Born and raised on a farm in southeast North Dakota, Myron spent countless hours listening to his father discuss politics with his friends around the kitchen table. They had an old school prairie populism as FDR-style Democrats. Myron retired in June of 2015 after 18 years as a history teacher at Memorial High School in Eau Claire, WI. Myron has served on the board of directors of the Chippewa Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity and currently serves on the boards of the Chippewa Valley chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and WHYS Radio, a local low-power community radio station. Also, Myron is a member of multiple organizations including the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, NARAL, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Myron has also been a visible and vocal opponent of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. This summer, Myron ran in the Democratic Primary in the 3rd Congressional District of Wisconsin. He was a founding member of the “3rd Friday Stand for Peace” in Eau Claire and “Peace Corner” in Chippewa Falls, where there has been a presence for peace every Saturday since 2005.
Susan Tran Degrand, Madison - email@example.com
Sachin Deshpande, Milwaukee - firstname.lastname@example.org
A 29-year-old person of Indian origin, Sachin lives in Milwaukee, WI. He works as a caregiver and manual laborer. His perspective on systemic changes is deeply influenced by his experience as a working class, poverty-battling immigrant. He has assisted organizing efforts against bad landlords, marched for immigrant rights, and protested against education cuts. In the past, the focal point of Sachin’s work has been prisoner support: organizing letter-writing events, fundraising for Books To Prisoners, and assisting organizations and campaigns led by formerly incarcerated people. Currently, he's assisting a No Dakota Access Pipeline support group in Milwaukee as well as organizing a sustainable letter-writing and birthday card sending event focused on LGBT prisoners.
A Posse Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cody is working to complete their B.S. degree in Community and Environmental Sociology. They are also a passionate researcher within the UW Counseling Psychology department, engaging a constellation of experiences among transgender and gender-diverse people. As a student organizer, Cody is the Community Outreach Director of Live Free Student Wellness and Recovery—a campus organization that confronts addiction through education, outreach, and access to recovery resources. They LOVE their siblings, cashews, well-lit poetry readings, lipstick, and civil disobedience orchestration. They are elated and thankful to begin working with the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.
Lisa Mitchell, Madison - email@example.com
Lisa has advocated for alternatives to incarceration and drastic changes in the prison industrial complex - especially for people who are trans. She has worked with organizations like Young, Gifted and Black and Dane County Trans Health Group to push for reform of the Dane County Jail and push for better healthcare for trans people.
Jim has served as a Catholic priest for 35 years and currently lives in Highland, WI. Jim has been involved in justice for United Farm Workers as well as a project to address racism through communication. He also resisted Reagan's military buildup and resulting violence in Central America in the 1980s. Jim participated in civil disobedience at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. Jim has also been active with Midwest Catholic Workers regarding militarism in schools and anti-drone efforts.
John has been the Executive Director of Family Farm Defenders for the last decade, and is also a part-time instructor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Madison Area Technical College (MATC). His graduate research focused on community-based management of common property resources in Zimbabwe.
Kat Werchouski, Ashland
Katrina, “Kat” is a proud member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. She currently serves as the Director of the Indigenous Cultures Center at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies (Environmental Public Law and Policy) and B.A. in Native American Studies from Northland College and her M.S. in Environmental Studies (Written Communications) from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. Her personal and professional interests intersect in many ways, but most prominently in wanting to educate others about Indigenous cultures, historic and contemporary gender roles and identities, overcoming the challenges and expectations of native students in education, and strengthening leadership roles through traditional teachings. She strives to provide spaces where everyone feels safe and welcome to share, learn, and grow from diverse experiences and backgrounds. When she is not doing this, she can be found exploring the beautiful woods and southern shores of Lake Superior, taking photos, doing beadwork, or spending time with her adventure human as well as her rescue dog “Huck”.
Z!’s work is rooted in various racial and social justice organizations including local and national work. Z! Focuses on bringing white people into the work for racial justice, works closely with Black liberation organizations and other POC led work, and focuses on trans liberation and trans health care.
Dace serves as the Administrator of WNPJ. In addition, Dace is the Administrator of the Center for Research on Gender and Women in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also provides administrative support to the University of Wisconsin Women's and Gender Studies Consortium and the Women and Peacebuilding in Africa grant project. Prior to her current roles at UW-Madison, she was the office manager at UW System Academic & Student Services for several years. Dace holds an Associate’s Degree in Supervisory Management from Madison College and certificates in Non-Profit Management, Conference Planning, Project Management, Web Development, Database Management, and Records Management. Dace is the co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party, a Dane County TimeBank coordinator, an active member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF-Madison), and a member of Industrial Workers of the World-Madison Branch.