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

Please contact WNPJ by emailing office@wnpj.org, calling 608-250-9240, or mailing to: 122 State Street, #405A, Madison, WI 53703
 
Board officers

At-large Board Members

Board Member biographies

Returning:

 

Liz Bruno, Madison, Co-Chair - elizabet.bruno@gmail.com, 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.

 

Rob Danielson, LaFarge - type@mwt.net, 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.

 

Paula Mohan, Madison -  paulamohan@gmail.com

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 -  barb@munson.net, 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.

 

Bonnie Urfer, Luck - bonnieurfer@hotmail.com, 715-491-1115

Retired after 28 years with Nukewatch, working on creating a world free of war and the nuclear industrial complex.

 

New members!

 

Selma Aly, Milwaukee - selmaaly@gmail.com, 414-949-1060

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.

 

Susan Tran Degrand, Madison - sttran9@gmail.com

Susan Tran Degrand received a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently works in student affairs and higher education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a great interest in ways that social justice and social identity intersects with higher education and student support. Susan serves on several department and campus committees that focus on diversity, inclusion, campus climate and support for marginalized students on campus. She hopes to fully engage in the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice community and to share her perspective on social justice as it relates to higher education.
 

Cody Fearing, Madison - tfearingk@gmail.com, 310-801-1470

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.

 

Jim Murphy, Highland - jimmurphy@centurylink.net, 608-617-7379

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 Peck, Madison - familyfarmdefenders@yahoo.com608-260-0900

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.

 

Staff:

 

Z! Haukeness, Madison, WNPJ Organizer - zh@wnpj.org, 608-358-9993

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 A. Zeps, Madison, WNPJ Administrator - dazepswnpj@gmail.com, 608-358-2940

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.