Board slate approved at the October 11, 2014 member assembly at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ in Madison
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.
Jessie Read, Treasurer - After moving to Milwaukee in 1994, Jessie became her church's treasurer and worked as the church’s office manager for eight years. She became office manager at Peace Action Wisconsin in 2008. At Peace Action, she found her peace and justice voice. Jessie is self-employed as a bookkeeper and office worker for churches and nonprofits, and is running for political office.
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.
Annie Dutcher - Annie is a young passionate professional currently working at a non-profit dedicated to helping lung cancer patients live longer and better. Previously, Annie served as Volunteer Coordinator and Youth Garden Coordinator at a Latino resource center and in various capacities at a fair trade retail store. She currently serves as the chair of Madison Mennonite Church's Peace and Justice Committee. She brings experience in community building and organizing, fundraising, volunteer management and program development and is excited to apply those skills in her new role at WNPJ. Annie holds a BA in Applied Sociology & Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies from Eastern Mennonite University.
Dena Eakles - Dena is the founder of Echo Valley Farm, a sustainable farm and learning center in Southwestern WI, and presides over Echo Valley Hope, Inc. a charitable and educational 501(c)(3), whose mission is to advance sustainable living and respect for the Earth; and to support all initiatives of peace. She is the author of The Peace Warrior.
Frank Koehn - Frank lives in Ashland, Wisconsin. He is currently president of the Penokee Hills Education Project and editor of Savethewatersedge.com. Frank taught school for 33 years, served on the Bayfield County Board for ten years and was town chair for a decade. He has traveled throughout Wisconsin presenting "Mining in the Penokees - Uncovered - a program that explains the other reality of taconite mining in the Penokees. He has been an outspoken supporter of treaty rights, helped organize the witnesses for non-violence during the treaty fishing controversy, and has been an advocate for social justice. As a union activist he served on the Wisconsin Education Association Board of Directors representing Northern Wisconsin and the need for universal health care.
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.
Janet Parker - Janet Parker is a Madison peace, justice and climate change activist. She organized many nonviolent civil disobedience actions to prevent and end the war on Iraq. She has been part of WNPJ's peace and anti-racism work since 2004, including working on media for the successful Bring Our Troops Home referenda campaigns and serving as board member and board co-chair. She is a Quaker. In 2009, Janet launched a farm incubator which supports and trains beginning organic farmers, primarily recent immigrants, at the Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability, www.farleycenter.org. Before moving to Madison in 1999, she coordinated a large youth environmental education and gardening project in west Baltimore from 1994 – 1998. Janet speaks Spanish, holds a masters degree from the Gaylord Nelson Institute at UW-Madison, and participated in an eight-week anti-racism workshop with Groundwork Collective. Janet lives with her partner Walt Novash who works in solar energy.
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.