Oct. 11 - Madison, WI: WNPJ's Annual Assembly will be held at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ from 1-4:30 with awards banquet from 5-7. We will be honoring John Peck and Mary Beth Schlagheck with life-time achievement awards. Our Assembly will be focused on overcoming racial disparities. Please join us! Also, please make a nomination for our Dennis Bergren LGBTQ Advocate and Peacemaker of the Year award HERE.
WNPJ Board members for 2014
WNPJ's Board of Directors, for the Oct 2013 - Oct 2014 term
Board slate approved unanimously at the October 5, 2013 member assembly at the Hmong Cultural and Community Center in La Crosse
- Co-Chair: Tom McGrath, Wausau - firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-842-1075
- Co-Chair: Barb Munson, Mosinee - email@example.com, 715-571-9296
- Secretary: Liz Bruno, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-515-0280
- Treasurer: Jessie Read, Sussex - email@example.com, 262-844-2321
At-large Board Members
- Karma Chavez, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-586-5848
- Rob Danielson, La Farge - email@example.com, 608-625-4949
- Annie Dutcher, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-682-1253
- Dena Eakles, Ontario - email@example.com, 608-337-4871
- Frank Koehn, Ashland - firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-341-8822
- Chris Kuehnel, Cleveland - email@example.com, 920-693-3141
- Tracy Littlejohn, La Crosse - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-317-3664
- Carlos Miranda, Madison - email@example.com, 608-255-0376
- Janet Parker, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-257-2748
- Carl Sack (ex officio), Madison - email@example.com, 608-712-8335
Board Member biographies
Tom McGrath, Co-Chair - I was born in Milwaukee. I spent four years in the Navy as a Electronics Technician ( three years of which were on a Destroyer) in the 1960's. Upon leaving the Navy, I went to work for a large Computer Corporation as a technician in Milwaukee. - I moved to Wausau in 1979 and raised four children (all of which, now live out of the state). Currently I am divorced, and I am now retired from the Computer Corporation. - I became involved in the "Northwoods Peace Fellowship" through friends in Wausau over the last couple of years and through that became aware of WNPJ. Over the years I have become quite disillusioned with the current administration in Washington; since I seem to disagree with them on just about every issue. Over the years, I've become quite aware of the amount of corruption in government, the ineptness of the current administration in Washington, and the lack of integrity among our politicians. - I am hoping to affect some of these issues by becoming more socially/politically active. It is a never ending learning process.
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, Secretary - 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.
Karma Chavez - Karma is a recent transplant to Madison. She is originally from Nebraska, but has spent the last several years in New Mexico and Arizona. As an activist, she has worked primarily on LGBTQ and immigration rights issues and she teaches courses and conducts research on these issues as well. She is a member of the WNPJ immigrant rights working group and an assistant professor of rhetoric in the Department of Communication Arts at UW-Madison.
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.
Chris Kuehnel - Chris has a consulting company on computer related data management, and is active with the Sheboygan area Veterans for Peace and Peace Action WI.
Tracy Littlejohn - Tracy is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and has spent many years working for the Ho-Chunk Nation in various positions such as Public Relations Officer and Cultural Resources Researcher. Tracy's first venture into activism was in middle school when she began to understand the issues surrounding Native American Mascots. Tracy has participated in planning stages of the White Privilege Conference, Building Unity conference for UW Students and the Widening The Circle Symposium. Tracy is now working with the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association in La Crosse.
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.
Carl Sack - Carl joined the WNPJ Board in 2007, as a way of extending his peace organizing with the Northland Anti-War Coalition in Duluth. Since moving to Madison in 2011, Carl has played an integral role in grassroots environmental activism around iron mining, frac sand mining and related energy and public health issues in Wisconsin. One of Carl's priorities is preserving the Penokee Hills, which he strives to do as a WNPJ Board member and work/study staff person, science educator, map-maker, and as someone who knows first-hand the beauty and importance of the region. He co-founded and is a driving force in Madison Action for Mining Alternatives (and
previously Madison for the Penokees). MAMA organizes and advocates in solidarity with northern Wisconsin mine opponents, especially the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, whose reservation is immediately downstream of the proposed mine site. Carl's maps have had a profound impact on the Penokee mine debate, and are used by citizens' groups, reporters and policymakers. He's also helped bring together grassroots activists focused on the Penokee Hills with those opposing frac sand mining in central and western Wisconsin, and others working to develop a more sustainable energy future for Wisconsin.