WNPJ's Board of Directors, for the Oct 2012 - Oct 2013 term
Board slate approved unanimously at the October 27, 2012 member assembly at the Milwaukee Friends Meetinghouse
Co-chair: Dena Eakles, Ontario - email@example.com, 608-337-4871
Co-chair: Tom McGrath, Wausau - firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-842-1075
Co-secretary: Barb Munson, Mosinee - email@example.com, 715-571-9296
Co-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
Kelly Gallaher, Racine - email@example.com, 414-350-6858
Chris Kuehnel, Cleveland - firstname.lastname@example.org, 920-693-3141
Carlos Miranda, Madison - email@example.com, 608-255-0376
Paul Moriarity, Milwaukee - firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-801-7679
Clif Morton, New London - email@example.com, 920-982-6908
Janet Parker, Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-257-2748
Eva Shulte, Madison - email@example.com, 608-446-1596
Carl Sack (ex officio), Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Dena Eakles, Co-Chair - 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.
Barb Munson, Co-Secretary - 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-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.
Kelly Gallaher - Kelly is a founding member and organizer for Community for Change in Racine, a coalition of labor, interfaith, immigration, environmental, political and social justice organizations. Kelly serves on the Boards of the Racine Branch of the NAACP, of ADAM (Alliance for Drug & Alcohol Management), and of Racine Family Literacy, and founded Families with Children from China in Southeast WI. Kelly was a 2006 recipient of the YMCA Woman of Distinction Award. She works with Racine youth through the Taylor Home’s Gang Diversion Program and as an Artist in Residence to local schools.
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.
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.
Paul Moriarity - Paul is an Army veteran, having served from 1995 to 2002. He's earned a masters degree in conflict transformation from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Since leaving the Army, Paul earned a WI teaching certification, and is now teaching special education and reading to Milwaukee middle school students. For the last four years, Paul has worked with the Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, teaching conflict resolution and communications skills to fourth and fifth grade students. He's also involved with Milwaukee Veterans for Peace Chapter 102, currently as chapter President, and is a Board Member with the Homeless Veterans Initiative.
Clif Morton - Clif has been an educator for 37 years, in language arts, social studies, political science, comparative government, history and sociology. He's coached award-winning forensic and debate teams, and received six statewide awards, including the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association Outstanding Educator Award and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association Friend of Indian Education Award. Clif serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association and the CREATE (culturally responsive education) Planning Committee, is active with the Fox Valley Peace Coalition and leads Citizens for Shared Prosperity. Clif is the author of two books and more than a dozen articles that have appeared in professional journals and news websites.
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.
Eva Shulte - Eva is from Madison, but spent many years living and working in Latin America with rural indigenous communities who helped shaped her view of justice, dignity and self-determination. She has been involved in the fair trade and cooperative movements and initiatives for food and economic justice. Returning to Madison, Eva has been active on immigrant rights issues and is a member of Groundwork, an anti-racism collective which works to challenge white privilege and work for racial justice. She a member and co-founder of the Madison Interpreter's Cooperative and spends her days working as a Spanish interpreter and being a mom to a 3-year old (and another on the way!).