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Ken Butigan

Ken Butigan is a strategist and consultant for Campaign Nonviolence. A peace and justice worker, workshop facilitator, and writer for two decades, Ken also teaches at DePaul University in Chicago.

Since the early 1980s, Ken has worked with numerous social movements, including movements for a nuclear-free future, an end to homelessness, and freedom for East Timor. He was the national coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance and a national organizer for the Declaration of Peace. Ken joined the Pace e Bene staff in 1990. He developed and for several years directed Pace e Bene’s From Violence To Wholeness program, and was actively involved in creating Pace e Bene’s Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living program.

Ken earned his Ph.D. in the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in 2000. He has been a lecturer in the spirituality and practice of nonviolence at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and directed the Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s College in Washington State for three years.

Ken has published six books, including Nonviolent Lives: People and Movements Changing the World Through the Power of Active Nonviolence and Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site.

Ken lives in Chicago with his spouse Cynthia Okayama Dopke and their daughter.

Veronica Pelicaric

Veronica Pelicaric is Pace e Bene's Nonviolence Education Outreach Consultant. Veronica Pelicaric grew up in Argentina of Croatian parents. She studied Liberal Arts and Psychosynthesis. She has been living in Canada since 1989. She helped coordinate the French translation of From Violence to Wholeness. She is past president of the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Montreal and also one of the authors of “Engage, Exploring Nonviolent Living”.

She has led Pace e Bene workshops in Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Haiti, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago and England, and for several years in Argentina. She is conversant in six languages. She studies in the Zen tradition.


Veronica creció en Argentina de padres Croatas. Estudió Filosofia y letras y Psicosintesis. Desde 1989 vive en Canadá y es ciudadana de ese país. Apoyo la coordinación de la versión francesa de De la Violencia a la Integridad. Fue presidenta del Centro de Recursos para la Noviolencia de Montreal y una de las autoras de “Noviolenc Compromiso: Explorando la Noviolencia”. Ha enseñado en Australia, Inglaterra, Colombia, los EEUU (en muchos de los estados), Perú, Venezuela, Haití, Trinidad y Tobago y Argentina. Habla seis idiomas y practica el Budismo Zen.

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall is the Pace e Bene Executive Director He is a former member of the Las Vegas Catholic Worker community and a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif at the GTU with a Masters in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Ministry for a Multicultural Church.

Ryan received his bachelors degree in sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In college he was introduced to the Catholic Worker movement, Pace e Bene and Nevada Desert Experience. Having been profoundly influenced by the power of these organizations to peaceably change lives and society, he spent four years following graduation living and working with the Las Vegas Catholic Worker where he was immersed in the power and practice of active nonviolence. Throughout his time in the Catholic Worker he was involved in numerous nonviolent actions voicing opposition to the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, praying for a denuclearized world at the Nevada Test Site and participating in the vigil to close the SOA. Ryan also worked for two years with the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas as the coordinator of the Social Action Office promoting the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services throughout the diocese.

Currently, Ryan lives in Corvallis, OR with his spouse Dr. Erandhi Hall and their cat Pace.

John Dear

John Dear is Pace e Bene's Nonviolence Outreach Coordinator. He is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. A peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace,” and his recent book, "The Nonviolent Life." In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former Jesuit, John is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California.

From 1998 until December 2000, he served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.

After the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, John served as a Red Cross Chaplain, and became one of the coordinators of the chaplain program at the Family Assistance Center.

From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of several parishes in northeastern New Mexico. He co-founded Pax Christi New Mexico and works on a nonviolent campaign to disarm Los Alamos. These days, he lectures to tens of thousands of people each year in churches and schools across the country and the world.

John has been arrested over seventy-five times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience for peace, and has organized hundreds of demonstrations against war and nuclear weapons at military bases across the country, as well as worked with Mother Teresa and others to stop the death penalty.

John has two masters degrees in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in California.

Friar Louie Vitale

Louie Vitale is Pace e Bene’s Action Advocate and Co-Founder of Pace e Bene. A Franciscan priest who served as the provincial of the California Franciscan Friars from 1979 to 1988, he also co-founded the Nevada Desert Experience and its enduring movement to end nuclear testing.

Louie earned his Ph.D. in sociology (with a focus on the sociology of religion and social movements) at the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1993-2005 he served as the pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

For many years Louie has engaged in nonviolent action for justice and peace. He served a prison sentence from October 2007 to March 2008 for prayerfully and nonviolently protesting torture training at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. In 2009, Louie took part in a peace delegation to Iran and a pilgrimage to Hiroshima. He also spoke in over 40 cities across the United States about his peacemaking experience.

Kit Evans-Ford

Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford was born in the small town of Mebane, North Carolina. Her passion for nonviolence and peace stems from her work experience with the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere since the age of 14. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a B.A. in Communications Studies and African and Afro-American Studies. Kit is a Pace e Bene Associate and our CNV Action Outreach Organizer/Consultant.

Ms. Evans-Ford also holds a M.A. in Teaching: Special Education and a M.A. in Social Justice and Community Development. Kit is a 2004 Teach for America Washington, DC alumni as well as a 2008 Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her studies and work experience have been centered around gender equality, nonviolence and peace, special education, domestic sex tracking, HIV and AIDS, healing, spirituality, and the performing arts.

Ms. Evans-Ford earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. While attending seminary she completed a summer fellowship with Pace e Bene. Her work included giving voice to the hurt, healing, and power that comes from survivors of violence and other peacemakers. She has since led and co-led many Pace e Bene workshops.

Kit is also the founder of Testimonies of Hope an Intercultural Christian Devotional. She lives in Davenport, IA with her daughter Imani, her son Justice and husband Dwight Ford.

LR Berger

LR Berger is the New England Associate of Pace e Bene, as well as a member of the Support Committee of the American Friends Service Committee NH, and the NH Conference UCC Conference Peace with Justice Advocates. She also works closely with NH Peace Action. She offers nonviolence trainings, facilitates a monthly community Building a Culture of Peace film and conversation program, and is involved in grassroots organizing. She has worked for the last 32 years as a poet, community educator, clinical mental health counselor, activist and college instructor. At the heart of all of these vocations has been her devotion to the practice of healing the wounds of violence, and to educating herself and others about the causes, consequences and sacred alternatives to the cycle of violence. She advocates for the arts as being a vital tool for social transformation.

In addition to working with Pace e Bene, Berger offers her poetry seminar, “Letters to the World,” in schools, libraries and community centers, encouraging children and teenagers to raise their voices through the medium of poems about their passionate concerns and wishes for the world. Her book of poems, “The Unexpected Aviary,” received the Jane Kenyon Outstanding Book of Poetry Award, as well as support from the National Endowment of the Arts and the PEN NE Award for Poetry.

Brendan McKeague

Brendan is a Pace e Bene Associate in Australia. He was born and raised in Northern Ireland where he was exposed to a culture of violence, injustice and denominational segregation.

Since moving to Perth, Australia in 1981, after teaching high school for seven years in England, Brendan has been working in adult faith education, retreat and community-based facilitation, social justice and the development of a spirituality of nonviolent peacemaking.

Brendan has been involved with Pace e Bene since 1999, introducing the From Violence to Wholeness process across Australia and developing a network of facilitators. He has been instrumental in assisting in the creation of our sister organization, Pace e Bene Australia.

As part of his passion for mainstreaming nonviolence, Brendan also works as an Open Space Technology facilitator with groups of any kind that wish to deal with their important issues by using self-organising, nonviolent processes. He also presents interactive learning workshops on collaborative leadership, conflict transformation and emergent design.

Visit the Pace e Bene Australia website here!

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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., is a minister, community activist and organizer, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. Rev. Yearwood works tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, award-winning organization that engages young people in elections, policymaking, and service.

Rev. Yearwood works with celebrities and athletes to engage them in projects that transform communities. He was a co-creator of the 2004 campaign “Vote or Die” with Sean “Diddy” Combs. He was also the Political and Grassroots Director for Russell Simmons in 2003 and 2004, and a Senior Consultant to Jay Z’s “Voice Your Choice” campaign. In 2008 he created the “Respect My Vote” voter mobilization campaign with Platinum Grammy winning recording artists T.I. and Keyshia Cole.

Rev. Yearwood is known for his activist work as the National Director of the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign, in which he organized a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Hurricane Katrina survivors. He led the first march in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in November 2005, to protest the racial profiling of survivors in the days after the storm. The march led to convictions of officers who denied basic human rights to African-American families. The following year the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign successfully pushed back FEMA’s preemptive temporary housing evictions of Katrina Survivors, through public mobilization, two marches in Washington, DC, testimony to Congress, and a public relations campaign. This work earned the Hip Hop Caucus the prestigious 30th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.

Rev. Yearwood is also an important leader in the peace movement as an outspoken critic of America’s wars abroad. He was an Officer and Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve when he first spoke out against the invasion of Iraq in early 2003. In 2007 he led a national “Make Hip Hop Not War” Tour, linking the issues of the wars abroad with the violence in urban communities at home.

Rev. Yearwood has taken the environmental movement by storm. Van Jones, author of the Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, has called Rev. Yearwood the Hip Hop Generation’s version of Dr. King. In 2009, the Hip Hop Caucus launched the “Green the Block” campaign from the West Wing of the White House, with partner organization Green For All. Rev. Yearwood helped climate activist and author, Bill McKibben, organize an international day of Climate Action called They co-authored the article “People, Let’s Get Our Carbon Down”.

Rev. Yearwood, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the District of Columbia in 1998 and was awarded a Master of Divinity from Howard University in 2002. He was elected to student government president at both schools.

Rev. Yearwood has been seen on CNN, BET, MTV, BBC, C-Span, Fox Business,PBS, Hardball with Chris Mathews, and featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico, VIBE, the Source, the Nation Magazine, and many other mainstream, progressive, and Hip Hop publications. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and can be heard often on NPR. He was named one of Utne Magazine’s “50 Visionaries”, The Source Magazine’s “Power 30”, and a top ten contemporary African-American thinker by the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine.

Mariano Jauco

Mr. Mariano M. Jauco is currently the Board Chairperson of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service.

Mr. Jauco has worked in the Semiconductor Electronics and Non-Profit industries in Northern California for over 24 years. He has acquired a sound technical and management background as a Quality Assurance Engineer and Managing Director in these sectors. Mr. Jauco has had the opportunity to review and evaluate various business practices of several fortune 100 companies around the world. He has been a lead assessor and trainer for ISO9000.

Mr. Jauco has implemented Supplier Development Programs, Audit Programs, Business Assessment Programs, Strategic Planning, Quality Improvement Processes, Organizational and Community Development strategies in companies and organizations such as Advanced Micro Devices, Silicon Valley Group, Inc., UniSil Corporation, Silicon Systems, S-Vision, Inc., Alameda Multi-Cultural Community Center, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Pace e Bene Non-Violence Services and Congregations Organizing for Renewal.

Mr. Jauco obtained a BS Degree in the field of Chemical Engineering at UCDavis in 1984 and was certified as an ASQ Quality Engineer in 1997. In 2002 Mr. Jauco received his certificate in Pastoral Ministry followed by a Masters of Arts Degree in Ministry in a Multi-Cultural Church from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. These credentials have provided him with the necessary technical, organizational, communication, problem-solving and service-oriented skills and experience.

Mr. Jauco is currently the Board Chairperson of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and a past committee member for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He has been on the Board of Directors for the United Way of the East Bay, Tri-City Homeless Coalition, and Renewed HOPE Housing Advocates. Mr. Jauco is currently a member of the Progressive Consultants Network and a graduate of the National Community Development Institute. He provides consulting and coaching services in business, organization and community development to agencies in Northern California. (For an initial consultation you may reach Mr. Jauco at 916-897-6500.)

Rev. Cynthia Stateman

Rev. Cynthia Stateman has been leading From Violence To Wholeness trainings since 1999 and has been a member of Pace e Bene’s board of directors since 2003. Currently she is the pastor of Quincy United Methodist Church. As a student at the Pacific School of Religion, she did her field education with Pace e Bene during the 1998-1999 academic year.

George Martin

George Paz Martin is one of the nation’s leading justice, peace and climate activists and a member of the Pace e Bene board of directors. At sixteen, George was ten-feet from Dr. King when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech and follows the path of nonviolence as an educator, organizer and trainer. He has served more than 100 organizations as staff, board member or consultant.

Martin served as a National Co-Chair of United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ), 1400 organization, during the Iraq War. In 2004, he visited Iraq on a fact-finding mission and has worked internationally as an NGO Delegate to the World Social Forum, World Peace Council and United Nations. He has been broadcast on every major U.S. television network, C-Span, CNN, BBC and Democracy Now, as well as countless radio and television stations around the world.

George Paz Martin has been honored with a Lifetime Peacemaker Award by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, the Peace & Justice Studies Association’s Social Courage Award, a Congressional Letter of Honor by Congresswoman Gwen Moore and by the tribe of his slave roots in Ghana as a chief with the name ‘Nii Adjetey."

Sr. Andrea Koverman

Sr. Andrea Koverman grew up in Centerville, Ohio and majored in special education through Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Following graduation Sister Andrea moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, to begin 20-plus years teaching in the coastal island communities. She holds two master’s degrees, one in curriculum and another in administration.

Sister Andrea is currently ministering at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati, whose mission is to educate and advocate for peace, to challenge unjust local, national and global systems and to promote the creation of a non-violent society. Their organization also leads nonviolence trainings in Cincinnati.

Sr. Andrea also currently serves on the board of Future Church which works for full inclusion in the Catholic Church.

Steve Berry

Steve Berry was raised in West Brookfield, MA, and Eden, Vermont. He received a BA, from Johnson State College, Johnson, VT (1977), a MDiv from Yale University (1979), a DD from Piedmont College, Demorest, GA, and a DMin from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA (2001). Steve is a published author and has made documentary films in Cologne, Germany, and the USA. He attended Jung Institute in Zurich and married Carol March and, in Switzerland in 1974. They have three grown sons. Steve felt a call to serve. He became a pastor in Eden and North Hyde Park, VT, then in St. Louis, MO, and Queens, NY, before becoming Senior Minister of the prestigious First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

In 2001 he returned to Vermont to pastor in Manchester. Steve is an activist who believes in a healthy citizenry, a healthy democracy, and a healthy environment. He protested against nuclear arms and the Iraq war and for human rights and climate change initiatives. He created a soup kitchen, was a leader in Habitat for Humanity, raised millions of dollars for not-for-profits, and supported vets, single parents, the elderly, the disabled and working families. He cowrote the RFP for Cable TV Rights and Standards for St. Louis, was a press secretary for a presidential candidate, created an art gallery and film forum and an adult learning center. He was a chaplain in the LAPD. The United Nations Association presented Steve with the Ralph Bunche Peace Award following the Los Angeles riots.

Steve currently serves on two other boards, Solar Fest in Vermont and Transition Town and was a recent State Rep. in the Vermont Legislature.

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