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board of directors

  Linda Bruce

Board Member

What attracted Linda to World Citizen Peace?

Linda believes in the World Citizen Peace mission and Five Peace Actions.

Background / Experience

Linda owns a farm, Soulful Prairies, in Woodstock, Illinois. She has created a beautiful place for people to connect with themselves, the land, and the horses.

  Cheryl Cox

Board Member

What attracted Cheryl to World Citizen Peace?

Cheryl believes passionately that through education, beginning with very young children, peace is attainable.

Background / Experience

As a Montessori Peace Educator for 22 years at Crystal Lake Montessori School in Woodstock, Illinois, Cheryl has been very active with the school’s peace committee.

  Lowell Erdahl

Board Member

What attracted Lowell to World Citizen Peace?

Lowell was an early supporter of the International Peace Site concept of World Citizen Peace and a strong voice in the creation and support of Peace Education.

Background / Experience

Lowell is a retired Lutheran pastor, seminary professor, Area Bishop, and author of several books, one of which his wife, Carol, co-authored. They raised three children and have four grandchildren.

  Karen Johnson

Board Member

What attracted Karen to World Citizen Peace?

Karen is excited about helping promote peace projects, educating adults and youth in the art of getting along and serving one’s community and state.

Background / Experience

Edison High School, Augsburg College, and a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University, served as Karen’s foundation for teaching 4th-6th grades for 35 years. She also enjoys her cabin in Hackensack, Minnesota.

  Md Abdullah Al Miraz

Board Member

What attracted Miraz to World Citizen Peace?

Miraz brings with him a passion for the peace work of World Citizen Peace which he discovered when he met Lynn Elling, founder. 

Background / Experience

Miraz enjoys the world of business and brings skills in accounting, data analysis, and database design, to mention a few.

  Martha Roberts

Board Member

What attracted Martha to World Citizen Peace?

As an educator of young people, the concept of building a peaceful community based on becoming an International Peace Site and working with the Five Peace Actions proved to be very engaging and effective.

Background / Experience

Martha helped lay the groundwork for the Peace Education pathway of World Citizen Peace, which provides support for staying focused on the Five Peace Actions.

  Flora Tsukyama

Board Member

What attracted Flora to World Citizen Peace?

Flora met Lynn Elling when several Bloomington schools were becoming International Peace Sites.  She wanted to do everything she could to create this peaceful environment for the students.

Background / Experience

Flora’s children attended Bloomington schools. Flora became a dedicated volunteer parent for the Bloomington School District long after her children moved on.

staff and consultants

  Kathy Millington

Executive Director

What attracted Kathy to World Citizen Peace?

Kathy’s passion for working with children and promoting peaceful problem-solving match the vision and mission of World Citizen Peace, which led her to her present position.

Background / Experience

Kathy’s educational career spanned twenty-five years as a classroom teacher and eleven years as an elementary school principal.

  Lisa Krupp

Peace Coordinator

What attracted Lisa to World Citizen Peace?

Lisa appreciates how the Montessori philosophy aligns nicely with the World Citizen Peace Five Peace Actions.

Background / Experience

As a long time Montessori educator, Lisa has designed, planned, and implemented curriculum for young children. She is also very active in the American Montessori Society.

  Jill Mason

Administrative Assistant

What attracted Jill to World Citizen Peace?

Jill loves being involved with children, helping them learn and grow.

Background / Experience

While Jill raised her own children, she also provided daycare to many others. Jill became an education assistant at Cowern Elementary, an International Peace Site.

  Melanie Popelka

Web Consultant and Newsletter Editor

What attracted Melanie to World Citizen Peace?

As a young teacher, Melanie has a passion for racial and equitable education.

Background / Experience

Melanie is a graduate from the University of Minnesota Morris with a degree in Elementary Education.

  Kevin McGee

Peace Education Consultant

What attracted Kevin to World Citizen Peace?

Kevin has a passion for social justice and critical thinking.

Background / Experience

Kevin has taught in a variety of places around the world. He teaches the very young and also trains adults to increase their effectiveness as teachers.

  Rhonda Vopava Geyette

Peace Education Facilitator

What attracted Rhonda to World Citizen Peace?

Building a strong community and collaboration are important to Rhonda. She focused on peace activities and literature with her students.

Background / Experience

Rhonda retired from Marcy Open School, an International Peace Site in Minneapolis.

  Maddy Wegner

Peace Education Facilitator

What attracted Maddy to World Citizen Peace?

One of Maddy’s passions is to inspire young people to action through the lives and work of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

Background / Experience

Includes director of training and innovation at you thrive and director of communications for National Youth Leadership Council.