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Our Team

We are a close-knit team of enthusiastic individuals committed to justice and nonviolence. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential parts of our culture and identity. We are constantly learning and strive to create a team that reflects the communities we serve and spaces where everyone feels valued, heard, and empowered.

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Board of Directors

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Heather Thompson 

Board Member

Heather is a restorative justice trainer and has been a legal assistant with the Public Defender’s office since 2017. Prior to that, she worked with a non-profit organization that focused on bail reform. From 2007-2015, she was a Courtroom Clerk at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. She is a recent graduate of Montgomery College, where she earned two associate degrees. Heather has participated in victim-offender dialogues in the past and is a passionate advocate for criminal and social justice reform.

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Angie Whitehurst

Board Member

Angie is a DC community leader involved in many grassroots organizations. She has a keen sense for building sustainable communities and networks. She has deployed with unarmed civilian protection units as part of the DC Peace Team and is a lead recruiter for the organization.

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Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D.

Board Member 

Eli has led numerous training in nonviolent communication, unarmed civilian protection, and bystander intervention. He also helps facilitate the deployments of DCPT’s unarmed civilian protection units. He is a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the Justice and Peace Studies Program.  His most recent book is titled A Just Peace Ethic: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (2020). In 2012,  Eli published Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy. He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti, where he worked with people living in poverty, working with people experiencing homelessness in Boston and Washington, DC, monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, and leading strategic nonviolent resistance campaigns. 

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Heather Legge

Board Member 

Heather Legge holds a BA in Public Affairs: Ethics, Philosophy, and Social Policy from Wells College. She has spent the past four years working in Institutional Advancement/Donor Relations for nonprofits, currently in the field of higher education at Randolph College. Her primary roles have been in donor relations and database management. Heather is a social justice advocate and believes that nonviolent communication is a lifelong practice and that starting small in local communities is how NVC and restorative justice practices will become more commonly used for conflict resolution. These practices begin within an individual and spread out as a way of life. Heather lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, with her two teenage daughters and two cats. She enjoys reading, writing, houseplants, and building relationships within communities. While she does not have formal training in conflict resolution, she considers herself a critical thinker, lifelong learner, and empathetic listener; all of these being useful skills for facilitating NVC and RJ. She has facilitated some small trainings on her college campus for student leaders and hopes to continue to build on those trainings within the student, faculty, and staff populations with a goal of helping form a safer community.

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Sal Corbin

Board Member

Sal offers training in Active Bystander Intervention, Restorative Justice, Unarmed Civilian Protection, and conflict mediation. He worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology Professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done Workforce Development training and program management and is a Training Coordinator for the Maryland Harm Reduction Institute. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict transformation as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing. 

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Dr. Kris Inman

Board Member

Dr. Kris Inman is a political psychologist and research methodologist with over 17 years experience working in national security, democracy, human rights, preventing violent extremism, and peacebuilding, primarily on the African continent. Kris has a full time job in international development, but her passion for community wellness, mental health, and peace in Washington DC drives her to serve our local community in multiple ways. She joined DC Peace Team in 2022 after a tragic domestic violence incident in her Ward 7 neighborhood prompted her to seek grassroots peace solutions. In addition to serving on DC Peace Team's board of directors, she also serves on Hillcrest Children and Family Center's board and is a certified Equine Specialist with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association where she supports clients on their mental health and wellness journeys through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at the Maryland Therapeutic Riding center. She is a part time faculty member at Georgetown University in the African Studies Department. 

Current Interns

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Rose Dallimore 

Advocacy Coordinator and Support Intern 

Rose (she/her) is a senior at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, studying International Politics and Security with minors in Theology and Diplomatic Studies. She began supporting the DC Peace Team as a summer intern in 2021 and has continued with the team as the coordinator of the new DC Peace Team advocacy committee and helps to run DCPT social media, coordinate trainings and outreach, and serve on the Columbia Heights Community Safety Unit. Outside of DCPT, Rose is a teacher, playwright, poet, and advocate, and she hopes to work in the Peacebuilding or Humanitarian fields in the future.

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Willow Hasson

Digital Organizing Intern 

Willow (she/her) is a recent graduate of George Washington University where she studied political science, international affairs, and journalism. After taking a peace studies class at GW, Willow first volunteered with the DC Peace Team as a grant-prospecting intern in the summer of 2020. She has continued with the team in multiple roles and now helps coordinate DCPT social media and outreach. Willow has a passion for active restorative justice and conflict resolution and plans to pursue a law degree next.

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Kate Santarelli 

Intern

Katie  is a student at George Washington University, where she is studies Organizational Sciences with minors in Human Services & Social Justice and Spanish. Katie became involved in DCPT in the summer of 2020 as social media intern. Katie also created “Family Engagement in Peace Education”, a workbook that inspires children to engage with peaceful living and nonviolent peacemaking. In DCPT, Katie is most excited to learn more about the implementation of peaceful practices and conflict transformation techniques within local communities.

Facilitators & Core Members 

Meet some of our experienced facilitators and dedicated supporters. We love them and are inspired by their commitment to passionately share their time and expertise with the world. 

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Laurie Cooper 

Experienced Facilitator

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Laurie is an international development specialist focusing on democracy, good governance practice and conflict resolution in sub-Saharan Africa.  She has trained election workers, civil society activists and election observers in over a dozen countries during the past 30 years, and served as an international election observer during many of the continent’s first multiparty contests under new constitutions.  She has also trained local dispute resolution practitioners in post-conflict environments.  She resides in Washington, DC and serves on the Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning committee for DC Peace Team.

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LeeAnn King 

Experienced Facilitator

LeeAnn is a geospatial scientist, yoga and meditation teacher, community organizer, and health & wellness guide who offers trainings in communication and compassion while serving on various committees and supporting DC Peace Team, behind the scenes. LeeAnn’s intention is to nurture safe spaces inside ourselves and throughout communities and organizations to allow open and honest communication that fosters connection and bridges individuals to networks and support systems while promoting compassion and belonging. LeeAnn believes in the power of collaboration to go beyond that which is possible alone and understands that complexity in relationships can be complicated ~ her life’s work is to help shed light on the wonderful gifts that each of us bring to share in our growth as individuals and our ability to flourish as a whole system. We are human and share one Earth & We are stronger together.

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Tarek Farouk Maassarani 

Experienced Facilitator

Tarek is a is currently focused on Restorative Justice efforts as a member of the Restorative DC team and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices. His experience in the field of peacebuilding more broadly includes developing and implementing cross-border encounter programs, gang intervention efforts, community mediation and dialogue, and school-based peace education programs, as well as a wide variety of training/facilitation services. Tarek has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in conflict resolution. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and  a J.D. from Georgetown University, as well as a B.S. in Environmental Studies and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Eliane Lakam

Experienced Facilitator

Board Coordinator 

 

Eliane is an experienced facilitator and community organizer who leads at the intersection of nonviolence and global citizenship and believes in the transformational power of empathy in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. Her work focuses on co-creating inclusive communities, advancing racial and social justice, and promoting women's participation—as critical actors—in all efforts to achieve sustainable peace and justice. Eliane's training sessions empower participants to embrace nonviolence as a way of life and are rooted in the characteristic of cura personalis and practices that aim to restore the dignity of those impacted by violence and injustice. Through interactive, context-relevant and trauma-informed approaches, she has trained people from all backgrounds and walks of life in the U.S and internationally, including community and religious leaders, activists, elected officials, college students, and educators. She is a proud Hoya and completed graduate studies at Harvard University.

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Aleta Winters 

Experienced Facilitator

Aleta was introduced to the DCPT through several Nonviolent Communication training and participating in Restorative Justice Circles.  Inspired by the mission of the DCPT, she now co-facilitates Nonviolent Communication training and Restorative Justice Circles. Previousely, she served as the Team's Administrator. She is a skilled executive for ten plus years, worked in the criminal justice field for six years, and has worked in education for the past seven years. She is passionate about advocating for her community, facilitating, and providing service and resources to the DCPT participants, volunteers, and direct members.

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