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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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James Lynch

Board Member 

James A. Lynch, Jr. is a Dharma Teacher as authorized by the lay Buddhist Organization Rissho Kosei Kai. He is an official representative for their outside affairs in the New York City area, as well as an official representative for Rissho Kosei Kai to the United Nations. James is currently the President of the Buddhist Council of New York, which represents more than 900,000 Buddhist in the Tri-State area. In addition, he has helped organize the Heiwa Peace Foundation a think tank for peace whose primary work is done in the United States and Asia on behalf of its Founder the Venerable T.K. Nakagaki. He further sits on the Board of Religions for Peace USA which is the largest interfaith peace organization in America and was recently appointed as a Trustee to the prestigious international Parliament of World Religions. James is also a lawyer and a tenured professor, as well as the Chairman of the Business Management Department in the Koppelman School of Business located at Brooklyn College, where he teaches Workplace Happiness and Spirituality.
 

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Kay Newhouse

Board Member 

Kay brings a focus on social learning and respectful, joyful communities. She has worked with many types of organizations that empower people to learn, take care of one another, and do good work together, from education to the social safety net to social dance. Her experience with the varied forms of structural decision-making in these multiple contexts informs her approach to program design, values-aligned metrics, social change leadership, and mission strategy. Previous board experience includes Interfaith Works, Washington Elementary Science Teachers Association,  the National Association of Swing Dance Events, Rockville Community Nursery School and the Interfaith Housing Coalition. Kay has a master’s degree from Teachers College Columbia University, a love for poetry, dance and learning, and deep belief in the intrinsic worth of each of us as human beings.

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Eliane Lakam

Board Coordinator

 

Eliane is an experienced facilitator and community organizer with a background in peace and security, housing and climate justice, and education in emergencies.  Her work focuses on advancing nonviolence 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 the promotion of human dignity. Through interactive, context-relevant and trauma-informed approaches, she has trained people from all backgrounds and walks of life in the U.S and globally, 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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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. 

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Princia Vas

Board Member

Princia Vas is a third culture kid who is committed to causes surrounding human rights, justice, advocacy, and nonprofit management. She currently works at the Grameen Foundation in DC and has about 10 years’ experience in academia, private and government sectors. Given everything that’s going on around the world, the importance of peace building, and non-violent initiatives has become more important than ever. Princia is excited to be a part of the DC Peace Team and all the work they are doing to make this world a more peaceful place!

Current Interns

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Willow Hasson

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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Tarek Farouk Maassarani 

Experienced Facilitator

Tarek  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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Jamal Jones

Experienced Facilitator

Jamal (he/they/them) is is a second-generation educator who earned their bachelor degree in Psychology and Psychoeducational Studies whilst at Howard University. Jamal's career focus has been on at-risk, juvenile, and special education students, specifically students with Emotional Behavior Disorders. While teaching in these alternative school settings, Jamal became a self-taught and trialed by fire in the skills presented. Jamal is currently finishing a Masters in Special Education and currently teaches adult learners at the Academy of Hope, DC.

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Jeri Fields

Experienced Facilitator

Jeri (she/her) is a former educator who serves in her community as a first responder chaplain with a longstanding commitment to the spiritual well-being of all of God’s people. She holds a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice from Vermont Law School. Jeri is inspired by the transforming and healing powers that occur within circles that offer safe spaces to be brave and vulnerable as personal stories are shared openly with authenticity, deep listening, and respect for others. In her professional and personal life, she is passionate about restorative justice and is an enthusiastic member of the Restorative Justice family of the 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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Andria Chatmon

Experienced Facilitator

Andria is a graduate student in the online Social Justice and Community Organizing Program of Prescott College. She became involved with DCPT after moving back to Maryland from Madison, WI, where she studied Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison before working as a Bilingual Restorative Justice Intake Coordinator at YWCA Madison. Andria is excited to expand her knowledge around RJ and the implementation of other peaceful practices, use these practices to address systemic and community harm, and bring transformative, liberatory healing to all, especially vulnerable communities.

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Debra
Budiani-Saberi

Experienced Facilitator

Debra (she/her) is a medical anthropologist academic and health and human rights activist with a longstanding international commitment to victim/survivor advocacy with trafficked persons at the grassroots level and with agencies of the United Nations. She is also a Mindfulness facilitator for youth (within and outside of schools) and families with an approach that blends an exploration of our inner worlds with our interpersonal relationships and that is rooted in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), neuroscience and social justice. Debra is an enthusiastic member of the Restorative Justice family of the DC Peace Team. 

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