With more than more than thirty years of working and learning in 30 countries in Asia and Africa, I have focused my efforts on peacebuilding and conflict transformation at grass roots community and middle-out leadership levels. I have been appointed Senior Advisor for Human Security for the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
I have an MA in Religion with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite Seminary/University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I earned a Teaching for Higher Education Certificate from Temple University. I have a BA in International Development, an AA in Industrial Arts and Minor in Communications from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. In June 2015 I was recommended to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Fulbright Specialist Roster. I am on the roster of UNDP ExPres pre-approved consultants in the area of peacebuilding.
I have worked for/with; Alliance for Peacebuilding, Brethren Colleges Abroad, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Catholic Relief Service, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Interfaith Center Conciliation and Nonviolence, Institute for Global Engagement, Ka-ili-Yan Peacebuilding Institute, Lingana Foundation, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Disaster Service, Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (Philippines), Nonviolent Peaceforce, On Earth Peace, Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib, Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists, Payap University (Thailand), United States Institute of Peace, University of Hargeisa (Somaliland).
African work experience includes the following countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asian work experience includes the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
I have invited to speak and/or facilitate workshops in: Afghanistan, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Lao PDR, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Somaliland, Thailand, The United States and Zimbabwe.