Board, Trustees, and Advisors

Board of Directors

Mike Abkin, Chairman and Treasurer


Mike Abkin serves as chairman and treasurer on the Board of Directors of the National Peace Academy. He previously served on the National Peace Academy staff as Education and Corporate Affairs Coordinator and before that as Director of Operations at Peace Partnership International and Special Projects Coordinator for The Peace Alliance and its Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. In his former 34-year academic and private sector technical career, Mike applied systems analysis and simulation modeling for international agricultural development and air transportation, including projects that took him to Nigeria, Korea, Austria, and Venezuela. Then, at the Foundation for Global Community, Mike designed and facilitated courses related to personal and cultural transformation and sustainability, developed a vocational training program in Afghanistan, and was project manager for the Foundation’s program at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona. Mike taught high school French and mathematics with the Peace Corps in Nigeria and has volunteered at home with local nonprofits, city government, and political movements. He earned his doctorate in systems science at Michigan State University and served on the faculty at Michigan State from 1971-1981. Mike enjoys time with family (especially granddaughter Coco!), traveling in the world, walking in nature, and musing in prose and poetry.

David Anderson Hooker

IMG_0036 (2)David Anderson Hooker is a lawyer and former community psychologist with more than 30 years’ experience as a mediator, trainer, and community builder.  He currently serves as Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute for Public Service and Outreach.  He also continues to serve as Associated Faculty at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, where he teaches courses and workshops in Mediation, Negotiation, Community Building, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, Multiparty Consensus Building and Healing Historical Harms.   For the past 15 years he has worked in communities and world regions experiencing intense or intractable conflict including Southern Sudan/Northern Uganda, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Somalia.  In the United States he served as Community Engagement Advisor to the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi (Oxford) in its Decade of Dialogue to Undo Racism in Mississippi.  Hooker helped to establish and train community organizers in five regions of that State to conduct multi-racial dialogue and conduct local analysis leading to local actions to address issues of racial inequity.  Hooker also served as the Director of Research and Training for Coming to the Table – Healing Historical Harms (CTTT).  The CTTT project originally connected “linked” descendants of former enslaved and former enslavers from the same plantation systems in dialogue processes.  The project expanded to consider methods of engagement for any community divided by historical trauma.

Hooker’s experiences with various racial healing approaches including Coming to The Table, The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Program as well as his years as a Civil Rights litigator and his experience as the Vice President of Community Building for the Annie E. Casey Foundation Center for Working Families, Inc. (Atlanta GA)  have called him to seek a new approach to uncovering the structural and discursive factors in a community that result in and reproduce racially constructed inequities.  The approach being developed is a community engagement/ popular education model that has both theoretical and practical foundations in trauma healing, power analysis, critical discourse analysis and conflict transformation. A community starts by identifying one or two issues of clear racially differential experience.  Using these issues as exemplars, through an iterative process of structural analysis, dialogue, psycho social historic investigations and discourse analysis, the community can uncover the origins of inequitable structures and the connected discourse that supports the current organizational arrangements and practices (i.e. “legacy” and “aftermath”).  It is his belief that this method, once refined will also be applicable to address other forms of socially constructed systemic inequity including gender, ethnicity, and ability.

TJ Bowen

3f7a944At CiviCore, TJ’s responsibilities include managing projects, configuring databases, and leading the Sales and Marketing Team.  Clients include a variety of social-sector organizations, including the California Primary Care Association, the Houston Food Bank, Open World Learning, and a variety of mentoring organizations.

TJ has worked with and for nonprofit, private and governmental organizations for more than 15 years in program management, web content management, social media coordination, social and environmental advocacy, fundraising, and coaching. His previous work as the Program Manager at the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University focused on collaborative decision-making, dialogue and restorative justice. As the National Field Organizer for the Student Peace Alliance, he organized student chapters around the country towards educational and advocacy efforts for the prevention of local and international violence. TJ’s work in the nonprofit sector started as a swim coach where he taught hundreds how to swim competitively, started or led large swim teams in the Denver area, and developed several nationally-ranked athletes.

While obtaining his Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, TJ concentrated his studies on organizational learning and dialogue. His undergraduate work centered on fitness, nutrition, peak performance and well-being. His personal interests are rooted in the ethics of nonviolence, sustainability, deep ecology, and systems thinking. A Colorado native, he stays active and has a passion for music.

Lou Ensel

lou_enselLou has a B.A. in English from Northwestern University, and is completing work towards a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine.   He has completed mediation training at Capital University Law School, and consensus building training with the City of Columbus, Ohio.

Lou has 20 years in non-profit management from agency and community relations to Associate Director for a regional chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.    He has worked in varied community and public environments from foodbanking to public policy in transportation, from diversity education and mediation to neighborhood healing through consensus building.  As Executive Director of the Biosophical Institute, Lou works closely with agencies that the foundation funds, and looks to the future for continuing to support peacebuilding efforts.

Publications Lou wrote an article in the Columbus CEO about the rising immigrant population in Central Ohio in the late ’90?s.  Lou was also a member of a City of Columbus team that created a manual to bridge the communication gap with the growing Somali population in Columbus, Ohio.

Kelly Guinan

Bio coming soon…

Lisa Worth Huber, Secretary

Lisa Worth HuberLisa is a peace educator and a participatory action researcher with a focus on empathy development. She teaches in universities, K-12 classrooms, homeless shelters, safe houses, and with youth at risk, incorporating the arts as a means to give voice to the silenced, address injustice, foster understanding and nurture compassion. Concerned with the growing epidemic of violence and bullying, Lisa has conducted numerous studies on the efficacy of humanitarian and social justice education as compared with existing programs on bullying, which has led her to advocate for mandated peace and conflict transformation curricula in all schools nationwide. She continues to research methods for developing empathy, one of the most important skills for creating a compassionate global society.

Involved in creating a Center for Conflict Transformation in CT, Lisa is a working with a diverse and talented group to design and implement programs to meet the needs of schools, local government, community organizations, veterans, families and individuals to navigate the challenges of violence, PTSD, bullying, sex-trafficking, environmental concerns, educational inequity and poverty.

Lisa is on the Launch Team for the Global Sustainability Fellows Progam ( an international, inter-disciplinary educational initiative in collaboration with The Sustainability Labs; Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition and Medical School for International Health, EARTH University, Costa Rica; Rhode Island School of Design; Cooper Union Insitutute for Sustainable Design; University of Colorado; University of Sidney, Australia; University of St. Galen, Switzerland; Tulane University; Stony Brook University; The Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology and  Engineers Without Boarders.  The purpose of this initiative is to help prepare a new generation of leaders in government, design, business and community organizations tackle effectively the challenges of a global transition toward an enduring and sustainable world.

Committed to public service, Lisa currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Peace Academy and the Advisory Board for the Connectict Center for Nonviolence: A Dr. Martin Luther King Institute.


Mike Abkin

See above.

Patti Bailie

fb-sm-PattiPromoPatti Bailie is the Assistant Director of the Nature-based Early Childhood Program, Antioch University New England.  Patti has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln in Educational Studies specializing in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning with an emphasis in early childhood education and science education. M.Ed. 1992, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

Patti has worked in the field of early childhood environmental education (ECEE) for over 20 years; as the founding director of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool in Milwaukee WI, as co-director of the Early Childhood Outdoors Institute in Omaha NE, and as an early childhood environmental educator at The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in Cleveland OH. Her interests include nature preschools; nature experiences and brain development; and connecting peace, nature and spirituality for young children. Patti also serves as a trustee of the National Peace Academy, board member of Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, advisory board member of the Natural Start Alliance at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), and as a consulting editor for the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE). Patti has presented at numerous conferences on the subject of ECEE and has worked as a nature education consultant with various organizations including National Audubon Society, Sesame Street, Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, and the Children’s Ecological Organization in Azerbaijan.



Bailie, P.E. & Rosenow, N., guest editors (in process). Children Youth and Environments Special Issue on Greening Early Childhood Education. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Bailie, P.E. (2010). From the one-hour field trip to a nature preschool: Partnering with Environmental Organizations. Young Children, Vol. 65(4), July, 76-82.

Bailie, P.E. (2003). Environmental education program illustrated importance of early start. Give and Take, Vol. 6(1), Winter, 24-25. (A Journal on Civil Society in Eurasia, ISAR).

Bailie, P.E. (1999).  Forging partnerships with preschools. Legacy, Vol. 10(2), March/April,

20-25. (Journal of the National Association for Interpretation, NAI).

Book Chapters

Bailie, P.E. (in process). Nature preschools as the synthesis of early childhood education and environmental education. In D. Sobel, Learning to walk between the raindrops: Nature preschools and forest kindergartens in North America. Redleaf Press.

Bailie, P.E. (in process). High quality practices in nature-based early childhood. In D. Sobel, Learning to walk between the raindrops: Nature preschools and forest kindergartens in North America. Redleaf Press.

Bailie, P.E. (2009). Children in nature: Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool. In R. Keeler, Natural playscapes: Creating outdoor play environments for the soul, (pp. 62-65). Redmond, WA: Exchange Press.

Conference Sourcebooks

Bailie, P.E. (2001). Early childhood environmental education: Discovering animal tracks through

the ECO Institute’s nature curriculum trunk. Interpretive Sourcebook, National Interpreter’s

Workshop, November, 60-61.

Bailie, P.E. (1998). Forging partnerships with preschools: Nature activities for young children.

Interpretive Sourcebook, National Interpreter’s Workshop, October, 34-36.

Newsletter Articles

Bailie, P.E. (2009-2012) Early Childhood News, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Newsletter (6 per year).

Bailie, P.E. (2003-2007) Early Childhood News, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Newsletter (6 per year).

Bailie, P.E. & Bartee, H., editors. (1999-2002) Earthworm Newsletter. Vol. 1-4 (3 issues per

year). (International newsletter of the ECO Institute with circulation of over 1400.)

Bailie, P.E. (2002). Early Childhood Corner, Connection Newsletter, Vol. 6 (1), Winter

Bailie, P.E. (2001). Early childhood and environmental education growing strong. Connection

Newsletter, Early Childhood Corner, Vol. 5 (4), Fall, 2.

Bailie, P.E. & Bartee, H. (2001). A sense of wonder. Connection Newsletter, Early Childhood

Corner, Vol. 5 (3), Summer, 1-2.

Bailie, P.E. (2001). A winter wonderland: Animal tracks. Connection Newsletter, Early

Childhood Corner, Vol. 5 (1), Winter, 1&6.

Bailie, P.E. (2000). Early Childhood Corner. Connection Newsletter, Vol. 4 (2), Spring, 1-2.

Mark Chupp


Mark is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Community Practice for Social Change concentration at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University. He also directs the East Cleveland Partnership, an initiative to support the revitalization of East Cleveland. Mark’s research and practice over the past 30 years has focused on community building, community development, conflict transformation and citizen participation.

Mark began his career in restorative justice, eventually directing the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in the US. He also served as a consultant with the National Institute of Justice, helping establish victim offender mediation programs across the US.

Dr. Chupp is an international consultant and trainer in conflict transformation and peacebuilding and has worked in Northern Ireland, Egypt, Israel, Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. He lived in Costa Rica and Nicaragua from 1988 to 1991, where he worked extensively throughout Central America. Of note, he accompanied Peace and Reconciliation Commissions during negotiation of the end of the civil war in Nicaragua. He also provided leadership in the establishment of the Culture of Peace Program and a UN Local Zone of Peace in post-war El Salvador.

With a commitment to increasing the voice of marginalized communities, Mark earned his MSW from University of Michigan with a concentration in community organization. He then served as an organizer in a marginalized neighborhood facing intractable internal conflict. He also organized a comprehensive community assessment and founded a nonprofit organization focused on community mediation and violence prevention.

Mark moved to Cleveland in 1997, and while completing his PhD at CWRU, he served as project director at the Center for Neighborhood Development at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Mark designed an appreciative inquiry process for promoting race relations in a Polish American neighborhood that was experiencing a large increase in African American residents. He then collaborated with other practitioners to establish Appreciative Inquiry for Community and Social Change, one of the first systematic efforts to adopt appreciative inquiry for nonprofit and community contexts.

Mark has published numerous theory and practice oriented articles, manuals and book chapters. A manual he co-authored in Spanish on transforming conflict and violence has been used throughout Latin America. Mark is a founding trustee of the National Peace Academy and adjunct faculty at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute of Eastern Mennonite University.

Lou Ensel

see above

Kristin Famula, Director of Programs
Tony Jenkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dot Maver, President


National Peace Academy Advisory Council

Note: All titles and affiliations are for identification purposes only.

Kai Brand-Jacobsen Director, International Peace and Development Training Center, Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania
Rinaldo Brutoco Founder and President, World Business Academy
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN
Dr. Shannon French Director, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence
Sam Guarnaccia 
Dr. Perry Greene Associate Provost, Adelphi University
Eric Howell Filmmaker
Deb Ingstad CEO, 50 Entertainment
Rita Marie Johnson Founder and President, Rasur International Foundation
Dr. Tricia Jones Temple University
Ambassador John McDonald Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
Sally Mahe Director of Organizational and Regional Development, United Religions Initiative
Dr. Patricia Mische, Co-founder and past president of Global Education Associates
Michael Nagler President, Metta Center for Nonviolence
Dr. Betty Reardon Founder Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education
Jeanine Saperstein
Lisa Schirch Director, 3D Security Initiative, Eastern Mennonite University’s Graduate Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
Dr. Ed Tick Founder, Soldier’s Heart
Libby Traubman
Aaron Voldman Board Member and Executive Director, The Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance