has been with The Peace Center since 1987. She is founding director of PeaceTalks radio, producing radio documentaries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Rwanda, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States. Ms. Simmons is also an adjunct professor for the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Masters Program at Arcadia University where she teaches Facilitation for Conflict Transformation and Advanced Mediation. Simmons is certified in Family & Divorce Mediation, Conflict Transformation, Compassionate Listening, Healing and Rebuilding our Communities, Crisis Management, Trauma Healing and Alternatives to Violence.
is professionally trained in conflict management skills and is also a pastor in the United Methodist Church serving two congregations in Salem, NJ. His primary focus is reconciliation and bridge building around the issues of racial, economic, and educational disparity. The congregations he serves are becoming active change agents and community advocates. While in seminary, Danny counseled families in conflict in East Africa. He served as chaplain to the regional hospital in Jinja, Uganda, developing a partnership between caregivers and hospital staff to assure proper food and medical access. He has served in ministry in Trenton, NJ, and has had the opportunity to experience the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while traveling with a team from the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. That experience caused him to continually review, expand, and reshape his thoughts, techniques, and practices on peace-building. Danny holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech. He is trained in Inhalation Toxicology, Developmental Behavior/Ethology, as well as Pastoral Care/Counseling and Grief and Bereavement.
Debra has extensive non-profit experience with expertise in resource development, community organizing, and advocacy. She served as director of community engagement at the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, a non-profit organization based in Trenton that helps disadvantaged youth stay positively engaged in school, leading to increased graduation rates and entrance into post-high school career paths. While there, she worked on the development team for a $7.5 million capital campaign for a new youth community center in Lawrenceville, NJ and also managed recruitment efforts for mentors and tutors. Debra also served as director of public affairs for the NJ Charter Public Schools Association where she managed public affairs and led legislative and grassroots advocacy campaigns for over 80 schools. Following the tragedy at Columbine High School, she served as the NJ State Coordinator for the Million Mom March which drew over half million supporters to Washington, D.C. and to over 80 cities throughout the country to advocate for common sense gun violence prevention laws. In this role, she recruited, trained and managed local volunteer leaders around the state, built strong partnerships for effective advocacy, and served as media spokesperson. She was elected to the Pennsbury School Board in 2013 and chairs the policy, education, and wellness committees. Debra has her B.A. degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and her M.A. degree in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. She resides in Yardley with her husband Dan, three children, and a very sweet Cockapoo named Rosie!
holds a BS in communications from Northwestern University and a MA in Education from Harvard with a concentration on the media and its impact on children and adolescents. She has worked with young people for more than three decades in varied environments, first in the classroom, and later as the owner/director of The Kasdin School of Dramatic Arts, and as a founding director of The Friendship Circle of Bucks County, an organization that pairs teenage volunteers with children who have special needs. She is also a published author of five books on various subjects related to parenting and currently writes a blog for baby-boomers on The Huffington Post.
holds a BA in English with minors in Anthropology and Religious Studies from The College of New Jersey. She also holds a certification in Secondary Education from Delaware Valley College. Her involvement with peace work began more than 10 years ago when she started working with The Peace Center as a Peace Camp counselor, and later as a Peace Educator. Ms. Whitman coordinates The Peace Center’s Bullying Prevention Program [Respecting Me, Respecting You (RMRY) and Celebrating Me, Celebrating You (CMCY), Peer Mediation, Bullying Prevention Support Circles and School Interventions.
is a peace educator for Respecting Me, Respecting You and the Girls Unlimited program. She brings to The Peace Center Board a rich and varied background working in both the for-profit and non-profit world. Gayle has managed programs and grants, (doing amazing work in the Bristol community in a leadership capacity with United Way) and was an adjunct teacher with Bucks County Community College. She also led the Diversity office of BCCC. Gayle is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Holy Family University. She lives in Newtown with her husband and is the mother of six daughters, and has just become a grandmother.
After growing up in a small town in Ohio, Kathy’s world was transformed at New York University where she was surrounded by fellow students from all over the world. She embraced their stories and found herself becoming close friends with students from Brazil, Finland, Singapore, Lithuania, Venezuela and Italy. She studied Marketing, International Business and French, and enjoyed a career in retail buying and product development. After moving to Bucks County, Kathy became an active community and school volunteer while raising her family. Over the past ten years, she managed the design, construction and maintenance of Veterans Square Monument in Lower Makefield which features the names of local veterans under the watchful gaze of a life-size bronze eagle. The peaceful and uplifting monument is a gathering place for the community to honor those who make our freedom possible. Kathy is grateful her three children embrace the global world in which we live – one teaches English in Thailand, one has studied in Cuba, and another has traveled to Australia with a school music program. Kathy handles communications, spreads the word about The Peace Center at community events, and facilitates bullying prevention and diversity/inclusion programs in elementary schools. She and her family love traveling, art, hiking, kayaking and trying new cuisines!
holds a Ph.D. in International and Development Education from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. Supported by a Fulbright scholarship, she completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Pittsburgh and later pursued her doctorate. She has been involved with The Peace Center as a Peace Educator since 2016 facilitating Bullying Prevention programs, including Respecting Me Respecting You (RMRY), Celebrating Me Celebrating You (CMCY), Girls Unlimited (GU), and diversity and equity trainings. In Ecuador, her country of origin, she directed study-abroad programs for the International Partnership for Service-Learning (IPSL) and the College Consortium of International Studies (CCIS), and was a faculty member at Universidad Laica of Guayaquil. Prior to her work at The Peace Center, she was an educational and evaluation consultant, researching the impact of educational programs on students’ character and resiliency. Her work has been published in journals including Academic Exchange Quarterly, The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and The Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning. She resides in Newtown with her husband and two children.
Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.)
providing trauma-sensitive and resilience-focused personal growth and
violence intervention services in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
holds an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling, from the University of South Florida. He specializes in working with perpetrators and victims of violence – self-referred or court-mandated. Since 1982 John Anthony Bochnowicz has developed and ran programs in South Lake Tahoe, California, Reno, Nevada and Bel Air, Maryland to empower men and women to take responsibility for their behavior and to stop the violence in their lives. In 1994 John Anthony Bochnowicz launched the SAFE Counseling Program Inc., a domestic violence intervention program for men and women at The Peace Center, Langhorne, PA.
holds a B.A. Degree in Political Science and M.A. Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University, Glenside. Vera is certified in Traumatic Stress Studies, in Teaching Yoga within the Criminal Justice System, and in Domestic Violence Risk Assessment. In addition, she finds great joy in working as a certified practitioner of Reiki Levels I and II and in teaching special workshops on emotional intelligence and mindfulness. Vera takes pride in being an insightful and committed professional, an avid learner and an attuned parent. She works toward her vision of safe, connected and resilient families and communities by facilitating personal transformation and growth in her clients and welcoming partnerships with community stakeholders.