Barbara Simmons, Executive Director
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.
has 20 years experience as a teacher, trainer, facilitator and public speaker. Ms. Burns has previously served as program coordinator, leadership team member and on the Board of Directors. Ms. Burns facilitates workshops and training including: Social and Emotional Intelligence, Parenting, and Project PEACE for schools.
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), Peer Mediation, Bullying Prevention Support Circles and School Interventions.
has an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of South Florida. Since 1982 John Anthony has been working throughout the country to empower men and women to take responsibility for their behavior. In 1994 he launched SAFE, a domestic violence program, at The Peace Center. John Anthony specializes in working with both offenders and victims in order to end the cycle of violence. To date, he has facilitated more than 3,000 groups for men and women.
has an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University. Vera works with women’s groups and has often led the Ventures In Peace program.