Dr. Malcolm N. Burgess, President
Dr. Malcolm N. Burgess grew up in the UK and attended University College, London before joining the pharmaceutical Industry and obtaining his post-graduate degree from Bath University. He moved to the US in 1991, settling in beautiful Bucks County in 1996. While working in the pharmaceutical industry he traveled extensively, learning to harness cultural diversity and build effective multi-cultural teams. His global experiences (including a spell living in Hong Kong) give him a unique perspective on managing cultural differences; having experienced bullying as a child he also has a deep-seated motivation to prevent others from going through the same ordeal. He is married and all four of his children grew up here in Bucks County. He retired from full time employment in 2017 and since then has been serving on various Bucks County Boards/Township Commissions.
Nichole Farrior, LMSW, Vice President
Nikki Farrior is a licensed professional social worker, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and earned her BASW and MSW degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She leverages over two decades of direct service and community volunteer experience, working alongside many non-profit organizations, local provider agencies, legislators and houses of worship. With The Peace Center, she serves as a facilitator for the annual Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit as well as Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer and enjoys working alongside the community to tackle uncomfortable topics, facilitate crucial conversations and explore meaningful and impactful solutions. She is a registered parliamentarian, member of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), member of the American Association of Parliamentarians (AIP) and a charter member of the Parliamentarians of Bucks County (PBC), a unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP).
Professionally, she is the Resource Consultant for Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN) where she connects hundreds of homeless and in-need families and individuals, to life sustaining resources throughout Bucks County, PA and principal and CEO of Itara Insight Solutions, LLC., where she coaches non-profit organizations on parliamentary procedure. She enjoys reading, yoga, spin classes and listening to classical and live jazz music. She is married to her college sweetheart, and they raised their three children in Bucks County, PA.
Corey Tendler, Secretary
Corey Tendler first fell in love with The Peace Center in high school, when she was trained as a peer mediator, and then as a college student, when she facilitated the Peace Camp as part of a summer internship. After graduating from Syracuse University in 2001, Corey moved to New York City to pursue a career in communications. She managed communications for 16 years for companies like American Express and Citigroup before moving back to the area. She now lives in Yardley, PA with her family and works at Toll Brothers as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In this role, she works to advance diversity and inclusion and cultivate a community where employees of all backgrounds are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect. She also oversees employee communications. Corey is thrilled to be able to give back to her local community and support The Peace Center again after so many years. She’s also very proud of her mother who is a Peace Educator for STAR. Go mom!
Warren Levy, Treasurer
Delicia led communications for over 15 years in complex global organizations, and commands a full range of Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications and Change Management skills. She currently heads Communications for ThoughtFocus, a global digital transformation company based in New York City.
She created and executed national Strategic Communications for Merrill Lynch. While leading Internal and External Communications, for the highest producing Methanex site, the largest global methanol producer, she established the organization as a first-choice employer and key social and economic contributor. Delicia presented on Corporate Social Responsibility at the CCAA (Caribbean and Central American Association) Conference as an outstanding contributor in this area.
For Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, and Oracle’s Latin America and Caribbean distribution, she helped position the company as the leading IT solutions supplier. Delicia also devised and directed successful Marketing Communications campaigns for Nestle, and Integrated Communications for Bacardi, Moet et Chandon, and Hennessy, among others. Her skills in traditional, digital, and social media platforms, multimedia, content creation, ad agency management, and superlative engagement skills make her a valuable resource. Delicia is collaborative, creative, and singularly able to identify an organization’s differentiators and translate them into engaging, effective stakeholder communications to achieve the organization’s business objectives. Delicia resides in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators,) and past volunteer country Red Cross Communications Director, Rotary Club Director.
She enjoys recreational travel, researching and writing about wines, spirits, and food, and is a sport enthusiast with particular interest in cricket, golf and soccer. Delicia holds a BS in Economics from UWI (The University of the West Indies) and an MS in Communications from NYU (New York University.)
Cornelia (Connie) Keener
attended Woman’s Medical College in Philadelphia, and Penn State University, has 45 years of experience serving as a Registered Nurse in hospitals, offices, home health, insurance and telephonic nursing. She taught Holistic Studies at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, and served on several area boards with a focus on education for parenting and eldercare. She is a trained Mediator and a book editor with a love of life long learning.
is a Senior Counsel at PNC Bank supporting the Real Estate Banking and Tax Credit Capital businesses. She is also the Vice Chair of PNC Legal’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, whose mission is to create a more inclusive and diverse department and environment. Raina holds a J.D. from Temple University, Beasley School of Law; and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication. In 2017, PNC’s General Counsel selected Raina for a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellowship. In 2018, Raina was selected as a Member of the Forum of Executive Women, a not-for-profit organization in the Philadelphia region. Raina lives in Upper Makefield with her husband and 3 children. Her oldest son is a second grader in the Council Rock School District.
joined The Peace Center after being drawn to the vision of the organization. Sophia graduated from the University of Florida and has spent most of her professional career in the legal field. She currently lives with her family outside of Philadelphia and works in legal operations and compliance for a Fortune 500 company. Sophia is also a regular contributor to various corporate initiatives and opportunities that facilitate understanding and promote inclusion among people of different backgrounds. She is delighted to be a part of bringing The Peace Center’s mission to our communities.
Grew up in Bucks County. He attended Juniata College before embarking on a 25-year career in business. In the early 2000’s he sold his business ventures to focus his attention on teaching and coaching. In 2017 he accepted a position with Edward Jones Investments as a financial advisor. He and his wife, Laurie, still live in Bucks County and have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Stephen is a member of Southampton Friends Meeting and has served as Clerk of Meeting since 2021. He has served on numerous boards and community organizations throughout his life and is proud to serve as current board president of The Peace Center.
Mike Nanz was first introduced to The Peace Center through a close friend and was immediately drawn to their message. That message and vision encouraged Mike to become involved with The Peace Center in any way he could. This eventually led to his appointment on the Board of Directors during the summer of 2021. Mike attended Penn State University graduating in 2002 which led to him settling in New York City, where he pursued a career in Finance and Retirement Planning. After spending over 10 years in New York, Mike relocated to Bucks County. Mike currently lives in Newtown, PA with his wife and three children. He continues to pursue a career in Finance and Retirement Planning for T. Rowe Price. Mike is excited to give back and continue to spread The Peace Center message to those in his community.
Muhammed Said Selmanlar
is currently the Executive Director of Peace Islands Institute Pennsylvania. PII PA is a non-profit organization that aspires to advance the aims of social justice and human rights through education, dialogue, and collaboration. As an interfaith and intercultural activist, he organized many events and programs to promote mutual understanding and to contribute to peace and harmony in the community. He currently serves as the Vice President of BIG (Bethlehem Interfaith Group) and serves on a number of boards and advisory boards of various non-profit organizations. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife.
Andrea “Andie” Weiner, Ed.D.
is a trained psychologist and an expert in social and emotional intelligence and well-being. Her various careers as a therapist, an executive in a health care company, a partner and co-founder of an educational company specializing in emotional/social skill products have furthered her expertise in leadership and inter and intra-personal skills. She is also the author of two books, The Best Investment and More Than Saying I Love You, which are geared to educating individuals on social and emotional skills. Dr. Andie received her B.S. in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, M.A. from Rider University in Educational Administration, and her Ed.D. in education and psycho-educational processes from Lehigh University. She lives in Lahaska, Bucks County with her husband Jeffery and is the proud mother of her daughter Aly who lives in New York City.
Clifford Xantus has always serendipitously volunteered with organizations. After seeing the community benefit from what The Peace Center provides, he felt that joining the board would be the most valuable service that he could offer. Professionally, Cliff works for a commercial bank, helping businesses increase sales through finance product offerings. He now lives in Newtown PA and has been a resident of Bucks County for over 15 years. As a proud father of two he is passionate about helping foster tolerance and inclusion within his community. “The Peace Center is an important resource and we’re lucky to have them.”