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Board of Directors

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Chris Almeria

Chris Almeria is on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, currently stationed in Albuquerque.  He has a B.S. in Aeronautics and a M.A. in International Relations.  His work in International Relations includes several tours abroad across the globe and working with Allied and partner nations in training, professional development and cross-cultural understanding.  Particularly interested in education and development at all levels across the international arena, Chris is excited to bring his talents to the PeacePal board.  He enjoys long distance running and photography here in the Land of Enchantment.


Steve Bishop

Steve Bishop is an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures and Africana Studies at the University of New Mexico.  His teaching and research interests are in African literature and culture, law & literature, child soldiers, service learning, and social justice.  He has lived in New Mexico for the past 14 years after originally coming to the Southwest to work as a lawyer on the Navajo Nation.  He now loves green chile, roadrunners, and the Balloon Fiesta, but is terrified of going up in a balloon. Steve is currently on sabbatical in Cameroon, West Africa.


Joey Keefe

Joey Keefe works in communications at Strategies 360, a full-service public relations and marketing firm. Prior to joining Strategies 360, Joey worked as a teaching assistant for an online school and was also a licensed real estate agent. A native of Albuquerque, Joey is passionate about giving his time to serve the community. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Mexico in 2012.

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Lacey Nagar works as a Case Manager at NM AIDS Services. Lacey joined Project PeacePal in February 2013 as Program Manager, and now serves on the board of directors. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration in May of 2013.  She is particularly interested in public health and international issues, and her long term career goals include nonprofit and policy work.  Her passions are traveling, cooking, and reading.

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Dr. Judy Ribble is Founding Executive Director Emerita of the National Commission on Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME), a nonprofit organization created to certify persons employed in the continuing medical education (CME) field.  Dr. Ribble was Medscape/WebMD's first CME Director and helped configure Web-based formats for physician learners during the period of rapid growth of online CME.  She has directed CME activities at MCP, Jefferson Medical College, National Arthritis Foundation, American College of Physicians, Lifetime Medical Television, Reuters Health, and National Center for Genome Resources.  In 1996 she and her husband moved to New Mexico, where three of their six children now reside.

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Garth Scrivner is a Certified Financial Planner® professional with nearly 10 years in financial services. Prior to joining StanCorp Investment Advisers, he was a principal in his own advisory firm, serving individuals and families in the Albuquerque area with comprehensive financial planning and investment management. He is involved with the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Future Fund and serves on the United Way New Mexico’s Planned Giving Council.  In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Sarah Wilkinson

Sarah Wilkinson founded Project PeacePal in 2007 and has been the Executive Director since that time.  She sits on the board as a non-voting member.

Advisory Board

Peter Simpson, Former Director of the World Learning Visitor Exchange Program

Steve Meilleur, HR and Employment Risk Services Consultant for Poms & Associates

Tim Gregory, Founder & Director of Nada Brahma Productions and Co-Founder of Kenya Connect