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.
Dave Culp is an apprentice lineman at PNM. He was born and raised in Chicago. In 2008, he graduated from Wabash College in Indiana with a Bachelor’s in English. He believes in fostering relationships with youth in order to establish strong leaders in the community. He also loves the Chicago Cubs and his beautiful wife.
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.
Dr. Natasha Kolchevska is a former Professor of Russian, Emerita, UNM’s first Associate Provost for International Initiatives, and past Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at UNM. Dr. Kolchevska has also been keenly interested in expanding exchange possibilities for both faculty and students at UNM, and has worked to integrate not only various academic disciplines, but also, to integrate academic and professional training beyond the university campus. She currently works with the Albuquerque International Association and the Albuquerque Council on International Visitors to promote leadership programs that bring together the Albuquerque community with experts and future leaders from around the world.
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.
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.
Dave Wheeler is a nuclear quality manager at Sandia National Laboratories. He has more than 25 years professional experience in the operations of nuclear facilities, infrastructure, and US Navy submarines. He has lived in New Mexico for the past 14 years after moving from the eastern part of the country. He is passionate about service to the next generation of young leaders in this country and abroad, and wants all to have full engagement in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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.
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
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