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.
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.
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.
Stephanie CW Telles is a life-long resident of New Mexico. She is a graduate of NMSU with degrees in both Philosophy and Government, and she earned her MBA from UNM. Stephanie has previously worked for the Democratic Party of NM, the State of NM, and the NM Legal Group; she now brings her professional talents to Wells Fargo as an Operational Analyst. In addition to Project PeacePal, Stephanie also serves on the Board for The Latina Alliance for Literacy Advancement, is Chief-Of-Staff for The Young Democrats of New Mexico, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
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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