Sarah Wilkinson received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois, and in the year immediately following worked as a VISTA. It was during this experience that her desire to work for social justice was ignited and where she developed the skills required for community engagement. Following her VISTA service, she traveled extensively around the world. In 2007 she combined her long-time commitment to peace and education with her interest in international issues by founding Project PeacePal. In addition to working with PeacePal, Sarah teaches a course on Global Engagement at the University of New Mexico.
Denise Bucci relocated to Albuquerque for its beautiful landscapes and unique culture. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. After graduation she spent a year and a half teaching English in northern China and was able to travel to countries including Mongolia, Taiwan, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. She is enthusiastic about helping PeacePal achieve its mission of spreading global peace and cultural understanding.
— The Dalai Lama