Board of Directors

Suzanne Carlson has been committed to nonviolent activism since 1983, including various acts of “divine resistance” to weapons of mass destruction, militarism, racism, and materialism. Following participation in the Walk for the Earth 1984 (CA to Washington DC), she joined Jonah House and the Atlantic Life Community and served a year in prison for a Plowshares action against the Trident first-strike nuclear system. Besides living simply and in community, she has participated in several acts of resistance as well as community-building and local food production. She serves on the Board to promote Traprock’s mission toward peace and social and economic justice.

Pat Hynes, a retired Professor of Urban Environmental Health, has worked for decades as an educator, researcher, writer and activist on issues of environmental justice, feminism, and the health effects of war. Her book, A Patch of Eden: America’s Inner-City Gardeners, documented the social and environmental justice capacity of the community gardening movement in inner cities of the United States. She is committed to building with others the Traprock Center as an informational and educational resource for activists, educators, and students. Pat has had several of her articles on war, militarism, peace, and related concerns published online:

abbeyProfessor Abbie Jenks, MSW, M.Ed., is the creator and current advisor of the Peace, Justice and Environmental Studies Liberal Arts option at Greenfield Community College, and a member of the GCC Green Campus Committee. She is active in the national Peace and Justice Studies Association and co-chair of the New England Peace Studies Association. Additionally, she is a Board Member of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Greenfield, MA and a participant/initiating group member in the Transition Town movement in Pelham, MA where she lives. Ms. Jenks works with other United States community colleges in the development of peace and conflict studies in community colleges and is a contributor to an online manual sponsored by the Special Interest  Group (SIG) of the Peace, Conflict and Security in Community Colleges (PCSCC)
(http://www.creducation.org/cre/policymakers_and_admins/peace_studies_at_community_colleges) . She has several syllabi published in the latest edition of Peace, Justice and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide. (Garber, Julie, B. Welling Hall, Joseph Leichty, Timothy McElwee, eds. Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide.Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Reinner Publishers).  Additionally, she presented at the national PJSA conferences in 2007-10 on building peace studies in community colleges.

Barbara Broussard is a recent graduate from Greenfield Community College with an Associates degree in Human Services. Barbara is currently attending Elms College of Social Work for her BSW.  She  has also  worked closely with Abbie Jenks over the past 2 years helping to expand the Traprock Peace database and outreach potential. She plans to make the libraries resouces available to all who are interested in peace, social justice, and environmental education.  Barbara is currently a hotline Crisis counselor at New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) and is the Director of Film and Book Collection for the Traprock Peace and Education Center.

Mary McCarthy is currently working on her bachelor’s degree through the UMASS University Without Walls Program where she will be developing on online community resource for peace education.  She is interested in the inter-connectedness of economic, social and environmental justice and how these issues affect not only individuals, but communities as a whole.  What can be done to encourage and empower people to come together and thrive in such unstable times?  Mary is currently on the board of directors for Traprock Center for Peace & Justice.  She is also the lead developer & coordinator for Traprock’s Peace Leadership Workshops with Paul K. Chappell, and has also been involved with Climate Action NOW MA, American Friends Service Committee, and is currently working with Arise for Social Justice’s Youth for Justice Committee.  In addition to her various committee projects, she has also enjoyed co-hosting Occupy the Airwaves on Valley Free Radio.  Mary has a strong background in networking, strategic alliance building, program development, training, and outreach.  Moving forward, Ms. McCarthy looks forward to developing a strong network with like-minded individuals and groups who are also interested in creating a positive, more sustainable and just world.

Sarah Pirtle directs a new project at Traprock called Peace Net: Girls and Women Building Peace. She is the author of five peace education books including An Outbreak of Peace and Better Together: Caring and Including Instead of Bullying. She was the first Traprock Peace Education Coordinator and directed the flip chart project called “Facing the Facts.” She has directed the Discovery Center for Peacebuilding since 1992 providing over a hundred school residencies in eight states. At the suggestion of Traprock, she founded a peace camp called Journey Camp, which after 20 years she still directs at Woolman Hill. Information about her ten recordings and peace books is on her website: www.sarahpirtle.com.

Diana Roberts grew up surrounded by many distinguished theologians and artists thanks to my parents. Since then, I’ve been involved with a variety of volunteer groups and causes, first in England, where I studied photography, and now in Franklin County. Including: working with seniors in an outreach program; canvassing in presidential elections beginning 1968; tutoring ESOL students in several capacities; singer, section leader and treasurer for Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus, and at the Greenfield Public Library, first on the circulation desk, and now for their Homebound program.

I was also a founding member of Gallery 267, and am now co-chair and member of the board of Directors at ArtSpace. I achieved my BA from UMass in Creative Writing after seventeen years, four colleges and three changes of major. My affiliation with Traprock Center for Peace and Justice ensued from being on the Response Initiative Committee, formed at GCC after the 9/11/01 tragedy, and also through pertinent Peace & Social Justice classes. As a Traprock affiliate, I’ve become involved with the Peacemakers Awards, along with Interfaith Council members, assessing and awarding eighth through twelfth graders who stand out in their communities for peace-related activities.  More recently, I’ve been attending meetings of a collaborative film series between Greening Greenfield and Traprock, with Traprock co-sponsoring. There is much to be done to make the world a better place for all living beings. Propagating joy, compassion, love, peace, justice, tenderness and hope in all that we do, on a daily basis, helps.

Fric Spruyt says: I was born into a family that looked to make a difference in this world. I grew up in Ethiopia where I went to a French school, then moved to Chapel Hill, NC, attended Carolina Friends School and helped campaign for the first black mayor in North Carolina. I took a weekend seminar in consensus group process at the Movement For A New Society in Philadelphia, while attending Putney School. I joined the Clamshell Alliance right out of high school. I have been a founding member of several peace and justice groups, as well as a few community organizations, and am past president of the Brattleboro Dawn Dance Committee. I studied Negotiation/ Mediation at UVM, then Communication with Sandra Boston. Recently I have been training to design and build solar thermal systems, and have been working with Putney, VT’s ‘Transition Town’ group, organizing ‘reskilling’ workshops. I feel strongly that we need to combine activism, community building, personal growth, and fun, if we are going to sustain our effort over the long term, and have good lasting effects on the world.

 

Sher Sweet has been an educator for over 30 years and enjoys teaching students about religious literacy, tolerance and the importance of understanding our multi-faith world. She believes nothing could be more important than teaching our youth the efficacy of non-violence and the importance of challenging sexism, racism, and homophobia. Presently, Sher  is a mediator in Small Claims court in Greenfield and Northampton and a teacher of spirituality and Hebrew. Since Traprock’s beginnings in 1979, Sher has been involved in its work and is now serving on the Board.