Pat Hynes is a retired environmental engineer and Professor of Environmental Health who worked on multi-racial and low-income issues of the urban environment (including lead poisoning, asthma and the indoor environment, safe housing, community gardens and urban agriculture); environmental justice; and feminism at Boston University School of Public Health. For her writing, teaching, and applied research, she has won numerous awards, including the US EPA Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the 2003 National Delta Omega Award for Innovative Curriculum in Public Health; the US EPA Environmental Merit Award for Healthy Public Housing (2004) project and the Lead-Safe Yard Project (2000); and the 1996 National Arbor Day Foundation Book Award for A Patch of Eden, her book on community gardens in inner cities. She is the author and editor of 7 books, including The Recurring Silent Spring and, most recently, the textbook Urban Health: Readings in the Social, Built and Physical Environments of U.S. Cities.
Pat is currently publishing and speaking on the health effects of war and militarism on society and on women, in particular, and climate justice, renewable energy, and the hazards of nuclear power. As chair of the board of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in western Massachusetts, she is committed to building with others the Traprock Center as an educational center in peacemaking and peace leadership for activists, educators, and students. Pat has had several of her articles on nuclear power, climate change, war, militarism, peace and related concerns published in journals, newspapers and online nationally and internationally. She recently conducted an investigation of the ongoing legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam and has created the Vietnam Peace Village Project to support scholarships for 3rd and 4th generation Agent Orange victims and also “10,000 Trees for Vietnam: an Environmental Justice Collaboration.”
Other Board Members
Josh Becker has been teaching courses in psychology, education, and human services at GCC since 2002, alongside other work in community, educational, and clinical settings. He sees the world through a social justice lens: In both his professional work and personal endeavors, he brings forward issues around the physical and psychological environment, equality, empowerment, and structural/systemic forces that contribute to change. He is especially passionate about helping students clarify their academic, professional, and personal goals, making each class relevant to their life-long learning. His academic interests lie in that space where the fields of cultural studies, education, and psychology intertwine. Josh holds a Master’s degree in school counseling, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in child development from UMass Amherst. He completed his Master’s and Doctor of Psychology degrees at Union Institute & University.
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 (from California 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.
Hailee Glandak-Cochran graduated from high school with a commitment to learning, but without the ability to afford college. She pursued her interests in volunteerism, sustainable food systems, and community development, eventually founding Friends for Change, a trauma-informed after-school youth club, in her home community of Bellows Falls, VT, when the Boys and Girls Club closed their doors. She is currently a student at Greenfield Community College (GCC) where she has won the Traprock Wally and Juanita Nelson Fellowship and was selected as a Traprock student Fellow working with Professor Josh Becker, a Traprock Board member.
Anna Gyorgy joined the Board in 2016 when the international website she coordinates (www.wloe.org) was accepted as a sponsored Traprock project. The Women & Life on Earth Internet Project was founded in 1999 to bring work and networking around women and peace, ecology and global justice online. The name comes from a northeastern ecofeminist network that Anna was part of back in 1980-82: Women & Life on Earth. Active in western Mass. and beyond in the antinuclear movement, from 1985-2013 she was based in Germany, where the website project was part of a membership organization. Now back in her home area, she is a member of the Wendell Energy Committee and through Traprock continues work on the website, with hopes to expand it as a resource for the social and ecological justice movements so needed now.
Abbie Jenks, Traprock Board Member Emerita. Professor Emerita Abbie Jenks, MSW, is a former member of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, having served eight years as a Board member. She was a faculty member at Greenfield Community College and while there, created the Peace, Justice and Environmental Studies program at the college. Her work included forging an alliance between the college and Traprock Center for
Peace and Justice.
Since her retirement from Traprock and GCC, she has become involved in local politics as a way to create positive change, bringing with others legislation regarding anti-fracking by laws and support of the Safe Communities Act to their town of Pelham.
In her words, “My path is one of developing nonviolent practice in all that I do, for unless we create a culture of peace, we are not going to survive. I believe we have untapped capacities for goodness, compassion, forgiveness, working in community and finding a way to solve our conflicts and differences in a way that meets our needs.” Through her past and current work, this is her guide.
Sarah Pirtle taught the first graduate school classes in New England training educators to teach children how to talk out conflicts. In 1994 she brought that work to directing Journey Camp. Her book An Outbreak of Peace about changing racism was named the outstanding book of the year on world peace. The most recent of her four peace education books is Better Together: Caring and Including Instead of Bullying. She leads Traprock’s Common Threads program fostering dialogue, and she also participates in Hands Across the Hills dialogues with Kentucky.
Starting in the early 1980’s, she was a pioneer in writing peace education curriculum that addresses oppression. In 1981 she became the first Traprock Peace Education Coordinator and was editor-in-chief of the flip chart project called “Facing the Facts.” Today she offers school residencies on social skills and social justice.
A prolific songwriter, she has recordings for adults including Everyday Bravery and for children including Two Hands Hold the Earth. She founded the Children’s Music Network to encourage meaningful music for children (www.childrensmusic.org). Her songs “My Roots Go Down,” “Mahogany Tree,” “Walls and Bridges” and “The Colors of Earth” have traveled internationally. Information about her ten recordings and peace books is on her website: www.sarahpirtle.com. Sixty songs are free to download or listen at SarahHopeSings.
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.
Sher Sweet began her involvement with Traprock in 1979 after she discovered Traprock’s passionate commitment to non-violence and anti-militarism. She has been an educator most of her life and has taught students about religious literacy, non-violence, ethics, feminism, justice and world religions for over 30 years at Northfield Mt. Hermon School. Throughout most of Sher’s teaching career, justice has been an over-arching theme, along with challenging the materialistic, and superficial aspects of pop culture. When Sher left NMH School in 2009, she joined the Board of Traprock to continue working on values of justice and non-violence. In 2015, she finished her training to become a multi-faith spiritual counselor and now works at the Farren Care Center in Turner’s Falls.