Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center
Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center

Encouraging peaceful solutions since 1969

Our Board of Directors

Thomas Edwards, Development and Nominating Committees

Thomas Edwards, Development and Nominating Committees

Thomas Edwards (aka “Tommy”) is a native of Texas, attended college in New Orleans and graduate school in Washington D.C. where he obtained his MBA from Howard University.   He has been a tireless worker for charities for a large part of his post collegiate life.  Starting with US Committee for UNICEF, Tommy has been actively fundraising since the 1990’s.  Until recently, the American Cancer Society has been his charity of choice.  Tommy is currently looking to diversify his time to help other outstanding non-profits achieve success in the realm of fundraising and visibility.

 

 

Bob Hanson, Forums, Former Chair

Bob Hanson, Forums, Former Chair

Bob Hanson has been an activist member of the Peace Center since 1990.  Over the years he has served as Chairman of the Board, and chair of the membership, nominations, advocacy, fund-raising auction and forums committees.  Bob’s focus for many years has been advocacy in all its forms.  He has co-chaired three peace walks and organized rallies to commemorate the 3rd, 4th and 5th anniversaries of the Iraq War.  Along with Jeff Heaton and Louise Clark, he was responsible for the development of the Crosses of Lafayette. He has participated in dozens of non-violent actions and has been arrested at the Naval Weapons Station and Livermore Labs demonstrations.  Bob is a Professor Emeritus from SDSU and past president of the California Alpine Club.  His love of camping and the outdoors has led him to seek funding for an International Youth Peace Camp.  In 2009 the Center awarded him with a “Local Peace Hero” award at the 40th Anniversary celebration.  Serving in the board since the 1990’s.

Sergio Lub, Events, Networking

Sergio Lub, Events, Networking

Sergio Lub (currently on temporary leave) was born in Argentina from Russian parents. He moved to California in 1975 where he met his wife and started a family.  He is trained as an architect, has inventor patents, and has traveled to nearly 100 countries.  Sergio is primarily an artist, and has a business handcrafting bracelets, designs of which are sold  world-wide.  He has worked developing Business Executives for National Security, and volunteered as a citizen diplomat to help end the Cold War, travelling in the USSR and hosting Soviets at his home in Walnut Creek.  Sergio has worked with members of the Center since the era of its founding.   He enjoys meeting visionary people and has an extensive network of contacts locally and internationally.  In 1995 he designed a community-building online application entitled “Friendly Favors”, now interconnecting over 60,000 from around the world. This Internet tool allows him to organize gatherings at the Center and provides access to many interesting speakers.  Sergio works with the Forums and Communications committees at the Center.  Serving in the board since 2010.

Taynay Matsumoto, Education & Development Committees

Taynay Matsumoto, Education & Development Committees

Taynay Matsumoto is a retired elementary school teacher with 35 years of experience, most recently in the Antioch public schools.  She currently serves as a district leader for the SGI Delta District Buddhist Organization. Her Buddhist faith awakened her to seek peace in the world through varied activities and she realized that as an educator, she could promote peace through education and advocacy for youth.  She has also volunteered for many years with the Ella B. Jenkins non-profit group in Oakland, serving the underprivileged community there.  And last but not least, Taynay has raised three children as a single mom!

Bob Maxwell, Secretary, Maxwell’s Musings Columnist

Bob Maxwell, Secretary, Maxwell’s Musings Columnist

Bob Maxwell holds a BA in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley and an MA in Philosophy and Religion from S.F. State.  After discovering that there were no jobs in Philosophy, Bob went back to school and got a California teaching credential from Cal State at Hayward. He has over 18 years’ experience working with special needs children.  Bob is a life-long conscientious objector and was Associate Director of the East Bay Draft Information and Counseling Center for two years until he was drafted and sent to work at the University Hospital in Oklahoma City, widely known as the “Vietnam” of the Compulsory Work Program. Bob currently serves on the communications committee and has a regular column, “Maxwell’s Musings” in the monthly Peace Gazette.  Serving in the board since 1996.

Gordon Miller, Membership, Advocacy

Gordon Miller, Membership, Advocacy

Gordon Miller received a BA in Biology from Boston University and an MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He retired from a long career in chemical safety in 2008 at Lawrence Livermore Labs and has lived in Walnut Creek since 1990. Gordon has been a political progressive for several decades, shifting his views on the peace movement since the end of the Cold War.  He is involved in regional progressive politics, including MoveOn, Move to Amend, and the California DISCLOSE Act campaign. Gordon is currently helping to form the $$$ Out! People In! campaign, a coalition of progressive organizations in the Bay Area that includes the MTDPJC and the Brady Campaign’s Contra Costa Chapter.  He has been instrumental in getting new members through tabling where he has made many contacts.  His focus has been on the membership and advocacy committees. Serving in the board since 2012.

Daniel Reynolds, Board Chair and Education Committee

Daniel Reynolds, Board Chair and Education Committee

Dan Reynolds of Concord has been a board-member since 2011, and is the current board chair. He is a multiple award-winning teacher at Mount Diablo High School, where he has been since 2002 teaching English, Film Study, and Human Rights Education. Dan works closely with numerous student clubs and organizations, develops curriculum, and has served as chair of the site council since 2008. He is active on all levels in the local teacher’s union. Dan presents often at educational conferences and is a member of the Centers’ Creating Peaceful Schools conference committee, and of the Curriculum Study Commission of the Central California Council for the Teachers of English.  Serving in the board since 2011.

Ann Saavedra, Events and Development Committees

Ann Saavedra, Events and Development Committees

Ann Saavedra grew up in New England and obtained a B.A. in art and design at Bay Path College. Her interest in peace activism and social justice/civil rights began in the sixties following the murder of her friend’s older brother during the March on Selma.  During the 60s she lived and worked in Boston and San Francisco where she participated in anti-war activities, having lost many friends to the Vietnam War.  For years she has been involved and attentive to issues related to peace and justice and found the Center to be a perfect fit.  Ann has owned and operated a number of small businesses over the years.  Her current business is that of event planning (Dreamcatcher Events) which fits in perfectly with the needs of the Center.  She is involved with fundraising activities connected to these events and also assists with volunteer recognition and recruitment and community outreach.  Serving in the board since 2011.

Dave Sammons, Minister Emeritus, MDUUC, Interfaith Climate Action Network

Dave Sammons, Minister Emeritus, MDUUC, Interfaith Climate Action Network

Rev. Sammons served as Minister of MDUUC for 23 years and was also appointed Visiting Professor of Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Ministry at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California.  At Starr King he taught courses in Unitarian Universalist history, polity, worship and ministerial formation. During the 2006-7 school year Dave served as acting President while the school’s president was on sabbatical

Sammons has an undergraduate degree in from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Divinity from Starr King, and a Doctor of the Ministry from Pacific School of Religion, where he was also honored as one of the school’s distinguished graduates. In 2006, Starr King awarded Dave an honorary doctorate for his work on social issues and for mentoring students and newcomers to the ministry. Over the years Dave has held many denominational positions, including being chair of the UUA’s Commission on Appraisal. . He has served on the boards of Starr King, the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion, where he was Chair. Dave was President of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and served on the boards of many other community organizations, including Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo where he was President.

Sammons has worked with the Center for many years and served on the Board previously.  His current term began in fall 2014 and he will be working on several committees.

 

 

David Seaborg, Global Environmental Committee

David Seaborg, Global Environmental Committee

David Seaborg is a well-known leader in the environmental movement. He founded and heads the World Rainforest Fund, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving the earth’s tropical rainforests and biodiversity.  David wrote an article that is a summary of the scientific research on the effects of high atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide other than global warming. Unlike the climatic effects, these effects are not well known to the general public. They are very serious, and have the potential to cause high levels of extinction of species and greatly disrupt ecosystems and our food supply.  He was on the city of Lafayette’s General Plan Advisory Committee, which he guided to producing a ten-year General Plan for that city that emphasized environmental sustainability, preserving open space, combating global warming, and energy conservation.

David served on the Board of Directors of the Club of Rome of the USA, the environmental think tank that published the Limits to Growth in the 1970’s. This is a computer simulation study that showed that continued growth and consumption of resources will lead society to disaster.  He conceived, and helped secured passage by the Berkeley City Council, an ordinance banning the use of old growth rainforest and redwood in all products used by the city of Berkeley. This ordinance also required all businesses contracting with Berkeley to stop using old growth rainforest and redwood in any products or services Berkeley hires them to use or perform, or in any product they sell this city.

David conceived the idea for and was the head organizer for a press conference of Nobel Prize winners on global environmental issues that was held at the time of the 100th Nobel Prize ceremonies in Sweden, in December, 2001.  He is renowned for being especially socially skilled, excellent at working with and bringing out the best in people, and inspiring them to have an interest in biology, the earth, its animals and their habitats. He has inspired countless people to become environmentalists passionate about saving the earth. As a result of this passion, many of these people worked hard at saving the environment and achieved a considerable degree of success at it.

David has been to over 30 countries, observing various natural ecosystems and wildlife. He is listed is in Who’s Who In America. An excellent public speaker, he lectures to various scientific, environmental, civic, business, and other organizations on evolutionary biology, the philosophical implications of science, and environmental issues.  Serving in the board since 2013.

Sara Spence, Education and Development Committees

Sara Spence, Education and Development Committees

Sara Spence recently retired and moved to Walnut Creek from Milwaukee Wisconsin (2010).  She has a B.A. in Art and an M.S. in Educational Psychology from University of Wisconsin with a focus on early childhood.  Most recently Sara worked with the public in constituent services for the office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore.  In the past she worked in several non-profit organizations including as a founder and director of two early childhood programs and director of health education in a community clinic.  Involved in the peace movement since college, Sara focuses on the planning and implementation of the peaceful schools conference and works on the education and planning committees.  She found the Center immediately upon moving to the Bay Area.  Serving in the board since 2011.

Rick Sterling, Vice-Chair, International Issues and Development

Rick Sterling, Vice-Chair, International Issues and Development

Rick Sterling was born and grew up in Vancouver Canada, he studied anthropology at Simon Fraser University and came to the US as an activist in 1976 after working in Africa where he got married and ended up staying.  Rick says: “With kids, had to get a real job so I studied electronics at Merritt College and Cogswell Polytechnical. After 25 years working in the high tech and aerospace industries I retired from my senior electronics engineering position at UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory in 2011 (NASA and satellite work), so now I can work full time on progressive causes.  I have an interest in public education and activism to promote positive change. My skills include writing, presentations and outreach and consider myself a ‘self-starter’ able to lead and work with others.

Went to Middle East in summer 2007, part of Palestine Summer Encounter seeing the situation on the ground, meeting great Palestinian and Israeli organizations and individuals. Went to Honduras in summer 2011 as part of an international human rights delegation. We travelled around the country and met various organizations speaking about the aftermath of the 2009 coup. Returned to Honduras in November 2012 as part of human rights group monitoring the primary election. I am interested to bring more information on Latin America and Middle East to Contra Costa. The goal is to push for substantial change in US policy and building support for progressive organizations working for change in other countries.

Was a member of the MDPJC board for a few years (approx 2006 – 2010) and currently on the board of Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas (www.mitfamericas.org/about). I’m currently active or connected to the KPFA outreach committee, Rossmoor friends of KPFA club, Rossmoor Voices for Justice in Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Network, Middle East Study Group and Richmond Progressive Alliance.  I believe the Center needs to continue promoting peace messages in schools and the community. Believe it would be useful to encourage more people from the community to travel abroad and bring back / share their experiences and observations (Latin America, Middle East and beyond). Would like to see the Center take more active positions in opposition to the war machine, oil corporations, etc. and make more connections/coordination with other peace / justice groups.  Serving in the board since 2013.

Virginia Wheaton, Editor of Peace Gazette, Communications Committee

Virginia Wheaton, Editor of Peace Gazette, Communications Committee

Virginia Wheaton of Lafayette grew up in the Central Valley small town of Delano, home of Caesar Chavez’s UFWOC. The farmworker movement had a big impact on her growing up.  Always interested in political movements, she participated in many during her years at UCSC where she earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Biology.  Ginny has been in the position of Peace Gazette Editor since 2007, publishing over 55 issues.  She is also chairing the communications committee, getting the message of the Center out through the newsletter, website and social media websites.  Serving in the board since 2009.

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