Reverend David Hansen is an author, activist, and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. He and Sally have been married for 50 years. Their children are Christian, Muslim, and Atheist, white and black, and have multiple citizenships.
Karla studied Education and has a Masters Degree in Social Work. She also studied a Diploma course on Gandhian studies at the Institute of Gandian Studies in Wardha, India. She lived a year as a volunteer in rural areas of Durango, Mexico and has collaborated with various educational and social causes as ¨Mesa de Paz ¨. She has worked with non-governmental organizations and educational institutions on issues related to social and human development. She is currently a university professor of Social Formation at Monterrey, Mexico.
Kate Irick, originally from Arlington, Virginia, has a degree in Spanish and Peace Studies from Haverford College. For the last four years, based in Mexico City, she has worked on issues of migration, economic justice and peace building. Currently she is a conflict transformation trainer and accompanies communities in land and territorial conflicts in Mexico.
T. Marie King
T. Marie King is on staff with UAB s Alys Stephens Center's ArtPlay as Program Administrator for the Institute of Arts and Medicine, ArtCare and ArtPlay outreach programs. This position has afforded her the opportunity to merge her love of the arts with her passion for helping improve the conditions of the hearts and minds of the greater community at large. King often speaks at local colleges and organizations and serves as guest lecture and panelist for a variety of issues including poverty, race, community outreach, mentoring and leadership. In 2014 King initiated Conversations 4 Change to address the racial disconnects in the city of Birmingham. In 2015 King was a facilitator for the Birmingham City Wide conversations on race, a featured presenter on Bias at the National Civil Rights Conference in Meridian Mississippi and was also one of 300 chosen to march from Selma to Montgomery in the commemorative 50th Anniversary March. She has also turned her spiritual experience of the march into an interactive lecture. King also co-founded a girls teen mentoring group, Precious Pearls of Promise, reaching teen girls aged 14-18 and as a result of her hard work she was named as 2015 Alabama's Hometown Hero by Glamour Magazine. King holds a B.A. in Urban and Global Economic Development from Beulah Heights University and M.A. in Leadership and a Masters of Divinity from Luther Rice University. King serves as an Education Committee member with Alabama Public Television, Young Professional Board Chair with the Alabama Humanities Foundation and board member with the Aldridge Repertory Theater.
Abhay has been affiliated with the Satyagraha Institute since 2015 and has a background in business and user experience design. He is particularly interested in how design can serve as a conduit for social change and ethical business practices. His current role involves IT and marketing strategy with the Institute.
Andrea Palomo Robles
Political Science student, former student in Gujarat Vidyapith: Diploma Course on Gandhian Nonviolence. Leader, speaker and social entrepreneur: working for peace and leadership, involved in different NGOs, such as Scouts, Messengers of Peace, Gen M & Kybernus.
Erika Tritle received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the History of Christianity and researches Christian understandings of Jews and of race. Since 2010 she has taught courses at South Dakota State University ranging from World Civilization I to Introduction to Religion. She also studies modern dance and finds that all these things coalesce in the pursuit of nonviolence as a way of life.