Carl is a United Church of Christ clergyman and adjunct faculty member at Mt. Marty College, Watertown, SD campus. He is a founder and on the planning committee of the Brookings SD Interfaith Council that has carried on interfaith community dialogue since 2011. He has been to India thirteen times, usually taking groups from the West to live and travel with followers of Mahatma Gandhi. He is a co-founder of Nonviolent Alternatives, a small not-for-profit that, for 15 years, provided intercultural experiences with Lakota/Dakota people in the Northern Plains and brought conflict resolution and peer mediation programs to schools around the region. Carl was one of the early participants in the development of Peace Brigades International and served for many years on the PBI-USA coordinating committee and on the International Council. He coordinates the blog Living Nonviolence, writes a weekly column for the local paper, and fasts with Fast for the Earth.
Lois is retired from her position as office administrator/accountant for 19 years at Dakota Rural Action, a South Dakota nonprofit organization dedicated to agriculture and environmental sustainability. She was affiliated with Nonviolent Alternatives for many years, and in 1995 she traveled with the group to India where they met and lived with Gandhian followers. Her current interests include encouraging local foods and food safety, environmental issues, and the arts.
IT/Marketing Strategist and Designer
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.
Coordinating Committee Facilitator
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.
Cook / Kitchen Manager
Melinda is an English teacher at Douglas Middle School in Box Elder, SD. She helps her students develop conflict resolution skills, become upstanders in bullying situations, and explore civil rights violations that have occurred here and abroad. Melinda also has a passion for cooking. She often cooks for her church, and she has taught a series of classes through the local kitchen store. Fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs complement most meals she makes. Melinda looks forward to preparing food for the Institute that will be nutritious and delicious. Please feel free to share with her any menu suggestions!
Fernando H. Ferrara
Fernando founded Mesa de Paz, a network of 16 NGO’s in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, working to create a more peaceful culture through nonviolent social change. This organization now has a youth activist network working on a variety of projects, such as: Nacidos para Triunfar (working with 22 gangs to bring them into nonviolence and social commitments); Cruzada Cabal (150 volunteers educating youth to bring them out of alcohol and drug dependence); Arte Urbano (supporting urban art, performing art, music and painting in high risk communities); and Despierta (a peace newsletter for youth). Fernando has worked as General Manager of Industrias Ferrara, Manager of Fabrica de Papel Monterrey and Empaques de Carton Hercules, Manager of Artes Graficas Integradas, CEO of Grupo CHRISTUS Muguerza, and CEO of Hexagonos Mexicanos. Fernando traveled to India to study the philosophy of Gandhi at the Institute of Gandhian Studies for a year in the city of Wardha (Servagram) Mahajarashtra. That same year (1994) he was named a lifetime member of the Gandhi Peace Foundation in Cochin, Kerala, India.
Senyo Kudzo Adeti
Senyo Kudzo Adeti is a social/charity worker with past experience from Emefa Help Ghana and Trokosi Abolish Fellowship International Ghana. Currently holds a (Diploma in Gandhian Nonviolence theory and Application) from the Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. India. An institution established by Mahatma Gandhi Himself. I believing firmly that Gandhi’s message of Truth, Love and Nonviolence (Ahimsa) is still relevant today. Or even more relevant than ever before, considering the high level of Poverty/Inequality we are facing especially in Africa, and the increase of different forms of violence in both personal and public life. The ethic of nonviolence, as practiced and cultivated by Mahatma Gandhi, live on, regardless of national or political boundaries. By this firm believe and a seeker of truth I find it more ideal to propagate the ideas of the “MAHATMA’’ to Africa and the World.
Black Hills - USA
Kate Irick, originally from Arlington, Virginia, has a degree in Spanish and Peace Studies from Haverford College. From 2013-2017 she was working in Mexico City on issues of migration, economic justice, territorial conflicts, and disappearance. Currently she is based out of San Francisco and works at an organization that provides access to micro-credit to those around the world that would otherwise not have access to it.
Andrea Palomo Robles
Black Hills - USA
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.
Ikponmwosa Dan Uhimwen holds a Diploma in Social Work from the University of Benin, Edo state. He is lawyer by profession, with close to 10 years of experience in human rights, legislative and policy advocacy and over 20 years’ experience in youth leadership development. He is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams. He has a special spot for young people and provides mentoring opportunities through his NGO called REAL Africa Initiative.