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 Strategist / 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.
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!
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.
Black Hills - USA
Sabrina is a policy analyst and activist working on prison organizing, criminal justice reform, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. She has worked formally and informally for family farmers and ranchers, anti-racist organizations, and currently works for the ACLU of Wyoming. She currently lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her dog Kava.