BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Constance M. Afshar is the owner of PANACHE, a company specializing in privately owned short-term, vacation rental properties in Europe since 1999. Prior to founding PANACHE, Ms. Afshar served as a radio and TV producer for Jeanine Graf in the Boston media market including WEZE radio, WEEI radio, WRKO radio and FOX 25 TV. Ms. Afshar has been a member of the board of directors of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute since 2005. Ms. Afshar is a board member of the Second Congregational Church of Cohasset and a member of the Cohasset Chamber of Commerce and the Cohasset Diversity Committee. Ms. Afshar received a B.A. degree in sociology from the American College of Switzerland.
Jamie Bissonette Lewey (Chair) is Abenaki. She is the chair of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission and coordinates the Healing Justice Program for the American Friends Service Committee in New England. She is one of the founders of the Healing and Transformative Justice Center that gathers, supports and shares essential healing methodologies. There are many projects that address individual healing—this project focuses on healing of whole communities or nations. She also sits on the board of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, which focuses on the needs of families who have lost their children to the gun violence in Boston. The core of the AFSC New England program is the development of Healing methods. Our work has as its focus the reparation of damaged and disordered social relations and endeavors to restabilize these relationships, revitalize our communities and create capacity for a peaceful future. Over the past 30 years, Jamie has worked in Mexico with Native People who were migrating between Ejidos in Mexico and farm worker jobs in the United States; and in South Africa after the political parties were unbanned developing justice practices within the Xhosa Communities in the Townships of Gugulethu and Khayalitsha. In the United States, she has worked with Tribal Communities in the ancestral region of her People, Southern Canada and New England focusing on criminal justice and emerging Tribal justice issues. She has also convened Tribal Leadership Nation-wide on religious freedom, sovereignty and treaty issues. In 2013, the Episcopal Divinity School recognized her lifelong work in healing justice when they awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity. Because of her lifelong work in Aboriginal communities, she works with victims, prisoners, their families, and their communities in the struggle for dignity and self-determination focusing on sovereignty and responsibility rather than rights and entitlements. The people she has worked with have taught her that every community has the shared wisdom to solve its own problems. She focuses on juvenile justice issues and prevention because the protection and education of our children is vital to our future.
Susan H. Carman had a long career in mental health as a clinician, educator, and administrator. She continues to be active in peacemaking work focusing on urban violence, systemic racism and empowerment for women and youth. For the past four years, she has organized Team Trinity from Trinity Church Boston for the Mothers Day Walk. She has lived in Jamaica Plain for 23 years.
Monroe Chase has extensive experience in the areas of Property and Casualty Rate Making, Life and Health Insurance and Banking which included Sales, Customer Service and Management of Personnel. As an Insurance Agent for one of the largest company's in New York, Monroe provided Financial Planning Analysis for Retirement, Educational, Personal and Business Planning. In addition, Monroe worked as a Contract Consultant for a large bank in interacting with management personnel in the conversion and merging of data from smaller banks that had been purchased by them. He currently is the Director of Food Services for the Trinity Foundation as the Director of Food Services for the Trinity Excellence and Educational Program.
Chris Dellea teaches 7th and 8th grade in a multi-age classroom at the Andover School of Montessori. He has developed and implemented peace-based curiculum inspired by the work of Maria Montessori and Thomas Berry. Chris' Masters work was in educational transformation using a variety of collaborative strategies. He attended college when he was 38 years-old and graduated at 43. He retired from the Teamsters when he was 50 with 30 years in the business and has been working as a teacher since. Chris is a past member of the Amesbury Meeting of the Society of Friends.
Judith Lockhart-Radtke, is a specialist in development having recently completed a project in Oaxaca, Mexico with older women weavers who learned Spanish, developed a business, learned health skills and now are on their own. Judith is also a clinical social worker and a midwife. Judith graduated from Northwestern University, Simmons College School of Social work and Birthwise Midwifery School. As the mother of three children, Judith has five grandchildren and is married to Warren Radtke, an Episcopal priest and counselor over job related issues for Harvard Business School.