About OPI

OPI’s Mission:

To promote and make available education and resources for peace and nonviolent conflict resolution in individual, community, national global and environmental contexts. We seek the widest possible collaboration and cooperation with others to achieve our purpose.

Board of Directors:

  Terri Shofner graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2008 with emphasis on human computer interaction and the use of technology to facilitate distance learning and working groups. She’s a facilitator of nonviolence workshops developed by Nonviolent Peaceforce for capacity building and outreach in North America. She’s on the Coordinating and Communications Committees of the United States Nonviolent Peaceforce Chapters Association (USNPCA) where she helps organize the annual conference and maintains their website. She is active with the Peace Action Committee of First Unitarian Church of Portland and is also a member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Tom H. Hastings is founder and Director of PeaceVoice, a program of OPI. He teaches in the Portland State University Conflict Resolution masters program (specializing in Nonviolence and Media Studies) and one Peace and Conflict course at Portland Community College, Sylvania campus. He is a founder of Whitefeather Peace Community and has practiced, studies, trained others in, and written books about nonviolent action campaigns for almost 40 years. He is an aspiring pacifist.

Alison Allen-Hall is a social scientist interested in exploring and realising the potential of the liminal spaces between scholarship and practice. She has several years’ experience serving as associate faculty in Social Sciences at various colleges and universities in the United States. She has most recently expanded her praxes portfolio to include Interpersonal Neurobiology and is a development faculty member for the incipient IPNB Certificate programme at Portland Community College. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is Managing Director of LynxSE, an organisational equity coaching consultancy based in Portland, OR. She has designed and developed several programmes and practical application models in service of dismantling systemic social inequities and replacing them with wholly a reimagined and reimaged society that is authentically inclusive and universally hospitable. Allen-Hall continues her academic research in constructed identity and inclusivity and is ABD in pursuit of a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Patrick Hiller holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and a M.A. in Human Geography from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University and director of the War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation. His published and unpublished writings are almost exclusively related to the analysis of social injustice, most often in the form of structural violence and power dynamics with an emphasis on human dignity, solidarity among all peoples, equal participation of all peoples, the role of the governments and the promotion of peace. Patrick served on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (2012-2016) and is Vice President of the International Peace Research Association Foundation. He was on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War, is member of the Advisory Council of the organizations International Cities of Peace and PeaceVoice/PeaceVoiceTV, as well as member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. In his free time, Patrick enjoys the outdoors and is a committed triathlete. He lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife and son.

Paloma Ayala Vela holds a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and is a professional graphic designer. She has been actively involved with the organizations SERPAJ-Mexico and the Collectivo Gandhiano Pensar en Voz Alta since the mid 1990s. Her current work is mainly related to the ongoing war on drugs in Mexico. Paloma is the content manager of PeaceVoice’s website. Her involvement in social activism relates to her graphic design skills. She has designed campaigns for whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, displayed around the Pentagon in DC and a traveling exhibition in Mexico about the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero as well as other graphic work for the organization World Beyond War and many others. She loves the outdoors, hiking and camping are her most favorite activities.

Adam Vogal (Chair) is an associate editor with PeaceVoice, an active member of the Portland Peace Team, a National Council member of Friendship of Reconciliation, and a Leadership Fellow in Students United for Nonviolence. He is currently finishing up his masters in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University where he is studying specialization in nonviolence, restorative justice, and interpersonal neurobiology. Adam also is a member of 350.org, March Against Monsanto, and volunteers with Greenpeace and Hands-on Greater Portland. In his spare time, he prides himself on being a good father to his three sons and a good husband to his amazing wife. Adam also enjoys spending time camping, hiking, and organic gardening.


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