Coordinating Board and Taskforce Chairs
Rev. Pierre Albrecht-Carrié
Coordinating Board Treasurer
Past President of the Board
College – Carleton College, Northfield, MN (BA, ’67, Political Science)
Seminary – Andover Newton Theological School, Newton MA (M.Div., ’78)
Pierre’s activism and commitment to nonviolence dates back to when was declared 1-A by his draft board and applied as a Conscientious Objector.
Reverend of Kenmore United Church of Christ, Pierre is also part of the Interfaith Peace Network, and their representative to the Network of Religious Communities. He is dedicated to interfaith efforts, as well as being a long-standing worker for peace and justice.
Mary Bisson, Ph.D
Secretary of the Coordinating Board
Very involved in the Peace Center’s Latin American Solidarity Committee
“I began my association with the Peace Center when I joined the Pledge of Resistance (resisting US military intervention in Latin America) in the 1980’s. I appreciated the training I received from the Peace Center, and paid it back by serving two terms on the Board (one as chair) previously. In my other lives I am a professor of biology at UB and sing in the Elmwood Ave. Unitarian/Universalist Church choir.”
She is a scientist and a long-time Peace Center member who keeps up with issues of justice and maintaining peace. Mary is a faithful, hard-working and committed activist.
Terry is the Coordinator/Chair of the Latin American Solidarity Committee, emceeing the wonderful monthly Peace Coffeehouses that are a collaboration with Peace Action Canisius. He is a math professor at Canisius College, and a stalwart worker for Peace and Justice. We are grateful for Terry’s constancy and positivity.
Russell T. Brown
Chair of Resist Militarism! Taskforce
Russell has a long history of veteran and peace advocacy work. Besides his involvement in Vietnam Vets Against the War, Russell is the President of our local Veterans for Peace Chapter #128.
Russell is very involved in the Peace Center, and can be counted on for creativity, compassion, and clear thinking!
Joe, Vice Chair of the Coordinating Board, is a long-standing peace activist, and heavily involved with the Environmental Justice Taskforce, especially the “Bomb Trains” and anti-pipeline initiatives. We can always count on Joe to volunteer to help out on a taskforce, campaign, or event that needs extra help, whether it’s on nuclear issues, indigenous issues, or finances.
Chuck is the Chair of the Prisoners’ Rights Taskforce and a dedicated peace and justice advocate. He has been involved with the WNYPC for many years, and has had more than one stint on the Board. He is very involved with efforts to transform the Erie County Holding Center and the criminal justice system in general, including abolition of the Death Penalty and Solitary Confinement.
Avery is the Chair of the WNY Peace Center Coordinating Board. He is a Sociology student at Buffalo State College (SUNY), on the NYPIRG Board, and also Assistant Secretary of the NAACP on campus. He works at the radio station, WBNY 91.3, co-hosting and co-producing Talking Peace, and is always ready to reach out and spread the word on peace and justice issues and events. Avery is an outstanding advocate for human rights and a culture of peace. We are grateful for his courage and leadership!
Eric is the Chair of the Economic Justice Taskforce, which collaborate with other groups such as PUSH Buffalo, Center for Economic Justice (CEJ), League of Women Voters, and more. Eric often shows up at rallies, marches, and demos in surprising ways – as Eric Gottbucks, one of the Billionaires for Drumpf; as a Banana (is that right?), a “reefer,” or a who-knows-what (something related to the issue at hand); or with a Pachamama to light our way. We can count on Eric when we need him!
Marilyn is co-founder of WAVE, Women Against Violence Everywhere, which has been a co-sponsor of Camp Peaceprints for the past two years. She is a Veteran – for peace – and very involved in peace initiatives mentoring our youth (including Pretty as a Daisy, Elim Girls 2 Women, and Lockedup).
Dior is a full-time addictions counselor with her MSW from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Social Work, where she maintained a 4.0 her last semester. She won the 2016 Archie W. Swanson Honorary Award for her integrity, creativity, respect for the dignity of all people, warmth and keen sensitivity. Dior co-facilitated PeaceJam at the Youth Detention Facility as an intern for the WNY Peace Center last year, and worked with youth at Math, Science, Technology Prep School, the Delavan Grider Community Center, and more! Dior loves working with youth and families while using a trauma lens and a human rights framework. Her favorite part of being a social worker is being able to see others succeed though the use of empathy, guidance, and compassion.
She is a dog lover, a peace advocate, and a mindfulness coloring book enthusiast.
Long-time peace and justice activist John Long also chairs the Interfaith Peace Network. He’s particularly passionate about refugee issues (having headed up and supported Vive la Casa for many years, and shepherded it through to continue with Jericho Road Community Health Center) as well as issues relating to race, policing, and incarceration.
Having Jaimie on the board is a great boon, especially in her wonderfully clear, cogent, and inspired work as our Communications Committee Chair. As a communications professional, she brings special insights and abilities which are invaluable. She has done superb work with the WNYPC’s large rallies and campaigns including the No Hate, No Mandate March & Rally; Water is Life Walk on Buffalo; the Unity & Solidarity Love Trumps Hate Rally – and so many more to follow! What’s good about the website is largely due to Jaimie! Jaimie and her husband and two children tend a farm family of peace in Eden that includes alpacas and goats.
Patricia Murphy is a retired San Francisco Unified School District and Buffalo Public Schools teacher. She’s now heading up our new Immigrant and Refugee Justice Taskforce.
Active in the peace and justice movement since the late 60s, Patty is tireless in her efforts for human rights, nonviolence, and a culture of peace. While you can count on her to be at almost every event that supports immigrants and refugees, she manages to help out in a vast array of issues. We are grateful for her efforts!
Valerie is the Co-President of the congregation of Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ, and was appointed to serve as the Riverside-Salem representative on the WNYPC board.
Val is a longtime peace advocate. She says that in her teenage years she planned to join a kibbutz after a just peace was finally figured out for Israel and Palestine. Instead, in 1976 she migrated from NYC to Buffalo where she raised her two beautiful children. As they got older she got involved in trying to save the Libraries of Erie County, and counts saving the Niagara Branch as one of their great successes. You’re likely to see Val at gatherings devoted to more peace and justice in the community.
Heron Simmonds is a board member, and chair of the Racial Justice Taskforce. Heron is an adjunct Philosophy Professor at Canisius College, and has made a tremendous contribution to the work of the Peace Center and to the activist scene in Buffalo. He is hosting the Speak Outs on Ethical Peace Officers, and mediated a Buffalo Public Schools Community Discussion that successfully united the groups working for racial and gender justice in BPS, which have been a wonderful community asset thanks to his skilled, just, and compassionate facilitation. Heron’s community teaching includes a series of Justice Dialogs he ran during Occupy Buffalo, and many other initiatives. He also co-facilitated PeaceJam Groups at the Erie County Youth Detention Facility with Executive Director Vicki Ross in between stints on the Board. He’s also a great dad, devoted gardener, and host of many wonderful musical gatherings and parties! We are glad and grateful to have Heron on our Board, leading our Racial Justice Taskforce – he is Heroic Heron in our community!!