Staff and Interns

Vicki portrait 3x4-1 Victoria Ross
Victoria Ross, Executive Director of the WNY Peace Center, is a social worker and peace activist. She does Peaceful Conflict Resolution – which of course includes a just solution – in settings as diverse as in schools, on the street, in governmental offices, and/or in the community.

Vicki often focuses on children and youth, co-facilitating PeaceJam Buffalo, and Camp Peaceprints; she offers a variety of workshops for children, youth, and adults – especially including Nonviolent Direct Action.

Vicki was one of the Hancock 38 (arrested over drones operated outside Syracuse). She is a frequent op-ed writer and interviewee, and also consults for the Interfaith Peace Network.

A Qualified Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master Social Worker (MSW from Boston University), Vicki also has has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a concentration in International Economic Development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School, as well as a Diplôme from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She also plays jazz (strings and keyboards), and uses yoga for dog whispering.

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Peggy Matteliano

Peggy is our office manager. As a graphic design artist, she makes sure our written materials are clear and beautifully laid out. As a hard worker and well organized person, she keeps our office humming accomplishing the many tasks and initiatives we’ve undertaken. And as a truly compassionate woman devoted to making this world a better place, she is an inspiration to members, the board, and our many allies and friends who work with her.

Peggy doesn’t confine her compassion to the human world – she’s also keeps her cats happy and healthy, and connects with animals and the natural world. Her artistry also includes jewelry making and visual art. Peggy is a wonderful mother, partner, and community activist, helping all to grow and thrive to create a better society and world for all.