Staff and Interns
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.
Peggy is retiring from the post of Office Manager. We are asssured by her that she’ll continue to volunteer, including as a graphic design artist, one of her many great abilities. We would miss Peggy more than we say, except that due to her real devotion to the WNYPC, we’re thrilled that she’ll continue to be involved. We’re always grateful for Peggy!!
Jillian, our new Office Manager, is an amazing young woman – a professional with excellent logistical and organizing skills (as evidence by her former work as Ass’t Global Operations Manager for New Era). Jillian is also a committed and passionate peace activist, and got her BA in International Affairs, International Business & Sociology from the renowned Loyola University in Chicago. Jillian is well qualified, hard-working, an extremely quick study, and full of passion for the cause. We are glad and grateful to have Jillian on our team!!
Cresley Lederhouse is an undergraduate at Niagara University. Her social work studies required some 30 community service hours, which she chose to do at the WNY Peace Center. She’s so devoted to the work and the community that she’s continuing her work with us. Cresley is intelligent, caring, hard-working, and inspiring in her fresh and open approach to the one struggle. We couldn’t be happier about having Cresley on board!!
Born and raised in Buffalo, Kate Meehan will be embarking this September on a Ph.D. in American Studies at UB, part of the Transnational Studies Department. She is currently finishing a diploma in Peace and Justice Studies at Selkirk College in British Columbia, for which her internship at the WNY Peace Center is a final requirement. In 2015, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from York University (Toronto). Kate is a compassionate, insightful, and highly motivated worker for peace and justice. She very cognizant of the inter-relatedness of our many issues, and committed to the parallel process necessary to be the change that causes the changes we all need. We are grateful to have Kate on our team!!
Dylan Schlosser is a University @ Buffalo School of Social Work Advanced standing Intern. He is committed to Human Rights and Trauma-Informed Programs, in sync with both his own perspective as well as that of the UBSSW. He is contributing greatly to many aspects of the WNYPC work, with special concentration on Gender Justice and LGBTQIA issues, as well as the Immigrant & Refugee Justice Taskforce. He co-led the Trauma to Healing workshop at the Anne Frank Project’s Social Justice Conference, and will present on DACA issues at Hobart-William Smith College in Geneva. Dylan will graduate with an MSW in the Spring. We’re so glad to be working with Dylan – he brings a fresh perspective in many great ways!!
Stacey Smith is also a University @ Buffalo School of Social Work Advanced standing Intern, starting January 2 with the WNYPC; and working with us through August of 2018, when she’ll graduate with her MSW. Stacey has a BS with a dual Psychology and Health Science major, and is currently working with dual diagnosis (mental health illness and an intellectual disability) children in Batavia: modeling and teaching independent and social living skills; assisting physical and verbally in daily life skills; and providing physical, mental, and emotional support. Stacey will be a wonderful intern – we are very much looking forward to her being with us!