Who We Are

prclogo_med02The Peace Resource Center of San Diego is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit and membership organization founded in 1980 by representatives of six organizations: Fellowship of Reconciliation, First Church of the Brethren, La Jolla Friends Meeting, United Nations Association, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and San Diego State University YMCA-YWCA. Membership is open to all individuals, families, and organizations who desire to associate themselves with and subscribe to the PRC Purposes and Values and pay membership dues.

Our 2018 Board of Directors

Betsy Bekken, President: Growing up in a pacifist family deeply involved in social justice and racial equality, I developed a continuing passion for peace, social justice, sustainability, and simple living at an early age.   (La Jolla Friends)

Sara Haldeman-Scarr, Vice President: is the Pastor of the First Church of the Sara_01Brethren in San Diego. She brings her passion for interfaith experience, building bridges, and standing together for peace to the board. Her energy and enthusiasm is plus as we move into the PRC’s next 35 years.  (Church of the Brethren)


Chuck Orr, Treasurer (at-large member)

LaVern Olverding, Secretary (Franciscan Peace Connection)

Carroll Boone (at-large member)

Carroll studied and practiced nonviolence based on the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King and their followers.  She worked with a number of community groups (Nonviolent Peace Force, Creating a Culture of Peace, UAAMAC (United African American Ministerial Action Council, Peace with Justice Ministry (La Mesa First United Methodist Church), Hate-Free San Diego, and am a certified facilitator for Alternatives to Violence (AVP) and International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).

Michael Brackney (at-large member)

Gary Butterfield (for San Diego Veterans For Peace, Hugh Thompson Chapter)

John Falchi (at-large member)

Allen McAfee (on sabbatical): Marching for peace, traveling the world, volunteering in prison with the Alternatives to Violence Project, growing older and hopefully wiser – all of this happened for me with help from the community of peacemakers brought together these many years by the PRC. I’m indebted to and inspired by the many people who expanded my understanding of the power of nonviolence to bring about positive change for a more peaceful world.

Our Wonderful Volunteers & Consultants

Gary Lynn

Craig Jones

Anne Barron