The 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 Board of Directors


LaVern Olverding, President (Franciscan Peace Connection) LaVern Olberding is the co-founder and visionary for the Franciscan Peace Connection (FPC) on La Mesa Blvd. She serves as the FPC rep on the PRC board. She has 25 years of active nonviolence study, training and lived experience, attended numerous NVC and Restorative Justice trainings, leads Contemplative Dialogue Circles and has been a team person on Leadership Development Retreats and etc.

Brianda Vargas, Treasurer (at-large member)

Stephanie Siegal, Secretary (at-large member)

Betsy Bekken (La Jolla Friends Meeting): 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.  

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).

Bonnie Lowry (at-large member)- Peace Making Partners

Consensed by PRC Members at the 2021 Board Elections

Anne Barron (at-large member)

Anne Barron is a long-time peace and justice advocate in her communities since 1982. Her direct action began at a student occupation of Mrak Hall at the Davis campus of the University of California, part of the successful national Divest from South Africa Campaign.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors at the Peace Resource Center of San Diego.  Her focus is on the Center’s Peace Week and Peace Economy Now! Campaigns.  

These campaigns look to the use of war tax resistance and redirection, investment and divestment, cooperatives and women-driven businesses to counter the Military-Industrial-Prison economy now pervasive across the Western Hemisphere.  The intersections of militarism, racism, poverty and nationalism weigh heaviest on impacted communities while keeping the middle class almost catatonic in fear.  Anne also leads the PRC’s Upstander/Community Support/Peace Assister training program.

Willie Lang (at-large member)

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” -Dalai Lama

As a compassionate and people-centered individual with expertise in providing counseling and clinical interventions to individuals, groups and families from varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, I have demonstrated successes in connecting with clientsand establishing trusting relationships.I am a resourceful and analytical Educator and Counselorwith extensiveexperience teaching adolescents and adults from special populationsas well as providingtreatment and support for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.Iam passionate about continuing education and developing in-depth knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, and a variety of ethnicities and cultures.You see, being part of multiple teams throughout my career, I have had amazing experiences seeing projects come together and living in a constant stateof possibility

Paul CoFrancesco (at-large member)

Board member emeritus

Carol Janckow

Our Wonderful Volunteers & Consultants

Gary Lynn, Finance Team

Craig Jones, Green Team Community Liaison

Jay Levine, PIP Printing