Who We Are

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.

Board of Directors

I was proud to grow up as a farm girl on a tractor in northwest Iowa. I also loved tending the animals, especially the pigs, and really liked riding motorcycles. I graduated at 17 from a small high school that had 44 students. (10 were my classmates.) I joined the Clinton Iowa Franciscans in 1961. I was an undergraduate Chemistry and Math major. I also have a Master’s in Science and another in Religious Education. I taught in grade and high schools, was a Campus Minister and a Director of Faith Formation, and the Operations Coordinator for the oldest solid surface company in southern CA.I am the co-founder of the Franciscan Peace Connection and the president of the PRC-SD. My passions are to be an instrument of active listening, collaboration, harmony in diversity and justice for ALL.

(Peace Resource Center) I was born in Oak Ridge Tennessee where my parents were working to help build the atomic bomb before the Nazis could do it, and my one sister was born almost two years later.  One of my early memories is of me as a little tyke running from our family car into the open arms of my grandfather when we arrived at his home for a visit.  My loving mother and devoted but judgmental father were the most significant persons for me in my childhood, and among many in my teenage years it was my English teacher Mrs. Stecchini who shared her deep appreciation of life and for every one of us in our class, and who one day took an opportunity to show me a “conservative” aspect of my father that had not occurred to me.  An important choice I made back then was to follow my own heart in quitting my high school band much to the regret of my fine band teacher in order to sing in the choir after having been invited to join “whenever you want” by our outstanding choirmaster. I got initiated into peacemaking in 7th and 8th grade through serving as the president of our grade school Safety Council helping fellow students resolve conflicts with each other and with themselves, and then at 18 after graduating from high school in 1963 I got my first experience of peacemaking on a national scale when I joined a busload of others in Princeton New Jersey to go down to Washington DC to join in the March for Jobs and Freedom led by Martin Luther King, and gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial we all heard him cry out “I have a dream today” again and again, and then heard many others including Mahalia Jackson and Bob Dylan speak and sing of their dreams too of equality and freedom in America. Earlier in my youth, I had taken up my own quest for freedom by studying first the teachings of Jesus and then the teachings of the founders of all the “great” religions of the world as taught in the Unitarian Church. In college, I studied more religion and philosophy, and then after graduating, serving in the Peace Corps, getting happily married and having wonderful children but then years later getting divorced and separated from my family, I took up the quest in earnest through studying and practicing the core teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism under the guidance of a few wonderful teachers.  I also learned how to work well with others through studying and practicing conscious communication in a series of seminars with a fine local psychotherapist, and then through studying and practicing mediation as well. I put all this learning to good use in serving on the board of directors of my local Buddhist community and then as the president for many years, taking on the responsibility for organizing and facilitating our meetings using our consensus decision-making process, and in serving as a founding member of our local peace center, participating in many demonstrations for peace including doing years of weekly vigils against the US Contra War against Nicaragua, putting on annual memorials of our dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and busing with Grandmothers For Peace to the Nuclear Test Site in Nevada to protest and get arrested for trespassing (just for crossing the line).  I also served as a founding member and organizer of our new local chapter of the Green Party. After moving to San Diego in December 2009 to look after my old father I joined and worked for justice and peace in several organizations including SanDiego350, Activist San Diego, and the Green Party, and later on the San Diego Progressive Alliance, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Climate Mobilization Coalition, Nancy Casady For Congress, Citizens Franchise Alliance, and Public Power San Diego, participating all along in Peace Resource Center activities and finally joining the PRC board in 2017 in order to try to help the members work through a serious and challenging interpersonal conflict.  In 2021, after our vice president LaVern had served as our president for a few months after our former president had had to resign, I encouraged her to run for a full term, assuring her that I would do everything I could to support her, and thankfully (and surely not just because I asked!) she agreed.  I was then elected vice president, have gladly worked closely with her ever since, and have been instrumental in encouraging others to join us on the board. Finally, ever since the war in Ukraine broke out, it has been my passion to discover what it’s all about and to share my understanding of this with the rest of us so that together we can look even more deeply into this crisis, help bring it to an end, and thereby help free ourselves to address the existential issues of war itself, nuclear war, and climate catastrophe with all we’ve got.

(Veterans For Peace – San Diego Chapter) I was born in Oklahoma City where my grandfather at the time was the Episcopal Bishop of Oklahoma and the namesake for the Bishop’s high school which is called Casady school in his honor. I am the oldest of the five sons of a newspaper owner and publisher.  I began as a reporter for my dad’s newspaper, the El Cajon Valley News in 1955.  I attended the University of ArizonaSan Diego State University and graduated from Stanford University in 1957. I obtained an officer’s commission at Officer Candidate School in 1959 and served 31/2 years in the Navy until 1963.  I am an atomic veteran having served aboard ship in a hydrogen bomb test at Christmas Island 3000 miles south of Hawaii. After that I was an editor at the L.A. Times and Psychology Today magazine, served as an assistant for 10 years to San Diego State Senator Jim Mills, President ProTempore of the Senate and owned and operated health food stores. Nancy and I were married in 1972 and have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.  The high point of my life was marrying Nancy. My passion is for a world that works for everyone and my efforts in this regard, besides loving my wife, family and friends,  are to address the existential issues of our time: climate change and nuclear war. I believe we must have peace at all levels of society to realize our full human potential.

(Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) During her 25-career as a Research Psychologist with the Federal Government, Anne Hoiberg published two books and more than 130 scientific articles, book chapters, reports, and presentations. She currently serves as the President of the International Museum of Human Rights at San DiegoBilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, and La Jolla Pen Women as well as Secretary of the Peace Resource Center. She is a past president of the League of Women Voters of San DiegoWomen’s Museum of CaliforniaUnited Nations Association of San Diego, and National Women’s Political Caucus. Anne volunteered as an election supervisor in “emerging” countries (eight missions) and has organized conferences, published articles, and given presentations on world peace, women’s rights, and history at local, national, and international conferences (e.g., Cuba, Greece, Portugal, Uganda, South Africa). She was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.  In December 2022, her book Tears of War–Stories of Refugee Women, was published by Montezuma Publishing.

I was raised in Alhambra California, schooled through a Master’s Degree in Communication from Thomas More University in the Bay Area. Lobbyist in the California State Legislature 1975-84. Owned and operated health food store in Encinitas, Ca 1988-95. General Manager, Ocean Beach People’s Co-op 1996-201 Governor-appointed Member, State Board of Food and Agriculture 2012-2022.  Married to Derek Casady 1972 to present, five children, four grandchildren. My passion is for a world that works for everyone and my efforts in this regard, besides loving my family and friends, are to address the existential issues of our time: climate change and nuclear war. I believe we must have peace at all levels of society to realize our full human potential.

(Oasis for Peace: San Diego First Church of the Brethren) I am a mid-western girl born in South Dakota. I did my undergraduate work from Dakota Wesleyan University where I received a double major in Religion and Communications. For me these 2 majors went together, because as a youth I was very active at my church, and especially in creative drama for worship. What stuck in my heart was something my youth pastor told me early on, “Remember, women can also be pastors”. That encouragement motivated me to get my preaching license in high school and start doing pulpit supply throughout my years in college. When I graduated from DWU I felt I needed to expand my horizons and see what life was like in a completely different part of the US. I had grown up in a rural city and wanted to see what life in urban America was like. So, I started my graduate studies in Dallas at SMU’s Theology School called Perkins. After a year in Dallas, I transferred; even though I met my future husband there. I discovered I could get better financial aid in the school where I ended up getting my Masters of Divinity; from Denver University’s, “Iliff School of Theology“.  However, I got another chance to see what ministry was like in an urban setting by doing a summer internship program in Chicago with a woman pastor, which was a rarity at that time. I then finished my year of internship in Wichita KS. As I started serving churches in Kansas, my friend from seminary and I decided to get married. At that time he was working for a hunger agency in Mexico, and I had longed to see what that kind of life would be like and went to join him. We worked for Heifer International for almost 2 decades and raised our 2 children abroad, until we came back to the US in 2004. Our children were able to finish school here and my husband and I started our careers over. We looked for work in bilingual jobs and got experience in Denver Public Schools, in a child protection agency in Phoenix and with the Church of the Brethren in CA and AZ, starting up Hispanic ministries to help them with church growth. After the economic crisis of 2009, we found work in Methodist churches in Long Beach, Maywood, Garden Grove, Riverside and Victorville; all with a similar goal of helping develop new outreach ministries with Hispanic families. Besides worship and bible study we helped churches reach out to their neighborhoods through community development projects meeting sports, education and immigration needs. My husband and I helped churches to design and start after-school programs, church soccer camps, immigration clinics, internships where college age students helped grade schoolers improve their grades in a fun summer program and many other community activities from coffee shops to craft groups and youth camps for cross cultural understanding. I am currently the new pastor at the San Diego First Church of the Brethren, just joining you all here on this campus since October 2022. My passion is to uphold diversity and justice for all people of all genders, all races, religions and economic statuses. I believe working together in peace and simplicity, across all these differences is the only way we can make real change. I strive every day to strengthen my Christian values with innovation, and in as inclusive ways as possible. 

Volunteer work:  Led group trips from St Brigid Church in Pacific Beach to Tijuana to the Casa Hogar De Los Niño’s Orphanage from 2003 to 2010 and Stand Up for Kids – Street Outreach Volunteer 2005-2007

I’m Cheryl Canson and I’m a San Diego native. I grew up in the foster care system. This caused me emotional issues of abandonment and rejection. When I found out my biological mother suffered a diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia, this gave me closure but it wasn’t until I had my own children that I found this out and had to seek therapy for them. My oldest daughter had a hard time in school and had a really hard time handling and expressing her emotions! Dealing with my own feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem made it hard to give her what I didn’t have. So I was resourceful in seeking outside community assistance to provide for my children what I couldn’t give them. When I had my two sons 15 months apart but my oldest son was born with a physical disability that caused him a mental disability I was told to keep him in therapy for the results would more likely than not be impulsivity and aggression. So those being his symptoms he continued to be looked at as a behavioral issue vs having a vital medical need! Well after this I’ve continued to have other children with diagnoses which brought me to today and how I have responded. I am a Board Member of The Peace Resource Center and due to my adversities, I am a living sacrifice of why mentally ill people deserve treatment and not incarceration where they’re treated inhumanely and are subject to exacerbation! In light of this and that my 2 sons are incarcerated currently and have been since juveniles I have founded TREAT MI DON’T MISTREAT MI and am co-founder of MOMS AGAINST TORTURE. These are initiatives to promote humanity and the need for human dignity and respect for this population! Without these qualities, you can push one right over the cliff but with these qualities, you can talk someone suffering down off that cliff! I know that my calling is to be a vessel that saves lives and honors our God’s Word that said He came to give us life and life more abundantly! You can count on me to see the bright side of things and be an encouraging soul as God replenishes me!

I am a self-taught web designer/developer and digital communications specialist striving to make a difference. I am a friendly, extroverted person and have always had an easy time connecting with people. I grew up in Sweden and spent part of my high school years in Kenya which has contributed to my ability to adapt and thrive in any environment. I moved to the United States in 2011 and gained American citizenship in 2016. My diverse background has taught me to work well both individually and as a member of a team; managing tight deadlines under intense pressure to perform. I am independent and creative, and quickly adapt to new and challenging circumstances to bring value to any organizations I am a part of. What drives me in all my work and engagements is the understanding that we all share – no matter geographic location, socio-economic background, or skin color – an inherent right to dignity and universal human rights.

Board member emeritus

(Past Pastor & Representative from the San Diego First Church of the Brethren).  She brought her passion for interfaith experience, building bridges, and standing together for peace to the board. Her energy and enthusiasm was a plus as we moved into the PRC’s next 35 year Peace Plan and Implementation.

Carol Jahnkow has been involved in many peace, social justice and environmental issues on the local, regional, national, and international level. She began working at the Peace Resource Center of Diego in 1980. Executive Director for many years, she retired in 2009 as Director Emerita. She later returned part time for two years as Special Programs Coordinator. Carol’s emphasis has been not only on confronting major problems of our time, but also on teaching people the skills they need to be effective peacemakers and social change agents. She developed and implemented nonviolence training for peacekeepers for events, marches and demonstrations and civil disobedience actions, as well as the PRC’s Children and Nonviolence Program which provided resources for parents and teachers of preschool and early elementary children. Also focusing on nuclear disarmament and peace, Carol served as the US Coordinator for the Pacific Campaign for Disarmament and Security with her efforts taking her to Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Okinawa, Australia and Canada to meet with activists and participate in demonstrations.  Serving on the War Resisters  League National Committee for 17 years, she also served for three years as their representative to War Resisters International, attending meetings, demonstrations and conferences in The Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden. She was also was involved in the campaign to close the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. Locally she was active on the U.S.  Womens’ International League for Peace & Freedom  board and co-founded The Project on Youth and Nonmilitary Opportunities and the Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft as well as the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice, formed days after 9/11 attacks.  She has received awards from the National Conflict Resolution Center, the San Diego Peace Corps Association and the San Diego Foundation for Change. She was inducted into The San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame in March, 2018 in their Bridge Builder category.

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.

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). Carol has had to step down from her service to peace as a board member. We wish her all the best and miss her non-violent approach to our work and to her life.

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.

Our wonderful volunteers & consultants

Craig is an avid environmentalist, volunteer to help achieve social equity, and activist for peace and justice. He currently is an active member of SD350 on the Transportation team with an understanding that climate change is the existential crisis that must be aggressively addressed. Craig is also a member since its founding of the North County Food Policy Council, addressing food insecurity in North County and throughout the San Diego Region. Craig participates in the Quality of Life Coalition’s Housing team, addressing the convergence of needed affordable housing with the need to preserve our region’s environment, protect the back-country, and stop sprawl. And Craig is a volunteer with the nonprofit Urban Collaborative Project, working on transportation access and environmental justice in neighborhood design for Southeast San Diego. Craig’s background includes an 18 year career as a city planner, working on land use, environmental, and transportation issues; and an 18 year management career in social services, addressing homelessness, hunger and transportation access disparities in north San Diego county. Craig is a past board member of the Peace Resource Center of San Diego and continues to be a PRC member; a past leader in the San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice; and served as a representative on SANDAG’s Social Equity Working Group providing guidance on the preparation of the 2021 Regional Transportation Plan.

Since 2000 collaborated with the Committee Opposed to Militarism & the Draft,  Project on Youth and Non-military Opportunities, and the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth. Organized a project, including an on-site internship in London, with War Resisters International in 2014 and am still a contributor to their Countering the Militarisation of Youth website, an international site on youth and militarism. Collaborated on a project, MilitaryPoisons.org about Military Contamination on military bases and surrounding communities in California with the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom in 2019. Became an associate member of the San Diego Veterans for Peace Chapter in 2022.  Served as a board member of the Peace Resource Center for the year 2023.

Edward was director of Cal Pac UMC camp “Spanglish” Leader at MARCHA. Youth Latin American Hispanic Young Persons, Leader in “Ecclesiola” (Western Jurisdiction Hispanic Youth and Young Adults) Camp Counselor/Media (Camp Wrightwood- 2014, Winter 2015)

Odile Dewar was born in Madagascar and grew up in France. She later lived in Russia and Cameroon before coming to the US in 1985. She has  a unique perspective on racial struggles, injustices, and multi-ethnic relations on three different continents and in four languages. Odile speaks French and English fluently, along with some Russian and Spanish, and writes poetry in English and French. She holds a Doctorate of Education and was recognized on behalf of the French consulate of Los Angeles for her academic contributions to Education and Culture, having received the Insignia of the Palmes Académiques in 2010. Dewar has a passion for social justice from her personal experiences as a social worker in France and currently as a committee member of the San Diego Chapter of the United Nations Association. She is a retired college professor at Irvine Valley College, and also at Laguna Beach High School, where she taught French for nearly three decades

Thank you to special Contributors

Gary Lynn has kept the financial accounts and bookkeeping for the Peace Resource Center for years for us and we wish him well in his next endeavors as he leaves us at the end of 2023. Thank you again Gary for all you have contributed!