Our Board of Directors



Pastor Sara Haldeman-Scarr (Church of the Brethren) has been a long-time board member and served as president for many years.  She was an active facilitator/founder of our Peace Making Partners at our local elementary school.  She also facilitated our Kingian Nonviolence Workshop Series.  Sara is stepping down from the Board, as she retires and leaves our area to build peace in Pennsylvania.  She will be missed; her place in our community will be hard to fill.

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.

Michael Brackney, Vice-President (at-large member)

Brianda Vargas, Ex-Treasurer (at-large member).  Brianda has stepped down from the Board to pursue her passion in building mindfulness through her organization, Mindfulness and Yoga.

Derek Casady, Treasurer (Veterans For Peace – San Diego Chapter)

Anne Hoiberg, Secretary (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom)

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) 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.

Consensed by PRC Members at the 2021 Board Elections/General Meeting

Anne Barron (at-large member)

Paul CoFrancesco (at-large member)

Willie Lang (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