The Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA) Coordinating Council is currently composed of members who worked together for a year to develop the vision, mission, purpose, and structure of this organization. Throughout this collaboration process, the council members deepened their capacity to synergistically learn from one another, to personally practice peace in their coordinating council endeavors, and to have fun in the process. Brief introductions to members follow.
Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa - President
Sat Bir is a foster parent in Tucson. She arrived here in the mid-80s. As a Sikh, she strongly upholds the human rights of all people to live, love, and share peacefully. She volunteers with several community groups and organizations in Tucson as an expression of her faith. Sat Bir states, “I am grateful for my experience with the COPA Coordinating Council. We have practiced nonviolent communication with one another, as well as consensus in our decision-making. I welcome your interest in COPA. I welcome those who will partner with us, even if just by visiting this web site.”
Judy Francis - Treasurer
In 1992 during her first year as a full-time RVer, Judy read excerpts from Thich Nhat Hanh's Being Peace and realized that, even while she was alone in the desert, she could contribute to world peace by “being peace” where she was. Judy returned to the desert when she moved from Madison, WI, to Tucson in March of 2007. Shortly after moving to Tucson she started working for Habitat for Humanity Tucson, where she worked until she retired in 2010. In 2008, Judy attended her first Peace Circle and shortly thereafter volunteered to serve on COPA's Coordinating Council. In 2011 Judy participated in Our Family Services' Circle Facilitation Level 1 and Level 2 training. She has facilitated several circles since her Level 2 training. Judy is a Reiki Master/Teacher and volunteers with COPA, Peace Circles, and as a circle facilitator.
Dave Horr - Bookkeeper
Del Jones holds a BS in Education and an MS in Urban Planning and has been in management for more than thirty years. She was the Founding Director of WELCOT, the Wellness Council of Tucson and is now Director Emeritus. Del founded the Partnership Way Center, International Partnership Network and was Executive Director of the Center for Partnership Studies Educational Foundation. She initiated the COPA projects, Peace Circles and Elder Circles. She is on the Advisory Board of the Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ), Board of Directors of the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), Ben's Bells and Passages. She is married and has three sons and ten grandchildren.
Ann Yellott, Ph.D., has been working for over thirty years in Arizona with local, statewide, and national coalitions focused on issues such as: domestic violence and sexual assault prevention; cultural diversity; peacemaking, conflict resolution, and social justice. She now divides her time between the desert and the ocean, going back and forth between Tucson—where she has her own mediation and facilitation business and serves on the COPA Coordinating Council—and Laguna Beach—where she is co-creating an Academy for World Peace and World Prosperity and involved as Executive Director with the Center for Prosperous Living (a Science of Mind spiritual center; www.lagunabeach-cpl.org).
Calling attention to peacebuilding projects happening in thousands of communities across the United States and around the world, Ann remains hopeful about the conscious evolution of humankind to create a world that works for all. She reminds us that we create peace every day by listening compassionately to others, appreciating the abundant and profound beauty of the earth, connecting with Spirit, and following our own unique calling.
Kathryn Twinfeathers, newest member of COPA, was introduced to Peace Circles in Nogales, AZ in 2005 as part of a NYU research project using Peace Circles to treat families experiencing early stages of domestic violence. She has been trained by Kay Pranis (co-author of Peacemaking Circles, From Crime to Community) to facilitate circles in a variety of settings, has had training in Compassionate Communication (Non-Violent Communication), is an ordained Interfaith Minister and is an excellent community builder (helped create non-profit for Community Coalition of Santa Cruz County-AZ). Upon moving back to Tucson, she found Peace Circles and helped open the door to what is now called “Circles” through Our Family Services that are used to address conflict in the community. As a peacemaker, Kathryn is devoted to being peace and bringing peace wherever she goes through music (as a Native American Flute teaching artist) and play (playshops, play circles, etc). For more about Kathryn, you may visit her web site by clicking here.