Curtis Smith, Chair is a retired college faculty member (English) and administrator. Political activism began with work with the Congress of Racial Equality Syracuse, NY, in 1963; arrested for protesting “Negro Removal” at a construction site. Active in protesting the Vietnam War; chaired the Albany NY Peace Center in the late 1960’s. In that capacity acquired an FBI file when I led a Peace Center sit down in the Albany Selective Service Center in 1969. Active in United Farm Workers grape and lettuce boycott. Participated in May 1970 student strike following Kent State and was denied tenure at SUNY Albany in 1972, arguably at least in part because of my political activism. At the University of Houston-Clear Lake in the 1970’s became active in various leftist causes. Arrested in 1986 for civil disobedience related to the Contra war on Nicaragua. I regard my accomplishments as modest.
Krisan Evenson, Ph.D, Co-Chair. Krisan has focused on international affairs since the 1980s (divestment from Apartheid South Africa and Quebec separatism). She has devoted her professional life to building bridges, inspiring creative answers to world challenges, and teaching others to transform conflict into global opportunity. She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, in the analysis and resolution of conflicts, and on wide-ranging issues such as nuclear war, intercultural communication, child soldiers, humanitarian aid, and intergenerational political change. Krisan is a political psychologist, speaks French, and uses her hands to make peace through craft activism.
William Maddocks, Treasurer. Bill has been involved in community economic development work for the past thirty years most recently at the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH. Bill has also worked as a hard rock gold miner, electronics and mining industry health organizer and United Farmworkers Union boycott organizer. He has been active in peace, civil rights, environmental justice, anti-war and labor movement struggles.
For thirteen years Bill worked in Sub-Saharan Africa running a large micro-savings training program to promote economic empowerment for women at the grassroots level. Bill also works as facilitator for New Hampshire Listens and serves as a co-facilitator in the NH Endowment for Health’s Race and Equity Series. Bill is married to Lin Illingworth and is the dog dad of a wonderful rescue dog named Liddy.
Jonie LaBombard, Secretary. Jonie was born, raised, and went to college in Hanover, NH. She is a former kindergarten teacher, stay-at-home-parent of four, volunteer EMT, and a 21-year Girl Scout leader and trainer.
Somewhere back in the 80’s she was the editor of the Nashua Peace Center newsletter, The Drinking Gourd. Jonie got into peace activism while attending Hanover Friends Meeting and is now a member of Concord Friends Meeting. She is also currently a library trustee and serves on the boards of several non-profits.
John Lamperti is a professor emeritus of mathematics at Dartmouth College. Since 1985, one of his main interests has been Central America and what the United States has been doing there. He is the author of Enrique Alvarez Cordova: Life of a Salvadoran Revolutionary and Gentleman.
In the early 1980s Physicians for Social Responsibility took on the nuclear arms race, and I worked with them on those issues more and more as the Vietnam war (finally) ended. Then in 1985 I hitchhiked on an AFSC trip to Central America, and that’s been a major focus ever since. I spent half of 1990 in Nicaragua trying to make myself useful, learned Spanish (más o menos), observed several post-civil war elections in El Salvador and learned a lot about that country, and I’ve written many things hoping to bring their reality home to (North) Americans.
John also serves as Chair of our C4 arm NH Peace Action and is our representative on National Peace Action Board.
Sandra Yarne is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Her private practice in Portsmouth, NH helps people develop their relational and mindfulness skills. She has taught psychology courses as adjunct faculty at Austin Community College, Austin, Texas, Granite State College, and the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. Yarne received her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation studied individual and organizational factors which affect professional burnout.
As a peace activist Sandra served as an organizer for Beyond War and Move On. Sandra serves as the representative from the Palestine Education Network (which she co-founded), a special project of NH Peace Action. She actively participated in the creation of NENJP, the New England Network for Justice for Palestine, a five state coalition advocating for Palestinian human rights.
In the past two years her peace efforts have centered around the Back from the Brink campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. Sandra refers to herself as a war abolitionist and views the effort to abolish war not unlike that to abolish slavery.
Chris Hansen. Repelled by the insanity of the Vietnam War, and compelled to avoid taking a role in it, I avoided the draft with student and occupational deferments, and became active in peace demonstrations and the alternative “national service” of VISTA, part of the “War on Poverty”. Much of my working life involved community organizing and human services jobs in support of community mental health and services for the elderly and people with disabilities; then I spent my last paid years as a carpenter before retiring in 2010.
Janet Zeller. Janet has long been an advocate for building a culture of peace. Her degrees are in education and library science with certifications in mediation. After working in elementary schools, she was recruited by the U.S. Forest Service. After 28 years as a mediator and national program manager in recreation, Janet retired from that agency in 2018. She was then able to invest more time working for peace, joining the Board that year.
She is deeply committed to demilitarization, reallocation of pentagon spending to support human needs and confronting the imminent threat posed by nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation. Janet also chairs the Peace with Justice Advocates of the NH Conference of the UCC.
Amy Antonucci has been involved in activism, agriculture, and the arts in Seacoast NH for 30 years. After receiving her B.A. in Women’s Studies at UNH Durham, she has worked on issues of environmental health, sustainable agriculture, human rights and peace.
Dr. Whitney Howarth is a professor of history, specializing in modern world history and the history of India, at Plymouth State University. She’s been teaching about colonialism, nationalism, empire, and the various ways humans have resisted systems of oppression and injustice for over two decades. She holds a B.A. in history from Moravian College (1995), an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2004) in World History from Northeastern University.
In her spare time, Whitney enjoys travel, cooking Indian food, reading everything, working for social justice, singing and supporting the work of resettling refugee populations in New Hampshire. Her passion is educating and advocating for a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Jeremy Love is a campaign consultant for the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists and is a board member of NH Peace Action. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University – New England. His current work focuses on nuclear weapons policy, and in his spare time he is working on establishing a nonprofit organization whose goal is to confront and dismantle American exceptionalism. Jeremy is also a performing DJ, having played gigs all over New England, as well as Detroit. He enjoys walks in the woods, and finds himself partial to earthy colors.
Chris Marion is a lifelong New Hampshire resident. Graduate of Keene State College and a resident of the Seacoast. Beginning in 2016, he decided that he could no longer be politically inactive. He attended the protests against Trump’s inauguration in Washington D.C. in 2016 and returned ready to dive in.
Since then he has become a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and has worked with many other progressive organizations across the state such as the ANSWER Coalition, No Coal No Gas Coalition, 350 – New Hampshire and others. In his spare time, he enjoys studying foreign policy, history, politics, as well as hiking, trail running, and playing guitar
John Lamperti, Chair See above. John is also a member of the NH Peace Action Education Fund Board
Greg Heath, Treasurer. Greg is a retired Director of Finance for a nursing home, a business management consultant to nonprofits and small business owner. In an earlier career he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, a teacher and an independent school administrator.
Greg is an ordained lay Zen priest. He has two grown children and lives with his wife, Ruth, in Canterbury.
Will Thomas. High School graduation, Augsburg American H.S. (Germany), 1961. US Navy 1961-63 (my ship, the USS Okinawa, played a key role in the blockade of Cuba during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis). UNH -M. of A. in US History, 1970. Teacher, Manchester Central High School, 1969-2002
During my Junior year at Smith, I studied in Paris, living with a French family. It was incredibly beneficial to hear views of our country from others’ perspectives. My already heightened sense of justice and fair play, grew more so. Incrementalism has been a lesson hard, so hard, to learn. I write letters daily—online and snail mail.
I am grateful for like-minded individuals at NH Peace Action. All three of my children act for justice—I’m so thankful.
Janet Simmon. Janet’s initiation into activism was with a college group called Stop Atomic Bombs. Another early experience, teaching and creating adaptations for people with disabilities, has always been woven into her professional and volunteer activities. Janet worked with DC group Partners for Peace, led church studies for peace, taught classes on Palestine/Israel and participated in her first major peace rally in DC in 1988.
Currently Janet is a member of the NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates. She has been a member of NHPA and PEN since she moved to Laconia ten years ago.
Chris Marion See above, Chris is also a member of the NH Peace Action Education Fund Board
Curtis Smith See above, Curt is also a member of the NH Peace Action Education Fund Board