Peace Advocate, Trainer, and Trauma Support in Santa Barbara, California
Ann’s dream and purpose in this work is to serve to instill confidence and love in others so that they are inspired to be the change in the world. One of her greatest hopes is to live in a world without war where everyone matters!
She is currently on the Core Committee for the local Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) located in Santa Barbara (www.avpsantabarbara.org) working to develop programs and workshops that support youth who are at risk of dropping out of school and or entering into the criminal justice system. Ann started her volunteer work with AVP in Oregon as a community member attending her first workshop at the Oregon State Penitentiary facility for men in Salem. Since that time she has facilitated workshops in Santa Barbara and continues to support the work of non-violent conflict resolution meeting the core tenant of AVP’s transforming Power. Ann is also a community facilitator with Pace e Bene (www.campaignnonviolence.org) serving to facilitate non-violent workshops to large and small groups throughout the central-southern California area. She speaks about the Model of Compassion, creating a Good Neighbor Policy, and how to develop Right Relations to build community and prevent violence. She has also worked with Paul K. Chappell as a co-facilitator over the past year. Ann served as a member of the Executive Committee for the NAACP Corvallis/Albany Oregon as the Political Action Chair: advocating for equity, participating and serving as a member on the 2040 Vision Committee for the City, developing relationships and contact with the police department, establishing monthly meetings with the Mayor’s Office, School Board, Willamette Valley Criminal Justice Council, SURJ, and Racial Equity Council.
Ann’s career included service with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis as a co-Director of Religious Education responsible for adult programs and support of children’s programs. Ann focused on programs relating to spiritual, emotional and social justice growth. This included economic inequality, sharing and studying the work of Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, Robert Reich, Ta-Nehisi Coates. During this time she served on an interfaith Campus Ministry at Oregon State University developing policies and programs that supported students spiritual and emotional needs. Ann also served as a Chaplain with Unity Church of Leesburg, FL, Unity of Orlando, FL, Steve’s Cottage, and Unity of Carlsbad, CA as a Therapeutic Touch practitioner.