Meta Peace Team members are dedicated to "being the change we want to see in the world."
Peter Dougherty & Jasiu Milanowski
Rev. C. Peter Dougherty
One of Meta Peace Team founders, Peter has served 23 years on our Core Community (what we call our Board of Directors)
Committees: International Policy Committee, Faith Community Project, Development Committee, Training Committee, and Presentations
Expertise: Peter is a Lansing Diocesan priest and longtime peace activist. He coordinated a Catholic Worker Community for many years in Lansing. Peter regularly participates on both International and Domestic peace teams. He is a distinguished recipient of the International Gandhi award.
Meta Peace Team's Staff
Mary L. Hanna, M.Ed.
Operations Manager, Training Coordinator, Internship Supervisor
Mary Hanna has her Master's Degree in Behavior Disorders from Vanderbilt University, and spent 20 years working as a case manager/counselor for Community Mental Health. She has been working for MPT since 2005.
Committees: Training, Technology & Branding, and the Finance Committee
Expertise: Mary participates in both Domestic and International peace teams, is an engaging presenter, and handles all aspects of MPT's technology and social networking. Committed to nonviolent conflict transformation, Mary is also the Operations Manager for Action of Greater Lansing and the State Coordinator for Pax Christi Michigan. She helped to found the Shanti Sena Network, and is past-Coordinator of the Peace Education Center. She is passionate about MPT's Internship Program.
MPT's Core Community
John Roy Castillo, Director
John brings a background of working with diverse entities not just in Michigan, but outside the country as well. “I've worked for the state, for municipalities and I've worked for the poor,” he said. “I was a farm worker for 18 years. I've gone from nothing to a nice career. I've worked for three different governors, a mayor and I have helped start a community college in Mexico.” John was the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights from 1985 to 1993 as well as an assistant attorney general. He acted as director of the Cristo Rey Community Center from 2003-2012. John joined the Core Community of MPT in 2013.
Expertise: Fluent native Spanish speaker, attorney, and advocate .
Mary Ann Ford, IHM, Secretary
Oak Park, Michigan
Mary Ann has her MATM in Mathematics from UD/Mercy and a MA in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove University. She has served as part of MPT's Core Community for 6 years.
Committees: Education Towards Empowerment, Newsletter Committee, and Signature Event Planning Committee
Expertise: Mary Ann has had 49+ years of teaching experience, and has been a vital participant in both MPT's Domestic and International peace teams. She has been the unofficial chaplain for Dignity Detroit for over 30 years.
Paul C. Pratt, Treasurer
Paul has served on the Core Community for 11 years, and also serves as one of MPT's Nonviolence Skills Trainers.
Committees: Chair of the Finance Committee
Expertise: Paul is an attorney and the Ingham County Deputy Drain Commissioner; prior to 2001, he owned a general law practice and represented many nonprofit corporations. Paul has served on our Domestic peace teams, is a member of the Red Cedar Friends (Quakers), an avid environmentalist, and committed to nonviolence.
Sheri Wander, President
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sheri has been a member of MPT's Core Community for 13 years
Expertise: Sheri has her degree in Peace Studies from Kent State University. She served as the North American representative to Nonviolent Peaceforce, and has been a key member of many of MPT's International and Domestic peace teams. She is a highly sought after nonviolence skills trainer and mediator, and helped found the Shanti Sena Network. She lives in community at Mercy House in Ann Arbor.