Board of Directors
We are proud to introduce these individuals who dedicate their time and considerable talents to furthering the goals of Creativity for Peace.
Sue has spent her adult life working for and creating nonprofit organizations in St. Louis and in Santa Fe. She currently focuses her efforts on transitioning homeless families to permanency and sustainability. She also coordinates the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe and is a board member of New Mexico Women in the Arts.
Rob is a retired river outfitter who guides four weeks a year on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. He has been a community activist much of his life, is blessed with three children and four grandchildren, and lives with his wife, Sharon Woods. He is an avid outdoorsman, photographer, and environmentalist.
Lamia has a degree in Business Management from Arizona State University and has been in residential property sales in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1995. She speaks Arabic and French, and often does public speaking in an effort to further interfaith understanding and reconciliation.
Sam M. Hocking
Sam is the owner of a computer firm that outsources accounting services. He formerly worked for International Paper Company and IBM. He served for five years on the Dallas United Way budget committee and was treasurer of the Dallas Shakespeare Festival.
Shaza was born in the Middle East to a diplomatic family and has lived in nine countries. An avid supporter of peace making, social justice, and interfaith dialogue she has worked and volunteered with a variety of organizations. After earning a degree in English Literature, she studied journalism and parapsychology. She has two adult children and resides with her husband in Houston.
Rudeina is an advisor in the intellectual property section of the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Texas A&M University. Rudeina grew up in Lebanon and currently resides in Houston, where she serves on the Boards of several nonprofits and is a member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations.
Sue was a psychotherapist and psychodramatist in private practice for 35 years, specializing in adult care and group therapy. She has been a major volunteer and passionate advocate for Creativity for Peace since 2007, providing emotional support to staff, Young Leaders and campers. Sue has two adult children and five nearly-adult grandchildren, one of whom participated in a Girls Circle with Creativity for Peace campers in 2016.
Pamela Blackwell’s family has lived in New Mexico for more than seven generations. Pamela is currently the Director of Policy and Member Services for the New Mexico Hospital Association. Previously, she was the Senior Policy Director for nonpartisan, nonprofit New Mexico First where she conducted independent research, was a facilitator bringing diverse groups to consensus throughout the state, and lobbied on healthcare, education, journalism and ethics in government issues affecting New Mexico. Pamela earned her B.A. in journalism at Colorado State University and her J.D. at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA. She resides in Albuquerque with her husband and three children and enjoys swimming, hiking, travel and cooking for family and friends.
Leslie is a finance professor at California State University, Monterey Bay. She has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Business, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also worked at the University of New Mexico, Chevron Corporation, at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and at a start-up firm in Los Angeles.
Kathie is a retired family therapist and the mother of four daughters and grandmother of nine. She has a long-held commitment to community service, including therapist training and support for adults, youth, and families in crisis.
Tony is an educator who started two schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico and led two schools internationally, in Santiago, Chile and the American School of Warsaw, Poland. He believes Nelson Mandela, who said: “Education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world.” He was born in Argentina of Polish refugees, lives in Santa Fe with his wife Diane, and has two children and one grandchild.
Connie is a founder of Twitten, a Santa Fe-based company collaborating with women's knitting cooperatives in Peru, and, with her husband Steve, the Bodhi Fund, which supports New Mexico families of children with cancer. In New York she produced seven feature films with Merchant Ivory Productions and Black Swan Productions.
Ruth is a lawyer who spent 40 years as an academic specializing in U.S. constitutional law and federal courts. Her community activities have included serving on the boards of an interfaith homeless shelter, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and a local public radio station. For 10 years, she has been a member of the Santa Fe Campaign Ethics Review Board. Her commitment to Creativity for Peace began when her husband, Paul, now an emeritus board member, first learned of the organization. She is honored to continue the tradition of a Kovnat on the board.
Todd has been active for 15 years in private practice as a natural resource attorney and more than 20 years in social justice work. He currently serves as Executive Director of SEED, a non-profit organization dedicated to protection of the natural environment and service to the community at large. SEED oversees the Inspire Santa Fe youth mentorship program, wildlife habitat conservation, economic development programming, and active engagement with Mediators Beyond Borders and international peacebuilding activities.
For the last twenty years Sandra has been working in the social change sector, managing issue and political campaigns, and providing strategy consulting services for national foundations and labor unions. She loves working with innovators, forward thinkers, and problem solvers. Her work to-date has included campaign/project management, policy development, impact evaluation, strategic consulting/planning, technology consulting, communications, and creating strategic tools to help advance philanthropy, organizations, campaigns, social good and collective impact.