• VISION: To make Peace a practical and sustainable reality in the 21st century.
    MISSION: The mission of Pathways To Peace (PTP) is threefold:

    • To expand the comprehension and expression of “PEACE“ and the emerging Peacebuilding field through 8 practical pathways;

    • To build an integral movement for a Culture of Peace by fostering cooperation amongst organizations, networks, movements, groups and programs along diverse paths to Peace;

    • To activate worldwide inter-generational and inter-cultural participation in Peace Day, 9/21, as an annual highlight of local/global Peacebuilders daily activities throughout the year.
  • Who We Are

    Pathways To Peace (PTP) is an International Peacebuilding, Educational and Consulting organization dedicated to making Peace a practical reality through both local and global projects. Incorporated in 1983, PTP is an official Peace Messenger of the United Nations and has Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and works with the U.N. Centre for Human Rights, U.N. Centre for Human Settlements, UNESCO, UNICEF and other agencies. PTP is a tax-exempt, Social Profit, Non-partisan 501(c)(3) Corporation, (taxexempt ID# 68-0015625).

    What We Do

    Pathways To Peace works locally and globally to promote Peacebuilding, Education and to collaborate with other organizations in initiatives that help further our Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI). Our founder Avon Mattison developed CPI with then-Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Robert Muller in 1983. The annual highlight of this initiative is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day), held annually on September 21. In addition to Peace Day, our signature initiative for 2015 is the launch of our first City Peace Commission.

    How You Can Help

    You can help PTP build a culture of Peace by donating, volunteering, attending events or simply sharing information on social media. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date about initiatives and events to attend or volunteer for. If possible, make a donation, too, to support our major 2015 initiatives. As a donor, you become a Peacebuilder and a key member of a community of like-minded individuals. You will receive monthly newsletter updates and see first-hand how your contributions are effecting change.

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    Avon Mattison, President & Co-Founder of Pathways To Peace

    Avon Mattison is a Peacebuilding and Inter-Organisational Consultant, Adviser and Mentor with over four decades’ experience. She works with innovative leaders, groups and organizations on the “frontline” building Cultures of Peace inter- generationally and inter-culturally for future generations. She is Co-Founder and President of Pathways To Peace (PTP), an international peacebuilding, educational and consulting organization. PTP has Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is an official Peace Messenger of the United Nations (UN). PTP is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization.
    A U.S. Foreign Service diplomat for three years serving the European Community, Avon has served as special adviser to United Nations Conferences, renowned international leaders, and emerging youth leaders. She serves on the Advisory Councils/Boards of several international organizations and has been quoted in numerous publications worldwide. Through Pathways To Peace, she created the CULTURE OF PEACE INITIATIVE (CPI), in 1983 in colleagueship with former UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Muller. This local/global Peacebuilding Initiative unites the strengths of over 4,000 international organizations and focuses co-operative Peacebuilding along diverse pathways/sectors.
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    David Wick, Treasurer, Co-Secretary

    David Wick founded Youth Services in Santa Cruz and Watsonville California in 1974, with a staff of eight, an eager group of volunteers, and with a budget of only $17,000. This current multi-million dollar center is still going strong today. Based on the dynamic early years of Youth Services he authored a chapter in the recently published book, “The Origins of Neuro Linguistic Programming.” In 1983 David helped launch the United Nations NGO, Pathways To Peace (PTP) which had assisted the resolution passage of the UN’s International Day of Peace in 1981. David has been a leader in organizing the celebration of the International Day of Peace since 1984 and he currently serves as a PTP Director. While working at Stanford University, in 1985 he founded the ten year-long PTP Peace Within Organizations program and in 1995 co-founded the visionary project Peace Building Through Business which led to being a leading member of a five year international think tank on the future role of business in the 21st Century. David is currently the Team Leader of the global Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI), a UN-designated “Peace Messenger Initiative”, of which Pathways To Peace serves as the Secretariat.

    David also works in the Public Diplomacy area through placing foreign exchange students in high schools and with host families. In his current role as Vice President of Southern Oregon China Connection, David has been an essential initiator in developing the growing economic, educational and cultural bridge between Oregon and China and works closely with Oregon’s legislators and the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. David has over 30 years of executive and management training and organizational development consulting experience, and has held important positions within Sun Microsystems, Stanford University, Levi Strauss and the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd). He has designed extensive international training programs, and has received accolades in both the business and peace building arenas. Building upon his Peacebuilding and consulting experience, David is co-leading a community and city development plan which will result in a Culture of Peace Commission in Ashland OR, and Peace education in its schools. He also served as the award-winning publisher at Silver Light Publications.

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    Masankho Kamsisi Banda, M.A

    African Dancer & Storyteller — Educator—Healer--Interplay Leader & PeaceBuilder Using InterPlay, Dance, Music, Drumming, and Storytelling to motivate and inspire diverse people of all ages to work together to bring about Peace, Social Justice and Cultural/Spiritual Healing & Understanding. Brief Bio: Masankho is a multi-disciplinary Performing Artist, Educator, Spiritual Healer and PeaceBuilder. He brings many unique perspectives to his work around the world. He learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his Malawian culture spending many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, shaped his being, nourished his soul and strengthened his spirit. Using performing arts, Masankho motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. In 1997, he started Ucandanc African Healing Arts to bring his passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world. In 2001, Masankho was awarded the Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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    Robert Browning, Co-Vice President, Co-Secretary

    Robert Browning, PhD (h.c.) is Co-Director for HeartMath Healthcare and a Senior Master Trainer. For over 20 years with HeartMath, he’s trained more than 10,000 individuals in heart-based living and leads programs at: Stanford, U.C.L.A., Brigham & Women’s and Kaiser Permanente. He oversees HeartMath’s strategic healthcare alliances focused on self-care, human caring and wholeness healing. In April, 2015, Robert received an Honorary Doctorate in Human Caring and Caring Science from Dr. Jean Watson, Founder and Director, Watson Caring Science Institute and Dean Emerita-University of Colorado, Denver, College of Nursing. It was given “to honor devotion to the betterment of humankind through human caring – heart centered teachings and practices.”
    He holds a faculty position with the Esalen Institute and Watson Caring Science Institute and adjunct faculty with the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing. He currently serves as a Co-Vice President of Pathways To Peace, a non-profit Peacebuilding & Consulting organization with United Nations with Consultative Status (ECOSOC: United Nations Economic and Social Council), and is a UN-designated Peace Messenger Organization. Robert graduated from U.C.L.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Communications, and achieved Eagle Scout in 1991. His passion and 20 year focused inquiry on the power of the heart, care and healing has informed the depth of his work, practice and message. Robert lives with his wife, Sheva Carr, and orange tabby, Gingee, in the Boulder Creek, CA Redwood Mountains.
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    Sheva Carr, Co-Vice President

    Sheva Carr is the architect and Director of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, the CEO of Fyera! / Heart Ambassadors, and the founding Executive Director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids. She is honored to be a Pathways To Peace (PTP) Director and Representative to the United Nations. She is featured as a “love luminary” in Marci Schimoff’s New York Times bestselling book Love for No Rea-son. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and HeartMath trainer, she has authored several books of her own (most recently Being the Source of Love). Through her alliance with Creativity for Peace Sheva helps to bring young Israeli and Palestinian woman together in retreat settings and through social media. These women have become fast friends and global peace builders, living by the motto “An enemy is a friend who’s story you have yet to hear.” She has developed diverse programs around the world, including ones benefiting street children in Nicaragua and secret schools for women and girls in Afghanistan. Sheva speaks to people all over the world on how to access heart intelligence and inner peace, in order to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on consciousness, health, performance, creativity, and social change, to create cultures of personal and global peace. She also has trained government agencies and soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Sheva did her undergraduate work in fine arts, cross cultural international studies, Spanish, and pre-med at Carnegie Mellon Universty, Yale, Friends World College, and Dalhousie University. She received experiential credits for her work in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Holland, England, and Canada. Her Masters Degree is in Traditional Chi-nese Medicine from Yo San University. Sheva has trained and coached hospital staff across the US, and founded the first HeartMath hospital patient education program at Earl Bakken’s Heart-Brain Institute in North Hawaii. She co-authored HeartMath’s Stopping Emotional Eating Program with Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman and was the coach and manager of the participants involved in the study done on that program. Previously on the Faculty of Alternative Medicine at University of Minnesota, and a professor of Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica CA, she has worked as a coach and consultant to leading cardiologists, heart-brain researchers, and physicists, and has been published in such prestigious journals as Perspectives in Biology and Medicine Where healing and performing arts meet, she has also come full circle, as a consultant to cutting edge creators of culture in the film, television, and music industries. With over 30 years of experience in fine arts and over 20 years of experience in acupuncture, herbal medicine, polarity therapy, birthing assistance, coaching, and stress management research and training, at heart, she is always a beginner learning new, and always willing to witness impossible good made real through the power of the heart.
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    Tezikiah (Tez) Gabriel, Executive Director

    Tezikiah (Tez) was called into founding Gabriel Associates in 1991. The mission of Gabriel Associates is to partner with nonprofit organizations and leaders to strengthen and increase their ability to make a positive difference in the lives of people they exist to serve and to change our world. Over the past 25 years, as a nationally recognized consultant and trainer, Tezikiah has provided change management consulting and training to hundreds of mission-based organizations and thousands of leaders who wish to create and inspire sustainable change through transformative approaches that value individual differences, unleash untapped potential, honor inherent wisdom, and deliver desired results.
    Since early childhood, Tezikiah has been aware of her connection to Divine Source, her deep dedication to serving others, and her life-long vision for peace. Her lifelong journey has involved study in ancient and modern, spiritual principles and practices from around the world. The purpose underlying the study was to gain knowledge and tools that would assist people of all ages, cultures, and experiences to remember and unleash the power of their own Divinity. And, through remembering, each of us can unleash authentic peace, joy, and happiness for ourselves and others. Tezikiah is an ordained minister, an empath, a teacher and a healer, who is based in love, acceptance, and compassion.Tezikiah views Pathways To Peace as an extraordinary opportunity to bring together her vision for global peace, passion for making a difference, and her knowledge of nonprofit organizations as a vehicle for real change.
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    Alain Gauthier, Co-Secretary, Director Emeritus

    Alain Gauthier is an international consultant, facilitator, coach, educator, and author who focuses his work on developing co-leadership and partnering capabilities in and across the private, public, and civil society sectors. He is passionate about integrating the inner and outer dimensions of change and leadership, both at the individual and collective levels, in the service of a new development paradigm. A graduate from HEC (Paris), Stanford University MBA, and former senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, Alain is currently Executive Director of Core Leadership Development, a principal of Metaintegral Associates in the San Francisco Bay Area and a partner of In Principo (Collaborative Dynamics) in Paris. Over the last 45 years, he has served a wide range of clients, from large American, European, and Japanese corporations to UN Agencies, global foundations, healthcare and educational systems, as well as other organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
    Alain has designed and facilitated meetings on co-leadership capacity building in the United States, Europe, Japan, and several African countries. He is a co-founder and active member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) in the United States and in France, and a member of the Global Leadership Network. He is also President of the Club of Budapest in Paris and a director of Pathways to Peace in San Francisco. Alain’s most recent book was published in French in 2013 and is now available as an Ebook in English on Amazon.com under the title Actualizing Evolutionary Co-leadership – Evolving a Creative and Responsible Society. He has adapted and prefaced in French three of Peter Senge's acclaimed Fifth Discipline books, is a co-author of Leadership is Global and Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership, and has contributed to three collective books on coaching and leadership development in French. He has taught courses on leadership at several schools of management in the United States and France, and is a visiting professor for the Coaching/Personal Development Master’s Program at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area but devotes more than half of his time to work outside of the United States.
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    Jeff Vander Clute, Director Emeritus

    Jeff Vander Clute is a developer and practitioner of transformational technologies. His work is to liberate the human spirit, quietly supporting the realization of humanity's oneness and sacred relationship.

    Through applied oneness and partnership with awareness, Jeff perceives the wholeness in each situation, listening for currents of wisdom that can inform right action. He has a passion for individual and collective transformation, especially protocols for global healing through radical insight.

    Jeff co-founded Sourcing the Way to serve organizations and organizational ecosystems that seek to be conscious and beneficial presences on the planet. Previously, as a serial entrepreneur and software engineer, Jeff co-created an online publishing platform that amplified the voices of over 30 million people as well as software for unlocking the wisdom of communities and “connecting the global heart.”

    His organizational affiliations include Alliance for the Earth, Charter for Compassion International, Compassionate Action Network International, DreamRider Productions, Evolutionary Leaders, Gaiafield Project, In Claritas, New Stories, and Pathways To Peace.

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    Joanie Ciardelli, Co-Founder, Director Emeritus

    Joanie (Misrack) Ciardelli is a very part-time resource and volunteer in the area of peace-building. She was Co-founder of Pathways To Peace (PTP) in 1983 with Founder Avon Mattison, and a Director of the organization until 2002. She continues to be an Advisor, and represents PTP on the Steering Committee of the United Nations Association of Marin. For many years she represented PTP on the Board of the Citizens for a UN People’s Assembly, and served on the Peace and later Democracy and Justice Committees of the Threshold Foundation. She is now on their Documentary Film Funding Circle, which became an interest because of her volunteering for the last 9 years at the Sundance Film Festival. Joanie is also involved in socially responsible investing, having spent many years in the corporate world of business. This included directing/managing Marketing Research for Levi Strauss International and Del Monte Corporation, and consulting/resourcing in leadership development for a large-scale corporate change endeavor. Joanie was a co-founder of Soviet-American Business Opportunities, Inc. and served as President of the American Marketing Association, San Francisco Chapter. She has published articles on “Marketing Peace” and participated on several panels related to PTP’s programs: the Culture of Peace Initiative and Peace Within Organizations.
    Joanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters of Business Administration in Management from Golden Gate University, and an “Agent of Conscious Evolution” Certificate from the Institute of Conscious Evolution. She is married to Dr. Jack Ciardelli, Jr., and they share their home with the original Peace Cat, Princess Jasmine. She very much enjoys traveling -- especially to visit Jack’s five children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandsons. Joanie’s research skills have turned to photography and genealogy, tracing and documenting family back several generations. She began the process of documenting the history of PTP through photos, which will eventually be published as a book and on line.
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    Betsabe Reyna, Pathways To Peace Youth Delegate

    Betsabe Reyna is a Youth Delegate for Pathways To Peace. Her passion and goal is to raise awareness and to propose solutions for regions afflicted with religious conflict. With Pathways To Peace, Betsabe has attended conferences at the United Nations Headquarters, including the UN International Youth Day: Youth Building Peace Conference. This event inspired her to speak to other students and youth in her community, encouraging them to become vocal and active in peacefully fighting for what is right, through truth and love. A spokesperson for UNICEF Voices of Youth, Betsabe collaborated with Calvary Chapel Old Bridge to spread love, restoration and hope across many countries. Ms. Reyna has prepared individuals to better serve refugees requiring humanitarian aid. Thus, she is known to be one of the youngest professionals in her area of solutions in humanitarian studies.
    While studying theology in the United Kingdom, Betsabe also traveled throughout Europe, including to Greece where she served as a first responder in the largest, nongovernmental refugee camp in Athens, back in 2015. Recently, she returned from Turkey where she assisted unregistered refugees in receiving basic humanitarian aid. She was and remains driven by the call for human rights of persecuted peoples who are forced to flee their homes. Betsabe currently resides in New Jersey and is pursuing a political science degree. Consistently active in university clubs, she also looks forward to pursuing a future Ph.D. in Middle Eastern studies whilst building her career within the United Nations. As an active global citizen, she seeks to combat crises with sustainable dialogue. Through dialogue, she hopes to ascertain solutions and consequently, to generate a peaceful revolution. Ms. Reyna encourages all to take action in helping youth to grow and to learn in order to curate stronger future generations who exhibit understanding and can persevere, together.
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    George S. Anthony, UN DPI NGO Primary Representative

    Mr. George S. Anthony is an accomplished educator and conflict resolution specialist. He has been featured nationally on ABC News’ “20/20: Social Cruelty in Our Nation’s Schools” and on CNN’s “Crossing Borders.” He is frequently featured in many newspaper articles on bullying, conflict resolution, ethnic diversity, and news programs such as WABC Special Report “Bullying in the Classroom.” George Anthony is a trained conflict resolution specialist, certified in mediation by Columbia University, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the New York City Board of Education. Mr. Anthony is an educator with over thirty years of classroom teaching experience. He is also the Co-Director of the Institute for International Leadership, Non-Violence, and Service. He has an M.S. in Education training teachers, administrators, social workers, guidance personnel, and others in conflict management. He works with universities, including Rutgers University School of Social Work, Monmouth University and Brookdale College. Mr. Anthony has produced award-winning videos dealing with issues of tolerance, leadership, and diversity. As Director of Peace Dynamics Consultants, George Anthony continues to work with numerous school districts, community and corporate organizations. He has written publications and workshops on topics dealing in conflict resolution, leadership and diversity. He is the co-author of “Stand Up & Lead: Curriculum Guide” that features strategies for addressing bullying and diversity in addition to approaches for creating supportive learning environments for all.
    Mr. Anthony is currently serving as the United Nations’ NGO DPI Pathways to Peace Primary Representative and the Co-Chair to the International Day of Peace "UN Education Peace Team." He has consulted for the world-renowned Seeds of Peace Organization as well as the Anne Frank Center in both the Netherlands and the United States. He has worked with the Anti-Defamation League’s “A World of Difference Institute,” the New York City Department of Education, the United Nations’ “Seasons of Non Violence Task Force,” the United States’ Institute for Peace, the United Federation of Teachers, NJEA and numerous school districts. His programs have been recognized and implemented in both national and international forums. His “Peer-to-Peer: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Institute” have been recognized at the United Nations “as a model program for the world.” He has spoken at the United Nations’ World Headquarters at numerous conferences. Currently, Mr. Anthony is leading “The Global Leaders Institute” at Mater Dei Prep as well as developing a cadre of future leaders in international diplomacy and non-violent leadership by utilizing design-thinking applications and strategies. He remains active as an educator, a workshop facilitator, a DPI and ECOSOC UN Member as well as the executive director for Peace Dynamics and the Primary United Nations Representative for the NGO, Pathways To Peace.
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    Jessica Hoefer, ECOSOC Representative

    Jessica Hoefer is a Pathways To Peace ECOSOC Representative dedicated to the dissemination of human rights. A recent graduate from Hochschule Furtwangen University located in Germany, Jessica holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. During the interim of her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Jessica traveled the world and volunteered as an English teacher through the United Nations Development Programme funded program and initiative of the Chilean Ministry of Education, English Opens Doors. Through her experiences abroad, particularly during her time as a teacher in Santiago, Chile, Jessica developed an affinity for human rights, namely a person’s right to an education.
    Currently, Jessica is acting executive editor of the cultural awareness platform, Sub-Stances. Through this modem, she seeks to raise cultural awareness and to generate understanding vis-à-vis challenging yet critical conversations. Dialogue, Jessica believes, can bridge the divisive gaps extant across societies, cultures, religions, and so on. Jessica is pursuing a career that focuses on the spread and implementation of human rights, particularly education. She believes that in order to establish a peaceful, equal and sustainable world, the first step begins with education. Education is the catalyst and the key for an informed, understanding generation of global citizens who are committed to making this world a better place.
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    Kate McAvoy, ECOSOC Representative

    Kate McAvoy is a Pathways To Peace ECOSOC Representative who utilizes her array of skills to promote the organization’s Culture of Peace Initiative. Currently, she is working with “Medical Teams International” on capacity building projects in Uganda and Bangladesh. In Uganda, Ms. McAvoy has worked in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement (located near Mbarara), the Nykabande Transit Center (in Kisoro), Nyumanzi (located near Adjumani) and Belemeling (located in Moyo). Whilst at the Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Kate focused on continuing medical education lectures as well as inpatient ward improvement projects that were geared towards increasing quality care amongst the national and refugee population. Ms. McAvoy’s work at the Nykabande Transit Center also focused on continuing medical education lectures. There, she further provided Ebola crisis briefings and extensive sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) sensitivity trainings, with multiple partners. Furthermore, she facilitated the improvement in care for SGBV survivors and long-term care recommendations. Her work in Nyumanzi and Belemeling included the continuation of medical education lectures, triage improvement projects to progress patient flow throughout the clinic and to empower local staff to provide quality care. Ms. McAvoy also developed inpatient ward improvement projects in these areas.
    In Bangladesh, Kate has been working on capacity building in the Rohinghya health clinics. She has been collaborating with local staff in order to create a system that offers the Rohingya easily accessible healthcare, treatment and medication. Currently, she is working on pharmacy and stock improvement projects to increase access to needed medications. Ms. McAvoy is planning to obtain her Ph.D. with a focus on adolescent migrants and ideally, how youth leadership can improve the lives of adolescent migrants. Her overall focus is on global health, human rights and law.
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    Katelyn Grano, ECOSOC Representative

    Katelyn Grano is a Pathways To Peace ECOSOC Representative. Katelyn was recently selected as one out of ten new members of the prestigious Youth Representatives Steering Committee. She is also the youth co-chair of the logistics team for the 2018, 67th DPI/NGO Conference of We the Peoples at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Katelyn Grano is a recent graduate of Mater Dei Prep High School in Middletown, New Jersey. She now attends Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where she is majoring in both environmental studies and international business. She has a strong background in conflict resolution, transformation, mediation and negotiation, having been trained by Mr. George Anthony. Additionally, Ms. Grano has a diplomatic training background in Conflict Resolution as a Weapon Against Poverty, through Columbia Law School. Her efforts have mainly been focused on the improvement of education and the seventeen sustainable development goals.
    Katelyn is pursuing a career in the field of international business and environmental studies. Concurrently, she is also working towards attending law school after the completion of her undergraduate degree at Marist. Aside from her work with the United Nations, Katelyn is highly involved with the environment and its sustainability while also aiming to resolve global issues and to create peaceful encounters and dialogues.
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    Lindy P. Crescitelli, ECOSOC Representative

    Mr. Lindy P. Crescitelli is a Pathways To Peace ECOSOC Representative. Lindy Crescitelli is a renowned facilitator, educator, communication and conflict resolution specialist. He has appeared in a wide array of national and international media, including ABC, CNN, NBC, YM magazine, NEWSWEEK, among many other publications, radio, internet and television programs. Mr. Crescitelli co-founded the Institute for International Leadership, Non-Violence & Service, and the STAND UP & LEAD! Initiative that addresses bullying and diversity in learning environments. He is also the founder, lead adult educator/advisor, and head organizer of March for Our Lives NY. Mr. Crescitelli co-leads the NYC Mahatma Gandhi-Dr. Martin Luther King Season for Non-Violence Organizing Committee.
    As a classroom teacher for nearly a decade, Mr. Crescitelli has distinguished himself within the New York City Department of Education. He has served throughout the United States as lead educator for American Civil Rights Educational Services. In addition to having presented on multiple occasions at the United Nations, Mr. Crescitelli has also prepared numerous students and youth to attend and to participate at the U.N., including for the International Day of Peace. Mr. Crescitelli is an accomplished conflict resolution specialist, who is certified in both negotiation and mediation. He is also a licensed New York City Department of Education vendor who provides heralded pedagogical trainings for staff and youth throughout the city. Mr. Crescitelli continues to work with numerous community, corporate and educational institutions everywhere on diverse projects in various capacities.
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    Manar Marouf, UN Representative

    Manar has more than eight years of experience as an educator, development, and peace building professional, translator and interpreter in Syria and the USA. Manar holds a dual master’s degree in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. She is currently working as a short-term literacy specialist with the International Rescue Committee in New York where she has been volunteering as a community interpreter and refugee resettlement intern. Throughout her work with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, She worked with Syrian women in their advocacy to actively participate in the negotiation process under the provisions of the UN women, peace and security agenda. Additionally, Manar has been working as an interpreter and translator for numerous organizations around UN summit and Security Council open debates as well as civil rights movements. Manar was an Open Society Foundations fellow between 2013 and 2015.
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    Ambassador Mussie Hailu

    Ambassador Mussie Hailu is PTP Council of Advisors, Member of UN Representative and Goodwill Ambassador of Culture of Peace Initiative. Ambassador Mussie Hailu is a peace activist who is working at national, regional and international level in promoting a culture of peace, reconciliation, interfaith & inter-cultural harmony, human dignity, compassion for animals, disarmament, world citizenship, building right human relationship, constructive dialogue, environmental protection and building bridges for international cooperation for common good of all nations. He is working tireless in promoting around the world the teaching of Golden Rule which says “Treat others the way you want to be treated” as a guiding principle and universal ethics to enhance mutual respect, counter violent extremism and promote peaceful co-existences and to avoid hate speech and uphold the universal human right declaration and to commit to be non-violent and peaceful person.  He also actively works in addressing the negative impact of the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons for peace and security. He has also traveled extensively to most part of the world promoting the universal peace prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and addressing the issue of culture of peace, reconciliation, right human relationship, interfaith harmony, the eradication of poverty, environmental protection and reverence for life. He strongly emphasises the need of being the “change we want to see in the world” and to follow the pathway to peace which leads us from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from killing each others to co-existence, from war to peace, from hate to love, from holding grudges to forgive and from competition to cooperation and to practice on a daily base the Golden Rule in our life.
    He introduced Golden Rule Day to the world to foster inter-religious, inter-cultural harmony and to build a culture of peace and constructive dialogue and respect in the world. The Golden Rule Day is now celebrated in many part of the world and he is also the one who drafted the Golden Rule Proclamation which is endorsed by organizations in over 120 countries He also wrote a number of articles and contributes to a number of publications on the issue of peace, interfaith and inter-culture harmony, good governance and.He pioneered many positive initiatives in Africa including an interfaith movement in his own country in Ethiopia and in many other African Countries and also the Council of Former African Heads of States and Governments for Environmental Protection and Climate Change in Africa. His initiative includes a "Declaration for Peace" which is distributed worldwide during the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. This declaration was intended to encourage people to make a personal commitment to stand for global peace, human dignity, environmental & animal protection and International cooperation for the good of all nations.He is the founding member of United Religions Initiative (URI) and serves as Global Envoy of URI and Regional Director of URI for Africa, Representative of URI at the African Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and UN office in Africa.  He is Special Advisor of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Africa Union on Interfaith, Inter-religions and Inter-cultural Issue.He served many organizations at national, regional and international level. He also served as Diplomat and Ambassador –at- Large. Amb. Mussie Hailu received numerous awards, medals and Certificate of Merits from many national, regional and international organizations, including from United Nations. He is recognized among 73 people around the world who are selected for their outstanding contribution to humanity. He is the recipient of the Prestigious Silver Star Award of The International Strategic Studies Association. He received Humanitarian Award of the year from His Royal Highness Prince ErmaisSahle-Selassie Haileselassie, The Grandson of the late Emperor of Ethiopia. He was also given the twenty-first century achievement award for his career achievements and social contribution, which was selected for permanent documentation in 500 world leaders of influence. He was the engine for the peace monument, which is erected at the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now known as the African Union.
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    Stephen Gironda, ECOSOC Representative

    As a Pathways To Peace ECOSOC Representative, Stephen Gironda seeks to promote the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. His focus is on health, education and partnerships. Currently, Mr. Gironda is a Villanova University graduate student studying the effects that the environment has on addiction susceptibility and treatment in the brain. His experience as a substance abuse counselor with the non-profit, Services to Overcome Drug Abuse among Teenagers, inspired Mr. Gironda to understand and to develop innovative methods that influence the brain addiction network in order to better understand and treat addiction. He is now working as a lab manager and a grant assistant in the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Behavior Laboratory at Villanova. Through this work, Mr. Gironda seeks to elucidate the genetic alterations associated with environmental factors in drug addiction. In doing so, the research community will be able to better develop clinical treatment models that shape environments that lead to the successful treatment of this pervasive disorder.
    While at Villanova, Mr. Gironda has been elected as Vice President of the Graduate Student Council where he leads and organizes a community of over 2000 students. He also facilitates leadership programs that help young adults learn how to set goals, to develop healthy relationships, and to live integrity-filled lives. Upon completion of his Master’s degree at Villanova, Mr. Gironda intends to continue his research and studies on this topic, at Columbia University. He also plans on developing rehabilitation centers that utilize his research as a foundation to build upon and to grow from.