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Our Team

The Center for Peace through Culture’s team—staff, advisors, and board—is a remarkable, passionate group of individuals with deep expertise and experience across a wide range of disciplines. United by CPC’s vision and mission, and trained at some of the world’s leading institutions, CPC’s team is a powerful force for creating a more peaceful world.

Susan Lord, Executive Director

With an extensive background in curriculum development and teaching, Dr. Lord specializes in drawing on the intersection of Western science and Eastern philosophy to develop new models of education and public health.  She enjoys writing and has lectured in a variety of public and professional forums throughout the country.

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Amy draws on her background in transformational learning and social emotional development in her work as a coach.

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Julie Pellerin-Herrera, Director of LifeSchool for Children

As an educator for the past 19 years, Julie has taught children of all ages in a wide range of academic environments. She has extensive experience integrating mindfulness and wellness into elementary education. 

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Trudy Manion, Community Project Coordinator and Coach

Trudy is certified in Positive Psychology and brings her extensive experience in health, wellness, education, meditation, mindfulness, and the arts to her role as a CPC coach.

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Deb Koffman, Artistic Director

An artist, author, and teacher, Deb works at the intersection of mindfulness and artmaking. She has extensive experience helping others unlock creativity and imagination through mindfulness and creative exploration.

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Thomas Brown, Faculty

Thomas has deep expertise building confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem in young people. A behavioral consultant for troubled youth and a Taekwondo Grand Master, he has extensive experience supporting high-needs students.

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Steph Dodd, Staff Coach and Operations Manager

Steph is a certified coach with a long history in corporate operations and the performing arts.  

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Kathleen Frome, President

Kathleen is a retired teacher, social worker and midwife. She has been a board member since 2011, bringing her lifelong commitment to healing and peaceful living into a cooperative effort to help create a world culture of peace.

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Ariana Attie, Secretary

Ariana is a musician, recording artist, songwriter, arranger, producer, pictorial artist, award winning fashion designer, costume designer, and greeting card artist. She is passionate about bringing the arts into schools and into the community.

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Lili Clendenning, Treasurer

Lili is a clinical counsellor with 16 years of experience working in private practice and for a large government health organization. 

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Lorraine Marra Russell, Board Member

Lorraine is a retired art teacher, graphic designer, package designer and toy designer. She is focused on bringing visual arts to children.

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Colleen Simo, Board Member

Colleen is a Human Resources professional and yoga teacher with a history of helping organizations incorporate mindfulness practices into work settings.

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Advisory Board
Nanette Hucknell, Co-Founder

Nanette’s passion, vision, and experience were instrumental in the creation of CPC in New York City in 1978. As CPC’s co-founder, she drew on her diverse experiences as a therapist, career counselor, writer, artist, and art director. Nanette was President of CPC, guiding the organization through its early development and in 2001, after the events of 9/11, she brought CPC to the Berkshires.

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Jill Sasso Curtis

Jill is the co-creator of CPC’s signature program, LifeSchool. She was a board member from 2017 - 2019, and now serves on CPC's advisory board.  

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Kathleen P. Crowe

Kathleen supported our mission and joined the board in 2011.  She served as a board member until 2019.  

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David Crowe

David is a celebrated composer, conductor, percussionist, and teaching artist.

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Jen Daily

Jen Daily is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who maintains a private practice in Housatonic, Massachusetts.

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