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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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Julie Pellerin-Herrera, Director of LifeSchool for Children

As an educator for the past 17 years, Julie has taught children of all ages in a wide range of academic environments. She has extensive experience integrating mindfulness and wellness into teaching and classrooms.

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Trudy Manion, Project Coordinator

Trudy draws on her studies in health and wellness, education, meditation and mindfulness, as well as the arts to develop art-based curricula and community art programs that focus on self-development through creative expression.

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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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Susan Olshuff, Fundraising Coordinator

Susan is passionate about helping mission-driven organizations identify and engage potential supporters and donors. She has extensive experience helping nonprofit organizations develop fundraising strategies and campaigns to raise essential operating funds.

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Stephanie Dodd, Operations Manager & Staff Coach

Stephanie is an administrative and operations professional with a long history in the performing arts.  

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Kathleen Frome, President

Kathleen 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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Kathleen P. Crowe, Vice President/Treasurer

Kathleen supported our mission and formally joined the board in 2011.

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Jill Sasso Curtis, Board Member

Jill is the co-creator of CPC’s signature program, LifeSchool. She has been a board member since 2017.

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Ariana Attie, Secretary/Board Member

Ariana has been a board member since 2018. She is passionate about bringing the arts into schools and into the community.

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Lorraine Marra Russell, Board Member

Lorraine has been a board member since 2018. She is focused on bringing visual arts to children.

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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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David Crowe

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

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