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.
Alicia spent her career at the intersection of public policy and politics, first at the National Governors’ Association and then her consulting practice in Washington, D.C. Her focus was on human services policy with emphasis on health care, education, workforce development, and welfare programs. She is now retired and living in Florida.
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. He and wife, Gloria, are longtime volunteers and supporters.
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.
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.
Karl has worked with NGOs in Haiti, Honduras, East Africa, and the United States. The former executive director of Haiti’s Lambi Fund and the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, he most recently worked as assistant director of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation in Santa Fe. Karl holds a Master’s degree in intercultural relations from Lesley College.
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.
Merna, Ed.D, whose career spanned 40 years as a community college educator in Colorado and Missouri, recently retired as President Emerita of Metropolitan Community College/Maple Woods in Kansas City. She has been actively committed to women’s issues, civil rights, and issues of inclusion and diversity.
Rebekah is committed to the causes of social justice, women’s rights, and interfaith dialogue. She holds degrees from Baylor University and the University of Houston. A former Presidential Management Fellow, Rebekah works as an attorney in Albuquerque. She is mom to two children, Jakob and Miah Ruth.