The Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project is a member-based organization. We have 50 current members and over 130 who have participated over the years. The membership elects the Board of Directors to two year terms every April at our Annual Members’ Meeting. The current board of directors are as follows:
Essrea Cherin, President and Co-Founder. Essrea, mother of 18-year old high school senior, is the COO of ReSolutionaries, Inc.. As a Conflict Management professional for two decades, she has worked with organizations, groups, couples and individuals to transform conflicts. She is the founder of The Missing Peace, a healing and transformation methodology designed for Jews and Arabs to ameliorate psychological wounds.
Essrea has been on the faculty at Regis University in the Communications Department since 2001. She was the Coordinator of the Board of Directors for the Abraham Path Initiative, a project focused on peaceful coexistence in the Middle East. She recently resigned from the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Shining Mountain Waldorf School. She is also the RTD Eco-Pass coordinator for her neighborhood.
Vern Seieroe is Vice President. Vern has been an architect for over 35 years. His work includes services for City of Boulder, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, State of Colorado, United States, numerous private businesses, numerous private individuals.
He was formerly a member of the boards of Directors of the Boulder Dushanbe Sister Cities, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Heights Fire Protection District, Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District, and currently member of the Firehouse Art Center and the Boulder County Board of Review.
Gordon l. Pedrow is Secretary. Gordon retired in 2012 after 38 years of public service with Colorado and Arizona municipalities and serving 19 years (1993-2012) as City Manager in Longmont.
He was involved in humanitarian aid and community development work in Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Palestine (2000-2012). He has work done in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders, Rotary International and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition.
Currently actively involved with BNCSP, Community Food Share, Habitat for Humanity, Circles out of Poverty, Colorado Salary Commission for Elected County Officials and International Centers for Appropriate Technologies and Indigenous Sustainability.
Sergio Atallah is Treasurer. Sergio has degrees in Math and Engineering. After 20 years in the high tech industry he tutored and volunteered with Intercambio, an experience that led him to obtain a Secondary Math teaching license. He now teaches Math to students of farm workers and migrant families at Aims Community College.
Osie Gabriel Adelfang is a writer and editor living in Boulder. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Western New York, and holds a BA in journalism and MFA in creative nonfiction. In addition to a love of Palestinian culture, she is passionate about parenting, adoption, human rights and personal freedoms. She loves the beach and enjoys useless crafts.
Brenda Mehos is a Boulder native and alumni of Fairview High School, the University of Colorado, and the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She currently works as a pharmacist for Boulder Community Health (BCH) and volunteers for the hospital as an Ethics Consulter. Past volunteer jobs have included seven years as a victim advocate for the Boulder Police Department and four years as a volunteer chaplain at BCH.
Brenda traveled to Israel/Palestine in the fall of 2013 on a Pilgrims of Ibillin study tour and after returning to Boulder helped found the Allies for Peace with Justice in Palestine of First United Methodist Church. She intends to travel to Palestine and Israel the Fall of 2015 on a Pilgrims of Ibillin tour and will visit Nablus as well.
Brenda and her husband Mark have two adult daughters and they like to back country ski, travel, and garden.
Carl Tinstman is a 30-year veteran of the U.N. in the past serving in UNICEF Headquarters in New York, WHO Headquarters in Geneva and assignments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has worked for, or with, three different UN agencies. He has run UNICEF operations in countries as varied as Afghanistan, Liberia, Yemen and Ethiopia. And he has coordinated UN humanitarian operations in war-torn South Sudan. In the final five years of his U.N. career, he worked from the Headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, as a partnership manager for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, one of the largest public health initiatives in the history of the World.
Since April of 2004, Carl has been private consultant, lecturer, volunteer, writer and student living in Boulder. Celebrating the beginning of the final third of his life, he remains passionately committed to making the world a better place, and finishing the task of eradicating polio from the world. He is a member of the Boulder Rotary Club, a twice over Paul Harris Fellow and currently serves as a member of the District Polio Eradication Committee. He has just returned from two months in Pakistan, where he was helping the global partnership work on the most problematic polio endemic country in the world. In 2007, Carl was awarded UNA Boulder’s International Human Rights award.
Deborah Young is a mom of five children and two grandchildren, has lived in Boulder since 1977. She was on the Board of Directors for Jalapa, Nicaragua Sister City Project for 25 years. She is professor at Naropa University, a Fulbright Scholar, and leads a national research initiative in Bhutan developing Gross National Happiness pedagogy. She has been involved in using early childhood education and peace education as a foundation for community development for more than 27 years serving women, children and families in impoverished countries in 10 countries. She has combined her academics with service work in the Sanctuary movement of the 1980’s sheltering refugee women and on providing education and avenues of empowerment for women and children. She is currently the executive director of AACC and designs and directs community development programs serving women and children in rural villages and impoverished urban areas of Central America.
Diane Deschanel has a son and a daughter, Paul and Janelle Weissman, graduates of Fairview and Boulder High. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner and has worked in the public health field for 25 years.
Her relevant volunteer work includes: Board of Directors, Denver International Program, a program that brought mid level professionals from around the world for four month stays to the Denver area to work in organizations similar to their home organizations for the purpose of sharing culture, skills and ideas. Hosted adults from Tanzania, Norway, Thailand and Germany. Sierra Club Inner City Outings: outdoor excursion trip leader for urban school children, from elementary through high school levels, to experience and appreciate the wilderness through hiking, snowshoeing, camping and skiing.
Douglas Johnson holds a PhD in Physics. He has been employed in the Physics Department at the University of Colorado for 25 years. Douglas has over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Douglas sits on the board of directors for the non-profit: The Americas Association for the Care of Children. Between 2006 and 2010, he was the president of the board of directors. During that time, he oversaw the construction of a primary school in Jalapa, Nicaragua. He has also worked with children living in the Managua landfill, La Chureca. Teaching public service announcement production to teens, he was able to introduce the children to computer usage. Their announcements ended up being aired on the largest radio station in Managua. In the fall of 2014, Douglas was awarded a Fulbright appointment and worked for 6 weeks at the Institute for Language and Culture Studies in Taktse, Bhutan. He helped the college improve their computer infrastructure configuration. For the past 3 years, he has been volunteering his service to a number of computing departments at colleges in Bhutan.
Saib Jarrar was born in Israel of Arab heritage and has a dual US/Israel citizenship. He emigrated to the US from Akka, Israel in 1985. With his wife, Manal, he owns Arabesque Restaurant in Boulder. They have three children. He works as a software engineer at AT&T.
Stanley Deetz is a twenty-year resident of Boulder with three children, all now productively off doing good things. He is a Professor and President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he is Director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.
He has lectured and worked on projects in nineteen countries and has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and President of the International Communication Association. He has worked locally with many groups to improve their collaborative decision making capacity and currently works with the Centers for Disease Control and the UN on different projects.
Allison Smith works to support diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences with the SOARS Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She also works part time as a voice writer of classes for deaf and hard of hearing students in universities and high schools. Previously, she volunteered for Room to Read, a non-profit that promotes literacy and education in Asia and Africa. She also occasionally takes to the skies as a flight attendant.