NDE Council Members and Advisory Group


Council

Ming Lai

Ming Lai
Las Vegas, NV
President

Permaculturist, registered nurse, and father. Invested in a nuclear weapon free world. Volunteer co-Office Manager.

Laura-Marie River Victor Peace

Laura-Marie River Victor Peace
Las Vegas, NV
Treasurer / Funding and Finance Committee Chair

Writer and independent publisher. In addition to doing peace work, she is a mental health activist and involved with the Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective. Volunteer co-Office Manager.

Marcus

Marcus Collonge
Salt Lake City, UT
Secretary / Events Chair

Catholic Worker and herder of goats. Following in the footsteps of Ammon Hennacy, this Councilor pickets and fasts for peace at nuclear weapons sites.

Br. Mark Schroeder

Brother Mark Schroeder
Santa Barbara, CA
Councilor

Franciscan Friar, who is Animator for "Franciscans for Justice"

Dale Bolger

Dale Bolger
Victorville, CA
Councilor

Social justice activist parent, spouse and Master of Social Work student

Wendy Rogan

Wendy Rogan
Costa Mesa, CA
Councilor

Educator, active in the nuclear abolition, animal rights, and environmental movements for thirty years. She believes in the transformative power of art in activism.

Karen Pettit

Karen Pettit
Las Vegas, NV
Councilor

Bi-lingual (Spanish) Teacher's aide for Clark County School District, who enjoys painting, party planning, and other creative projects.


Advisory Group

Chelsea Page

Chelsea Page
Utah
Advisor

A former coordinator of NDE, Chelsea currently serves as an Associate Pastor in the United Church of Christ.

Ming San Lai

Fr. Louis Vitale, OFM
Mercy, CA
Advisor

Franciscan Brother and NDE Co-Founder. Responsible for planting the spiritual seeds of revolution in America

Anne Symens-Bucher

Anne Symens-Bucher
Oakland, CA
Advisor

Co-founder of Nevada Desert Experience, an activist for more than 35 years, currently executive assistant to Joanna Macy and residing at Canticle Farm in East Oakland.

Iris Wolfe

Iris Wolfe
Prescott, AZ
Advisor

Master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming with a masters degree in counseling. Practicing Buddhist and artist. Founding member of GMO-Free Prescott.

Claudia Peterson

Claudia Peterson
St. George, UT
Advisor

Downwinder of nuclear testing having been born and raised in Cedar City, UT. Lost many family members and friends to cancer and illness caused by the testing. Involved in the work for removal of anything nuclear since 1987.

JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto

JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto
Pearl City, HI
Advisor

Served 8 years on the United Methodist Church (UMC) General Board of Church and Society, a national board for the church. Currently serves on the UMC Commission on Religion and Race.

Julia Occhiogrosso

Julia Occhiogrosso
Las Vegas, NV
Advisor

In 1984 Julia Occhiogrosso traveled from her home with the Los Angeles Catholic Worker to Las Vegas to participate in the NDE s Lenten Desert Experience vigils at the Nevada Nuclear Security Site. She was inspired by her experience to return in 1986 to Las Vegas to commence a Catholic Worker presence. Today Julia continues as a member of the LVCW to prepare soup for street people, cultivate vegetables, and support NDE's work for nuclear disarmament.