OUR BOARDS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Margaret "Peg" Lee

Margaret "Peg" Lee

Board Chair

Margaret (Peg) Lee retired in 2015 after 30 years of teaching and administrative leadership at Oakton Community College, the site of many Chicago Summer Programs. The mother of nine children, sixteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, Peg has previously been a Board Chair and active member of the Board. She has supported the organization in many other ways, including traveling on the first Multi-Narrative Tour to Israel/Palestine in 2011.

Rich Katz

Rich Katz

Treasurer

Rich Katz and his wife, Heidi, have been a part of the Hands of Peace community for many years, hosting participants and facilitators from 2009 through 2018 and chairing several Chicago Benefits and Farewell Celebrations. Rich has long had a keen interest in peacebuilding in the Middle East and has traveled extensively through Palestine and Israel on several trips to the region.

Bonnie Lucas

Bonnie Lucas

Secretary

Bonnie’s career in academic computing and data spanned 40 years, and she is now retired and Vice President Emerita at Oakton Community College. Bonnie, and her husband, Stuart, engage in annual mission trips to El Salvador with Eye Care International, where Stuart performs surgery and Bonnie supports the computer software systems.

Robert Gelb

Robert Gelb

Board Member

Rob has treated orthopaedic injuries and disorders, particularly those of the hand and upper extremity, for over 20 years. A resident of North County San Diego, Rob is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners as a licensed Medical Examiner.

Wayne Andersen

Wayne Andersen

Past Board Chair

Board Chair Wayne Andersen and his former wife, Sheila O’Brien, with their three daughters, Mary, Maureen, and Noreen, were an original host family for Hands of Peace. Wayne is a retired Federal and State judge and is now handling commercial arbitrations and mediations through JAMS, the premier commercial arbitration/mediation service.

Reem Ghunaim

Reem Ghunaim

Board Member

Reem is the Executive Director of the Rotary Action Group for Peace based in Portland, Oregon. She is a Positive Peace Activator and a Global Peace Index Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace. Reem is also an internationally acclaimed public speaker, well known for her expertise in human rights and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gretchen Grad

Gretchen Grad

Founder

Gretchen has served many roles at Hands of Peace, focusing on leadership, strategic planning, and fundraising as the organization has grown. Gretchen holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Hamilton College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. From 1985-1997, Gretchen worked for First Chicago Capital Markets as an economist and securities trader.

Adam Heffez

Adam Heffez

Board Member

Adam Heffez is a Hands of Peace alumnus 2006 -2007, and staff member 2008-2010. Adam’s passion for conflict resolution led him to work for the U.S. government, then a think tank, where he wrote for Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and The Jerusalem Post. After receiving his MBA at Stanford, Adam entered the business world in management consulting and international business development.

Michele Arnison

Michele Arnison

Financial Secretary

Michele is a Senior Manager at the consulting firm BDO where she works with clients to improve process efficiency and profitability. She is a CPA and received her B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has an MBA in Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and is a certified PROSCI Change Management practitioner.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

CHICAGO

Debbie Berg
Barbara Breakstone
Jami Brenner
Larry Feder
Vera Ginburg
Gene Hara
Lori Kaskowitz Kenward
Rich Katz
Bev Shurman Lavitt
Bonnie Lucas
Chuck Mize
Julie Orr
Tina Plunkett
Marily Schonthal
Spike Schonthal
Irene Smith
Gail Tatsuda

SAN DIEGO

Kelley Grimes
Davida Huchel
Kim Lande
Kelly Mellos
Glen Middleton
Bob Ohweiler
Jenny Parker
Kathy Reese
Scott Silk