OUR BOARDS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wayne Andersen

Wayne Andersen

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.

Michele Arnison

Michele Arnison

Treasurer

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.
Debby Fosdick

Debby Fosdick

Board Member

Debby is a retired human resources professional whose H.R. career was in the Fortune 100 high tech industry. Debby has been involved with Hands of Peace almost from the beginning – as a volunteer, host family, Board member, and Board Chair.
Dr. Robert Gelb

Dr. 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.

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.

Rich Katz

Rich Katz

Board Member

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.

Kim Lande

Kim Lande

Board Member

Kim’s two daughters, Sophie and Rebecca, are Hands of Peace alumnae and together they have hosted five young women from Israel, Palestine, and Brooklyn. Kim chaired the San Diego Benefit for two years and now serves as co-chair of the Reimagining process. As a marketing strategist and consultant, Kim has supported Hands of Peace with her creative talent, most recently producing the “What’s Possible” video.

Margaret "Peg" Lee

Margaret "Peg" Lee

Board Member

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 is the board’s immediate past president. She has supported the organization in many other ways, including traveling on the first Dual Narrative Tour to Israel in 2011.
Bonnie Lucas

Bonnie Lucas

Board Member

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.

Scott Silk

Scott Silk

Board Member

Scott Silk is an educator, facilitator, mediator, and lawyer. He began his work with Hands of Peace in 2004 as a dialogue facilitator, and in 2014 he started the program in San Diego and served as Site Director. Scott chairs the History Department at Pacific Ridge School, the site of the San Diego Summer Program. He is also an Associate with Essential Partners, training future facilitators, and facilitating dialogues in the community.
Ruba Zanaid

Ruba Zanaid

Board Member

Ruba is certified as a life coach, health coach, NLP practitioner, and the founder of Healthy Living With Ruba LLC. Ruba is a half marathon runner, mom of three girls, and is a speaker at online summits, live events, retreats, and workshops. Ruba’s daughter, Dania, serves as the Program Coordinator for the Hands of Peace Raising Youth Voices Program.
Scott Rasmussen

Scott Rasmussen

Ex Officio

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

CHICAGO

Barbara Breakstone
Debbie Berg
Jamie Brenner
Larry Feder
Debby Fosdick
Silvia Schneider Fox
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

Alumni Representatives:
Nour Abdelmonem
Charles Manning

SAN DIEGO

Michael Berlin
Kelley Grimes
Davida Huchel
Kim Lande
Kelly Mellos
Rocio Middleton
Glen Middleton
Bob Ohweiler
Jenny Parker
Kathy Reese
Lynn Rhodes
Mary Scherr
Scott Silk
Marvin Sippel
Lee Sterling

Alumni Representative:
Rebecca Henry