The Resource Center for Nonviolence is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members as well as a new part-time employee. All four bring their unique community connections, commitments to nonviolent social change and antiracism, and organizational experience to their roles. For a full roster of all of our current board members and employees please visit our Board and Staff Page.
Karis’s background is in political science and peacebuilding. She currently works across sectors as a people process designer, helping groups to align around and achieve a common mission. Karis is passionate about deep ecology and spends her spare time hiking in the redwoods of California.
NormaAlicia Pino is an Indigenous Mexican educator, writer and performance artist, born and raised in the California and Mexico borderlands. Her Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College is in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership in Education. NormaAlicia’s commitment to social justice is guided by her heart ties and allegiance to indigenous peoples, her Elders, and the rivers, ocean, and mountains of the land which she has the privilege to live and work on. With colleague Mark Gardner, NormaAlicia is the co-founder of Intersectionality Laboratory, an experimental collaborative learning space based in indigenous knowledge and science, social justice, and the arts. She currently serves as an educational specialist and program coordinator in the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UCSC.
Suzanne has been a social service nonprofit administrator in Santa Cruz County for over 25 years. She co-founded a nonprofit in Ghana which provided support for members of the Ewe tribe in developing sustainable cottage industries. She has served as an officer of the Sonoma County NAACP and is currently the executive director of Advocacy Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for the rights of seniors in long-term care facilities and for mental health clients in residential programs. She is honored to be on the Board of the RCNV and looks forward to supporting the agency’s mission and vision.
Amanda Harris Altice
Amanda Harris Altice is the Administrative Assistant for the Resource Center and has been a community organizer for 5 years. She has a degree in Psychology and worked for most of her career as a Clinical Lab Scientist before transitioning into grassroots organizing. Amanda also holds a degree in Digital Media from Cabrillo College and uses her skills to support grassroots efforts and even helped build this very website. Amanda enjoys doing yoga, hiking, and reading in her free time.