Board President: Barry Ladendorf
EDUCATION: Illinois State University, B.S. Social Studies, (1965) University of San Diego, School of Law., J.D. (1972)
MILITARY SERVICE: Commissioned Ensign US Navy, May 1965 Main Engines Officer and Signals Officer, USS. Valley Forge (LPH 8) (1965-1968) Staff Officer Commander Training Command, Pacific Fleet Strike Warfare, Intelligence and Foreign Training Officer (1968-69) PROFESSIONAL: Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Calif. Department of Justice (1975-2005) Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Section for Health Quality Enforcement (1990-2005) Received Attorney General's Award for Excellence (2004) Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law (1990s) Member, University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Association Board. (1975-1976)
ACTIVITIES: Co-founder, San Diego Chapter of the Lawyer's Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control (1981) Peace and Justice Commission, Catholic Diocese San Diego (1982-1986) Member, Veterans for Peace (2005-to present) President of Hugh Thompson Chapter 91, San Diego (2011-2012) Current Executive Committee Member VFP National Membership Committee (2011-present), Receipent of 2013 Leadership in Peace Award
Married: Rhonda Ladendorf, three children and four grandchildren.
Gerry Condon is a Vietnam era veteran and war resister who spent six years in Sweden and Canada after refusing orders to Vietnam. Gerry has a long history in the veterans peace movement. In 1983-84, he organized the first two veterans delegations to revolutionary Nicaragua, and in 1987, he was a co-coordinator of the Veterans Peace Convoy to Nicaragua. From 1993-96, Gerry worked for IFCO/Pastors For Peace, organizing humanitarian aid and political solidarity caravans to Cuba.
Since 2004, Gerry has been on the front lines of supporting Iraq and Afghanistan war resisters in Canada, Germany and elsewhere. For the last two years, Gerry has served as National Board Vice President of Veterans For Peace.
I served as a Navy Corpsman in 1968 with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in Vietnam. After five weeks in country I was wounded and received a 100% physical disability rating from the VA. While in Vietnam, I refused to carry a weapon and as soon as I got home I threw my purple heart in the garbage. War is nothing less then social insanity… while the war profiteers make off with billions of tax payer’s dollars.
I joined VFP in 1990 and served as Milwaukee Chapter 102’s president for three years. In my three year term as president our chapter doubled its membership and partnered with Wisconsin Peace Action, and Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. I co-founded the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative in 2008, which I’ve been board chair of for the past three years. I’ve also served on four different boards of directors for peace organizations.
I feel no greater purpose in my life then working for peace… knowing that VFP is the most credible voice of all in the peace community. The American Empire is using its powerful military to dominate the world, making our role more important then ever.
Secretary: Kourtney Mitchell
Board Member: Willie Hager
I served in Vietnam as a USMC Combat Engineer for two tours of duty, 1965 – 1966 and 1968. I have been an Anti-War Veterans’ activist since 1971, when I first joined Vietnam Veterans Against The War (VVAW). My first official responsibility with VVAW was as the Coordinator for the California Convoy to the 1972 RNC in Miami, Fl. I was subsequently elected Regional Coordinator for the California/Nevada Region of VVAW from 1972-1974.
I am currently a Co-Coordinator of Operations for VVAW/OSS. I was President of Vietnam Veterans of Florida, State Coalition (VVOF) in the late ‘80s. A regional grassroots model that I think would benefit VFP in today’s political environment, and current Strategic Plan, and is the primary reason that I am willing to stand in nomination as a Board Member of this great organization, today.
I am a Life Member of VFP these days, and I have participated as a caucus and/or workshop presenter relating to Veterans issues and Social Justice self empowerment programs at three successive VFP National Conventions. I believe that I bring the life experience and learned organizational skills, gained through 40 years of active struggle for Peace & Social Justice, as well as a clear understanding of VFP’s intended and stated purposes, both national and international, to this important post of trust. I hope you will all agree, and not vote for me as a personality, but for my history, experience, and commitment to further VFP’s agenda for Peace.
John registered with the US Coast Guard in 1965, right out of high school and served in Vietnam in 1968 as an Ordinary Seaman in the Merchant Marine. On his return voyage to the US he decided that he would not return to Vietnam as a soldier. He refused induction into the army of Richard Nixon in 1970 and was indicted by the government in 1971. Eventually he settled on a small farm in Nova Scotia, not far from his mother’s birthplace.
In 1975 John returned to the US under Gerry Ford’s Reconciliation Program for Vietnam era war resisters, and worked 4 years on low income rural home rehabilitation in central NC. After retiring from UNC Chapel Hill Architectural & Engineering Services in 2006, he began volunteering with NC Peace Action, and helped found the Eisenhower Chapter 157 VFP in the NC Triangle. John lives in Chatham Country, NC with his wife Sue.
Board Member: Tarak Kauff
Since the Vietnam War to today’s occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, Tarak has opposed U.S. wars and invasions and the materialist, consumer oriented American way of life which precipitates wars and needs an ever expanding empire to continue. Tarak served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper from 1959 to 1962. He has held a lead role in VFP’s Direct Action Team including actions at the National Archives, the White House on December 16, 2010, and March 19, 2011 and recently at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Oct. 7, he took part in the 2009-10 Gaza Freedom March in Cairo.
Tarak believes that creating and nurturing a culture of sustained resistance is our only hope for stopping the war machine and saving the planet from destruction by the profit-driven system of corporate control now in power.
Joey King was Distinguished Military Graduate from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. He graduated from the following Army schools: Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Infantry Officer's Basic Course, Jungle Expert (Panama Canal Zone), and the Infantry Officer's Mortar Platoon Officer's Course. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and in Vicenza Italy. He was a platoon leader and company executive officer. In his resignation letter he said
Board Member: Tom Palumbo
He became 'radicalized' for peace while living in Norfolk Virginia, before the start of Iraq 2.0. His military service is Desert Storm era with 6 years active duty Army and 7 years in the Reserves with duties as a Behavioral Sciences Specialist. In 2004 he was a co-founder of Virgina AntiWar Network. 2005 he was a VFP representative for the March on Washington. October of that year he is recorded in the official White House transcripts by announcing to then President Bush that “War was terrorism and Torture was terrorism and he should do the right thing and resign!”
Board Member: Monique Salhab
One year ago I became an official member of National Veterans For Peace, although I had and continue to be active in my local chapter - Don and Sally-Alice Thompson Chapter, #63 – in Albuquerque, NM for approximately four years. Two years ago I was elected as the chapter’s Secretary and continue to serve as such. I also periodically visit public schools and speak to students regarding “Full Disclosure” regarding military recruitment and service.
I work as a part-time case manager for an agency which provides wrap-around services – housing, vocational guidance, therapy and more - for women exiting from incarceration to civilian life. As I work with these women - who mainstream society deems “un-rehabilitated” and “broken” - most of whom have experienced horrific trauma(s) in their childhoods and teenage years shift and transform, I am reminded we are all worthy of second, third and fourth chances in life.
I would be naïve to ignore the elements of how our society chooses to compartmentalise my existence via gender, race, sexuality, economic status, education, etc., so I acknowledge them. I identify as a queer woman of colour. These labels are not important to me because I wish them to be, but because of how our society forces me to exist within its marginalised structure.
A practicing Buddhist of 18 years, I trust in the mind-body-spirit approach to healing; and have observed the Peace Movement (as a whole) struggle to incorporate such practices into its foundation. Too many times have I experienced moments of harmful speech and/or inept actions from individuals or an individual “working for peace” and as a result, recognze the necessity to remain ever-present of my own words and actions, so as not to inflict the same harm onto another.
Board Member: Dan Shea
I am running so I can contribute more time to what I think is a noble cause, the cause of Veterans For Peace. I am active in many areas of social justice and human rights and my bio at https://dsheavfp72.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/bio/ should serve as my commitment and experience.
Board Member: Brian Trautman
Brian is a post-cold war veteran, having served four years on active duty (U.S. Army) as a cannon crewmember.
He has been employed in various administrative and faculty positions in higher education over nearly two decades, including as an instructor of peace studies and economics at a community college since 2008.
Brian became involved with the peace and justice movement during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He participates most actively with his local peace group, Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice (BCP&J).
His passions as a peace scholar-practitioner include the interdisciplinary field of peace education, counter-hegemonic struggles, and intersectional social justice activism.
Among the many reasons Brian gives for wanting to serve the VFP membership on its national board is his dedication to the urgent task of ending militarism and war in all its forms and building and nurturing a global culture of positive peace through nonviolent social change.
Brian currently resides in Albany, NY with his wife, Karrie, and twin sons, Gavin and Ethan.
Board Member: Nicole Waybright
Education: BS Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude), Minor in Spanish, ROTC Scholarship, Boston University, 1996; MA Spanish Literature (Suma Cum Laude), University of Rhode Island, 2006
Military Service: 1996-2001: Surface Warfare Navy; Lieutenant O-3. … “After graduation, I fulfilled my Navy obligation and served five years in the Surface Warfare (SWO) Navy, onboard an Aegis destroyer, the USS Curtis Wilbur, and an amphibious assault ship, the USS Saipan, during the years 1996–2001. I was part of the earliest wave of women to serve on combat vessels and was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2001.”
“I have volunteered as an activist in the humane movement for over a decade, and with the recent publishing of my book (which spotlights my military service and personal wholeness/peace journey) I have been able to develop a platform, conduct speaking engagements, and reach a wider audience concerning the causes of peace and personal growth. After spending 8 years researching and writing Long Way Out – A young woman's journey of self-discovery and how she survived the Navy's modern cruelty at sea scandal, I have reached a point where I can now engage more fully in organizations such as VFP and promote these causes in a larger way. My experience in project management, the military, writing, research, and peace studies give me a solid background for helping the national VFP to advance its aims, and I look forward to working with my fellow veterans in promoting peace!”
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