Meet Some of the Team

elianeEliane Lakam is a well-rounded and enthusiastic trainer who believes in the power of education in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. Prior to joining the DC Peace Team, Eliane served as a Bystander Intervention Trainer and advocate for several nonprofit organizations and community groups, including the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF) One Love Foundation. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Prince George’s Community College, where she was the liaison between the board, the college staff, the faculty, and more than 40,000 students. In her spare time, Eliane can be found in a secret meditation room or looking for a free classical music concert in DC.

salSal Corbin offers training in Active Bystander Intervention and conflict mediation. He has worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done Workforce Development training and program management and is currently a Housing Specialist for Friendship Place and a Program Coordinator for the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict management as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.

laurenLauren Brownlee supports DC Peace Team’s social media presence and facilitates some training. She works in social justice education, and has helped lead student trips to Appalachia, Northern Ireland, Haiti, South Africa, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Lauren is deeply engaged in Quaker peace and social justice initiatives and is on the Steering Committee of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network. She has presented on such topics as “Pacifism Isn’t Passive” and “Building the Beloved Community through Social Action.” Her published  articles include “Recognizing Teacher Activism” and “Our Drop in the Wave of Liberation.”

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Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D. is a coordinator of the DC Peace Team and has led numerous trainings in nonviolent communication, unarmed civilian protection, and nonviolent conflict intervention. He also leads the deployments of DCPT’s unarmed civilian protection units.

In addition, he teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies.  Eli has published a book called Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy (2012) along with numerous journal articles such as “Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Toward a More Just U.S. Society,” and “Will You Really Protect Us Without a Gun? Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping in the U.S.” He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti working with the poor, working with the homeless in Boston and DC, and monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce.  

mjMJ Park is Executive Director of Little Friends for Peace (LFFP), the peace education nonprofit she co-founded with her husband Jerry in 1981. LFFP’s mission is answering the violence with skills for peace by creating settings where children and adults can experience, learn, and practice peace. It operates programs in partnership with congregations, prisons, schools, and other social service agencies at 16 sites around the DC metro area and in San Salvador, El Salvador. MJ and LFFP have received numerous awards, including the 2007 Teachers of Peace Award from Pax Christi USA, the US section of the international Catholic peace movement. Recent honors include the 2016 Micah Award from the Stuart Center, the Washington Peace Center’s Planting Seeds of Peace Award, the Madonna Medal from Mount Mary University, and the Community Partner of the Year Award from George Washington University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.  

D11_134_183Tarek Farouk Maassarani is currently focused on Restorative Justice efforts as a member of the Restorative DC team and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices. His experience in the field of peacebuilding more broadly includes developing and implementing cross-border encounter programs, gang intervention efforts, community mediation and dialogue, and school-based peace education programs, as well as a wide variety of training/facilitation services. Tarek has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in conflict resolution.

He holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and  a J.D. from Georgetown University, as well as a B.S. in Environmental Studies and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.