Eliane Lakam is an experienced community organizer and trainer who believes in the power of nonviolence, empathy, and education in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. She is passionate about co-creating communities that embody positive values such as compassion, inclusion, unity, and dignity and co-building proactive frameworks for addressing issues related to racial justice and equity. Her training sessions offer ways to cultivate daily habits for living a nonviolent life and are rooted in both the Ignatian-Jesuit characteristic of cura personalis and practices that restore the dignity and humanity of those affected by violence. Using an interactive, context-relevant pedagogy, she has trained individuals and groups of people from all backgrounds and walks of life, including students, educators, youth and young adults, parents, community leaders, and elected officials. Eliane recently completed graduate studies at Harvard University.
Sal Corbin offers training in Active Bystander Intervention, Restorative Justice and conflict mediation. He 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 has been the Training Coordinator for Friendship Place. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict transformation as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.
Lauren 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.”
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 bystander 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’s most recent book is called A Just Peace Ethic: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (2020) and has another 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 people living in poverty, working with people who are homeless in Boston and DC, monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, and leading strategic nonviolent resistance campaigns.
Heather Thompson is a restorative justice trainer and has been a legal assistant with the Public Defender’s office since 2017. Prior to that, she worked with a non-profit organization that focused on bail reform. From 2007-2015, she was a Courtroom Clerk at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. She is a recent graduate of Montgomery College, where she earned two associate degrees. Heather has participated in victim-offender dialogues in the past and is a passionate advocate for criminal and social justice reform.
Tarek 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.