Charles Busch
Lincoln City, Oregon
Founder of Peace Village; Ordained Minister, United Church of Christ
M.A. Trinity University, Master of Divinity and Merrill Fellow, Harvard University


Wintry Whitt Smith:  Director

A graduate of Pacific University, with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Wintry Whitt Smith has been involved with Peace Village since its inception in 1996.  She has taught all of the core classes, and directed the Peace Village camp in Lincoln City for several years.  She started a school in Maweni Village, Kenya, where she facilitated study abroad courses for university students.  For the last six years, she directed Tumbleweeds Playschool.  Wintry is a certified and practicing mediator.


Elizabeth Wilson: Director


Elizabeth Wilson has been actively involved with Peace Village since it’s beginning in 1996, co-creating & teaching the curriculum and directing camps. She was an adjunct professor in the Peace and Social Justice Department at Pacific University, working there over 20 years developing & leading programs for students. She prefers to teach outside the classroom having worked in a UN camp for SE Asian refugees, with the Navajo Nation and for many years in the wilderness. Having studied natural medicine, yoga & meditation for over 25 years, Elizabeth delights in playing music, being outside and family.

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Suzanne Miller:  President

Suzanne is a retired marketing executive, grateful for a 27-year career with the Port of Portland that took her all over the world and gave her the opportunity to meet and work with people in many countries. She is now active with a number of peace building organizations, and considers her post-retirement title to be "Peace Synergist."  She came to Peace Village Inc, after three years on the steering committee for the Newberg camp and seeing the wonderful effects of the program on the children and community there. 


Stacy Renfro: Treasurer

Stacy has worked as an educator, naturalist, and in the administration of non-profit organizations for more than 20 years. Experience has shown her that we must practice the implementation of our ideals in order to make them true. With 4 young children to raise, she relearns this lesson on a daily basis. Stacy believes that this organization is providing the peace building skills that our society needs. By starting with children, Peace Village, Inc. is empowering future generations to walk this crazy world with honesty and the courage to stand up for one another.


Taryn Oakley: Secretary

Taryn is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a B.A. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Geography. For the past 8 years, she has been teaching environmental science classes at Portland Community College. She is passionate about teaching others how to care for our planet, as well as one another.Taryn has been involved with Peace Village since 2014, teaching both at a summer camp as well as through our after school program. She has two young children that keep her on her toes and believes that time outside can cure the soul. She loves gardening, yoga and anything DIY.

Larry Strober:  Board Member


Over 30 years of senior management, fundraising, marketing, public relations and financial experience. Proven ability to make things happen; develop business plans, build effective and diverse teams, operate within a budget, fundraise and jump start new business opportunities. Just completed a one-year term as President of McMinnville Sunrise Rotary with a focus on peace. Currently organizing the inaugural McMinnville Peace Village for August 2017 and the Fourth Annual Sunrise Rotary Bocce Ball Tournament. Larry is a  Business Advisor to the Chemeketa SBDC, a Special Olympics Bocce Coach and a past Director of Strategic Development for The Elijah Interfaith Institute. Larry serves on the board of directors of several young and growing companies in Yamhill County.

Aaron Nigel Smith:  Board Member


For the past 15 years, Aaron Nigel Smith has worked to educate, empower, and entertain youth and families around the world. He teaches chorus and drumming in Oregon and Washington through One World Chorus, Young Audiences, and the Right Brain Initiative.  Aaron Nigel Smith joined the cast of the PBS Kids show, Between the Lions in 2008. In 2009 Aaron and his wife of 19 years Diedre, formed the non-profit One World Chorus with the goal of building bridges internationally through choral singing. There are currently children involved in Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Kenya, and Jamaica. The Rox in Sox Children’s Music & Book Festival is a project that Aaron spearheaded. During this free charity event, families in the US and Jamaica enjoy a day of free world class music, authors, family-friendly activities, and food vendors. Socks, shoes, and books are donated at the entrance of the event in the US and distributed to youth in Jamaica and Kenya. Aaron also works with Ben & Jerry’s, The Bob Marley Foundation and PYE Global to organize the One Love Youth Camp. This special project brings youth from rural and urban Jamaica together for a week long camp that encourages creativity, empowerment and conflict resolution.


Ted Sturdevant
Christy Laurenzo
Dr. Keith Russell