Letter from the PJSA Board Co-Chair

By Laura Finley

Greetings from the PJSA Board!

I am excited that we now have someone serving in an interim capacity as Co-Chair. This was necessitated when Stephen Schroeder, whom we thank for his efforts, was required to step down. I’d like to introduce everyone to Evelyn Voight. Below is a brief biography of Evelyn:

Evelyn Voigt was born a prisoner of war in Africa. This has shaped her career in international development and elevated her respect for those active in the peace field. Evelyn is the co-founder of the Civilian Peace Service Canada, which focuses primarily on the accreditation of peace professionals. CPSC, where Evelyn is also a researcher, pioneered and piloted the first values-and competency-based methodology to assess and accredit peace professionals. Evelyn serves on the board of the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada, and is the recipient of a Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for her contribution to international development (2002). A poet and spoken word artist, she has, amongst others, co-compiled 150 Canadian Stories of Peace, an anthology; and authored Flying Snakes and Green Turtles: Tanzania Up Close.

Additionally, the Board is enthusiastic about the new Peace Chronicle. We are very grateful to Shatha Almutawa, Wim Laven, Gabriel Erstsgaard and Matthew Johnson, with tremendous support (as always!) from Executive Director Michael Loadenthal, for their work in overhauling this publication. Persons interested in contributing can contact Shatha at salmutawa@willamette.edu.

Finally, we look forward to seeing everyone in Winnipeg for the annual conference in October! Stay tuned for the schedule and other details on the PJSA’s website.

Laura Finley, Co-Chair


Dr. Laura Finley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University in Miami, Florida. She is also author, co-author or editor of seventeen books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. In addition, Dr. Finley is actively involved in a number of peace, justice and human rights groups. She serves as Board Chair for No More Tears, a non-profit organization that serves victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and is a board member of The Humanity Project and Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Prior to being elected co-chair, Dr. Finley was Publications Chair for PJSA. She also coordinates PJSA’s Speaker’s Bureau.