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Board of Directors
Marta Goldenman
President

 Marta has a BA degree in early childhood education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has extensive experience working with educational preschool programs as a lead teacher and in early childhood family education. Most recently she worked at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church as an associate director of children, youth, and family ministries for 18 years. Marta is very committed to World Citizen activities and comes to our board with a vast number of skills and gifts as well as a passion for creating a peaceful and just world.

Martha Roberts
Past President
Martha is a retired educator of 36 years, fourteen of those years as an elementary classroom teacher and 22 years as an elementary school counselor. During these years Martha also taught a variety of adult education classes. In 1995 her elementary school became an International Peace Site. Yearly events to renew the school’s commitment to peace became the focus and standard for behavior (including parents, staff, and students.) Martha became a board member of World Citizen in 1997. Along with others, Martha worked to create World Citizen’s Peace Education Program which provides support to keep focused on the Five Peace Actions which lead to a peaceful community. Martha received the Outstanding World Citizenship Award in 2000 for her commitment to promoting peace and justice.
Catherine Manning
Treasurer and Co- President Elect
Catherine is a graduate of the Minnesota School of Business and the University of Minnesota with a two year accounting degree and a B.S. in merchandising. Her most recent position was as accountant for a private school in Saint Paul. In transitioning towards retirement, she became a LifeSAGEr, certified and trained by Celebrations of Life. She enjoys helping people tell their stories through one-on-one counseling and legacy workshops. A life-long learner, Catherine is passionate about successful aging and sharing wisdom with future generations. Her plan is to participate in the World Citizen Peace Education program in order to share that learning with families, faith communities, and local schools.
Caren Stelson
Co- President Elect
Caren is an author and freelance writer who has developed integrated language arts instructional materials as well as writing a large number of articles, stories, and books. She is the founder and lead workshop teacher for Pen in Hand Writing Workshops. Caren has designed software and worked as an associate editor for Houghton Mifflin Company. She was also an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist. Caren received her BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked with Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and the Hiroshima City University in Hiroshima, Japan. Caren has served on a number of boards, has been involved in a number of peace activities, and has an extensive publication list. She truly embraces the meaning of the words, “World Citizen." Caren looks forward to working for World Citizen’s hopes and ideals to “empower communities to educate for a just and peaceful world.” Caren's recent book Sachiko: a Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story was longlisted for the National Book Award, and recognized with the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and the Robert F. Sibert Information Book Award honor, among others.
Flora Tsukayama
Secretary
Flora is a loyal member of WCI and has served as our secretary for a number of years. She is a dedicated volunteer parent for the Bloomington School District. Flora has chaired and organized the Annual Diversity Fair and Peace Site Dedications for the Bloomington School District. She is well known in this school district for her many years of dedication in supporting a peaceful school environment for all children. Flora has been the recipient of the Outstanding World Citizenship Award.
Lowell Erdahl
Board Member
Lowell is a graduate of a one room country school in Blue Earth, MN. He then went on to graduate from St. Olaf college, attended the Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He served as a parish pastor in Farmington, MN, and at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis. Lowell served as a professor at Luther Seminary and as a Bishop for southeast Minnesota and St. Paul. He has authored six books still in print: The Lonely House:Strength for Times of Loss, Joyful Living, 10 Habits for Effective Ministry, Be Good to Each Other (An Open Letter on Marriage (co-authored with his spouse, Carol Erdahl), and Sexual Fulfillment for Single & Married, Straight & Gay, Young & Old (co-authored with Herbert Chilstrom), and Winsome Wisdom. His wife, Carol, was co-owner of the Red Balloon Bookshop. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Karen Johnson
Board Member
Karen is a retired teacher from the Centennial School District in Circle Pines, MN. She lived in NE Minneapolis, graduated from Edison High School, and received her degree in elementary education from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She received her masters in education from Saint Mary’s University in 1998. Karen taught 4th-6th grades for 35 years and has enjoyed retirement for the past 11 years. She is excited to join the Board od Directors or World Citizen to help promote peace projects, and educate adults and youth in the art of getting along as well as serving one’s community and state.
Kevin McGee
Board Member and Peace Education Facilitator
Kevin is an educator. As a teacher, he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles and geographic locations. He began his teaching career in Liberia, serving in the Peace Corps. After teaching in Liberia, he moved to Morocco and taught fourth grade at the Casablanca International School. He returned home for a few years before moving to Ecuador where he taught Kindergarten in Quito at the American School of Quito. Most recently he spent a few years teaching in India. He served as the Reading Specialist for the American School of Bombay in Mumbai. Currently he works for Eden Prairie Schools as an instructional coach and he is an adjunct professor at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Holly Circle-Steffen
Board Member
Holly has been singing professionally for 30 years, recording two CD’s with her husband and musical partner, Jimmy. She has performed for countless special events including weddings, corporate gatherings, church services, fundraisers, and even a performance at Orchestra Hall. This is her 25th year working as a PT paraprofessional for the Bloomington Schools. Currently, she serves as a Job Coach, working with high school students with special needs, helping them volunteer as they gain job skills and experience working with others in their community. Holly has been an active member of Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center since 1995, and over the years has worn many hats including: Music Director, Prayer Chaplain, Teen Sponsor, Sunday School Teacher, Guest Soloist, and Guest Speaker. She recently accepted the position of Youth Ed Director. Holly purchased a Peace Pole along with the Peace Curriculum for her son’s elementary school in Savage. She did so to honor the wide diversity of the students, and the dedicated teachers and staff there. Here are the lyrics to one of her all-time favorite songs: "May all children – May all people everywhere live in peace. Peaceful minds, peaceful hearts, peace on Earth! Sweet Peace On Earth!"
Staff and Consultants
Kathy Millington
Executive Director
Kathy retired from 36 years in education as of June 2002. She assumed the position of Executive Director in 2003. Twenty-five of her years in education were as a classroom teacher and the last eleven years as an elementary principal in the Centennial School District in Circle Pines, MN. Kathy received her BA degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA, her MS degree from the University of Minnesota in Mankato, MN., and her education specialist degree in administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Kathy was also trained as a trainer for PeaceWorks Curriculum (Miami, Florida based) and received the Outstanding World Citizenship Award in 2004 for her leadership in Peace Education. Kathy’s passion for working with children and promoting peaceful problem-solving match the vision and mission of World Citizen, which led her to her present position.
Jill Mason
Administrative Assistant
Jill has a passion for kids. She loves being involved with children and helping them learn and grow. While being a stay-at-home mom of her three children for 14 years, she -provided daycare to many others. Jill most recently worked as an education assistant at Cowern Elementary, an International Peace Site, before joining World Citizen in 2015.
Lonnie Strand
Peace Education Coordinator
Lonnie has a backround in business management. As Nana to her six grandchildren, she is strongly committed to anti-bullying, and her passion is peace and kindness. She believes that we all have a responsibility to leave this world a better place for future generations than it was when we came into it. Lonnie loves her role as Peace Education Coordinator and enjoys the relationships of all the facilitators, educators, and parents with whom she has come into contact through World Citizen and Peace Education!
Laura Seidel
Newsletter Editor
Laura graduated from the University of St. Thomas in December 2007. She double majored in print journalism and English, and minored in justice and peace studies. Laura worked on the St. Thomas newspaper, The Aquin, for 3.5 years and was editor-in-chief in 2006. She then received her master's degree in education from St. Catherine University, with licenses to teach K-6 Elementary and 5-8 Middle School Language Arts. Laura worked as an autism paraprofessional for four years at Battle Creek Elementary during her time at St. Kate's, and is currently finishing her sixth year as a licensed teacher at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School, teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. This will be her twelfth year working for World Citizen.
Mike Klein
Peace Education Consultant
Mike Klein, Ed.D. holds the clinical faculty position in justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA. His work combines classroom teaching, community-based education, and leadership development. His research interests and published writing include: Freireian pedagogy, effective and ethical leadership for social change, and the intersection of art, ritual, and democratic practice. Awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2007, he completed his doctoral dissertation on ritualizing leadership for democratic decision-making and action. He is a frequent speaker and consultant to educational, nonprofit, and peace-building organizations.
Rhonda Vopava Geyette
Peace Education Facilitator
Rhonda received her BA from Augsburg College and her Masters from St. Mary’s University. She is an elementary teacher in Minneapolis at Marcy Open School. Marcy Open School is an International Peace Site. In the classroom, Rhonda focuses on peace activities and literature with her students. Building a strong community and collaboration are important in her classroom.
Katherine Utter
Peace Education Facilitator
Katherine Utter, LICSW, currently serves as one of Intermediate District 287’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) coordinators. She has worked with children with challenging behaviors for over 20 years. Katherine received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison and her master’s of science in xocial work from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified advanced trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach.
Maddy Wegner
Peace Education Facilitator
Maddy Wegner serves at the Director of Training and Innovation at youthrive, a youth development intermediary in Minneapolis known for inspiring young people to action through the lives and work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Previously a middle and high school English teacher, she was NYLC’s director of communications for more than a decade, developing resources for service-learning practitioners that bring research to practice. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she received a B.A. in American Studies; the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a secondary teaching credential in English/Language Arts through the Bay Area Writing Project; and Northwestern University, where she received a master’s in journalism. She serves on the Board of SWAA Liberia, an organization that fights the spread of AIDS in west Africa, and is active in the Shannon Leadership Institute through the St. Paul-based Wilder Foundation.
       
 
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