Our People

Leadership Team

Marilyn McGinnis (Co-founder and Curriculum Director) has been a mom and a teacher for many years. Teaching primarily within Atlanta’s home schooling community, she has come to understand how vital it is for kids to gain an appreciation for the hard work that has been done over time to guarantee us certain rights, and for the hard work that remains to be done so that all may enjoy these rights. By introducing Peacebuilder Campers to amazing individuals who are making a difference in our world, and by encouraging them to think deeply about social justice issues, she hopes to inspire young people to accept the challenge to be part of the next generation of peacemakers.
Jonah McDonald (Co-founder and Administrative Director) is an activist, teacher, storyteller and wilderness guide. Formerly a teacher at a Montessori school, Jonah continues to teach in non-classroom settings and particularly enjoys working with middle schoolers. His service on several non-profit boards and work towards Middle East peace have demonstrated to him just how important education is in peace work. He believes the Peacebuilders Camp can help kids develop their own beliefs about the world and in turn catapult the campers into action that betters the world.
Mario Burton pic Mario Burton (Program Director) is a student and scholar. He is currently a PhD student at Antioch University where he is studying social justice leadership. His passion for social justice leadership has followed a career working for various nonprofits over the last 8 years. While serving in these capacities, he has utilized mindfulness, motivational interviewing, restorative justice, and various other client-centered intervention strategies to resolve conflict and empower individuals to make more informed choices for themselves.

2018 Summer Staff

Ngun Kip “Lily” Chin (counselor) has one niece and nephew and is the second oldest out of her three siblings. She is the first of her family to be in college and goes to Agnes Scott College. Lily wants to see America become better by having free healthcare for everyone. She does not want to see people having to choose between going to hospital or staying in bed with pain, just because someone doesn’t have health insurance. One of the human rights she feels most strongly about right now is the right to find asylum and the right to peace and protection. She sees children and mothers everywhere – from Middle East to Burma – being oppressed because of the military actions. Lily loves nature and children. She does not get much free time but when she does, she likes to hike and travel and is looking forward to more travel in her future. She cannot wait to meet all the campers! Lily was a CIT in 2015 and she enjoyed every bit of it. She can not wait to be back again.
Asa Kramer-Dickie (counselor) was born in Atlanta, and was raised Quaker, regularly attending the Atlanta Friends Meeting. He has just completed his second year at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana, where he is studying Peace and Global Studies. His interests include issues of peace, economic justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and social movements focused on bettering humanity. Asa has a passion for both leadership and learning, especially in groups of people, and is excited to share his knowledge and learn from campers about what they are passionate about. In his free time, he likes to read, talk to people, hike, cook, play soccer, and do just about any people-oriented activity.
Carla Valpeoz (counselor) is originally from San Antonio, Texas, but has been living in Detroit, Michigan for the last four years. She originally moved to work with the Arab community, but soon found out that the Latino community was in need of her competencies as well. She prides herself on working cross-culturally and easily adapts to difference, always being inclusive to all social identities and backgrounds. This journey began in college when she started studying the Arabic language eventually giving her the opportunity to study overseas in the Arab world. Being of Latina background, she realized that she needed to know more about her roots and once that discovery was made, she began finding how these two ethnic groups were so interconnected, eventually leading her to understand how she can easily live easily among difference. Not having a clear vision of what she wanted to do when she graduated, she decided to take the next step and go to graduate school, leading her to enroll in an program focussed on social justice and conflict transformation which completely changed her life and gave her the vision she had been looking for. In her travels and education, Carla has found ways to use her experiences and knowledge to fight for social justice, as well as raise awareness about important issues among different communities. She continues to speak out against injustices, and play a significant role in her community working to unite people of all sorts. Carla believes knowledge is wealth and must be shared, and that we can all learn from one another if just given the chance.
Madison Werner (counselor) is a student at the University of Georgia, where she hopes to figure out what she wants to do for the rest of her life. She is a writer for Affinity Magazine, which is an online Millennial upstart social justice publication. Madison is interested in a wide range of social justice issues, particularly issues surrounding women’s rights and reproductive justice, the advancement of minority and LGBTQ rights, the epidemic of teen dating violence/domestic violence, and the importance of music in today’s sociopolitical climate. In her free time, Madison enjoys watching Vice documentaries, going to concerts, and eating cheap sushi.
Christian Gregory (counselor-in-training) lives in Macon, GA and has been in Georgia his whole life. He has ten brothers and sisters that he loves. He loves nature and what it means to him. To Christian, life without being different would be a lot harder. He loves children because he raised his brothers and sisters from when he was 6 to 15 years old. Today, he still helps children and adults with life experiences and life’s challenges. He believes that life is some times hard to understand, but that’s what makes it worth it. Because of Christian’s life experience, he is who he is today.
Lucas Nahmias (counselor-in-training) is a rising senior from Atlanta, Georgia. He is interested in studying environmental science and political science in university and hopes to be able to make a difference through one of these two fields. He spent his sophomore year of high school abroad in Frankfurt, Germany and speaks both English and German. He loves meeting new people and bridging the gap between different cultures. Lucas is passionate about all things political as well as social justice causes, in particular the rights of minority groups and shrinking the wage gap. Lucas enjoys soccer, frisbee, basketball, hiking, and almost all sports and outdoors pursuits. He also loves to spend his time traveling, including exploring all sorts of food. Lucas hopes to not only see, but live on each continent and create connections between people around the world.