Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm

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 that 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.

2019 Summer Staff

Elizabeth Eby (Counselor) is a 19 year old from Goshen, Indiana. She will be going into her second year at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she studies Peacebuilding and Development as well as Bible, Religion and Theology. In Goshen she lives with her parents, her one older brother, two dogs, and two cats. She enjoys music, theater, hiking, reading, and learning from other people.
Merseinge Yav Mutombo (Mercy or Yav) (Counselor) is 24 years of age, was born and raised in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and spent most of his teen years in India prior moving to the United States in 2012. He loves to travel, discover new places as well as new cultures, and feels blessed to have been in quite a few countries at a young age. He speaks fluent French, English, Lingala, and Swahili.  He is currently enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College majoring in Political Science, seeking a career as an immigration lawyer or in politics with the aim to better immigration policies and advocate for immigrants who seek refuge or asylum in the United States. He loves being around kids as they display the true value of love, simplicity, and humility.  He is an athlete who loves to play soccer, tennis, badminton, volleyball and to run. In his free time, he enjoys binge watching tv, hanging out with friends, posing for pictures, and volunteering at church or in the community whenever he can.
Michelle Sanchez-Casarrubias (Counselor) is 23 years old and looking forward to graduating from Georgia Southwestern State University with a business degree. She’s ecstatic to be a part of this year’s staff. She was a CIT in 2013 and has tried to come back every year to visit the campers. Her CIT experience was so amazing that by the end of camp she couldn’t wait to be 18 and come back as an official counselor. She’s excited to see what this go around will bring!
Zeph Embers (Counselor) is a 20 year old aspiring singer-songwriter, currently building a home in Notasulga, AL. He was previously home schooled starting in 7th grade and has been a involved in many camps and community outreach programs including Alabama 4-H, AACT(Auburn Area Community Theatre), Jule Collins Smith Muesum Art initiatives, and FIFTY FUND non-profit organization, dealing in social justice, equality and community engagement. He enjoys art, acting, photography, sports, building, and all things music! He is a firm believer in positivity, and that the mindsets we expel change planets. Each of us plays such large roles in this world, and those extra steps we take make big differences for ourselves, and those around us. He hopes to travel the world, share the Art Of Sound and change the world while doing so!
Rebecca Sui (Counselor-in-Training) goes to Tucker High School, where she plays tennis and runs cross country. She is very passionate in what she does and she loves interacting with kids. She was also a camper at Peace camp and it was so fun. She will graduate from high school in 2021. She is also a Sunday school teacher so she has had experience teaching kids. She is eager to meet her fellow colleagues and the campers.
 Sulaiman Rashid (Counselor-in-Training) is the youngest of three siblings and grew up in Dubai. He will graduate from Decatur High School in May, 2019.  He is still deciding whether to attend Howard University or Emory University in the Fall, but does know that he will be pursuing a business degree. He feels very fortunate to travel at a very young age and this instilled in him a global perspective. He hopes to use this perspective to launch a company that allows him to travel around the world and help those in need.

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