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Meet The Team

The Team

Nikki Drake (July 2014 – present)

NikkiDrakeI grew up in Idaho…beautiful state of mountains, renowned whitewater rivers, and yes, the famous potato. After graduating from Boise State University (of Smurf Turf fame) with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Spanish, I completed a year of AmeriCorps service with Habitat for Humanity in Upstate New York. From there I relocated to Brooklyn and worked for several years at a not-for-profit organization that provides educational and therapeutic services for children with developmental delays. Since university I had wanted to work in the field of international human rights and social justice, and I decided to kick off a change in career path with extended travel and work through South America, which included amazing experiences in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. After two years on the road, I settled in Colombia, where I worked for Witness for Peace, an international NGO supporting peace and justice in the Americas. I am extremely happy to be joining the FOR Peace Presence team and continuing the important work of accompaniment and advocacy in Colombia.

Isabel Moris Look (January 2014 – present)

 Isabel Moris LookIsabel spent half her childhood in Colombia, and the other half in Maryland suburbs. She found the solidarity movement during her studies at American University, while focusing on peace and conflict resolution, and participated in a very memorable delegation to Colombia, organized by Witness for Peace, visiting some of the peace communities, whom she promised she would visit again. After graduation, and some traveling, she returned to work and interned at Peace Brigades International in Washington D.C., working closely with governmental and non-profit institutions like the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the US Office on Colombia (USOC), United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and the Organization of American States (OAS). Where she learned more about coordinated action in the US, political activism, and international refugee law.

Kaya Marie Allan Sugerman (January 2014 – present)

P1080398Kaya grew up jointly in Kona, Hawaii and Los Angeles, California. In 2012 she completed her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on International Conflict Resolution and Political Ecology at the University of California, Berkeley. It was there that she developed a passion for investigating grassroots resistance to environmental exploitation and human rights abuses. She spent time in Malaysia working with a research institute and reporting on a consent policy which could curb the appropriation of indigenous traditional knowledge and customary lands by both foreign and national corporations and governments. As a seeker, activist, and writer, deciding to work with La Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó presented itself as a grand opportunity to learn how one group has developed nonviolent alternatives to Colombia’s long-standing, violent, and in part US-funded conflict.

Gale Stafford (November 2013 – present)

 Gale StaffordGale (or Virginia, as she is known by her middle name in the field) grew up in Massachusetts, learning about creativity, teamwork, and Spanish. It was in high school with past FORista Janice when she first learned about Colombia and some of the conflict within it. Gale has spent the last several years at Bennington College in the hills of southwest Vermont, investigating various education systems and how they relate to democracy and socioeconomic disparity, and thinking about how students and teachers learn and connect with each other both within classrooms and without. There she completed both her BA and her MA in Teaching, and is looking forward to flexing her understandings of how communities work and support each other, both within the Community and on the Peace Presence team.

Michaela Soellinger (March 2013 – present)

Michaela Soellinger, VolunteerWho am I? Passportwise I am a 36 year-old Austrian woman. Other than that I just started with the FOR Colombia Peace Presence Team and am very excited about my new home in the Peace Comunity of San Jose de Apartado. After growing up in the Upper Austrian countryside, I studied physics and specialized in magnetic resonance imaging in medicine. Besides academics I tried to satisfy my passion for relating to people with different sociocultural backgrounds by volunteering, e.g. accompanying asylum seekers. A few years ago I decided to focus on peace work and went to Guatemala to volunteer in International Accompaniment. I fell in love with the idea of International Accompaniment and studied peace and conflict transformation last year. I am happy to be with the Peace Comunity of San Jose de Apartadó.

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Staff

Candice Camargo, Executive Director

Candice Camargo, Executive DirectorOriginally from southern California, Candice graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. Prior to joining FOR in June 2013, she spent the previous six years as an activist and organizer, including working with Witness for Peace in Colombia and most recently with CODEPINK. Candice currently lives in Bogotá and is excited to build on FOR’s solidarity work with Colombian communities, organizations, and movements forming part of the collective process to nonviolently undermine systems of oppression. She hopes to support and strengthen the physical and political accompaniment FOR began with the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó over ten years ago. She will continue the project’s commitment to conscientious objectors and explore opportunities to accompany communities threatened by multinational corporations and the extractive industry. Passionate about social and environmental justice, human rights, corporate accountability, and the power of stories to inspire people to action, Candice is thrilled to be part of the FOR family.

The Board

Board Members’ Information coming very soon!