Program Assistant: Josiah Ludwick
President/Board Chair: Don V. Mitchell
Involvements: Former Chair of Pacific Southwest District’s /Imperial Heights Peace and Justice Center, Chair of Mission and Church Planting Commission of Pacific South West District of Church of the Brethren (PSWD), Member of PSWD Witness Commission (Resigned above duties after moving to Pennsylvania), Member of Urban Peace Tours, sponsored by the Church of the Brethren, General Board Witness Commission, Former member TURF Committee, Member of Urban Peace Tours, sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Witness Agency, TURF Committee, ANE Witness Commission, ON Earth Peace Board.
Vice President/Board Vice Chair: Steve Seitz
Employment: Steve is currently self-employed with his wife Dotti in their company, The Puppet and Story Works, providing shows for retirement communities, schools, and churches in the Mid-Atlantic States. Steve is retired from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Previously, he was a Project Officer for the National Training System for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, DHHS. Prior to that he had been a psychodramatist and counselor for the Washington D.C. city Mental Health Services Administration.
Treasurer: Rick Woodard
Employment: Retired real estate agent with Century 21
Involvements: Founder and Co-Coordinator of the Allison Hill Fund; Member of Camp Hill Presbyterian Church; Board member (and current Chair) of the Peace Tax Fund; Camp Hill Borough Council Member; Board members and Treasurer of Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area; Current president of West Shore Sertoma, and has served as president in 2003-2005 as well.
Secretary: Wanda Santiago
Involvements: Volunteer with Community Life Team Activities, Tutor/Mentor with Hope Foundation, Coordinator for Underprivileged Children’s Christmas Party, was on Board of Habitat for Humanity, was Tutor with TOYS, and was Chair of Parent Advisory Team for Harrisburg School district, neighborhood resident.
Board Member: Pastor Belita Mitchell
Employment: Senior Pastor at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren since late 2003. Previously employed as Associate Pastor and Executive Account Manager for a Fortune 100 Company in So. California.
Involvements: Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Moderator, 2007; Past Chair of Denominational Committee on Interchurch Relations and NCCC (National Council of Christian Churches) Delegate; Revivalist, Retreat Leader, and Workshop Presenter; Past Coordinator of the South Allison Hill Ministerium and member of The Milton Hershey Penn State Medical School Admissions Committee; Current Chair of Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence and National Board Member; Member of Atlantic Northeast (ANE) District Church of the Brethren (CoB) Urban Initiatives Task Team, and ANE District Standing Committee Delegate to the CoB Annual Conference.
Board Member: Lynda Singleton
Involvements: bcmPEACE volunteer since 2015 (Emergency Food Distribution and Administration) Attendee of Leadership Harrisburg’s Non-Profit Conference (2015), Former member of Bethel AME Church; Current member of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren (2014-present); Vacation Bible School volunteer (2015-present); Active community participant in Housing Workshops of City of Harrisburg’s Comprehensive Planning Process (beHBG)
Board Member: John-Michael Contignola-Pickens
Employment: Peace Retreat Coordinator with On Earth Peace; Rehabilitation Specialist with Keystone Community Mental Health; House Manager’s Aide with Allegheny Valley School; Currently the Youth Coordinator at Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren.
Involvements: Former Brethren Volunteer Service Volunteer through which I became a mentor for the Agape-Satyagraha program; Restorative Justice Mediator; Helped coordinate the Ministry of Reconciliation’s presence at the Church of the Brethren’s Annual Conference in Tampa in 2015. Currently volunteering as a church outreach intern at the Center for for Community Peacemaking in Lancaster.
Board Member: Pastor Ron Ludwick
Involvements: Zion Choral; Messiah College Choral Arts; Ministers of Music Quartet; Living Hope Counseling Center Board; Lebanon Valley Brethren Home Board
Board Member: Colin Scott
Employment: Assistant Counsel at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Involvements: Colin began as a Board Member with Brethren Community Ministries (bcmPEACE) in 2017. He currently serves on the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board to which he was elected at the 2017 Annual Conference, and is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He assisted the Stewardship of Property II Committee (2017-2018) in his Board capacity. Colin is also a member of the Southern Pennsylvania District Board and is presently on the District Nurture Commission where he focuses on Youth ministry. On the District Board he was previously a member of the Church Development and Revitalization Commission (CDRC).
Colin is a member of the Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren (MCOB). In the past, he served on the church’s Leadership Team; he was the Chairperson of the Christian Education Ministry Team. As a youth, he served on the Southern Pennsylvania District Youth Cabinet as well as on the Youth Steering Committee at MCOB. Colin teaches the Junior High Sunday School class and is a Youth Advisor at the church. Separately, he umpires baseball and softball as a member of the Central Penn Umpires’ Association (CPUA) and USA Softball. He is also a member of Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP).