Jimmy “Rome” Ballard 
Rome was born in the segregated South and learned about nonviolent direct action as a child. He authored a community-building workshop manual entitled "Transcommunality-Selling Social Change without Selling Out." His collaborative work and exposure to nonprofit organizations such as the East Point Peace Academy, the African American History Committee-AAHC, the Committee for Mexican Culture-CMC, Simba Circle, Barrios Unidos-BU, the Gathering for Justice, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice-CURYJ, and more, has prepared him to face many challenges in this ever-changing world. Rome has cultivated teams of specialized care and service providers at Urban Alchemy, a San Francisco-based organization tasked with caring for our unhoused population, and he has devoted his life to reversing the harmful effects of racism, poverty, and trauma. 


Toni Battle
Toni is a native San Franciscan, is the founder of The Legacy Project, which documents the legacy of lynchings in the United States and brings healing and reconciliation to those whose ancestry is directly impacted by it, and is a leader of Coming to the Table, a national organization working with descendants of slaves and of slave owners around racial recognition issues. She has a passion for supporting incarcerated young women and in healing ancestral trauma.




Conly Basham
Conly is an artist and healing practitioner. From performing and teaching in New York City, to moving to the Bay Area for her Masters in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy, Conly's life work centers around the power of creative expression in individual and communal healing. She facilitates restorative justice circles in the Bay Area with The Ahimsa Collective, as well as with her husband, daniel j. self at 214 Therapeia. Conly is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts, where her personal scholarship explores the
intersections of arts-based ritual and restorative practices towards intergenerational healing, the acknowledgment of power and privilege, and peacebuilding. 



  Dr. John Brown Childs

John is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of  California, Santa Cruz.  He was born on December 2nd, 1942, in a public housing project in the   Roxbury section of Boston. In 1963, he organized a group of students from the University of Massachusetts, going to the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” where MLK       delivered   his famous “I Have a Dream speech.”  In 1965, he took part in the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama, as a member of “Friends of   SNCC,”   the Student Non-violent Coordinating  Committee.

As a volunteer with the “Prison Education Project” of the community organization Barrios Unidos, he has spent the past nineteen years doing volunteer teaching and speaking on peacemaking and “transcommunal cooperation” in Soledad Correctional Training Facility, where he works with the multi-ethnic “Cemanahuac      One-World Cultural Group” of incarcerated men. 

He works with John R. Lewis College in coordinating a combined UCSC/Soledad CTF  “Transcommunal Peacemaking and Cooperation” class (Spring quarter)  in which University students participate inside the prison with incarcerated men, who are also students taking the course.  He is the author of numerous works, including the book Transcommunality, from the Politics of Conversion to the Ethics of Respect.  This book draws on the  Indigenous Haudenosaunee Great League of Peace protocols to highlight ways in which people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives can, with mutual respect, work together and learn from one another while holding on to their own cultural and personal foundations. He is also the author of the article “Peace Teachers In and From Soledad Prison.”

In 1997, he was awarded the Fulbright  Foundation's “Thomas Jefferson Chair of Distinguished Teaching,” which he held in the Netherlands at the University of Utrecht. In 2019 he received the University of California Social Science Division's Distinguished Emeriti Faculty” award.  In 2022, he earned the University of California's system-wide highest award for emeriti faculty, “The Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award.” 

Of African-Madagascan and Native American descent, he is, through his mother's side of the family, an enrolled member of the “Massachuset (Big Hills) Indigenous Tribe at Ponkapoag (Sweet Water Pond)," whose ancestral lands include Boston, Massachusetts, where he was born.


Theresa Pualei Guy

After spending much of her adult life enhancing her left brain capabilities, Theresa rather illogically leaned right into listening to her intuitive heart. Educated as an attorney she is grateful for the opportunity to continue to teach Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation with the East Point Peace Academy as a founding member. Often perceived by others as a “culturally ambiguous” person, Theresa has a lifelong interest in our multicultural reality and the resulting social justice imperative.

Teresa resigned from EPPA board of Directors in October 2023, but remains a friend of the Board and valued advisor.


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