Board of Directors
Benjamin Broadbent (chair) serves as Lead Minister of the First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs. He is passionate about interfaith conversations, racial and economic justice, reproductive freedom, and peace-making. His personal posse includes wife Brooke, son Marin (6), and daughter Sophia (3).
Jimi Hummer, (Vice chair) a Wisconsin native, Jimi graduated from Fox Valley Technical College in 2010 and joined the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as a chef in 2011. Jimi is co-chair of the PPJPC’s Middle East Peace Project (MEPP) and is married to Sylvia Sedrak, the MEPP’s 2011 peace envoy to the Palestine.
Loring Wirbel (Secretary) lives in Monument with wife, Carol, daughter Abbey and pets. He earned a B.A. in Science Journalism at the University of Arizona and is a long-time author, writer and activist. Awards in journalism by Project Censored and Scripps World. Co-chair Colorado Springs ACLU, member of Citizens for Peace in Space and Mobilization for Survival and past PPJPC Board member. Author of Star Wars, U.S. Tool of Space Supremacy.
Melissa Marts (Treasurer) serves as executive director for the Women’s Resource Agency. She is a longtime sustainable food advocate and has worked with Peak to Plains Alliance, Colorado Springs Public Market and the Green Cities Coalition.
Bruce Cary works for the Colorado Springs Housing Authority and has deep roots in Colorado Springs. You can always find him planting shrubs along the shores of Fountain Creek or building retaining walls in the Garden of the Gods Park. He loves giving back to Mother Earth and sharing peace with the human race, and is proud to be a member or the PPJPC.
Steve Flynn holds a J.D. from the University of North Dakota and is a Colorado Legal Services attorney. A conscientious objector in the Vietnam War, he was arrested for his convictions. He is the treasurer of the Colorado Springs ACLU and a member of its legal committee. He serves as chair of the PPJPC Peace Scholarship Committee and on its Nominating Committee. He is chair of the 4th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee.
Julie Ott is a community volunteer and has lived in Colorado Springs since 1995. She holds a JBA and MS in Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her PPJPC involvement began with forming a play group of like-minded parents that met at the J&P office and area parks. She went on to help organize the Eyes Wide Open exhibit at Colorado College and found the Green Cities Coalition. She now co-chairs Repeat Boutique, a women’s boutique-style clothing swap, held twice a year to benefit the J&P.
Victoria Stone spent years working street outreach for Urban Peak Colorado Springs. She is currently the Minority Family Advocate at Mission Possible. She helps minority youth navigate the court process and access needed resources and services. She has an 11-year-old daughter, Faith, and volunteers for many community organizations.
Pat Hansen is a retired nurse who generously volunteers her time on various nonprofit boards. She is a member of the Pikes Peak Equality Coalition. When not working as a community volunteer, Pat enjoys music, hiking, yoga and hanging out with her granddaughter.
David Shaw (Executive Director), 32, earned a master’s degree from Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver in 2012. He most recently worked as a research assistant at Denver’s Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Originally from New Mexico, Shaw moved to Denver in 2005 to go to college. He moved to Colorado Springs for his wife, Miranda’s, job at the CU Aging Center.
Steve Saint (Associate Director, Media) has worked for the J&P in a variety of roles since 2005. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Prior to a 15-year career in newspaper and magazine writing, he helped organize the Green Party of California. He is the author of Rules for Reaching Consensus (Jossey-Bass).
Melissa Allen (Associate Director, Peace Camp & Finances) is an accounting instructor at Pikes Peak Community College. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and served with the Peace Corps in Western Samoa.