Board of Directors
Jimi Hummer (Chair) is 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. He is studying for a degree in international social work. 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.
Scott Olson (Vice-Chair) works as a carpenter and facilitates week-long well-being retreats on the Big Island of Hawaii that includes interacting with the wild spinner dolphins.
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.
Pat Hansen (Secretary) 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.
Bridget Babcock came to Colorado College from a small Wisconsin town in 2008 and graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology in 2012. After circling the globe in 4-1/2 months, she returned to work at both AspenPointe and Urban Peak. You might also catch her at the Melting Pot when she’s not busy working on community development through Colorado College, Urban Peak, Leadership Pikes Peak and the J&P.
Benjamin Broadbent 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 and daughter Sophia.
Roger Butts is an ordained Unitarian-Universalist minister currently working in family ministry at Unity in the Rockies. His interests include the relationship between faith and social justice, marriage equality, interfaith relations and ending torture and the death penalty. Roger has three children (Norah, Nicholas and Nina) with his wife Marta Fioriti, who serves as Director of Ministry to Children, Youth and Families at Broadmoor Community Church, United Church of Christ..
Cecelia Crossen works as a program associate at El Pomar Foundation. She graduated from Colorado College in 2013, where she majored in International Political Economy and simultaneously pursued a pre-medical track. Her supportive role in the city’s Homelessness Initiative has sparked both awareness and compassion for those experiencing homelessness, which she is excited to bring to her role on the board.
Jeremy Nelson is a pretty nice guy almost all the time.
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 a 12-year-old daughter, Faith, and volunteers for many community organizations.
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.