Charles Busch
Lincoln City, Oregon
Founder of Peace Village; Ordained Minister, United Church of Christ
M.A. Trinity University, Master of Divinity and Merrill Fellow, Harvard University


Wintry Whitt Smith:  Director

A graduate of Pacific University, with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Wintry Whitt Smith has been involved with Peace Village since its inception in 1996.  She has taught all of the core classes, and directed the Peace Village camp in Lincoln City for several years.  She started a school in Maweni Village, Kenya, where she facilitated study abroad courses for university students.  For the last six years, she directed Tumbleweeds Playschool.  Wintry is a certified and practicing mediator.


Elizabeth Wilson: Director


Elizabeth Wilson has been actively involved with Peace Village since it’s beginning in 1996, co-creating & teaching the curriculum and directing camps. She was an adjunct professor in the Peace and Social Justice Department at Pacific University, working there over 20 years developing & leading programs for students. She prefers to teach outside the classroom having worked in a UN camp for SE Asian refugees, with the Navajo Nation and for many years in the wilderness. Having studied natural medicine, yoga & meditation for over 25 years, Elizabeth delights in playing music, being outside and family.

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Suzanne Miller:  President

Suzanne is a retired marketing executive, grateful for a 27-year career with the Port of Portland that took her all over the world and gave her the opportunity to meet and work with people in many countries. She is now active with a number of peace building organizations, and considers her post-retirement title to be "Peace Synergist."  She came to Peace Village Inc, after three years on the steering committee for the Newberg camp and seeing the wonderful effects of the program on the children and community there. 


Stacy Renfro: Treasurer

Stacy has worked as an educator, naturalist, and in the administration of non-profit organizations for more than 20 years. Experience has shown her that we must practice the implementation of our ideals in order to make them true. With 4 young children to raise, she relearns this lesson on a daily basis. Stacy believes that this organization is providing the peace building skills that our society needs. By starting with children, Peace Village, Inc. is empowering future generations to walk this crazy world with honesty and the courage to stand up for one another.


Taryn Oakley: Secretary

Taryn is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a B.A. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Geography. For the past 8 years, she has been teaching environmental science classes at Portland Community College. She is passionate about teaching others how to care for our planet, as well as one another.Taryn has been involved with Peace Village since 2014, teaching both at a summer camp as well as through our after school program. She has two young children that keep her on her toes and believes that time outside can cure the soul. She loves gardening, yoga and anything DIY.

Dr. Keith Russell:  Board Member

Keith C. Russell, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Development and faculty member in the nationally accredited Recreation Degree Program at Western Washington University. His research emphasis includes program evaluation, the study of human-nature relationships, the therapeutic value of natural environments, and international protected area management.  He teaches courses in statistics, research methods, adventure education and therapy, and human relations.  In a past life, he was a wilderness educator for more than fifteen years in the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, and New Zealand.  He is also a consultant who has worked with organizations in the US and internationally on the design, implementation and evaluation of wilderness and adventure programs for youth development.   He enjoys spending time in the woods and running rivers with his wife Sheri and his two teenage daughters Alena and Maysee.

Stanley Uentillie, Jr.:  Board Member

Stanley attended Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding Schools and received his High School Diploma from Wingate High School in Ft. Wingate, New Mexico.  He attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon from 1993 to 1995. As a Freshman at Pacific help start and organized a Winter Cross Cultural Experience course which lasted twenty years. Took a break from school and worked with the Forest Grove School District which ended in June this year after 21 years. While employed with the School District join the Oregon School Employees Association union, became their local chapter President and in 2005 to 2008 served as their Zone 1 Director on their Board of Directors. Stanley is of the Navajo and Ute tribes, am fluent with the Navajo language. he was raised by his Navajo family. Both his parents worked as interpreters at Chemawa Indian School north of Salem, Oregon from 1948 till 1951. He has always believed that way back in our history, we all sat by the same fire, sang the same songs, and said the same prayers.


Ted Sturdevant
Christy Laurenzo
Aaron Rodriguez
Joyce Hendstrand, PhD, Retired Superintendent of Schools