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Who builds sustainable peace?

Sustainable peace is built by a critical mass of citizens and leaders who:

- serve the interests of others and not just their own;

- influence the companies, organizations, and instititions of which they are a part to serve the public good; and,

- collaborate to transform the structures and systems of society to make them less violent, more just, more inclusive, and more participatory.


Board of Directors

Mary Beth Arcidiacono

Mary Beth is a Fellow at the Child Trauma Academy where she provides training and consultation on grief / traumatic loss. She has her Masters' Degree in Social Work, and has served as a volunteer in a number of organizations. She is presently a volunteer with the Nobel Women's Initiative, Episcopal High School and Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School, and she serves as a Council Member of The University of Texas at Austin's School of Social Work Advisory Council.

Chris Bilton

Chris is the Executive Director of the Greater Southeast Management District.  Prior to that he served as the Director of the Houston Minority Business Enterprise Center and Interim President & CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future. He earned his MBA from Clark Atlanta University, and his BBA from Texas State University.

John Farrell – Chairman of the Board

John Farrell is the President of Midvale Enterprises, a local coaching and consulting firm. Prior to this role he spent 33 years with Marathon Oil Company, retiring as the company's Talent Management Director. During the course of John's Marathon career he served as the company's Public Affairs Director and held a number of senior human resources executive roles with responsibility for domestic and international operations. John additionally serves as a board member for the American Leadership Forum and is a graduate of West Virginia University with both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

W. Colin Fulton

Colin is a senior executive in the Houston office of Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). Over his 24 year career at Accenture, Colin has held various leadership positions including chief risk officer for the Resources Operating Group, global managing partner for the Accenture Plants and Automation Solutions Business Service, and office managing partner Belo Horizonte in Brazil. He served on Accenture's Global Leadership Council while in his Resources chief risk officer role.

Stuart Kensinger

Stuart Kensinger is a partner at Kensinger Donnelly, a real estate investment, development, management, and consulting firm that stewards relationships between people and property. Kensinger Donnelly also serves the community by helping non-profits discern a better organizational structure, focus on mission, and create better financial planning and accounting systems.

Stuart earned his BA in English from Yale University and holds an MBA from the University of Texas. He is a vestry member at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, and is currently a board member of the following organizations: Kids4Peace International, H. Boone and Violet M. Porter Charitable Foundation, Jerusalem Ministries at Acer Farm, Camp Allen, St. George Place Redevelopment Authority, and Reinvestment Zone Number 1 City of Houston.

Laura Sorrell

Laura Sorrell has thirty years experience in Executive Search beginning with Korn/Ferry International.  She specializes in C level searches for a variety of industry clients and handles Board level searches for major products and energy companies.  She also represents a wide variety of non-profit and philanthropic organizations.  She has also served as a strategic advisor and member of the executive team for David Weekley and the HE Butt Foundation.

Steve Waldman

Steve Waldman, a lifelong Texan, practices law with Terry Bryant PLLC, and is Of Counsel to Sandoval & Waldman, PLLC. In addition to maintaining an active litigation practice, Steve has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and chaired the CLE committee of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He is a CLE lecturer at University of Houston and frequently speaks about tort reform and preservation of the civil justice system.

Steve is active in religious, community, and charitable activities. He is a past board member of the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. He has worked extensively as a volunteer in the area of security for those organizations. He is also a life member of the 100 Club of Houston and the Longhorn Foundation.

Born in Beaumont, Steve earned his BA and JD degrees at the University of Texas at Austin. Steve and his wife Gayle live in Houston and have two grown children.

Sherry Weesner

Sherry Weesner is an accomplished professional with a unique blend of public policy, legislative, communications, and advocacy experience. Her background includes managing organizational affairs and shaping public policy in the areas of sustainable development, government relations, and community services.

Most recently Sherry has been the Director of Projects for Scenic Houston where she utilized her facilitation, organizational, and communication skills to move forward the strategic goals and initiatives of the organization. She has also served as chief of staff and campaign manager for an at-large Houston City Council member. Sherry’s private sector experience includes more than 20 years working as an engineer for Regulatory Compliance Partners, Inc. and ABB Lummas Global.

Sherry holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MS in Finance from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.


The Institute also benefits from having an Advisory Council and Senior Fellows and from local and global Partners.

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