Our People

Coordinating Committee

Kazu SmallKazu Haga, Founder & Coordinator
Born in Japan, Kazu has been engaged in social change work since participating in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage at 17 years old. He has over 15 years of experience in nonviolence, training and organizing work and has been trained by elders such as Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Rev. James Lawson. He has been a Kingian Nonviolence trainers since 2009, is the co-founder/Board Chair of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice sits on the board of PeaceWorkers and the OneLife Institute, as well as the Strategic Advisory Council of the Metta Center for Nonviolence.

Contact: kazu(at)eastpointpeace.org – (510) 967-4710

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TheresaTheresa Guy Moran, Coordinating Committee Chair
After spending much of her adult life enhancing her left brain capabilities, Theresa Pualei Guy 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. Together with her East Point cohorts, Theresa leads the Sitting in the River meditation group inside San Bruno County jail, which focuses on Dr. King’s work for guidance.  Often perceived by others as a “culturally ambiguous” person, Theresa has a lifelong interest in our multicultural reality and the resulting social justice imperative.

Contact: theresa(at)eastpointpeace.org

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aaronAaron Nakai
Aaron is a critical educator who has served as a trainer, mentor, and youth development specialist in a variety of community and education spaces for the past 13 years. He is currently the Program Director of Health Equity and Community Engagement at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED). His work includes designing health and environmental equity curriculum, implementing community-based action research projects, and co-teaching early college/model high school classes in urban ecology, ethnic studies and environmental justice. He is an expert facilitator who trains youth and youth-serving adults to develop a range of projects for low-income youth of color, their families, and their communities.

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laurenLauren Veasey
Lauren Veasey is an education consultant based in Oakland, CA. She currently serves as board chair of Justice Matters, is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the East Bay Meditation Center‘s People of Color Sangha and leads local community development & data management work with Berkeley Youth Alternatives. She has previously worked with the Young People’s Project to re-launch the Quality Education as a Constitutional Right initiative, where she worked closely with civil rights icon Bob Moses.

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tyeTye Kirk, Treasurer
An accountant and bookkeeper by trade, Tye is the owner of the Green Bookkeeper. A committed nonviolence activist with years of experience as a union organizer in the hotel industry in Los Angeles, he is currently an active member and organizer with 99Rise and a board member of the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union.

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Community Trainers

January 2015 TOT Group Edited

East Point’s Community Training Team

Lead Trainer

Kazu Haga
See above for bio

Level I Trainers

Theresa Guy Moran
See above for bio

Peijman Kouretchian
Peijman has been trained in leading restorative justice circles and mediation. He has worked in high conflict entertainment security for over five years, mediating within diverse populations in times of overt violence. This real world experience as well as his independent one-on-one empowerment coaching practice has allowed him to put his academic theories to the test in many different contexts. He is a professional musician who has toured internationally and nationally.  Bridging music and activism is his current passion. He is also a co-founder of Emergency Peace Teams.

Mica Stumpf
Mica Stumpf has been active in the nonviolence community for the past 3 years, during which time she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C., Berkeley. She has facilitated nonviolence workshops with many local organizations, including The Metta Center for Nonviolence, California Student Sustainability Coalition, Students for Nonviolence, Occupy Cal, and MoveOn.org.

Stephanie Chin
A recent graduate of UCSC, Stephanie has worked with Barrios Unidos’ prison project in Santa Cruz to conduct programming in the jails concentrating on the power of culture to heal. Since then she has been interested in all ways of healing herself, the community, and our connection with the earth.   She works to serve and heal the youth of North Richmond at Verde Elementary, as well as the women in the West County Detention Facility through the non-profit Reach Fellowship International. Her tools for healing so far are Nonviolence principals and training, music, yoga/sports, gardening and cooking sustainably, and DIY projects.

Bill Bank
A retired journalist, Bill Bank is a long-time member of the racial healing group Welcome to the Table, a board member of Alternative Dispute Resolution of Northern California and an occasional free-lance multicultural trainer for AFSC. He is also a lover of Buddhist Insight/Vipassana meditation.

Assistant Facilitators

Toni Battle
Jaynik Bhukhan
Jamilah Bradshaw
Roger Cunningham
Katherine Dunn
Cynthia Gutierrez
Oak Hallet
Jenny Huston
Lil De’Consuelo Izquierdo-Lopez
Aaron Nakai
Irene O’Connell
Leah Pearlman
Deborah Russell
Rish Sanghvi
Sima Savdharia
Kimiko Schell

Inmate Trainers

East Point has a growing team of trainers inside the country’s criminal justice system who work to educate their peers as well as community members. For a profile of one of our trainers, click here.

Our Inmate Training Team

Our Inmate Training Team