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Peace and Justice Leadership TeamA Leadership Team guides and facilitates the ongoing work of the Peace and Justice Support Network and carries out its priorities.
The PJSN Leadership Team:
Melonie Buller lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she works as the Financial Manager for a nonprofit that develops affordable housing and provides housing counseling. Melonie has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Kansas and is a CPA.
She is a member of Columbus Mennonite Church and coordinates (and encourages) the various peace activities of the church. She currently serves on the CMC Mission Commission. Melonie served for about 4 years on the Ohio Brain Injury Advisory Committee and is the treasurer of the Brain Injury Association of Ohio. Through this work, she has learned that our brains are marvelous and mysterious.
For several years, Melonie has written prayers and other materials for those Sundays when she is privileged to lead worship. She is married and has two sons, one in college and the other teaching school in Washington, DC. Melonie enjoys reading, indie and foreign movies, poetry and the open prairie and big blue skies of Kansas.
Jim Roynon, Christian Peacemaker team representative, joined the Peace and Justice Support Network Leadership Team in September, 2006.
Jim grew up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Carey, Ohio and graduated from Findlay College (now University) with a BA in Music Education. He taught in public school for 10 years. During this time, he was invited to a Mennonite church, where he soon became a member. Feeling God's calling to pastoral ministry, Jim went to Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity. He has been a pastor in Ohio for over 20 years and has always been interested in peace advocacy and reconciliation mediation.
After a trip to the Holy Land in 1998, Jim was moved by the plight of the oppressed. He joined CPT as a reservist in 2002, serving in Hebron.
Jim is married to Nancy, a registered nurse. They have four grown children: Bran (Jana) in Twin Lakes, WI; Taryn (Keith Myers) in Pettisville, OH; Drew (Melinda) in Harrisonburg, VA; and Colin of Westover, MD. There are 2 grandchildren - Gideon, 3, and Lucy Ann, 1.
Saulo is a member of Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor, in Goshen IN, where he lives with his three daughters and wife since 2001.
He graduated from Goshen College in 2005. Originally from Guatemala, lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for 16 years, and moved to Goshen to study at Goshen College.
He is currently finishing up studies for a MA in Theology and Ethics at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart.
In January 2008 started work with MCC US as Director for the office on Immigration.
He enjoys playing music (guitar, bass, piano, and charango) and singing.
Sara lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband Andy and their son Jacob where they attend West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship.
Sara is a 2001 graduate from Eastern Mennonite University where she studied Justice, Peace and Conflict Studies. After college she joined the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington D.C. where she worked to coordinate community efforts in peace building and direct action.
After moving to Philadelphia she became certified to teach and has spent the last number of years working in the public school system in Philadelphia.
Sara was part of an MCC delegation to Colombia in 2001.
Elizabeth Troyer-Miller is currently working as a caseworker with the Home Incarceration Program at the Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, IN. Shortly, she will end this job and move West with her husband to settle in Shickley, NE. Through the summer she and her husband will join three others in a summer teaching/listening tour through the Central Plains Mennonite Conference. This group, Seeds of the Kingdom, will work with conference leadership and congregations to do weekend and evening workshops on peace education.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Goshen College (2006) with a degree in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies. Her interest in peace and justice issues was strengthened through her experience with Service Adventure, a year-long voluntary service opportunity for ages 18-21 through Mennonite Mission Network, when she worked as a mediator with a community mediation organization in Albany, OR.