Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Nina earned her law degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. After pursuing graduate studies in the US as a Fulbright scholar, Nina taught part time at her alma mater’s Law School, and worked in the human rights legal field. She holds master’s degrees in International Peace Studies, and in Government and International Studies, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame du Lac. In addition to serving as Professor of Political Science at Nyack College, Dr. Balmaceda was appointed to President and CEO of PHI on May 1st, 2016.
Kim Nguyen grew up in Lancaster, PA. She later moved to Philadelphia to study at Temple University where she got her bachelor’s degree. After graduating, she moved to Nyack, NY to get her Masters in Divinity at the Alliance Theological Seminary. She currently lives in the Bronx working with the youth in her church. Kim looks forward to continue working with Peace and Hope International and its efforts for justice to communities in South America.
Pablo Emil Garcia Ruiz
Pablo was born in the beautiful province of Loreto, Peru and grew up in Lima. At 17 years old, he moved to the US to study at Nyack College. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science and later received his Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He currently works as a full time Youth Pastor at the Chinese Alliance Church in Port Chester, NY. Pablo loves watching movies, spending time with friends, and traveling around the world. He is passionate about helping those in need, and is excited to be a part of the of PHI.
Growing up south of Boston, Kristin moved to NY to study Social Work at Nyack College. After working at the college for a year post graduation, Kristin is excited to support PHI’s mission of justice in South America and beyond. Kristin enjoys painting, traveling, and serving Israeli food to eclectic customers at the Art Cafe in Nyack, NY.
Board of Directors
Drew Jennings-Grisham works as a Spanish interpreter and is the co-Director of Memoria Indígena. He graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Spanish and Anthropology and has a Master’s degree in Agroecology from the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He and his wife, Ann, grew up in Chattanooga, TN, and worked previously with Paz y Esperanza in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Ryan Juskus is an educator with degrees in political science and theology. After ten years of directing housing advocacy and a global experiential learning program, he is currently a doctoral student at Duke University studying the intersection of religion, environment, politics, and ethics in the Americas. Ryan interned with Paz y Esperanza in Peru in 2004, has recruited and sent many volunteers to the ANDEMOS program, and is newly a board member as of this year. Ryan is married to Kendra and lives with their two energetic sons in Durham, North Carolina.
Colleen Beebe, J.D.
Dr. Colleen Beebe Purisaca is a lawyer, practicing in the areas of immigration and human rights. She currently manages the Immigrant Legal Services Program at the nonprofit, Volunteer Lawyers Network. She has taught human rights law at Hamline University School of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, and the University of Minnesota. At North Central University she taught non-profit management, Biblical Justice, and Spanish. Colleen is married to Rev. Jesus Purisaca, and they minister together alongside the Latino community in South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they reside. Colleen co-founded Peace and Hope International in 2002.
Scott Wold, J.D.
Scott Wold is the Treasurer of Peace and Hope International and has served on the Board of Directors for many years. Scott is an attorney and a shareholder of Hitesman & Wold, P.A., a law firm located in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. His law practice focuses exclusively on employee benefits-related matters. Scott and his wife, Janna, have two teenage sons and they reside in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Alfonso Wieland is a human rights lawyer and writer in Lima, Peru, and is the co-founder and Latin American Director of Paz y Esperanza. Prior to his work with Paz y Esperanza, Mr. Wieland served for over 9 years as a member of the legal team for the National Evangelical Council of Peru, working in the area of human rights. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Wieland has post graduate degrees in sociology and theology. Dr. Wieland has published several books including In Love with His Justice (2003), reflecting on the work of Paz y Esperanza during and following the Peruvian civil conflict, and co-authored Seeking Justice For All (2006), a practical guide introducing Christians to topics of human rights and advocacy. He lives in Lima, Peru, with his wife and two children.