Team

Loramy Gerstbauer, PhD

Loramy “Mimi” Gerstbauer is Professor of Political Science and the Raymond and Florence Sponberg Endowed Professor of Ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.  She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Wheaton College and the University of Notre Dame du Lac. She teaches courses in International Relations,…...

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Ryan Juskus

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…...

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James G. Huff Jr., PhD

James “Jamie” G. Huff Jr. is Associate Professor of Human Needs and Global Resources and Anthropology at Wheaton College. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Human Needs and Global Resources Program. His scholarship explores themes related to rural community development, religion in Latin America, faith-rooted social movements…...

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Gregory Sabarese, J.D.

Gregory Sabarese is a compliance professional within the financial services industry. For the past six years he has served the public by conducting regulatory audits of financial institutions with the purpose of preventing fraud and ensuring stability within the marketplace. Gregory received a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School,…...

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Andrew Jennings-Grisham

Based in Medellín, Colombia, Drew Jennings-Grisham is the founder and assistant director of Memoria Indígena, a project of Paz y Esperanza engaging indigenous leaders and churches. He graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Spanish and Anthropology, and has graduate degrees in Agroecology from the Universidad Mayor de San…...

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Katherine Rife, M.M.

From her location in Nyack, New York, Katherine Rife developed her interest in Paz y Esperanza through experiencing  the passion that CEO Nina Balmaceda brings to her work at PHI. Katherine is Canadian and holds a B. Mus. and M. Mus. from the Universities of Toronto and Michigan respectively, a…...

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Brian Swarts, MPA

Brian is the Director of Pepperdine University’s Washington, D.C. Program in Global Leadership.  He is passionate about developing the next generation of changemakers.  Prior to his current role, he spent a decade working on global development and humanitarian assistance.  Most recently, Brian oversaw global strategy and partnership for The Salvation…...

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Alfonso Wieland

Alfonso Wieland is a human rights lawyer and author in Lima, Peru. Alfonso is one of the co-founders of Paz y Esperanza and currently serves as National Director of Paz y Esperanza Peru. Prior to his work with Paz y Esperanza, Mr. Wieland served for over 9 years as a…...

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Vilma Balmaceda, PhD

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda is a scholar-practitioner whose work focuses on education and civic leadership development for justice, peace, and reconciliation.  She holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru; master’s degrees in International Peace Studies, and in Government; and a…...

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Kim Nguyen

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…...

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