Staff and Steering Committee


Steering Committee

The Steering committee meets once a month, on the second Monday of the month.  Members serve two years.  Meetings are open to the public.  Please call the office, 610-691-8730, with questions, concerns, & interest.

Terry Briscoe of Bethlehem is coordinator of Pax Christi Lehigh Valley, part of the international Catholic peace organization.  He is a long-time member of LEPOCO and was a leader in the L.V. Peace Coalition when it was active, 2002 to 2010.   Retired from Bethlehem Steel, he and Sylvia have four children and nine grandchildren.  In  his  two terms on the Steering Committee he has been active in dealing with staff issues and in organizing delegations to meet with local elected representatives.

Nancy Johnston of Easton arrived in the Lehigh Valley from West Virginia in the 1970s.  She is a Quaker and has been involved in Peace Camp for 25 years.  She is known for teaching children how to hug trees and love the environment — her own home having been certified as a National Wildlife Backyard Habitat.  She participates in the Peace Pilgrimage and has been with the Peace Singers for five years.  She has been an Associate Professor in the Nursing Department at Cedar Crest College for 20 years.

Tom Stinnett of Riegelsville will continue serving as co-treasurer, a role he has filled recently since 2009, and which he also filled as solo treasurer from 1974-1983.  A mechanical engineer he is mostly retired from his work in the biotechnology equipment field.  He has served as president of Riegelsville Borough Council for many years and is married to LEPOCO staff-person, Nancy Tate.  He has been active in many aspects of LEPOCO’s work since

Julius Iwantsch of Bethlehem has been a LEPOCO member since the mid-1970s.  He works as a design draftsperson, working mainly with municipal clients.  His interests include questioning U.S. military involvement around the world, military service alternatives for young people, and bringing this country’s reputation up to what it should be — through change. He enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and home renovations.   He has been co-treasurer for over a decade.

Dan Miller  of Coopersburg has been a member of  LEPOCO for over 20 years.  Dan and his family have been mainstays of Peace Camp since the 1990s — Dan and Ronnie Arena (his wife) as leaders and helpers, and their three young adult daughters were first campers and now are also leaders and helpers.  In 1977, Dan co-founded the Perkiomen Valley Academy, a private day treatment program servicing Montgomery County young people and their families.  He worked at this alternative school for disadvantaged and emotionally disturbed teenagers for 35 years.  Dan is a beekeeper and has coached youth sports for over 20 years.  This is his third term on the Steering Committee.

Janet Ney of Allentown has served as an at-large Steering Committee member for over ten years.  She has been facilitating the Annual Dinner for many years, and is sometimes able to sing with the LEPOCO Peace Singers.  She previously served on the National Committee of the War Resisters League for several years.  Janet is employed by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, having worked for the organization for over 30 years.  She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown and volunteers for the Presbytery of Lehigh.

Jim Orben of Springtown has been a LEPOCO member since the Vietnam era.  He is retired from his work in the environmental field on pollution control and testing facilities for various companies.   A Quaker, he has been active with the Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting for three decades.  He has been active with the Cooks Creek Watershed Association for almost 40 years.  He and his wife Debbie live on a rural homestead (with garden and orchard) near Springtown.  He is an avid biker, skier, runner, hiker, golfer.  In his first term on the Steering Committee he has been especially helpful in LEPOCO’s opposition to the PennEast Pipeline.  He is a regular helper at Peace Camp and with the Annual Dinner. 

Scott Slingerland  of Easton has been involved in LEPOCO for more than five years.  He has been the bike route expert for the LEPOCO Peaceathon (formerly known as the Bike/Walkathon) for several years and participated in other events.  He works for the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation and teaches yoga with Shanthi Project at Northampton County Prison and for other underserved populations.  He previously worked for 12 years as a combustion engineer for power plants, designing emission control systems.  This will be his second term on the Steering Committee.

Christine Loch

Mick Baylor of Bethlehem, was raised in the mystic Midwest, and has been involved with LEPOCO since the nuclear crisis at Three Mile Island.  He is a retired professor of European history at Lehigh University.  He is a secular-minded agnostic who is interested in the political and social impact of radical religious movements and in promoting a just, humane and sustainable future.  2018 is his first year on LEPOCO’s steering committee, where he shares a seat with his wife Carol Baylor.

Carol Baylor of Bethlehem, hales from Dallas, Texas and is a progressive leftist who loves music, tennis, nature and art. She is a dedicated scissors worker.  She shares a seat with her husband MickBaylor.

Sharlee DiMenichi of Allentown, has been active in LEPOCO since the age of 14.  She convened the Disarma-ment Working Group and coordinated the 1992 Hiroshima/ Nagasaki observance.  At graduation she was awarded the Baker Peace Prize by Juniata College.  She currently works as a writer (having published a book on the Peace Corps) and as a pre-school teacher.  She previously served on the Steering Committee as co-treasurer and currently shares a seat on the committee with her husband Stefan Rogers.

Stefan Rogers of Allentown grew up in Indiana where his parents taught at Manchester College.  His in-terest in peace and justice issues was influenced by the Peace Studies Program at the college and by his activities as a youth in the Church of the Brethren.  He attended Juniata College and graduated from Manchester College.  He moved to the Lehigh Valley after college.  He served on the Steering Committee from 2010 to 2014 and has been helpful with various LEPOCO projects.  He works in the booming warehouse industry.  He shares a seat with his wife, Sharlee DiMenichi.

Ex Officio:

Nancy Tate

Amanda Zaniesienko

Staff:

Nancy Tate

Amanda Zaniesienko