Leadership Conference 2014: Panel Discussion #1 - The Spirit of Volunteerism
2014 ESR Quaker Leadership Conference: Leading as Servants in the Manner of Friends - August 15-17, 2014
Stan Banker: Stan Banker is a graduate of Taylor University (1973) and Earlham School of Religion (1976). He has served as a Friends minister for 43 years including 21 years at Indianapolis First Friends Meeting. He also served as associate superintendent of Iowa Yearly Meeting and editor of Quaker Life magazine. Following the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Stan helped form Na Rive (www.narive.org) to provide educational opportunities for Haitian children living in the Dominican Republic. He also partnered to create a fair-trade coffee cooperative of 39 farmers in the Dominican Republic. Stan has led fourteen tours to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.
Kirsten Bunner: Kirsten Bunner, B.A., 2011, M.A.T., 2014, Earlham College, has been a Quaker most of her life. While at Earlham, Kirsten was involved in advocacy against sexual violence and conflict resolution at the Derry Peace and Reconciliation Center in Northern Ireland. Currently, she is a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in Indiana; is a volunteer with the Sierra Student Coalition of the Sierra Club; and works extensively with the fossil fuel reinvestment campaign, a coalition of over 300 college universities that call for college endowments to withdraw funds from fossil fuels and reinvest in local communities and renewable energy initiatives. Kirsten spends her spare time supporting initiatives that work towards peace and justice in the world.
Peggy Hollingsworth: Peggy Ann Hollingsworth is a lifelong member of Russiaville, Indiana Friends Meeting. She continues to fulfill many roles there and in Western Yearly Meeting. Presently she is a WYM Trustee of Earlham College, as well as a member of the Earlham School of Religion Board of Advisors. She has served over four decades in leadership with the United Society of Friends Women International and the WYM USFW. An Indiana University graduate (BS in Education, MLS), Peggy's career was in school librarianship, including 34 years at Connersville HS. In retirement she continues to participate in several educational and religious organizations in all three of her "chosen" communities.
Aaron Nell: Over the last ten years, Aaron Nell has worked as a mediator and youth advocate. Richmond has provided many opportunities for Aaron to employ known gifts and cultivate new ones through volunteering. Some of those roles have included facilitating non-violence workshops in prisons, accompanying adults with learning disabilities to Quaker meeting, serving as a mediator, and for most of the last year, hosting a poetry open mic at Roscoe's Coffee Bar and Taproom. Many of these opportunities took root by following invitations from passionate individuals wanting to expand the circle of service and advocacy they believed in.