Our diverse staff team represent multiple generations, identities, and years of experience in the fields of leadership development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Please read our bios to learn about who we are and what we bring to this important work.
The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter
Nicholas Porter is the founder and Executive Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. A long time resident of Europe and the Middle East, Nicholas Porter is an educator and Episcopal priest. His academic credentials include: BA in Soviet and Middle Eastern Studies from Yale University, MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University in Cairo, MA in War Studies from the University of London, MA in Divinity (Theology) from Yale University.
Co-Founder and Vice President
Dorothy Porter is the co-founder and Vice President of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is responsible for fundraising, volunteer-staff recruitment, and quarter-mastering at the camp. Also a long time resident of Europe and the Middle East, Dorothy holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA (London).
The Rev. Deacon Jack Karn
Jack Karn is the Program Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, leading the development of JPB's summer and domestic programming. An Episcopal deacon, Jack has spent more than three years overseas in the Holy Lands teaching leadership and peacebuilding courses in Israeli and Palestinian high schools. Between 2016-2018, he served as a volunteer in Jerusalem and Nazareth with the Young Adult Service Corps program of the Episcopal Church. Jack has also worked as a Program Assistant with World Learning's Youth Programs and the CONTACT Program of SIT Graduate Institute. Recently, Karn served as Director of Youth Ministries at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maine and an MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from SIT Graduate Institute.
Senior Educator & Curriculum Advisor
Sarah Perle Benazera the Senior Educator and Curriculum Advisor of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is a humanist, peace-activist, storyteller and educator, with years of hands-on experience in international and inter-cultural dialogue working at the people-to-people level for a better Middle East. After studying at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and meeting for the first time Jordanians and Palestinians, Sarah realized that cross-cultural dialogue and peacebuilding were her calling. She worked as a project manager and blog editor at YaLa Young Leaders for five years, developing and running a citizen journalism program. She has also been involved in various peace and cooperation projects, organizing conferences, participating in panels and programs about peace education and cooperation, and working and volunteering with Kid4Peace Jerusalem. She has studied Environmental Studies and Cross-Border Cooperation at Sde Boker and the Arava Institute, as well as Political Philosophy at the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris.
Vallie Rourke Miller
Jerusalem Regional Co-Director
Vallie Rourke Miller is the Jerusalem Regional Co-Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She comes with an extensive background in activism, education, and community building. Vallie is passionate about participatory education and creating immersive learning experiences for others, particularly around identity and its intersection with human rights. In 2015, Vallie moved to Jerusalem to further explore her own interfaith identity. Since then she has focused on nonviolent activism, and building diasporic community in the holy land. Vallie has a BA from Tel Aviv University in Contemporary Jewish & Israel Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as an MA in NonProfit Management & Leadership from the Hebrew University.
Jerusalem Regional Co-Director
Zak Adileh is the Jerusalem Regional Co-Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. He is a passionate young leader working in the fields of leadership development, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Zak was born and raised in Jerusalem as a native Arabic speaker, but also speaks Hebrew and English fluently. He previously served as a Logistics Manager with Tech2Peace and has participated in many dialogues around the conflict as a means to gain more knowledge of the reality that both sides are living in. Zak hopes that hard work among Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals will create a new generation of young skilled leaders who work for peace in the Middle East. He holds a BA in English Literature from the Arab American University and a Diploma in Environmental Studies from the Arava Institute.
Nadia Abu Ata
Nadia Karim Abu Ata, is a Volunteer with Jerusalem Peacebuilders. A long-time alum and summer staffer, Nadia comes with a broad range of peacebuilding experience. She recently graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, receiving her degree in Nutritional Science. In addition to JPB, she serves as a Research Assistant at the Weizmann Institute of Science as well as a Lab Technician at Maccabi Health Services. Next Fall, Nadia will begin her nutritional hospital training at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem. As a past participant and active member of our alumni community, Nadia hopes to enrich students, broaden their horizons, and help them on their leadership skills.
Bonnie Rodriguez is a Financial Bookkeeper for Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Bonnie has done bookkeeping for JPB for the last several years, originally through Kensinger Donnelly, and now through her own business, R&B Accounting Solutions LLC. With 17+ years of experience and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Houston, she is delighted to work alongside JPB in support of its mission.