OUR TEAM

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.

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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.

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Dorothy Porter
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).

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The Rev. Deacon Jack Karn
Program Director

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.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Maine and an MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from SIT Graduate Institute. Beyond JPB, he serves as Director of Youth Ministries at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.

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Sarah Benazera
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.

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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. 

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Zak Adileh
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.

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Aline Masengesho
Program Assistant

Aline Masengesho is a Program Assistant for Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She was born and raised in Rwanda and came to the US in 2014 as a refugee. In 2019, she graduated from high school and earned her AA while volunteering at Catholic Charities. While there, she began understanding the importance of advocating for justice in social structures and humanity. She is now in her final year at Midwestern State University and will graduate in December 2021 with a BA in Global Studies and Political Science. In the spring of 2022, Aline will begin her MA in International Relations in hopes of working with UNICEF/HRI to provide legal and support services to refugees and immigrants, advocate for justice, and promote international human rights. She has served with many organizations such as the International Rescue Committee, which inspired her to create a special mentorship organization named "UBUMWE", meaning "We Are Together". She continues to mentor students from all across East Africa who speak Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Kirundi, and English by providing college counseling services as well as pro bono support for refugees and immigrants seeking a better life in the US.

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Nadia Abu Ata
Volunteer

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. 

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Bonnie Rodriguez
Financial Bookkeeper

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.

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Linford Ranck
Volunteer & Porter Fellow

Linford Ranck is the Porter Fellow for Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Hailing from the wooded hills and small market towns of central Pennsylvania, his journey took him from a home in a traditional community to school and work in cities throughout the US and Germany. Eventually, he found himself in seminary at Yale Divinity School, concentrating on Anglican studies, inter-religious dialogue, and pastoral care. Linford first visited Jerusalem in the summer of 2019 while studying at the Conservative Yeshiva and living in West Jerusalem and Abu Dis. He fell in love with the Holy City, its people, and places. Now, Linford is delighted to be back in Jerusalem, this time serving as a Porter Fellow through a partnership with the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He brings a broad range of experience as well as a commitment to interfaith understanding and relationship. He holds an MA in History from Northwestern University and advanced degrees from Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.