JPB ADDS TWO NEW MEMBERS TO OUR BOARD!
Bruce A. Barrett, JPB Treasurer:
Bruce A. Barrett has long been an active, interfaith peacemaker. Born in Connecticut, he graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in Applied History and Industrial Management. Soon after, Bruce joined his family bill-board business, Barrett Outdoor Communications Inc. In 2009, Bruce directed, edited, and produced the film, The Billboard from Bethlehem, chronicling the peace work of Combatants For Peace. Filmed on location in Israel and Palestine, the piece won the Mondavi Award for Peace and Cultural Understanding at the Napa Sonoma Film Festival.
In 2010 Bruce created the IWagePeace Walk, where members of area mosques, synagogues, and churches walk and support one another as peacemakers under the banner "We do not need to agree on everything to work together for Justice and Peace." In 2011, he sponsored a "Painting for Peace" project for JPB's debut program in Vermont, and thus began his connection to JPB. A person of many talents, he is also the musical director of his local Congregational Church and co-owner of the largest Brewpub in Connecticut, The Brewport Brewing Company. Bruce is the JPB Treasurer and leads on-going initiatives to emesh JPB's Service-Learning Institute in New Haven (CT) with the local interfaith community.
Danna Kurtin, JPB Board Member at Large:
Danna Kurtin is the Associate Vice President of Faculty Academic Affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. With a PhD in Management and Policy from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Dr. Kurtin has had over 35 years of healthcare experience in various capacities including information systems management, data management, legal research, and outcomes research. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing all academic appointments at MD Anderson and for fostering relationships with executive leadership units across the institution to ensure efficient and effective system-wide processes.
A native of Texas, Danna is an active member of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. Her introduction to JPB came through participation on a pilgrimage in 2016. Currently, she is the Staff Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator for JPB's Houston programs and the Executive Committee Chair of a project bringing cancer care to the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza.