Advoz is committed to helping those in challenging life situations–whether involved in conflict or impacted by violence. Our skilled staff and volunteers offer conflict resolution and restorative justice services based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania that have been recommended again and again by thousands who have participated since 1980. Advoz is overseen by a dedicated staff including:
Chris Wenden was originally born in Sydney Australia. He has headed up a number of non-profits in Lancaster County and holds an MBA in Non-profit and Executive Leadership. Chris is married to Michelle, a Lancaster County native, and they have two children through adoption and have been foster parents for three others. Chris has developed a unique perspective on reconciliation as he has journeyed through the process of building relationships between his adopted children and their birth families. Chris is excited for the challenge of leading Advoz as we continue to work toward changing futures for individuals and the larger community.
Advoz has a new friendly voice who could be answering your phone call; Addrienne Whitfield began in September as Advoz’s administrative assistant. She joins the organization from the travel and service industry where she brings extensive customer service experience and organizational skills. On any given day, you’ll find Addrienne directing inquiries for conflicts, inviting volunteers to work an event or getting better deals with our vendors. Addrienne enjoys spending time with family and friends, where she already has achieved peacemaker status. In her free time, you’ll find her at music concerts or escaping to the beach. We’re excited to have Addrienne contribute to Advoz’s present and future as she keeps our office humming — with an extra-friendly voice.
Chris studied and worked in conflict resolution, program management, and fund development for more than 20 years. He founded and led campus-based mediation programs at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) and has studied and worked with community peacemaking in the US, Northern Ireland and Croatia, earning his M.A. at the Universitat Jaume I (Castellon, Spain). More recently he has nurtured interest in arts-based approaches to transforming conflict with improvisation and action theatre. In leadership since 2014 with the Center for Community Peacemaking before merging with Conflict Resolution Services, Chris shares a bustling bilingual and musical household in Marietta with his wife and two children.
Krista got involved with Advoz training and volunteering in Restorative Justice Conferencing this spring. But she went beyond the call of duty by successfully reaching dozens of case participants on the phone. Now the case manager for restorative conferencing, she will coordinate and coach volunteer facilitators on 150+ cases of harm each year. Krista graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2014, studying peacebuilding, development and Spanish, with a special interest in restorative justice. She comes to Advoz with a range of experience in social services, mission work and retail management. Krista is excited to help people heal relationships and invest in Lancaster city youth. She is an avid runner and loves rock climbing, board games, and sharing food with friends.
Ra’Nyah completed her BA in Social Work through Millersville University, and during that time, discovered and completed her field placement with Advoz. Ra’Nyah trained in both mediation and restorative victim-offender conference facilitation and has experience mediating with both forms of dialogue. Ra’Nyah values patience, creativity and loves trying new food! She also finds joy in painting, music, and many kinds of dancing. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Ra’Nyah is excited to be making Lancaster her home.
Stephanie is currently pursuing her BA in Social Work and a minor in Spanish at Millersville University. She is completing her field placement with Advoz this fall semester. Throughout the past years she has dedicated many hours volunteering with children and the aging population. During her free time Stephanie enjoys painting, running, and spending time in the outdoors. After graduation she plans on attending grad school and furthering her education in Social Work.
Sara is from Portland, Oregon, pursuing her BA in Global Studies from Long Island University Global, with minors in Arts & Communications and Spanish. Her studies have focused on peacebuilding, peace education and restorative justice which led her to an internship with Advoz. Her prior international applied studies included stints in Hangzhou, China and Alcalá de Henares, Spain. During her free time, you can find her hiking, reading, and travelling. Upon completion of her BA, Sara plans to serve in the Peace Corps and pursue a career in peacebuilding work.
Board of Directors
James Landis, Chair
Lucille Connors, Vice Chair
CEO at Signfica Benefit Services, Inc.
John Bomberger, Treasurer
Former CEO, Choice Books, Retired
John Huber, Secretary
Attorney at Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, Retired
Vistage Chair Lancaster
President at Benjamin Roberts, Ltd.
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Messiah College
Attorney, Barley Snyder LLP
Marjorie Carkhuff Mattey
Healthcare services consultant
Former Case Manager, IT Professional, Retired
Real Estate Professional, Retired
Warren Taylor, Director of Development at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology