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:
Executive Director, Community Engagement
Has 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). Over the last 15 years, he has nurtured interest in arts-based approaches to transforming conflict and violence using embodied improvisation and action theatre methods. He began work in restorative justice in 2014 as the executive director of the Center for Community Peacemaking, now Advoz, after its merger with Conflict Resolution Services. He shares a musical and bustling bi-lingual household in Marietta, PA with his wife and two children.
Executive Director, Program Operations
Has a long-standing passion for conflict resolution, going back to being a peer mediator in elementary school. After earning M.A.’s in Conflict Resolution and in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver, Mila took her skills abroad. In Amman, Jordan she taught in a private K-8 school, working with school discipline and parent-school relations. In leadership since 2014 with Conflict Resolution Services, Mila is excited to be making her hometown an even better place to live.
Program Coordinator, Restorative Justice
Has worked in human services for nearly 20 years, primarily serving victims of crime, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Penn State University in Applied Behavioral Sciences and Public Policy. She also holds a master’s degree in Community Psychology & Social Change from Penn State University. Angela has worked at both the local and state level in victim services, helping counties to develop trauma-informed crisis response teams and enhancing law soft skill sets for law enforcement and human service providers. She became interested in restorative practices through the Pennsylvania Victim-Offender Dialogue Program, a statewide program similar to the restorative justice processes she is now coordinating.
Administrative and Volunteer Assistant
With a B.A. in peace/conflict studies and business from Messiah College and her own stint in as an entrepreneur, Emily moved to Lancaster City in 2016 and is grateful to be part of an experienced team building peace in her community. Now she’s in charge of Advoz’s organizational backbone and coordinating the nearly hundred volunteers on the front line of mediation and restorative justice. While at Advoz, she hopes to increase her own personal communication, incorporate those skills into other areas of her life and gain experience as a mediator. When she’s not serving Advoz, she enjoys going to the gym, leading a Bible study and having a home that is intentionally open to other young adults.
Board of Directors
Lucille Connors, President
CEO at Signfica Benefit Services, Inc.
Ana Ayala, Vice-President
Regional Policy Officer at U.S. Department of State
Ken Nissley, Secretary
Case Manager, IT Professional, Retired
Peter Faben, Treasurer
Attorney, Barley Snyder
Former CEO, Choice Books
President at Benjamin Roberts, Ltd.
Healthcare services consultant
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Messiah College
Dawn Gamble, CPA, CGMA
Financial Manager, BH Architecture
Attorney at Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, Retired
Real Estate Professional, Retired
Deputy Director at Lancaster Victim/Witness Services