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 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 methods. He began as the executive director of the Center for Community Peacemaking in 2014, now Advoz, after its merger with Conflict Resolution Services. He shares a bustling musical and bi-lingual household in Marietta, PA with his wife and two children.
Mila has a long-standing passion for conflict resolution, going back to being a peer mediator in elementary school. After earning a B.A. from Bloomsburg University and 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 before merging to form Advoz, Mila is excited to be making her hometown an even better place to live.
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.
Holding a BA from Penn State University in International Politics, Xavier (“Xavi”) is the newest member of the Advoz team. He previously provided services to the Lancaster County community as a bilingual (Español) Sexual Assault Counselor and Community Educator with the YWCA Lancaster. Xavi believes that any opportunity for healing and growth that we can provide is an opportunity for our community’s progress. He sees working at Advoz as a natural step in his career path, assisting healing and growth in community, making connections and reconciling people who would not otherwise meet. Xavi’s cares deeply about social advocacy and his favorite ice cream flavor is cookies and cream.
Board of Directors
Lucille Connors, Chair
CEO at Signfica Benefit Services, Inc.
Ken Nissley, Vice Chair
Case Manager, IT Professional, Retired
John Bomberger, Treasurer
Former CEO, Choice Books
John Huber, Secretary
Attorney at Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, Retired
Regional Policy Officer at U.S. Department of State
President at Benjamin Roberts, Ltd.
Healthcare services consultant
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Messiah College
Attorney, Barley Snyder LLP
Dawn Gamble, CPA, CGMA
Real Estate Professional, Retired
Deputy Director at Lancaster Victim/Witness Services