Cathy Woodson – Chair
Cathy is an active member of an inner city parish in the Diocese of Richmond. At the parish level, she has served as youth minister, Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, Social Justice Coordinator, and on a local Catholic school board of directors. At the diocesan level, she served on the Commission for Black Catholics, Women Commission, and the Justice & Peace Commission. Currently, she is in her 3rd year of service on the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team. Cathy’s professional work has been with 501c3 organizations, providing direct services and advocacy, and for the past 15 years, working as a community organizer with a statewide grassroots organization in Virginia. Her community organizing work has been with communities whose voices are traditionally unheard, so her focus is working with those affected by injustices and moving them to advocate for themselves.

Chuck Michaels 150Chuck Michaels
Chuck Michaels is an attorney and author. He has led Pax Christi Baltimore for many years and serves on the board of Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore.


concetta-smartConcetta Smart
Concetta is a member of Pax Christi Seed Planters local group in the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois. With Pax Christi Seed Planters, Concetta has participated in many Congressional visits and built relationships with local, state, and federal representatives and senators to amplify the voices of those who have been made poor. As a teacher for 41 years, mother and grandmother, creating a more just and peaceful world for children has always been a focus, creating a culture of nonviolence and equality, free of fear, where everyone matters.


isaac chandler 150Isaac Chandler
Isaac Chandler is from Jasper, FL. Currently he is a high school biology teacher. He has been a member of Pax Christi for many years and has worked with the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team (PCART) for ten years, the Youth and Young Adult Forum, and served on the Planning and Programming Committee for the 2012 National Assembly in Atlanta, GA. He was also a workshop presenter at the 2010 and 2012 National Assemblies.

jean stokan150Jean Stokan
Jean is an active member of Pax Christi Metro DC/Baltimore region. She serves as Director of the Sisters of Mercy of the America Institute Justice Team, focused on Mercy’s critical concerns of: non-violence, immigration, anti-racism, Earth, women and poverty/economic inequality. Prior, she served on the national staff of PCUSA for seven years, opening the DC office and building partnerships with national Catholic organizations. She helped organize initiatives with Pax Christi International partners to promote non-violent alternatives to war. Jean has worked for many years on human rights in Latin America, building people-to-people ties to strengthen global solidarity. She is a poet, lives in Mt. Rainier with her husband, Scott Wright and their daughter Maura.

Nancy Oetter150Nancy Oetter – Treasurer
Oetter’s education is in Business Administration and Political Science. Her career with the U.S. Department of Energy for over 31 years was in Budget and Financial Management. While with the DOE, she received training in Project Management and worked as a Project Control Specialist along with her budget and financial management responsibilities. She has been the Co-coordinator for the Illinois region of Pax Christi since 2009.


sr. rose marie tresp, rsm 150Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM – Secretary
For the past 6 years, Sr. Rose Marie has served as Director of Justice for the Sisters of Mercy, South Central, comprised of 17 state provinces, including Guam and Jamaica. She educates, advocates and organizes around our critical concerns of immigration, non-violence, racism,