AVP CA Steering Committee
AVP California is coordinated by a volunteer Steering Committee currently with ten members, as well as four outreach coordinators who are building AVP programs in different parts of California. The role of the Committee is to:
- Provide a point of contact for returning citizens and the general public.
- Provide leadership and support to serve prisons not served by any local council.
- Maintain website to provide information and resources to the general public, facilitators, and returning citizens.
- Interface, represent, and advocate for AVP with CDCR and other agencies and organizations.
- Collect, aggregate, and share data on workshops around the state with AVP USA.
- Raise funds through the annual mail appeal and grant proposals.
- Facilitate discussion forums for prison coordinators and community outreach coordinators.
- Consult to local councils and provide special trainings upon request.
- Maintain facilitator and program high standards.
- Raise funds to support facilitators with workshop-related expenses (mileage, accommodation, etc)
The Steering Committee solicits nominations for new committee members each spring. New members are introduced and confirmed at the annual Facilitator Gathering in October. Steering Committee members serve a term of three years, and may serve two consecutive terms.
To contact the Steering Committee, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Steering Committee Members (new member info coming soon!)
Northern Sierra Council; first term expires 11/2018
Liaison for the Fall Gathering organizing team
Joyce Banzhaf, a Retired Teacher, has facilitated with AVP since 2005. She coordinates AVP programs at CMF and Vacaville Prisons, and the Washington Ridge Fire Camp.
Central Coast Council; first term expires 11/2018
Liaison for the Special Training, Resource and Assistance Committee, Newsletter Production and Communication / Website
Caring Karen Brower has been facilitating since 2012 in San Luis Obispo County. She facilitates at the county jail, at the California Men's Colony state prison, and in the community. Her passions, besides AVP, include exercising, quilting, taking long walks with her dogs and spending time with her grandchildren.
Northern Sierra Council; first term expires 11/2021
Guari has been doing AVP since 2005 in prisons, jails, communities and high schools. He is currently focused on Nevada County communities and Silver Springs High School doing AVP and living it to the best he can. Guari serves on the Boards of Earth Justice Ministries (EJM) and Creating Communities Beyond Bias (CCBB) as well as on the Steering Committee for AVP-CA. AVP has enriched his life and emboldened his commitment to personal and communal transformation.
Stockton Council; first term expires 11/2021
Tondria has been doing AVP since 2016 in the Community and at Discovery Challenge Academy with the youth, and currently runs the community workshops at El Concilio and hold at least one workshop per month on the weekends. During the week, Tondria is a Program Coordinator/Case Manager for AB109 Probationers and encourages them to come to these workshops.
Santa Cruz / Salinas Valley Council; second term expires 11/2019
Liaison for Communication and manages the AVP CA website
Stacy has been an AVP facilitator since 2012, and facilitates workshops at CTF (Soledad Prison) and in the community around the Monterey Bay. His work includes education programs between Japan and the US and community mediation.
San Diego Council; first term expires 11/2020
Information coming soon!
Bay Bridge Council; first term expires 11/2020
Toby Laverty became a facilitator with AVP in 1997 at San Quentin Prison. He was an active part of the North Bay Council for years and then moved to the Bay Area in 2009 and became the volunteer Community Coordinator for a few years. He is currently involved with the Outreach Committee, Special Workshop Committee and Fundraising Committee. He has helped coordinate several National Gatherings and is helping with the 2019 National AVP/USA Gathering to be held in California.
Bay Bridge Council; second term continuing on year-by-year extension
Liaison for Finance and AVP CA Fund Development Committee
Stimulating Stephen, an AVP facilitator since 2003, helped get AVP/California organized in 2005 and has served as its Treasurer since that time. He also coordinates the AVP program at Central California Women's Facility, in Chowchilla. He is a former lawyer and lives in San Francisco.
Bay Bridge; first term expires 11/2021
Lydia was trained in AVP in 2013 and began serving in prisons, jails, the community, Oakland Civicorps and internationally at least monthly ever since then. This April, with a little help from friends, Lydia was pleased to train in Jordan where there is now AVP Jordan with 19 facilitators and a Team Coordinator. She is also very active with church and good friends. As the oldest living member of a large extended family on the west coast, Lydia regularly supports their activities with occasional visits to the east coast where many of them grew up. She looks forward to offering her best efforts and skills to AVP California because AVP continues to offer so much.
San Luis Obispo Council; first term expires 11/2018
Liaison for Special Training Team and the Resource & Assistance Committee, and is the contact for distribution of AVP pins and cards
Numinous Nancy Vimla lives in San Luis Obispo County. She facilitates at CMC East and West, SLO County Jail and is available for traveling. She is also on the AVP/USA Education Committee Best Practice Team. She is serious about Yoga, buys produce at local Farmer's Markets and likes exploring new interests.