Steering Committee

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 steeringcommittee@avpcalifornia.org

Steering Committee Members

Joyce Banzhaf
Northern Sierra Council; second term expires 11/2021
Fall Gathering Organizing Committee
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.
joycebanzhaf@yahoo.com

Guarionex Delgado
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.
gdelgado@earth-justice.org

Tondria Hall
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.
tgeo@elconcilio.org

Stacy Hughes
Santa Cruz / Salinas Valley Council; second term expires 11/2019 (on temporary extension)
Communication/Tech Committee
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.
hughes.sta@gmail.com

Rabia Khawar
San Diego Council; second term expires 11/2023
Newsletter, Finance, Fundraising, Special Training and Tech Committees
Radiant Rabia was first introduced to AVP in 2013 by friend and fellow AVP facilitator Ravishing Rosalia. The first time Rabia experienced AVP, she knew she wanted to become a part of the AVP community and bring the magic of AVP to others. She became a facilitator in 2015 and has focused primarily on community workshops in the OC/LA area. She helped with organizing the 2019 National Gathering in Oakland and has worked in her local area with other non profits and community organizations supporting interfaith activities and social justice causes. Her wish would be to have many more community workshops with diverse participants that can come together to build a better community.
rabia_cali@yahoo.com

Lydia McCloskey
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.
lydiamccloskey9@gmail.com

Betty McEady
Bay Bridge Council; first term expires 11/2023
Bountiful Betty became an AVP Facilitator in 2010 and facilitators in community, educational, and jail contexts; she also has conducted several mini-sessions in independent senior living residences in California. Because of her interest in understanding more about the authentic value of AVP to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated facilitators, she based her PhD research in psychology on the question of “What does ‘Being-in-the-World Nonviolently’ mean to AVP facilitators in prison and outside of prison?” Perspectives of the study participants informed answers to this question. Bountiful Betty is the affirmation name she chose because it symbolizes the abundance of time, energy and support that she gives to AVP. Additionally, it symbolizes the unending personal enhancement and transformation she continually experiences as a facilitator in workshops and on AVP committees.
bjmceady@gmail.com

Rob Osak
Stockton Council; first term expires 11/2023
Communication/Tech Committee
RocknRoll Rob is the prison coordinator for Corcoran State Prison. He has been an AVP facilitator since 2016. He is a Homeschool Teacher in Visalia and loves travelling and sailing in his free time. His interest in world cultures has brought him to facilitate in Belize and he intends to contribute more to both AVP California and AVP International in the future. Current AVP affiliations include San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley, Stockton, the Visalia area, and Belize. He has facilitated youth, international, community, prison, and mini workshops. He is a Spanish student with the goal of facilitating workshops in Spanish in California and in the Americas. La paz es el camino!
rob.osak@gmail.com

Mark Thomas
Bay Bridge Council; first term expires 11/2023
Details coming soon!
thomastp22@gmail.com

Nancy Vimla
San Luis Obispo Council; second term expires 11/2021
Special Training Committee and 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. 
vimlanan@gmail.com

Gary Wolff
First term expires 11/2022
Treasurer
avp-grooveygary@earthlink.net