Who We Are

We are a small staff, a large volunteer team and amazing crew of independent trainers

Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian

Founder and Director

The Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian is a veteran of every peace and social change movement since the 1960s, when she was radicalized at Oberlin College during the Vietnam War. An ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, Andrea served as Dean of Religious Life at mount Holyoke College for ten years. She then went on to revitalize the Haydenville Congregational Church. Andrea is long-time war tax resister, a nonviolence and peacekeeper trainer, a frequent speaker on strategies for effective movement building, and she writes a monthly column on the intersection of faith, culture and politics for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, MA. Her papers, chronicling over four decades of movement activism, have been collected and archived at the Smith College Women’s History Archive as part of their permanent collection.

Email: revandrea@comcast.net

Lindsey Peterson

Associate Director

Lindsey provides administrative implementation of the mission and vision of the school, including management of registration, site coordination and web and social media, and she supports organizational development more broadly. In addition to her work with the Truth School, Lindsey is an ordained minister in the UCC, currently serving as Bridge Minister of South Congregational Church, UCC of Springfield. She is a singer/songwriter, and occasional Community Convener of Queer Faith, a live storytelling event.

Email: indsey@truthschool.org

Joanne Conti

Bookkeeper

Joanne Conti is the bookkeeper for The Truth School. She is originally from Connecticut and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Joseph College in West Hartford. Prior to coming to The Truth School, Joanne has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors mainly in the areas of administration or finance.

Email: payroll@truthschool.org


Truth School Board

Cate Woolner

John Thorpe

Mehlaqa Samdani

Olivia Ilano Davis

Pamela Schwartz

Renee Moss

Shelley Abend Zimbalist

Tom Chang

Volunteer Team

Chris Mohn
Co-Coordinator of the Host Program
MJ Adams
Co-Coordinator of the Host Program

Advisory Board

Norma Akamatsu
Rev. Dr. Margaret Bulitt-Jonas
Sister Claire Carter
The Honorable Jo Comerford, State Senator
Rabbi Justin David
Thulani Davis
Dr. Ruth Folchman
Meg Gage
Yamila Irizarry-Gerould
Randy Kehler
Dr. Michael Klare
Dr. Jennifer Ladd
Attorney Thomas Lesser
Lilly Lombard
Bob Mazer
Pastor Louis Mitchell
Naz Mohamed
Jeff Napolitano
Attorney William Newman
Douglas Renick
Alexandra Russell
Attorney Elizabeth Silver
The Honorable Ellen Story, Former State Representative
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum