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Garbis Peace Institute
31st Annual Peace Conference

PEACE out of CHAOS – a Pandemic

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Peace Conference Program

Videos of the 2020 Peace Conference Presentations

Michael Driebe, Master of Ceremonies
Roger H. Gutierrez, District Governor Nominee
Elizabeth McDonough Barry, District Governor-Elect
Gregory Jones, District Governor
Garbis Der-Yeghian, Past District Governor



Mark Daniel Maloney, President, Rotary International, 2019-2020
“How has Covid-19 Impacted Rotary’s Priorities and Opportunities of Working Together”

Lead Economist, World Bank

“The Long Term Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic: Education, Human Capital, and How Rotarians Can Help”

Dr. Wodon is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Previously managing the unit on Values and Development; Lead Poverty Specialist for Africa; Senior Economist for Latin America. Also he
taught at the University of Namur, American University and Georgetown University. Dr. Wodon is a writer with more than 500 publications, his research has been covered by major news outlets. Served as Associate Editor for journals and as President of two economics associations (the Society of Government Economists and the Association for Social Economics).

✓ A lifelong learner, he holds four PhDs in economics, environmental science, health sciences, and theology
✓ Conducted market research as Laureate of the Prize of Belgium’s Secretary for Foreign Trade.
✓ Rotary, where he has served in leadership positions with his club, his district, and globally. He also tries to remain (barely) fit with occasional marathons and triathlons, finishing at the end of the pack.

Professor and Chair of Christian Philosophy and Philosophy Depart-ments, Manhatanville College, NY

“The Spiritual Response to Covid-19”

Siobhan Nash-Marshall holds the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College.  Author of many academic books and articles on metaphysics and the problem of evil, she has also written books and articles for the general public—Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography and What it Takes to be Free: Religion and the Roots of Democracy. In recent years, Nash-Marshall has devoted a lot of attention to genocide and genocide negationism. Her most recent book, The Sins of the Fathers: Turkish Denialism and the Armenian Genocide (New York: Herder&Herder, 2018), which was released in Italy (I peccati dei padri: negazionismo turco e il genocidio armeno – Milano: Guerini e Associati, 2018), and in Armenia (Մեղքերը հայրերի թուրքական ժխտողական եւ հայերեն Հայոց ցեղասպանության – Stepanakert: University of Artsakh Press, 2018) is her first book-length treatment of the topic.

After the breakout of the war in Syria, Nash-Marshall and some friends founded CINF USA, through which they attempt to help the ancient Christian cultures of the world which are presently in peril.

Founder-CEO, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

“The Impact of Covid-19 on Children and Women”

Michael (CNN Hero Member of the Order of Australia) grew up in Sydney In 2002 Michael moved to Vietnam and established Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in response to overwhelming needs of street children With no experience or funding, the early days were extremely difficult, Blue Dragon now serves the needs of over 1 500 highly disadvantaged children, including children and youth who have been trafficked street children and children with disabilities Many Blue Dragon children are in conflict with the law or are victims of crime

To date (August 2020), Blue Dragon has:

  • Rescued 961 people from trafficking
  • Represented 106 people in court cases
  • Sent 5,097 kids back to school & training
  • Provided shelter to 989 girls & boys
  • Placed 329 teens in jobs
  • Served 591,780 meals
  • Built 110 homes for families
  • Reunited 583 runaways with their families
  • Obtained legal papers for 13,504 people
  • Played 2,953 games of soccer!

Assistant Vice Chancellor for People and Culture; Chief People and Culture Officer, UC Berkeley, CA

“Creating a Culture of Belonging in a Virtual World”

Eugene Whitlock has served as Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, General Counsel, San Mateo County Community College District, serving 45,000 students across three colleges.  In his human resources role, Eugene led the District’s equity focused recruitment resulting in increased hiring of staff and faculty from underrepresented backgrounds. As a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Eugene has been invited by the California Community Colleges State Chancellor, community colleges, and K 12 school districts throughout California to deliver training to Board members, administrators, faculty, and staff. In 2017, Eugene’s work was recognized by his peers who selected him for the “Progress in Diversity” award given for “Outstanding Achievement in Support of Diversity in the Higher Education Community.”

In his role as General Counsel, Eugene advised the District on general litigation, privacy and data security, wage and hour rules, disability, accommodations, leave policies, contracts, the Brown Act, the Education Code, and the Labor Code. Eugene also led the District’s International Student Program, focusing on growing the program’s enrollment of students from Africa and South America.

“Harmful Effects of Covid-19 on the Family”

Sheila Gutierrez
MA, LMFT Marriage and Family Therapist





Anthony Hill, Esq.



Sheila Garrett Gutierrez is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Glendora, Ca.  She has advanced training in Collaborative Divorce and serves as a Divorce Coach, Therapist, Child Therapist, and Reunification Therapist in both Collaborative Divorces and Litigated Divorces. She is an Expert Witness in Child Custody cases when testifying in court.

With a 30 year history of doing this work, Sheila has seen the benefits of a more peaceful divorce process on divorcing adults and their children. Additionally, Sheila taught at the University of La Verne Graduate School of Psychology for ten years as an Adjunct Professor. She is honored to have received the San Gabriel Valley YWCA Women of Distinction Award. As a member of the Glendora Rotary Club for many years, she has served as Club President and various Board Member positions throughout that time, and she founded the club’s 18 year Focometer Project which provides eye exams and eyeglasses to children in Tijuana and Rosarito.

Anthony J. Hill, Attorney at Law Law Degree from Southwestern University School of Law, LA; BA Degree, Psychology Major, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada Solo practitioner, exclusively Family Law, Committed to making the difficult process of divorce as amicable as possible; After 10 years of practice, transitioned from litigation cases to settlement only; Practice thereafter mainly mediation, as well as collaborative divorce and occasionally representing just Wife or just Husband, for settlement purposes only.


David Kramer, Presenter

Denise Wadsworth, Presenter


Rotary District Governor Greg Jones

Conference Chair
Dr. Garbis Der-Yeghian, PDG

Conference Emcee
Michael D. Driebe

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