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Irene Kai
Co-founder @Ashland Culture of Peace Commission
An internationally known artist, author, and speaker, Irene Kai was born and raised in Hong Kong. At age 15, she came to New York City Chinatown with her American born mother. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and MFA from the Royal College of Art in London and was an Instructor of Design at Penn State University. Her work has been shown in galleries in London, New York, Los Angeles and southern Oregon. Irene was also a West Coast Regional Karate Champion at age 50. Irene served as president of the Southern Oregon China Connection and coordinated the Oregon Legislative and Business Delegation for Trade Mission to China. As a longtime supporter of peace initiatives, Irene designed the logo for the Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI), a United Nations Peace Messenger Organization, and her inspiring Peace Dove image hangs in the United Nations building in New York City. Irene co-founded the leading edge Ashland Culture of Peace Commission.
David Wick
Co-founder @Ashland Culture of Peace Commission
David Wick holds the vision and values of personal and societal evolution towards our highest and best and has over 30 years of executive and management training and organizational development consulting experience. In 1983 David helped launch the United Nations NGO, Pathways To Peace (PTP) which had assisted the adoption of the UN’s International Day of Peace in 1981. He has been a leader in organizing the celebration of the International Day of Peace since 1984 and currently serves as a PTP Director. David is currently the Team Leader of the global Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI), a UN-designated "Peace Messenger Initiative". He also serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC), and along with ACPC Co-Founder Irene Kai, he is engaging the Ashland community in new ways of thinking and behavior and developing a model that other cities may benefit from.
Michael Lindfield
Board President @Meditation Groups, Inc.
Michael is a highly regarded consultant and coach helping unleash the creativity of the human spirit to meet the needs of our times and the call of the future. He learned his craft from a range of experiences that include: a 14-year residency as a gardener and as Director of Education at the Findhorn Community in Scotland; small-scale organic farming in western Sweden; conducting seminars and presenting at conferences around the world on the theme of ‘transforming self and society’ and as a senior organization development consultant with The Boeing Company from 1989-2005.