The Steering committee meets once a month, on the second Monday of the month. Members serve two years. Meetings are open to the public. Please call the office, 610-691-8730, with questions, concerns, & interest.
Pamela Brubaker of Allentown joined LEPOCO early in 2022, having read an article in the Morning Call from a LEPOCO member. She has been a peace advocate since the 1960s. In the spring of 2008, she was a Visiting Professor at Moravian College, contributing to the development of a Peace and Justice minor. She was a Professor of Religion and Ethics at California Lutheran University, 1994-2012. She moved to Allentown late in 2020, to be close to family here. Pam is a member of the Stop the Wars Committee.
Margot Hillman of Bethlehem has been involved with LEPOCO since she moved to the Lehigh Valley in 1982. She has worn many hats in the organization — printer, treasurer, representative to the Mobilization for Survival — and has been a dedicated leader at Peace Camp since the beginning. She previously served multiple terms on the Steering Committee. She retired from her job in Information Technology near the end of 2017. Margot is married to Steve Kraft; they have an adult son, Ben Kraft, who was a Peace Camper and Helper.
Julius Iwantsch of Bethlehem, has been a LEPOCO member since the mid-1970s. He works as a design draftsperson, working mainly with municipal clients. His interests include questioning U.S. military involvement around the world, military service alternatives for young people, and bringing this country’s reputation up to what it should be — through change. He enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and home renovations. He has been co-treasurer for over a decade.
Martricia McLaughlin of Upper Black Eddy,is a lawyer and Mediator with an office in Easton, where she has practiced since 1979. She has been involved with social justice issues and organizations including LEPOCO, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and labor issues for her adult life. She is a member of the LEPOCO Book Group.
Monica McAghon of Easton, is a member of the Stop the Wars Committee, formerly Nuclear Abolition Sisters. She earned her living for 18 years teaching critical reading to community college students. Most recently, she taught developmental literacy for K-8th grade students in the after-school program at Easton Area Community Center.
Janet Ney of Allentown has served as a Steering Committee member for over ten years. She has facilitated the Annual Dinner Planning Committee for many years. She previously served on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. Janet is retired from the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV). She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown and volunteers for the Presbytery of Lehigh.
Susie Ravitz of Easton was a founding member of LEPOCO and has been a faithful member of the Steering Committee for many terms. She is a mainstay of the Stop the Wars Committee (previously Nuclear Abolition Sisters). Her peace work has included participation in an Interfaith Peace Builders delegation to Israel /Palestine, as well as a delegation to Puerto Rico. She was active in working to get the Navy to stop bombing Vieques. Retired from her work at Valley Youth House and Art’s Toy Manufacturing Company, she travels a lot to visit her children and grandchildren from California to Israel. Currently, in addition to LEPOCO, she works with the Hunger Coalition in Easton.
Stefan Rogers of Allentown
Tom Stinnett of Riegelsville has served as co-treasurer since 2009 and served a stint as solo treasurer many years ago. A mechanical engineer, he is retired from his work in the biotechnology equipment field, but still does some consulting work. He has served as president of Riegelsville Borough Council for many years and is married to LEPOCO staff-person, Nancy Tate. He has been active in many aspects of LEPOCO’s work since the early 1970s.
Amanda Zaniesienko of Bethlehem has been a volunteer since 2004, starting with Peace Camp, but branched out to other LEPOCO activities, including serving on the Steering Committee and several other planning committees, singing with the Peace Singers, and working in the office for several years.