Staff & Advisory Council

CSOP Staff

Wendy Kroeker is the Academic Director of CSOP.

Wendy specializes in community conflict transformation processes as an instructor in CMU's peace and conflict transformation studies department and in locations around the globe. She has over 15 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program consultant, program manager for international development projects and university instructor. The Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, and Palestine are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators.

The focus for Wendy's teaching is upper level Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies (PACTS) courses such as: Models for Peace and Conflict Transformation, History and Strategies of Nonviolence, The Art of Peacebuilding and Building Workplace Conflict Transformation Systems. Wendy is also contributing to the new MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development program. In addition to her teaching in PACTS, Wendy is the Academic Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, an annual teaching institute of CMU, bringing students from around the globe for credit/professional development courses in the fields of development, conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Wendy completed her MA Theology at the Mennonite Brethren Seminary in California. After significant years of practice within the conflict transformation field, she entered the Peace  and Conflict Studies PhD program at the Arthur Mauro Centre in the University of Manitoba and graduated in January 2018.

Among Wendy's contributions to the conflict transformation and peacebuilding field here in Canada are years of teaching and course development at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (the Philippines), the Resolution Skills Centre/Mediation Services (Winnipeg) and most recently at the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute in Korea and Japan. Her work with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has seen her and her family spend 5 years working in the Philippines, assisting in strategic planning and training for the peace programs in India and Bangladesh and most recently resourcing the program in Palestine and Laos.

Wendy, her partner Gordon Zerbe, and two children are all active in the CMU community.

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Jodi Dueck-Read is serving as CSOP Academic Director from January to June 2022.

Jodi is a faciltator, instructor, social activist, and researcher. At Menno Simons College, CMU's downtown campus she is the Director of Practicum and Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies. Jodi  lived and worked at the US-Mexico border where she was Associate for Migration and Peacebuilding with West Coast Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). For a decade, she worked with MCC in Santiago, Chile; Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Tucson, Arizona. She enjoys teaching adult students, speaking Spanish, and participating in actions intended to provoke social change.

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CSOP Advisory Council

Ray Vander Zaag is Associate Professor of International Development Studies; Associate Dean of Program, and the Program Coordinator for MA-Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development at Canadian Mennonite University. Ray's interests and approaches to international development are primarily shaped by his NGO work experience in rural Haiti from 1985 to 1993, but also by a short stint working at CIDA and an upbringing on a potato farm. His teaching and research interests are religion, development and faith-based NGOs, rural development in Haiti, and development assistance policy and programming. Ray has been teaching at CMU since 2000, primarily at the Shaftesbury campus but also at Menno Simons College (at the University of Winnipeg campus).

Ray was raised on a potato farm in south-central Ontario. After graduating from Calvin College (BSc – Biology) and Michigan State University (MSc – Crop and Soil Sciences), he went to work in Haiti with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (now World Renew). During the first five years in Haiti, he worked in a rural community development program, supporting local staff and community groups involved in agriculture, reforestation, cooperative, literacy, water, and leadership activities. The next three years he was located in Port-au-Prince as Country Director for CRWRC programs in Haiti.

Returning to Canada, he earned an MA in International Affairs (Development Studies) and a PhD (Geography) at Carleton University. His dissertation involved 11 months of field research on NGO/local community relations in rural Haiti. Ray then worked for a year for the Canadian International Development Agency as a project officer in the Southeast Asia Regional Program before joining CMU's faculty in 2000.

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Paul Doerksen is Associate Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies at Canadian Mennonite University. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Western Religious Thought at McMaster University in 2007 and Master of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College in 1999.

Paul has recently published a collection of essays entitled Take and Read: ReflectingTheologically on Books; he also edited the posthumous publication of A. James Reimer's Toward an Anabaptist Political Theology, and co-edited (along with Karl Koop) a collection of essays to celebrate the career of CMU Professor Harry Huebner, entitled The Church Made Strange for the Nations: Essays in Ecclesiology and Political Theology. Paul has also authored Beyond Suspicion: Post-Christendom Protestant Political Theology in Yoder and O'Donovan. He is currently researching other topics in political theology, including moral patience, the relationship between theology and human rights discourse, and has an on-going interest in the interrelationship of literature and theology.

In addition to his teaching and research work, Paul serves on various boards and committees including L'Arche Winnipeg and, until 2016, the Canadian Board of Faith and Life for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. His pastimes include listening to roots music, running, and collecting used books.

Paul grew up near New Bothwell, Manitoba but now lives in Winnipeg. He is a long time member of Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church with his wife, Julie, and three daughters, Cecely, Hannah, and Greta.

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Jobb Arnold is Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College. His research and community based practice engage with the cultural and affective dimensions of conflict, resolution and reconciliation with particular focus on community building practices and social movement strategy. Situated at the intersections of emerging community-level cultural practices and top-down state-based discourses, his work explores how the tensions and synergies that exist between peace, prosperity and reconciliation translate into real social change.

Jobb's teaching and research draw on interdisciplinary scholarship, community and traditional sources of knowledge as well as the extensive fieldwork and policy analysis experience in Rwanda, Northern Ireland and Canada. This comparative research converges around the conceptual and practical linkages that exist between genocide, ecocide and colonial-capitalism. Using participatory action research methods that derive from and support community-led initiatives that are working to the disrupt harmful social processes while imagining creative ways to foster sustainable, collaborative cultural adaptation in an uncertain world. 

Jobb is the director of the Careers that Fight Climate Change Network (CFCCN), a multi-sectoral partnership developing and delivering experiential learning programs for Indigenous and Newcomer youth in Winnipeg’s inner city. The CFCCN's programming contributes to building sustainable social and ecological resilience by integrating intercultural communication training and conflict resolution tools into skills based training in fields such as renewable energy and food security. Jobb is also the co-chair of the Experiential Learning Network at the University of Winnipeg and am involved in numerous grassroots projects in Winnipeg and beyond.

 
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Kerry Saner-Harvey is the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Neighbours Program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba. He has served with MCC for the last 9 years, including working with First Nations youth in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, and doing restorative justice, community building and advocacy work in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. More recently Kerry worked as a peacebuilding advisor in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to a team developing an adult peacebuilding education initiative for local organizations. Trauma awareness, nonviolence theory, comparative theologies and music are other areas of continued interest and pursuit. Kerry completed graduate work at Harvard Divinity School and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Kerry also studied in Amman, Jordan, spent time in various Middle East and Asian countries and has worked as a youth pastor and mental health worker.