People profiles

Matthew Bailey-Dick

Matthew Bailey-Dick

Adjunct Instructor

Having obtained both a BA and an MA in PACS, Matthew is currently working toward a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development (University of Toronto). In addition to this, he has undergone both crisis intervention training and mediation training. He is also a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an organization that sends violence-reduction teams into conflict zones such as Colombia and Palestine. Matthew has worked with CPT in Iraq, Chiapas (Mexico), and Burnt Church (NB), as well as attended various events in Ontario in solidarity with First Nations communities. [more]

Sue Baker

Susan Baker

Manager of Certificate Program in Conflict Management

Susan Baker joined the Peace and Conflict Department of Conrad Grebel University College in 2008, following positions in the Operations Department and the Academic Deans Office of the College. She brings to this role a background in business administration and marketing, both in the corporate and not for profit sectors, with significant training in the Customer Service field, as a ten year employee at Delta Hotels Corporate Office. [more]

Jennifer Ball

Jennifer Ball

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
Jennifer Ball holds a PhD in Rural Studies, with a focus on Sustainable Rural Communities, from the University of Guelph. Her research interests pertain broadly to women’s community based peacebuilding, Circle as pedagogy & community engagement process, community resilience, rural planning & community development, and narrative methodologies. [more]
Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

Peace and Conflict Studies Administrative and Graduate Studies Coordinator

As the Administrative and Graduate Studies Coordinator in Peace and Conflict Studies, Brown works primarily with the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies students from admission to convocation. She completed a Master’s of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2014.  Prior to which she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, minoring in Religious Studies with an option in International Studies, at the University of Waterloo in 2012. [more]

Chris Cowie

Chris Cowie

Adjunct Instructor

Chris, director of Community Justice Initiatives and member of the Crime Prevention Council of Waterloo, has been teaching Restorative Justice in the PACS program for several years. While holding an MA in Leadership, his gifts lay in his experience. Starting in youth justice in 1987, Chris has been the director of various different organizations and programs dedicated to restorative justice, penal reform, and leadership. As director of Serving in Mission Canada, Chris worked in various forms of development in several countries across West Africa and South America. [more]

Marlene Epp

Marlene Epp

Dean, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies, Director of Mennonite Studies

Marlene Epp completed her BA at the University of Manitoba, her MA at the University of Waterloo and received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1996. Her primary areas of teaching and research are in the areas of Mennonite history, gender studies, the history of immigration and ethnicity in Canada, and the history of peace. [more]

Lowell Ewert

Lowell Ewert

Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

Lowell Ewert completed a BA at Tabor College (1975), his Juris Doctor at Washburn University College of Law (1977), and his L.L.M. in International Law at Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington D.C. (1988). His graduate work focused on human rights, peace and development issues. 

Nathan Funk

Nathan Funk

Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies

Funk earned his PhD in International Relations (2000) from the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. Before commencing his doctoral studies at American University, he completed a BA in Global Community Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1994. He has lived in the Middle East and South Asia, designed internet courses on peace and conflict resolution, and worked on research and training projects for the United States Institute of Peace.

Sue Gallagher

Sue Gallagher

Adjunct Instructor

Sue Gallagher has been a professional social worker for over 30 years. Having achieved her MSW at Wilfrid Laurier University, Sue now balances teaching with continued regular clinical practice in social work. Her focus is on interpersonal violence and trauma. She works in counseling practice at Cardinal Counseling and Mediation and teaches at a variety of universities specializing in trauma and mental health, teaching about trauma and mental health.

Dennis Gingrich

Dennis Gingrich

Adjunct Instructor

With over 30 years in the field, Dennis clearly embodies the goal of PACS to combine practice with rigorous scholarship. He holds a BA in Education and Masters in Conflict Transformation with a focus on Restorative Justice. Dennis has also completed training as a Circle facilitator and trainer while at the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. While holding an impressive level of education, it is his experience that truly enables him as a PACS instructor.

Paul Heidebrecht

Paul Heidebrecht

Adjunct Assistant Professor & Director of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

Paul Heidebrecht is the inaugural director of the CPA, and teaches courses in Peace and Conflict Studies and Theological Studies. His current research interests reflect a range of academic fields and professional experiences, including the intersection of social innovation and peacebuilding, political advocacy and social ethics, and technology and moral formation. [more]

Michelle Jackett

Michelle Jackett

Adjunct Instructor & Coordinator of Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

Michelle completed her undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo.  She later completed her Master’s in Conflict Transformation at the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, focusing on restorative justice. During this time, Michelle gained a “big picture” understanding of how peacebuilding work fits together, and learned that there is a necessity for collaboration among peace builders.

Kara Klassen

Kara Klassen

Adjunct Instructor

Kara is a sessional lecturer at Grebel co-teaching PACS 311: Doing Development - Issues of Justice and Peace. In line with the core value of PACS’ that experience is equal to education, Kara has an almost equal amount of education and physical hands-on experience. After obtaining a BA from the University of Waterloo in PACS and Social Development Studies, Kara travelled to Israel’s Tel Aviv University to obtain a Master’s of Public Policy: Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Mary Lou Klassen

Mary Lou Klassen

Adjunct Instructor

Mary Lou has been involved in the PACS program for a number of years. Having obtained her BA in Religious Studies with a PACS option, she completed her Master’s of Theological Studies from Conrad Grebel in 2010. She also worked in administration of the PACS office for eight years. While she knows some of the ins and outs of the PACS program, her true experience lies in her work for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

Narendran Kumarakulasingam

Adjunct Instructor

Narendran Kumarakulasingam holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.  He is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University (2014-2017); an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (2015-2018); and an Associate Editor of Journal of Narrative Politics.

Reina Neufeldt

Reina Neufeldt

Assistant Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies

Reina Neufeldt completed a BA at the University of Calgary (1994), her MA at York University, Toronto (1998), and her PhD at the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C. (2005). In 2007-2008, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Betty Pries

Betty Pries

Adjunct Instructor

Betty Pries specializes in providing mediation, training, facilitation, coaching  and consulting services for businesses, not for profit organizations, governments and churches. She is published in magazines and has authored several manuals. Betty is a senior associate with PACT Associates, a mediation and training firm, as well as holding an executive leadership role with ARC: Associates Resourcing the Church.

Kevin Ranney

Kevin Ranney

Adjunct Instructor

Kevin is a veteran of the Socially Responsible Investment movement in Canada. He is a partner in Sustainalytics, the world’s largest independent researcher of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of traded companies, and he has played a key role in developing the firm’s research methodology as well as its suite of services to institutional investors.

Keith Regehr

Keith Regehr

Adjunct Instructor

Keith Regehr has extensive experience in family law, divorce mediation, employment litigation, professional ethics, organizational conflict resolution and mediation training. While not currently practicing law, he has worked in private practice, as well as serving as staff lawyer for the Law Society of Upper Canada investigating allegations of serious professional misconduct.

Rachel Reist

Rachel Reist

Peace and Conflict Studies Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Officer & Internship Coordinator

Rachel received a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2014 and currently works as the Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator for Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS). Rachel has spent time living in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Washington, DC. During her time in Washington, Rachel worked with the international anti-militarization movement SOA Watch doing grassroots organizing and event coordination. From 2014-2017 Rachel continued to serve on the SOA Watch Council as the representative for Canada.

Rachel’s past research activities have focused on systems that impact poor health in developing countries, militarism and violence in Latin America, and developing effective non-profit board structures. In 2013 Rachel presented the paper “Undernutrition and Obesity in Developing Countries: Why is Vanessa eating Cheetos and Coke for Breakfast?” at the bi-national Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference.

She is also passionate about the value and impact of international experience for students and as Internship Coordinator for PACS works with students as they pursue travel and internship opportunities for academic credit. 

Ryan Snider

Ryan Snider

Adjunct Instructor

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