is Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, where he has served since 1984.
He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church, and served ten years as chairperson of the Peace and Justice Committee of the Mennonite Church.
Prior to his calling to the peace center ministry, Richard taught Art History at Trinity College, Goshen College, and Northern Illinois University.
More recently he has taught conflict transformation skills at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Goshen College, and Southern Methodist University-in-Legacy as a component of his work with LMPC.
Richard has led hundreds of workshops on conflict transformation and mediation skills; he has also had broad experience as a mediator and consultant, working primarily with conflicted churches, both at the congregational and judicatory level.
For several years Richard participated in Dr. Edwin Friedman’s “Post Graduate Clergy Seminar in Family Emotional Process.” He also participated for four years in the “Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Its Applications” at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C.
Richard is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and a number of other professional organizations in the field of alternative dispute resolution.
The Rev. Bill Blank
is LMPC Associate Director, and joined LMPC staff in 2014. He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church and has served as a pastor and interim pastor for a number of years. Additionally, he’s been a regular participant in LMPC’s training events, including: Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process, Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process, and our Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders. He also has experience as a mediator, having facilitated several cases, working with churches in Pennsylvania, where he formerly served in ministry.
is Assistant Director, and joined the LMPC staff in 2016. He is a graduate of The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, where he earned an M.A. in Conflict Transformation. He previously served as a mediator and restorative justice trainer in California, and recently served as consultant and dialogue facilitator with churches in Virginia.
Sheryl Reynolds Slack
is Administrative Assistant for LMPC, joining the staff in 2000. Sheryl has been a Peace-with-Justice advocate in her United Methodist Church.
is the Assistant for Communications, and joined the LMPC staff in early 2017. She has been a music educator and church musician for many years, and currently serves on the Ministry Team at Lombard Mennonite Church. She enjoys photography, reading, traveling, weaving, and rooting for the World Champion Chicago Cubs.