“Going into the military is no joke. I feel my Hispanic community is being targeted, in terms of recruiting young people at schools, especially in poorer communities. We have a duty to tell truth when it comes to recruiting, and I feel that duty isn’t being met. I want to take action in letting kids/parents know the truth. ” — Anarely Martinez, intern and Santa Maria high school student.
Board of Directors
Stephen Pope, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting, was a conscientious objector at the end of the Vietnam war and has worked with Truth in Recruitment since 2012. He is also a workshop facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project and active prison clergy registered with the California Department of Corrections.
Robert Lane Clark, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting
Elizabeth Colon, Veterans for Peace
Joy Robledo, Veterans for Peace
Rose Nadis, Al Williams, student liaisons
James Robertson, staff oversight and support
Mitra Cline, website designer, is a freelance artist and founder of Foreverbird Studio. She holds a MA in humanities with an emphasis in depth psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute with an emphasis in Painting.
Kate Connell, coordinator, is a parent of two students who have attended Santa Barbara schools and is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers. She has served as a military counselor for personnel who sought discharge from the military and is trained as a draft counselor, as a facilitator with Alternatives to Violence Project, and in conflict resolution and mediation. Kate was a member of the panel, “Education Not Militarization,” at the Veterans for Peace National Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois in August 2017. She is a resource for students, families, and schools for information on alternatives to military careers, on students’ and families’ privacy rights, and drafting school policies regulating recruiter access to students.
Lisha Pacheco, intern, is a social justice advocate for underrepresented and/or marginalized Spanish speakers. She has worked with underserved populations since 2009, initially as a student assistant for the Aspire program which supports first generation students as they transfer to higher education. Lisha holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego. In San Diego, she was an active member of MANA, an organization that empowers Latinas through education, leadership, development, community service and advocacy. Lisha now lives in Santa Barbara with her daughter, where she engages with high school students from varying backgrounds to discuss alternatives to military recruitment.
Fernando Cornejo-Faundez intern, was born in Chile in 1998 and came to the States in 2008. He decided to work for Truth in Recruitment to counteract the targeting of his community by the US military, and to help others to find a better path to success. He is a Dos Pueblos High School graduate and Santa Barbara City College student.