Our team consists of dedicated full-time staff members, consultants, and volunteers. From all walks of life and all corners of the world, we bring unique perspectives and endless energy to the issues facing our world today. Together, with your support, we’re working non-stop in pursuit of our mission.
Paul K. Chappell
Director, Peace Literacy Institute. He lectures across the country and internationally on Peace Literacy. He graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. Chappell was raised in Alabama, the son of a Korean mother and a half-black and half-white father who was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Having grown up in a violent household, Chappell was driven to seek solutions to the problems of war, rage, and trauma. Against the odds, he arrived at vision, purpose, and hope.
Jo Ann Deck
Coordinator, Peace Literacy Institute. Jo Ann Deck is a Boston University graduate with a major in journalism and a minor in religion. She worked in the state legislatures of Massachusetts and New York, is a former publishing vice president at Ten Speed Press/CelestialArts, and has assisted in the areas of human rights and democracy in Asia.
Director of Communications. Sandy is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a degree in Ethnomusicology. She has been a creative director, writer and producer at national ad agencies and clients, alike. Her work with non-profits, including the US Forest Service and the United Way, led her to NAPF, where she brings her creative background to the issue of nuclear abolition.
Office Manager. Coming to NAPF with a legal background, Sharon has been working as the NAPF Office Manager since 1999. She oversees various duties including bookkeeping, human resources and office managerial responsibilities to enable the Foundation to run smoothly and efficiently.
Executive Assistant. Carol is a graduate of UCSB where she majored in Film & Media. She lived in Los Angeles and worked in the film industry for 16 years before moving to Santa Barbara in 1987. She has been working at NAPF since October 2010.
President & CEO. Rick was NAPF’s Deputy Director from 2007-19, and became CEO in 2020. He is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Political Advocacy from the School for International Training. More information.
Director of Development & Partnerships. Sarah is a graduate from the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po, where she studied international relations and East Asian studies. Her experiences living in Japan and France have shaped her interests in cross-cultural communication, conflict management, and nuclear policy.