Maryland Peace Action
Chair: Mike Keller
Vice Chair: Dat Duthinh
Treasurer: Joe Halloran
Secretary: Max Obuszewski
Baltimore Chapter: Richard Ochs
Frederick Chapter: Jim Holmes
Howard Chapter: Erinn Camp Mansour
Montgomery Chapter: Tasnuva Khan
Prince Georges Peace & Justice Coalition: Lucy Duff
Anne Arundel Chapter: Russ Poisson
Maryland United for Peace & Justice Chapter: Tony Langbehn
Maryland Peace Action Education Fund
Chair: Janice Sevre-Duszynska
Vice chair: Marilyn Carlisle
Secretary/Treasurer: Max Obuszewski
Jean Athey, Executive Director
Michael Keller, chair of the Board, is the retired director of policy analysis and research for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He served as president of the Peace Action Education Fund nationally from 2007 to 2016 and as co-chair of its board since that date. He also served in a number of capacities while a member of the board of directors of Peace Action nationally from 1989 to 2007, including as Secretary, chair of the Membership and Affiliation Committee, and a member of the Operations Committee and the PAC. He also served as coordinator of Anne Arundel Peace Action from 1985 to 2007. He has been chair of the Annapolis Human Relations Commission since 2000 and is vice president of the board of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. He was a founding member of the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center. He holds degrees in journalism from Ohio University and in political science from Miami University.
Dat Duthinh, Vice Chair of the Board, witnessed war in his native Vietnam, and so he began his peace activism by protesting against the US involvement in Vietnam. He has been active in peace and justice movements for several decades, most recently as Communicator of the Friends Committee on National Legislation Frederik (Maryland) Advocacy Team, in campaigns to lower military spending, repeal the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, and prevent war with North Korea and Iran. He also works with Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland, Peace Action, Frederick, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, and other groups. He served on the Frederick County Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee for six years to keep an eye on high bio-safety-level labs. Dat Duthinh holds a Ph.D. in engineering and in his day job works at improving the resilience of the infrastructure to natural disasters.
Max Obuszewski, secretary of Maryland Peace Action and secretary/treasurer of the Peace Action Education Fund, is a long-time grassroots organizer on nuclear weapons and militarism. After serving in the Peace Corps in Botswana helping to set up small businesses, Mr. Obuszewski worked with the Committee Against Registration and the Draft and later with Nuclear Free America in Baltimore. For 17 years, beginning in 1983, he worked with the American Friends Service Committee. One of his mentors was Phil Berrigan, who participated with Mr. Obuszewski in four of his five Plowshares disarmament actions. As a committed activist, Mr. Obuszewski is highly involved with several Maryland peace and justice organizations. For several years, he taught a human rights course at Goucher College. Mr. Obuszewski believes in speaking out against injustice through the use of nonviolent civil resistance. He has a master’s degree in business administration and a human rights internship certificate from the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility.
Joe Halloran, Maryland Peace Action treasurer, was an active member of the original Maryland Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in the mid-80’s, predecessor to the current Maryland Peace Action. He rejoined the MPA board in 2005 to help rehabilitate and manage the Maryland Peace Center property in Baltimore. He has worked as a counselor, trainer, and database consultant. He has a master’s degree in counseling and a Ph.D. in psychology. He loves camping, birding, biking and does not get to do any of them often enough. He spends too much time on social media obsessing about the state of the world.
Richard Ochs, coordinator Baltimore Peace Action, is a retired printer, activist and freelance writer from Baltimore, and has published articles in the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Chronicle, and the website: www.freefromterror.net. He is past president of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Superfund Citizens Coalition, member of the Depleted Uranium Task force of the Military Toxics Project and a member of the Chemical Weapons Working Group. After completing a course in Atomic and Nuclear Physics at Muhlenberg College, he transferred to the University of Maryland, where he had a double major in history and political science. He was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Maryland, College Park. He accumulated ten arrests for equal accommodations with the Congress of Racial Equality and was resident printer for the D.C. Black Panther Party. He has been arrested about 40 times, protesting various U.S. wars, since the 60’s. In 1978 he was elected Shop Steward in IUMSWA Local 24, representing 150 burners and welders at the Bethlehem Steel ship repair yard in Baltimore. Ochs was a Green Party candidate for Maryland State Delegate in 2006.
Jim Holmes, Frederick Peace Action board representative, really began his engagement in the peace movement in 1978: he was working part time as a therapeutic companion to a Vietnam vet who had taken a machine gun bullet through his eye and had extensive frontal lobe damage, and that same year he read Fields of Fire by Jim Webb. After those two experiences, he was never again able to contemplate war in a detached way. Then, in 2001, Jim’s son enlisted in the U.S. Army, completing one tour in Afghanistan in 2004 and two tours in Iraq in 2005-2006. During those years, Jim woke up every day with dread and the thought that his son would die in combat. And then he came home. But so many others didn’t. Jim became active in Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), which afforded him the opportunity to do something tangible about U.S. involvement in war. He attended many peace demonstrations and marches; passed out leaflets in front of the Capitol; and corresponded with legislators. Upon retiring in 2016, Jim began to devote more time to advocating for peace, including working to establish Prevent Nuclear War/Frederick and Frederick Peace Action. While peace advocacy is hard at times and emotionally draining, Jim is grateful to have these opportunities to play his part in working for peace.
Erinn Camp Mansour, coordinator, Howard County Peace Action, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Russian language from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, with a focus on international security and economic policy, and a Certificate in Intelligence Analysis, from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Erinn has held leadership roles for numerous government, corporate, nonprofit, and community organizations and boards of directors. Currently, she is a Legislative Aide to State Senator Clarence Lam at the Maryland General Assembly; Vice President, Director of Advocacy, and volunteer at the Mount Hebron High School PTSA; and co-clerk of the Peace Committee at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. Erinn lives in Ellicott City with her husband and three children. She loves jazz and 80’s heavy metal music, and dreams of a world free of nuclear weapons.
Tasnuva Khan, coordinator of Peace Action Montgomery, is a passionate social justice activist and community organizer. Tasnuva co-founded the grassroots organization, Muslim Voices Coalition in 2020; served as the public relations chair for the Muslim Community Center of Silver Spring in 2017; and is an organizer for the Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition. Tasnuva has participated in interfaith discussions on human rights for Palestinians with the Muslim Christian Coalition, a subcommittee of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation. She is an active member of the Silver Spring chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. In her foreign policy advocacy work, she organized presentations on Palestinian human rights, persecution of religious minorities in India, and the Rohingya refugees. Tasnuva is a Bangladeshi-American Muslim raised in NYC. She is a devoted wife and loving mother to 3 children. She received her Pharm.D. from St. John’s University in NY and is a clinical staff hospital pharmacist by profession.
Lucy Duff, co-chair of Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition, became involved with peace activism in the 1980s, beginning with the DC Metro Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration Committee. In 1987, she joined the Prince George’s County Peace Action chapter and helped it reach out and network with other progressive local groups to form the Prince Georges County Peace and Justice Coalition, which she continues to co-lead. Ms. Duff is a retired librarian.
Russ Poisson, Anne Arundel Peace Action Coordinator, attended a military high school, where uniforms were worn daily and there were weekly drills and parades. As a high school senior, he advocated for the use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam. One month into college, Russ attended a lecture by a professor, a peace and racial equality activist, who identified ten reasons why the U.S. should not be in Vietnam. This analysis floored Russ. The lecture permanently changed his political views. After his 2015 retirement from the Census Bureau, Russ joined Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland and subsequently Maryland Peace Action. He became Social Media Coordinator for Maryland Peace Action, and then chapter coordinator for Anne Arundel County. Russ’s passion is to use social media to amplify the message of Maryland Peace Action and also to recruit new members.
Tony Langbehn is founder and convener of Maryland United for Peace and Justice, which facilitates Maryland grassroots organizations to collaborate on peace, justice, democracy and a healthy environment. He serves on the Board of Pax Christi Metro D.C. and Baltimore (a regional Catholic peace organization) and on the Board of Progressive Maryland. He is also a Commissioner on two Prince George’s County Commissions: Commission for Individuals with Disabilities and Human Relations (civil rights). Mr. Langbehn has led successful efforts to enact local legislation and resolutions, including establishing Sykesville, Maryland as the third nuclear free zone in the United States.
Marilyn Carlisle, vice chair of the Peace Action Education Fund, retired after having been an educator in Early Childhood Education for roughly 50 years, including 9 years in Chile and Argentina and 40 years in California and Maryland. Marilyn’s activist life has focused on Latin America, especially Nicaragua and El Salvador. A new arrival to Baltimore in 1978, she volunteered with the Central America Solidarity Committee as well as SANE/Freeze. Marilyn recently joined Showing Up for Racial Justice and has pushed beyond her comfort level to do deep canvassing in some of Baltimore’s largely white neighborhoods, focusing in this process on white awakening. Marilyn sings enthusiastically with the Charm City Labor Chorus and enjoys exposure to leftist-written fiction in her book group consisting of member of the Chorus.
Jean Athey, executive director of Maryland Peace Action, was coordinator of Peace Action Montgomery from 2005 until 2018 and a founding member of Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland. She was formerly chair of the Steering Committee of Fund Our Communities, Not the Pentagon, a campaign in Maryland focused on cutting military spending. In 2006, she co-founded the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture, a coalition of religious groups working to end U.S.-sponsored torture. Ms. Athey volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine in 2008 and traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 on a peace mission. She is past co-chair of the Board of Directors of national Peace Action and was treasurer of the Afghan Women’s Fund for several years. Ms. Athey previously worked at the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration; taught at the University of Oklahoma; and served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. She received a Ph.D. in social services policy and administration from the University of Chicago.