Elaine Zook Barge

Director of Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)

For the 20 years previous to coming to EMU, I worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the U.S. and in Central America. From 1984-1998, I worked with MCC in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, all countries experiencing the trauma of war, poverty and violence. In addition to serving as MCC Guatemala country director, I listened to the stories of widows and displaced persons, accompanied those suffering human rights abuses, and facilitated experiential learning tours to promote relationship building and social change.

Since graduating from CJP, I also served as the Latin America/Caribbean Connecting Peoples Coordinator and the East Coast Peace Associate from the MCC office at EMU.