Leadership Team

The Play for Peace leadership team—comprised of our executive director, board of directors, and team of advisors—ensures that the organization stays on mission and works diligently toward our vision.

Executive Director

Sarah Gough, MSW, is Play for Peace’s Director enjoying over 20 years field work with youth in diverse settings. Involved with Play for Peace since 2001, Sarah co-authored “Peacecircles” (2013) and has facilitated training and workshops in experiential peace education around the world. Through Sarah’s leadership Play for Peace has grown to include thousands of children, youth and adults in over 40 countries.

Board of Directors

John Guarrine
Owner, The Guarrine Group

Linda Hartman-Reehl, MSLOC
Vice Chair
Senior Consultant

Ron Kovich

Kevin Creely
Senior Consultant

Dr. Mark Havens
Owner, Accessible Adventures, Inc.

Michael Terrien
Co-founder, Director

Rev. Dr. Karen McKinney
Associate Professor, Bethel University
Director, Youth Ministry Program


Craig Dobkin
Co-founder & Master Trainer

Aidan Hennessy
Messenger of Peace and Founder of Walk for Peace
6th Grade Student

Janet McDonnell
Children's Book Artist & Activist

Dr. Hema Pokharna
Collaboration and Transformation Professional Coach
Director, Journeys of Life

Our Founding Story