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Leadership Team

The Play for Peace leadership team—comprised of our Executive Director, Board of Directors, Roundtable and The Council—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” 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

Linda Hartman-Reehl, MSLOC
Senior Consultant

Rev. Dr. Karen McKinney
Co Vice Chair
Chief Equity Officer, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Dr. Mark Havens
Owner, Accessible Adventures, Inc.

Kevin Creely
Senior Consultant

Michael Terrien
Co-founder, Co Vice Chair

Ron Kovich

Tom Numbere Jr.
Knowledge Management and Healthcare Services Consultant, PCG Consulting Group International

Mona Kesar
Immigration Attorney


  • Craig Dobkin
  • Bruce Dobkin
  • Alex Obriecht
  • Craig Zablocki
  • John Dillon
  • Brian Barhaugh
  • Sanford Tollette
  • Chaun Pidgeon
  • Joanne Finegan
  • Deb Kulcsar
  • Christina Gass
  • Gene Warshafsky
  • Jeff Opiekun
  • Hugh Fitzpatrick
  • Hal Shanis
  • Pete McDowell
  • Ken Thompson
  • Margot Wholey
  • Hal Kuzwara

The Council

Coming Soon!


Craig Dobkin
Co-founder & Master Trainer

Elisa Huang
Sales Director, Business Solutions

Janet McDonnell
Children's Book Artist & Activist

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

Our Founding Story