Board

JAN BENDOR

Jan BenDor is a founding member of the Michigan Election Reform Alliance (MERA). Its mission is to ensure "the realization of election processes that consistently uphold the principles of democracy to ensure the confidence of voters and maximize representation of all citizens of the United States of America." She is currently the statewide coordinator and grants chair. 

As the Operations Manager for the Eastern Michigan University Career Services Center, BenDor was involved in the United Auto Workers-Technical Office Professionals Local 1976 in the 1980s and early 1990s, serving as vice president of the local.

Jan served for over a decade as Trustee, Planning Commissioner, and Deputy Township Clerk for Pittsfield Charter Township, where she worked in support of green space preservation, establishment of long term plans for the maintenance of public services, restrictions on predatory lending, election reform, and promotion of voter registration. She is the election specialist for the Dearborn-based political advocacy group Michigan Rising.

BenDor currently lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan with her husband, with whom she has two sons.

 

VICTORIA COLLIER

Victoria Collier has been active in election defense work for over twenty years. Her groundbreaking article, "How to Rig an Election" appeared as the cover story of the November 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine. The article explored the history of election fraud in America and catalyzed discussion leading to the formation of the Nation Election Defense Coalition. Victoria has been a regular guest covering democracy issues on radio shows nationwide, including NPR, ABC News, and Pacifica stations, and is a contributor to Truthout.org. She has been a featured lecturer at the Institute for Policy Studies, the National Democracy Convention, and the Left Forum. 

She has twenty five years experience as an environmental and social justice organizer and community non-profit director, with a focus on sustainability, organic agriculture, and food security issues. She is the daughter of the late James Collier, co-author of the book Votescam: The Stealing of America.

Victoria is also an artist, organic grower, and co-directs development of the Center for Ecological Sustainability and Girasol Farm in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 

 

NANCY PRICE

Nancy Price is currently Co-chair of the Alliance for Democracy working to realize AfD’s mission to build a populist movement to end corporate domination, establish true democracy and build a just society with a sustainable and equitable economy. She writes for and edits AfD’s Justice Rising magazine. She’s also a member of MoveToAmend’s National Leadership Team, and on the Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s new Earth Democracy Issue Group and writes for WILPF’s Peace & Freedom magazine.  

 

BEN PTASHNIK

Ben-Zion Ptashnik is a former Vermont State Senator, and a life-long human rights advocate, environmental activist, and philanthropist.

As an EI activist  and Chair of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG ), Ben helped organize the Vermont Campaign for Clean Elections. He was elected to the Vermont Senate in 1996, where he served on the Government Operations , Health and Welfare, Agriculture, and Economic development committees. He became the chief sponsor of theVermont Clean Elections Act, signed in 1997. While in the Senate he supported Single Payer health care, fought to control pharmaceutical industry prices, and promoted the Vermont State suit against the Tobacco industry. He also helped pass legislation against Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) injections of cows, and was a proponent of the Vermont Civil Union Act.

Ben was the Executive Director of NorthEast Organic Farmers (NOFA) and founded EarthRight Institute, an environmental organization which helped promote Vermont's mandatory recycling law. He helped initiate the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and co-founded the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), a progressive business association focused on sustainable economic development, where he served as Public policy chair. VBSR now has over 1200 Vermont business members, and has championed various programs and legislation that has helped Vermont become one of the leaders in worker-friendly jobs, sustainable business development and protection of natural resources. 

Ben now is the CEO of a Wind and Solar Energy company, he works and lives off-the-grid at the non-profit Center for Ecological Sustainability in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

 

Reverend Rodney Sadler

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler is an Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.  He has served as Mecklenburg Ministries’ Board member for six years between 2006 and 2012. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology), and has also studied at Hebrew University (1990). He is an ordained Baptist minister and presently serves as Associate Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Rev. Dr. Sadler currently serves on the boards of Loaves and Fishes, the Hispanic Summer Program, and the Executive Committee of the North Carolina NAACP. His activism includes work with the Community for Creative Non‐Violence in D.C., Durham C.A.N., H.E.L.P. Charlotte, the Middle East Peace Working Group, and the U.S. Africa Ebola Working Group. He is Vice Chair of People Demanding Action, Vice Chair of the Justice Action Mobilization Network, Vice Chair of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, the Co‐chair of the Truth Reconciliation and Anti‐poverty Commission, and has worked organizing clergy with, and developing theological resources for, the Forward Together/Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina. In addition, Dr. Sadler hosts a weekly national radio program for the People Demanding Action Network called, the "Politics of Faith." He currently serves as the North Carolina NAACP chairperson of their Healthcare Committee.

He is a widely published author and editor. Among his research interests are the intersection of race and Scripture, the impact of our images of Jesus for the perpetuation of racial thought in America, the development of African American biblical interpretation in slave narratives, the enactment of justice in society based on biblical imperatives, and the intersection of religion and politics. Dr. Sadler resides in Charlotte with his wife, Dr. Madeline McClenney‐Sadler (president of the ExodusFoundation.org) and his daughter Ariyah Sadler, where he has lived since 2002.
 

JEFF WOLFE

Jeff co-created and chaired the Steering Committee for the inaugural Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium in Strafford, VT, in August 2013. This ground-breaking symposium has brought new national attention to the connection between these issues and people of faith. He continues to work to activate the visions created.

Jeff has been active in energy and climate work since 1973, (during the first oil embargo), when he built his first solar collector. Since then, he has worked in large-scale building efficiency and small and large scale solar energy. He co-founded groSolar, a nationwide solar contractor, where he was CEO for 14 years, and where he remains as Chairman. There he helped break new ground and build the U.S. solar industry. Jeff has also Chaired the Distributed Generation Division of the Solar Energy Industries Association since 2005, and serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board.

Jeff is currently working on developing the solar market in Mexico while also creating new organizations for sustainability and social responsibility in that country. In 2006 Jeff was trained by Al Gore in his climate presentation, which he has given many times since.

Jeff is Principal of Jeff Wolfe Consulting, providing strategy, planning and execution services as well as market entry and development in the solar / renewable energy industry. He advises several start-up companies bringing IT and hardware cost reductions to the industry.  He has a BSME from Cornell University.