Head of Peace Education
Head of Peace Education, Christina Barruel has trained thousands of student peer mediators and teachers during her 25 year association with Cool Schools both as a School Programme Coordinator and in her current role. As Head of Peace Education, she leads a national team of 10 programme facilitators as well as office staff, interns and volunteers. Christina has introduced the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme to schools in Fiji, Hong Kong, Iceland, and Los Angeles. During 2018, Christina developed and facilitated a four week practical conflict resolution module for a Level 4 paper at AUT. Components of this module were taught to Japanese students over two days at Hirosaki University in northern Japan.
During 2013, Christina was recognized for her outstanding contribution to peace education in New Zealand and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. This enabled her to spend time learning skills and techniques with an organization in Seattle, Washington State, who provide successful peer mediation programmes for schools throughout the USA. In 2015 she was awarded a scholarship from Resolution Institute which enabled her to train and become accredited as an adult mediator.
Christina continues to remain passionate about her work. She considers it a privilege to work in education institutions teaching peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation skills … what she loves most. Furthermore, she says, “I have the opportunity every day to remind myself… I must practise what I preach!” Christina enjoys cycling, running, Ceroc dancing, yoga and is a sought after marriage celebrant in her spare time. Her social activities with family (grand daughters in particular) and friends, always bring great joy and happiness.
John brings stability and focus to The Peace Foundation based on his extensive experience in the management of small to mid-sized companies. Before coming to the Peace Foundation in 2017, John’s work experience was mostly in for-profit businesses. He is happy to now contribute to a more peaceful world through his work with The Peace Foundation.
“It’s my job to create a platform that puts our team in the best possible position to deliver our educational programmes. Providing a solid financial foundation is at the core of creating organisation stability and enabling the entity to pursue opportunities as they arise.” Originally from the United States, John now lives in New Zealand with his three kids and enjoys sharing the beauty and simplicity of the Kiwi lifestyle.
Family Programme Coordinator/Facilitator & School Programmes Facilitator
Lisa is a mother of two young adults, a qualified teacher, certified mediator and programme facilitator for professionals, families and youth who need support in their relationships. She has helped thousands of families and youth discover more about themselves and develop stronger connections with others by facilitating a variety of educational programmes through her work with the Peace Foundation and Greenlight Foundation in New Zealand.
Lisa has been facilitating the Peace Foundation’s Leadership through Peer Mediation, Cools Schools and Mindful Family Communication Programme for over a decade. This has allowed her to undertake intensive training in modern relational methodologies and parent coach education with Dr Shefali Tsabary and other experts including Dr’s John and Julie Gottman, Dan Siegel and Dr. Richard Bolstad. Lisa is also a certified and experienced life-coach with qualifications in positive psychology (NLP) and mindfulness.
Knowing the importance of finding personal meaning and purpose in life, she was grateful to be part of the first Project Wayfinder Facilitator Teacher training in July 2018 and now also co-leads Youth Leadership Retreats and workshops to ignite transformation in youth. This exciting programme designed at Stanford University d.design School, helps youth explore their inner world, and develop strategies and practices to live happier, more compassionate, and purposeful lives that positively contribute to the world. Lisa’s purpose is to create inclusive experiences that uplift and inspire authenticity, personal growth and awareness.
Lisa currently lives in beautiful Wanaka with her partner and enjoys every opportunity to connect with her family and friends.
Peace Education Administrator & Internship Coordinator
Youth Programmes Coordinator
Alessandra Kuribara joined the Peace Foundation in October 2015, initially as an IT intern. She has pursed a career in Information Technology (IT) after graduating from high school with a diploma in Data Processing. In the course of her career, Alessandra has held various positions including a Programmer, Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, and Web Developer. She enjoys travelling, volunteering and cooking in her spare time.