Timmon Milne Wallis, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Timmon Milne Wallis is the Executive Director of NuclearBan.US. He holds a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University. He has served as executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, and he has directed peace-building projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia, Myanmar, Chechnya, Croatia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and South Sudan.
He has also served as editor of Peace News, as director of the National Peace Council (UK), as international secretary of Peace Brigades International, as training manager for International Alert, and as programme manager for Quakers in Britain. He was the founder and director of Peaceworkers UK.
His new book, Disarming the Nuclear Argument: The Truth About Nuclear Weapons, analyzes the cost, accident risk, and legality of nuclear weapons, and the absurdity of the whole concept of perpetuating nuclear weapons as “deterrence.” The book played a role in the successful July 2017 United Nations negotiations for a Nuclear Ban Treaty, and it is a handbook for those seeking a safer, saner world.
Vicki Elson, Co-Founder and Creative Director
Vicki Elson is the co-founder of NuclearBan.US and serves as the Creative Director. She is also the Executive Director of TreatyAwareness.US. For 35 years, Vicki has worked as a childbirth educator, filmmaker, and labor support “doula.” She is also a chapter leader of Represent.US, fighting Big Money in politics – the most egregious example of which is the existence of nuclear weapons, making profits for a few while threatening existence for everyone. In July 2017, she had a life-changing opportunity to witness the U.N. negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and she watched the roomful of ambassadors break all their own rules (no clapping, no hugging) when the Treaty was agreed. Now she’s spreading the message of total abolition to communities across the USA. She thinks that’s an even more important way to help babies and families to live happy, healthy lives. She also writes little songs to inspire citizen action.
Joaini Herrera Diaz, Campaigns Assistant
Joaini Herrera Diaz recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She competed nationally as an active member of the UMass Mock Trial Team and was an active member of the student Restorative Justice campaign, which organized walkouts in protest of racial inequality on campus and organized events centered around teaching students how to better handle conflicts through communication. Joaini was also an active member of the UMass Chapter of the NAACP, and campaigned along with other students to be recognized as an official chapter of the NAACP.
Trudy Knowles, NuclearBan.US, Board President
Maureen Flannery, NuclearBan.US, Treasurer
Maxine Schmidt, NuclearBan.US, Clerk
Our Advisory Board includes the former National Coordinator of the Nuclear Freeze Campaign, Randy Kehler, Lois Barber, a founder of several organizations, including Earth Action, 2020 Vision, Alliance for Renewable Energy and the World Future Council, and international lawyer and activist, Alice Slater, who serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War and is the UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.