• Tamra Haas

    Executive Director

  • Rebecca Stirn

    Alumni Relations Coordinator

  • Betsy Small Campbell

    Cyprus Program Coordinator

  • Tamera Drozd

    Middle East Program Coordinator

  • Hon. Carolyn Becraft

    Fargo Area Co-Coordinator

  • Mike Becraft

    Fargo Area Co-Coordinator

  • Kim Bell

    Transportation Coordinator

  • Valerie Brennan

    Finance Manager

  • Melanie Dozier Coe

    Houston Area Coordinator

  • William “Bo” Dean

    NH Area Coordinator

  • Vern Haas

    OR/SW WA Area Coordinator

  • Karen Lamb

    Communications Manager

  • Celia Larsen

    Surveys & Metrics

  • Sharon Harroun Peirce

    Strategic Advisor

  • Monica Randolph

    Archivist

  • Charlotte Rich

    Donor Communications

  • Dotty Scott, Website Manager

    Dotty Scott

    Website Manager

  • Melody Stone

    OR/SW WA Area Coordinator

  • Kathy Valyi

    Development Advisor

  • Meibh McKinney

    Northern Ireland Liaison

  • Abdallah Salha

    Fargo Asst. Coordinator

  • Alexis Eskenazi

    US Teen Liaison

Tamra Haas

Executive Director

Tammy Haas lives in Battle Ground, WA with her husband Vern and works full time for American Family Insurance.  Prior to her insurance career Tammy had a long career in the banking industry as a Commercial Lender.  She has been in Rotary for 19 years and most recently in the Lewis River Rotary since 2009.  She served as Club President in 2011 and 2012.  She is the currently the Chair of her Club’s Peace Committee. She serves as the volunteer Executive Director for CFP managing the USA Program. She and her husband Vern hosted CFP teens in 2012 from Cyprus and went to Cyprus together in 2013 for an extended vacation and saw personally the challenges in this country.  They served as Area Coordinators from 2016 to 2018 serving the SW Washington State /Portland, Oregon Metro region.   Tammy took over as Executive Director in 2019 and has been instrumental it the growth of the program both in Cyprus and in Israel-Palestine/Levant region. She and her husband have hosted multiple Rotary Exchange Students from around the world.   She is committed to Service above Self and feels Peace building efforts are both nationally and internationally a key to our global success.

Rebecca Stirn

Alumni Relations Coordinator

Becky Stirn brings to CFP executive business experience and extensive volunteer service. She has served on the Boards of Trustees for educational, environmental, medical and historical preservation institutions. Her career has focused on strategic planning, financial management and marketing for medical device companies as well as consumer retail companies. After senior leadership positions at Collage Aesthetics, CooperVision, CEMAX and running her own consulting practice, she co-founded Aesthetic Sciences Corp. and served on its Board of Directors and as President and CFO. She chaired the Nominating/Governance Committee and served on the Audit and Executive Compensation Committees as a member of the Safeway Board of Directors. Currently, she advises entrepreneurial startups in innovative software fields. In addition to her CFP volunteer roles, she is a member of the board of a local nonprofit and on the Board of Governors at Wilmer Eye Institute (Johns Hopkins). Becky was first introduced to CFP in 2015 by a founder of the Cyprus Friendship Program. Her previous experience as a foreign exchange student through the American Field Service (AFS) and strong interest in peacebuilding through teenagers led her to open the San Francisco Bay Area as a new CFP hosting area. She now also works on strengthening CFP’s alumni program and investigating the role of US teens to aid in the peacebuilding process. Becky is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business and of Smith College (economics).

Betsy Small Campbell

Cyprus Program Coordinator

Betsy Small Campbell, M.A., Ed. M. is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, and North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Her three decades of work with marginalized populations worldwide as a special educator, violence prevention researcher, and cross-cultural counselor and most recently with immigrant survivors of domestic violence have taught her crucial lessons about connection and listening to each other’s history and pain. She has worked and hosted with CFP for over ten years, leading on site and virtual workshops for teens and their host families. Betsy served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone (1984-1987). She is the former Executive Director of War Child, USA.

Tamera Drozd

Middle East Program Coordinator

In 2001 two Northern Ireland girls, one Catholic and one Protestant, stayed with Tamera’s family and thus began her 20-year journey in youth empowerment with a focus on youth in conflict regions of the world. The young ladies were part of the peace organization, the Children’s Friendship Project for Northern Ireland (CFPNI); they were the first of 51 youth from 9 countries who have stayed with Tamera and her family over the past two decades.

Tamera led an active role with CFPNI through 2007 when she, along with a few dedicated host families and Warren Muir, introduced CFPNI’s program model to associates in Cyprus. The organization was renamed the Cyprus Friendship Program and as its first Executive Director, Tamera led the initial cohort of Cypriot youth who participated in the program. Subsequently, she continued working with youth through Department of State programs for the next 8 years before returning to CFP.

Tamera has collaborated with multiple non-profit youth organizations and has led all-volunteer international teams working with youth in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Finland, Israel, Palestine and the U.S.

A resident of the Washington, D.C. area, Tamera has a MS in Mathematics and is passionate about tutoring high school math students from local schools. Prior to working with international youth, she spent 15 years in the aerospace industry.

Tamera was delighted to return to CFP in 2019 where she is the Middle East Program Coordinator. She is excited to be part of the organization’s future growth in the region and to continue her journey with youth.

Hon. Carolyn Becraft

Fargo Area Co-Coordinator

Carolyn spent her entire career working with the military community primarily on family, medical and personnel issues.  She served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.  She chaired the Army Family Action Committee pushing for changes in Army policy regarding families.  The effort culminated in the creation of the Army Family Action Planning Process (AFAP) still used today to identify and prioritize issues of concern to military families and communities.  For 10 years she directed the Ford Foundation funded Women and the Military Project.  Her work resulted in numerous law and policy changes that have positively impacted the lives of military women and families.

In 1993 she was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy).  She was directly responsible for all community support policies that govern the military services.  In addition, she had direct responsibility for the worldwide Commissary and Exchange systems and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in the United States and throughout the world.  In 1998 she was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), a position she held until 2001.  Upon leaving the Defense Department Ms. Becraft assisted numerous organizations with Strategic Planning and Executive Coaching Services.

Carolyn served on the Advisory Boards of the National Military Family Association, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC),  the Alliance for National Defense and the UND College of Business and Public Administration Board.  She is an emeritus member of the board of directors of the Vinson Hall Corporation (a sea service continuing care community) and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation where she served as Chair of the Alumni association. She currently serves on the board of Prairie Public and is a Commissioner on Fargo’s Human Rights Commission. She received her BS in Nutrition from the University of North Dakota. She holds a MS Ed from the University of Southern California and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Dakota in 2016.  

Mike Becraft

Fargo Area Co-Coordinator

Peter M. Becraft,“Mike,” was raised in New Hartford, New York and graduated from Niagara University in 1966 with a BA in Social Science.  He was Commissioned upon graduation as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  His Army career spanned over 26 years.  His last assignment, before retiring as a Colonel in September of 1993, was as the Chief of the Counternarcotics Operations Division of the Joint Staff, the Pentagon where he was responsible for the daily management of the Department of Defense operations supporting the War on Drugs which included over 15,000 joint service military members conducting operations in the sky, on the land, on the sea, and under the sea.  Prior to that he served in various command and staff positions worldwide, including two combat tours in the Republic of South Vietnam (RVN).  On his first tour he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and was wounded during TET of 1968.  He was medevaced to the States and spent 8 months in an Army hospital.  After Advisor School and Vietnamese language training he returned to RVN as an advisor and a General’s Aide.  In 1993 Mike’s wife Carolyn was about to receive a political appointment as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, with two sons still in school he decided to retire.  Among his many awards he was the recipient of the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in combat, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for heroism in combat, the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious Service in combat, the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for heroism in combat. The Army allowed him to get an MA in Political Science and a MBA.  He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College in Washington, DC.

Next stop was the US Immigration and Naturalization Service(INS) of the Department of Justice where he started as a Consultant in October 1993.  In February 1995, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the INS as a member of the Career Senior Executive Service.  On September 11, 2001, Mike was appointed the Acting Deputy Commissioner.  During his tenure the INS grew from 17,000 personnel with a budget of over $1B, to an organization of almost 38,000 men and women worldwide and a budget of over $6B.  The INS was the largest armed law enforcement agency in the US Federal Government at the time.  Mike was the recipient of the 2022 Presidential Meritorious Rank Award.  He served as Deputy Commissioner until June 2003.

In July of 2003 he joined an IT and services public company, SI International, as Senior Vice President for Homeland Security.  He was promoted to Executive Vice President a year later to run the Mission Services Group.  In late 2007 SI  was acquired by a British firm to create a $1.3B Division in the US and Canada.  Mike stayed with the new company as the head of the Federal Civilian Services Group, an organization consisting of three major business units with over 4,000 personnel providing support to federal, provincial, state and local governments in the United States and Canada.   In July 2012 he retired for a third and final time with over 46 years of service.  He is married to the Honorable Carolyn H. Becraft and has three children and six grandchildren.  The Becraft’s live in Fargo and at their lake home in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Kim Bell

Transportation Coordinator

A native of Pennsylvania, Kim Bell began her career after college with a regional bank in credit and lending, and then as a technical writer and finance officer.  While completing her master’s degree, she then turned toward a career in the United States Air Force.  She began her many assignments as a weather observer, and then as the unit Equal Employment Officer where she trained members and conducted investigations on racial and gender discrimination and sexual harassment.  She then took an assignment at a higher headquarters as the disaster preparedness officer, training members on the use of nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare equipment in global deployed environments.  When 9-11 occurred, the focus of that assignment rapidly evolved into what is now known as Homeland Security.  This long-term assignment had local, state, and national intensity where she developed and handled many different aspects of operations, training, and planning for many homeland contingencies here at home.  Toward the middle-to-end of her career, she went back to school, attending law school at night, graduating cum laude.  Concurrently throughout her career, Kim was asked to be the Transportation Coordinator for a small nonprofit, then known as the Children’s Friendship Project of Northern Ireland in the mid-1990’s.  She has been serving in this position as the nonprofit grew, changed, and evolved into the present Creating Friendships for Peace.  She has been bringing her knowledge of global homeland security, her operations and logistics talent, and her overall leadership experience to our organization for over the past 20 years.

Valerie Brennan

Finance Manager

Valerie moved from Northern France to the US in 1999. Currently employed as a Bookkeeper Specialist with Bay Business Group, LLC, she was an active Rotarian for many years and treasurer of her club. Valerie lives in Vienna, VA with her husband Mike and their 3 children.

Melanie Dozier Coe

Houston Area Coordinator

Melanie has spent her career in higher education. She has taught college courses in Speech Communication and Business since 2003 while also working in operations management.  Melanie holds a Master’s of Arts in Communication Studies and a MBA in Management. As a professor she enjoys designing curriculum that includes coverage of cultural diversity, intercultural communication, and conflict communication.
Melanie is a avid traveler and lover of the arts. She shares these passions with her two teenage children and husband.  Her family has hosted yearlong exchange students from Bremen, Germany and Madrid, Spain. These relationships have continued and they consider both children members of their family. Melanie is active in her local Episcopalian church and works to promote voting as a volunteer deputy registrar.

William “Bo” Dean

NH Area Coordinator

Bo has been with CFP since 2011 as a host parent or area coordinator.  Currently retired from the FAA, I was a journeyman air traffic controller for 25 years. Prior to that I served in the USAF.

I currently work as a part time ESL instructor in Salem, NH. I also work part time as a high school basketball and tennis coach in Amherst,NH where I reside with my wife and son. I am a proud graduate of North Texas University (BA, 1980) and Embry Riddle University (MA 1991).

I have always enjoyed hosting young people from all over the world and my wife and I enjoy getting to know these young people and engaging in cultural exchange. We take great pride in allowing young students to share our home and world with us, exposing them to an objective view of a typical American home and family. CFP, through it’s important work in Cyprus and other locations, has allowed me to continue to meet, host and interact with engaging and stimulating young students. We help shape and understand each others views and perspectives in the world we live.

Vern Haas

OR/SW WA Area Coordinator

Vern is a retired Veteran serving over 20 years in the Navy.  Having traveled the world as a child of an Air Force Veteran as well as his own through his military career it has given him a true appreciation for other cultures.  He currently is a full-time employee with the Veterans Administration as a property asset manager.  He and his wife Tammy have hosted many Rotary long term exchanges students starting in 2009 from a number of different countries.  In 2012, through Rotary,  they learned about CFP and they agreed to host a pair of teens from Cyprus for a full month.  In 2013 they traveled to Cyprus and vacationed with the families of the 2 girls they hosted and gained a true understanding of the challenges Cypriots face.  Because of this life changing experience Vern and his wife Tammy became Area Coordinators for the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area from 2016 through 2018.  Vern is now the Area Coordinator for the Vancouver, WA area.

Karen Lamb

Communications Manager

Karen Lamb is an international communications specialist who has worked in writing, editing and special events. She began her career at the American Field Service in New York City, and over the years worked for the Financial Times in London, Eurofinance in Paris, Citicorp in New York and Deloitte & Touche in Washington DC, where she resides with her husband, The Hon. Denis Lamb. Her volunteer experience includes working in Paris, France, with the American Cathedral, the OECD, and the Women’s Institute for Continuing Education. She also served as Communications Chair and Secretary of the international Order of St John, in Washington, DC, where she created and edited a newsletter for nine years, and wrote fundraising and other communications materials. In DC, she continues to work in the Thrift Shop of Christ Church Georgetown, and on the Church’s Stewardship Committee, as well as on the Continuing Programs and Welcoming Committees at the Sulgrave Club.

Celia Larsen

Surveys & Metrics

Celia came to the US at the age of 11 from Harare, Zimbabwe, with her diplomat parents and two sisters. Currently employed as part of the management team of Envoy Air (a regional carrier subsidiary of American Airlines), Celia brings strong administrative and proficient computer skills to CFP, enabling her to fill two volunteer positions. The mother of two sons, she lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband Don.

Sharon Harroun Peirce

Strategic Advisor

Sharon has spent most of her adult life in philanthropy, focusing on post-conflict reconciliation and recovery, women’s issues and education. After co-founding and building an award-winning advertising and public relations agency in Virginia, she served for fifteen years as a board member and later Chairman of the Children’s Friendship Project for Northern Ireland. CFPNI brought together over two thousand teenagers from both sides of the cultural divide in a reconciliation leadership program during the closing years of the conflict and the early years after the Belfast peace agreement of 1998. That same year, Sharon served on the organizing committee of the Vital Voices conference in Belfast, promoting women in leadership. She received the U.S. State Department’s Millennium International Volunteer Award for her work in Northern Ireland.

Moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Sharon served for ten years on the governing board of LA’s BEST, an after school program for over 35,000 school children from low income neighborhoods. She co-founded, and led the marketing and brand development of, the annual BritWeek events in Los Angeles, proceeds from which have benefited charities serving children and young people in activities including literature, art, theater, health, sports and computer coding. Sharon received the annual Innovator Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2012 for her imaginative work.

Sharon currently serves as Vice Chairman of the U.S. board of Cinemagic, a Belfast-based organization which introduces young people in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States to opportunities and training in the film and television industries. Sharon is an Ambassador for Visit Belfast, that city’s agency for tourism and conferences. She is also a Strategic Advisor to CFP (Creating Friendships for Peace), a youth organization with projects in Cyprus and the Middle East.

Sharon is a firm believer in the power of young people, whatever their start in life, to create their own futures and make a positive difference in the world. She is regularly consulted by non-profits around the world.

Monica Randolph

Archivist

Monica Randolph has been a part of CFP (then Cyprus Friendship Program) since 2012, when she first had the privilege of hosting pairs of teens from Cyprus as a part of the Atlanta, Georgia, arm of CFP. For 3 years in Georgia and 2 years in Northern Virginia, Monica hosted teens in her home and participated in the conflict resolution and peace-building program activities that enabled dialogue and friendships to build between the many pairs of young Cypriots. She is now very pleased to be participating in CFP in a new capacity: as Program Archivist. With a Masters in Archival Studies from Clayton State University, Monica is well suited to gather the many records of this long-standing and diverse program into a format that makes the information contained within both organized and available for proper business practices and for research and development. Monica is excited to be joining the CFP team again and looks forward to seeing what new projects and movements can spring from the accumulated history of CFP.

Charlotte Rich

Donor Communications

Charlotte moved from London, England to the US in 1978. A former flight attendant with British Airways, she ran her own antiques business for 15 years in Kensington, Maryland, and volunteered with the prestigious Washington Antiques Show. The mother of two daughters, Charlotte loves baking and gardening. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband, John.

Dotty Scott, Website Manager

Dotty Scott

Website Manager

Dotty is an award-winning website designer. Premium Websites, LLC was awarded ( 2011 – 2021) the “Top 25 Web Hosting & Design Companies” by the Vancouver Business Journal.  The Best of Vancouver award was presented to Premium Websites, LLC in the category of Website Design and Development in November 2011. Best of Clark County was awarded in 2017. In 2021 Premium Websites was awarded the Business Hall of Fame for earning The Best Website Design and Development award 10 years in a row.

Dotty has over 400 website clients and maintains well over a 90% retention rate.  Her customers love the work she produces and appreciates her ability to help them with online marketing.

Dotty is a sought-after speaker regionally. Small business owners especially benefit from her Social Media and Blogging presentations. They gain valuable knowledge of otherwise complex or confusing technical strategies in just a short time because she makes the information easy to understand.  Dotty is well educated but does not speak in “Techie” terms… she makes complicated topics understandable for everyone.

As a past Membership Coordinator for I Take The Lead organization, she has helped local business owners promote their products and services through networking opportunities and education.

Dotty is also a member of the Fort Vancouver Lions and contributes over 75 hours of volunteer time each year for the benefit of her community.

Melody Stone

OR/SW WA Area Coordinator

Melody Stone lives in Tigard, Oregon with her husband Mike and works part-time at the Tigard-Tualatin School District, at Mike’s accounting practice doing administrative tasks and delivering Meals on Wheels.  She joined the Tigard Rotary Club in 2017.  Tigard Rotary is a Rotary PeaceBuilder club with a long history with CFP; one of its members was a Turkish Cypriot who lived through the 1974 conflict, while another brought CFP to the Pacific Northwest as her Masters thesis.  Melody too had a history with the area, having lived in Turkey as a military dependent child in the early 60s.  She and Mike hosted  their first 2 teens in the summer of 2017 and were so enamored with the program that their winter vacation destination later that year changed from Hawaii to Cyprus, where they spent three weeks with the families of the two boys they had hosted.  The Stones continued hosting CFP teens in 2018 and 2019.  Melody took over as SW Washington/Oregon Metro region Coordinator when Tammy Hass got “bumped upstairs” in 2019 while also becoming Tigard Rotary’s PeaceBuilder representative.  She & her husband have hosted multiple Rotary exchange students from around the world over the last 10 years, and Melody remains in contact with all of her CFP teens to this day.

Kathy Valyi

Development Advisor

Kathy Valyi spent more than 30 years of her career in non-profit development, serving Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY for 14 years as head of “advancement” (annual and capital fundraising, communications, alumni relations, parent relations) and guiding one of the largest secondary school capital campaigns. During her time at Hackley, more than 90% of parents and 30% of alums contributed to the annual fund and the school exceeded $50 million in its first true capital campaign. Kathy also served the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, Seeds of Peace and several other organizations. Before her non-profit career, she worked for Exxon, in corporate planning and Esso Middle East public affairs. In retirement, Kathy is a member of the Vestry of Christ Church Riverdale (leading stewardship and endowment management) and has created a community partnership with ELLIS, a NYC public high school serving recently-arrived immigrants. She is a member of the Order of St. John.

Kathy and her husband Peter Nulty live in New York and have three adult children and two grandchildren. Kathy is an alumna of Carleton College and earned her MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of International Relations with specialties in the Middle East and International Economics. She attempts to retain her proficiencies in French, German and Arabic. As a first-generation American and daughter of Holocaust refugees, Kathy is passionately committed to international understanding, human rights and democracy.

Meibh McKinney

Northern Ireland Liaison

Meibh Mckinney will be working with CFP staff in the US to help CFP reconnect with the 2,000 CFPNI alumni in Northern Ireland and conduct research evaluations.  Meibh is currently employed by Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI) as a Support Worker with the Health and Wellbeing Programme in West Belfast, working with people that have been affected directly by the Troubles and with young people that have been inter-generationally impacted as well. She also is interning with Amal-Tikva helping them develop a program with Rethinking Conflict, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  She recently finished her M.Sc. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Ulster University and has served as an intern with Cooperation Ireland focusing on cross-border peacebuilding.

Meibh lives in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland with her family.  She is a member of the selection committee for the Creating Friendships for Peace Scholarship in Memory of Henry John McKinney, B.Sc., M.Sc. to Haifa University.

Abdallah Salha

Fargo Asst. Coordinator

Originally from Gaza, Palestine, Abdallah started his journey with Creating Friendships for Peace in 2018 in Maryland. It sparked his interest in Peacebuilding and he returned for the 2019 program in Washington state. He also joined CFP’s US teen pilot program as an alum participant. He was introduced to CFP through our partner organization Jerusalem PeaceBuilders.

Abdallah participated in international programs to further explore human rights, solidarity, and conflict resolution, including work in interfaith and diverse environments. These have shaped his perception of the world and commitment to a safe, peaceful, and prosperous future for all. His interest in international relations started at an early age upon being selected to represent UNRWA Palestinian refugees to international organizations and high-ranking officials through a State Department program in 2013. He is now studying International Affairs and Economics in the US.  Earlier, he graduated from Red Cross Nordic United World College, Norway, followed by a Global Citizen Year program in Senegal where he received a full grant to apprentice as a co-producer of an English educational podcast and as a teaching assistant in its support. His experience includes think tank research, diversity recruitment and short course facilitation.

He now joins CFP as the Fargo Assistant Coordinator to support the efforts of the Becrafts in launching the new hosting area.

Alexis Eskenazi

US Teen Liaison

Alexis Eskenazi is the CFP U.S. Teen Liaison. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a junior at Castilleja School. Alexis and her family hosted an Israeli-Palestinian pair of teens with CFP in 2019. The following summer, she worked with a team of CFP alumni, administrators, and American teen volunteers to develop CFP’s first alumni survey, which was designed to explore strategic initiatives under CFP’s consideration. She aided in interpreting the survey results, which led to the development of CFP’s 2021 Pilot Peacebuilding Seminar for U.S. teens in the spring and the creation of new alumni initiatives and programs held that summer. Alexis participated in the U.S. Pilot Seminar as well and graduated with excellence. In Alexis’s ongoing role, she is collaborating with CFP’s leadership and alumni from the U.S., Cyprus, and Israel-Palestine to enhance the long-lasting bonds between alumni. She is exploring the possible expansion of the role of U.S. teen hosts and aiding in the opening of new hosting areas to accommodate the increasing international interest in CFP’s peacebuilding program. She hopes to continue highlighting the importance of peacebuilding in her own community and looks forward to hosting a pair of CFP teens in the summer of 2022.