Staff & Board


John Heuer, Director

John was born in Detroit in 1946. His father had come back from service in the US Army, and the young family picked up stakes to move from their New Jersey home. His mother lost both of her brothers in WWII. The young veteran dad took his family to Presbyterian Church. He was a deacon at Calvin Presbyterian, and one of the leaders of the Northwest Churches United for Human Rights, a fellowship dedicated to ending Jim Crow in the racially divided city. Observing his father’s courageous stand for first class citizenship for African-Americans was a great inspiration for young John, one that he carries with him to this day.

More about John.



David Harris, Chair & Board Member

David Harris has been active in many organizations and campaigns over the years, including Chair of The Durham People’s Alliance (Group of 400 to 600 concern citizens about local, state, and national issues), and the Inter-Neighborhood Council (made up of 25 to 40 neighborhood/homeowner associations) concerned with local and state issues.  He is a graduate of NC Central University.  David has worked actively with the Durham Bring the War Dollars Home Campaign.



Joe Burton, Treasurer & Board Member





Anne Cassebaum, Secretary & Board Member

Environmental, military and poverty issues all seem rooted together to me, so I look for ways to build a sustainable, green economy, to change the policies producing the American military empire and the wealth gap, and to bring people to the natural world in a way that makes them want to protect it. In NC Peace Action, these ideas come together as well as some inspiring people; friends and I are working to build a local chapter in Alamance County. My book, Down Along the Haw: The Story of a North Carolina River (McFarland) was just published, and I serve on the Haw River Assembly Board. Targeting and deportation of undocumented people in my county has led me to be active on the Human Relations Council and Fairness Alamance. I’ve retired from teaching writing, environmental literature and non-violence studies at Elon University, but still enjoy working with students going after their GED. My husband, son and daughter, their partners, and six grandchildren all live in Alamance County.


Mia Austin-Scoggins, Media Coordinator & Board Member

Mia Austin-Scoggins has been active in the peace & justice movement since the late 1960s, and she has shown a special dedication to the needs of veterans, especially those experiencing homelessness and other trauma. At the “MIC@50″ Conference, sponsored by Quaker House in January 2011, Mia spoke on the impact of the Military Industrial Complex on American veterans and the “extra casualties” (physical, mental and societal) beyond the names on memorials that are the haunting legacy of America’s involvement in the “business” of war. Mia is Vice President in Charge of Communications for the (Eisenhower) Chapter 157 of Veterans for Peace, and is Media Coordinator for NC Peace Action.


Rukiya Dillahunt, Board Member

Education, Labor and Peace Activist, Wake County educator for 33 years, retired Vice Principal, Member of Black Workers for Justice and Board Member of NC Peace Action.





lawlerRev. Carol Anne Lawler, Board Member

Carol Anne Lawler has been working for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region since 2006.  She began her work within the organization as a chaplain and grief counselor in the regional office of Lincoln County.  In 2012 she assumed a new position within the organization as Faith Community Educator.  In her current role, her goal is to form relationships, to serve as a resource, and to educate faith communities, as well as the community at large, on different aspects of end of life issues; from an ‘Overview of Hospice and Palliative Care’ to ‘Forgiveness at End of Life’  to ‘ Health Care Planning’, and more… Her latest presentation is Best Practice for Healthy Aging: Mind, Body & Spirit.
Carol Anne is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, and has served churches in different capacities for many years.  She also served as a Chaplain-Resident for 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.  She has led several workshops for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization on incorporating yoga into healing and other alternative modalities to aid in the healing process for grief and loss. As her avocation, she especially enjoys teaching Chair Yoga to the residents at The Pines in Davidson, NC.  She has recently completed a 40 hour certificate in teaching Yoga for Seniors.

 Rachael Bliss, Board Member & Asheville Coordinator

In Asheville, Rachael has been active in peace and justice issues since the 2009 surge of troops in Afghanistan.  Before that she participated in such activites as a member of Appalachian Peace Education Center.  In 2010 and 2011 she helped organize the Asheville observation of International Day of Peace.  Today she spends much of her time trying to get a Bring Our War Dollars Home Resolution put on the agenda and voted on by the Asheville City Council.




Khalilah Sabra, Board Member

 Khalilah Sabra is the executive director and project director for the MAS Immigrant Justice Center. She is an accredited representative who serves as counsel for aliens in immigration proceedings such as the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Department of Homeland Security. Khalilah is a long-time activist, working indefatigably to promote international peace and the welfare, rights, and status of immigrants through public speaking, educational workshops, local events, media interviews, and interfaith partnerships. Khalilah has previously served as a board member on the ACLU Racial Profiling Committee (2006-2009) and as a committee member of the MEPI, International Women’s Committee (2005-2010). She received her BS in Criminal Justice from California State University at Los Angeles and has graduate certification in Legal Studies. She is also a published author: An Unordinary Death, the Lie of a Palestinian (2007) and a contributor to the anthology Cleansed: Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1990). 


Sandy Irving, Board Member







 Hank Elkins, Legislative Coordinator & Orange Co. Coordinator






Jenn MacCormack, Assistant 

Jenn has worked for NC Peace Action since Fall 2010. She manages the website, social media, email lists, and newsletter. A graduate from NC State University, she is working on a PhD in Social Psychology at UNC-CH, researching the neuroscience and peripheral physiology of emotions.