Born in Beit Sahour, received his diploma in Jordan as a Dental Technician. Involved in Rapprochement Center since 1998. Secretary of the board of the Trade Union of the Speciality Association of Science and Technology of Dental Laboratories for two years. Joined the board of Administrators of PCR in 2006, he served as treasurer for a while and this year he was elected President.
Raed has been involved in PCR since 1997. After completing his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Al-Mousil University in Iraq, he worked for the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture. However, after taking some training courses as PCR in web design, he pursued this track for his future career and became the webmaster for Palestine News Network, before quitting and building his own web design business.
Jane has been involved in PCR since 1992. She holds a Master Degree of Science in Environmental Management and is currently the head of Water and Environment Research Department at the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ). after several years of being busy at work, she decided to share some of her accumulated experience in running and managing projects to help PCR develop its programs.
Johnny has been involved in PCR since 1992. He was among the youth group of the center and have helped organize some of the activities and projects, especially the annual candle procession. Johnny is very active in the community. He is one of the main organizers of a Football Tournament in Beit Sahour known as the Beit Sahour Family Tournament organized on annual basis, where thousands of people from Beit Sahour participate in a family activity.
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and occasional other Palestinian universities and colleges. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities. He and his wife returned to Palestine in 2008 starting a number of institutions and projects such as a clinical genetics laboratory that serves cancer and other patients. They founded (initial personal donation of $250,000) and run (as full time volunteers) the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and the Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University (www.palestinenature.org). Qumsiyeh published over 150 scientific papers on topics ranging from cultural heritage to biodiversity to cancer. His many published books include “Bats of Egypt”, "Mammals of the Holy Land", "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle" and "Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment". He also published hundreds of articles and letters to the editor and has an activism book published electronically. He gave hundreds of talks in 45 countries around the world. He especially believes in youth empowerment towards social and environmental causes. Qumsiyeh was harassed and arrested for non-violent actions but also received a number of prestigious awards for these same actions (www.qumsiyeh.org). He and his wife and dozens of other volunteers and staff at PIBS continue to have “Joyful participation in the sorrows of this world” and make a real difference for sustainability of nature and human communities