Office Staff

Julie Benbow
Interim Administrator

To be added. 

Shohei Morita
Member Services Lead

Shohei is a recent graduate from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California with a B. S. in Environmental Management and Protection. He was born in Japan, raised in Malaysia, and attended college in the United States. By being a part of Servas, Shohei hopes to help reduce our environmental footprints by connecting people from different places and cultures, and encouraging people to work together and collaboratively explore ways to preserve native land, people and natural resources. In his free time, he likes to travel, hike, fish, and cook zero waste meals!

Maria Tonn
Maria Tonn
Administrative Assistant

Maria graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Religious Studies and minors in Geography and Political Science. During her time at HSU she traveled to China and Tibet through the geography departement and studied the changing land use of Tibetan Nomads. After graduation she traveled to Israel and Palestine for a Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate Program. Her studies and travels have motivated her to learn as much as she can about the world and how to make it a more peaceful place. Maria looks forward to more travel experiences in the future because she believes that traveling helps people learn, grow, and take perspective. 

Board of Directors 2018/19

Dennis Mogerman
Board Chair; Southern California Regional Coordinator; Complaints Resolution, Annual Conference, Investments and Youth Initiatives committees

I am a Servas host and interviewer in Los Angeles. I’ve been hosting since the 1986 and have been a traveler even before then. I am fascinated by other people and cultures. I love to see the differences and similarities and see how other people view the world and go about solving everyday issues. I enjoy the out-of-doors. I ski, scuba dive and hike. I have traveled independently through much of the world. I’ve probably spent the most time in India, Nepal and Thailand. I volunteer with Jewish Big Brothers. This organization matches fatherless boys with men who are role models. I also volunteer with a branch of the Sierra Club that takes inner city children on hikes in the mountains.

Barbara Pioli
Board Vice-Chair

Barbara has been a member of US Servas since 2002 as both a traveler and host, thoroughly enjoying meeting people and learning about cultures from all over the world. She is a first-generation Italian on her mother’s side (and working hard to be proficient in Italian). As a board member, Barbara brings expertise in nonprofit management to US Servas. She earned a Master’s in Arts Administration from the University of Utah. Currently, she has a consulting business with services that emphasize fundamental issues such as strategic and succession planning, executive searches, and board training and development. A significant amount of her time is currently devoted to developing a community-owned grocery store in Salt Lake City, Utah, that is dedicated to growing the local food economy based on sustainable practices. During her career, she has assisted to a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including: arts, education, environmental, health, history, humanities, and legal.

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Steve Kanters
Board Treasurer; Chair, Finance committee; Member, Investments committee

Steve has served as Treasurer of US Servas since 2013. He has past board experience as the treasurer of a community mediation organization. He believes in the overall goal of Servas: Peace, one conversation at a time. Steve says, If I can contribute toward that goal, all the better! (and he’s pretty good with numbers too)

Sharon Victor
Governance and Nominating committees

Sharon has supported Servas principles since 1989 initially as a traveler and host, then more recently as an interviewer in the Seattle area. She is working toward developing more active Servas hosts and interviewers. Over time, Sharon has participated in political actions like WTO, protesting Desert Storm, managed a non-profit to help immigrants learn English, and is currently helping to develop local activities to raise awareness of the connection between lifestyle and our carbon footprint. These pursuits align well with the UN 17 Global Goals. After a business career in commercial insurance, Sharon is enjoying gardening, improving fitness, studying Spanish, ballroom dancing and working with the Board to secure the future of Servas.

Earlene Cruz
US Servas Youth Representative to the United Nations

Earlene completed her her Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Food Studies at the Gallatin school of New York University, where she is an Ignite fellow, as she works to bring Kitchen Connection to life. Kitchen Connection is an online foodie social network where chefs and lay food lovers can teach online and interactive cooking classes. The hosts of the classes (connections) can be paid, or choose to donate some or all of the funds from the class to the partner charity, Action Against Hunger and most recently, Whole Food’s Whole Planet Foundation. She is a James Beard Scholar Award Winner and has been nominated as one of the special envoys on youth under the UN Secretary General for her work with the Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goals. Most recently, she was appointed as a Servas Youth Representative to the United Nations.

Aaron Fowles
Liaison to Servas Online website developers

Aaron Fowles is a Servas member, neighborhood association president, Green Party co-chair, father, husband, and elementary school teacher.  He applied to become a board member in order to do his part to spread the message of Servas, which he feels is urgently necessary in the world today.  When not engaged in professional or civic activities, Aaron enjoys running, reading, and playing chess.

Radha Radhakrishna

Radha Radhakrishna resides in Darien, CT and has been a member of Servas since 1989. He is currently a Professor at Columbia University. Previously he worked in the financial services industry. He is the current Treasurer of Servas International, and a member of the Servas International Executive Committee (EXCO). Additionally, he represents Servas International at the United Nations in New York City.

Paige LaCombe

Paige LaCombe lives in the Los Angeles area. She has traveled widely, lived in France as a student, and now hosts Servas members and interviews prospective members. As a teacher for over 22 years, she has dedicated herself to promoting social progress and providing quality public education for minority students in South Central Los Angeles. She helps lead the Communication Committee to strengthen membership by creating more effective means of communications. She is excited to serve as the US Servas Peace and Justice Secretary and represent US Servas locally and internationally.

Chris-Ann Lauria
Communication committee

Chris-Ann has been a member of Servas since 2009. Initially she joined as a traveler and host and subsequently became an interviewer, co-chair of the Communications Committee, and most recently board chair. Her interest in international travel began in high school when her family hosted a foreign exchange student from Bogota, Colombia. To her parent’s dismay, her international travels started on her 18th birthday when she boarded a plane to Germany. Chris-Ann is a mother of adult twin boys. When they simultaneously left for college, she abruptly became an empty nester. An empathizing colleague suggested she join Servas. Within a month, Chris-Ann was a member and attending her first national conference. Chris-Ann finds immense value in the annual conferences and so far has been to seven. Chris-Ann attended UW-Madison and Marquette University, the latter where she received her master’s degree in nursing. She currently works as a nurse practitioner in St. Paul, MN. She is an advocate for quality healthcare for all. She served on medical mission trips to Haiti and helped establish the first free medical clinic in her community. In the fall of 2010, she had the opportunity to serve as a delegate to the UN DPI/NGO Global Health Conference in Melbourne, Australia. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and making organic kombucha. One of her goals as board chair is to encourage Servas members to rekindle the spirit of making human connections by becoming involved in the Making Connections project, an international initiative to develop and implement regional and international projects, programs, and activities, in which Servas members around the world can participate to show unity for a culture of peace.


National Secretary for Peace and Justice

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David Schwartz
Communication & 2019 Conference Committees

I feel that I am a citizen of the world. In my travels, I have always become better connected with humanity as a whole. It will be my goal as US Servas Secretary for Peace & Justice to promote cross-border and cross-cultural cooperation and appreciation. Professionally, I write books for children. My 50+ books have been translated into many languages including French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Most of my books are about science or mathematics, making these subjects enjoyavble to readers of all ages. I often give talks to children at schools. I have visited schools in almost every U. S. state and a dozen other countries. I have many interests, from folk dancing to cooking to nature study and outdoor activities such as hiking and bicycling. I believe that intolerance and hatred come from a lack of familiarity, and if everyone learned firsthand about the world’s peoples and cultures, as Servas promotes, world peace would be within reach.

Minutes of Board Meetings

2015-2016 Board Minutes

2016-2017 Board Minutes

2017-2018 Board Minutes