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The members of the CNVC Board of Directors govern the organization by articulating the vision, mission and aims of CNVC. They ensure its financial and legal integrity and establish board policies, strategies and objectives, including approving policies proposed by the Administrative Team and others. They also assign priorities and ensure the organization’s capacity to carry out programs by regularly reviewing its work. The Board of Directors provides continuity for the organization and also represents the organization’s point of view through interpretation of its products and services and through advocating for them.






Katherine SingerKatherine Singer


Having experienced the Korean War at the age of 5, Katherine has felt a deep commitment towards bringing about a world that is peaceful both within and without by resolving conflicts in a peaceful manner. In 1970, she immigrated to the United States, and, in 1997, met Marshall. Later, she became a trainer, then served the CNVC as a board member, and now as an assessor.

Katherine introduced NVC to South Korea in 2003, subsequently founding the Korean Center for NVC in 2006. Now, aided by 4 full-time staff, 12 [yet to be certified] trainers, and many volunteers, she is now serving all areas of South Korean society. With John Kinyon, Katherine is currently organizing and supporting a team of NVC mediators in hopes of contributing, someday peacefully resolving the conflicts between North and South Korea.

Cate CrombieCate Crombie


Cate Crombie is an internationally accredited trainer and assessor with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) based in the USA. Until recently, she was for many years the CEO of ETIA Ltd, a not-for-profit registered training organization (RTO) coordinating accredited parenting programs in Australia and South East Asia.

Cate has worked in several roles with parents and schools for over 20 years including offering community education in interpersonal communication, parenting and anti-bullying as well as school/community liaison. Cate currently facilitates Compassionate Communication (NVC) workshops and sessions in a variety of settings including community centres, corporate organizations and private as well as state schools.

Cate has worked in the disability sector in Brisbane as a community educator, researcher and also group worker. In 2005, she was invited to Albany, Western Australia to take her “Stand-up For Yourself” programme to a disability organization there. The programme was designed for teaching assertiveness to the clients of the service, staff and carers. It has evolved into a programme that is now being offered to other organizations across the state.

She is well known to audiences around Australia, in Singapore, New Zealand and the US. She was a keynote speaker at the International Brain Gym Conference in 2006, which prompted a standing ovation. She has also presented workshops and keynotes Montessori Conferences in 2009, 2010 and 2012 in Australia and the US. Following a keynote address at the Queensland Parents and Citizens (Sunshine Coast) annual conference, in 2005, Cate was invited by Education Queensland to bring NVC into 110 state schools.


William Poehner

William Poehner


William Poehner is a professional facilitator and community organizer with a passion for nonviolence. He is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and holds a bachelor degree in psychology from the Western Institute for Social Research, where he studied critical theory, community development and social change. He has spent the last ten years of his life working for and supporting non-profit organizations.

The organizations he is involved with are focused on addressing the needs of marginalized communities and disadvantaged youth. William grew up in a bilingual (Spanish/English) family, living his early childhood in a working class neighborhood in Cali, Colombia. He migrated to New York City as a young child, then moved to the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, where he became familiar with the struggles of disadvantaged adolescents in compacted neighborhoods.


Jan Carel van Dorp

Board Member

Jan Carel van Dorp ran into NVC in November 2006, when Marshall gave a 1.5 day workshop in the Netherlands. January 2007 he participated in a Special Session of 14 days with Marshall, in Albuquerque. September 2007 he started hosting practice groups in his dining room. In 2008 he formed the Dutch-speaking NVC Circle, (, now consisting of 50 trainers from Belgium and the Netherlands, of which 20 are certified.

After a career as an international tax lawyer, Jan Carel formed the Dutch Center for Great Communication (, offering open NVC trainings, courses, workshops, In-company trainings & coaching. Jan Carel is inspired by Rogers’ listening approach and integrates Gendlins’ Focusing in his work.

In 2010, Jan Carel re-translated Marshalls book “A Language of Life” into Dutch. He also edited Marshalls “Living Nonviolent Communication” and “The Empathy Factor”, by Marie Miyashiro for the Dutch market.

Jan Carel is a certified trainer with CNVC, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands or in Verbier, Switzerland. His 4 daughters also live in Amsterdam. His partner in life and work is also certified with CNVC and jointly they facilitate In-company trainings in the Netherlands and abroad.


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