CNVC Staff

Maria Arpa

Maria Arpa

Executive Director | United Kingdom & Malta

Maria joined CNVC as the Executive Director in November 2019. She was introduced to NVC by UK Trainer Daren de Witt, who invited her to see Marshall speak in London, a moment that literally changed her life. She was inspired to attend one of the Special Sessions on Social Change in Switzerland in 2005 and then invited Marshall to Malta where she organised a conference between concentration camp survivors and the multi-national corporate that had bought the site formerly used as a place of torture. Since then she has worked with marginalised, hard to reach individuals and communities and taken her work into prisons, schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Operations Director | United States

Jeff joined CNVC as the part-time Operations Director in November 2019 to create systems to help make CNVC more effective. As a Certified Trainer since 2005, he led more than 800 days of NVC training through 2018 and is the former Executive Director of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio (2009-2015). 



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Danielle Beenders

International Intensive Trainings Coordinator and Administrative Director | Netherlands

Danielle has been with CNVC since 2004 with a 6-year break. She has worked on IITs from the start and at this time will be helping you with everything IITs and VITs, all your financial and certification questions. She speaks Dutch, English, some German.

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Alison Simari

Certification Program Administrator

| United Kingdom

Alison joined CNVC as Bookstore Support in late 2010, eventually shifting her skills to serve the community as Certification Program Administrator.

COVID-19 pandemic conditions combined with her journey of self-care led Alison to leave CNVC at the end of July 2020.

CNVC wishes Alison every success in her future, with love and gratitude for her years of service.

Teresa Fore

Teresa Fore

Office Manager

| Japan & the Philippines

Teresa was hired as CNVC’s Bookstore Manager. Providing support to other departments and working on special projects led her to the position of Office Manager.

After 10 years of dedicated service, due to COVID-19 restrictions and budget cuts, Teresa left CNVC at the end of July 2020.

CNVC wishes Teresa every success in her future, with love and gratitude for her years of service.

Matthew Lopez

Matthew Lopez

Bookstore Clerk | United States

Matthew Lopez is a long-term bookseller, former environmental scientist, and volunteer with several city-run entities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He loves the outdoors, traveling, and engaging with sociably-minded people on how to better their communities. Matt is new to the Center for Nonviolent Communication and is looking forward to the many opportunities to learn, grow, and engage with members of the NVC community.

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The Staff of CNVC

We come together as an act of service, working for the good of all, embracing the oneness and interconnectedness of all, in support of there being more love, harmony, empowerment, aliveness and liberation in the world. We do this by enabling, facilitating, nurturing and inspiring others -- those who share NVC, those curious about NVC, and those who desire heartfelt connection -- in their efforts to realize our collective dreams. 

We create a living experience of NVC, in our work together and in the experiences we offer those with whom we interact. We embody and are committed to care, which we understand as including compassion, honesty and protective use of force. We are connected to the larger meaning of our work. We value passion, joy, vulnerability, courage, play, self-responsibility and self-care.

We cultivate a shared understanding of our shared responsibilities and the needs these serve. We own these responsibilities collectively, partnering to ensure that what needs doing is addressed with quality and excellence. 

We care for our interconnectedness with awareness of the impact of our choices. We support each individual in applying their passion in service to the whole, acknowledging our different levels of comfort and skill with the tasks for which we are collectively responsible. We cultivate acceptance, and loving what is, while honoring the significance and beauty of our longings.

We support and participate in the co-created ongoing evolution of this organization and the work we are doing together. We value alignment and connection with the larger CNVC community and communities who share our vision.