Advisory Board

Gary Hall, Senior Vice President with the Private Bank at Wells Fargo

Mr. Hall has decades in financial services and is a long-time leader for the Private Bank and community leader for Wells Fargo.    He runs a significant business for Wells Fargo, and continues to give countless volunteer hours to his community.  Mr. Hall is instrumental in getting significant Wells Fargo dollars to our community nonprofits.  He is the founding Chairman of the Coachella Valley Repertory Theater board, Vice Chairman of Primecare Healthcare, trustee and co-chair of the Educational Outreach of the Palm Springs Art Museum, director for The Palm Springs International Film Festival and member of the Community Outreach Committee, director for the McCallum Theater and McCallum Theater Institute committee member, director of the United Way of the Desert, director of the Rancho Mirage Library Foundation, former director and advocate of the College of the Desert Foundation,  and advocate for numerous charities in the Coachella Valley, including One Voice of Peace and Kids Create Peace.

Joseph Scudder, Principal – Vista del Monte Elementary, Palm Springs, CA

David Damico, BA, MA, Administrator and Teacher

David holds a Bachelors degree from San Diego State University and a Masters degree from the University of San Diego and was a post-graduate member of the Institute for Dialogical Psyhcotherapy.

Prior to public school administration, he was an executive director for a non-profit organization where he wrote and published two books: “The Faces of Rage”, and “The Influential Parent”

David has been a public school educator and administrator since 1997 and is currently the Executive Director and creator of Ecademy California, a California charter school dedicated to connecting teachers and grade K-8 students in a virtual learning environment.

Jerry Trussell

Jerry is a teacher for Palm Springs Unified School District .  He is also a certified mediator/ arbitrator for Riverside County.  He works In the court system as a mediator.
Jerry works with Community Action Partnership non-profit agency, as a community workshop instructor.  These workshops teach students the skills for resolving conflict through mediation.  This Peer Mediation course is used widely throughout Riverside County.He has served on the Palm Springs City Human Rights Commission.  
He also served on the board for Palm Springs LGBT Community Center.


Karen Morrissey
Karen’s professional experience encompasses over 25 years in private and non-profit leadership and management, building successful collaborations and community relationships.

As a consultant, Karen has experience in branding and marketing, special event planning, corporate and volunteer solicitation, board and fund development. She has worked with agencies and foundations to create synergies and cost savings, capacity, efficiency and effectiveness. Her personal charitable community involvement includes Honorary and Silent Auction Gala Chairperson, Capital Development Committee, Board of Director and Advisory positions, and a host of committee member appointments.

Karen was one of four women in America honored as a national recipient of Family Circle Magazine 7th Annual Halo Award for Women Who Make A Difference. She was also highlighted on Woman to Woman and Giving Woman of South Florida. She appeared on NBC6 South Florida Today, and in numerous stories in the Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel.

Jessamyn Dean
Jessamyn is a contemplative psychotherapist with many years of psychological and educational experience. Her philosophy is integral, and her professional life has been focused on various aspects of health and wellness. Her first careers included yoga and fitness instructor, personal trainer, meditation instructor and nutritional therapist.

She has a private practice in Seattle, Washington and provides counseling services at a High School for at risk teens. Jessamyn specializes in family systems, addiction-focused psycho-education, with an emphasis on teaching healthy coping skills and thought habits to young people.

Jessamyn also facilitates Intensive Outpatient treatment at an all women’s treatment facility.  Jessamyn continues to develop her career through ongoing education in addiction, adolescent counseling and systems theory.

Donna D’Alessio, MA ED
An educator for most of her adult life, Donna was an early advisor /consultant during the gestation period of One Voice of Peace.  Bringing her many years of experience teaching both elementary school and high school, her views of teaching the ‘whole child’, were an inspiration that helped with the metamorphosis of Kids Create Peace.  Donna has been teaching Language Arts at a high school in Kauai, Hawai’i.