The Board

2015 PACT  BOARD MEMBERS

Zorica Beus (Croatia Coordinator and PACT Camp Site Supervisor)
Zorica was born February 17, 1956 in Sarajevo. Prior to the relatively  recent Balkan war, she was a journalist. From 1980 to 1991, she was the art critic for the central newspaper, Oslobodjenje, in Bosnia and Hercegovina. When the war started, she moved with her family to safety on the island of Korcula, in Croatia. While raising her own son, Zorica started engaging in humanitarian activities, to help other refugees and displaced children. For many years Zorica worked with Global Children's Organization, to help coordinate logistics for their annual summer camps.  She has been actively engaged with regional artists to help bring a wide variety of exhibitions to her community, and to provide art programs for local children. Zorica is also a member of AICA UNESCO, and has been involved with several historical museum projects in her community. Zorica was one of the founding Balkan members of Peace Action Children's Team (PACT) as it began to take shape in 2004. Since that time, Zorica has served on the PACT Board, and is the PACT Croatian Coordinator and site supervisor.


John B. Kim (PACT Secretary)
John B. Kim was born and raised in Honolulu, and is a licensed clinical social worker providing individual, group and family therapy for children and adolescents of our active duty military families.  In addition to earning a MSW from the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at UH Manoa in ‘94, he obtained a second masters in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  John was drawn to the work of PACT after hearing about the summer camps through a social work colleague.  PACT’s mission of contributing to global peace efforts, and the experiential nature of its programs resonates with both his social work values and his belief in the arts to effect transformation and change in individuals and communities.  He is also a member of the Society of Asian Art of Hawai’i, Inc., and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA).

 

Ryan Markham (PACT Vice-President)
Ryan Markham was raised on the Windward side of Oahu, and attended Punahou School from Kindergarten until graduating in 2001.  As a high school student Ryan participated in the Punahou Peer Helping and the Outdoor Education Programs. He also played on the school’s football team, for which he won the “Big Blue” dedication award, as well as serving as a volunteer football coach with Special Olympics. Ryan attended Colorado College where he was a 4-year letter winner in football, and also active in music. Upon graduating from Colorado College in 2005, Ryan came back to the islands to attend the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law where he graduated with a J.D. (juris doctor) in 2008. While at Richardson, he served as Treasurer of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, and President and Co-Founder of the U.H. Federalist Society, which is an international “think tank” for law and public policy. Ryan currently works for Nordic PCL Construction. He is active in local politics, serving as the Hawaii Republican Party Platform Chair. Ryan is thrilled to be assisting PACT, as he believes in the transformative power of understanding for youth through active cooperation and engagement in camp settings.

 

Justin Mullen, OTR/L (PACT President)
was born and raised in New England and studied Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire.  He moved to Honolulu, HI in 2003 to work with children and adolescents at The Family Treatment Center, an inpatient behavioral health program at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu where he continues to work today.   Justin became involved with PACT in 2010, traveling to Korcula, Croatia in the summer of 2010 to help facilitate PACT camp.  He has continued to serve on the board of directors and assists with PACT program development.  Justin is passionate about helping kids through the use of meaningful activity, experiencial programs and trauma informed care.   Growing up Justin was always a member of  Boy Scouts of America going on to achieve his Eagle Scout award.  In his free time you can find Justin playing music, climbing trees and splashing around in the ocean.  Check out the video on our PACT Program page created by Justin about his experience as a PACT volunteer!


Murielle Rodrigue
Murielle Rodrigue was born in Kailua, Hawaii.  She is currently a Senior in the class of 2012 at Le Jardin Academy.  She participated in PACT as a volunteer in the summer of 2010 and loved it, and she has been a member of the Board of Directors ever since.   She loves helping kids and being around them.  She is bilingual, speaking French and English fluently, and excels in water sports, swimming for Aulea Swim Club, paddling for the Kailua Canoe Club, and playing water polo for Le Jardin Academy.  She is also involved in the arts and the Amnesty International Club.  After graduating from high school, Murielle would like to major either in nutrition or interior design


Melissa Bambi Worst (PACT Treasurer)
Melissa Bambi Worst was "made in Japan", born in California, grew up bilingually in Argentina, and then moved with her family to the island of Maui, Hawaii in 1967. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Spanish, and Masters degrees in Spanish and Social Work. While raising her two sons, and helping with three step-sons and an adopted daughter, Bambi worked with youth in a wide variety of settings. She has served as a Maui Swim Club coach, a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster in California and Hawai'i, and as camp director for four years with the Hemophilia Foundation of Hawaii. She supervised youth in fundraising efforts, and chaperoned many of them on camping expeditions abroad. Bambi worked with pregnant teenage girls at Kapiolani Hospital's Teen Intervention Program, and as a social worker with the Marimed Foundation, aboard their tall ship counseling at-risk adolescent males. For six years, Bambi taught in the Psychosocial Department at Punahou School, and helped to coordinate, train peer helpers and facilitate Academy Camps. Bambi has traveled and studied extensively abroad, and for several years served as a volunteer at the Global Children’s Organization summer camps in the Balkans. In 2004, Bambi founded Peace Action Children's Team to create and implement experiential conflict resolution curriculums, and offer at-risk youth internationally, the opportunity to meet, learn from, and practice leadership skills alongside their peers from other nations.