John is the Executive Director of the Quixote Center. He joined the Center in 2017 shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in Literature with a specialization in Central America from the University of Notre Dame. Immediately before coming, he spent two years at Valparaiso University where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, he lived for nearly 20 years in the midwest, where he earned two additional graduate degrees – an M.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He also served as Executive Director and on the board of directors of Su Casa Catholic Worker and had a curious five-year stint in the supply chain department of a plastic packaging company.
Dolly (Dolores) Pomerleau is a Maine native, transplanted in Maryland’s fertile soil. The crops have been abundant. She completed an MA in women’s studies at the George Washington University in the late 70s. In 1976, she co-founded the Quixote Center with Bill Callahan. During the ensuing years, Dolly co-founded the Women’s Ordination Conference, Potters for Peace, the Association for Rights of Catholics in the Church, and others. Her work at the Center has included the whole range of activities and responsibilities necessary to keep a vibrant organization moving forward. Dolly is a potter and a gardener – you can tell by looking at her hands and fingernails. She is also active in her town’s politics, not always a pretty sight. Technically retired, Dolly continues to work at the Quixote Center on a part-time basis. She loves the staff, the programs, and the outstanding people she has met through her work. Everyone should have a life as blessed as hers.
Tom Ricker is a Program Associate with the Quixote Center. Tom began working in international solidarity in 1995 following a life changing trip to Nicaragua. He joined the current staff in January of 2018 and has worked with the Quixote Center twice before (2001-2008, and 2011-2014). In addition to the Quixote Center, Tom has worked with Witness for Peace, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, and the Rothko Chapel, where he coordinated public programs including the Oscar Romero Human Rights Award. Tom holds a PhD in political science, and teaches international human rights and politics part-time for the University of Maryland, University College online. Currently living in Houston, Tom plays guitar for the bayou-grunge band Konkerute, and records his own solo work under the name Minivan Gogh. He considers his most important job title to be “Benny’s daddy.”
Mfon Edet is the Communications & Development Associate with the Quixote Center. She joined the Center in 2016. Originally from the Atlanta metropolitan area, Mfon moved to the DC area in 2015 after receiving her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Kennesaw State University; she received her B.S. in International Studies from Southern Polytechnic State University. She has worked and volunteered with various organizations in the DC and Atlanta area including the Latin America Working Group, the Siegel Institute of Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and the Alliance for International Reforestation. While working full-time at the Quixote Center she is also a part-time student at Howard University in their PhD graduate program.
Jocelyn Trainer is the International Program Coordinator at the Quixote Center. She joined the team in 2017 as a Loretto Volunteer. Jocelyn graduated from Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, with a double major in Political Science and Spanish, along with a minor in International Relations. She studied abroad in London and Cape Town. In London, Jocelyn worked at the Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization as a member of the voter registration campaign, aiming to increase voter turnout within the Latin American community in London. During her time in Cape Town, Jocelyn volunteered as an English and math teacher for first and second grade Xhosa students with physical disabilities at Tembaletu LSEN School. Both of these experiences have allowed Jocelyn to work closely with people from diverse cultures and broaden her global perspective.