Iowa Peace Institute Staff
C. Gregory Buntz is the president of the Iowa Peace Institute (IPI). He is a practicing mediator and arbitrator as well as an experienced trainer. Prior to coming to IPI in 1994, he was Professor of Public Policy and Management at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California where he taught conflict management, organizational behavior, and public policy courses. He has been a faculty member at the University of Arizona and an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Bakersfield, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Buntz earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business with specializations in management, industrial relations and labor economics from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Ohio State University. He has authored numerous articles on dispute resolution and conflict management and has been training in the field for more than 25 years. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the American Arbitration Association, and the Iowa Association for Dispute Resolution.
Bruce Kittle is the director of Restorative Justice Programs with the Iowa Peace Institute. He earned a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa, a J.D. from the University of Iowa Law School and an M.Div. from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Bruce’s work includes providing leadership over IPI’s emerging efforts to promote restorative responses to wrongdoing and harm throughout the state of Iowa. This includes trainings, technical support and direct interventions in the area of restorative justice programs in prisons as well as juvenile justice settings, with a special emphasis on the application of restorative measures to peace building in Iowa’s schools. Bruce has a specialty in the area of Victim Offender Mediation/Conferencing, having worked in prison settings on cases involving serious and violent offenses. Bruce is approved for ordination with the United Church of Christ and lives with his partner Jan and their two children, Emma and George, on a farm in southeast Iowa.
Susan Myers is a senior program associate in conflict resolution with the Iowa Peace Institute. Susan has practiced conflict resolution and conducted research on family mediation for more than 19 years. She earned an M.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, where she also worked as a research assistant in the College of Law. She has conducted multi-state research on family mediation for the National Center for State Courts (Williamsburg, VA), and has published several articles summarizing that research in the State Court Journal. She has served as an expert on Alternative Dispute Resolution for visiting judiciary, including Supreme Court members of several nations. Her family mediation training was at the Center For Dispute Resolution, Boulder, CO. She has practiced family mediation for court-referred cases through county social service departments and also with an urban pastoral counseling center. She has also conducted mediation training in “Alternatives to Violence” and “Help Increase the Peace,” 15-hour conflict resolution programs designed for teen-aged youth and young adults working and learning in culturally diverse institutions.
Val Vetter is a Program Associate in conflict resolution at the Iowa Peace Institute. She has been involved in a variety of community projects, including co-directing a local oral history project and directing a summer arts program. Ms. Vetter has experience teaching in the public schools, as well as teaching English as a second language and dance. She has a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in biology, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in South Asian studies, a teaching certificate from Grinnell College, an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Iowa, and is a trained mediator.
Bonnie Buntz is a mediator, trainer and consultant for special projects at the Iowa Peace Institute assisting in program design, proposal writing, and grant management. Ms. Buntz also serves as IPI’s computer network administrator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of the Pacific and attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate. Prior to her involvement at IPI she developed and coordinated a comprehensive program of health and social services for women and children and a culturally sensitive health outreach project for Southeast Asians in Stockton, California.
Darlene Goodrich is the business manager at the Iowa Peace Institute. She grew up in Ames, IA and attended American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She worked for several accounting firms before moving to Grinnell in 1980. In Grinnell she was self employed from 1980 to 1992. In 1988, she began doing accounting for IPI and joined the staff in 1992. She has been the Business Manager at the Peace Institute since 1994.
Pam Schultz is executive assistant at the Iowa Peace Institute. She is an alumnus of College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. She joined the IPI staff in 1997 and has attended several trainings sponsored by the Peace Institute for mediation and restorative justice skills.