Committees & Coordinators

For more information on each committee and coordinator, click on link below or see sub-headings for this page.  For contact information, see below.



Action Committees


Peace Vigil Committee

Program Committee

Newspaper Coordinator

Death Penalty Committee

Carpooling Coordinator

Public Information Committee

Lobbying Committee


Infrastructure Committees


Outreach Committee

Finance Committee

Volunteers Committee




(Please contact Gary Sandman, Plowshare Director, if you are interested in getting involved in Plowshare.  He can be contacted at 540-492-3582 or

Action Committees

Carpooling Coordinator: rides to out-of-town demonstrations; contact Herb Beskar,
540-989-6875 or

Death Penalty Committee: death penalty vigils, occasionally other events; contact Gene
Edmunds, or 540-343-3100 or Manuel Dotson, 540-344-3997.

Lobbying Committee: meetings with local politicians about Plowshare concerns;
contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or

Newspaper Coordinator: !Presente! & Virginia Defender & Appalachian Voices
newspaper distribution; contact Ben Bristoll at 540-685-7267 or

Peace Vigil Committee: monthly silent peace vigil; contact Mike Bentley at
540-389-3752 or

Program Committee: occasional speakers, workshops, etc.; contact Gary Sandman,
540-492-3582 or

Public Information Committee: Democracy Now show & valid Citizens Advisory Board
on WVTF-FM; contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or

Truth-in-recruitment Committee: getting information on the military and military                                                                                                                                                  recruitment in schools; contact Robin Jordan at 540-312-7051 or                                                                                                                                       

Infrastructure Committees

Plowshare Board: board that oversees Plowshare (also office, interns, new committees and coordinators, etc.); contact Manuel Dotson, 540-344-3997.  Also called the Steering Committee.

Finance Committee: fundraising for Plowshare (grants, contributions, pledges, Kroger cards, merchandise, Google donation, stewardship, etc.); contact Gary Sandman, 540-492-3582 or

Other Programs: Pastors for Peace visit; Springwood Burial Park clean-up; Witness Against Torture fast; etc.; contact Gary Sandman, 540-492-3582 or

Outreach Committee: letting people know about Plowshare (quarterly newsletter, email list, Facebook page, website, visits, inquiries, tabling, WVTF-PM aimouncements, press releases, Virginia People’s Assembly, etc.) contact Joy Truskowski at 540-266-2005 or

Volunteers Committee: recruiting and supporting volunteers; contact Gary Sandman, 540-492-3582 or