The Phoenix Nonviolence Truthforce

a Project of the Culture of Peace Alliance

A resource for those looking to understand and implement Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence.  

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Mark Klym is certified by the University of Rhode Island, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies as a Level II Kingian Nonviolence Trainer and holds a Master of Public Administration degree. He has over 20 years' experience in violence prevention programs and is a co‐founder of the Phoenix Nonviolence TruthForce. He currently works with several peace and justice organizations to promote the wisdom and strategies of Nonviolence through education and public events.

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Jacque Starks became a certified Level I Kingian Nonviolence trainer in 2011. In addition to her work as a nonviolence facilitator, Jacque is a consultant in her own practice, “Jacque of All Trades” and Coordinator of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement in the Human Resources Solutions Center for Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD).  Jacque has over 25 years of experience in organizational and personal development including imaging, interviewing, design, assessments, facilitation, coordination, mediation, teaching and training. 


Phyllis Gagnier, M.A., is a Certified Level II Trainer in Kingian Nonviolence. Phyllis loves learning.  She enjoys creating innovative Training of Trainers processes.  Founding "From the Heart Training and Consulting" in 1980, Phyllis has successfully provided, Coaching, Consulting, and Training services in diverse and multicultural settings.  

Phyllis has extensive training and experience in Early Childhood Education, Nonviolent Conflict Analysis-Resolution, Bias Awareness, Brain Education, and Shifting Emotional States Education, which she has integrated into Brain-Emotional Health Training Programs. Her vision is serving intergenerational families, who are experiencing long term health and care taker challenges, focusing on forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Kevin Hengehold is a recent graduate of the nonviolence trainers program, having become a certified Level I trainer in the summer of 2012.  He has led trainings through the Phoenix Free Skool and the Nonviolence Legacy Project in Tucson, AZ.  He has worked actively with Occupy Phoenix, LUCHA, Democracy for America, and Move to Amend.  He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Solar Energy at ASU and is interested in applying the principles of nonviolence to our energy policy.  


Janet Higgins is a life long activist and social justice advocate. She first became politically involved at the age of 16 during Bobby Kennedy's Presidential campaign. From there Janet became active in the movement to end the war in Vietnam and most recently was heavily involved with Occupy Phoenix.

Originally from Chicago, Janet served as a teacher for several years amongst other professional work. She also coordinated a chapter of the Progressive Democrats of American and worked with Physicians for a National Health Plan on Single Payer Healthcare. Janet moved to Arizona in 2006 and became a Certified Level I Kingian Nonviolence trainer in 2012.

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Nick Katkevich is an experienced community organizer, labor activist and a Certified Level II Kingian Nonviolence trainer. He has led numerous nonviolence trainings and has co-facilitated both Level I and Level II Kingian Nonviolence training of trainers programs.  Nick co-founded the Truthforce in 2009 and has continued to have an active role in the organization since moving to the east coast in 2012.

Nick has worked with a wide range of community organizations including Jobs with Justice, Sweatfree Communities, ACORN, Occupy Phoenix and the United Auto Workers. Additionally he was heavily involved in the resistance to the Iraq War. Nick has been actively involved in the Occupy Wall St. and now the Strike Debt and Occupy Sandy movements in New York City. He also is the founder of Proletarian Life, a business created to help fund social movements. 

He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2007 and obtained a Masters Degree in Labor Studies from Umass-Amherst in 2012.