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The Team

The Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project is a member-based organization.  We have 50 current members and over 130 who have participated over the years.  The membership elects the Board of Directors to two year terms every spring at our Annual Members’ Meeting.  The current board of directors are as follows:


Essrea Cherin

Essrea Cherin, President and Co-Founder. Essrea, mother of a college student, is the Executive Director of Media in the Public Interest. As a Conflict Management professional for two decades, she has worked with organizations, groups, couples and individuals to transform conflicts. 

Essrea has been on the faculty at Regis University in the Communications Department since 2001. She was the Coordinator of the Board of Directors for the Abraham Path Initiative, a project focused on peaceful coexistence in the Middle East, and formerly on the Board of Trustees of Shining Mountain Waldorf School. She is the RTD Eco-Pass coordinator for her neighborhood.


Vern Seieroe

Vern Seieroe, Vice President. Vern has been an architect for over 35 years.  His work includes services for City of Boulder, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, State of Colorado, United States, numerous private businesses, numerous private individuals.

He was formerly a member of the boards of Directors of the Boulder Dushanbe Sister Cities, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Heights Fire Protection District, Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District, and currently member of the Firehouse Art Center and the Boulder County Board of Review.

Brenda Mehos

Brenda Mehos, Secretary. 

Brenda is a Boulder native and alumni of Fairview High School, the University of Colorado, and the University of Colorado Health Science Center.  She currently works as a pharmacist for Boulder Community Health (BCH).  Past volunteer jobs have included seven years as a victim advocate for the Boulder Police Department, four years as a volunteer chaplain at BCH, and 3 years as an Ethics consultant for BCH.

Brenda traveled to Israel/Palestine in the fall of 2013 and in 2015 on Pilgrims of Ibillin study tours and is currently on the board of Pilgrims of Ibillin.  She visited Nablus on the first official Boulder delegation in the Spring of 2017.

Brenda and her husband Mark have two adult daughters and they like to back country ski, travel, and garden.

Sheila Winters, Treasurer.


Allison Smith

Allison Smith works to support diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences with the SOARS Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She also works part time as a voice writer of classes for deaf and hard of hearing students in universities and high schools. Previously, she volunteered for Room to Read, a non-profit that promotes literacy and education in Asia and Africa. She also occasionally takes to the skies as a flight attendant.



Anastacia Dadashpour holds a BA in Journalism from CU Boulder and an MA in International Development from the Korbel School of International Studies. She first became interested in Palestine studying Human Rights in Graduate School. Although she made her first trip to Nablus as a dancer conducting movement workshops with children in the refugee camps outside of Nablus and to participate in the inaugural Nablus Arts and Culture Festival. She has since returned to Nablus as part of the 2017 BNSCP Delegation and was deeply inspired to co-create the first annual Delegation, Illumination, Celebration in order to fund as many participants as possible to go on the trip. She is committed to the progression of equality at home and around the globe.

Andee Grandits

Andee Grandits







Carl Tinstman

Carl Tinstman is a 30-year veteran of the U.N. in the past serving in UNICEF Headquarters in New York, WHO Headquarters in Geneva and assignments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has worked for, or with, three different UN agencies. He has run UNICEF operations in countries as varied as Afghanistan, Liberia, Yemen and Ethiopia. And he has coordinated UN humanitarian operations in war-torn South Sudan. In the final five years of his U.N. career, he worked from the Headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, as a partnership manager for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, one of the largest public health initiatives in the history of the World.

Since April of 2004, Carl has been private consultant, lecturer, volunteer, writer and student living in Boulder. Celebrating the beginning of the final third of his life, he remains passionately committed to making the world a better place, and finishing the task of eradicating polio from the world. He is a member of the Boulder Rotary Club, a twice over Paul Harris Fellow and currently serves as a member of the District Polio Eradication Committee. He has just returned from two months in Pakistan, where he was helping the global partnership work on the most problematic polio endemic country in the world. In 2007, Carl was awarded UNA Boulder’s International Human Rights award.


Debbie Young

Deborah Young is a mom of five children and two grandchildren, has lived in Boulder since 1977.  She was on the Board of Directors for Jalapa, Nicaragua Sister City Project for 25 years. She is professor at Naropa University, a Fulbright Scholar, and leads a national research initiative in Bhutan developing Gross National Happiness pedagogy.  She has been involved in using early childhood education and peace education as a foundation for community development for more than 27 years serving women, children and families in impoverished countries in 10 countries. She has combined her academics with service work in the Sanctuary movement of the 1980’s sheltering refugee women and on providing education and avenues of empowerment for women and children. She is currently the executive director of AACC and designs and directs community development programs serving women and children in rural villages and impoverished urban areas of Central America.


Douglas Johnson

Douglas Johnson holds a PhD in Physics. He has been employed in the Physics Department at the University of Colorado for 25 years. Douglas has over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Douglas sits on the board of directors for the non-profit: The Americas Association for the Care of Children. Between 2006 and 2010, he was the president of the board of directors. During that time, he oversaw the construction of a primary school in Jalapa, Nicaragua. He has also worked with children living in the Managua landfill, La Chureca. Teaching public service announcement production to teens, he was able to introduce the children to computer usage. Their announcements ended up being aired on the largest radio station in Managua. In the fall of 2014, Douglas was awarded a Fulbright appointment and worked for 6 weeks at the Institute for Language and Culture Studies in Taktse, Bhutan. He helped the college improve their computer infrastructure configuration. For the past 3 years, he has been volunteering his service to a number of computing departments at colleges in Bhutan.

Julia Halaby

Mohammed Ghanayem


The Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project fosters relationships through cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges, inspiring lifelong friendships that support prosperity and peace through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy.” We arrange delegations to Nablus, with an emphasis on service, host Nablus citizens in Boulder, produce Palestinian cultural events and share expertise between citizens of both cities.

What You Can Do

Come Join Us!

Looking for individuals who are interested in learning more about Palestinian culture and fostering exchange of expertise. Come to monthly meetings to learn more!

Meeting Schedule

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