Peace Center Staff
Arlene Sweeting: Arlene was the Station Manager at WSLR 96.5 Sarasota’s community radio station from 2005-2014. She taught public school for 7 years in Manatee County and was a Candidate for the Florida State House of Representatives in 2000 and 2002, receiving the endorsement of the Sierra Club, the local Green Party, the Florida League of Conservation Voters, the Manatee Education Association, and the Florida Consumer Action Network. Arlene served as Chair of the Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Committee in Manatee County, and was appointed to serve on the Steering Committee of Manatee County ’s Visioning Process. She co-founded and operated Fogartyville Café, a progressive community coffeehouse in Bradenton from 2002-2007.
Peace Center Board Members
David Beaton: David worked as an adjunct Professor in Film at Manatee Community College. He is the founder of Media Process Group, a Chicago video production company, a former member of IBEW Local 1220, and has been a college and NPR board operator at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and the College of William and Mary. He was the one of the founders of WSLR-LP, Sarasota's community radio station.
Terry Binder: Terry moved to Sarasota in 1982 and has worked in home care and as a physical therapist. Since school she has been very active with peace, social, and environmental issues, and also with local political campaigns. Terry is happy to serve and have served on many boards, including school and WSLR, before joining the Peace Education and Action Center.
John Dickman: John spent 45 years in the construction/maintenance field and retired in 2010. He moved to Florida in 2012 and is active with various nonprofit organizations including WSLR community radio, Selby Gardens and the Salvation Army.
Bryan Ellis: Bryan is a graduate of the FSU School of Law and currently works as a paralegal at the Law Offices Of Richard V. Ellis 3202 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota Fl. He is the founder of Suncoast ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).
Jim McCloud: Jim is the director of Genesis Health Services in Sarasota. Their mission is to insure that all families have access to affordable quality healthcare, with a focus on preventive protocols, in order to prevent the onset or progression of serious illness.
Juliana Musheyev: Juliana is a recent New College graduate with a degree in Sociology. She is originally from New York, but has found a home in Sarasota County. Her educational background has fostered a passion for community engagement and social betterment.
Billy Wetherington: Billy Wetherington is an accountant, auditor and business, financial and tax advisor in Sarasota, FL. He attended the University of Florida from 1969 to 1973 and the University of South Florida from 1974 to 1978 where he received two B.A. degrees, one from the College of Business Administration with an accounting major and the other from the College of Arts & Letters with a philosophy major. He passed the CPA exam in 1978 and has practiced accounting with both local and international accounting firms and has had his own practice since 1989. His hobbies include reading, history, bird watching, blues & folk music and occasionally aggravating public officials with letters and radio programs.
Bob Connors: Producer of local radio show, The Peace and Justice Report, for WSLR LPFM 96.5 Sarasota.