- About MCC UN Office
- Areas of work
- How to get involved
- Stories and Resources
About the MCC UN Office
The MCC UN Office consists of a Director, Doug Hostetter, assisted by a Program Associate, Vanessa Hershberger, and an intern, currently Godswill Muzarabani, from a Mennonite World Conference church in the global south – an internship made possible by MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program. During the summer the office is often complimented with a university/college intern.
UN Office Staff
Vanessa Hershberger -- Program Associate
A 2010 graduate of Goshen College with a B.A. in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, Vanessa feels strongly about Jesus’ command to love all people and believes advocacy work is one important way to answer this call. She is particularly passionate about working for a just peace in cross cultural contexts and has had the privilege of spending time in Managua, Nicaragua with an MCC partner organization, the Anabaptist Peace and Justice Commission, doing peace education curriculum development and facilitation. Prior to joining the staff of the MCC-UN office, Vanessa spent two and a half years working as a Patient Advocate at a clinic in Indiana where she helped uninsured patient’s access affordable healthcare and pushed for greater justice for all within the local healthcare system.
Godswill (Will) Muzarabani -- Mennonite World Conference Intern
Will Muzarabani is a young man with a strong passion in peace building and development. He is a member of the Entumbane Brethren in Christ Church in the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He volunteered with the Thembalentandane Trust Orphanage and with the Mlomowakho Poets youth group in his free time. Will majored in Peace Building and Development Studies for his Bachelors degree at Solusi University in Bulawayo. Last year he volunteered with YAMEN (Young Anabaptist Mennonite Network) in Vientiane, Laos, where he taught English in a Lao high school and worked with a Peacebuilding club before coming to the MCC UN office.
Doug Hostetter -- Director
Doug Hostetter has spent his life working for nongovernmental organizations in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Previously, he has been the Director of the New England Office of the American Friends Service Committee and the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nyack, New York, and was the Resource Specialist for Peace for the United Methodist Office for the UN. Doug Hostetter is a Sociologist by training and has taught at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and Goshen College, Goshen, IN. Doug has been published widely on the issues of war, peace and nonviolence.