Diana Wege | Founder & Board Chair
Diana Wege is Founder and Board Chair of We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now (WOVEN), a nonprofit organization committed to curtailing violence across the globe. She is also a New York-based artist.
Diana’s work in conflict resolution began when she formed CrUSAde in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1998. The foundation’s work on issues related to conflict resolution in public schools was taken seriously after the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. The organization was then asked to create conflict resolution training programs across the Connecticut.
In 2013, Diana created lithographs for advertisements in kiosks in New York City with the words,” REJECT VIOLENCE REJECT VIOLENCE REJECT VIOLENCE REJECT VIOLENCE.” The campaign brought her memorable, anti-violence art to the masses on the sidewalks of New York’s five boroughs. She repeated similar yet more wide-scale campaigns of the eight-line poem in 2014 and 2016. In 2017, WOVEN offered more than 30 grants to local, national and international organizations, including the Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation, that work towards curtailing violence in proven ways. WOVEN is now working on developing a mentoring program within schools to decrease all forms of violence.
As an artist who has a passion for the environment, social justice and landscape art, Diana uses art to express her convictions. She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries throughout the United States including CENTRAL BOOKING (New York, NY); Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI); Interior Museum (Washington, D.C.); Katonah Art Museum (Katonah, New York); Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Stamford, CT) and Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY). Notably, Diana is a recent recipient of theJurors’ Finalist award at ArtPrize7(2015) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Diana is currently serving on the boards of IPCNY (International Print Center New York (New York, NY), Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), the Syracuse University School of Education Board of Visitors (Syracuse, NY), and the Wege Foundation (Grand Rapids, MI).
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Diana spent two years at Greenhills School (Ann Arbor, MI) and graduated from the University School of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI). Her studies continued in Japan with Colgate University before she attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Contemporary Arts Council at MoMA and an Honorary Trustee of Silvermine Guild and Art Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. She has two adult children, Sara Victoria O’Connor and Peter Ossi.
Mary Kay Lacey, Board Member
Mary Kay is a partner and counsel in a wide-ranging litigation practice at the international law firm of Denton’s US LLP. She has been practicing law since 1989 in the firm’s San Francisco office. She practices Commercial, Litigation, Appeals, Business, Contracts and Agreements law. Mary Kay attended Georgetown University to earn her J.D. degree. Prior to that, she attended the University of California, Berkley.
Emily Wexler, Managing Director
Emily focuses on business development, project management and content creation. Prior to this position, she worked as an associate director for Baruch College of the City University of New York. Past roles also include serving as a consultant for the Bank of New York Mellon. In addition, Emily was employed as a product specialist for the Institutional Investments Division of AllianceBernstein and a development manager for Stevens Institute of Technology.
Emily earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University; an M.S. degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. degree from Auburn University. Also, she is a Professional Mechanical Engineer (P.E.) in the State of California. Emily serves on the boards of the Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation and the Joffrey Ballet School.
Elizabeth Howard, Consultant
Elizabeth and Diana Wege met in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1989, when they learned of their shared passion to create a more peaceful world and to end war. Diana and Elizabeth worked together on CrUSAde (Conflict Resolution Designed for Educators in the United States) from 1999 through 2001.
Elizabeth serves as a consultant to WOVEN. She has held positions with two Fortune 500 companies and leadership positions in a number of non-profit organizations. Active in international and public affairs, and the arts, she has served on a number of boards. Her career has intersected communications, marketing and journalism. She has published three books.
She holds an M.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, DC through the Graduate School of Political Management; an M.S. in communications design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a B.A. in English literature from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. She studied at the University of Southampton in Bournemouth, UK.