Fields of Peace - Who We Are
Charles Busch- Executive Director, founder of Peace Village and Fields of Peace, has served as a parish minister for 20 years. He is Ordained in the United Church of Christ and holds a Business Administration Degree from Trinity University, Master of Arts Degree (Philosophy) from Trinity University and Master of Divinity Degree from Harvard University. He is a former Partner and Executive Vice President of U.E. Systems in New York City. He served 8 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Cathey.
Our Board Members
Rod DeLuca- Board Chair, holds a Professional Engineering Degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He spent the majority of his 55-year working life in the international oil and gas industry, most recently as President of Calgary-based Bow Valley Industries’ U.S. oil and gas, contract drilling and real estate subsidiary headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Today, Rod and his wife Susie reside in Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Wayne Martin - is a retired clergyman and hospice chaplain. Throughout his career he has been a committed public advocate for the unhoused, even when it induced petulance in his congregations. He is devoted to the mandate for social justice and equity that is the core of Judeo-Christian sacred writing and history. He is a Vietnam veteran and holds a doctorate from Boston University in Religious Literature. His interests include creative philanthropy, jazz, Bach, traditional spirituals, hiking, photography, college sports, and publishing an occasional poem. He serves on the Nightingale Health Sanctuary steering committee, the boards of the Eugene Jazz Station, Eugene Peaceworks, and presides over the Board of Directors for Encircle Films Eugene. He also serves as the father of six children and grandfather of theirs, a position now more honorary than obligatory.
Martha Payne -is an attorney at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff. In addition to representing her favorite nonprofits, she represents and assists U.S. companies, large and small, in regards to domestic and international business and trade. She has extensive experience in analyzing risk, drafting and negotiating contracts, and dispute resolution.
In addition to the Fields of Peace board, she was a founding member, as well as current board member of both the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Transportation Loss Prevention and Security Association. Both she and her late husband, Gordy Payne, were long-time board members of Peace Village, Inc. Several of their grandchildren received life-long benefits from the teachings at Peace Village camps.
Jane Siebert- was born in England to an American Air Force officer and an English war bride. She grew up and went to school in Scotland, Canada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona which she believes provided her a broader perspective of the world than most children. Jane graduated with a BA in Education from the University of Arizona and an MA in Education from Southern Oregon University. She taught high school English and journalism in Arizona and Oregon for 21 years. She then became a partner in a small educational and publishing company working nationally with teachers and administrators developing performance-based curriculum materials. The Senior Project, one of the programs she helped create, is a graduation requirement in hundreds of high schools across the country today. Retiring to the beautiful Oregon coast with her husband, Jane volunteers her time in leadership positions at the Congregational Church of Lincoln City, UCC. Continuing her love for education, she has helped develop a church program that brings community together to share and learn from life enhancing educational events. Also, she had volunteered at two local non-profits which helped the homeless in her community.
Sydney Viles- was born on the Central Oregon Coast. Sydney has had a close connection with Peace Village’s original Lincoln City camp for many years as both a camper and a counsellor. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR) and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education (New York, NY). Sydney has been an early childhood educator since 2010. She and her husband currently reside in New York City where she assists Fields of Peace in the development of alliances with international organizations advancing the rights of children.