Chris Courtheyn is a native of Santa Cruz, California. He originally served on the San José team from February '08 to February '09, and after falling in love with the people and process of the Peace Community, is back for more in 2010. Chris' desire to work as a human rights accompanier in Colombia stem from his Catholic upbringing, engagement with nonviolent teachings at Santa Cruz's Resource Center for Nonviolence, and his B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley. An avid music fan and guitarist, Chris can often be found grooving to reggae, Afro-beat, salsa and Colombian música del pacífico.