John Engel, Executive


John Engel has supported students, non-profit leaders, teams, organizations, networks and coalitions who serve as important agents of social change, enhancing the lives of individuals, families and communities, for more than 25 years.

John promotes social change by designing and facilitating processes that create a shared sense of history, current reality, desired future and strategic action.

John’s experience includes founding roles for two non-profit organizations, facilitation of the merging of the Men’s Resource Center and Men’s Resources International to create MERGE for Equality, strategic planning for community building and education initiatives, facilitation of leadership trainings for graduate students and corporate leaders, and teaching and advising for graduate student leadership programs at both Prescott College and Naropa University.

John also serves as Director of the Fatherhood Journey with a mission of promoting private and public conversations about fatherhood, through his column, ‘The Fatherhood Journey,’ which appears monthly in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and on his blog at



Steven Botkin, Senior Trainer


Steven Botkin founded the Men’s Resource Center of Western Massachusetts in 1982 and received his doctoral degree in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts several years later. He guided the MRC from a grass-roots group of volunteers into a successful non-profit community-based organization, whose programs became a model for men’s organizing in communities around the world. In 2004 Steven founded Men’s Resources International ( to support the development of masculinity awareness and men’s engagement as allies and partners with women within a global network.

Since then, Dr. Steven Botkin has been instrumental in the formation of many local, national and global men’s groups, organizations and networks, including the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre, the Congo Men’s Network and the MenEngage Network. He has developed a toolkit for organizing “Masculinity Reflection Groups” for men and women with CARE International in Mali and Niger, a Partnership Model for women and men in family and community peace building in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, a Healthy Manhood curriculum for the YMCA in the United States, a National Action Plan for engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention and gender equality for UN Women in Albania, and a Change-Maker Training curriculum for engaging men and women as community change agents for violence prevention and gender equality for Concern Liberia and CARE Myanmar. Consultations to other organizations include International Planned Parenthood Federation, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, RutgersWPF, the YWCA and the Women’s Peacemakers Program. Steven currently serves on the Steering Committee of the North American MenEngage Network and the Board of Safe Passage (his local domestic violence organization).



James Arana, Senior


James Arana is a social worker, facilitator, mediator, and community organizer with 35 years experience working with people of all ages and diverse cultural background. James inspires and challenges individuals, youth programs, community organizations, and international NGO’s to strengthen their work in transforming masculinity, domestic violence prevention, gender equality, organizational visioning and program development, and cultural competence.

As a MERGE Senior Trainer, James supports the development of men’s initiatives to reduce gender-based violence and promote a healthy, compassionate, and responsible model of masculinity. James facilitates a consciousness-raising process, using a popular education methodology, to assess and analyze the privileges and challenges of traditional masculinity with communities all around the world. James served as the Co-Founder and Associate Director of the former Men’s Resources International (MRI), where he worked with organizations such as CARE International, the International Rescue Committee, the YMCA and the Women’s Peacemakers Program in Zambia, Nigeria, Liberia, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger.

As director of the Dragon’s Den School Of Martial Arts, James Arana, 4th Degree Blackbelt, has been mentoring youth and adults through the martial arts since 1976.



Page Brody, Operations Manager

Page Brody- Operations Manager
Page Brody- Operations Manager

Page Brody has been directing and supporting non-profits in Western MA for 15 years, beginning when she moved to the area from Texas in 2001.  She honed her skills in public speaking and training campaign staff, while inadvertently shedding her Texas accent, then transitioned from political work to the non-profit sector. With her most recent experience focused in fundraising and event coordination, she brings a fresh set of eyes and ears to the MERGE administration team.  As Operations Manager, Page helped to open the first MERGE office in Florence, MA and supports almost every aspect of MERGE’s inner workings including research, development, and the coordination of the Annual Healthy Men and Boys Summit. She is the mother of two young boys, the wife of a clinical social worker, and lives in Northampton, MA.