Ron Pappalardo was born in Los Angeles, California, the offspring
of Italian and Irish immigrants. He received his undergraduate degree
in history from the University of the State of New York's Regent's
College, and did graduate studies in religious education at the
Unification Theological Seminary in New York.
Ron has spent years working with students all over the world,
promoting understanding and cooperation between young people of
all nationalities, religions, and ethnicities. In the 1990’s, he worked
with thousands of students from the countries of the former Soviet
Union, speaking on their campuses and hosting them in the United
States for International Leadership seminars.
In 2001, he was given an award by the “Centro para la Paz y la
Cultura” (Center for Peace and Culture) recognizing his
achievements in getting students from Europe, Asia, North America,
and Latin America to work together on service projects in Honduras.
In 2003, after his 17-year-old son Joshua committed suicide, Ron
began working in the field of suicide prevention. He wrote andpublished a book, Reconciled by the Light, that recounts his
experience and the lessons he learned regarding healing from grief,
overcoming depression, and the power of forgiveness.
Ron’s work has brought him to countries as diverse as Japan,
Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, and Honduras. He has
been a guest lecturer at numerous schools including Duke University,
St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and Shaw University
Divinity School. Ron has been a guest on several TV and radio
programs. He is a writer whose articles have appeared in newspapers
throughout North Carolina, including The News and Observer
(Raleigh), the Greensboro News and Record, and The Wilson DailyTimes.
Ron currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with his wife Connie,
and has three surviving children who are all currently in college.