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Advisory Council and Senior Fellows

James Alfini*

Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, South Texas College of Law. Focuses on alternative dispute resolution and judicial ethics. He has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Dispute Resolution Section, and has published numerous books and articles on dispute resolution, mediation and judicial ethics.

Hon. Christopher Ashby*

U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay 1997-2001; An international banker by trade, Mr. Ashby has worked in Europe and Asia as well as in the United States. He currently works for Wells Fargo in Houston.

Dr. Andrea Bartoli*

Drucie French Cumbie Chair of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. He served as Founding Director of Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution, and has been involved in many conflict resolution activities as a member of the Community of St. Egidio.

Hon. Robert W. (Todd) Becker*

Former U.S. foreign service officer and Deputy Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Croatia; He received the Croaitan Helsinki Committee Human Rights Award, and currently teaches as Lawrence University.

Dr. Peter Bishop*

Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Coordinator of the graduate program in Future Studies at the University of Houston. Specializing in techniques for long-term forecasting and planning, Dr. Bishop also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future.

Dr. Scott Boldt*

Director of the Reconciliation Programme in Edgehill Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He works directly with ex-combatants, Church and community leaders, and people who have been marginalized to create opportunities for relationships and transformation. He is Chairperson of the All-Ireland Churches’ Consultative Meeting on Racism and of EMBRACE Northern Ireland.

Jill Carroll*

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University, where she also directed the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance until June 2009. She is a recognized expert on issues of religious tolerance, philosophy of religion, American religion, and religion in public life. Her areas of specialty include: the role of religion in world politics, comparative world religions, trends in American religion, the impact of religious diversity in global business, and applied life philosophy.

Wade Channell*

USAID Commercial law reform advisor, specializing in secured transactions and constraints to private sector growth; He has 21 years of experience in commercial law, legal reform and economic development, and has consulted in Africa, Southeast Europe and Asia.

Mark Chupp*

Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University. He teaches community development, with an emphasis on Appreciative Inquiry processes. He is an international consultant and trainer in civic engagement and conflict transformation, and serves as a Research Associate with the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change.

Dr. Robert Creech*

Professor of Christian Ministry and Director of Pastoral Ministries at the Truett Seminary at Baylor University. Dr. Creech served as a founding board member for the Institute. He has been involved with seven other nonprofit organizations, and his international work has taken him to fourteen countries. He is the former senior pastor at University Baptist Church, Clear Lake where he served for twenty years.

Ada Edwards*

Former Houston City Council Member, currently serves the Mayor’s office as Deputy Chief of Staff for Neighborhoods; Widely published as a freelance writer and broadcast journalist, Ms. Edwards produces and hosts a news and weekly public affairs radio program.

Dr. James Furr*

Dr. Furr serves as President of the Houston Graduate School of Theology, as well as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Ethics. Areas of interest include leadership development, organizational change processes, and systems thinking.


Elliot Gershenson*

President & CEO Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston; Mr. Gershenson has over 30 years of leadership experience in non-profit organizations, including the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. He also serves as the Secretary for the Association of United Way Executives of Houston.

Don West Graul*

Practicing divorce mediator with forty years experience. Trained in Structured Divorce Mediation, he is also a member of Collaborative Family Lawyers of Houston.

Lord Raymond Hylton*

Parliamentarian, House of Lords. Chairman N. Ireland Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders; Chairman, Center for Conflict Relief & Reconstruction; Vice Chairman Partners in Hope, Children at Risk in Moscow. Promoted just legislation regarding the treatment of minorities, care for the handicapped and the prosecution of UK child abusers overseas.

Dr. Robert Krueger*

Former U.S. Senator and Congressman; former Ambassador to Botswana, and former Ambassador to Burundi; former vice provost and dean of the college of arts and sciences at Duke University; author of From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi: Our Embassy Years During Genocide.

Tihomir Kukolja*

Executive Director, Renewing Our Minds (ROM) Balkan Leadership Development and Peace Gathering (Based in Fuzine, Croatia).

Nick Lampson*

Nick served 5 terms in the United States Congress representing the 9th and 22nd Districts of Texas. Lampson was the founder of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus. As Chairman of the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, Lampson outlined and pursued ambitious plans for alternative energy that also took into account the needs of the energy companies and their employees who he represented.

William F. Lincoln

Founder and Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution, Research and Resource Institute, Inc. Mr. Lincoln has worked extensively in Russia, England, Pakistan, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, various parts of Latin America and Sudan. He is co-director of the Russian-American Program on Conflictology and is President of the Lincoln Institute for Collaborative Planning and Cooperative Problem Solving.

Dr. James M. Lindsay*

Senior Vice President, Director of Studies and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations. Formerly Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, & Tom Slick Chair for International Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a leading authority on the American foreign policymaking process.

Larry Martin*

Senior Vice President of Education and Dean of the International Justice Mission Institute. Rev. Martin is an ordained Baptist Minister who served as a pastor and on the staff of Young Life prior to joining International Justice Mission.

Erin Mazursky

Co-Founder of Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, a campus organization that became the model chapter for the international nonprofit STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition; As Director of STAND, Ms. Mazursky expanded STAND’s presence on college campuses to more than 700 during her tenure.

Jack Modesett*

Real estate developer, Chairman of the Board of Christianity Today, Board member of Counsel & Capital.

John Montgomery*

Founder of Bridgeway Capital Management, manager of ten mutual funds, Board member for Bridgeway Foundation.

Dr. Gale Stokes*

Gale Stokes is Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of History Emeritus at Rice University, where he specialized in the history of Eastern Europe, especially the Balkans and Serbia. Dr. Stokes is the author of a prize winning book on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, along with nine other books and many articles and shorter reviews.

Dr. Richard Stoll*

Professor, Rice University. A specialist in international conflict, Dr. Stoll has recently participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) effort to collect data on militarized interstate disputes. He is now engaged in an effort to predict the outbreak of serious international conflict using events data.

Dr. Vern Swisher*

Chief Executive Officer of Career Recovery Resources, Inc., a Houston-based nonprofit organization that helps persons identify and overcome barriers to employment; Former President of the Rotary Club of Houston.

William Talbott*

Retired clinical psychologist actively consulting in applied social/behavioral research. His areas of expertise include risk and threat assessment, crisis intervention, disaster/trauma interventions, and he has experience in curriculum development and professional training

Mustafa Tameez*

Principal in a leading public affairs firm, recognized for grassroots political work and ethnic outreach efforts. Mr. Tameez promotes civic engagement and is on the board of directors for the Houston Zoo and South Asian Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Samuel Totten*

Co-Editor of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas, U.S. State Department's Atrocities Documentation Project - Darfur.

Michael Treadwell

Consultant on innovative sales to numerous Fortune 1000 Vanguard companies; has served on the boards of NASA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, among others.

Dr. John C. Van Wagoner*

Retired scientist with the upstream research lab of a major oil company; Chairman of the Board for The Forge for Families.

Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John*

Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution MA program at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Wanis-St. John researches international negotiation, military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations, and peace processes. He also conducts advanced negotiation trainings, mediation, and conflict resolution workshops in diverse organizational contexts and sectors.

*Senior Fellows of the Institute

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