Senior Advisor Ambassador Joseph Ayalogu
Ambassador Ayalogu is currently Nigeria’s ambassador to the United Nations as well as Nigeria’s ambassador to Switzerland, spending much of his time between Geneva and Nigeria. He brings a steady and highly experienced hand to the MwB expansion into his homeland of Nigeria. Ambassador Ayalogu has over 35 years experience in international diplomacy and negotiation and is the Executive Director of the Ken Nnamani Centre for Leadership and Development.
The Ambassador brings a high level of expertise in multilateral diplomacy and negotiation, financial management and oversight, peace building and conflict resolution, and policy planning, development, and implementation to his role as Development Officer for Nigeria. He plays a key leadership role in the assembling of a working group in Nigeria which is collaborating with Mediators without Borders to bring MwBconflict resolution clinics to the country.Download Curriculum Vita
Research Professor Susan Harter, PhD
Dr. Harter is a Professor of Psychology and has, for many years, served as the Head of the Developmental Psychology Program (both graduate and postdoctoral components) at the University of Denver. She brought a vibrant postdoctoral training program to the University that was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Dr. Harter received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1966, obtaining a joint degree in developmental and child-clinical psychology. She remained at Yale, as the first faculty woman in the Psychology department, accepting a joint faculty appointment in the Psychology Department and the Yale Child Study Center, a clinic, where she served as Chief Psychologist. She came to the University of Denver in 1974 where she continued her scholarly and research career, funded by The National Institutes of Health and by the W. T. Grant Foundation. Her primary research interests include the development of self-understanding and self-esteem, the critical role of emotions in human behavior, the role of negative self-evaluations in provoking depression as well as anger, and the study of gender issues across the life span.
Her research has resulted in the development of a battery of assessment instruments that are in wide-spread use in this country and abroad. These self-report instruments are very effective tools that have been employed by many educators and clinicians in intervention research, namely, effective programs designed to enhance individuals’ self-understanding and functioning. She has brought these skills to Mediators without Borders in the development of surveys to assess all phases of the mediation process, including emotional predictors, understanding of the stage-related skills, and the disputants’ perceived outcomes of mediation.
Dr. Harter has published numerous scholarly articles and chapters, and has summarized much of her work in a recent book entitled The Construction of the Self: Developmental and Sociocultural Foundations (Guilford, 2012). A central theme in this highly acclaimed volume is the need for individuals to express their authenticity. She traces the developmental path to manifestations of the “true self”, while at the same time analyzing societal trends that lead to just the opposite, namely, distortions that lead to unwarranted self-aggrandizement that can compromise one’s relationships with others.
Dr. Harter has served on National Institutes of Mental Health grant review panels that include chairing the committee on Cognition, Emotion, and Personality. She has also served as a member of several editorial boards (Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, Development and Psychopathology, and the American Education Research Journal.)
In addition, Dr. Harter has given numerous invited colloquium talks at Universities in this country and abroad. These include Harvard University, Princeton, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Rochester, Brandeis University, University of Colorado, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Vermont, Vanderbilt University, University of Texas, Arizona State University, University of Utah, University of Florida, Beijing University, and the University of Geneva.
Here, at the University of Denver, she has received two major faculty awards, the University Lecturer of the Year, and the John Evans Professorship Award. The latter is the highest scholarly honor the University can bestow upon a faculty member. Both awards are for national and international recognition in one’s chosen field of research. Moreover, in two separate publications, Dr. Harter has the honor of being named as one of the top 50 developmental psychologists in this country and abroad.Download Curriculum Vita
In addition to her role as Statistician and Researcher for Mediators without Borders, Shauna Rienks works as a Research Associate for the federally funded Fatherhood Relationship and Marriage Education (FRAME) project in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. She is originally from Trinidad, CO and earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University.
After earning her secondary education teaching certificate in the state of New Jersey, she was selected to work for the Princeton-in-Asia program and taught English at a university in South Korea for 5 years before returning to Colorado to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver. Her research utilizes an ecological systems theory approach to examine how family processes, school contexts, and individuals’ characteristics (such as gender, ethnicity, and culture) interact to produce both positive and negative social, educational, and mental health outcomes. She joined Mediators without Borders in 2011 and is thrilled to have has earned her mediation certification. She looks forward to utilizing her training to help Mediators without Borders achieve the goal of Sustainable Peace. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two young daughters.
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Senior Advisor Michael Carper, JD
Mike Carper formerly led the corporate development and international legal functions for Cogent Communications, a publicly traded multi-national Internet and data communications service provider. He joined Cogent in 2002 following its merger with Allied Riser Communications Corporation, a venture-backed fiber-optic-based Internet communications company, which Mike helped found and build. For Cogent, Mike negotiated a successful series of acquisitions more than doubling the size of its business in Europe and North America (Cogent was named the fastest growing business in the D.C. area for 2001-2003 by the Washington Business Journal). He worked with the Cogent team to establish the international legal and corporate functions as well as doing continuing mergers and acquisitions work to expand business.
Mike has extensive general corporate executive and legal experience involving complex groups of companies in multiple international jurisdictions including negotiation and documentation of mergers and acquisitions, licensing and management of intellectual property rights, negotiation and structuring of finance agreements (public and private), structuring of complex independent contractor and employee contracts and compensation plans, litigation management, documentation and management of vendor, financing and operating agreements for and between affiliate companies. He has also managed regulatory compliance including technology transfer, intellectual property registration, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, cross-border content transfer, international marketing, business registration and licensing as well as Sarbanes-Oxley requirements
His corporate experience includes senior executive roles with Nextel Communications (now Sprint/Nextel), OneComm Communications, Shared Technologies of Canada, Allied Riser Communications and numerous affiliates of these companies. He practiced law with the international law firm Jones Day. He holds a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University and a Master of Laws degree from The George Washington University.
Senior Advisor Mike Herrick, JD
Michael embodies the mission for Mediators without Borders and has the competency and training to bring this to fruition. Following law school, Michael served as a contract lawyer for Wicken’s, Herzer, Panza, and Batistia CO. His combined legal and financial perspective gives MwB a heightened awareness of the business ramifications of certain decisions.
Michael is guided by the Native American seven generation principle; which informs his decision making process. In this principle, one is to honor the work of the seven generations prior who served as the inspiration forward, considering how decisions he makes today will impact the next seven generations. Michael is an avid tennis player; All American at Kenyon College and a graduate of Case Western Reserve Law School. He has a passion for his horse, Noche, and enjoys African drumming
Senior Advisor Mark Carson, CPA, JD
Mark Carson is the principal owner of a highly successful accounting firm in Boulder, Colorado. Mark has provided steady leadership as the Mediators without Borders Business Analyst since 1994. Mark has degrees in both Accounting and Law but has chosen to practice law as a CPA. Mark’s brings his legal training and business experience to his role as a business analyst advisor to MwB. His years of experience help MwB by adding valuable understanding of the complex relationship between legal, taxation and economic issues. Mark enjoys being a grandpa, hiking in the Rocky Mountains and shares deeply the mission of Mediators without Borders: Sustainable Peace
Senior Advisor Durham McCauley
Durham is the President of McGard Wheel Lock. The company’s locks are recognized by automobile companies and car owners worldwide. McGard GmbH, McGards European facility located near Stuttgartt, Germany was opened in 1994- the year RMA; Mediators without Borders parent company was founded. 1999 brought McGard into the Asian marketplace with the opening of McGard Japan located in Oomiya City. Today, McGard Locks are sold the world over.
Durham brings his success and expertise in world markets to the Mediators without Borders mission. Durham has a love for adventure, including scuba diving and racing.
Senior Advisor, Jonathon Ormes, PhD
Dr. Jonathan F. Ormes Jonathan Ormes is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and recently retired from a position as Director of the Denver Research Institute at the University of Denver. He was appointed Director of DRI on Feburary 1, 2005. Formerly Dr. Ormes was the Director of Space Sciences at the Goddard Space Flight Center from 2000 until 2004. He was responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing the Center’s programs and research in space science. He retired from the government in July 2004 to assume his current position of Research Professor at the University of Denver.
Recently Dr. Ormes has turned his attention to understanding the issues involved in our stewardship of the planet, including global warming, species extinctions, land and water issues and how these issues are driven by increasing population and affluence. He joins MwB as a research advisor for grants and other relevant issues for the MwB Research Center planned for Boulder, Colorado.
Senior Advisor Alison Taylor, MA
Alison will be providing online teaching services through Mediators Without Borders as of 2010 and acting as an MwB advisor. She has over 30 years of experience performing divorce mediation in the public and private sectors, and has served for ten years as the Training Coordinator at the Clackamas County Family Court Service, supervising professionals and graduate students in the only on-going internship program in Oregon.
Ms. Taylor was formerly an associate faculty member and instructor for the Master’s in Conflict Resolution program at Antioch University. She has taught classes on ethics and law, and clinical counseling supervision at Lewis & Clark College, as well as general mediation classes at Marylhurst University. She has also taught all the required minimum qualifications courses for Basic/Civil and for Domestic Relations Custody and Parenting mediators, plus negotiation and other classes for business applications through Portland State University.
Alison has been the Executive Director for the Oregon Family Institute, a think-tank for innovative programs for courts and families, since 2003. Alison is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and since January 2006 she has offered couples counseling, mediation, parent coordination and collaborative custody evaluation services in a limited private practice from her Hawthorn Farms offices in Hillsboro, Oregon. She also provides consultation and supervision with other professionals.
Mark Gum, MDR
Mark Gum is a credentialed Mediators without Borders mediator in the MwB Accord Conflict Analysis model. After moving to San Francisco in 2009 he worked on political campaigns for both Equality California and the Sierra Club. Since April of 2010 he has held a management position at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York. In July, Mark took the MwB CORE Mediation Training Course on the Omega campus and has since been anticipating this opportunity to continue his relationship with Mediators without Borders.
In May of 2009, Mark graduated from the University of Missouri with honors, receiving BAs in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. He is committed to creating a more sustainable and non-violent world through open dialogue and deep listening. Mark is thrilled to be heading back to San Francisco and looks forward to sharing his passion for mindful communication with the Bay area and future fellow mediators.
Genna Murphy, LPC
Genna brings a strong creative talent and dedication to her work as CoFounder of Mediators without Borders where she is responsible for managing financial operations and capitalization. She brings over twenty five years of entrepreneurship and counseling experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice to her work at Mediators without Borders. Genna has long followed the path of peace making, beginning with her involvement in 1986 with the World Instant of Cooperation, a global event designed to focus energy and intention on peace in the world.
Genna has been a musician, singer, and song writer since childhood and brings this rich creativity to all of her work at Mediators without Borders. As the founding partner of IADR/MwB, she was instrumental in developing the courses and programs for the company and overseeing faculty and ongoing course revisions for the “first of its kind” online graduate certificate program in Mediation and ADR. Genna has a graduate degree in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado and heads the green building initiatives for the research centers and clinic.
Senior Advisor Ann Jenkins, ASML
Ann Jenkins has been in the semiconductor manufacturing business since 1984, holding various positions from applications engineer to sales and marketing and sales management and country management. She has a BS Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.Download Resume