Olivia Stokes Dreier, M.P.A., M.S.W.
Olivia Stokes Dreier has extensive experience in conflict transformation, reconciliation, and peacebuilding training. Her international experience includes the development, design, and delivery of multi-year programs in peacebuilding, inter-communal dialogue, and reconciliation for diverse stakeholders. Over the last ten years, Ms. Dreier has designed and led programs in over fifteen countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Georgia, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Senegal. She conducts conflict assessments (most recently in Rwanda and Senegal for USAID) and has consulted with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank on conflict sensitive development. From 2002-2012 Ms. Dreier directed the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Graduate Certificate Program at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro VT. She has working fluency in French and speaks conversational Hindi and Urdu.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Dreier worked for two years with the Gandhian movement in India on rural development and non-formal education. She was then a practitioner in community mental health for over 20 years, working with individuals, families, and groups from both narrative and systems orientations. Ms. Dreier received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, a Masters in Social Work from Smith College, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Darren Roth, M.A.
Director of Operations
Darren Roth joined the Karuna Center in 2011 with over 14 years of experience in non-profit development and management in the U.S. In addition, he has lived internationally in Mongolia working in the field of business development and in India with a Tibetan peacebuilding organization. Mr. Roth has a Bachelors in Marketing from the University of Colorado - Boulder and a Masters in Conflict Transformation from the SIT Graduate Institute.
Laura Cyan Anderson
Development and Communications Coordinator
Laura Anderson joined Karuna Center in 2010 with experience in not-for-profit communications and fundraising and home health care supervision. She has been in the position of both grant-maker and grant-writer for grassroots organizations, worked in video and other visual media, and been involved in various community-based organizing projects. She has a BA in Social Justice and Media of Communication from University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Paula Green, Ed.D.
Paula Green served as director of Karuna Center for its first 15 years, developing, designing, and delivering multi-year programs in peacebuilding, inter-communal dialogue, and reconciliation for diverse stakeholders. During Dr. Green's subsequent tenure as Senior Fellow, her work included authorship of the training guide Peacebuilding in Divided Communities: Karuna Center’s Approach to Training. Dr. Green continues to engage with Karuna Center as a peacebuilding consultant.
Dr. Green has extensive international experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, working as an international consultant, facilitator and lecturer in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as in the U.S. As a psychologist, educator and leader in the field of peacebuilding, Dr. Green brings to her work a synthesis of personal change, social responsibility and spiritual awareness.
Dr. Green is also a professor of conflict transformation at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she co-directs the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures program, a summer institute and graduate certificate program designed to strengthen and support the community-building, coexistence and conflict intervention efforts of peacebuilders from the United States and around the world. In addition to authoring numerous articles published internationally, Dr. Green co-edited the textbook, Psychology and Social Responsibility: Facing Global Challenges. She has been an active board member of several international peace organizations, including the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.