Board of Directors

Jenifer McKenna

President

Jenifer McKenna is a family therapist in Amherst, MA, where she investigates the nature of human conflict and its resolution every day. 

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Jenifer McKenna is a family therapist in Amherst, MA, where she investigates the nature of human conflict and its resolution every day. She served on the core group of 20/20 Vision, a national organization supporting citizen involvement in protecting the environment and promoting a nuclear weapons freeze.

John McNally, JD

Treasurer

John D. McNally, JD has been a trial lawyer for over 20 years. He is based in Northampton, MA and brings a practical and pragmatic approach to problem solving.

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John D. McNally, JD has been a trial lawyer for over 20 years. He is based in Northampton, MA and brings a practical and pragmatic approach to problem solving.

Deborah Shriver

Clerk

Deborah Shriver, MA, MS is a consultant on water resource protection and former educator. Recently retired, she now volunteers with Valley Syrian Relief Committee and is on the Steering Committee of Deerfield for Responsible Development. In addition to her work with Karuna Center, she is also a member of the board of the Four Rivers Educational Foundation and Pocumtuck Stewards of the Land.

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During her work life, Deborah Shriver has been a Waldorf teacher, and more recently, a university researcher and consultant in water resource planning and protection. Now retired, she volunteers with groups in addition to her work with Karuna Center. Foremost is the Valley Syrian Relief Committee which raises awareness, fundraises for humanitarian aid and advocates for an end to the Syrian conflict. 

Deborah serves on the Steering Committee of Deerfield for Responsible Development, a citizen group advocating for sustainable development in the Town. She also serves on the library Capital Campaign Committee. Deborah is a member of the board of the Four Rivers Educational Foundation and Pocumtuck Stewards of the Land. She has an MA in education and an MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation with a concentration in Watershed Science and Management.

M. Saud Anwar, MD

Director

M. Saud Anwar, MD, MPH is a Connecticut State Senator, former Mayor of the Town of South Windsor, Connecticut, and a practicing physician who specializes in Lung Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. He is the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine for Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital, and an expert on International Affairs. 

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M. Saud Anwar MD, MPH, is a Connecticut State Senator, former Mayor of the Town of South Windsor, Connecticut, and a practicing physician who specializes in Lung Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. He is the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine for Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital, and an expert on International Affairs. 

Dr. Anwar has been involved in numerous international and national humanitarian and peace initiatives. He is frequently invited to consult for the FBI, Homeland Security and has organized medical missions to Haiti and Pakistan for disaster relief. His efforts have been recognized at the state and federal levels and by multiple professional organizations. Dr. Anwar has received citations for his service from the Governor of Connecticut, Attorney General, Secretary of State and members of the Connecticut General Assembly. In addition, Dr. Anwar , has been involved in many medical and diplomatic missions. He has spoken to students around the world about freedom, responsibilities and political process in the United States and has been part of peace missions to Israel and the Middle East and diplomatic missions for US-Pakistan Relations, as well as traveling to Iran for public diplomacy efforts.

Meghan Boesch

Director

Meghan Boesch, MA, MSc is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) professional and systems thinker. She is Principal Consultant at Wicked Smart Aid, a Boston-based aid consultancy that helps mission-driven organizations adapt to meet the demands of a modernizing sector.

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Meghan Boesch, MA, MSc is a bilingual Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) professional and systems thinker who is committed to bringing the full force of data to bear to evaluate and improve management of international and domestic development programming. Meghan is Principal Consultant at Wicked Smart Aid—a Boston-based aid consultancy that helps mission-driven organizations adapt to meet the demands of a modernizing sector – where she primarily manages the firm’s USAID Office of Transition Initiatives portfolio.

Allen Davis Ed.D.

Director

Allen Davis Ed.D. has extensive experience in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and peace and justice. He is devoted to creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world for all. 

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Allen Davis Ed.D. has had three complementary yet different careers: (1) Higher Education: Dean and teacher at the Western College of Miami University (Oxford OH), where he was co-founder of an experimental residential college of interdisciplinary studies, Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY), and Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mount Hermon, MA). Also, he was the Director of Graduate Relations at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA); (2) Nonprofit organizations: Executive Director of: Greenfield Community College Foundation (Greenfield, MA), the United Way of Franklin County (Greenfield MA), and 20/20 Vision (Amherst, MA and Washington, D.C), a national grassroots organization dedicated to ending the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union and creating environmental justice. (And, he was Director of Development at Cooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton, MA); and (3) Peace and Justice: Now, he is devoted to creating a peaceful, just and sustainable world for all sentient beings. In addition to Karuna, he works with 100 Nights, which serves homeless people (Keene, NH), the Divestment Campaign at the University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA), and his grassroots Drive 55 Campaign to persuade people to slow down and thereby reduce their auto carbon emissions by 15%-32%. Plus, he is part of the global Slow Living Movement, which educates people to hurry less, consume less, and work less. And, he has been a consultant to many nonprofit organizations and served on diverse Boards of Directors, including Bill of Rights Defense Committee (Northampton, MA and Washington, D.C.), Survival Center (Greenfield, MA), Literacy Project (Greenfield, MA) and the Board of Trustees of Greenfield Community College.  

Elisabeth Kvitashvili

Director

Elisabeth Kvitashvili is an accomplished development practitioner with global humanitarian and crisis response leadership and field operations expertise spanning more than 35 years.

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Elisabeth Kvitashvili is an accomplished development practitioner with global humanitarian and crisis response leadership and field operations expertise spanning more than 35 years with USAID in countries such as Sri Lanka, Georgia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Bosnia, Honduras, Rwanda, DRC and the Horn of Africa.  Among many assignments, she served as Director of the Disaster Response Division in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Mission Director in Russia and Sri Lanka. She was the founding director of USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation which launched new ways of thinking and approaching development through a conflict lens. She later led USAID efforts in transforming how the Agency approached engagement in Non-Permissive Environments. 

Now retired from USAID (but back on short-term contract with the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance), she remains engaged through a variety of international consulting assignments focused on peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance and Board of Director positions including with Give2Asia.  She is the former President of the Georgian Association in the USA.  She mentors USAID officers and, graduates of Georgetown University and University of London’s SOAS. She is also an international election monitor with OSCE.  In addition, she continues to serve as adjunct professor at Georgetown University, in the Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution where she teaches two practicum on “Humanitarian and Conflict Assessment” and “Project Development in a Conflict Setting”. Elisabeth has an MA degree from London University, School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS), with a focus on Near East Studies. In her spare time, she volunteers for several organizations and teaches English to Russian immigrant senior citizens.  Married with two adult children she now lives in San Francisco where she spends much time hiking outdoors and volunteering at the Botanical Garden.

Matthew Levinger, Ph.D.

Director

Matthew Levinger is Research Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he directs the National Security Studies Program and the Master of International Policy and Practice Program. He was previously Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace and Founding Director of the Academy for Genocide Prevention at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. His research and teaching have focused on conflict analysis and prevention, as well as the history of nationalism, revolutionary politics, and genocide.

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Matthew Levinger is Research Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He directs the National Security Studies Program, an executive education program for senior officials from the U.S. government and its international partners, as well as the Master of International Policy and Practice Program at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Before joining GW, he was Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, where he developed and taught executive education programs on international conflict analysis and prevention for foreign policy professionals from the United States and overseas. From 2005 to 2007, Levinger was Founding Director of the Academy for Genocide Prevention at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. At the Holocaust Museum, he played a key role in launching “Crisis in Darfur,” a joint initiative of the Museum and Google Earth, as well as the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Before moving to Washington, he was associate professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon; he has also taught at Stanford University. In 2003-2004, he was a William C. Foster Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. He has consulted for organizations including the World Bank, IREX, the National Democratic Institute, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Levinger’s research and teaching have focused on conflict analysis and prevention, as well as the history of nationalism, revolutionary politics, and genocide. His handbook Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions was published by the U.S. Institute of Peace Press in 2013.  He is also the author of Enlightened Nationalism: The Transformation of Prussian Political Culture, 1806-1848 (Oxford, 2000) and coauthor of The Revolutionary Era, 1789-1850 (Norton, 2002). He received his B.A. from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.

Joyce Reilly

Director

Joyce Reilly, MA is a New Jersey-based psychotherapist and co-founder of the Logos Foundation (Chatham, NJ), The Spirit of Gheel and Gheel House (Kimberton, PA), and the Association of Residential Treatment Centers (Stockbridge, MA). 

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Joyce Reilly, MA is a New Jersey-based psychotherapist and co-founder of the Logos Foundation (Chatham, NJ), The Spirit of Gheel and Gheel House (Kimberton, PA), and the Association of Residential Treatment Centers (Stockbridge, MA). She brings over 40-years’ experience in psychiatric and psychosocial care, human rights advocacy, community building and event planning to the Karuna Center, is trained in the Waldorf Style of teaching, and holds Certifications in the Psychosocial Foundations of Peacebuilding, International Trauma Studies, Trauma and Expressive Therapies, and Organizational Development. She recently completed the Darfur Resettlement Project of JVS, East Orange New Jersey, where she helped more than 50 Sudanese refugees to secure access to housing, employment, healthcare and acclimate to American life. Ms. Reilly earned her B.A. in Pyschology from Drew University in Madison, NJ, and is currently completing her M.A. in Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.

Ken Williams, Ed.D.

Director

Ken Williams is Graduate Dean at SIT Graduate Institute, where his interests include leadership development, multicultural organizational development, change management, educational administration and reform, and developing learning organizations in NGO and for-profit management.

 

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Ken Williams is the Graduate Dean at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. He completed his doctorate in organization and leadership at Columbia University and his master’s degree at the London School of Economics. He teaches the courses Organizational Behavior and Team Development; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Social Identity; Research, Decision-Making, and Analysis; Qualitative Research Methodology; Quantitative Research Methodology using SPSS and Excel; Leadership, Community and Coalition-Building. His interests include leadership development, multicultural organizational development, change management, educational administration and reform, and developing learning organizations in NGO and for-profit management.

Williams has worked, studied, and/or lived in the UK, Bermuda, Bangladesh, Thailand, Jamaica, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Oman, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States as well as in Barbados, where he founded a number of small- and medium-sized enterprises. A consultant to NGOs in Bermuda, Thailand, Tanzania, the United States, and Barbados, Dr. Williams is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the American Educational Research Association, and the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Olivia Zeydler

Director

Olivia Zeydler is a Global Leadership Fellow and member of the World Economic Forum’s Acceleration team, where she is focused on developing effective and innovative business strategies in emerging and underserved markets, with a particular interest in community-led initiatives.

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Olivia Zeydler is a Global Leadership Fellow and member of the World Economic Forum’s Acceleration team, which scales internal projects across WEF that help accelerate solutions to key challenges facing societies today. Olivia is focused on developing effective and innovative business strategies in emerging and underserved markets—and in deepening her own understanding of community-led initiatives, and how to drive investments towards new, equitable business solutions.

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