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, J.D.

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.

Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D.

Clerk

Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D. is a retired organization development consultant with a strong connection to conflict resolution work. 

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Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D. is a retired organization development consultant with a strong connection to conflict resolution work. He has worked with nonprofit and for-profit clients in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, and China. He is also an adult educator who has taught at Tufts, M.I.T., Emerson College in England, and Sunbridge College in N.Y. Chris is author of Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities (2013) and co-author of Vision in Action: Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations (1986).

M. Saud Anwar MD, MPH

Director

M. Saud Anwar M.D., 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.

Polly Byers, M.A.

Director

Polly Byers has over thirty years experience working on international development and humanitarian assistance issues, recently focusing on resilience, conflict, and gender issues.  

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Polly Byers, M.A., has over thirty years experience working on international development and humanitarian assistance issues, recently focusing on resilience, conflict, and gender issues.  For over 15 years Ms. Byers held multiple positions within USAID and the Dept. of State, managing humanitarian assistance and development programs, coordinating policy development, and leading strategic planning, specializing in conflict and transitional issues. Prior to USAID, she was the senior international staff member of the Congressional Select Committee Hunger. More recently, Ms. Byers has worked as in independent consultant for numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations including USAID, UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, Save the Children, Interaction, and Oxfam, among others.  She coordinated an integrated approach to post-disaster recovery planning between the U.N, World Bank, and European Union for the United Nations Development Program, and in collaboration with the Karuna Center, has evaluated the conflict sensitivity of World Bank programs. Ms. Byers holds a Masters in International Relations from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. 

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.  

Joyce Reilly, M.A.

Director

Joyce Reilly, M.A. 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, M.A. 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.

Deborah Shriver

Director

Deborah 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 has been a Waldorf teacher, and more recently, a 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.

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