Ronald Bee serves as the Managing Director of the Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, appointed first in 2006. He has taught political science, international relations, conflict resolution, American foreign policy, globalization, and national security policy at the University of San Diego (USD), San Diego State University (SDSU), Cuyamaca College, and Grossmont College. From 2005-09 he served as the Director of the Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs at SDSU. From 1994-2006 he worked at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), directing Middle East diplomacy programs for the U.S. Congress, and co-directing the UC Revelle Program on Climate Science and Policy. He spent 15 years in Washington, D.C. in the private and public sectors, including posts at the U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Dept. of State, and the Congressional Research Service. In 1987-88 Mr. Bee was selected as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow for American Leadership to work in the West German Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, and for the Governing Mayor of West Berlin. He has studied, lived, or worked in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, and the Russian Federation. His published books include Mapping Transatlantic Futures: German-American Relations in A Global World (with Collette Mazzucelli, 2014), Terrorism by the Numbers (with Loretta Napoleoni, Milan 2008), Seven Minutes to Midnight: Nuclear Weapons after 9/11 (Foreign Policy Association, 2006), One Nation Becomes Many: The ACCESS Guide to the Former Soviet Union (with Stephen Young and Bruce Seymore II, Washington DC 1992) and Looking the Tiger in the Eye: Confronting the Nuclear Threat (with Carl Feldbaum, Harper & Row, 1988, 1990). The New York Times selected Looking the Tiger in the Eye as a Notable Book of the Year. email@example.com
Ami Carpenter is an Assistant Professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego. She holds a PhD from George Mason University and has taught courses on international, community and organizational conflict prevention and resolution at George Mason University (Arlington, Virginia), National Taurida Vernatsky University (Simferopol, Ukraine), and California State University (Dominguez Hills). Dr. Carpenter has consulted for numerous organizations including the United States Navy, the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID), and the National Conflict Resolution Center. She currently advises the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention and the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human and Child Sex Trafficking. Her research focuses on gang networks, the criminal dimensions of political conflicts, urban resilience to conflict in Iraqi and Guatemalan communities, and the connection between transnational gangs and criminal networks in Central America. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for the NIJ funded grant ““Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region”. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meenakshi Chakraverti, PhD is the former Director of the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego. With a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University and a doctorate in social anthropology from Cornell University, Dr. Chakraverti brings experience in economic research, grassroots community work, ethnographic research, business entrepreneurship, dialogue training and facilitation, and strategic program development. Dr. Chakraverti has also taught at the University of California, San Diego and Princeton University. Before joining the University of San Diego, Dr. Chakraverti was Vice President for Program Development at the Public Conversations Project where she worked for 13 years as a practitioner and in program development and management. Dr. Chakraverti’s experience supports SOLES' community and global focus: she has worked with a wide variety of leaders and communities in the United States and internationally, including U.S. stakeholders on national energy policy, university leadership, leadership within city government and civil society; and global leadership on gender and conflict prevention and recovery, emerging women leaders from transitional countries, Ethiopian parliamentarians, Israeli and Palestinian journalists, and peace builders in Burundi.email@example.com
Scott Cooper founded Veterans for American Ideals, a nonpartisan group of veterans who share a belief that America is strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals and who advocate policies that are consistent with the ideals that motivated them to serve in the first place.
As the Director of National Security Outreach for Human Rights First, he is the chief ambassador to the national security community. He leads Human Rights First’s efforts to build partnerships with members of the military and national security communities as well as national security-focused think tanks and research institutions.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Scott spent a career in the Marine Corps. He flew the EA-6B Prowler, serving five tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, one in Europe, and one in the Western Pacific. He flew the Bosnian and Iraqi no-fly zones, the Kosovo air campaign, and in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served on the ground as a Forward Air Controller in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded an EA-6B Prowler squadron and finished his career as the speechwriter to the head of Marine Corps Aviation.
An expert on civil-military relations, air power, and national security issues, he has published work in the Washington Post, the Washington Quarterly, Policy Review, Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Lori Cox Han joined the Chapman University (located in Orange County, CA) faculty in 2005 as Professor of Political Science. Her major area of expertise is American government, with research and teaching interests in the presidency, women and politics, media and politics, and political leadership. She is the author of In It to Win: Electing Madam President (Bloomsbury, 2015); Presidents and the American Presidency (Oxford University Press, 2013); Handbook to American Democracy (Facts on File, 2012); A Presidency Upstaged: The Public Leadership of George H.W. Bush (Texas A&M University Press, 2011); Women and U.S. Politics: The Spectrum of Leadership, 2nd ed. (Lynne Rienner, 2010); and Governing From Center Stage: White House Communication Strategies During the Television Age of Politics(Hampton Press, 2001). She is also editor of New Directions in the American Presidency(Routledge, 2011); and co-editor of Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? (Lynne Rienner, 2007); The Presidency and the Challenge of Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); In the Public Domain: Presidents and the Challenge of Public Leadership (SUNY Press, 2005); Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics (Facts on File, 2008); and Leadership and Politics, Vol. 2 of Leadership at the Crossroads (Praeger, 2008). Her research has also appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, and White House Studies. In addition, Dr. Han is past president of the Presidency Research Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association devoted to the study of the presidency, and she has also served as a member of the national executive board of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society. She contributes to the blog Presidential Power (www.presidential-power.com).
Marissa Davis received her master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a recipient of the school’s Public Service Fellowship. While there, she served for two consecutive years as co-chair of The Black Policy Conference, a solution-oriented annual event focused on issues affecting black communities locally and globally. Marissa was a research associate for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and, prior to that, a civil rights paralegal at the firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax in Washington, D.C. She founded the organization NOLArize! while at Swarthmore College, which worked to raise social and cultural awareness about New Orleans and continue efforts in directly aiding local communities after Hurricane Katrina. Originally hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Marissa is a budding “bridge-figure” with an insatiable appetite for travel.
Imam Taha Hassane is currently serving as the Imam/Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego. He joined ICSD in September 2004 from the Colorado Muslim Youth Foundation where he served as a youth instructor. Imam Taha graduated from Institute of Islamic Sciences at the University of Algiers, Algeria, and served as a high school teacher and Imam in Algeria for ten years before coming to the United States.
Imam Taha also holds a Master degree of theology in Islamic studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation ion South Bend, Indiana.
In addition to his regular duties at ICSD, Imam Taha is a:
William Headley is a sociologist, counselor and Catholic priest. He has a broad background in Church leadership, justice, peace and international aid with experience in over 70 countries. Bill was the Major Superior (1979-85) of the USA-Eastern Province of his Holy Spirit (Spiritans) community. While Provincial of the Spiritans, Headley served on the Executive Committee, Conference of Major Superiors of Men; was the first President of the Africa Faith and Justice Network/USA; and was instrumental in starting the Washington Office on Haiti. In 1986, he conducted for Jesuit Refugee Services a study of Nairobi, Kenya’s refugees.
Called to Generalate administration for the Spiritans in 1987, Bill started his Community's first International Justice and Peace Office (Rome, Italy). He directed it for five years. Haunted by intra-state conflict witnessed in Africa, Fr. Headley used a sabbatical to research grassroots efforts at peacemaking in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, South Africa and Haiti.
In July 1993, Professor Headley established a graduate program in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. He was named Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Strategic Issues, Catholic Relief Services, in March 2000. As part of CRS’ Executive Team, he helped to guide CRS’ relief, development, and justice/ peace programs. Early in 2003, he was appointed Counselor to CRS’ President with major responsibility for the Agency’s peace work. As a peace builder, Bill has assisted conferences of bishops in Ghana, Nigeria, the Balkans, Sudan, Haiti and Burundi. He has a doctorate in sociology (New York University), advanced degrees in counseling and theology and has done post-doctoral work at Harvard Divinity School, George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Gandhi Peace Institute, New Delhi. In August 2007, Bill became the founding Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA. The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is reputed to be the first academic School of Peace in the USA. In 2009, Bill received an Honorary Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, and in 2010, Bill received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Hinck grew up in California and attended California State University, Fresno. After earning a BA in Aviation Management and graduating as the top Distinguished Military Graduate from ROTC, John embarked on an Army career. He is a former Army Colonel with 22+ years of serving as a combat leader and Apache Longbow pilot. He served with distinction in Korea, Germany, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan earning numerous commendations including Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Legion of Merit. He commanded an aviation battalion task force of 750 people and 63 aircraft comprised of fixed wing and unmanned systems, and led the organization in Afghanistan. The unit received the Army’s 2010 Fixed Wing Unit of the Year award. After retirement, John taught communication at the college undergraduate level in Michigan and then worked as the General Operations Manager at Bishop-McCann, a brand experiences agency. Now, John is self-employed as a speaker, trainer, and coach. He helps individuals and organizations strengthen leadership practices while honoring personal values and company culture. John is the author of Strength & Honor – 64 Stories of Leadership, Character, and Values. With advanced degrees in administration and communication/leadership, John blends theory and practice using proven principles and real life stories when he writes and speaks on leadership. Currently, he teaches organizational leadership courses in the School of Business and Management at National University, and is pursuing a PhD in organizational leadership at the University of San Diego. John plans to use the degree to expand his teaching and speaking expertise. email@example.com
Azim Khamisa is a successful international investment banker and speaker. Following the loss of his only son Tariq in 1995 to a senseless, gang-related murder, Azim chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge and bitterness, and this amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and the subsequent forgiveness movement which has reached millions. Azim@AzimKhamisa.com
Dean Nick Ladany has spent over 20 years in a variety of administrative and faculty positions in higher education. Prior to arriving at the University of San Diego, he served as the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. He previously served as Director of the Counseling Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA; Chair of the Department of Education and Human Services and Program Coordinator & Director of Doctoral Training of the Counseling Psychology Program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and served as a faculty member at Temple University and the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York, in 1992 and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
He has more than 80 publications and has conducted over 240 national and international presentations in more than 20 countries in the area of counseling and psychotherapy supervision and training. In particular, his primary research interest and activity includes such issues as the working alliance, self-disclosures and nondisclosures, multicultural training, ethics, and social justice. He has served as an Associate Editor of Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training; and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and Counselor Education and Supervision. He has published five books including: Practicing Counseling and Psychotherapy: Insights from Trainees, Clients, and Supervisors; Critical Events in Psychotherapy Supervision: An Interpersonal Approach; and Counselor Supervision (4th ed.).
PhD, Counseling Psychology (APA-accredited), University at Albany, State University of New York
BS, Psychology, University of Maryland
Bonnie Lamb is the Program Coordinator of the Hansen Summer Institute. Bonnie is an avid traveler and has lived in many countries around the world such as Brazil, Guatemala, Australia and Ireland. Ms. Lamb is also an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Scott Meltzer serves as rabbi of Ohr Shalom Synagogue in San Diego. He is a Lecturer in Religious Studies at San Diego State University and serves as a chaplain with the San Diego Police Department. Previously, Rabbi Meltzer served as the founding Dean of Students and Residential Life at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to that, he was Director of Education of The Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) and director of its renowned program, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI), where he was responsible for programs in residential and experiential Jewish education. Rabbi Meltzer graduated and was ordained through the Hebrew Union College. As a rabbinic student, he was selected as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a program designed to identify individuals interested in pursuing graduate work and professional training in Jewish communal life who exhibit exceptional leadership potential. He also served as an Intern with the Israel Ministry of Justice while studying in Jerusalem. Rabbi Meltzer earned a B.A. with honors in Chemistry from Harvard University before attending rabbinic school, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. email@example.com
Grace Michel seeks to build peace through education, leadership development, human rights, and social innovation. Before coming to USD Michel was an advocate for Latina survivors of sexual and domestic violence at Consejo Counseling and Referral Service in Seattle. She served for several years in Lima, Peru, with Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope), partnering with local church leaders in marginalized urban neighborhoods to promote holistic community transformation projects. Michel has worked with the U.S. Campaign for Burma and spent time on the Burma-Thailand border as an educator for Karen refugees. She serves a member of the Board of Directors of the Karen Organization of San Diego. In 2013 Michel was one of USD's Social Innovation Challenge award winners for her project, HOMESPUN, which brings together refugees from Burma living in San Diego for weaving circles, where elders pass on the art of traditional weaving to the youth, and participants learn social entrepreneurship skills to sell their woven creations. Most recently, Michel worked as a research intern with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Grace received her Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies, University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at Claremont McKenna College
Dr. Afsaneh Nahavandi is the former chair and professor of the Leadership Studies Department at the University of San Diego and an established and highly regarded authority in cross-cultural leadership, leadership development, and organizational behavior. She has a BA in Psychology and French from the University of Denver, an MA and PhD in Social Psychology from University of Utah. Prior to coming to USD in 2013, she taught at Arizona State University for 26 years in the Business School and in the School of Public Administration. While at ASU she was director of the MBA program at ASU’s West campus, director of University College, associate dean of University College and of the College of Public Programs. She holds the title of Professor Emerita from ASU and was ASU’s 2004 Professor of the Year. She is additionally the winner of several other teaching awards. Prior to joining ASU, she was an assistant professor of Human Resources Management at Northeastern University in Boston.
Dr. Nahavandi’s textbook "The Art and Science of Leadership", currently in its 7th edition, is one of the best-selling leadership textbooks in the United States. She has several additional books including “Ancient Leadership Wisdom,” “Organizational Behavior” and “Organizational Behavior: The Person-Organization Fit,” “Organizational Culture in the Management of Mergers,” as well as many other publications about leadership, culture, teams, and ethics.
Dr. Nahavandi is a sought-after consultant to public and private companies. She developed the Leadership Development program at Honeywell Corporation and has created programs, presented seminars and worked with organizations across a broad range of sectors including the La Jolla Playhouse, the City of Phoenix, Forum Corporation, Maricopa County Court, New York Institute of Finance, Phelps Dodge, Inc., Primary Children's Hospital, Sea Ray Boats, Utah State Hospital and Valley National Bank.
Jenni Prisk is an international motivational speaker, communications coach and trainer. In 1989 she founded Prisk Communication to work with companies and individuals in diverse aspects of communication. She holds a Diploma in Adult Teaching and a Diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College of London, England. Ms. Prisk is also the president and founder of Voices of Women (VOW), whose mission is to support and produce local and global educational programs that uplift women and children. firstname.lastname@example.org