Annie Marsa

Meaning, truth, human connection and healing have interested me since I was young. As an adult, I continue to explore these things in the humanitarian sector where I presently work on an emergency food distribution program in Ethiopia. Previously, I’ve worked in the Gaza Strip, at the Egyptian border with Libya, in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, and in Afghanistan. During my graduate studies at American University in Washington, DC, I studied international peace and conflict resolution and philosophy. The case studies I read, the research papers

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Ngotho Grace Wangechi

 In May of 2014, Grace was awarded bachelor’s degree from St Paul’s University in Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her strong management and organizational skills she was responsible for organizing conferences during her attendance.  She added post graduate diplomas to her resume that include Public Health (living with HIV/Aids) and Development; Environmental Studies; Tribunal and Matrimonial Conflict involving Conflict Management and Resolution. She was also trained to work with women caught in cycles of domestic violence. As a result of her work in a women’s prison, she had the opportunity to see how resources are assigned or not according to gender. Her university awards include Global Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Grace's passion is teaching and advocating for women and girls.




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Mary Tendall

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Mary Tendall is a licensed psychotherapist who has treated and worked with hundreds of combat veterans and their families for over 20 years. For 17 years she was sub-contracted with a Vet Center. She continues to treat the impact of combat trauma as well as serves as a consultant for NPR, leads workshops and retreats and speaks at professional conferences nationally and internationally and publishes articles about combat trauma. She is in the process of finishing a film entitled, Stand Down which shows how and why combat-related ptsd occurs, normalizes the symptoms and offers hope through the healing stories of combat veterans and their spouses.



Steve Kinne

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Steve Kinne is a retired doctor and Air-force Colonel.

Personal statement:  After nearly three decades away from family, most of it traveling while in the USAF, I returned with my family to be near our grown children and extended families. Part of my goal in returning was to “catch up” with my dad, a WWII veteran, since he was in failing health. Before I did that however, I took five months off to hike the Appalachian Trail

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Selvije Izeti

Silvije Izeti is a clinical psychologist, presently working in the Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture in Prishtina, Kosovo. She provides group, family and individual therapies focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder using counseling and cognitive behavior therapy techniques.  She is a trainer for stress management with health care professionals ( Self-Care). She studied clinical psychology at University of Prishtina, Kosovo (2006), Three years studying Cognitive behavioral therapy at Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (2009) and holds a Certificate in Harvard's Global Mental Health: trauma and recovery. (2011)

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Preeti Sharan

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Preeti Sharan, MS, is a registered Clinical Dietitian who brings a cutting edge biochemical treatment perspective to Ashlar and PTS. Working cooperatively with you and your doctor, using prescribed blood work, she will identify the biochemical imbalances that contribute to your PTS symptoms.Prescribing supplements and diet, she will help to move you along the continuum from heavily symptomatic toward a state of balance and well-being.

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Odette Mukazi Mutanguha

Odette Mukazi Mutanguha is a development specialist of Rwandan descent who focuses on gender, social and peace issues. She is currently working with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Lusaka, Zambia as a Manager and a focal point for Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming.

I did not know that I was a refugee until one day in school in Uganda. I must have been six or seven years old. We were playing a skipping rope game with teams. I was very good at it jumping up and down in my little bare feet – I did not get shoes until I was much older. My team was winning. One of the other team’s children didn’t like that. “Go back to Rwanda, you are just a refugee!” What?

Odette has over 20 years of experience in leadership and senior management positions, working with

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Jim Burns


Jim Burns is an Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at South Dakota State University. His teaching, research, and service interests include the experience and understanding of masculinity, critical pedagogy, curriculum theory, qualitative research methods, and transformative inquiry-based teaching for building inclusive communities and social justice.

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Terry Taplin

Seventy four years ago this month I was a refugee. 

I was evacuated from the London hospital where I was born to escape the very first bombs of the London Blitz which Adolf Hitler launched when he learned of my birth on August  25th 1940.

Along with my trusty gasmask and thousands of my fellow Londoners, I was shipped off to a safe haven on the south coast of England. Soon adopted by a local farmer, my safe house turned out to be anything but safe. Close to the major shipping port of Southampton which was obliterated later in the war, and directly under the bombers' homeward route, we spent every night huddled

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Jennifer Nolan

Jaime Nolan is Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity at the University of New Hampshire. For more than 20 years she has worked in diversity, community building, social justice, and intercultural advancement.  

Jaime develops and provides tailored diversity training, mediation/conflict resolution, and community development to public and private organizations. She holds a BA and MA in American Studies from Washington State University and will earn a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2015. At the University of Minnesota, she co-developed and taught a course,

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