Dave Joseph, Chair
Smithfield, RI, USA
Dave Joseph, MSW, is currently a Senior Associate at Essential Partners, after serving as Director of Programs from 2005-2017. He has provided dialogue training and consultation in the US, Canada, Greece, Thailand, Nigeria, Liberia, and Burundi, over the past 10+ years. He has designed and facilitated training and dialogues about polarized issues such as immigration, class, gender, marriage equality, domestic violence, political differences, and many other issues in the United States. His international work has focused on promoting interfaith coexistence and collaboration; restoring and enhancing community resilience in post-conflict situations; and immigration.
Dave is also is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders and currently serves as its Board Chair. He is an experienced mediator, facilitator, and consultant, who has designed meetings, conferences and strategic initiatives within human service organizations and educational institutions. Previously, he co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. His background also includes having directed mental health and addictions treatment programs at community mental health centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
- Smith College, Northhampton, Massachusetts, USA, MSW
- Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, USA B.A.
Judith Gilmore, Vice Chair
Chevy Chase, MD, USA
Judith Gilmore is currently a consultant in the area of human trafficking, a child protection and small claims mediator for the Washington, D.C. Superior Court, a small and large claims mediator for the Maryland District Court, a mediator for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, and a community mediator for the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County. She also mediates parenting plans, juvenile justice cases, and federal government workplace issues. She is also on the Board of Managing Trustees of the International Association of Women Judges.
Previously, Ms. Gilmore had a career in international development at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she was a senior manager. Her last position was the Director of the Private Voluntary Cooperation, the office that registers, supports, and represents U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in their development work overseas. In that capacity, she managed a yearly portfolio of $50 million in the areas of health, microfinance, education, and cooperatives as well as the $20 million annual American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program. She also developed and implemented a new strategy of grants and research that supported overseas NGOs and networks, especially in conflict-affected countries.
Ms. Gilmore led the USAID regional offices of East Asia and West Africa and managed the technical offices in both Africa and the Latin America and Caribbean Bureaus. Earlier in her career, she was chief of evaluation for NGO and food aid programs and designed the first grant programs at USAID for NGOs. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Gilmore worked at Oxfam-America, the International Labor Organization, and the Organization of American States.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Ms. Gilmore also earned certificates in French and Spanish translation from Georgetown University’s Institute of Language and Linguistics. She received her BA in French literature from Wellesley College.
Charlie Pillsbury, Treasurer
New Haven, CT, USA
Charlie Pillsbury served as MBB’s first Executive Director from November 1, 2009, through January 31, 2014. Charlie is also an MBB Founding Member and a member of MBB’s Colombia project team.
From 1989 – 2009, Charlie was the Executive Director of Community Mediation, Inc., a nonprofit community mediation center in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a founding Board member of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) in 1993 and was Co-Chair of NAFCM’s Board of Directors from 1999 – 2001. He currently is also the Co-Director, Center on Dispute Resolution, and a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Dispute Resolution, at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Rose-Anne Moore, Secretary
Stamford, CT, USA
She has a lifelong passion for understanding how people’s beliefs, attitudes, and underlying values each inform the others and influence their decisions and actions. That interest has led her to work with consulting firms, advertising agencies, and client-side companies, in a range of industries from automotive to financial-services to health-care and pharmaceuticals, and in areas from advertising to website usability.
She holds an undergraduate degree from Williams College, an MBA in marketing and management policy from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and an MA in ethics from Yale Divinity School, and is a trained mediator.
Courtney Bourns, Chair, Resource Development Committee
West Hartford, CT, USA
Courtney, a graduate of Tufts University and Duke University Law School, is a founding partner of the Hartford, CT law firm of Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo, LLC. After 50 years in a general litigation and family practice, including 30 years as a divorce mediator, he retired at the end of 2015.
Following in the path of his father who was deeply engaged in civic activities and served a term as District Governor of Rotary in Ohio, Courtney has served on the boards of non-profit organizations in the Hartford area since 1970, chairing several of the boards during this 40+ year period. His experience has extended from starting a non-profit organization in downtown Hartford to being a board member of a $50 million/800 staff regional health organization. Fund development has, not surprisingly, been an area where he has had considerable experience over the years.
Courtney has a large extended family and travels whenever he can. He loves tennis and is an amateur photographer. A member of MBBI for five years he currently serves on the Fund Development Committee. He is energized when he can work with people in conflict, “listening” to them in a way that can bring them together and help them find common ground and a way forward.
Prabha Sankaranarayan, President and CEO
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
She is committed to partnership, as evidenced by the organization’s collaboration with over 120 organizations globally. She leads MBBI’s recent partnership with Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million members, as well as with NAFCM, a North American network of over 300 mediation centers.
She is a conflict transformation practitioner who has mediated, facilitated and trained in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the USA. Her public and private sector work includes conflict analysis for public/private partnerships, consultation & assessment for industrial development zones, design and implementation of trainings for multinational corporations; interfaith dialogues as well as facilitation of multi-stakeholder mediations.
Prabha is actively involved in regional, national and international civic activities focused on civil liberties, sexual violence prevention, conflict mitigation & mediation and the recovery & rehabilitation of trauma survivors. She is an Adjunct Professor at Washington and Jefferson College. She designs programs and interventions, trains and delivers presentations globally, on the impact of family and community violence, the intersection of trauma and peacebuilding, restorative justice, conflict resolution, mediation, and transitional justice.
She speaks English, Tamil, and Hindi. She practices yoga and also enjoys hiking, rafting, and climbing.
Bsc (Hons), RICS Dip. Project Management, FRICS, FNIVS, FCAI, MNIM, MAPM, RSV. Akinola Olawore is a Chartered Surveyor and Valuer of repute with over 30 years experience in all aspects of Estate Surveying and valuation. He is a RICS ACCREDITED Commercial mediator and mediator and member of Neutrals Panel of the Lagos Multidoor Courthouse. He had at various times in his career led several teams on the valuation of Heavy Industries such as Oil and Gas Installations, Breweries, Pharmaceutical Industries, and Heritage Properties. He had been Director on the Global Valuation Standard Setting Organization- International Valuation Standards Committee as well President of the International Real Estate Society. A widely traveled professional who has been engaged in multinational research and collaborative professional work for foreign investors. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK) and Certified Auctioneers Institute of Nigeria respectively, member of the Nigerian Institute of Management Chartered, Association of Project managers etc. He is an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate at the Homburg Academy, Charlotte Town, Canada and an Affiliate Partner of International Realty Valuation Inc San Diego, USA
Lynn H. Cole
After over 26 years as a full time, “av-rated” attorney specializing in business, complex commercial and labor and employment cases, Lynn Cole is now a full-time dispute resolution professional. In the U.S., she has a domestic practice in mediation and arbitration and has served as a Special Master, a Special Magistrate, and an SEC Receiver.
She was appointed to the DRC (formerly Mediation Qualifications Board) by the Florida Supreme Court as a founding member, has served as the Chair of the Civil Justice Reform Act Commission for the federal court, and chaired the Thirteenth Judicial Nominations Commission responsible for selecting Judges in the State of Florida. She is Florida-certified and Harvard-trained in mediation and is listed as a neutral by several prestigious ADR international organizations such as: the American Arbitration Association; the International Chamber of Commerce; the United States Council for International Business; the International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Prevention; the World International Property Organization in The Hague; and several others. In 2008, she was an invited attendee of the ABA ADR Section’s first International Conference held in The Hague.
Currently, she serves as a Founding Member of the Board of Directors for Mediators Beyond Borders. She has served as a Mediation Specialist with USAID, successfully developing Court-based Pilot Mediation Programs in Bulgaria, Jordan, and Kosovo. She is presently serving in Jordan as a Mediation Specialist to expand the pilot court-related mediation program which she helped to develop in 2006. She has lectured internationally in Commercial Mediation; Ethics; and Basic and Advanced Mediation. She has taught mediation courses domestically for students in several Universities and Law Schools and internationally for judges and mediators from Jordan, Oman, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia. She has developed an online mediation service which permits up to six participants from anywhere in the world to mediate virtually, on the computer screen.
Kenneth Cloke, Emeritus
Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant, and trainer specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party conflicts, including community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and public policy disputes, and in designing preventative conflict resolution systems for organizations.
He has mediated conflicts and taught dispute resolution in over 20 countries and is a nationally recognized speaker and published author of many journal articles and several books. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Harvard University’s School of Law and Amsterdam University’s Institute on Dispute Resolution. Kenneth Cloke is the key founder and leader of Mediators Beyond Borders. He has assembled a team of dedicated conflict resolution professionals to implement the mission of MBB. He is currently involved with MBB’s developing Rwanda project as the Board Liaison.
- B.A. University of California, Berkeley 1963
- J.D. U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Law School 1966
- Ph.D. U.C.L.A. 1980
- LLM U.C.L.A. Law School 1980
- Post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Law 1980
- Graduate, National Judicial College, Reno. Nevada 1981
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA
Victoria is a mediator for the National Mediation Board, a federal government agency for which she mediates labor disputes and grievances and teaches facilitated bargaining and grievance mediation. She brings to this position 40 years experience in the airline industry as a labor advocate, having served as President of the Independent Federation of Flight Attendants, member of the Board of Directors of Trans World Airlines, Vice Chair of the Creditor’s Committee for the bankruptcy of Trans World Airlines, and International Representative of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
She was a member of the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Citizens Services Voluntary Mediation Services program and was a member of the Pro Bono Panel of Mediators for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Ms. Gray earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from California State University at Northridge. She also has a certificate in Industrial Relations from the University of California at Los Angeles and a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at the Pepperdine University School of Law.
Professional Associations include serving as Chair of the Communication Committee and Board member for the Southern California Mediation Association.
Douglas E. Noll, J.D., M.A.
Clovis, CA, USA
Mr. Noll is a full-time peacemaker and a mediator, specializing in difficult, complex, and intractable conflicts. He is an adjunct professor of law and has a Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. He is AV-rated and was a business and commercial trial lawyer for 22 years before turning to peacemaking. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators. Mr. Noll was one of the first U.S. mediators certified under the international mediator standards established by the International Mediation Institute. He is listed in the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediators.
Along with his colleague Laurel Kaufer, Doug was honored by California Lawyer Magazine as California Attorneys of the Year in 2012 for their pro bono Prison of Peace project.
He is the author book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus Books, April 2011), winner of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) International Peace and Justice Book Award for 2011.
In addition, Mr. Noll is the author of Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage(Auberry Press 2006), with John Boogaert, and Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict (Cascadia 2002) and, numerous articles on peacemaking, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation, and is a mediator trainer, lecturer, and continuing education panelist. Mr. Noll has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2005, by US News; World Report and has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Noll is the host of the radio show The Doug Noll Show that streams live onwsRadio.com Thursday evenings at 7 pm Pacific.
Mr. Noll is also a second-degree black belt in Chinese kung fu and has taught tai chi for over 10 years. He has a variety of other interests and accomplishments including certification as a Level III ski instructor, an instrument-rated private pilot with multi-engine and helicopter ratings, a jazz violinist, and a whitewater kayaker and rafter.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Dana Moldovan was a partner in a high tech company that was acquired by a public company. After completing her contract with the buyer, Dana started her own 501©3 nonprofit organization, Children Skills for Life, and now works full time on humanitarian projects. Children Skills for Life organization’s mission is to help children build their future through education. Dana joined Rotary International in 2002 and is an active member of Newbury Park Club, District 5240. She is Past President and currently serves as Inter-Country Committee National Coordinator USA. Dana is Major donor and Bequest society member. She has participated in polio immunization campaigns in Nigeria and India and in many humanitarian projects in Romania, Honduras, El Salvador, and India.
Dana has a passion for “peace and conflict resolution” and women rights. She participated on several missions of Reconciliation working with minorities of Syria and also was involved in Peace Building Projects in Israel. Dana also is involved with other nonprofit organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, PACE Universal, Blue Heron, PACIS Project of Pepperdine University School of Law and Advisory Board of the Pepperdine School of Psychology and Education for the Social Entrepreneurship and Change Master Program. Dana joined MBB in 2013 and is an active member of MBB – Los Angles Regional Group.
Dana participated at the 2013 MBB Congress in Istanbul, Turkey where she was a presenter and she was the 2015 MBB Congress Chair that took place in Bucharest, Romania. Dana is a trained mediator and mediated hundreds of cases in the Los Angeles Courts.
Dana has an Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Romania, a Certification in Business Management from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Certification in Dispute Resolution and a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University.
Merlie “Milet” B. Mendoza is a Peace Worker and an Independent Humanitarian since 2007. She has volunteered her services in various areas in the country affected by disasters due to natural calamities and human-induced conflicts. Through her 25-years of experience, she has worked as a government peace program officer and social development worker and as the executive coordinator of Tabang Mindanaw (Help Mindanao – a multi-sectoral coalition for peace and human security programs for the marginalized sectors in Mindanao including indigenous peoples). She coordinated the humanitarian operations of Tabang Mindanaw during the all-out-war in Central Mindanao in the early 2000s. She later moved to the Sulu Archipelago to primarily focus on the issues and concerns that affected the halaws (Filipinos driven away from Sabah, Malaysia), the internally displaced peoples.
Since 2007, Milet opted to be an independent worker for peace and social development. She extends voluntary technical assistance to frontline mechanisms including faith-based institutions and communities to underscore the basic growing gap in social organizing as a critical element for community empowerment.
A founding member of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), she is a recipient of the 2005 Ozanam Award conferred by the Ateneo de Manila University and was also accorded with a Rotary Heroic Citizens’ Award by the Rotary International District 3800 Philippines, and the Mindanao Peaceweaver Award in 2008. Most recently, Milet was awarded the Lawrence Trust Fund for Volunteer Efforts by the Fil-Chinese community, Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran, in recognition of her continuing efforts in community-based peacebuilding, humanitarian outreach in disaster zones and institutional engagements for peace policy advocacy and reforms.
Santa Fe, NM, USA
Todd has been active for nearly 15 years in private practice as a natural resource, water law and environmental attorney and more than 20 years in non-profit and social justice work. Todd currently serves as Executive Director of SEED: Source for Educational Empowerment and Community Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals towards greater self-fulfillment, protection of the natural environment and service to the community at large (www.seednm.org). SEED is engaged in the administration of the Inspire Santa Fe youth mentorship program (www.inspiresantafe.org), wildlife habitat conservation, and expanding its educational and economic development programming. SEED has also recently established relationships with Mediators Beyond Borders International and the Santa Fe Sister Cities and is actively exploring opportunities in international peacemaking and facilitation services. Todd is a Rotarian, has served on the Board of Directors of several New Mexico non-profit organizations on issues involving youth, education, health, and the environment, and currently serves on the Board of Creativity for Peace, Rio Grande Return and the New Mexico Interfaith Community Housing Development Corporation.
New York, USA
Wimal Wijenayake has 15 years of fixed income experience across various parts of Fixed Income Trading Spectrum and is currently a member of the Trumid Client Team. Prior to joining Trumid, an electronic exchange for corporate bonds, Wimal helped lead the launch of both Tradeweb’s and Electronifie’s electronic credit trading platforms. Prior to that, he spent 8 years trading at Morgan Stanley across the capital structure on both the buy and sell side. Away from FinTech, Wimal is also involved with several charities in the NYC area such as New York Cares, the Association of Community Employment(ACE), and Kids Enjoy Exercise Now(KEEN). Wimal holds a B.A. in Finance from Western Kentucky University where he was a member of the men’s tennis team and Vice President of the Finance Club.
Mr. Vinod Verma retired in 2013 from a long and successful banking career of nearly four decades. His rich and varied experience includes important and strategic assignments in Private, Public and MNC sectors in India. Currently, he is mentoring young entrepreneurs in diverse fields such as finance, education, and industry etc.
Mr. Verma was with Societe Generale for 18 years, as Regional Head and Managing Director Corporate and Investment Banking managing over 300 clients covering MNCs and large Indian corporate clients, first in Bangalore and then in New Delhi. He has also been associated with European Business Group in India (EBG) since its inception 15 years ago and helped the European Business Community in India build an effective policy advocacy platform and publish its annual Position Paper. He was Chairman of the Working Group of European Banks in India and then a Member and Treasurer of the Country Council of European Business Group. He was elected and called upon to take on the mantle of its Chairmanship and became the first point of interaction and consultations with EBG by Government of India and for visiting Commissioners from EU, Brussels.
Prior to joining Socgen, Mr. Verma worked extensively in strategic positions in Indian Public Sector banks for over 2 decades. He held Senior Management Positions in Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank. He started his commercial career as a Management Trainee with DCM, a leading business house in Private Sector in India, during those years.
He is an alumnus of the prestigious St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi and a Chartered Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He underwent a Business Administration program in Canada where he was adjudged as the “Best Participant”. His publications have been well accepted and recognized by reputed journals of International Business and Finance.