President, Shauna Ries, LCSW
Co-founder, Genna Murphy, LPC
Research Professor, Susan Harter, PhD
CPA, Mark Carson, JD
Administrator, Chris Cosgrove, MSW
Statistician, Shauna Rienks, PhD
Michael Carper, JD
Ambassador, Joseph Ayalogu
Mike Herrick, JD
Alison Taylor, JD
Jonathon Ormes, PhD
Shauna Ries, President, Mediators without Borders
Shauna brings an impassioned vision to her role as President of Mediators without Borders. Shauna designed an economically sustainable clinic initiative and co-created the inAccord Conflict Analysis Model for transparency and empowerment, as these two mediation principles interface with the role of emotions, to contribute to the field of conflict resolution with Susan Harter. Shauna brings over thirty years of combined work and experience in management and executive levels of corporations, leading over 600 employees and in the front lines as a Family Clinician, Certified Mediator and Arbitrator. This unique interdisciplinary experience enables Shauna to build bridges among diverse communities and engage in personal interactions with clarity and focus, while leading the Mediators without Borders Organization.
Genna Murphy, LPC
Chief Operations Officer
Genna brings a steady, unflappable energy to her work as Chief Operating Officer where she is responsible for managing operations across channels and support functions to ensure that the best in business performance is consistently delivered. She brings over twenty five years of entrepreneurship and counseling experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice to her work at Mediators without Borders. Genna has long followed the path of peace making, beginning with her involvement in 1986 with the World Instant of Cooperation, a global event designed to focus energy and intention on peace in the world.
Genna has been a musician, singer, and song writer since childhood and brings this rich creativity to all of her work at Mediators without Borders. As the founding partner of IADR/Mediators Without Borders, she was instrumental in developing the courses and programs for the company and overseeing faculty and ongoing course revisions for the “first of its kind” online graduate certificate program in Mediation and ADR. Genna has a graduate degree in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado and heads the green building initiatives for the research centers and clinic.
Ambassador Joseph Ayalogu
Development Officer ~ Nigeria
Ambassador Ayalogu is currently Nigeria’s ambassador to the United Nations as well as Nigeria’s ambassador to Switzerland, spending much of his time between Geneva and Nigeria. He brings a steady and highly experienced hand to the Mediators Without Borders expansion into his homeland of Nigeria. Ambassador Ayalogu has over 35 years experience in international diplomacy and negotiation and is the Executive Director of the Ken Nnamani Centre for Leadership and Development.
The Ambassador brings a high level of expertise in multilateral diplomacy and negotiation, financial management and oversight, peace building and conflict resolution, and policy planning, development, and implementation to his role as Development Officer for Nigeria. He plays a key leadership role in the assembling of a working group in Nigeria which is collaborating with Mediators without Borders to bring Mediators Without Bordersconflict resolution clinics to the country.
Mediators Without Borders Intern
Carey Hartman is in her second year of law school at the City University of New York, a school dedicated to “law in the service of human need.” She received her bachelors of arts in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. After college she first worked in a domestic violence shelter and women’s resource center on the Yankton Sioux Reservation and went on to become a special education counselor at a summer camp for at-risk youth. She has travelled extensively throughout the world, most memorably India, Southeast Asia, and South America. She is interested in Indigenous rights, Intellectual and Cultural Property, Education as a basic human right and finding solutions to the pervasiveness of violence in our society. She is also very interested in contemplative practice and alternative dispute resolution. In her spare time she is an avid writer and hopes one day to publish some of her work. She currently lives in Astoria, Queens, one of the most diverse places in the world where her favorite thing to do is try a new kind of food every week.
Why I chose to intern with Mediators without Borders
I had the immense good fortune of connecting with Mediators without Borders just as my school year was coming to an end and the daunting task of finding an internship approached. I could have clerked for a judge or worked in the Public defender’s office, both of which are very important and worthwhile positions. But what I really wanted to do, what I was being drawn to more and more, was an exploration of alternative means of dispute resolution. Mediators without Borders not only shares many of my own personal values, but champions them ethically, effectively, and with an enormous amount of compassion. Mediators without Borders doesn’t want to “help” people, it wants to “empower” people, which is the key to sustainable peace.