Olya Zhugan

My name is Olia Zhugan. I live in Kharkiv, Ukraine. I have been working as an English teacher for more than 10 years. I am a mother of three, which is my most important job. I know that none of us is protected from the war these days and when it comes women and their children suffer the most. I want these women to realize that they don’t have to face the hardships alone, there are many people who are willing to help then. And I am just one of them…

Steve Kinne

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

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


Najla Shawa


Najla Shawa is a blogger and an Aid worker from Gaza. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the United States. Najla has also informal yoga training of several years and often shares her practice with friends and acquaintances focusing on reducing stress in women in Gaza. Najla has also been immersed in a country at war since birth and has also a witnessed several attacks in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip where she lives. She is a new mother of a one year old girl, born two months after the war in Gaza in the summer of 2014.


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.


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


Jim Burns

Jim Burns is an Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at South Dakota State University.

Reflecting on my experiences as somewhat of a transient growing up and working in multicultural contexts, quite often with children, families, and communities victimized by systemic poverty, racism, and other forms of oppression, I have committed my career as an educator to overcoming the poverty of indifference and working for social justice and building inclusive communities.Prior to my life in higher education, I was a high school teacher in the Washington, DC area, where I taught social studies and English for speakers of other languages. I also served in the Marine Corps for eight years, primarily in Asia.


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.

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


Jennifer Nolan

Jaime Nolan, Ed.D. 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.  

   She develops and provides tailored diversity training, mediation/conflict resolution, and community development to public and private        r   organizations. She holds an Ed.D.  from the University of Pennsylvania and BA and MA in American Studies from Washington State University At the University of Minnesota, she co-developed and taught a course, The Dynamics and Complexity of Identity in a Multicultural World.”  She also taught courses in Women’s Studies and Chicano Studies.   At Colgate University, she developed the Breaking Bread program to develop working partnerships across difference.


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)


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.