Board of Directors – Merri Davis

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Merri Davis, MA, MS, Ph.D. Candidate

Ms. Davis is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Well-Being and Resilience; co-founder of SENTEL Corporation, a government contracting firm headquartered in Alexandria, VA; and currently a Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  After the sale of SENTEL in 2004, Ms. Davis began focusing on community resilience and social justice issues.  Serving as an ordained minister for six years in Woodbridge and Danville, Virginia, Ms. Davis currently provides counseling to individuals and groups recovering from substance abuse and trauma following experiences of violence including childhood sexual assault (CSA), imprisonment, political torture and domestic abuse.  Ms. Davis is scheduled to defend her dissertation proposal, “The Interplay of Trauma and Violence in Social Conflict Surrounding Historic Interpretations of Confederate Symbols and Memorials” on March 19, 2018.

Global Advisory Board — Mary Beth Bosco

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Mary Beth Bosco is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office. She has over 30 years of experience working with new and experienced government contractors and grantees, and focuses her practice on advising such organizations in contract compliance, audits and   investigations, and transactional matters.  She also frequently speaks on cybersecurity for government contractors.
Ms. Bosco founded and co-chaired the Diversity Committee at her prior law firm, and was the first woman to serve on that firm’s Executive Committee.  She has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from George Washington University.
 

Global Advisory Board — Elizabeth Guzman

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Elizabeth Guzman is a public administrator and a social worker who resides in Dale City. Elizabeth and her husband Carlos have four children and live in Ridgefield Estates. In between ballet and tap lessons, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts activities, judo practices, and swimming lessons at the Dale City Recreation Center, Elizabeth works tirelessly as a Court Appointed Service Advocate for CASA CIS to prevent child abuse, a PTO representative for Penn Elementary School, and as a “Cookie Mom” for her youngest daughter’s Girl Scout troop. The Guzman family are active and long-time members of Harvest Life Changers Church in Woodbridge. The Guzmans also attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Elizabeth came to the United States from Peru as a single mom, looking for a better future for her oldest daughter. She remembers those early years; working three jobs in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment for her and her daughter. Despite graduating with honors from high school in Peru, Elizabeth’s parents could not afford to send her to college. With her love of learning Elizabeth persevered, and enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College, obtaining her degree in Office Administration and Management. Elizabeth also holds a Bachelor’s in Public Safety from Capella University, a Master’s in Public Administration from American University, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Elizabeth is a long time resident of Prince William County, living in the community for more than 15-years – in spite of elected officials like Chairman Corey Stewart, who worked to divide the community and threaten the Hispanic community, which Elizabeth is a proud member of. She fell in love with Prince William County because of all of the opportunity the area offered to her as a community leader and homeowner, and her desire to raise her children in a diverse, engaging environment.

Elizabeth has been working in the public sector for 10 years, and currently works as the Division Chief for Administrative Services for the Center for Adult Services for the City of Alexandria. Her personal and professional experience have given her strong insight into the needs of the 31st House of Delegates district, and Elizabeth cares about the many challenges residents in Prince William County and Fauquier County face. Elizabeth will fight as a strong advocate for the needs of the 31st District, whether that’s legislating for change in Richmond, or attending a community meeting in Catlett.

Global Advisory Board – Beatriz Hernandez de Fuhr

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Beatriz Hernandez de Fuhr is an information specialist working with KVINFO (The Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity) an institution dedicated to bringing women’s politics and women’s research to the forefront of cultural debate in Denmark. Since 2008 Beatriz has been part of KVINFO’s Mentor Network for women from all ethnic backgrounds, an initiative that brings together immigrant women and Danish women to enhance the immigrant woman’ ability to access the labor market  and to become active actor in society. The initiative was launched in 2002 as a response to a growing need to address barriers and challenges immigrant women face integrating into the labor force and into Danish society.  Beatriz’s has also facilitated the co-creation mentoring programs for the advancement of women in 27 countries across three continents. 

Beatriz holds an B.S. in journalism from Iowa State University and and M.LISc. from The Danish Royal School of Library and Information Science.

Global Advisory Board — Sheherazade Jafari

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Sheherazade Jafari is the director of the Point of View International Research and Retreat Center at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Working with students, faculty, and partners within the international peacebuilding community, she is developing programming that facilitates conflict resolution and reconciliation processes, trains a new generation of students and practitioners, and advances research to support the development of theory and practice in the field.

A scholar and practitioner, Sheherazade’s own research and applied background and interests include gender, religion and human rights in conflict and peacebuilding, as well as fostering a more diverse and inclusive conflict resolution field.  Her Ph.D. research examined how women’s rights activists in Muslim-majority societies are engaging religion and working across religious-secular divides in response to rising politicized religion and extremism. 

Sheherazade has worked in the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia with both large and small civil society organizations, and has taught and facilitated dialogues and training regarding gender, religion and conflict resolution.  In 2016, she oversaw an interfaith youth peace initiative with the U.S. Institute of Peace and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Previously she led the Religion and Conflict Resolution Program at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, where she worked with religious peacemakers from armed conflict zones around the world.  

Global Advisory Board – Mary Beth Bosco

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Mary Beth Bosco is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office. She has over 30 years of experience working with new and experienced government contractors and grantees and focuses her practice on advising such organizations in contract compliance, audits and investigations, and transactional matters.  She also frequently speaks on cyber security for government contractors.
Ms. Bosco founded and co-chaired the Diversity Committee at her prior law firm, and was the first woman to serve on that firm’s Executive Committee. She has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Mary Beth Bosco

Mary Beth Bosco is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C. office. She has over 30 years old experience working with new and experienced government contractors and grantees and focuses her practice on advising such organizations in contract compliance, audits, investigations, and transactional matters. She also frequently speaks on cyber security for government contractors.

Ms. Bosco founded and co-chaired the Diversity Committee at her prior law firm, and was the first woman to serve on that firm’s Executive Committee. She has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from George Washington University.