Who We Are

Board of Directors
Dena Hawes

Dena Hawes, PHD, Chair/Director

Dena has fifteen years experience of successful leadership in administration, financial management, supervision, and fundraising with domestic and international nonprofits, non-governmental agencies and universities. Dena was a Professional Development Fellow with the Institute for International Education conducting Conflict Resolution and Security research in the Republic of Georgia. She is also a multimedia visual artist, and has taught at the university level for five years. Dena is the author of a book entitled Why Art Matters: Artists and Peacebuilding, VDM Verlag, 2009, a book chapter entitled “Suzanne Lacy: Oakland Projects”, Artistic Bedfellows: Histories and Conversations in Collaborative Art Practice, Eds Holly Crawford, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. Dena earned a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters and Doctoral degree from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.

Christel Gopin, CPA, CFE, CGFM

Christel has twenty years experience of successful leadership in agency administration, working with state, local and federal governments in financial management, auditing, and investigations. She is skilled in planning, organizing, and leading audits, attestations, special requests, and advisory services. Christel is experienced in the implementation of new ideas, methods, standards, laws, regulations, policy and procedures, and processes. She specializes in the review and evaluation of internal control structures, activities, accounts, funds, programs and information systems. Christel is also certified in forensic accounting, which is the use of accounting skills to investigate fraud or embezzlement and to analyze financial information for use in legal proceedings. Christel worked in various complex work settings with individuals and groups to promote the cooperation necessary for timely production of quality work products and to build positive work relationships within teams and clients.

David J. Emerson Young

David was the founder of Young & Laramore Advertising, and had thirty years of professional experience as their CEO and Creative Director. His advertising and marketing work included branding of companies and products through television, radio, magazine, newspaper print and billboards. Young & Laramore received hundreds of awards in competitive national advertising shows, and were frequently featured in industry publications. David has always been an artist and works in painting, drawing, site-specific sculpture, and public art. He is currently doing a painting series focused on climate change: the causes, effects on nature, and after effects on humans.

Lead Facilitator

Marc Gopin, PHD

Marc is the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, and also Founder and Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC). Marc has trained thousands of people worldwide in conflict resolution strategies for complex conflicts, with a particular focus on ethical dilemmas in complex situations of conflict. He has consulted on conflicts inside major companies, as well as between adversaries in destructive conflicts domestically and globally. He has published seven books, and has appeared on global media outlets, such as CNN and the Jim Lehrer News Hour, and has published in the International Herald Tribune among others. His Healing the Heart of Conflict: Eight Crucial Steps to Making Peace with Yourself and with Others (revised and updated, 2016) has become the basis of conflict resolution training in several countries, and forms the core of The Ethics Consultancy methodology of engaging individuals and groups in the reflection on and practice of ethical change and growth.