Our Team and Board

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ANNA KEYE

Development and Outreach Officer

Anna leads development and outreach strategy and partnerships with foundations, city agencies, individuals, and others to increase New York Peace Institute’s impact. Anna has over 10 years’ experience in program and event management and development at nonprofits. She has worked with a number of organizations, including the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, American Red Cross and the International Women’s Health Coalition. She also served as Board Chair of the United Nations Association Young Professionals, Southern New York Division. Anna holds a degree in Urban Studies from The New School and a Master’s in International Relations from City University of New York, City College.

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ANNE MARIE MCFAYDEN

Senior Manager

Anne Marie has been working in the conflict arena as a mediator, conflict coach, community conference facilitator and trainer for the past ten years. She works collaboratively with schools and within communities and organizations where she designs conflict management programs and supports the implementation of restorative practices. Her goal is to support individuals and organizations use the experience of harm and hurt to create more conflict resilient cultures.

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BARBARA GOLDSTEIN

Program Associate

Barbara mediates and assists with intake and administration in all areas of the Family Program, including Special Education, Surrogate’s Court and Co-Parenting. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School. Barbara was formerly a lawyer specializing in mediation and settlement and a member of the New York State Bar. She clerked for The Honorable Ronald R. Lagueux, Chief Judge, Federal District Court of Rhode Island. She was also a volunteer for CASA as an advocate for foster care children.

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CARLOTTA “CHARLIE” MARQUEZ

Program Associate

Charlie, works tirelessly with our clients – in her native English and Spanish – to ensure they receive mediation and conflict coaching services. She also assists with our NYPD trainings, to provide officers with communication skills to de-escalate conflict. In addition to her passion for conflict resolution, Charlie has a strong interest in disability advocacy, as evidenced by her work for the Florida Division of Blind Services. She has also served as a mentor and a tutor for students K-12, and worked in the Chemistry Department of Florida State University. Charlie received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and International Affairs from Florida State University. An avid art, food and film lover, Charlie is always on the lookout for the most unique art exhibits, delicious cheap eats and charming theatres in all five boroughs. Now a New Yorker, Charlie is a first-generation American raised in Venezuela. Using alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice skills we have gained from established indigenous and historical practices, she believes that as conflict resolution professionals, we are most successful when we act as a silent partner with a goal of strong and resilient communities.

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CAROL HIMES

Senior Manager

Carol Lieb Himes is the Program Manager for the Special Education, Early Intervention, Family Care, and ACCES-VR Mediation Programs. The Special Education, Early Intervention and ACCES-VR programs provide mediations to resolve disputes between individuals with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, and service-providing agencies, including the NYC DOE and Department of Health. The Family Care Mediation Program is being developed to provide conflict resolution services for interpersonal disputes between participants in the foster care system. Carol also enjoys mentoring new program mediators. In the past, Carol practiced law in several areas and is very happy to have found her work in mediation. Carol is a member of the New York State bar.

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CHRIS DALY

Associate Director of Training

Chris is an attorney, trainer and a certified conflict coach & mediator. She oversees the growth and development of New York Peace Institute’s certified mediators and is a member of the Executive Team. Chris manages our competitive Apprenticeship Program, an education program for aspiring conflict resolution professionals. Prior to joining New York Peace Institute, Chris was a domestic violence prosecutor for 10 years at the District Attorney’s Office in Bronx County. Chris has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a law degree from Boston College. Chris was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji, where she promoted cross-cultural understanding. She is actively involved in the New York State Bar Association, particularly in the Law, Youth & Citizenship Committee. Chris is dedicated to identifying innovative approaches to bringing people together so they can manage disagreements creatively and constructively.

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DEBORAH SHAPIRO

Program Associate

Deborah Shapiro provides programing, outreach, training and mediation services in the area of Special Education and Early Intervention. Deborah received her BA from Tufts University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Deborah is a former corporate attorney and a member of the New York State Bar. She is grateful to be providing a service that can make a difference in a child’s education and development.

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ELENA-MARGARITA MCCALLA

Training Associate

Elena-Margarita is an experienced mediator and trainer. In her capacity as Training Associate, she provides training and coaching for the Police Mediation Partnership, the Basic Mediation Training, and logistical support for the Apprenticeship Program, Advanced Mediation Training and Divorce Mediation Training. A special focus of Elena’s work is to ensure trainings reflect the diverse communities we serve. Elena holds a BA in Creative Non-Fiction/Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and an MS in Education/Special Education Grades 1-6 from Mercy College. Born, raised and currently living in Brooklyn, Elena, lives with four cats and a greyhound recently retired from the Florida racing tracks. Her interests include gardening, reading, classical piano, blog writing, opera and running half and full marathons with a smile.

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JENNIFER MAGIDA

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining  New York Peace Institute as the Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer was Founder and Executive Director of Youth Advocacy Corps, an organization that empowers and mobilizes young people in NYC to combat poverty and become advocates and catalysts for change in their own communities.  Before that, Jennifer worked for almost ten years as a public interest attorney in New York City, with the Special Litigation Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group and at the Urban Justice Center. Jennifer has also served on the Boards of Directors of multiple NYC-based non-profits and offered her services at a legal aid clinic in Cape Town, South Africa, at UNESCO in Paris, France, and at the AIRE Centre, a human rights organization in London, England. Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from Yale University. Jennifer is a strategic thinker with a demonstrated passion for and interest in conflict resolution.

 

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JESSICA LOPEZ

Program Associate

As a Case Manager, Jessica oversees client intake for community mediations and our Small Claims Diversion Program. She completed a vocational training in the Human Services Field which then led her to the New York Peace Institute to complete her internship. She interned for a year in the Manhattan office where she learned about mediation and developed an interest in learning how to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner. Jessica is very passionate about helping others and has been improving her communication and listening skills to better assist her clients. Jessica is also fluent in Spanish.

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KAILANI CAPOTE

Restorative Justice Coordinator

Kailani comes to us having experience with BronxWorks as a mediator in an elementary school in the Bronx as well as a Senior Resident Assistant in college. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Delaware State University and holds a M.A. in Psychology from CUNY Hunter College. As a Restorative Justice Coordinator with the New York Peace Institute, she assists the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce in their quest to becoming more restorative and less punitive when it comes to discipline, by conducting mediations and harm circles when conflict arises in the school community.

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KOREN GAINES

Chief Operating Officer

Koren has been with New York Peace Institute since 2013 and has over 20 years of non-profit management experience, focusing on operations, finance, human resources, technology, fundraising, and communications. Previously she has worked for national organizations like the YWCA and American Red Cross, International organizations like Shared Interest, and local organizations like the Center for Employment Opportunities and Maysles Documentary Center. Koren has a degree in Physics from Vassar College, a Certificate in nonprofit leadership from Columbia University, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.

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MARKIE BLEDSOE-GRANT

Restorative Justice Coordinator

Markie oversees the Criminal Court Mediation Program for Kings and New York counties and has been involved in various programs with New York Peace Institute since 2015. She earned her B.A. in Forensic Psychology and Dispute Resolution Certification from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Markie has also completed many trainings such as Basic Mediation Training through Columbia University’s-Mediation Clinic and became a certified Mediator through New York Peace Institute. Markie’s passion for Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution comes with vast experience with various city agencies including Housing Preservation and Development (HPD); Department of Corrections (DOC), and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) through NYC’s 311. Markie strives to reduce conflict and engender peace through her many restorative efforts.

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MICHELE KIRSCHBAUM

Director of Programs

Michele is a member of the Executive Team and is regarded as a leader in the field of conflict resolution. She is regarded as an expert in mediation, conflict coaching and restorative justice, and oversees all New York Peace Institute programs that are offered in the courts, schools, workplace, and community. Prior to New York Peace Institute, Michele was formerly the Director of the Safe Horizon Brooklyn Mediation Center.

Michele is a recipient of the Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award, given by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association for providing innovative leadership in her work in Special Education Mediation. She was also given the Bertrum Beck Achievement Award by Safe Horizon and distinguished by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office with an Extraordinary Women’s Award.

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NICHOLAS SCHMITT

Program Manager

Nicholas manages and administers the court-annexed mediation programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Harlem courts for NYPI. He graduated from Cardozo School of Law in 2015 where he studied under the tutelage of renowned mediator, trainer, and professor, Lela Porter Love, in the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. He is the co-author of a paper on mediating Intellectual Property disputes and was one of the subjects of a U.S. News & World Report article on the changing landscape of lawyering skills in law school. Nicholas is also on the panel of mediators for the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

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SAMANTHA ADLER

Program Manager

Samantha oversees the Internship Program and Lemon Law arbitration program. She coordinates the Civil Court Diversion Program for many courts and assists with Criminal Court Conflict Coaching. She earned her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Delaware. She then earned her M.S. at NYU studying Global Affairs and concentrating in human rights, international law, and conflict resolution. Samantha wrote her graduate thesis on unusual forms of international and local conflict resolution and is excited to be part of mediation on a local, community level.

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SHARON SHAJI

Program Associate

Sharon supports the Criminal Court Mediation Program for Kings and New York Counties. She graduated from Macaulay Honors College with a BA in International Public Policy and Political Science. Sharon’s research has focused on interpretations of justice from racial and gendered perspectives. As a Koch Public Service Fellow and a Skadden Legal Scholar, she began working with NYPI in 2016 as a Criminal Court Intern. Additional fields of experience include creating equitable college access and campus organizing. Sharon also spent time in Cambodia studying restorative justice practices among genocide survivors and former soldiers.

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WILL NASSAU

Director of Training & Business Development

As a member of the Executive Team, Will contributes to New York Peace Institute’s organizational governance. As Director of Training & Business Development, his role is to build partnerships, generate revenue, and represent New York Peace Institute to clients and funders. Will oversees all client and partner accounts having to do with our training services. A special focus of Will’s work is with the NYPD, where he helps train 600 officers a year to de-escalate conflict, mediate disputes, and improve police/civilian relations. Will has trained UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, NYU, CUNY, BMCC, Open Society Foundations, the ASPCA, the NYC Department of Education, Harlem Children’s Zone, and several other major non-profit and government partners.

Our Board

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MICHAEL WILLIAMS

Board Chair

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HUGH LA ROCHE

Vice Chair

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TANYA GOLDFARB

Secretary

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ELLIOTT LEE

Treasurer

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YXA BAZAN

Board Member

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SIMON DES-ETAGES

Board Member

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GAY ROSENBLUM-KUMAR

Board Member