Board of Directors



  • Mary Lynn Barrett has dual Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Washington. Click here to find out more.
  • Anna Ferguson is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Yoga Teacher (E-YRT 500), co-creator of the Restoring Resiliency Model and Master Trainer for AHE. Click here to find out more.
  • Dr. Stephen Nsengiyumva was born in Rwanda. He served as a school teacher and proceeded to work at the Friends Peace House in Rwanda before coming to the U.S in 2007. Click here to find out more.
  • Chani Sanchez is a writer and parent educator devoted to helping caregivers and their young liberate from enduring legacies of family trauma. Click here to find out more.
  • Gina Smith is a journalist and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering everything from education to food security. She also has worked extensively in the nonprofit world in the fields of low-income housing and children’s resources and spent several years as an educator both in Central America and Asia.
  • One of the many roles in Deirdre Smith Gilmer’s life is as an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance certified teacher. She was introduced to yoga in 1994 in NYC and since then, her yoga journey has taken her all over the globe and deep inside the pelvis. Click here to find out more.

Advisory Board


  • Dr. Eugène Rutembesa, PhD is a graduate from University Saint Denis (Paris 8) in the fields of clinical psychology and psychopathology. Since 2004, he has been conducting research on resilience related to the survivors of the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda. Click here to find out more.
  • H’Sien Hayward completed her bachelor’s and first master’s degrees in psychology, with honors, at Stanford University. She completed her PhD in experimental psychology at Harvard University. Her research investigates posttraumatic growth… Click here to find out more.
  • Laurie Tollman is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has practiced in the field of mental health and substance abuse for over twelve years. She has worked as a therapist as well as non-profit manager serving men and women with dual disorders… Click here to find out more.
  • Jean-Gratien Uwisavye is a member of AHE’s Founding Board of Directors. Jean-Gratien was born in 1965 in Bujumbura, Burundi. He graduated from College in 1992 with a major in French Language and Literature and a minor in African Linguistics. Click here to read more.
  • Dearing Davis, LCSW began her professional career as a Youth Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. It was there that she cultivated and deepened her passion for international sustainable development, the Latino culture and the Spanish language. Click here to read more.
  • David Bucura is a Rwandan pastor, a peacemaker, a teacher, and he is clerk of the Africa Section of Friends World Committee for Consultation.  Involved with many peace and reconciliation programmes, in 2011 he was named Coordinator for Central Africa for the African Great Lakes Initiative. Click here to find out more.