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Board of Directors

DAVID J. SMITH (he/him)

David J. Smith works nationally in higher education and with professional groups to promote conflict resolution and humanitarian and peacebuilding approaches to address global and domestic conflict and change. He was a senior manager and program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace. David has been on the faculties of Georgetown University, Towson University, Goucher College, and Drexel University, and he currently teaches at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. He was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. David has written widely about graduate and undergraduate education and humanitarian issues in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, International Journal on World Peace, and ACResolution Magazine. He is a recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution, awarded by the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has been interviewed on the TODAY show and featured in The Washington Post Magazine. Besides his work with the Forage Center, he is a career coach for professionals seeking careers in international fields. David holds degrees from American University (B.A.), George Mason University (M.S.), and the University of Baltimore (J.D.). He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in positive psychology.



David J. Smith

SARAH LOUGH (she/her)

Vice President

Sarah (Forage) Lough has extensive experience in the area of corporate operations. This includes project management for a midsize software firm, hospitality operations management, and payroll and human resources management. Sarah lives outside Toronto and has traveled extensively on business in the United States and the United Kingdom. She brings her years of experience to contribute to the Forage Center in honor of her brother and actively participates in its field training exercises. 

Community Service

DODA JOHNSON (she/her)


Doda Johnson has worked in sub-Saharan Africa and the Philippines with various government and non-governmental organizations. She has experience in survey design and analysis, project administration, volunteer coordination, community organizing, counseling, fundraising, and training.  She now works for a financial institution in Bethesda, Maryland. Doda has a B.A. degree in comparative literature and an M.S. in human services.




Matt Collette is currently a partner at Massey & Gail. Before that he served as deputy director of the appellate staff of the civil division at the United States Department of Justice and senior counsel to the associate attorney general. Matt has argued over 100 federal appellate cases, appearing in every federal circuit. He has litigated matters involving U.S. constitutional and administrative law, as well as international law, national security law, transportation law, admiralty, and environmental law (including the Deepwater Horizon litigation). Since leaving the DOJ, he has published articles on the Freedom of Information Act and the integrity of the Department of Justice. He has also volunteered as a youth baseball and hockey coach and has taught at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

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Board Member

Peter Reynolds was an active duty soldier with over 29 years’ service in leadership positions and has subsequently accumulated 15 years’ experience as a lecturer, manager, and environmental safety and security consultant. He has delivered viable solutions in strategic planning, budgeting, humanitarian logistics, security strategy and policy, security training for humanitarian operations, and general project management in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America. A graduate of Cranfield University, he has an MDA and was a visiting professor at Florida Atlantic University. He has traveled, lived, and worked in more than 30 countries.



Board Member

Armen Gregorian is the emergency program coordinator for the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management in West Palm Beach, Florida, and a member of the American Red Cross International Response Unit. He first joined the American Red Cross in 1986 as a volunteer. He has completed numerous assignments as a member of International Committee of the Red Cross delegations visiting prisoners of war, restoring family links, and providing interpretation services. His subsequent role as a delegate took him into some of the most high-profile and complex conflicts of recent years, including Chechnya, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Iran, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Albania, East Timor, and former Soviet Socialist Republics. After almost 30 years of witnessing the effects of conflict, Armen is a passionate advocate for explaining fully the limits of waging war and for the vital importance of neutrality and independence as powerful tools in helping humanitarian organizations to be more effective on the ground for victims of conflict. Armen holds a B.S. in organizational management and an MBA in management, and he is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution. 

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Board Member

Cindy Epperson, Ph.D., is a sociologist who has taught in higher education for 22 years. Prior to her professorship, she was an applied sociologist working in family violence, youth development and sexual assault. Cindy was trained by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the International Services Division of the American Red Cross, and the KROC Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Norte Dame. She developed and adapted curriculum in international humanitarian law and peace and conflict studies to utilize in her Evil and the Human Condition, Universal Human Rights, Introduction to Sociology, and Crime and Society courses. 


Cindy’s volunteer work as a board member of the Midwest Institute for International and Intercultural Education, an international humanitarian law teaching fellow for the International Services Division of the American Red Cross, and a board member of the Global Council of the Center for the Global Advancement of Community Colleges, she worked with her teammates to develop global citizens through curriculum and interactive learning including simulations. A published author on the topics of moral evil and the human condition, the community college system in Vietnam, and teaching human rights in undergraduate courses, Cindy appreciates lifelong learning, rational discourse, critical thinking, problem solving, and asking the questions “Please help me understand?” and “How can I help?”  


Cindy offers her education, experience, and appreciation of universal human rights to the Forage Center. At home in Lawrence, Kansas, Cindy is a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and a member of several teams working toward greater equality for all, engaged citizenship, and appreciation for cultural differences.  

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