BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Established in 2015, the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflict and the humanitarian imperative: the prevention and alleviation of human suffering.
Armen Gregorian is a Board Member of the Forage Center and serves as its secretary. He is a member of American Red Cross International Response Unit as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) stationed in Geneva, Switzerland and Washington D.C. and he is an Administrator for Nova Southeastern University. He first joined the American Red Cross in 1986 as a volunteer. He has completed numerous assignments as a member of ICRC delegation visiting Prisoners of Wars (POWs), 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 but not limited to 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 on the vital importance of neutrality and independence as powerful tools in helping the ICRC to be more effective on the ground for victims of conflict. Armen holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree Organizational Management, Master of Business Administration in Management, and he is in process of completing his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Armen enjoys reading, cooking, fishing, tennis, golf and traveling. Armen lives in West Palm Beach, FL with his wife Deborah where they own a mediation business.
ERNEST N. OGBOZOR
Dr. Ernest N. Ogbozor is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, international development, and humanitarian action. He has several years of experience working on the frontlines of humanitarian response for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Nigeria (ICRC), where he managed emergency relief to civilian victims of armed conflicts, ethno-religious and election violence in Nigeria. His academic research addresses two fundamental questions: to understand the micro-level impact of conflict and the strategies used by local communities to cope with violence and protect their livelihoods. He led research projects for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Search for Common Ground (SfCG) and Fetzer Institute. He is a visiting scholar at the Center for Peacemaking Practice, George Mason University and has taught at George Washington University, Northeastern University, George Mason University, and Brandeis University on a range of subjects, including humanitarian action in conflict, livelihood and conflict, conflict analysis and resolution, and economics for development professionals. He was a 2010 to 2012 recipient of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship. He received his BA degree in Agricultural Economics (Nigeria), MBA in International Business Management (Nigeria), MA in Sustainable International Development (Brandeis University), MDiv in Practical Theology (Virginia Theological Seminary), and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (George Mason University).
Director of Communications
Sarah (Forage) Lough has extensive experience in the area of corporate operations. This includes project management for a mid-size software firm, hospitality operations management, and payroll and human resources management. Sarah 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 Atlantic Promise field training exercise. She resides outside Toronto with her daughter Vivian.
Catherine Cousar is currently an administrative specialist with the forage Center. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, who served in Panama from 2012 to 2014. She completed a Masters in Global Policy Studies at the University of Texas in 2017, where she specialized in security, law and diplomacy. While a student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, she was a Graduate Research Affiliate with Innovations for Peace and Development on the Aid Data team. As a final graduate project, she was also a member of team that researched and wrote a report on world diplomatic service for the America Foreign Service Association. In 2016 she interned with the European Parliament in Washington, where she followed senate and congressional bills and analyzed US policy. She was offered the opportunity to extend to a position with the Parliament in Brussels, where she worked with an internal environmental regulatory agency. She also holds a BA in English from Smith College, which she graduated from in 2011.
Program Specialist (Education & Training)
Chelsea Cornwell holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Disaster Resilience Leadership from Tulane University. She is currently working as a JSOCCP certified clinician with juveniles in a residential treatment program to address inappropriate sexual behaviors through an accountability and strengths-based perspective. Her professional background includes work as a sexual assault victim advocate, AmeriCorps member working with educational programs for youth, and interning as an NGO Representative to the United Nations on behalf of the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Chelsea came to the Forage Center as a program participant in 2016 and joined the program staff in 2017. She has served as Controller/Evaluator and Exercise Director with the Education and Training Committee.
Program Specialist (Education & Training)
Christy McGuire is a learning scientist as well as a lifelong learner. She earned a PhD in cognitive and experimental psychology from Georgia Tech in 2001, and has recently returned to school for an EdD in social and comparative analysis in education at the University of Pittsburgh. In between these schooling experiences, she served as an Area Director for Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) and a research manager for Carnegie Learning. She also co-founded an educational technology startup company, Tutor Technologies. Currently, she is a freelance academic editor as well as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Christy participated in the May 2018 training at LaRoche College, then returned in November 2018 as a role player and member of the Education & Training team. She is particularly interested in collaborating with educators around racial equity and culturally relevant pedagogy, as well as in exploring humans’ various ways of knowing.