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Office of the Director


Elizabeth Andersen, Director, joined the ABA ROLI in September 2014. She has more than 20 years of experience in international law, international human rights and rule of law development. She previously served for eight years as executive director and executive vice president of the American Society of International Law; for three years as director of ABA ROLI’s Europe and Eurasia Division (previously known as ABA CEELI); and for eight years at Human Rights Watch, as a researcher, as director of advocacy and, ultimately, as executive director of its Europe and Central Asia Division. Andersen began her legal career in clerkships with Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and with Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is an expert in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, and has taught these subjects as an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law. Andersen received a B.A. from Williams College, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Williams College, and on the governing and advisory boards of several international non-profit organizations. 


Jeff Borns, Deputy Director, joined ABA ROLI in May 2015. After practicing law in Los Angeles, he served as a foreign service officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for 26 years. He began his career with USAID working in the Office of General Counsel. His overseas postings began by serving as the regional legal advisor in Kenya and Ecuador. He then served as the director of USAID’s Office of Democratic Initiatives in Peru and Guatemala. In Washington, D.C., he served as the director of the Disaster Response and Mitigation Division of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Within the Bureau for Africa, he served as the director of the Office of East African Affairs and as the director of the Office of Sustainable Development. He then was the director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, followed by his final posting in South Africa as the USAID’s mission director in Southern Africa. Before coming to ABA ROLI, he was the Relief and Reconstruction Business Area director at Engility Corp. He holds a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College and both a B.A. degree in political science and a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa.


Administration & Finance


Miriam Santos Forrester, Senior Accounting Clerk, joined ABA ROLI as a full-time staffer in March 2012 after multiple temporary stints to support ABA ROLI’s work. She was a University scholar from the University of the East, Manila, Philippines, with a B.S. in business administration. In the Philippines, she worked with Filinvest Credit Corporation, Telefunken Semiconductors (Phils), Inc. and Pathfinder Holding Philippines, Inc. In Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, she worked as a chief accountant for the Dollar Up Souvenir Mart, Inc., and as staff accountant for the Jones & Guerrero Group, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  With the J&G Group, she helped to manage shopping malls, groceries, wholesalers, distributors and franchises. 


Sherry Garay, Business Manager, joined the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in January 2002. Garay currently assists with financial business management consisting of financial analysis, fiscal planning, grant review, and field based financial training. Garay also plans conferences and meetings. She has had the opportunity to work with associates in various regions plan and execute meetings, such as the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Annual Meeting. She has formerly served as finance coordinator, grants manager, and senior grants manager during her tenure with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. 


Vladimir Gurin, Senior Financial Analyst, joined the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in April 2001, when he served as field financial manager in ABA ROLI’s Moldova office. In April 2008, he joined ABA ROLI’s Washington, DC office where he is responsible for financial analysis, budgets, spending review and other finance related issues. He graduated from the College of Computer Science and the University of Economic Studies of Moldova in Chisinau and holds a Master’s degree in management and economics. 

Hana Hausnerova, Senior Advisor - Strategic Initiatives, joined ABA ROLI in October 2009 to support democracy and governance programs in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Serbia and Tajikistan. As the Senior Advisor - Strategic Initiatives, Hausnerova is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic initiatives that advance the mission of ABA ROLI. Hausnerova has eight years of relevant thematic experience and more than six years of business development and program management experience at ABA ROLI. Hausnerova’s thematic focal areas include democracy and governance, civil society development and human rights. Hausnerova holds an LL.M. degree in international and comparative law from The George Washington University Law School, a J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School and a B.S. degree in psychology, and culture and politics from Georgetown University. Hausnerova is a native of the Czech Republic and speaks fluent Czech and Slovak. 

Development


Paul Fisher, Director, Strategic Alliances and Institutional Advancement, joined ABA ROLI in August 2016. Before joining ABA ROLI, Fisher practiced international trade, commercial and maritime law for nine years in both the private and public sector. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jamaica in 1999 as a legal foreign service officer focusing on World Trade Organization disputes and the negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Fisher spent 13 years with the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., as a legal and economic specialist and director of strategic partnerships, focusing primarily on human rights and social and economic development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2014, he worked as a consultant on resource development and building endowments for Viacom International (Special Advisor on Corporate Social Responsibility), CARICOM and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. In 2014, Fisher joined Georgetown University faculty as adjunct professor, for the master of science in foreign service program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, teaching public and private partnerships and international development. Fisher’s degrees include: LL.B. from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica: MSFS - International Economics and Development, Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. 

Outreach & Communications


David Dettman is the Outreach and Communications Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). He brings more than 20 years of communications, political campaign and Democracy, Human Rights and Governance experience in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Dettman was the director of communications and external relations for Democracy International (DI) based in Washington, D.C., after having been chief of party for DI’s Democratic Participation and Reform in Bangladesh, a five-year political parties program funded jointly by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.  


Dettman has managed and staffed U.S. Democratic Party presidential, congressional and local campaigns working in field organizing, communications and campaign management. In the 1990s, he managed two congressional campaigns and worked on former President Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign in 1996. In 1997, he joined the non-partisan political and public affairs technology firm Aristotle International, Inc. in Washington, D.C., where he consulted on dozens of campaigns for U.S. presidents, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Dettman also worked with member offices in the U.S. Congress, political action committees and associations including the 2000-02 NAACP Voter Empowerment Project.   


From 2003-07, Dettman worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, as resident country director in Ukraine (2003-06) and on the Middle East and North Africa team as the regional political advisor for the Levant (2006-07) with responsibilities for political party assistance in Egypt, West-Bank/Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan based in Jerusalem. While in Ukraine, he assisted projects in Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and West Bank/Gaza. In 2004, The New Yorker magazine and George Packer’s book “The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq” featured Dettman’s work in Iraq. In 2005, the government of Ukraine awarded Dettman a Heroic Order medal for his work supporting the development of democracy there. In 2007, his work in the months leading up to the Ukrainian Orange Revolution was chronicled in the book “The New Cold War,” by Mark MacKinnon.  


In 2008, Dettman joined Progressive Majority as Ohio state director, where he recruited, trained and helped elect progressive Democrats. He was a part of the Ohio Democratic Party/Obama for America coordinated campaign that helped power-shift the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio State Board of Education. In 2010, Dettman managed a Democratic campaign for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, which was chronicled in the book “Cupcakes and Courage,” by Jennifer Brunner. After the campaign, he was a political appointee in state government as the special assistant to the secretary of state/policy director where he helped manage projects including the implementation of bi-lingual ballots, increased voter education and advocacy for reforms of the U.S. banking and financial system. A native of Cleveland, Dettman grew up in a union household (the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades: IUPAT) where he learned that the power of organizing can overcome even the most entrenched obstacles. As a fan of Cleveland sports teams, he learned the importance of allowing hope to triumph over experience.


Jeremy Purcell, Technology Specialist, joined the ABA ROLI in January 2008 and provides web support for ABA ROLI’s various online initiatives. Prior to joining ABA ROLI in his current position, Purcell supported ABA ROLI’s anti-corruption efforts from 2004 to 2006 as a temporary web assistant. Purcell also worked as an associate database administrator with DigitalNet Government Solutions, providing database administration and web technical support from 2001 to 2003. 


Lyndsey Raynor, Outreach Associate, joined ABA ROLI in September 2016 and provides internal and external communications support to all regional and organizational offices. She previously worked as a communications associate for the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia where she wrote and copy-edited content for the school’s many publications, while also managing the web content migration for the school’s new website. Raynor graduated with a B.S. in mass communications and multimedia journalism in August 2015, after interning for the Arlington Catholic Herald as the summer social media coordinator. 


Research, Evaluation & Learning


Linda Bishai, Director of Research, Evaluation and Learning,
joined ABA ROLI in March 2017. In addition to research on rule of law issues, she has focused on peacebuilding education and training, electoral violence prevention, countering violent extremism and security sector/community dialogue. In her previous position at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Bishai was responsible for a series of programs on electoral violence prevention in Sudan prior to the general elections and the South Sudan referendum and co-taught the Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa course at USIP. She has also worked on police/community dialogue programming and developing violence prevention programming for upcoming elections in Africa. Before USIP, Bishai was an assistant professor of political science at Towson University, teaching courses in international relations, international law, the use of force and human rights. She currently teaches international law and the use of force as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. She has also taught at Brunel University, the London School of Economics, the University of Stockholm and Georgetown University. Her research interests include identity politics, sovereignty and states of emergency, and the international use of force. During 2003-04, Bishai served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, where she worked on an introduction to international human rights law for the federal judiciary. Bishai holds a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.


Mary Greer, Senior Criminal Law Advisor, provides substantive program direction, support and expertise to the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) criminal justice programs around the world. She assists with the design and implementation of technical assistance programs for prosecutors, judges, defense advocates, law enforcement officials and representatives of  government ministries, addressing such global issues as corruption, human trafficking, women’s rights, and financial and organized crimes. She conducts comparative models and best practices research in domestic and international criminal law, and designs and implements sector and country assessments to discern compliance with international standards. She also conducts trainings in interactive teaching methodology, adult communication and trial advocacy. Greer first served as ABA ROLI’s criminal law liaison in Bosnia from 1998–2000. She was then posted at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with the Coalition for International Justice before rejoining the ABA ROLI in March 2002. Greer practiced law for 15 years at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, including five years as public defender and eight years as the elected prosecutor, before being posted in Sarajevo. Greer has a B.A. in political science from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and a J.D. from St. Louis University. 

Catherine Lena Kelly is an Advisor in the Research, Evaluation and Learning Division. Kelly has also been a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, the West Africa course coordinator at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and a consultant for organizations including Freedom House, the International Budget Partnership and the University of Cape Town’s African Legislatures Project. An expert on democracy, rule of law and governance issues, Kelly is fluent in French and has research and evaluation experience in various West, Central and North African countries. She has co-authored ABA ROLI’s issue paper on rule of law approaches to countering violent extremism, and her other written work has appeared in venues including the Journal of Democracy, Comparative Politics and The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog. Kelly has a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, where she designed and conducted 18 months of field research on political parties and elections in Senegal. She also has a post-graduate certificate in international politics from Free University of Brussels and a B.A. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.


Olga Ruda, Deputy Director, Research and Assessments, has been providing research support to ABA ROLI’s judicial reform programs worldwide since June 2004. Her primary duties include overseeing implementation of the Judicial Reform Index assessments, which analyze the compliance of national judiciaries with fundamental international standards on judicial independence. Her past experience includes research on human trafficking at Johns Hopkins University, a judicial internship at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and work with Harvard University's macroeconomic reform program in Ukraine. Ruda holds a law degree from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University and an LL.M. degree in international legal studies from Washington College of Law, American University. 


Paulina Rudnicka, Senior Legal Analyst, joined ABA ROLI in September 2005 after completing a Frankel Fellowship at Human Rights First. Rudnicka has also worked with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, the Jagiellonian University Human Rights Clinic and the Halina Niec Human Rights Association. Rudnicka was a Thomas Burgenthal Scholar at the George Washington University Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree. Before studying at George Washington University Law School, she earned a master’s of law degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. 

Mridula Shrestha, Senior Legal Analyst, was previously an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, DC, where she worked on energy and infrastructure project finance. While studying law, she was a clinical student at Stanford’s International Human Rights Clinic in California and Namibia, as well as a research assistant. Shrestha has also worked as a senior consultant at Ernst & Young and co-founded a non-profit organization that serves an underprivileged community in Nepal. She has an AB degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College, a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School and an M.A. degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University. She speaks Nepali and English and understands Hindi, Spanish and Thai. 

Jessie Tannenbaum, Advisor, conducts research and analysis and manages justice sector reform and governance programs. She is director of the International Justice Sector Education and Training Program, serves as co-chair of the Legal Profession Reform Practice Group, and coordinates multi-country research for and manages the program Identifying Trafficking Risk and Best Practices for Combating Risk in sub-Saharan Africa Supply Chains: An Interdisciplinary Approach.  She has been the principal or co-author of more than a dozen ABA ROLI assessments of the judiciary, defense bar, prosecutorial services, and penal system and has led the development of qualitative research methodologies to assess criminal detention procedure, criminal defense advocacy, trafficking in persons risk, and judicial training. She has given numerous presentations and trainings on human rights and justice reform, including anti-corruption, the rights of persons deprived of liberty, the US death penalty, prison reform, and the rights of LGBT persons. Prior to joining ABA ROLI in 2008, Tannenbaum was a legal fellow at the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She holds an LL.M. in international human rights law, summa cum laude, and a J.D., cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, and a B.A. in French and International Studies, cum laude, from the University of Denver. A Chicago native, she is fluent in Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Russian, Hebrew, Italian, and Portuguese.

Jeanette Asencio Tocol, M&E Senior Program Officer. Tocol joined ABA ROLI’s Philippines office in July 2012 as M&E Manager, and moved to ABA ROLI’s D.C. office in December 2014 to provide monitoring and evaluation support to ABA ROLI projects under the Asia Division and then after, moved to the M&E Division on September 2015. She has more than 14 years of development management, quality assurance and monitoring and evaluation experience in the justice sector (law enforcement, prosecution, courts, alternative dispute resolution), human rights sector, urban and local development sector, and in governance and public administration reforms in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region. She has worked as consultant for  M&E systems design and implementation, project design, public sector organizational performance reviews, court systems reviews, institutional capacity assessments and/or business process reengineering for various donor institutions including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the UNDP, European Commission, UN HABITAT, GTZ and USAID. Before joining ABA ROLI, she was vice president of CPRM Consultants, Inc., a Philippines-based consultancy firm with extensive experience in judicial and governance reforms.


Jennifer Tsai, Senior Access to Justice Advisor, manages programs and research projects related to access to justice and legal empowerment, human rights, atrocity prevention and transitional justice. Tsai has worked on the design and implementation of assessment methodologies in these areas, including the Access to Justice Assessment Tool. She has also participated in or co-led several human rights documentation projects related to conflicts in South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. She is coordinator of ABA ROLI’s access to justice and human rights thematic area practice group. Previously, she worked at domestic and international organizations on criminal justice and human rights, including the Vera Institute of Justice and the Beijing office of International Bridges to Justice. She practiced law in New York for 11 years, including six years as a public defender. Tsai holds a J.D. degree from Cornell Law School and a B.A. degree from Columbia University. 


Salome Tsereteli-Stephens, M&E Manager. Tsereteli-Stephens joined the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in 2013, after more than 13 years of experience in international aid and development work, mostly focused on design, monitoring and evaluation. She previously worked as  a monitoring and evaluation senior specialist at Save the Children US, headed up design, monitoring and evaluation efforts at  World Vision International in Georgia and set up a multi-country monitoring and evaluation system for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) South Caucasus Rule of Law program. Tsereteli-Stephens has experience managing, monitoring, and evaluating programs across multiple countries and cultures, with a range of donors and audiences. She has developed tools, training materials, e-learning and distance learning courses for development practitioners, and has authored research. Her interests include mixed methods approaches for measuring democracy, governance, and the Rule of Law, evaluation of policy and advocacy, and use of evaluation. Originally from Georgia, Tsereteli-Stephens holds an M.A. Degree in Law from Tbilisi State University and is a member of American Evaluation Association since 2012.

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