Staff by Office

Office of the Director

Alberto J. Mora is the American Bar Association’s Associate Executive Director for Global Programs. In this capacity, he directs the ABA’s global Rule of Law Initiative, oversees the ABA’s Human Rights Center, and coordinates the ABA’s relationship with the United Nations and specialized agencies and functions. These responsibilities entail the management of approximately 500 staff members based in Washington, D.C. and in more than 50 countries.

Mora’s career includes broad experience in the law, government, industry, and academia. He joined the ABA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a resident Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights policy, a relationship he maintains albeit as a non-resident fellow. At the Kennedy School, Mora led a three-year research program to assess the policy costs and consequences of the U.S. use of torture in the war on terror and taught a graduate-level course on this subject. In 2014, Mora was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard.

A practicing attorney since 1982, Mora served as the General Counsel of the Department of the Navy from 2001-06. As the chief legal officer for both the Navy and Marine Corps, in this capacity he managed more than 640 attorneys and personnel across 146 offices throughout the United States and overseas and supervised elements of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps and the Marine Corps Staff Judge Advocates. Additionally, he served as the Reporting Senior of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, as the Department’s Chief Ethics Officer and, on (brief) occasions, as Acting Secretary of the Navy.

In addition to his service with the Navy, Mora’s other government service includes service in the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, as General Counsel of the United States Information Agency in the George H.W. Bush administration, and as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors in the Clinton administration.

Prior to his Harvard fellowship, Mora was employed as the General Counsel of Walmart International and of Mars, Incorporated, the world’s third largest food company. A private, family-owned company founded in 1911, at the time of Mora’s tenure Mars employed more than 73,000 associates located at over 230 sites, operated 135 factories in 68 countries, and generated global revenues of more than $33 billion annually. At both companies, Mora designed, deployed, and managed the company’s international compliance systems.

Mora began his legal career in Miami, Florida, as a civil trial lawyer. He was a partner in Holland & Knight and, before joining the Navy, was of counsel to Greenberg Traurig.

Mora holds a Bachelor’s degree and Honorary Doctorate from Swarthmore College and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. A member of the Council of Foreign Relations, he sits on the Board of Directors of Human Rights First and, previously, Freedom House. He is the author of multiple op-eds, articles, and speeches, among which is “The Strategic Costs of Torture”, Foreign Affairs (Sept/Oct 2016).

Among other honors and recognitions received by him, in 2006 Mora was awarded the John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation’s Profile in Courage Award in recognition of his consistent opposition while serving as Navy General Counsel to the cruel interrogation of detainees in the post-9/11 period. His detainee-related activities at the Navy have been widely reported in periodicals, books and documentaries. In 2013, he was included in Mariana Cook’s book “Justice” as one of 99 individuals who have made a significant contribution to human rights in recent years.

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. 

Global Programs

Jordan Long, Director of Justice Works and Senior Counsel to ABA’s Center for Human Rights, joined ABA ROLI in September 2016. Prior to joining the ABA, Long was associate director of HRC Global at the Human Rights Campaign, where he launched HRC’s inaugural Global Innovative Advocacy Summit and managed the HRC Global Fellowship Program. Long worked in Brussels for five years as a community organizer, designing and delivering capacity building conferences for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) organizations across the European region and lobbying the EU institutions for inclusive policies on sexual orientation and gender identity. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, his M.A. in legal anthropology from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. in social anthropology from Miami University.

Jay Monteverde is the Director of ABA ROLI's Global Environmental Programs. In that role, he focuses on environmental rule of law capacity-building, legislative reform, and increasing public participation and access to justice. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of ABA ROLI’s China Program, where he oversaw programs focusing on environmental protection, government transparency, and criminal justice, among other issue areas. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, he was a Fulbright researcher focusing on Chinese environmental litigation and an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General’s Special Litigation Bureau. He has 10 years of public interest law experience in the US with a focus on environmental enforcement, fraud against the public, and civil and criminal constitutional rights, among other areas. Jay received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Carol Pier, Director, Workers’ Rights and Global Programs, joined ABA ROLI in January 2017. Prior to that, Pier served as the deputy undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) from January 2014 until January 2017. At USDOL, Pier led the efforts of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) to advance workers' rights, acceptable conditions of work, living standards, social protection, and inclusive economic growth around the world. She joined ILAB in 2009, serving first as associate deputy undersecretary. For 10 years prior, Pier worked on international labor rights and trade issues for Human Rights Watch, the largest U.S.-based nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. She documented and reported on workers' rights violations globally, analyzed foreign and U.S. labor laws, and engaged in advocacy on labor rights and trade matters in the U.S. and abroad. Pier is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Outreach & Communications

David Dettman is the Outreach and Communications Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. He brings more than twenty 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 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 since the 1990s, including President Clinton’s reelection in 1996 and President Obama’s campaign in 2008.  While working with Aristotle International, a political technology consulting firm, Dettman worked with US House and Senate campaigns, 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 in Ukraine and Middle East North Africa. 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 where he 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. A native of Cleveland, Dettman grew up in a union 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. 

Research, Evaluation & Learning

Linda Bishai, Director, Research, Evaluation and Learning Office, joined ABA ROLI in March 2017. In addition to research on rule of law issues, Bishai has focused on peace-building education and conflict resolution training, electoral violence prevention, countering violent extremism, security sector reform, and police/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 and co-taught the Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa course at USIP. She has also worked on training a network of community peace builders in Pakistan, support for human rights education in Iraq, and a women preventing extremist violence program in Nigeria. In Africa and the Maghreb, her work focused on police/community dialogue, security sector reform, and border security. Before USIP, Bishai was an assistant professor of political science at Towson University in Maryland, teaching courses on international relations, international law, the use of force, and human rights. She currently teaches international law and the use of force as a professorial lecturer 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 the politics of identity and secession, the effect of states of emergency on the rule of law, and detention practices in a counter violent extremism context. 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 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 global issues such as corruption, counter-terrorism, transnational organized crimes, sexual and gender based violence, and financial and organized crimes, as well as procedural novelties such as plea bargaining and alternative sentencing. Greer conducts research in comparative models and best practices in domestic and international criminal law. She has helped design and has implemented criminal justice assessments to discern best practices and compliance with international standards and due process mandates, including the “Prosecutorial Reform Index” and the “Detention Procedures Assessment Tool.” Greer also designs and conducts trainings in a variety of substantive criminal justice topics as well as technical skills, including interactive teaching methodology, adult communication and trial advocacy. She was an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia School of Law Human Rights Clinic. Greer first served as ABA ROLI’s criminal law liaison in Bosnia. She was then posted at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with the Coalition for International Justice before rejoining 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 prosecuting attorney, before being posted in Sarajevo. Greer has a B.A. in from Benedictine College, and a J.D. from St. Louis University.

Catherine Lena Kelly, Advisor, is an expert with over ten years of experience on democracy, rule of law, and governance issues. 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. 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 “Rule of Law Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism,” and also works on research, monitoring, and evaluation related to security and justice, post-conflict reconstruction of the justice sector, women’s rights, anti-corruption, judicial training, and political economy approaches to rule of law reform. 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.

Paulina (Paula) Rudnicka, Advisor, and a co-chair of ABA ROLI’s Gender Practice Group, has over 12 years of experience in the international legal development and human rights fields, with a focus on the rights of women and marginalized populations (particularly people living with HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people), gender integration and inclusive programming, global health, and countering gender-based violence and trafficking in persons. Rudnicka has led research teams and been the principal or co-author of a number of ABA ROLI publications, including “Status of Women Assessment Tool,” “HIV/AIDS Legal Assessment Tool,” technical guide “Integrating Rule of Law and Global Development: Climate Change, Food Security, and Public Health,” “Human Trafficking Assessment Tool” reports for Nepal and Mexico, legal research methodology for the program “Identifying Trafficking Risk and Best Practices for Combating Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa Supply Chains: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” “Handbook on International Women’s Rights Law for Tunisian Stakeholders,” and “Study on Access to Justice through Constitutional Adjudication in Jordan.” Rudnicka joined ABA ROLI in September 2005 after completing a fellowship at Human Rights First. She also worked with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, and the Jagiellonian University Human Rights Clinic, and she co-founded the Halina Niec Human Rights Association (currently Legal Aid Centre) in Poland. Rudnicka was a Thomas Buergenthal Scholar at the George Washington University Law School, where she earned her LL.M. in international and comparative law. In addition, she holds a Master’s of Law degree from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Rudnicka uses pronouns she/her.

Olga Ruda, Advisor, has extensive experience in conducting comparative and best practices research and analysis and managing research projects in the areas of justice sector, criminal justice, and commercial law reforms. She currently serves as a substantive expert for ABA ROLI’s International Justice Sector Education and Training Program and the Criminal Justice Collaboration and Partnership Program. Ruda has led research teams and served as the principal or co-author of nearly two dozen of ABA ROLI “Judicial Reform Index Assessments,” as well as assessments of the legal education systems and the bar. She has also developed and overseen pilot implementations of ABA ROLI’s framework for conducting judicial training needs assessments and methodology for assessing the status of commercial law and practice. In addition, she was one of the primary contributors to the “Resource Guide on Strengthening Judicial Integrity and Capacity,” published by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Prior to joining ABA ROLI as a legal analyst in 2004, Ruda worked for the Honorable Bohdan A. Futey of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims , and for Harvard Institute for International Development Macroeconomic Policy Reform Program in Ukraine. She holds an LL.M. in international legal studies from American University’s Washington College of Law, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in law, summa cum laude, from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Ukrainian American Bar Association.

JohnGates Sharp, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI in July 2017, initially providing administrative support to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division. Prior to joining the ABA, Sharp held internship and temporary positions at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Georgetown University, and Mack Sumner Communications, LLC (now Delivery Strategies). Sharp is fluent in Spanish and is a 2016 graduate from the University of Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in both Foreign Affairs and Spanish.

Mridula Shrestha, Senior Legal Analyst, conducts analyses of laws, policies, and programs on a variety of topics, including human trafficking, women’s rights, domestic violence, and corruption. Shrestha is co-Chair of ABA ROLI’s Trafficking in Person practice group, and works on justice sector reform programs in different countries as the program lead for ABA ROLI’s multi-sectoral Criminal Justice Collaboration and Partnership program and as an advisor to the International Justice Sector Education and Training program. Shrestha was previously an attorney in the energy and infrastructure project finance practice of the global law firm Skadden Arps, and worked as a senior consultant in the Quantitative Economics and Statistics group at Ernst & Young in Washington, D.C. Shrestha has extensive experience analyzing and negotiating complex issues and developing effective strategies for clients across various sectors, and has training in quantitative research methods. Shrestha also co-founded a nonprofit organization called Badi ko Sathi, benefiting Dalit children in Nepal in 2006, and served on the board of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, which assists survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Shrestha holds an A.B. in economics from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Jessie Tannenbaum, Advisor, conducts research and evaluations and manages justice sector reform and governance programs. She has served as director of ABA ROLI’s International Justice Sector Education and Training Program, which brings foreign justice-sector professionals to the U.S. for month-long fellowships that prepare them to effect sustainable change in their home country’s justice systems, since its inception in 2015. She is also co-chair of ABA ROLI’s Legal Profession Reform Practice Group. Tannenbaum has been the principal or co-author of more than a dozen ABA ROLI assessments of judiciaries, bar associations, prosecutorial services, and penal systems and has led the development of qualitative research methodologies to assess criminal detention procedure, the criminal defense bar, anti-human trafficking, and judicial training. Her main areas of expertise include justice system strengthening, judicial reform, penal reform, and legal profession development. She has global rule of law development experience, having led assessment teams and supported programs in Latin America, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and southeast Asia. Prior to joining ABA ROLI in 2008, Tannenbaum was a legal fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an autonomous, quasi-judicial body of the Organization of American States. 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. She is fluent in French and Spanish.

Jeanette Asencio Tocol, Senior Program Officer, provides monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support and guidance, and conducts research, evaluation, and assessments for various ABA ROLI programs that focus on judicial reform, human rights, and governance. She provides program design advice, M&E training, M&E systems development, data quality assessments, evaluability assessments, and risk assessments as well for ABA ROLI program teams and their partners. Tocol joined ABA ROLI’s Philippines office in July 2012 as an M&E manager, and moved to the Washington, D.C. office in December 2014. Prior to ABA ROLI, she worked for 11 years as a consultant on development management, quality assurance, and monitoring and evaluation in the justice sector (law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and alternative dispute resolution), human rights sector, and in governance and public administration reforms in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region. As a consultant and as vice president of Center for Public Resource Management (CPRM) Consultants, Inc., a Philippines-based consultancy firm, Tocol worked for various donor institutions including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the U.N. Development Program, European Commission, U.N. Human Settlements Program, German International Cooperation Agency, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Salome Tsereteli-Stephens, Deputy Director, Research, Evaluation and Learning, joined ABA ROLI in 2013. Her experience in international aid and development work started in 2001 and has mostly focused on planning, monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Tsereteli-Stephens has managed, monitored, and evaluated development programs across multiple countries and cultures, with a range of donors and partners. She previously worked on child protection and HIV and AIDS portfolio M&E at Save the Children U.S., led the design, monitoring, and evaluation office at World Vision International in Georgia and set up a multi-country monitoring and evaluation system for the German International Cooperation South Caucasus Rule of Law program. Tsereteli-Stephens has developed tools, training materials, e-learning and distance learning courses for development practitioners and trained a variety of development professionals on monitoring and evaluation. Her interests include mixed methods approaches for measuring democracy, governance, the rule of law, evaluation of policy and advocacy, and use of evaluation. Over the course of time she has written and presented on these issues in the U.S. and abroad. Originally from Georgia, Tsereteli-Stephens holds an M.A. law from Tbilisi State University and is fluent in several languages. Tsereteli-Stephens has been a member of American Evaluation Association (AEA) since 2012 and co-chaired the AEA’s Democracy and Governance Topical Interest Group in 2015-17.