Current Students

Issam Abu-GhallousIssam Abu-Ghallous was born and raised in Dheisheh refugee camp, where his family has been residing since the occupation of Palestine in 1948. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Bethlehem University where he served as an elected student body president and helped lead student initiatives and negotiated national financial policies that affected the student population. Issam was awarded a full scholarship to Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, where he earned his MBA. He has experience in accounting, finance, and financial system development at several large corporations. Issam is currently an active volunteer with several relief organizations in the Chicago area where he and his family have directly assisted many families with refugee resettlement through advocacy and networking. His primary passion is youth development in the occupied Palestinian territories through initiatives that raise awareness, promote advocacy, and create opportunities. Issam currently resides in Lombard, IL, with his beautiful wife and two adventurous sons. He also enjoys painting murals when time permits.
 Melissa AhoMelissa Aho is a librarian at the University of Minnesota, as well as an adjunct online instructor for National American University (NAU) and Rasmussen College. She has a few Certificates and Diplomas, Associates degrees in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Cartography and Business, and Bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and History (St. Cloud State University), Art History (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and Business Administration (Minnesota School of Business). She also has a MS in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MLIS in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, River Forest, IL and a MA in Art History from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Melissa has worked in Honduras, researched mosque architecture in Guyana, taken salsa lessons in Cuba and has spent various amounts of time in 13 countries so far (her favorites include Bolivia, Egypt and England). She has had articles, book chapters and over 50 book reviews published. Her research interests include aviation, female aviators in India, and the Middle East and she is a member of the social/cultural development research team. In her free time she is working on her private pilot's license.
 Susan AlanizSusan Alaniz lives in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida local area as a recently retired US Air Force officer after nearly 22 years of service.  Alaniz served as a communications systems officer and as a political-military strategist.  Her master's degree is in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and her undergraduate degree is a bachelor of science in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy.  Susan also earned a minor in French.  Her research interest area is nation/state-building and the use of the military in non-traditional roles.  Alaniz has lived or worked in 14 different countries and hopes to experience many more.
 Majid Bin Ayed Al-Ayed 

Majid Bin Ayed Al-Ayed is an American and British educated Saudi national who received his high school education at the American Community School (ACS) in Amman, Jordan. He graduated with Honors from University of Southern Mississippi in 1996 with a degree in International Relations and an MBA in International Management from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2000. He has been pursuing his PhD at the IDV Program since 2006.  Although it was chance visit to the USM website in late 2004 that eventually led him to apply and get accepted into the IDV program, Majid will utilize the learning to help his native Saudi Arabia to advance its economic developmental objectives. During his undergraduate studies first in Boston then at USM he was active in campus life, getting elected to the Student Government, and chairing several committees (The Student Life & Budget Committees), debating, in addition to participating in the Harvard Model United Nations.

Majid is the second of five children born to one of the earliest Saudi pilots, who started his career in the 1950’s as an air force (American and Saudi) then as civilian pilot; flying for Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian and ANA, All Nippon Airways. He was also chosen to be a pilot in the Saudi Royal Fleet (during the reign of the late King Saud) during the late 1950s and early 1960's.  

Professionally, Majid has been working for over 15 years in various positions in the marketing communications and business strategy fields and he describes himself as a consultant and entrepreneur. Moreover, Majid’s love for public policy led him to become one of the candidates (unsuccessful) for the first ever Municipal Elections that took place in Saudi Arabia in April 2005.

Majid is married to a Canadian-educated Saudi psychiatrist and has two children, one girl, AlJoodi (almost three) and one boy, Baddi (10 months) and he resides in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His hobbies include reading international thrillers (Tom Clancy), skiing and being a handy man when time permits.
 Mohammed AshrafMohammad Ashraf was born in Afghanistan and currently lives in New York. He works for the government of Afghanistan as agricultural development advisor since 2003. His major responsibilities include coordinating the assistance of the donor agencies, evaluating the training and capacity building requirements of the Ministry of Agriculture, and evaluating proposals to ensure consistency with the Ministry priority and Master plan. He completed his BS in agricultural business and MS in agricultural technology from the University of Central Missouri. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in computer science (software engineering) from the University of Guelph, Canada. His research interest area is the role of agriculture in economic development of Afghanistan.
 Sharon Barnett-MyersSharon Barnett-Myers resides in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the Director of Global Data Management and Health Economics at Medtronic Spine and Biologics Division.  Her current responsibilities include direct management over global clinical data management systems, clinical trial contract negotiations and health economics. Sharon obtained a bachelor of science degree in Biology and Masters of Public Policy from Jackson State University and Masters of Public Health-Biostatistics from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Research interests are the economic impact of Biotech firms on development and health care reform efforts in developing countries such as China, Costa Rica and South Africa.
 Scott BloughScott Blough is Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies at Tiffin University, where he specializes in policy development, international crime, terrorism, international security, corrections, and information systems and technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Blough served as the Chief of the Bureau of Adult Detention in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, where he had oversight of over 250 jails throughout Ohio. Professor Blough wrote the Minimum Standards for Jails in Ohio, which are the administrative rules governing jail operations in Ohio. Professor Blough also served as a lieutenant on the Marion (Ohio) Police Department, where he conducted numerous gang, drug, and gambling investigations. He supervised a multi-jurisdictional gambling task force and successfully investigated and prosecuted the two largest embezzlement cases in Marion’s history. Professor Blough has authored numerous publications on international justice and corrections issues and consults on justice policy, prison and jail design, security, and technology application in justice. Professor Blough is ABD from the University of Southern Mississippi International Development Program in the Security Studies Research Team.
 Greg BonadiesGreg Bonadies lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and son.  He spent 19 years with IBM creating and managing the Software Group professional technical services organization and has a total of 24 years of experience in the field of information technology.  He is also an entrepreneur who has founded several business concerns and currently manages a real estate investment and renovation operation he and his wife started in 2001.  His academic background includes Masters Degrees in International Studies (North Carolina State University), Experimental Psychology (Towson University in Baltimore, MD) and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and General Psychology (Frostburg State University, Maryland).  His research interests include sustainable development and water resources regulatory frameworks in China, Realpolitik and neoliberal economic globalization.
 Angela BryanAngela Bryan is an Information Systems instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College currently residing in Biloxi.  As a career educator, Angela also has experience in curriculum development for Information Systems at the secondary and post-secondary levels and will do skill training with secondary teachers in Mississippi during the summer of 2009.  She has a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Technology Education from USM.  As a member of the Security Studies team, Angela’s areas of interest cover cybersecurity and cyberterrorism issues, international law as it relates to cybersecurity, and China.
 Anthony CaitoAnthony Caito serves as Manager of the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research in the School of Science, Engineering, and Health at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania where he coordinates faculty, staff, and students in developing innovative technological solutions to international development barriers including small-scale sustainable bio-diesel production, solar-powered motorcycles, microeconomic development, water purification, and mobility for the disabled.  His B.A. is in Aviation and Religion from Moody Aviation and Cornerstone University and his M.A. is in Intercultural Studies from Biola University.  His professional focus over the last nine years has centered on supporting Global South nonprofit leaders with appropriate technology, research, and geographic information systems (GIS) instruction.  He has served as a temporary advisor to the United Nations UNAIDS and has produced and published a range of maps and research software resources.  His international development research focus combines socio-cultural conflict and capacity challenges of indigenous faith-based civil society organizations (CSOs) and has researched and written recently on Nigeria and Turkey.
 Sharon CamaraSharon Camara lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works at AT&T providing staff support to an executive team in Information Technology.  She holds a master's degree in Health Systems Management (MHA) from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Bachelors degrees in English (BA) and Journalism (BS) from Boston University. Sharon's foci are in economic and cultural development. Her research interest is in West African trade. Sharon is originally from New Hampshire. Sharon is also president of the African Performing Arts Association (www.africanperformingarts.org).
 Ernie DelGrossoErnie DelGrosso is a resident of Florida and serves as the Training Manager and Public Affairs Officer for the Federal Air Marshal Service in South Florida and the Caribbean Islands region.  He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida in Tampa and Master's Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.  His academic research interest includes the terrorism and tourism nexus, with a focus on economic recovery to tourism destinations victimized by terrorism.  Ernie was born and raised in New Jersey and has studied and/or worked in law enforcement positions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado, California, South Korea, Washington DC, and Florida.  Ernie maintains an active lifestyle and is a frequent competitor in mountain and road bicycle racing, triathlon events, and distance running.
 No PhotoMeaza Demissie is an Associate Program Manager at the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) in Arlington, Virginia. She works on scientific capacity building in Russia and the south Caucasus, and on expanding CRDF’s university-based research programs in the developing world.  Prior to joining CRDF in 2008, she was a Project Assistant at Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it.  She holds a Master of Public Administration (non-profit Management concentration) from Southern University, Louisiana, U.S.A. and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Currently she is writing her dissertation on “The Natural Resource Curse and Economic Growth & Development in Sub-Saharan Africa” under the International Economic Development research team with Dr. Naghshpour's direction. Her research interest includes economic growth & development, social justice, sub-Saharan Africa and globalization. Meaza was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She speaks native Amharic, fluent English, some French, and beginning Spanish and Russian.
 Ruby DeviRubi Devi is from Assam, one of the north-eastern states in India. She joined the IDV PhD program in fall, 2006 and since then I have been working as a graduate research assistant with Dr David L. Butler and Dr Edward Sayre in the USM, Hattiesburg campus.   Prior to joining the IDV PhD program, Rubi completed a masters’ degree in English Literature from Tezpur Central University, India and M. Phil in Folk-Culture from Gauhati University, India. She completed her bachelor of arts from Cotton College, Assam.  During Rubi’s bachelor degree, she majored in English literature with minors in history and economics.  As part of the IDV program, she chose political development as major and socio-cultural development as minor area of study.  However, she also shares my interest in economic and security issues as well. As a student of the International development, Rubi is trying to develop a pragmatic, interdisciplinary viewpoint which, she believes, is crucial to understand and analyze the world affairs. As a region she is focusing on South Asia region to work on during her dissertation process. The broad areas of Rubi’s research are democratic developments, ethnic conflict, gender and security, and socio-cultural change.
 Elisha EliasElisha Elias is a school teacher in Griffin, Georgia, where she resides with her husband and daughter. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education in her country of birth, South Africa, and taught there for five years. In 2001 she was recruited to teach in the U.S. and subsequently earned her M Ed. in Middle Grades Education, with Mathematics and English majors, at Brenau University, in Gainesville, Georgia. Her research interests include investigating the economic gains that can be made by implementing policies whereby neighboring countries in Sub-Saharan Africa share and trade resources, empowerment through human capital development and reduction of extraction of Sub-Saharan Africa’s natural resources.
 Patrick ErvinPatrick Ervin resides in Greenville, Mississippi, with his wife Teresa and daughters, Ashley, Alexis and Allyson. He works work full time as a Community Educator for the state's fifth largest hospital. He also works part time as a writer for the Delta Democrat Times. Patrick received his bachelor of arts in Journalism/Public Relations (2002) and master of science in Community and Economic Development (2008) from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Patrick’s areas of interest in the USM IDV PhD program include tourism, sports and global medical policy. He is also the author of "Frank and Dishonest: Expanding on Exaggeration," (2005), a book about tall tales impressed upon him by his late grandfather. His second book, "School Spirit" is due to be published later this year.
 Jonathan FinkJonathan Fink serves as founder and managing director of TSI Global Consulting in San Antonio, Texas, a boutique research focused management consultancy specialized in assisting small and medium sized enterprises to internationalize their operations.  He also serves on the adjunct faculty at Palo Alto College and in the Bill Greehey School of Business, St. Mary’s University where he teaches classes in economics and international business to undergraduate and MBA students. With over twenty years of international business experience, he has structured trade and investment transactions for client companies in Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. He holds an M.A. in international economics from Boston University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Richmond. His doctoral dissertation research is focused on applied global value chain theory in the textile and apparel industry.
 Sydney FletcherA lifelong resident of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Sydney Fletcher is the Academic Business Instructor and Alpha Beta Gamma Advisor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College- Perkinston Campus. She has a B.B.A. in Business from the University of Mississippi and an MBA with a concentration in Economics from the University of South Alabama. Sydney is a member of the Economic Development team and her area of research interest is international economics, more specifically, how FTA impact development.
 Candace ForbesCandace Forbes was born in Atlanta, Georgia and currently lives in Mokpo, South Korea.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration from Georgia State University in 2007 and her Master's degree in Diplomacy from Norwich University in 2009.  In her spare time, Candace enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, which has taken her to 33 countries and about 40 US states.  Candace's interests in the USM International Development Program include: civic education and participation, media studies, political and social activism, and environmental policy, with a focus on South Korea.  She is in the Social and Cultural Studies, with a minor in Political Development.
 Dianne R. Jntl ForteDianne R. Jntl Forte lives and works in Washington, D.C., where she represents Heifer International in policy environments and is managing director of the Heifer DC Office. Heifer is a development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. Heifer works globally and uses asset building through livestock as a development strategy. Dianne earned both her Bachelor’s (economics) and Master’s (political economy) degrees from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.  She completed her master’s degree in 1986. Forte’s research interest is in the particular development models of small island developing states and the paradox that while most by virtue of their institutional adaptation strategies are listed as middle or upper income countries, they face serious challenges of resilience and stability.  She has worked for twenty years in Africa and is particularly interested in Botswana and Mauritius as cases of Africa’s development potential. Dianne Forte was born in St. Georges, Grenada, and grew up there. She migrated to the United States in 1973 and lived in Brooklyn, New York. She has two adult offspring.
 Denise Francois-SeeneyDenise Francois-Seeney is Assistant Dean at Northampton Community College - Monroe Campus in Tannersville, Pa. She has an M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. As a member of both the Economic and Social/Cultural research teams, Denise's interests are labor migration, microfinance, gender and development, MENA, and CEE countries. Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Denise lives in Belvidere, New Jersey.
 Pamela Gary-ForrestPamela Gary-Forrest's hometown is in Winona, Mississippi. She serves as Assistant Director of the Delta Research & Cultural Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Social Science Department at Mississippi Valley State University. Her research topic is:  Have the United States' efforts in sub-Saharan Africa been effective in the fight against poverty, HIV/AIDS and illiteracy?
 No photoDarren Gil is a Northern California native. He entered the United States Army shortly after high school. After an honorable discharge he served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Darren resigned from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to take a commission as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He has been an agent with ATF for over 22 years serving in various assignments across the United States. He is currently the Chief, Counterterrorism Division and the Liaison between ATF and the FBI for Counterterrorism. Darren has taught a variety of classes at various institutions across the country and around the world. These courses have included management, tactical emergency medicine/management, criminal justice and security related courses. Darren has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland as well as a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. His major is Security Studies with a minor in Political Development. Darren is interested in rule of law, training police institutions abroad, decision-making in law enforcement/intelligence organizations, arms trafficking, and social disorganization theory and management response.
 Madeline Gillette

Madeline Gillette lives in Las Cruces, NM and is the Senior Program Manager for both the Child Welfare Scholar Program and the Family Violence Project at New Mexico State University.  Madeline first became interested in international development while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay.  She is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Guarani.  Madeline has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from New College of Florida and a Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Economics from New Mexico State University.  Madeline is also the founder and board president of the International Safe Shelter Foundation.  Her research interests include child labor, migration, and income inequality.

 Tom GonzalezTom Gonzalez presently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and works at Fort Carson as the Command Sergeant Major of the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (more commonly known as the Bomb Squad).  The Army has 2 EOD Groups worldwide and Tom's area of operations is the Western half of the United States.  Currently he is deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as the Task Force Troy Command Sergeant Major responsible for countering the infamous improvised explosive device that the enemy has become so fond of using. His education includes a Master in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University, Vermont.  His undergraduate is a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. His concentration at USM is in Security with a minor concentration in Political Development and his regions of interest are in the Greater Middle East and South America.  His true topic of interest is how asymmetric warfare, tactics, and weapons affect national policy and nation building efforts.
 Kim GuynnKim Guynn is a Fisheries Biologist for NOAA Fisheries in Pascagoula. She works on International Fisheries particularly regional fisheries management bodies. Masters Degree from USM (GCRL) in Coastal Biology and a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. She is part of the International Political Development and Security Team with research interests in the effectiveness of International Treaties as they relate to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. Kim was born in Montgomery, AL, and raised in Baldwin County, AL, where she serves on two U.S. Delegations and is the current Chairperson on the Subcommittee on Implementation and Compliance for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
 Enrique HurtadoEnrique Hurtado is a native of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico and is the Director of Business and Trade Development for the Mississippi State Port Authority. At the port he is responsible for marketing and promoting the port overseas and within the US. Enrique is also General Director of Grupo Alir-Linoflax in Mexico and serves as advisor for the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), a decentralized agency of the Mexican Foreign Ministry. Enrique received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Michoacana and a Masters degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. Enrique started his Economic and Trade Development carrier in 1999 working as an assistant for the Center of Community and Economic Development at USM.  In January 2001 he joined the Mississippi Development Authority as research analyst, few months later he was offered an International Trade Specialist position and later was promoted to the position of Senior Import and Export Manager for Latin America. In Mexico, he served as Marketing Director for Centro Mexicano International, Operations Manager for Carrier Transicold and as Project Supervisor for the Comision Federal de Electricidad.
 Barbara-Anne JohnsonBarbara-Anne Johnson teaches sociology and criminology at Strayer University in Greensboro, NC.  She has an AA in Criminal Justice Law; a BS in Clinical Psychology; a BA in Cultural Anthropology/Sociology, with minors in political science and theatre; a M Ed in Special Education with a Learning
Disabilities Add-On; and a MA in Sociology with a concentration in
Criminology.  In the IDV program her area of concentration is Political Science and Security Studies, and her minor is in Economic Development.  She has two sons and a daughter, and two grandsons.  In her "spare time" she is a screenwriter and a documentary filmmaker.  Her website iswww.SuperpowerTheMovie.com.
 Julie JordanJulie Jordan is a project manager for Mississippi State Community Action Team (MSCAT). MSCAT offers a variety of community development services for small Mississippi towns. MSCAT works with mayors, chamber directors, economic development, and other community leaders. MSCAT coordinates a community First Impressions program; provides design ideas for community improvement projects, offers planning and facilitation help; and offers a variety of educational activities aimed at improving local leadership capacity for development related activities. MSCAT partners with the Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Main Street Association, regional planning and development districts, some community colleges, and other non-profit groups. A native of Brookhaven, Miss., Julie has her Master of Science degree in Education Technology from Mississippi State University and her research interests are school governance; relationship of local school achievement and economic development; and rural community development and leadership capacity.
 James KierulffJames Kierulff is building Energy Crop Growers Association of the Philippines, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and proving socio-environmental best practices in the operation of biofuel related community development models. James travels to the Philippines to conduct monitoring of the program and develop its employees. Previously he spent two years in the Southern Philippines directing the economic development program of International Care Ministries. Prior to overseas activities he was a Dean of Academic Affairs at ITT Technical Institute. In addition to the above James has three years of college level teaching experience and over ten years of technology implementation experience. When not traveling overseas, James resides in Gulfport, Mississippi, pursuing his Ph.D. in International Development. His primary research focus is on energy and international development. Small farm ownership models are being developed utilizing socio-environmentally friendly approaches to energy crop cultivation. Impoverished agrarian populations are envisioned to use the new alternative energy industry to renew communities creating a relative, sustainable middle class. The theoretical focus is to examine various mechanisms including socio-cultural barriers to development, community development models and development in the face of industrial revolution. James has an MBA in Management and a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Seattle Pacific University.
 Derek KirbowDerek Kirbow lives in Frankfort, Indiana, with his wife and three children. Born in Tennessee, raised in Georgia, and living all over the world brought many of the problems of the poor to Derek's attention. After traveling across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East working with displaced people and those living in poverty he determined to research ways to deal with many of the most pressing needs in failing and unstable states. He attended Indiana Wesleyan University and earned his bachelor's degree is in History and Political Science and then received his Master's degree from Purdue University in Political Science with a major in International Relations and a minor in Comparative Politics. Currently a faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University, Derek teaches in the Center for Adult and Professional Studies. In the IDV program his major is Security Studies and his minor is Political Development. The focal point of Derek's research now involves refugees and security concerns in Africa stretching from the Mediterranean to the sub-Sahara region.
 Neal KringelNeal Kringel was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin.  Currently he is a US Air Force officer with almost 25 years of service stationed at NATO Joint Forces (JFC) Command, Brunssum, Netherlands.  The majority of his time the past decade plus has been spent as an African Regional Affairs Specialist.  He spent five years living in Africa (Kenya, and Gabon) and several years going there on short business and pleasure trips.  Neal also served as the commander of a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan from 2006-2007 and is currently working in the office of the Political Advisor to the JFC Commander.  Neal has a bachelor's degree in Broadfield Social Studies and Secondary Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master's in Education from Troy University.  He is currently a political and security team member with regional interests in Africa and Afghanistan.  His topical interest are nation building and ethnic/regional conflict.
 Jean LarnedNative Texan Jean Garner Larned, a member of the renowned FBI Behavioral Science Unit (BSU), is a former Special Agent with the DEA and current criminal investigations instructor, researcher and case consultant with the BSU at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  In addition to the responsibilities glamorized in shows like ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Silence of the Lambs’, he also teaches ‘New Agent Training’ and the ‘National Academy’ which includes international and domestic law enforcement executives and leaders from around the world.  He earned a Masters degree in Behavioral Science from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Bachelors degree in Journalism from California State University Long Beach.  Jean is a member of the Security Studies Research Team currently studying the impact of globalization on terrorism and the ‘Global War on Terrorism’.  Jean is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia.  Concurrently, Jean is an Army officer in the United States Army Reserves working with wounded soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan through the ‘Warrior Transition Units’ program.
 Mr. G. Hale LaughlinMr. G. Hale Laughlin is responsible for Irregular Warfare strategy, plans, and integration, HQ Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).  He has filled numerous assignments and positions during twenty-four years of active duty and civilian service with the USAF.  His professional career path has focused in the joint special operations training and advisory mission areas with expertise in Irregular Warfare (IW) core competencies including Foreign Internal Defense (FID), Unconventional Warfare (UW) and Coalition Support.  He has extensive experience with the 6th Special Operations Squadron (6SOS/AFSOC), Hurlburt Field, FL., the DoD’s only designated combat aviation advisor unit. Starting before 9/11 through to the present, he conducted multiple combat aviation advisory missions in eleven countries within each of the four Geographic Combatant Command areas of operation, with concentration in the Middle East and Central Asia.   He has been responsible for strategic plans, analysis and integration of aviation advisor activities for over 25 countries.
 Bruce LotarskiBruce Lotarski was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and currently resides in Tampa, FL.  He is an Air Force Officer with over 22 years serving in Logistics and Operations at the U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL.  Bruce holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida, a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, and a B.A. in Business from the University of South Florida.  Currently he is a member of the Economic and Political research teams.  Bruce’s research interests include nation-state building, globalization, foreign direct investments, and infrastructure investments particularly in under-developed and post conflict nation-states of Africa and the Middle East.
 Patrick MaloneyPatrick Maloney is retired from the US Navy and is currently living in Duluth, Minnesota.  He was raised in Micronesia and has traveled around the world    His experiences from traveling and meeting people from all walks of life has created an increased awareness of the disparity between the rich and the poor.   His interest in the IDV program comes from a concern and a desire to understand the causes and corrective actions needed for the socio-economic issues found in developing countries.  He has a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Great Falls.  As a member of the social/cultural and economic teams Patrick is interested in how cultural issues impede or help economic development in Pacific island nations.
 Dan Manning 

Dan Manning:  Kaiserslautern, Germany

Dan serves in the United States Air Force at the Headquarters of the United States Air Forces in Europe in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he leads a team which is working to build partner capacity in the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.  His formal military training is as an A-10 fighter pilot. His bachelor's degree is in Computer Science from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  His Master's degree is in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Dan is pursuing the Security Studies track.  His research interest is in the United States military's efforts to build partnership capacity in less-developed nations.  He is particularly interested in the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia and their transitions from Soviet occupation to active membership in NATO. Dan was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama but in his time in the military, he has lived in Germany for 6 years, Texas, and Arizona.

 Mark McCoonMark McCoon is an Assistant Professor at Kettering University (formerly GMI) an engineering school in Michigan. He is a CPA as well as a CMA.  He began his career with one of the international accounting and consulting (big four) firms and then spent about 13 years as a consultant, mostly working in the bankruptcy reorganization field. Mark enrolled in the IDV program because it allows him the flexibility to study economics, taxation and the Caribbean – my research and personal interests. He has a BBA in accounting from the University of Michigan and an MBA with a concentration in economics from the University of Detroit.  Mark lives in Fenton, Michigan located between Flint and Ann Arbor with his charming wife Jill.  Mark is on the economics research team and has research interests in International taxation, Latin American and Caribbean taxation, Tax compliance, and Taxation and development.
 Heather McGannHeather McGann lives and works in Charlotte, NC.  She hails from Ohio.  Her career background involves higher education administration with an international focus.  She has a B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University and an MA in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University.  Her main research area is the Middle East where she has worked and lived.  She focuses on political and socio-cultural considerations of development in this region.
 Rajya Lakshmi MekaRajya Lakshmi Meka was born and raised in Hyderabad, AP, India.  She completed B.A. and B.Ed. from Osmania and Annamalai universities respectively.  She also has two Masters degrees - one in M.A. - Public Administration and the other in M.A. - Political Science from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Lakshmi lived and worked in multiple countries.  She currently works as a Teacher in Mississippi.  Her research team is Security and Political Development with a research interest in Security and Cyber terrorism related issues of the United States and Asia.  Other interests of hers include Education, Environment, Peace and Political related areas of the United States.
 Pat O'BrienPat O'Brien is an Assistant Professor of Business at John Brown University, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and the Director of Professional Studies Business Programs.  He is responsible for curriculum development of existing programs and implementation of new Professional Studies online programs. Most of his professional life has been devoted to IT; as an analyst, programmer, and as a manager of data processing and technical services.  Pat spent 16 years in consulting, twelve of which with his own company.  He earned an M.B.A. from Webster University, and a B.S. in Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).  Currently Pat lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife Susan and has three sons.  Pat has taught at the Northwest Arkansas Community College, Webster University, and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He is a member of the Economic and Political Research teams with research interests in the Philippines, especially the impact of taxation on that economy, and Mexico and the impact of NAFTA on that society.
 Frank ParkerFrank Parker ‘s educational background and professional experience can be traced in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, France, Spain, Switzerland and North Carolina. He is a graduate of NC State University with the degree of Master of International Studies and currently works as an interpreter of English-French-Spanish with Fluent Language Solutions in the Research Triangle. Fluent Language Solutions covers translation/interpretation activities in the South-East of the US. His research interest concern an investigation of the root causes of political conflicts in the West African sub-region.
 Joy S. PattonJoy S. Patton received her B.A. from Centre College in History and her M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University. She currently serves as adjunct professor of international relations in the Securities and Global Studies Department of American Public University System (APUS) and American Military University (AMU). Additionally, she is an intelligence specialist and reserve Air Force officer at Eglin Air Force Base. Major Patton is a member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), as well as the International Studies Association (ISA). When not traveling for research, she enjoys reading books on current affairs and studying the history of the Vietnam War.
 Susan PeerzadaSusan Peerzada has a B.A. in Anthropology and M.A. in Urban Affairs from Queens College of the City University of New York. She was born in Kabul Afghanistan and spent twelve years of her life there.  After the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan she escaped her country of origin with her family and became a young refugee. In 1988 she came to the United States and has made New York her second homeland. Currently, she works as an academic advisor at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. Her research interest includes social cultural development, gender in Islam and Muslim women empowerment.
 Brian PetersBrian Peters currently lives just outside Milwaukee, WI, and is married to his high school sweetheart and best friend, Missy. Brian is the Executive Director for a proprietary edu group in the Metro Milwaukee area, the Vice Chair for the Jefferson County Republican Party, and is also involved with his company’s Government Relations Team. A recent highlight for Brian was when he received an invitation to act as an advisor for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in which he spent the Inaugural week in Washington D.C. listening to speeches from Colin Powell, Erik Weihenmayer, as well as other government leaders. Brian holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, an M.S.A. from Central Michigan University, and has taken part in Executive Certification programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
 Rian K. PlaswirthA native of Gautier, Rian K. Plaswirth is currently a teacher's assistant with the University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters where he assists with research and data analysis for Drs. Naghshpour and St. Marie. With a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi, Rian is on the Economic Research Team and is primarily interested in Transportation Economics, Maritime Security and Multimodal Transportation.
 Prebble Q. Ramswell 

Prebble Q. Ramswell earned BA degrees in Political Science, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston, and an MLA from Texas Christian University.  A Texas native, Ramswell accepted a position with the federal government in 2002 and subsequently moved to the Washington, D.C. area to work in counterterrorism.  A collegiate athlete, Ramswell competed as Division I swimmer before also coaching at the D-I and USA Swimming levels. As a coach, she earned a top 5-8% ranking among all coaches in the United States before switching professions.

Ramswell also works in communications as a writer, editor and actress. Appearing in numerous films and commercials, Prebble chiefly worked as a DJ and traffic reporter for several stations in Texas and has voiced commercials nationwide. An active alum of Delta Delta Delta, she also speaks/reads Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and serves on the board of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast.  Ramswell will focus on Political/Security and Socio-Cultural studies while pursuing research interests including the success rate of US intervention and national rebuilding.

Prebble now lives in Destin, FL, with her husband, Tony, and daughter, Briar.
 Bohdan S. SawyckyBohdan S. Sawycky (“Bo”) was born in Zeven, Germany and was raised in New York City.  He spent over 32 years working as an international banker with The Chase Manhattan Bank, State Street Bank and Trust Company, Deutsche Bank and Wachovia Corporation (from which he retired as a Senior Vice President).  During his career, Bo lived in Germany, Malaysia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Arab Middle East.  Since his retirement in 2007, Bo has dedicated his time to community and philanthropic activities and scholarly pursuits.  He currently serves as: Director and Treasurer of the Self Reliance (NY) Federal Credit Union; Director and Treasurer of Plast Foundation, Inc.; Director of the USA/USA Program, and; Secretary of the UNCUA Supervisory Committee.  Additionally, he is a member of The Washington Group and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.  Bo graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Siena College and he earned an M.S. in Diplomacy from Norwich University.  His scholarly interests include the resurgence of the Russian Federation as a regional/global power and the use of energy as political and economic tools.  Bo resides with his wife near Princeton, New Jersey.
 Peter SpagnoloI am Peter Spagnolo, I live in the small town of Emmett, Idaho where I serve as a general crimes investigator for the Gem County Sheriff’s Office.  As the title indicates, I investigate reported crimes in my jurisdiction but also write a weekly column for the local newspaper that deals with law enforcement and community issues, deal with public complaints, patrol the waterways of my county and serve as a member of the Special Reaction Team. My bachelor’s degree is from the University of the State of New York and I hold a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University. I was born in Long Beach, California and moved to Idaho at a young age. I am on the Security Research and Political Development Teams and specialize in the studying phenomenon of international terrorism and political violence from a tactical and historical perspective.  I served in the US Army from 1977 to 1998 and did my last eleven years with the 5th Special Forces Group where I spent a great deal of time in Africa, the Middle East and the Asian Subcontinent where I developed an intense interest in the cultures of these areas. I speak, read and write Arabic.
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Ranjana Srevatsan is from the Northern part of India and is now settled in Hattiesburg Mississippi since 2003. He completed his Masters in Economic Development from Southern Miss. Ranjana joined the IDV program in 2005 and is in the Economic Development team. He is writing his dissertation under Dr. Ken Malone. It explores the role of industry-university partnership in regional development and innovation in United States.

Ranjana worked in the Indian Institute of Management in India. His research interest has been in the Information and Technology, Innovation and Development. He works with The Department of Economic and Workforce Development at Southern Miss, presently working with East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, in Meridian, Mississippi.

 Juanyce TaylorJuanyce D. Taylor, a Jackson native and Ph.D. candidate in the IDV Program, currently serves as Director of Diversity Assessment and Programs in the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  She is responsible for research, data analysis, assessment, and strategic diversity initiatives led by the division and provided to the Medical Center and community. Juanyce also assists the Associate Vice Chancellor in advancing the medical center’s intellectual capital through training and development towards building cultural competency among staff, future health care professionals and faculty and by collaborating with internal units in addressing potential threats and resolutions to disparities in health care.  She is a member of the Institutional Assessment Committee and the Diversity Leadership Council. Juanyce received a B.S. degree in Psychology/Social and Rehabilitation Services from The University of Southern Mississippi and a MS.Ed. from Jackson State University in Guidance and Counseling Education.  Currently, her doctoral research involves a comparative analysis of diversity policies and equity initiatives between the United States and South Africa.  In 2007, Juanyce was nominated as a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship, the nation’s most prestigious leadership program for public service. In 2008, she was accepted in the Disparities Leadership Program offered through Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in which she and a cadre of professionals from across the country will develop strategies to identify, monitor and address racial and ethnic disparities in health care.  Juanyce holds memberships in national organizations such as the American Association for University Women, American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She currently serves as a Young Leader in Philanthropy for United Way of the Capital Area.
 Janelle TownesJanelle Townes presently is an instructor at Virginia College in Jackson, Miss., where she teaches various business courses. She has also worked for WorldCom Broadband Solutions as a verification analyst and with IBM in Raleigh, N.C., as an income and expense accountant.
 Mark TurnerMark Turner currently lives in South Bend, Ind., and owns a retail store that he and his wife began in 2002. Prior to this entrepreneurial venture, Mark was a finance manager at Visteon Corp., and Ford Motor Co., in Dearborn, Mich. His work at Visteon and Ford included several positions in material cost management, manufacturing profit analysis, and vehicle line forecasting and production planning.
 PatrickTurnerPatrick Turner received his Bachelor of Arts from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. During his undergraduate education, Patrick attended American University in Washington, D.C., taking part in the Washington semester exchange program, where he participated in lectures given by recognized leaders in the fields of criminal justice and national security. Patrick received his Master's of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security Administration from Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio. Patrick began the International Development Program (IDV) in January of 2008. His area of focus is on how the United States can effectively manage and interact with the political and militant sides of Hezbollah organizations throughout the world.
 Pete WalleyPete Walley, a fifth generation Mississippian, holds a bachelor of science in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University (1969), and an MBA from Mississippi College (1973). His research interests include human capital especially as it affects economic development and in migration effects on human capital formation. He is currently working on his dissertation under the direction of Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour. He is a member of the Mississippi University Research Center, Institutions of Higher Learning and is director of long-range economic development planning for Mississippi. He currently serves as scoutmaster for Troop 8 Jackson, MS, the longest continuously charted scout troop in the United States.
 Peter WisniewskiPeter Wisniewski was born and raised in New Jersey. He currently resides in Warrington, Pa. with his wife and 3 children. Pete is an instructor at Lehigh-Carbon Community College, teaching Political Science and International Relations. Pete holds an M.S. from Troy University in International Relations, and a B.A. from Temple University in History. As a member of the social/cultural and economic research teams, Pete’s research interests include free trade, labor migration, as well as the impact globalization has on indigenous cultures.