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Cathy Wague - Director of Education

CATHY-WAGUECathy Wague is from Senegal in West sub-Saharan Africa. She is a lifelong learner coming from a family that valued service through teaching and learning. Cathy started her own pursuit of learning in France while attending Pierre & Marie Curie University, in the heart of Paris. In the mid-nineties, as she settled in the US with her husband, her scientific curiosity led her into Computing as the internet era was taking hold. With a Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems, Cathy started her teaching career in the District of Columbia Public Charter Schools where she helped Friendship Edison Public Carter Schools establish a strong technology integration program in the curriculum, the classroom and at home. For seven years, the school system leadership harnessed Cathy’s management skills, ease in the classroom and ability to relate to different cultures and socio-economic contexts. Cathy spent a couple of years in each assigned schools, armed with her effective practices and an uncompromising belief that all teachers and students can adopt different ways to improve learning. In 2006, Cathy joined the Arlington Public Schools (APS) Technology Integration Coordinators (ITC) team. From her base at Gunston Middle School in South Arlington, Cathy conducted teacher and administrator training throughout the county using the most cutting edge tools and ideas of the time such as Interactive boards, wikis, blogs while managing the fleet of computers, laptops and increased interactive devices in the classrooms. She also participated in the county Cultural Competence program as a trainer which resonated deeply with her interest in constructive conflict management and her studies at George Mason University. Cathy is expected to graduate with a Master’s of Science in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University in May 2014. Cathy, a mother of three children is a certified K-12 Science and Technology teacher, and a consummate early childhood and youth advocate. She is currently the Deputy Chief of Information Technology at Child Care Aware of America©, a local non-profit organization advocating for quality child care in the nation. Cathy is proficient in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish and Wolof, the dominant dialect used in Senegal. She would be the first one to acknowledge that her bio would not be complete without mentioning her love of music and dancing. On her free time, you can find her Salsa dancing at a local hot spot or better yet, in her living room with her two year old son, cheek to cheek!

Nicholas Van Woert - Program Associate

Nicholas-Van-WoertNicholas Van Woert recently returned to the United States of America after completing a dual degree master's program in conflict resolution on the Mediterranean island of Malta. At the of end of an intensive year long program he will receive an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University's S-Car (The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution) and an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security from The University of Malta's MEDAC (Mediterranean Diplomatic Academy). After finishing his program Nicholas has become interested in human security, equality, nationalism, identity, and soccer as a tool for social development. His master's thesis focused on what triggered violent behavior in spectators at soccer matches and how the game plays a role in the world today. Through this research Nicholas hopes to further explore the game and how it can be used in association with human security. Upon completion of his mater's experience, Nicholas has resettled to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where he plans to explore opportunities that will challenge and develop his skills as a researcher and advocator. He can be contacted through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rachel Dyer - Media

Rachel-DyerRachel Dyer is a rising junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, studying Political Science with a concentration in Civil and Human Rights. She is also studying Gender, Sexuality and Woman Studies and is seeking a minor in Non-profit Organization and Management. She is a student of ASPiRE at VCU, a living-learning community that promotes community engagement through academic coursework and co-curricular activities. Rachel has presented at the Active Citizen’s Conference at William & Mary and the National Impact Conference at the University of New Mexico about the benefits of studying in a living-learning community and how community engagement can lead to self-actualization. She is a founding member of the Iota Sigma Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at VCU, served as the Programming and Community Involvement Chair with “Where is the Line?” at VCU, and founded and served as the Vice President of “Oxfam at VCU”. She currently interns for Terry McAuliffe for Governor campaign in Arlington, Virginia.

JR Altidor - Director of Research

jrJean-Renold (J.R.) Altidor is a native of Haiti and has been living in the United States for the past 36 years.  He completed a distinguished career in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  His tenure in the army afforded him global exposure where he gathered an unmatched ethnicand cultural competency that correlates to the following regions: Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, parts of North Africa and sub-Sahara Africa.  

Due to JR Altidor’sinternational insight, knowledge of several foreign languages he was selected and diplomatically assigned as an assistant to the US Defense Attaché in several countries in North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Turkey.  In that position he occasionally advised the US Ambassador in military affairs and assisted in the implementation of the Security & Humanitarian Assistance Programs.

Later at the Pentagon, he managed and monitored the employment of regionally and globally assigned Human Intelligence (HUMINT) assets where he provided each operation with detailed guidance, tasking, and specialized logistical requirements. Moreover, he also represented the United States Army at the International Program Office where he managed a group of international military officers (from Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) to resolve combat operational conflicts and optimize international military interoperability.

During the global war on terrorism, JR spent a year in Afghanistan as the Commandant of a Camp of a coalition of Special Operations Forces that included the United States (U.S.), the United Arab Emirates (UAE), New Zealand, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Jordan, and France.

Upon retirement from the US Army, JR decided to view conflict with different lenses.  He entered the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University where he completed a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He also possesses a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Information Technology Management (ITM) from Webster University. JR recently applied at NOVA Southeastern University to pursue a PhD program in Conflict Resolution.

JR is the recipient of several Humanitarian Service Medals and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal as a result of his duties in Afghanistan.

As a native of Haiti, former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army, and a recent graduate of the M.S. program at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Jean-Renold (J.R.) Altidor sees his work with Communities Without Boundaries International as a way of giving back to the society that has afforded him ample room to grow and fulfill his dreams. Mr. Altidor became involved in this work through his professor, Dr. Maneshka Eliatamby, who invited him to join the team at CWBI so that he could be involved in community building.

Mr. Altidor volunteers his time to CWBI and for continuing Dr. King’s dream by supervising a group of students from American University who have researched demographic, community and social data in key communities across the United States. The compiled data is presented in the form of a briefing document that informs civil and human rights leaders of the major challenges that these communities face.

Mr. Altidor says, “Although I was fairly aware of the great economic disparity in America, this work gives me the opportunity to learn it first hand. The research for the briefing books provided me with hard and raw data of the crime rates, poverty rates, and the organizations that are helping the community. I also enjoy meeting and seeing young individuals that are making a difference in their communities. It is refreshing to see that.”

As a part of his work thus far in preparing the briefing books, Mr. Altidor has discovered the extent of economic disparity in communities all across the United States. He believes that in order to continue Dr. King’s dream, it is important for all people, including immigrants and children of immigrants as well as born nationals, to reach out and contribute something to help shift attitudes in this country.

Edi Jurkovic - Program Associate, Bosnia and Herzegovina

EDI-JURKOVICEdi Jurkovic is a knowledge management assistant at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at S-CAR, and he is interested in military–civilian cooperation and conflict resolution in Africa and South East Asia. He is the President of the Geographic Information System (GIS) student organization and Vice President of the “Global Problematic” student working group.

Edi is simultaneously pursuing a Master’s degree in Diplomatic-Consular Law at the Law School in his hometown of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Edi comes from a military background and was a commissioned officer in the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the 1992-95 war. His final post was at the Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), a U.N. and NATO accredited training center, where he taught courses in anti-corruption, negotiation, and UN/NATO/EU Peace Keeping Operations. He also was PSOTC’s representative with NATO, Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), Partnership for Peace (PfP), the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), and individual partner states. He organized and conducted many seminars, training courses, and panel discussions, mainly in the field of Civil-Military Cooperation in Peace Support Operations (PSO), gender integration, and building integrity and Security Sector Reforms (SSR). His exposure to post-conflict Bosnia and its partner nations gave him essential experience in dealing with conflict and its aftermath.

Boubacar Keita - Program Associate, West Africa

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Boubacar Keita is from Mali in West sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is expected to graduate with a Masters of Science in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University in May 2011. He was born in France, and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire and Belgium, and worked at Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell in Beijing China. Boubacar acted as delegate-supervisor at the Malian embassy in Washington DC for the 2002 and 2007 Malian Presidential elections. He also volunteered at the Ivorian Civic Leaders’ meeting in Washington DC, in which he helped in translation and logistics as well as taking part in the panel discussions. Mr. Keita participated in a citizen diplomacy seminar in Jerusalem where he engaged Israeli and Palestinian peace activists on new resolution approaches and by developing conflict resolution models tailored toward joint Israeli-Palestinian business ventures. Mr. Keita is proficient in multiple languages, including English, French and Bambara, a dialect used in many West African countries.

Maneshka Eliatamby - Senior Vice President & Chief Program Officer

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Dr. Maneshka Eliatamby is a scholar-practitioner focusing on nonviolence and peace education, peacebuilding and development among marginalized communities, including  youth and women.  She has over fifteen years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating peace and development initiatives working in diverse regions throughout the world, including Africa, Europe, and South Asia.   

Dr. Eliatamby is co-editor and author of the book Women Waging War & Peace (Continuum Press, 2011). Her other book publications include “Peacemaking and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” co-authored with Johnny J. Mack in Peacemaking: A Comprehensive Theory and Practice Reference (ABC-Clio, 2011). Her publishing has also appeared in the Africa Peace & Conflict Journal and USAID publications. She is currently working on several books, including When the Tiger Was a Woman: Unraveling the Myth and Comprehending the Complexity of the Female Combatant (forthcoming) and an edited volume titled Raising the Bar: Ethics in Peacebuilding and Development (forthcoming). Maneshka Eliatamby teaches conflict resolution and peace at the graduate and undergraduate degree programs at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia and at the University of Malta, Valletta, Malta.  She has also carried out extensive nonviolence and peace education and programming activities in the Balkans, Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the United States.

Dr. Eliatamby is the Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer of Communities Without Boundaries International, Inc. She was previously Director of Research, Education, and Training at Realizing the Dream, Inc. and The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has taken her to several active conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Africa (Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa) the Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Europe (Malta) and South Asia (India, The Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka), which gained her expertise through extensive research and hands-on practice and work in the field. Maneshka Eliatamby co-managed the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013 that drew a crowd of more than 150,000 people to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Dr. Eliatamby began her career at KPMG, where she conducted consultancies with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Fund for Population Activity (UNFPA), and the banking sector.

Maneshka Eliatamby holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis  & Resolution at S-CAR, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships, including, George Mason Provost Fellowship, The Hunt Inclusive Security Fellowship, Mahbub al Haq Fellowship, Drucie French Cumbie Fellowship, and Brenda Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship. She serves on the Advisory Council of Y-LEAD Africa (Youth for Leadership, Education and Development).

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Johnny J. Mack - President

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Johnny J.  Mack is Founding President of Communities without Boundaries International. Mr. Mack has broad expertise in the highly specialized fields of conflict analysis and resolution, peace work, comprehensive community planning and development strategies.  His vast experience includes nearly 20 years working in the field of nonviolent social change and peace building strategies. He has traveled extensively in North America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, teaching and lecturing on the topics of nonviolence and peace building strategies, as well as designing and carrying out comprehensive community-based development programs.

Mr. Mack is a founding member of the board of directors of Realizing the Dream, Inc. He founded and served for nearly 8 years as President and CEO of the National Institute for Community Empowerment, Inc. (N.I.C.E.), a national intermediary in the community development field.  Mr. Mack launched N.I.C.E. from the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. serving two consecutive three-year terms first as its Chief Financial Officer for three years and, then, as its Chief Administrative Officer.

In addition to his conflict, peace and development work, Mr. Mack has more than 30 years experience in directing program, administration, and financial management systems and operations.  His professional background includes serving as a senior executive in healthcare, mortgage banking, community development and nonprofit organizations. He is principal and the managing partner of the Jonymak Group, LLC, a global research and consulting firm that works across sectors—private, public, and community—focusing on strategic, advisory, development and public affairs services to business, government, multinational corporations, and nonprofit organizations.  

Mr. Mack received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a second major in Theology from Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL and is a certified public accountant. He is the recipient of the Honorary Doctorate of Humanity conferred by Beulah Heights University. He is the Henry Hart Rice Fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University in Virginia and holds a Masters degree from its School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He is also a PhD candidate there, as he currently completes his doctoral studies in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Email : jmack@cwbi.org