Barbara Timmons Strahl, PhD, has worked in conflict resolution for more than 25 years and has a passion for restorative justice. She is currently a Senior Mediation Specialist with the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barbara has trained approximately 1000 mediators in Nevada . She mediates for the NJC as well as the United States Postal Service, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She mediates cases ranging from neighbor to neighbor to victim offender and equal opportunity to large group conflicts. She has designed mediation programs for the local police department, Southern Nevada prisons, the University of Nevada, Nellis Air Force Base, and the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice. Barbara was the past chair for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and continues to serve as an elder. Barbara’s doctorate is in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University . She also has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Education. She is an adjunct professor for the University of North Carolina, Nova Southern University, and the University of Nevada
Marco Kpelgo is an individual with the passion for helping others. He uses his gifts and talents to enhance the lives of those around him. Marco specifically enjoys using his finance expertise for human services purposes. He is the co-chair of the Douglas County Mental Health Center Foundation Fundraising Committee Omaha, Nebraska, as well as President of the Douglas County Mental Health Center Sunshine Club. Marco received an associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College and continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bellevue University. Currently, Marco satisfies his humanitarian calling by obtaining a position of Psychiatric Technician at the Douglas County Mental Health Center. Marco is able to use his compassion to help patients on treatment plans, as well as assist in instructing groups on coping and life skills. Marco can also be found volunteering for his community in Omaha. Namely, Marco surveyed neighborhood residents for a community development initiative with Destination Midtown, helped students file their income tax through the VITA program. Frequent international travel has sparked Marco’s interest in helping those abroad. Marco has traveled to different places to educate himself about systematic ways he can use his knowledge and innovation to provide humanitarian efforts to emerging populations. Because he is bi-lingual, Marco has the ability to reach populations outside of the United States. Marco’s dedication and experience have had an immense impact on his humanitarian efforts. “I strongly believe that education is a necessity for everyone to have in order to live and compete in today‘s world.”
Karl Kumodzi was born in Lome, Togo, grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in History from Stanford University and is currently a National Organizer at Blackbird, as well as a NYC Organizer with BYP100. Mr. Kumodzi has experience working on electoral and issue campaigns, has completed community-based research in Togo, has been a Stanford Board of Trustees Student Representative, and is a Cardinal Bernardin Leadership Award winner.
Anita Stephens is a Las Vegas native. She is the wife to a wonderful husband and mother to 6 children. She is a personal trainer and works alongside her husband to run his electrical contracting company.
Their family was a foster family for almost 9 years and served 45 children through their home. In 2007, she started the Clark County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association which she ran for 5 years. She is still very involved in the foster care community in Las Vegas. She is excited to join the team of the Hidden Talent Foundation to help children in Togo & Benin. She believes in teaching her children to look for those around them who can use a helping hand and so this is an exciting opportunity to extend that assistance to those of another country.
Serra Stephens is 13 yrs old and is in 8th grade at Saville Middle School. She loves soccer and her dogs. She is quite an accomplished pianist for her age. She enjoys spending time with her family who is very involved in community service, so being involved with this organization was a natural fit for her. She hopes to be able to make a difference for the children in Togo & Benin.
Jonathan Warren is a Las Vegas local whose experience and influence extends around the globe. A Nevada Commercial Registered Agent with extensive experience in finance, asset protections, personal privacy and security, his willingess to go to extraorndinary lengths to protect clients and friends is evident.
Dr. Ina Dorman received both her BA and MA degrees in Social Work from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and her Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Most recently Dr. Dorman served as the social work consultant for the William S. Boyd School of Law, in the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic. Dr. Dorman is also an adjunct faculty member with the UNLV School of Social Work, teaching both bachelor and master level courses. In 2005, she along with Dr. Stacey Hardy Desmond co developed anAdvanced Forensic Social Work Certification Program with the UNLV School of Social Work promoting and supporting the need for qualified forensic social workers in our community. Prior to joining the legal clinic staff, Dr. Dorman worked for the Clark County School District for 27 years as a school social worker, where she developed, implemented and facilitated the Homeless Education Program from 1989 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Dorman partnered with the University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Social Work, in an innovative program designed to provide intervention services to at risk students in the Alternative Education Programs. Dr. Dorman has been a community advocate and activist with numerous community organizations working to improve the quality of life and services for several years, and has received many accolades and recognition for her commitment and outstanding community service.
Raymond L. Giddens Jr., MSW, LSW has over eight years of experience working with the at-risk youth population. His expertise embraces the child welfare system, case management, counseling, and administration services. Mr. Giddens has obtained a Bachelor in Social Work degree from Western Illinois University and a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He obtained his social work license from the Board of Examiners for Social Workers from the state of Nevada. Mr. Giddens current and prior associations have been with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2003-2006), Unity Baptist Church (2003-Present), Maple Star (2006-2007) and the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services (2003-2004, 2006-2007). Mr. Giddens holds memberships with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., National Association of Social Workers, Rainbow Push Coalition, Nevada Youth Care Providers, as well as the national chapter of the Association of Black Social workers. “I value education because it is like a good investment, in which it comes with a great reward over time.”