Class of 2006
Gladys Bogonko - Kenya
Jelena Cingel - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nicholas Frampton – U.K.
Danusia Garrison – U.S.
Ali Ahmed Hersi – Tanzania
Brad Klein – U.S.
David Madden – U.S.
Markella-Eleonora Mantika – Greece
Katherine Moore – U.S.
Kathleen O’Connor – U.S.
Gladys Bogonko Momanyi (Kenya)graduated with an M.A in Peace and Justice from the University of San Diego in 2006 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University, Florida. She has been involved in a number of social-political issues that range from human rights, refugees, internal displacement and disarmament programs, and their effects on women and children as susceptible groups. Gladys has previously worked with both international and regional organizations in peace building processes including the center for Development and Population Studies (CEDPA), in Washington DC; among other duties she worked with the WomenLead program where she helped facilitate global network of women peace building activities in conflict zones in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia, Nigeria, Nepal, Zimbabwe, and Solomon Island. Besides working on her current research—internally displaced Persons in Kenya after post-election violence of December 2007, she is also engaged in the disarmament program of religions for peace collaborating on the Global Action on Gun Violence.
Jelena Cingel (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) P&J M.A. 2006. B.A. English, German minor, University of San Diego (USD), serves on Board of Directors of USD’s Center for Humanities and Technology (CHAT). Originally from Bosnia, her experiences as a consequence of the war in the spring of 1992, fleeing to Croatia, Denmark, Germany and eventually the United States inciting her desire to enter the field of peace studies, refugee relations and conflict prevention and resolution. Cingel has worked as a medical, legal and business interpreter, and after graduating with her bachelor’s degree she worked with Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (Portland, OR), tutoring Hmong refugees. She also helped start a community program and sat on the board of Listen to Kids, a Portland based NGO that fights for children’s rights. While at the University of San Diego, she was awarded the “Most Outstanding Tutor” award for her work with “San Diego’s Underprivileged School Program.” She also received a Gandhi Fellowship. Cingel is interested in the Bosnian conflict and refugee issues and hopes to work in refugee relations or research. Currently, Cingel works as a Job Developer with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego assisting newly arrived refugees find employment in San Diego. Cingel co-chairs the San Diego chapter of the Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) with fellow alum Katie O’Connor and sits on the National Leadership Council of YPIC.(updated 7/2007)
Nick Frampton (Brighton, England) – P&J M.A. 2006. B.A. Politics, University of Nottingham, England. He is currently working on establishing a non-profit organization to aid the people of the costal villages in Baja, Mexico, aiming to gain financial support from the Californian surf community and industry, which often visits this region to use its resources, to help improve the living standards of people along this particular area of coast. He has also traveled and worked in the USA, Mexico, Fiji, Australia and South Africa. Framton has completed an internship program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice where he focused on events in Sudan, Somalia and Uganda. His academic areas of focus are contemporary theories of social justice, Political Utopianism and Soviet Politics from 1917 to 1953. (updated 2006)
Ali Hersi (Nairobi, Kenya) – M.A. in international relations from the University of Warsaw. Upon his return from Poland, Hersi worked at Crescent of Hope coordinating relief and rehabilitation projects for Somali refugees and drought victims in the North Eastern Province of Kenya. Years later, Hersi worked for the Arid Lands Resources program diversifying the income base of pastoralist communities through the development of alternative resources at SALTLICK where he eventually became executive director. Hersi is active in civil society activities that have included the Executive Committee of the Kenya National Council of NGOs, National NGO Coordinating Committee of Desertification, and the Kenyan Scenario Building Project. Hersi also worked for CARE International’s South Sudan Program, overseeing programs in the region and Nairobi. After his time at CARE International, Hersi was awarded both a Fulbright and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue his MA in Peace and Justice. During the last 10 years of work with NGOs, Ali has also undergone a number of trainings, including program planning and management, small enterprise development as well as emergency preparedness and response. Currently Ali is working with the CARE Head Office in Nairobi as Program Officer in charge of Food Security, Emergency and Livelihood Development projects. (updated 2006)
Brad Klein (Appleton, Wisconsin) – P&J M.A. 2006. B.A. in sociology and theology from Marquette University. Klein has a passion for justice issues and has pursued several initiatives related to this field. For two years, Klein taught high school level ethics, social justice and theology. He has also facilitated several community-building and education programs in the Dominican Republic, New Orleans, Orlando and Chicago. While in Milwaukee, Klein participated in various projects that included developing a leadership skills program for underprivileged middle school students, serving homeless members at the Casa Maria Catholic Worker House, and providing inmate counseling at the county jail. He is currently working on an MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling at USD. His research interests include the intersection of religion and politics in conflict, human rights, and social change movements. (updated 5/2007)
David Madden (New York City, New York) – P&J M.A. 2006. M.A. in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. B.A. in political science from Albion College. Madden worked as a policy advisor at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IPEA) in Chicago, IL. Prior to this position, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala as an advisor in the municipal development program working in the mayoral Office of Planning. Madden also has experience as a judicial information analyst at the Office of Court Administration in Texas, a legislative aid in the Texas State Legislature, and as an intern at the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration in Washington DC. Madden is currently working on his doctoral degree in political science at the University of Oregon. His research focus is on international relations, conflict resolution, environmental justice, and human rights. (updated 5/2007)
Markella-Eleonora Mantika (Athens, Greece) - P&J M.A. 2006. B.A. in English and Greek Language & Literature from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. Besides Greek and English, Mantika speaks German, Spanish, and French while learning Farsi. As an Erasmus Scholar in Madrid, Mantika researched the linguistic challenges of minority populations throughout Europe. She served as Vice President of the Executive Board of AEGEE-Europe, the European students’ forum in Brussels, Belgium. She was a liaison to the European Commission, the Parliament, and the Council of Europe, and worked for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. During her graduate studies, Mantika also volunteered for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice documenting the proceedings of the “Who Is Making Policy?” international conference on gender-inclusive decision making for peace with justice. Mantika will be moving to Washington, DC to start a new job at the Greek Embassy, leaving Boston, where she has been cultivating social networks between NonGovernmental Organizations and academic institutions in the greater Boston area. Mantika’s interests are international security, negotiations, cosmopolitan justice, peace versus justice, globalization, environmental justice, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. (updated 1/2008)
Katherine Moore (Topeka, Kansas) – P&J M.A. 2006. BA in English from the University of Kansas and an MA in Peace & Justice Studies from the University of San Diego. Moore focused her M.A. on East Asia, traveling to South Korea and Japan and studying issues of forced migration and human rights in North Korea. She also obtained a grant from the Trans-Border Institute to photographically explore the social effects of international borders. In 2007 she spent several months in a small community in Kenya where she documented the effects of internal displacement, made community visits, and helped the youth club on an HIV/AIDS awareness project. She is currently in a Graphic Design certificate program through New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and freelance writes for Venus Magazine. She has been the Program Research Officer for Friends of Africa International since October 2007 where she focuses on youth and human rights projects. (updated 4/2008)
Katie O’Connor (Arizona) – P&J M.A. 2006. B.S. in environmental science with an emphasis in Biology from Northern Arizona University. O’Connor was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand where she implemented environmental educational programs through the district office of Pua in the Northern Province of Nan. Upon her return to the U.S., she worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego as the program coordinator managing after school programs for refugee youth. She also worked as an IRC program specialist for refugee families receiving welfare. Most recently, O’Connor worked as an educational consultant with the New Americans Immigration Museum and Learning Center. During her tenure as a graduate student, O’Connor assisted the program directors at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice to present the Global Women’s Court of Accountability. Currently, she is a program manager with the Resettlement Committee while volunteering as the chair for the Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) with the United Nations Association of San Diego. O’Connor continues to research peace education and is committed to integrating principles of peace education into the classroom. (updated 5/2007)