CJP - Center for Justice & Peacebuilding


David Brubaker
Associate Professor

David R. Brubaker, Director of the MBA and OLS Programs and Associate Professor of Organizational Studies. David earned a BS in Business Administration from Messiah College, an MBA from Eastern University, and a PhD from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in the study of change and conflict in religious organizations. David has trained or consulted with over 100 organizations, including in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, North America, and Europe.

Since graduation from college in 1980 David served with several community development and conflict transformation organizations. These roles included Associate Director of Mennonite Conciliation Service and Assistant Director of Mennonite Central Committee’s Brazil program where he became fluent in Portuguese. David is the author of numerous articles on conflict transformation and organizational development. He is also the author of “Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations,” published by The Alban Institute and co-author (with Ruth Hoover Zimmerman) of “The Little Book of Healthy Organizations,” published by Good Books.

Barry Hart

Barry Hart is a professor of Trauma, Identity and Conflict Studies in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Dr. Hart has conducted workshops on psychosocial trauma recovery and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Burundi and among Rwandan refugees in Tanzania. Hart has lived and worked in the Balkans where he developed and led trauma and conflict transformation programs for schools, communities and religious leaders. Barry was engaged in a three year peacebuilding institute and curriculum development project between EMU and the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland (2008-2011). He holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), George Mason University.

Gloria Rhodes
Associate Professor

Rhodes is associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict studies. She chairs the department of Applied Social Sciences and coordinates the Peacebuilding and Development undergraduate major. She teaches graduate and undergraduate peacebuilding courses including conflict analysis, peacebuilding theory and practice and the integration of these. She anchors the core MA in conflict transformation course, Foundations for Justice and Peacebuilding I.

She has taught and held various administrative positions at Eastern Mennonite University since 1988. She has led undergraduate cross cultural study seminars to Ireland and Northern Ireland, Russia, South Korea and the Navajo Nation. She served as Administrative Director of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (1996-1999).

Rhodes holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her dissertation research compared conflict transformation and conflict resolution definitions and whether there are differences in practice between these two schools of thought. Additional research and teaching interests include evaluation and assessment of personal competencies in conflict transformation/resolution practice; conflict analysis, integration of conceptual and practical knowledge in peacebuilding; peacebuilding pedagogy, and cross-cultural education.

Lisa Schirch
Research Profesor

Dr. Lisa Schirch is North American Research Director for the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Senior Policy Advisor with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.

In 2015, Schirch finished a 3 year project coordinating a global network to write a Handbook on Human Security: A Civil-Military-Police Curriculum and set of 40 peacebuilding case studies on Local Ownership in Security.

Schirch also is a member of several advisory and research review panels for Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland; the UN Development Program International Advisory Group on Infrastructures for Peace; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands’ International Advisory Committee of Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS) and the Knowledge Platform on Security & Rule of Law, and most recently was named by the US State Department as co-chair of the working group on engagement with religious actors by the Office on Religion and Global Affairs.

A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has conducted conflict assessments and participated in peacebuilding planning alongside local colleagues in over 20 countries in conflict prevention and peacebuilding including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, Ghana, and Fiji. Schirch has published five books and dozens of chapters and articles on a range of themes including the design and structure of a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan, civil-military relations, and the role of the media in peacebuilding.

Schirch’s most recent book is Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning: Toward a Participatory Approach to Human Security published by Kumarian/Lynne Reinner Press in May 2013. The website for the book can be found at www.Conflict-Assessment-and-Peacebuilding-Planning.org

Schirch works primarily with small local NGOs and civil society organizations. As large institutions begin their own peacebuilding programs, Schirch also has worked as a consultant on conflict assessment and peacebuilding planning for the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, several branches of the US government, the US Foreign Service Institute and many other international organizations.

Schirch teaches courses on human security, arts and media, climate change, violent extremism, conflict assessment, and peacebuilding strategy and planning.

Schirch holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Timothy Seidel
Assistant Professor

Timothy Seidel teaches courses on politics, development, and peacebuilding in the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He also serves as director for the Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE), a center that promotes collaboration among scholars and practitioners to promote a more just and peaceful world through interreligious and intercultural understanding. Seidel has worked in various development and peacebuilding contexts in North America and the Middle East, including serving for several years with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), first as peace development worker in Palestine-Israel and then as director for Peace and Justice Ministries in the U.S. Seidel previously taught at American University and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

Carl Stauffer
Associate Professor

Carl Stauffer was born and raised amidst the war in Vietnam. In 1975, his family fled Vietnam and moved to the Philippines just as the Marcos regime was beginning to crumble. After completing his university education in 1985, Stauffer worked in the Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse fields. In 1988, he was ordained to the ministry and joined an urban, inter-racial church plant and community development project in the inner-city of Richmond, Virginia. In 1991, Stauffer became the first Executive Director of the Capital Area Victim-Offender Mediation Program in Richmond.

In 1994, Stauffer and his family moved to South Africa under the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a faith-based international relief and development agency. In South Africa, Stauffer worked with various transitional processes such as the Peace Accords, Community-Police Forums, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Local Community Development structures. From 2000 to 2009, Stauffer was appointed as the MCC Regional Peace Adviser for the Southern Africa region. His work has taken him to twenty African countries and ten other countries in the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, and the Balkans.

Stauffer’s academic interests focus on narratology, transitional justice, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation. His research concentrates on the critique of transitional justice from a restorative frame, and the application of hybrid, parallel indigenous justice systems.

Stauffer is married to Dr. Carolyn Stauffer who teaches Sociology at EMU, and is the proud father of two adult children. He enjoys worship, the Arts, nature, a good dose of humor and cruising on his motorcycle.

Johonna Turner
Assistant Professor

Johonna Turner is Assistant Professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. For over 15 years, she has worked as part of arts collectives, community organizing coalitions, and other social movement organizations to develop youth leadership, empower disenfranchised people, and cultivate transformational approaches to safety and justice. A thoroughly interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Turner received post-graduate training in U.S. cultural studies, women’s studies, and biblical theology/urban ministry. Her areas of scholarship, practice and teaching include restorative and transformative justice, youth leadership development and organizing, formation for peacebuilders, faith-rooted peacebuilding, and critical race feminism.

Dr. Turner is an innovative educator with experience teaching a wide range of learners in a variety of settings. As an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, she taught undergraduate courses in the departments of American Studies and African-American Studies, as well as the Burns Academy of Leadership. During her tenure with the District of Columbia Public Schools, she served as an afterschool program coordinator for 9th-12 grade students, high school special education English teacher, elementary reading interventionist, and school-wide instructional leader. She has also facilitated classes, workshops, and trainings with institutions ranging from D.C.’s Latin American Youth Center to the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church.

Professor Turner is a former Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow with the Open Society Institute. She is married to the love of her life, Julian Turner.

Howard Zehr

Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. He has led hundreds of events in more than 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform, and other criminal justice matters. His impact has been especially significant in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Britain, the Ukraine, and New Zealand, a country that has restructured its juvenile justice system into a family-focused, restorative approach.

A prolific writer and editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist, Zehr actively mentors other leaders in the field. More than 1,000 people have taken Zehr-taught courses and intensive workshops in restorative justice, many of whom lead their own restorative justice-focused organizations.

Zehr was an early advocate of making the needs of victims central to the practice of restorative justice. A core theme in his work is respect for the dignity of all peoples.

From 2008-2011 he served on the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He serves on various other advisory boards.

In 2013, Zehr stepped away from active classroom teaching and became co-director, with Dr. Carl Stauffer, of the new Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice.

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More complete vitae may be found on this page


Daryl Byler
Executive Director

J. Daryl Byler graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988 and has 25 years of diverse peacebuilding experience.

  • From 1988 to 1994 he served as a staff attorney with East Mississippi Legal Services, focusing on consumer, public benefits, housing and election law cases. During this same period he was pastor of Jubilee Mennonite Church in Meridian, Miss.
  • From 1994 until 2007, Byler served as director of Mennonite Central Committee’s Washington Office, advocating on issues related to U.S. militarism and Middle East policy.
  • From 2007 until 2013, he lived in Amman, Jordan, serving as a regional representative for Mennonite Central Committee. In this capacity he worked with local NGO partners in Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Israel-Palestine on a variety of humanitarian assistance, development and peacebuilding projects.

Byler was a member of Mennonite Church USA Executive Board from 2003-2007 and served as an Advisory Committee for the Academy of Educational Development’s New Voices program for many years.

Byler has been married to Cynthia Lehman Byler since 1981. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Jayne Docherty
Program Director

Jayne Seminare Docherty is a professor of leadership and public policy at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She has also taught at George Mason University and Columbia College (South Carolina). Professor Docherty earned her Ph.D. at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and she holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies and political science from Brown University. She also studied theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Professor Docherty consults with organizations and communities in transition, working with them to harness the positive energy of conflict and minimize its negative effects. Her current area of focus for research, writing and practice is improving the use of negotiation in unstable situations so that the results yield durable but flexible systems for creating long-term and sustainable peace with justice. She has also conducted research – especially action research projects – for nonprofit organizations; consulted on designing, monitoring and evaluating projects and programs; worked with universities on curriculum development; and conducted trainings on conflict analysis, negotiation, and program design.

Professor Docherty is an invited participant in a three-year project to develop new approaches to negotiation training that reflect current research findings and field experiences. Details on the project can be found at Developing ‘Second Generation’ Global Negotiation Education.

From 2007-2010, she worked with The Institute for Peace and Justice Education at Lebanese American University to develop and institutionalize a summer peacebuilding training program for young leaders interested in building peace in Lebanon.

Professor Docherty is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Peace Appeal Foundation an organization that “supports peace and conflict resolution processes globally through inclusive, multi-track and multi-sector interventions designed to achieve agreed, fair and just outcomes.” She is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution where she served as Chair of the Research Section (2004-2007), the International Peace Research Association where she has served on the Council (2006-2008), and the International Studies Association (ISA).

Professor Docherty’s work is deeply influenced by Catholic teachings on peace and social justice. She worships at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg.

The daughter of a career military officer, Professor Docherty has served as a consultant with the 3D Security Initiative. She has a strong interest in forging a peace movement that takes the issue of security seriously and that includes the voices of active and retired military personnel. She was involved in the early efforts to adapt the Seminars for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program for use with communities that are welcoming soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, a project that helped lay the foundation for the Transforming the Wounds of War program.

Professor Docherty is the author of two books:

Learning Lessons from Waco: When the Parties Bring Their Gods to the Negotiation Table (Syracuse University Press)

The Little Book of Strategic Negotiation: Negotiating During Turbulent Times (Good Books)

Her papers on negotiating difficult conflicts in unstable settings have been published in Venturing Beyond the Classroom, The Negotiator’s Fieldbook: The Desk Reference for the Experienced Negotiator, Terrorism and Political Violence, Nova Religio, and the Marquette Law Review. Professor Docherty’s work on culture and negotiation has been incorporated into three different textbooks used in law schools around the country.

Bill Goldberg
Director of SPI

For the past fourteen years, Bill Goldberg has worked in various capacities for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He is currently the Director of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Bill holds a Masters degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.

Chris Hoover Seidel
Director of Admissions

Chris is a multipotentialite, with a background in Behavioral Science and Education. Following her time as a public school teacher, she lived in Palestine for three years doing advocacy work through Mennonite Central Committee. She serves as a Spiritual Director and a Reiki Practitioner as a way of accompany others in the deep work of healing and being present to life. Chris is also a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she focused on biblical studies, while gaining experience in church leadership in the Mennonite context. Chris has hung several art shows, depicting her experience of faith and the world. When she’s not working, Chris spends her time playing with her family, walking in the woods, refurbishing furniture, or talking and laughing with friends.

Patience Kamau
Assistant to Executive Dir
Amy Knorr
Practice Director

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amy Corinne Knorr has worked in over 15 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. She is especially passionate about all things Haiti, having worked and lived there for nearly ten years. A specialist in international peacebuilding, she has worked for Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, UNDP/DDR and Concern Worldwide. Areas of special interest include conflict sensitive development, civil society strengthening, advocacy, multi-level dialogue processes and training in peacebuilding. She is currently the Peacebuilding Practice Director at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, and oversees the practicum program for all MA students. Amy holds a BA in Political Science and minor in French from Allegheny College and a MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

When Amy is not at CJP, she enjoys her morning coffee with the New York Times and hiking throughout the Shenandoah mountains with her Golden Retriever Henri, aka Henri Nouwen.

Katie Mansfield
STAR Director

Katie Mansfield is the Director of the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program within Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Before joining STAR, Katie worked with Mennonite Central Committee Kenya for three years as peacebuilding coordinator. Previously she was an apprentice with John Paul Lederach at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute, researching, writing, planning and network building with initiatives in Colombia, Argentina, Thailand and Nepal and linking Kroc’s alumni network. She also worked with CDA Collaborative Learning Projects’ Listening Project and engaged in peace education work in Davao (Mindanao), Boston, and Delhi. Prior to working in peacebuilding, she worked for eight years with a major multi-national bank in New York and London.

Katie is a PhD candidate in Expressive Arts and Conflict Transformation with the European Graduate School in Switzerland. She completed her M.A. in International Peace Studies (Kroc Institute) in 2008 and her AB in History at Harvard University in 1996. She has also completed teacher trainings in yoga and healing dance.

Lindsay Martin
Assoc. Dir. of CJP Development

Lindsay Martin grew up in Harrisonburg and then in Salem, Oregon, returning to Harrisonburg to attend EMU and graduating in the Class of 2005. After college, she spent two years in Mennonite Voluntary Service in San Francisco, and then attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her focus in law school was on civil rights and indigent criminal defense, and she spent a year clerking in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for a federal district judge.

In 2012 Lindsay returned to Harrisonburg to work at EMU’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, as Assistant to the Executive Director and Program Coordinator for the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. In 2015 she began her current role as Associate Director of Development for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Lindsay visits with alumni and stakeholders across the country who are interested in the work of CJP.

As of 2017, Lindsay also relates to EMU alumni and stakeholders in her favorite region of the country, the Pacific Northwest.

Lindsay lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, Nathan Musselman, their sweet new son, Fox, and their delightful puppy, Maggie. She enjoys vegan cooking, gardening, hiking and sci fi.

Janelle Myers-Benner
Academic Program Coordinator

Janelle Myers-Benner completed undergraduate studies in justice, peace and conflict studies, with minors in Spanish and psychology, at EMU in April 2001. She began working part-time at CJP in 1999 while finishing her B.A. degree. Prior to that she spent time in Immokalee, Florida and Santa Cruz, Bolivia serving as a volunteer.

She lives with her family on their 6 acre homestead (Tangly Woods) in Keezletown, where they are in the never-ending and very fulfilling process of designing and enacting the permaculture plan for their property. When she is not in the office, she can probably be found in one of their gardens or in the kitchen working on some food preparation/preservation project.

Christen Peters
Program Associate

Christen comes to CJP after many years working in the environmental non-profit sector where she helped support collaborative, regional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, worked on educational publications around issues of food, farming and climate issues, and honed her skills as an organizer and connector of people, ideas and information.

Christen loves spending time in her garden growing as many vegetables, herbs and flowers as possible. She also enjoys long, lingering meals with friends, being outside, and experimenting with all manner of food projects. She is excited to be collaborating with several families within the refugee community in Harrisonburg on some farming initiatives. She believes deeply in the need for a redistribution of access when it comes to land and food, and that all people have the right to land for their sustenance, healing and health.

Christen received her B.A. in International Development from UC Berkeley, where she focused on the history of the Middle East and the ways in which neo-colonialism continues to shape international aid and development policy the world over. She is excited to support the work of conflict transformation and peace-building through her role as Program Associate for Admissions with CJP.

Kathy Smith
Administrator, Operations/Fin

Prior to coming to CJP, Kathy Smith spent 18 years managing the funds transfer and cash management operations for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

Diana Tovar Rojas
Peacebuilding Network Coord

Diana Tovar is a Colombian political scientist, conflict analyst, and reflective peacebuilder practitioner. She has studied human rights, international humanitarian law, dialogical, transitional and restorative justice processes.

In 2012, she coordinated a S-CAR Field Experience project in Soacha, Colombia, where participants analyzed the transitional justice process, in particular the Victims’ Law. Then, interned with the Juvenile Probation Department in Chicago, Illinois, were she discovered how restorative justice processes, in particular circles, re-story and restore lives of adolescents. From 2013-2015, worked for UNICEF Colombia assisting the elaboration process of their new Country Program’s theory of change and resource mobilization strategies for the programmatic areas.

Currently Diana is contributing to strengthen our alumni network(s) to increase the impact of our work as CJP’s Peacebuilding Network Coordinator.

Alena Yoder
Program Assistant WPLP

After growing up in Elkhart, Indiana, and Nairobi, Kenya, Alena was attracted to the international ethos that she found in the EMU community. She chose to attend EMU for her undergraduate degree, where she was able to spend a semester travelling and learning in the Middle East. She earned a BA in history with minors in gender studies and English in 2016.

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