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Program Staff: Access to Justice in Liberia

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Atlanta:

Tom Crick
Associate Director, Conflict Resolution Program

Mr. Crick joined the Center in 1994 as a research assistant in the Conflict Resolution Program, became executive assistant to the director of the Peace Programs, then assistant director of the Center's China Village Elections Project, and is now associate director of the Conflict Resolution Program. Mr. Crick has worked on numerous Carter Center election and conflict resolution projects, primarily in Africa, including the Carter Center-brokered 1995 Guinea worm cease-fire in Sudan, the Great Lakes peace initiative from 1995-1997, and the Center's mediation between Sudan and Uganda. Most recently, his work has concentrated on peace-building issues in Liberia.

Mr. Crick received his bachelor's degree from Bristol University, his master's degree from the Queen's University of Belfast, and has conducted doctoral research at the London School of Economics and at Emory University. Prior to joining the Center, he lectured in political science at a number of polytechnics in the United Kingdom and worked as a journalist and as a project leader at an interdenominational youth project in Northern Ireland. Mr. Crick is a licensed mediator in the state of Georgia and an adjunct faculty at Emory Law School.

Cassandra Thomas
Program Assistant, Conflict Resolution Program

Cassandra Grant is responsible for providing assistance to the Access to Justice Program in Liberia by creating and managing program budgets, providing administrative and logistical support for the program, and coordinating with local and international partners to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the program.

Prior to joining the Center, she served as administrative officer for The National Training Agency of Jamaica, where she coordinated the application and testing process for new recruits to the organization's training programs, and managed the fiscal and administration functions of the organization for the northeastern region of the island. She also has worked with the National Development Foundation of Jamaica, a financial institution providing loans to small businesses. Ms. Grant holds a Bachelor of Arts in management from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix.

Monrovia Office:

Pewee S. Flomoku
Chief of Party

Pewee S. Flomoku has worked with The Carter Center since 2005, contributing to the development and implementation of the Center's in-country programming.  Mr. Flomoku previously worked for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as part of its Demobilization, Disarmament, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) program in the public information section, as well as with a variety of Liberian civil society organizations.

He is also an accomplished photojournalist, having worked for the Associated Press.  In 2005, Mr. Flomoku was named the Liberian Photojournalist of the Year by the Press Union of Liberia.  His photos of Liberia and the Liberian civil war have appeared in New African, West Africa, Africa Weekly, and the BBC's Focus on Africa. His work has also been featured in many documentary films, including the award-wining films "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," "Liberia: A Fragile Peace," "An Uncivil War," and "Rebel Soldiers." His work has been published in leading magazines and major news outlets all over the world.

A tireless campaigner for social justice and respect for the rule of law, Mr. Flomoku holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Liberia and is currently enrolled in the Kofi Annan Institute of Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation in Liberia.  He has also completed studies as a summer fellow at Stanford University, receiving a certificate in Democracy, Development and The Rule of Law, and is an ABA certified mediator.

Mr. Flomoku is well-traveled in Europe, the United States, and across Africa; however, Liberia remains most dear to his heart and he is proud to have visited villages in every county of Liberia.  In his free time, he enjoys Diet Snapple, photographing, walking, and collecting traditional songs and African music.

David Stobbelaar 
Chief Operating Officer

David Stobbelaar is the Chief Operating Officer for The Carter Center's Access to Justice Project in Liberia. David holds a BA in Social Sciences from Colorado State University and an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS). Prior to his work with The Carter Center, David worked as a public health volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Kenya (2003-2005) and has spent time working in conflict areas in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.  David joined The Carter Center in 2008 as a Technical Advisor for the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program. 

Following his work as a Technical Advisor, David took over as the Deputy Country Representative and later the Country Representative for The Carter Center's health programs in South Sudan, leading The Carter Center's support of Republic of South Sudan's Guinea Worm Eradication Program and Trachoma Control Program.  He speaks Arabic and Kiswahili and is an experienced manager trained in conflict resolution and negotiations.

Alfred Hill
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Alfred B. Hill joined The Carter Center in April 2013 and is based in Monrovia with frequent visits to project counties to assist in the development, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of project activities on access to justice.

Prior to joining the Center, Hill worked as a Research Officer at the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute and served as a research and evaluation consultant for several organizations including SIDA, OSI/OSIWA and GIZ. He also lectured on sociology with focus on research and contemporary social problem at the A.M.E. Universities.

Mr. Hill holds a masters of arts degree in sociology of law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain where he specialized in rule of law and development. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree from the African Methodist Episcopal University, where he served as a volunteer research assistant for two years, alongside certificates in project planning, time and change management and result management.

Jerry Maxwell Karmo
IT Officer

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Jerry Maxwell Karmo worked as a technical supervisor at Vital Technology. He holds a diploma in Computer Engineering from the International Institute of Computer Studies, a certificate in computer networking (CISCO), and a certificate in Computer Wireless Networking (WANs/LANs). He was a delegate at the 2013 International Conference on ICT, Cape Town, South Africa.

Karmo is a family man from a farming background with three sisters, four brothers and a daughter. He enjoys reading, music, movies and computer games.

Robert Numehni Gbarbea
Senior Legal Associate

Cllr. Robert Gbarbea joined The Carter Center in 2010 as a legal associate with specific assignments at the Ministry of Justice and the National Traditional Council (NTC). As senior legal associate, Cllr. Gbarbea primarily provides advice, training, and capacity building support to the Carter Center's legal literacy activities in Liberia.  He also serves as a legal resource for community justice advisors. Additionally, Cllr. Gbarbea provides training and capacity building support to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the judiciary by participating in the planning and execution of quarterly county attorneys' meetings.

Cllr. Gbarbea formerly served as a Legal Adviser with the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). He participated in several rule of law projects, monitoring of courts, revision of statutes, and provision of legal assistance to the Sexual and Gender Based Crimes Unit of the Ministry of Justice. Previously, he worked as a legal counsel in a private law firm.

Cllr. Gbarbea holds a bachelor of law degree from the University of Liberia. He is a counselor-at-law and a member of the Supreme Court Bar of Liberia, as well as a member of the Liberian National Bar Association. Prior to obtaining a law degree, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Liberia.

Cllr. Gbarbea is the beneficiary of a wealth of training programs, including a rule of law training conducted in Sweden by the Forte Bernnadotte Academy and ZiF of Germany, an alternative dispute resolution training conducted in Monrovia by ACCORD of South Africa, and an office management training conducted by UNMIL in Monrovia. Additionally, he was part of a delegation representing Liberia at the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) office in Abuja, Nigeria, to draft a directive on cybercrimes and a supplementary act on the imposition of sanctions on ECOWAS member states.

David M. Kortee
Senior Finance and Administrative Officer

David Kortee handles a wide range of duties to ensure smooth implementation of the Center's Access to Justice Project. Prior to joining The Carter Center in 2007, Mr. Kortee worked in finance for the Opportunities and Industrialization Center, the Ministry of Health's National Health Policy, Medecins Sans Frontieres, GTZ, UNICEF/NARDA, and Landmine Action.

Mr. Kortee was born in a small town 35 miles from Voinjama, Lofa County, and moved to Monrovia in 1992.  He is the father of three children: Godwyn, Pinko, and Paulina. His partner Pauline was a midwife in River Cess County, but now lives in Monrovia.  He is an active leader of the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church and assists many Liberian youths in leadership development and business skills. He holds degrees in public administration and management from the University of Liberia.

James Jarwolo
Project Assistant

James Jarwolo oversees logistics and provisions for the Center's two field offices. He rejoined the Center in 2008, having previously worked for The Carter Center during the 2005 elections as a driver and logistics assistant.  Mr. Jarwolo has also worked in logistical support for Dyncorp International, the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Partners for Democratic Development-Liberia, and Pacific Architects and Engineers.

He hails from Bomi County and is presently a student in the Stella Maris Polytechnic Arthur Barclay Business College, studying database management.

Aslean J. Thomson
Finance and Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Aslean Thomson worked as an administrative assistant at Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church of Liberia, where she served for 10 years.

She holds an Associate of Arts in accounting from the C.W.A. Junior College Program of Business, now the United Methodist University, and also a certificate in secretarial science from the Don Bosco Youth Center. She is an active member of the Episcopal Church of Liberia where she serves as acolyte and a leader of the Girls Friendly Society.

Amie K. Nyumah
Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Ms. Nyumah worked in youth mobilization for Community Mobilize and supported field logistics and data entry for GTZ Liberia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Liberia.

Bindu Kromah
Project Officer

Bindu Kromah joined The Carter Center in 2007 and holds primary responsibility for overseeing the Community Justice Advisor Program in Montserrado and Grand Bassa counties. Prior to joining the Center, she served as a finance officer for the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, one of the Carter Center's current civil society partners. She also has served as women's coordinator for the National Muslim Students Association of Liberia. She is currently acting president for the Women Development Association of Liberia, a women's advocacy group.

Ms. Kromah holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and management from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia. She has received training certificates in trauma counseling, focus group discussion, sexual and gender-based violence, finance, and mediation.

Gbarnga Field Office, Bong County:

Emmanuel V. Kwenah
Project Officer

Emmanuel Kwenah joined The Carter Center in 2008 and holds primary responsibility for overseeing the Community Justice Advisory Program in Bong and Nimba counties.  Before joining the Center, he worked as program coordinator and later executive director for the Bong Youth Association, one of the Carter Center's longstanding civil society partners.  During the 2005 elections, Mr. Kwenah was both a civic educator and an election observer with the Bong Youth Association. He also has previously served as a community facilitator for the Development Education Network, Liberia.

In addition to his work with The Carter Center, Mr. Kwenah is a consultant for the Bong County Development Council, the body tasked with affecting bottom-up development under the Poverty Reduction Strategy of Liberia.

Mr. Kwenah is a graduate of Cuttington University in Suacoco, Bong County, Liberia, where he studied sociology and management. He holds certificates in conflict management and resolution, community youth peace building, conflict mediation, and development education.

Adolphus Woods
Project Officer

Adolphus Woods joined The Carter Center in 2012. Prior to joining as project officer, he was contracted twice by The Carter Center to train community justice advisors in mediation and served as a member of The Carter Center Urban Justice Research Team. He also served as executive director for the Action for Community and Human Development and as researcher for Interpeace, a U.N. Office for Partnerships sponsored group. Additionally, Mr. Woods was a governance and democracy program officer for the Foundation for International Dignity, an administrative officer for Esteria Woods International Outreach Program, and a program officer for the Liberia Community and School Empowerment Program.

Mr. Woods is a graduate from the United Methodist University with a major in sociology and a minor in social work. He also holds certificates in trauma counseling, participatory action research methodology, contemporary mediation, human rights education, and social work.

Cora N. Hare
Legal Associate

Cora Hare joined The Carter Center in April 2011 and is assigned in Gbarnga, Bong County, where she provides legal information to, monitoring, and mentoring of community justice advisors in Nimba, Lofa, and Bong counties.

Prior to joining the Center, Atty. Hare served the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as a judicial affairs officer with the responsibility of monitoring the formal and informal justice systems in Bong County. Atty. Hare also served as a supervisor on the American Refugee Committee's gender-based violence program for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in political science and a Bachelor of Law in law. She is a member of the Liberian National Bar Association and a member of the Association of Female lawyers of Liberia.

Deborah K. Wehyee
Project Officer

Deborah K. Wehyee is a mediator with seven years of experience in resolving land disputes. She is responsible for developing and training The Carter Center's mediation staff in Liberia.

Wehyee initially served as a Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Project Officer in Nimba County, where she acquired extensive field experience in community dispute resolution and capacity building. She subsequently served as Senior Project Officer of the NRC Kakata Field office for over three years, managing a team of 15.

South East Field Office, Maryland County:

Gerald Dolo
Project Officer

Mr. Dolo joined The Carter Center in 2012 and holds primary responsibility for overseeing the Community Justice Advisor Program in South East Liberia. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Dolo was the executive director of the Bong Youth Association and a development consultant for the Bong County Development Fund. He also served as administrator and project officer for the Bong Youth Association, and was a research officer for the Accelerated Learning Program in Bong County.

Mr. Dolo holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and integrated rural development from Cuttington University. He also holds certificates in mediation training, peace building training, and youth peace education.

Lury T. Nkouessom 
Legal Associate

Attorney Nkouessom joined The Carter Center in April 2011. He primarily provides day-to-day legal guidance to Carter Center staff and community justice advisors operating in River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties. He also mentors, trains, and assists in the general capacity building of community justice advisors.

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Atty. Nkouessom served as a legal officer with United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) where he monitored the legal and judicial systems in Liberia; provided advice to legal actors including magistrates, county attorneys, judges, etc.; prepared thematic reports on various legal issues and topics; and assisted in various trainings.

Atty. Nkouessom holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Yaoundé II in the Republic of Cameroon and a master's degree in international relations from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon. Additionally, he holds certificates for training and examination in French language proficiency, conflict analysis, project planning, and various computer programs. He speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently.

Atty. Urias Teh Pour
Legal Associate

Attorney Urias Teh Pour provides legal guidance to Carter Center staff and Community Justice Advisors (CJAs), conducts trainings, and maintains The Carter Center's relationships with legal stakeholders. Pour previously worked with the Human Rights and Protection Section of the United Nations Mission in Liberia as associate human rights officer for seven years. He is a member of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) and a former youth and student leader in Liberia. He has represented Liberian youth in international conferences, including the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of September 2003.

Atty. Pour holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Liberia, a postgraduate diploma (PGD) in international relations and diplomacy from the Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and certificates in subjects ranging from human rights and humanitarian law to rule of law and rights monitoring.

Michael Biddle
Project Officer

Michael Biddle is a project officer at the Carter Center's field office in Maryland, Liberia. He has worked for The Carter Center since 2010. He holds two degrees, his first from the Booker Washington Institute and his second from WVS Tubman Technical College (now Tubman University). He has over a decade and a half of experience of working in development in Liberia having been appointed Assistant Project Coordinator at Caritas back in 1998, and subsequently Information and Research Officer at the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC). In 2009 he was promoted to Lead Monitor at the JPC's headquarters, where he worked in collaboration with The Carter Center.

Michael has two daughters, Michaeline and Veronica.

Seward Sohn
Project Officer

Seward Sohn joined The Carter Center in April 2014 as a county dispute resolution monitor in Grand Gedeh County, Liberia. He is responsible for working alongside chiefs and traditional leaders towards the goal of local-level conflict resolution.

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Sohn worked with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission. He was a Lead Monitor from 2009 to 2014, responsible for supervising community justice advisors, compiling data reports, and conducting project evaluations. In this capacity he was awarded many certificates of achievement from The Carter Center and benefitted from training in rule of law. He also holds a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees certificate for attending a class on sexual and gender-based violence.

As a young refugee, Sohn was a community leader and classroom teacher 2003-2008 in Cote d'Ivoire. He holds a diploma in legal studies from ALISON and speaks fluent French.

Strengthening Traditional Leaders Dispute Resolution Project Staff:

Johnny K M Ndebe
National Dispute Resolution Mentor

Johnny K M Ndebe joined The Carter Center in April 2010. As national dispute mentor, Mr. Ndebe is charged with overseeing the day-to-day implementation of the Strengthening Indigenous Dispute Resolution Capacity project. He plays a key role in the delivery and organization of project-related training. Mr. Ndebe has also worked for Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) as qualitative research manager (June 2009-March 2010) under the direct supervision of Assistant Professor Christopher Blattman of Yale University. He also has worked as a lead field researcher for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Oxford University Center for Studies on African Economies (CSAE). He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Liberia. He also holds certificates in conflict analysis and interfaith conflict resolution, both from the USIP.

George Saye
Dispute Resolution Monitor, Nimba County

George B. Saye joined The Carter Center in April 2010.  Previously, he worked for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as the lead researcher assigned to Nimba County, in preparation for the USIP report "Looking for Justice: Liberian Experiences with and Perceptions of Local Justice Options," released in 2009.  Mr. Saye also worked for Oxford University as survey supervisor for five counties  in Liberia, and served as an election officer during the 2005 general and presidential elections in Liberia. Mr. Saye holds a certificate and diploma in secondary education.

Lorweimon Dokie
Dispute Resolution Monitor, Bong and Margibi Counties

Lorweimon D. Johnnie joined The Carter Center in April 2010. Mrs. Johnnie has previously worked for several institutions in the NGO sector.  In 2009, Mrs. Johnnie served as project supervisor for civic education on the Rule of Law for Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children's Hope (SEARCH), a local NGO partner to TCC. Mrs. Johnnie holds a certificate and diploma in secondary education and several other certificates from workshops in disciplines such as child protection, human rights monitoring, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Ismail Kromah
Dispute Resolution Monitor, Lofa County

Ismail Kromah joined The Carter Center in April 2010 as the dispute resolution monitor for Lofa County. Prior to coming to The Carter Center as a county dispute monitor, Mr. Kromah worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a community development officer.  He also served as the Voinjama Center manager for Save the Children-USA and monitoring & evaluation officer for CHF-International.  While living in Guinea, Mr. Kromah also worked for the IRC as a classroom teacher, peace facilitator, and later as peace education officer.  Mr. Kromah is currently the chairman on the board of advisors of Radio Kintoma, a community radio station in Voinjama. Mr. Kromah is also general secretary of the Lofa United Muslims of Liberia, a member of the National Muslims Council of Liberia and representative of the Lofa Muslims Community on the Lofa County Health Board.

In 1994, Mr. Kromah worked with United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as an interviewer in Todee Demobilization Camp, and in 1996 he served UNMIL as senior Interviewer in Voinjama Disarmament Camp. In 1997, he served as assistant election magistrate for Lofa County. Mr. Kromah has also served as reporter, editor, producer in media institutions Radio ELRV-Voinjama, ELBC radio, Star radio, and the National News Paper in Voinjama and Monrovia respectively. Mr. Kromah holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of Liberia. He also holds a diploma in development communication from the Liberia Rural Communication Network in Monrovia. Additionally, he has a certificate in mediation from the American Bar Association, Monrovia, and has a certificate from IRC/UNHCR in peace education.

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