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Program Staff: Democracy Program

David Carroll, Ph.D.
Director

David Carroll leads the Center's initiative on developing standards and best practices in international election observation and has managed or participated in more than 50 Carter Center projects to strengthen democracy and electoral processes.

Dr. Carroll joined The Carter Center in 1991 as assistant director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program and since 2003 has directed the Democracy Program. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of South Carolina, has published articles and book chapters on development and democratization, and has taught at Georgia State University and the University of the South.

Amanda Woomer
Program Associate

Amanda Woomer currently works on the program's Mining Governance project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Amanda joined the Carter Center in early 2014, working in both Atlanta and the field as a Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant and then as an Interim Program Manager. Prior to joining the Center, Amanda was an Education & Research Intern for the Wildlife Connection in Tanzania. She has also worked as a Knowledge Manager in the for-profit sector. Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs & French from Georgia Tech and her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from Georgia State. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University and has conducted research on intercultural competency and conflict-sensitivity in NGO programming.

Avery Davis-Roberts
Associate Director

Avery Davis-Roberts manages the Center's Democratic Election Standards Project, which seeks to develop the criteria by which observers assess a democratic process. She has worked on Carter Center election observation missions in Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. She gained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Brett Lacy
Associate Director

Brett Lacy has worked on election observation and democratic governance projects since 1999 in more than a dozen countries. Before returning to The Carter Center in 2010, she managed  civil society, political party, conflict mitigation, media, women's participation, and legislative-strengthening programs for the National Democratic Institute in West Africa. She has also worked with International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International IDEA, and the International Organization for Migration to contribute to the development of standards for the participation of refugees and internally displaced persons in post-conflict elections.

Ms. Lacy previously served at The Carter Center from 2000 – 2003, where she contributed to programming in Timor-Leste, Nicaragua, Guyana, and Zambia as well as the Center's Democratic Election Standards program as an assistant program coordinator. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University and a master's degree in international administration from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies.

Connie Moon Sehat, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Connie Moon Sehat focuses on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects in the Democracy Program, including the "Open ELMO" Initiative. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Art History and her Ph.D. in History at Rice University, specializing in democratic education and technological culture across Cold War Germany. Dr. Sehat brings various digital experience to her work, such as developing software for a Lockheed Martin/NASA International Space Station project. She addresses the intersections of technology and social scientific research as a digital humanist and digital strategist, previously at George Mason and Emory universities. Dr. Sehat joined The Carter Center in 2013.

Dottie Hunt
Senior Program Associate

Dottie Hunt works on the ELMO project within the Democracy program. Ms. Hunt previously worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Library's User Experience department. She is pursuing additional graduate studies in the field of Human and Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research interest includes the intersection of data visualization and user interaction. Ms. Hunt holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Music degree, both from Wesleyan College.

Elizabeth Plachta
Senior Program Associate

Elizabeth Plachta works on the program's  Democratic Election Standards project and related elections-focused efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Elizabeth has been with the Center since 2010 and has supported election observation missions in Libya, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Sudan. Prior to joining the Carter Center, Elizabeth was a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, where her work included assisting with programming efforts on prison reform in Southern Sudan, supporting a counter-piracy program in Kenya, and participating in prison and security sector assessment missions in Southern Sudan and Ghana. While in law school, Elizabeth focused primarily on international and human rights law and was involved in international law practica on women's rights in Tanzania, rule of law in Liberia, and international criminal tribunals. Elizabeth earned a joint BS in International Affairs and Spanish from Georgia Tech and her JD from Washington and Lee University, School of Law.

Erika Lee
Program Assistant

Erika Lee joined The Carter Center in 2010 and currently offers logistical and administrative support to the Democracy Program's projects as a Program Assistant.  Before 2014, she devoted most of her time to administrative and logistical support for The Carter Center's Human Rights House and Governance projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Human Rights Defenders Initiative.  Erika has her bachelor's degree in History and Classical Culture and her master's in Nonprofit Organizations with a focus on arts administration both of which she received from the University of Georgia.

Erin Crysler
Associate Director

Erin Crysler currently manages the Human Rights House and Mining Governance projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She joined The Carter Center as an intern in 2007. As an assistant program coordinator, she worked on the 2008 election observation mission in Ghana and a capacity building initiative for African Union election observers. Prior to joining the Center, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin focused on secondary education, gender equality and AIDS awareness. Erin earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Georgia and her Master of Science in International Affairs from Georgia Tech.

Jonathan Stonestreet
Associate Director

Jonathan Stonestreet joined The Carter Center in September 2014. Previously, Jonathan was the Senior Election Adviser with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland. From 1997 to 2003, he worked on democracy and human rights issues as part of the OSCE's field mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked as an election consultant in various countries including Albania, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

Jonathan earned his bachelor's degree in Government and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary in 1987 and a master's diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance from Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain in 1996.

Katelyn Knapp
Program Associate

Katelyn joined the Democracy Program in November 2015. She currently works on the program's Democratic Election Standards project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining The Carter Center, Katelyn was based at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in Kenya, where she initiated a project to train police officers on procedures for sexual violence survivors, and supported a tribal communication program to eliminate child marriage and sexual violence. As a graduate student, Katelyn held a FLAS Fellowship through the U.S. Department of Education in Kiswahili and East African Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University and a Master of Science degree in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kelly Lugbill
Program Associate

Kelly Lugbill began working at The Carter Center in April 2014. She currently works on the Center's Human Rights House and Mining Governance projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also volunteers as a translator for UNICEF's office in Kinshasa, DRC. Prior to joining TCC, Kelly worked at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, D.C., where she primarily focused on Tunisia's democratic transition. She received her Bachelor of Arts in French and History from the University of Virginia.

Nicole Goodrich
Program Associate

Nicole Goodrich joined the Democracy Program in April 2016. She currently works on election observation and democratic governance projects. Prior to working at The Carter Center, Nicole was with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. She organized and conducted the U.S. government’s interagency conflict assessments for Timor-Leste, Philippines, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, and Zimbabwe. In addition, she planned and facilitated Washington D.C.-based roundtables and workshops on conflict analysis and prevention for Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. She earned her master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution and her bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University in Washington, D.C. She also holds a master’s in teaching secondary social studies from Georgia State University and completed doctoral work at George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Sarah K. Johnson
Associate Director

Sarah K. Johnson manages democratic governance and election observation activities for the Carter Center, and has had a principle focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for over a decade. Prior to joining the Center, she implemented political party programming in Morocco and the oPt, and conducted campaign strategy and survey research in the US, Middle East and Europe. She has professional experience in political party building, communications, women's political participation, and public opinion research. Ms. Johnson served as a resident country director for the MENA division of the International Republican Institute, a senior analyst for Greenberg Quinlin Rosner and a White House Intern. Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a master's degree in European sciences from the Humboldt and Frei universities in Berlin, Germany. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Travis Linger
Program Associate

Travis Linger began working at The Carter Center in 2014 and currently works on the Myanmar project. Originally from Buckhannon, West Virginia, Travis has been involved with various non-profits in Denver and Seattle including Outdoor Youth Connections and International Rescue Committee. In 2011 he worked for a nonviolence education center in northern India while also teaching English and math to Tibetan refugees. The following year Travis spent his honeymoon working with Karenni refugees along the Thai-Burma border. Travis earned a bachelor's degree in History from Shepherd University and a master's degree in International Studies from the University of Denver.

Tye Tavaras
Program Associate
Tye Tavaras joined The Carter Center in August 2015 and currently works on the Democracy Program's Democratic Election Standards project. A native of Atlanta, Tavaras holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Emory University, a Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law from The American University in Cairo, and a Juris Master focused on International Law from Emory Law School. Prior to joining the Center, she served as a contributing writer for Mic and Ramel Media, a study abroad advisor for Emory University, and an intern with the Center's Conflict Resolution Program. Tavaras also worked as the resident director in Jordan with the Critical Language Scholarships program. She is recently published in the University of Pennsylvania's Journal of Law and Social Change as a co-author of the article "Indiscriminate Power: Racial Profiling and Surveillance Since 9/11."

Tynesha Green
Program Assistant

Tynesha Green has been the Democracy Program's program assistant since 1997 and provides logistical and administrative support to the program and its election missions. She has served on Carter Center missions to Nigeria, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Mozambique, Guyana, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kenya.

She attended the University of California at Riverside, where she majored in economics with a minor in administrative studies. Ms. Green previously worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the asset disposition department.

Nicole Goodrich joined the Democracy Program in April 2016. She currently works on election observation and democratic governance projects. Prior to working at The Carter Center, Nicole was with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  She organized and conducted the U.S. government’s interagency conflict assessments for Timor-Leste, Philippines, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, and Zimbabwe. In addition, she planned and facilitated Washington D.C.-based roundtables and workshops on conflict analysis and prevention for Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. She earned her master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution and her bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University in Washington, D.C. She also holds a master’s in teaching secondary social studies from Georgia State University and completed doctoral work at George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. 

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