Staff

John W. McDonald, Ambassador (Ret.) - Chairman and CEO

U.S. Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert and peacebuilder, concerned about world social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for sixteen years on United Nations economic and social affairs. Read more.

Karen Dickman - Vice President 

Reverend Karen Dickman is a mediator/conflict professional with extensive restorative justice experience working with people with AIDS, mental illnesses, ex-offenders, victims of violent crimes, and in jails and prisons. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities on topics related to religion and/or restorative justice. Within IMTD she manages the partnership with Sovereignty First as well as the Water Program, promoting the Water for the World Act and access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in developing regions around the world. She also crosses into projects related to women and forgiveness movements. She has a BA in Criminal Justice and graduate studies in Criminal Justice, Religious Studies, and International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Adam Zemans - Executive Director

Adam Zemans, J.D., M.S.W., M.A., Esq., is the Executive Director at The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his leadership capacity, Adam manages all components of IMTD, with a particular focus on plannning, coaching and coordinating the work of the directors in a manner that optimizes client experience and the professional development of the staff. Previously, Adam was the founding Program Manager of the Climate Change and Human Security program. In this capacity, he focused on the relationship between climate change and human conflict as well as opportunities for resilience in the face of increasing climate change impacts.  Additonally, as Program Manager, Mediation & International Family Conflict Resolution, Adam launched an international child abduction conflict resolution advocacy and education program focused on the U.S. Senate and led a Track-II Hague Abduction Convention-related initiative. Adam holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; M.S.W. from University of Southern California; M.A. in Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada; and B.A. from Oberlin College, where he graduated as a Harry S. Truman Scholar (NY) and member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He is currently pursuing further advanced studies at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason Univeristy, where he focuses on narrative theory and environmental peacebuilding, including multi-track water diplomacy in Bolivia. He has eight years of advocacy and NGO leadership experience in Latin America and is the author of two articles on climate change diplomacy and one peer-reviewed article focused on international parental child abduction mediation research. His other scholarly interests center around international clinical and experiential education, U.S. Smart Power and New Multi-Track Diplomacy, cooperation, dialogue and conflict management spanning a variety of disciplines and levels of analysis. 

Stacy Keskinarkaus -  Program Manager, Mediation 

Stacy Keskinarkaus completed her BLA in humanities with an emphasis in history and liberal arts at the Notre Dame of Maryland University. She went on to complete her MSW at the University of Southern California with a concentration in social work and business in a global society. Her interests are facilitating integration of minority groups into work places and communities through conflict prevention planning, communication coaching and conflict resolution through mediation and negotiation. She specializes in mediating within organizational development settings and community relations settings, and is currently building a related consulting practice - Cultural Coaching and Consulting. Her past experience includes training employee assistance counseling staff in client communication. She also worked as community affairs assistant at the Johns Hopkins University Office of Community Affairs, later to become a part of the Johns Hopkins Office of Government and Community Affairs. While there, she assisted with the coordination, acquiring and sustaining of partnerships between the university and other nonprofit organizations, community associations, state and local government offices, senior leaders in Baltimore and the State of Maryland, and the Baltimore City municipality. She has extensive experience in network event planning to benefit communities and nonprofit organizations and social causes. She currently resides in Ylöjärvi, Finland, and serves as IMTD’s program manager of mediation.

Dr. Mary (Regina) Vayaliparampil - Program Manager, Nepal

Regina is involved in designing projects that help sustain peace in Nepal through the involvement of the various stakeholders of Nepalese society. Training in Nonpartisan Reporting, Teachers for Nepal and Employment Opportunities Development are some of the projects being developed by me for Nepal. Mary is has a dual-title PhD in education policy and international education at Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation is on "Stakeholder Perceptions of the Education for All Campaign Effectiveness in Increasing School Enrollment in India". During this period she has also had the opportunity to intern with UNICEF and examine the School Water and Sanitation towards Health and Hygiene intervention in Jharkhand, India. Prior to moving to the US she worked as a Math and Science teacher, English language tutor and program coordinator in the United Arab Emirates and India. Regina has also completed graduate studies in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon and has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Goa University, India.

Rajit Das – Associate Director of Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Rajit Das is the Associate Director of Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning at the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy. In his role, Rajit is providing guidance with program design and the implementation of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms within programs at IMTD. Previously, he was the Program Manager, South Asia for a little more than 2 years at the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy. He oversaw programs that occurred in the region, with a focus in the India-Pakistan peace-building program. The Ambassador appointed him as the editor of 2014 Annual Report. Even in his new role, he continues to work on the India-Pakistan peace-building program. Rajit received his first masters degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University. In addition, he received his second masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He got involved with IMTD because of the institute extensive history working India-Pakistan related issues while he was a student at S-CAR. Furthermore, Rajit presented papers at academic conferences and is a member of Phi Beta Delta. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.

  
 
In the picture, starting from left upper line. Project Managers and Program Officers: Helen Thompson, Edoardo Severoni, Kiran Marfatia, Philip Yang, Rajit Das, Thomas Rogers, Chimalang Ngu, Sabrina Barton. Adam Zemans, Executive Director; Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald; Chairman and CEO Karen Dickman, Vice President. Not present: Sarah Fasano, Prince Owusu, Sabrina Chikhi, and Madeline O'Harra.