iEARN-USA Board of Directors
Hady Amr is a development economist, policy analyst and social entrepreneur who previously served as the founding director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar and a fellow in foreign policy studies at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution from 2006-2010. In that capacity, he served as a convener of the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global event that brings together leaders from the United States and from across the Muslim world.
Mr. Amr is the author of numerous publications, including “The Opportunity of the Obama Era: Can Civil Society Help Bridge Divides between the United States and a Diverse Muslim World?” and was the lead author for UNICEF’s “State of the Arab Child” and “The Situation of Children, Youth, and Women in Jordan.” He has contributed regularly to international television broadcasts and has been published by Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, and the International Herald Tribune.
Over the course of his career, he has worked for or advised international organizations, including the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and UNICEF. As an appointee at the U.S. Department of Defense, he helped establish the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University and at the US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the iEARN board, he served as a consultant to iEARN on expanding and strengthening iEARN activities in the Arab World.
Mr. Amr received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree in economics and public and international affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
U.S. Practice Co-Chair
International Employment Law, Littler Mendelson P.C.
New York, New York
Philip Berkowitz is the U.S. practice co-chair of Littler Mendelson's International Employment Law Practice Group. He advises multinational and domestic companies in a wide range of industries on employment-related matters. He has significant experience advising multinational companies and senior executives regarding U.S. and overseas employment and executive compensation practices. He also represents companies in lawsuits and arbitrations, in the United States and internationally, involving claims of alleged discrimination and harassment, wrongful dismissal, trade secret and non-compete enforcement, Sarbanes-Oxley whistle-blowing and other anti-retaliation laws; and compensation claims.
His diverse selection of clients includes companies in financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, manufacturing, publishing, fundraising, and many other businesses. He has also represented prominent international law firms in employment law matters.
A respected authority on international employment law issues, Philip conducts training worldwide on labor and employment matters. He is a frequent speaker before the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the European American Chamber of Commerce, French American Chamber of Commerce, German American Chamber of Commerce, Japan Society, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, and other prominent international organizations.
Mr. Berkowitz is an Officer and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Disability Discrimination Working Group. He is also former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s International Law and Practice Section, and former Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Employment Law Committee (International Law Section)
Senior Vice President
Trust Company of the West
New York, New York
Mona Eraiba is a Senior Vice President of Trust Company of the West. Prior to that, she founded Rosetta Group Research L.L.C., an independent technology research and advisory firm catering to the investment management industry where she advised and implemented strategies focused on the technology sector for clients. She has 25 years of experience specializing in technology having been involved in a wide range of transactions for both money management and investment banking for technology companies. She started her Wall Street career with Lehman Brothers, where she was a First Vice President focusing on technology. After Lehman Brothers, she worked as Vice President with Salomon Brothers where she focused on research and advised clients on a wide range of transactions including M&A, spinouts, venture capital, private placements and initial and secondary offerings for technology companies. Following Solomon Brothers, she founded Advanced Technology Investments (ATI), a technology sector research and consulting firm. Subsequently, she was a Senior Vice President with Gruntal & Co., L.L.C. where she was in charge of the company’s technology strategy for major investment banking transactions, including private placements and secondary offerings. She was also in charge of constructing, managing and raising funds for four highly successful Technology Unit Trusts that were dispersed domestically and internationally.
Ms. Eraiba is a Board member of ABANA (Arab Bankers Association of North America) and Chairperson of iEARN-USA, the largest worldwide network of students, teachers and schools. She received an engineering degree in electronics and computer science from Washington University School of Engineering, St. Louis, Missouri, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, New York.
Author & Educator
Cathy Healy, an advocate for online, collaborative K-12 projects since 1989, participates in iEARN projects with students and teachers as well as serving on two of the education network’s boards, iEARN-USA and iEARN-Brasil. Her volunteer work at César Chavez Prep, a public charter middle school in Washington D.C., is a continuation of her literacy goals as a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University.
Cathy also is a board member of the DC-Brasília chapter of Partners of the Americas, an advisory board member of the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the founder and chair of the World Comes to Wyoming Fund. She is vice president of the LU Ranch (Worland, Wyoming), a family operation recognized for its sustainable practices and technological acumen (the first ranch to use computers).
The former editor of the Organization of American States’ bi-lingual Américas magazine and the National Geographic’s intranet, both award-winners, Cathy played a leading role in transitioning the Geographic into the Internet age.
Cathy has been an invited guest speaker on corporate communications, international collaborative projects with iEARN, and digital storytelling for such venues as Ragan Communications, U.S. State Department’s English Language Program (Egypt, India, Nepal, Chile), and TEDx in Santo Domingo and Port au Prince.
While deeply engaged in international education, Cathy continues to write. She is the author of An Improbable Pioneer: The Letters of Edith S. Holden Healy, 1911–1950, recently published under the imprint of the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center (Wyoming) as part of its Legacy Collection.
Franklin Township School, Hunterdon County
Quakertown, New Jersey
Barry Kramer is an elementary school teacher in Quakertown, New Jersey, USA, who has been a member of iEARN since 1994. During that time he has facilitated projects, taught professional development courses, and presented at many annual conferences. Barry graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Speech and Communications in 1980 and East Stroudsburg University in 1992 with a Masters of Education. His career began in the business field, but his desire to contribute to the world community led him back into the education field. During the past 30 years, Barry has been committed to modeling ways to teach that can meet the changing needs of children. His strong commitment to teacher education is evidenced by the many workshops he has presented locally, statewide, and internationally. The focus of these workshops has has been how to use telecollaborative networks to connect educational communities and promote student achievement.
Barry was the recipient of his County Teacher of the Year Award and has been a past finalist in the Global School Network's Collaborative Teacher Award. His on-going research goal is to design and implement multi-media classrooms in order to promote project-based digital teaching methodologies. In 2009, Barry achieved a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Since 2004, Barry has been the Coordinator for iEARN’s Global Learning Circles project.
School of Psychology and Education
Dr. Margaret Riel recently retired as Director for the Master of Arts in Learning Technologies Program at Pepperdine University. The program she helped develop was awarded the United States Distance Learning platinum award for online programs. She also personally received the United States Distance Learning gold award for excellence in online teaching of action research. She is currently developing a self-paced open course on action research.
Dr. Riel received her BA in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. She began her career as a researcher at the Interactive Technology Lab at the University of California, San Diego where she studied the use of computers as learning tools. With international colleagues, she started the Intercultural Learning Network (1984-86), a network between eight schools in four countries (the U. S., including Alaska, Mexico, Japan and Israel). Through this project, she began to understand the power and potential of computer technology for building understanding across cultures. This led to the evolution of the learning circle model, which has been used by iEARN and other organizations to connect learners and researchers around the world.
As the past Chair of the AERA Action Research Special Interest Group, Dr. Riel developed the action research community through the use of web technology. Recently she joined a small team of action research leaders who founded the Action Network of the Americas, and has developed and maintained the website that is visited by thousands of people from over 70 countries. She is currently working with a team of editors on an International Handbook on action research with a focus on technology.
Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Partner
George Warnock, a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, has 34 years of auditing and accounting experience gained on engagements with numerous international companies. He has spent his career in New York serving some of Deloitte’s largest and most complex clients as audit partner, lead client service partner, and advisory partner. He has strong experience with SEC matters and has worked with companies with operations around the globe.
Over his career, George has taken on increasing levels of responsibility within our organization. He is currently Deputy Managing Partner for the Americas Japanese Services Group. He has recently led the New York commercial audit practice from 2006 through 2012. Prior to that he led the Japanese Services Group for Deloitte’s Northeast region for five years, utilizing his strong background serving Japanese clients In these roles, he has served on the region’s Industry Leadership Committee and its Audit Management Committee, as well as the Executive Committee for the Americas Japanese practice.
George is an active member of the Japan Society and is on its Corporate Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Nippon Club and the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club. He is treasurer of the University at Albany Alumni Association and a member of the Advisory Board for the university’s accounting department.
George graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Albany. He is a licensed CPA in New York and Connecticut, and is a member of the AICPA. George and his wife Lois have two children and live in Stamford, Connecticut.
Ed Gragert, Interim Executive Director
Dina Guirguis, Director of Government Grant Programs
Lisa Jobson, Chief Program Officer
Bethany Kreider, Program Coordinator
Nasir Massaiq, Staff Accountant
Christine McCaleb, Program Manager
Pamela Pettit, Technology Coordinator
Jennifer Russell, Program Manager
William Stewart, Program Coordinator
Bridget Stout, Manager, Member Services and Professional Development
Nicole Weitzner, Program Coordinator
Fei Zheng, Financial Controller
Advisory Board: (in formation)
Zoey Breslar - Consultant
Milton Chen, Executive Director, George Lucas Education Foundation
Celia Einhorn - Silicon Desert
Mary Eisenhower - People To People International
Rachelle Engler - Massachusetts Department of Education
Betsy Frederick - Silicon Desert
Eugene Lang - I Have A Dream Foundation
Richard Riley - Former Secretary of Education, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Vivien Stewart - Vice-President, Asia Society
Ann Tollefson - Independent K-12 Education Consultant