Global LAB's Advisory Council members are peers in the non-profit, education, legal, and medical fields who serve as advisors to our board and staff and act as spokespeople and ambassadors.
Hal Denton, serves as Global LAB's Outside General Counsel through his law firm, Denton Tavares Paes LLC. He provides a wide range of general legal and corporate advice with a particular focus on risk management and safety policies and protocols, corporate governance, and monitoring outside counsel. He served as General Counsel for AFS Intercultural Programs from 1989 until 2004. AFS is a large multi-national not-for-profit organization with approximately 11,000 study abroad students per year in 54 countries.
Paula Green, Ed.D., founded and directs the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and serves on the faculty of the School for International Training, where she developed SIT's programs in conflict transformation across cultures. She has extensive international experience in peacebuilding and has taught at several graduate schools, universities, and other educational centers worldwide. As a facilitator in interethnic dialogue and conflict transformation, Green has worked in Bosnia, Israel and Palestine, Rwanda and Eastern Africa, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and many other regions. In addition to consulting and training, Green has been an active board member of several international peace organizations, including the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. The author of numerous internationally published articles and chapters, Green co-edited the textbook, Psychology and Social Responsibility: Facing Global Challenges.
Gary J. Martin, Ph.D. is the Director of The Global Diversity Foundation and is responsible for establishing long-term 'observatories' of cultural and natural diversity at selected field sites in Asia, Africa and Latin America.He has been involved in conservation and ethnobotanical work for over twenty-five years, starting with a gap year in 1980 in which he carried out fieldwork in Mexico. He holds a BS in botany from Michigan State University and a MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Gary also serves as a Director of Diversity Excursions Ltd., a subsidiary of The Global Diversity Foundation, which is dedicated to providing ecologically appropriate and scientifically informative travel to southern Morocco.
Ann McCollum is a professional risk management consultant (Ann McCollum Consulting, LLC). Her practice focuses on identifying and mitigating potential safety risks for experiential, wilderness, and international travel for schools and youth development programs through risk management audits, program design and review, staff training, and appropriate documentation.
Craig Selzman, MD is Assistant Professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He has extensive international experience, including medical relief work in sub-saharan Africa and wilderness expeditions in South America. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, an avid kayaker and mountain climber, and an expert in wilderness medicine. He received his BA from Amherst College and his MD from the Baylor School of Medicine.
C. David Thomas is the founding director of the Indochina Arts Partnership, a non-profit organization he launched in 1988 to foster cultural development and exchange. To date, the IAP has facilitated more than 50 residencies in the U.S. for visiting Vietnamese artists and writers. David first arrived in Vietnam in 1969 as a combat artist/soldier. Stationed in Pleiku with the 20th Engineer Battalion, David's jobs ranged from drafting blueprints, to driving a jeep, to sketching engineering projects. He first returned to Vietnam in 1987 with the U.S. Indochina Reconciliation Project; since then he has made dozens of trips coordinating cultural exchange programs between the US and Vietnam. David was awarded a 2002-03 Fullbright Scholar grant to live in Vietnam. His book, Ho Chi Minh: A Portrait was published in 2003.
Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in Inner Asian Studies at Harvard University in 2002. He studies the history of twentieth century Sino-Tibetan relations as well as Tibet's relations with the China-based Manchu Qing empire. The role of Tibetan Buddhism in these historical relations is central to all his research. His current research project focuses on the support that Tibetan Buddhist institutions have received from the governments of China from the 17th to 20th century and how this support, along with economic growth in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands, has fueled expansion and renewal of these institutions into the contemporary period.
Kate Wang, MSc currently manages the Wildlife Conservation Society's Pacific Coast programs in the United States. Focal areas of her work include strategic partnership development, outreach, fundraising and the development of a capacity building and education project for Native American youth. Prior to joining WCS, Kate was the Outreach Program Director at the North American Association for Environmental Education. Kate has experience leading international and domestic wilderness trips and cultural study tours for youth and is passionate about leadership development, environmental sustainability and the value of cultural exchange both within the United States and abroad. Kate holds a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Environmental Education and Behavior, with a concentration on Ecotourism, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.