Board

Alykhan Alani

Alykhan Alani currently serves as the director of youth outreach at Woodward Health Center, as a Rochester Youth Year fellow.  He credits the Gandhi Institute with giving him the courage and space to render his passion for social, economic, and environmental justice into practice…

Matt Burns

Matt Burns is the Dean of Students at the University of Rochester. For six years prior to this he was the associate Dean of Students with duties including student counseling, student discipline, and identifying and planning interventions for students wrestling with personal crises…

Margaret Burns

Margaret Burns is a lifelong Rochesterian who has worked to cultivate in herself a deep sense of commitment to the community through her volunteer service.  Margaret has been inspired by her work with organizations such as Rochester Monroe County Youth Bureau…

Glenn Cerosaletti

Glenn Cerosaletti is Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Rochester Center for Community Leadership at the University of Rochester. The Center educates students to become engaged citizens…

Isobel Davies

Isobel Davies moved to Rochester from the UK in 2009 and currently works as a church musician, though most of her energy is devoted to her baby Joseph. She holds a first class degree in Music and an MA in Conflict, Governance and Development, both from the University of York…

Trish Joynt Goodman

Trish Joynt Goodman grew up and currently lives in Rochester, NY. As a child, her mother and five siblings picketed Wegmans with others to protest the treatment of Cesar Chavez’s farm workers…

Michael T. HagelbergBoard President

Michael T. Hagelberg is a Collaborative Attorney working in the areas of conflict resolution for over 30 years. The primary focus of his practice is in Collaborative Law…

Hugh Higgins, Board Treasurer

Hugh Higgins is the Chief Financial Officer at the Empire Justice Center, a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  He has spent the last 12 years…

Kristin Hocker

Kristin works for the University of Rochester as an Organizational Development (OD) Specialist in the Human Resources Department She is also a doctoral candidate at U of R’s Warner School of Education, and plans to graduate this May with an Ed D in Higher Education Administration…

Jarred Jones

Jarred Jones is a Rochester native and the Central New York Regional Assistant for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. In 2012 Jarred received his B.A. from Nazareth College…

Sebby Wilson Jacobson

Sebby Wilson Jacobson is a freelance writer, editor and journalist. She worked at the Democrat and Chronicle for 25 years, most recently as Investigations Editor, directing projects that probed such issues as criminal justice…

Rebecca Johnson, Vice President

Rebecca Johnson has been a volunteer social justice activist and organizer throughout her life. As current Gandhi Institute board president and active volunteer, Rebecca seeks to find ways to collaboratively and effectively address urgent social issues…

Dr. Rashid Muhammad

Dr. Rashid Muhammad is a retired United States Air Force officer having served over 20 years on active duty in several overseas and stateside locations. Currently, he’s an aerospace engineering business strategist…

Raj Nair

Mr. Nair is an alum of RIT and UFR. Mr. Nair received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his MBA…

Matias Piva

Matias Piva is senior at the University of Rochester majoring in both philosophy and psychology. When he’s not doing homework, Matias is wearing a variety of different hats…

Thomas Stokell

Thomas is an entrepreneur from New Zealand. His early career started as a social marketeer working to promote cycling. He set-up ‘Challenge for Change’ in 2007 and ran the organisation in the UK for 6 years.  Challenge for Change specializes in designing behavior change programs to encourage more people to cycle…

Barbara Van KerkhoveBoard Secretary

Barb is a researcher/policy analyst in the Rochester office of the Empire Justice Center where she conducts research on and advocates for fair access to affordable and responsible financial services, particularly for lower income families and communities of color…

 

*We honor and remember our late board president Karen Ellingson Trueheart, who passed away in September of 2012. Karen brought a wealth of experience from her background in counseling and study of East-West psychology. We seek to honor her kind spirit in our work at the Institute.
Check out Karen’s loving-kindness meditation here, one of the many gifts she left us.

Events

  • June 1, 2015 6:00 pmRace Dialogue
  • June 4, 2015 4:00 pmRace Dialogue
  • June 29, 2015 6:00 pmRace Dialogue
  • June 30, 2015 10:00 am2015 Gandhi Institute Nonviolence Intensive
  • July 1, 2015 10:00 am2015 Gandhi Institute Nonviolence Intensive
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