This Institute and the Summer Training Workshop would not have been possible without the encouragement and advice from many individuals and organizations.  From the inception of this idea over 20 years ago, I have been blessed with meeting special people just when I needed them to keep this dream alive. Each of them has played an important role in the establishment of this organization and deserves credit for helping foster a sense of peace among the next generation.  I especially want to thank the Emory University Center for Ethics and the Carter Center for their support.
I am forever grateful for everyone's help,  
Bob McCormick 
A special thanks to the following people who gave support and encouragement early on:​
  • Dr. Houda Abadi  - Founder and Executive Director of Transformative Peace; previously with the Carter Center
  • Ms. Nancy Azar -  Program Associate, the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center
  • Mr. Andrew Paul - Foreign Service Institute at the US Department of State 
  • Lance Askildson - Executive Director of the Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University            
  • Dr. Charity Butcher - Associate Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University
  • Dr. Pamila Dembla - Director of the India China America Institute at Kennesaw State University
  • Dr. Susan Raines - Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University
  • Dr. Wayne Silverman - Emory University Center for Ethics
  • Ranger John Jenkins - National Parks Service
  • Ms. Farah Amir - Former Executive Director of the Georgia Council for International Visitors
  • Ms. Shell Stuart - Former Executive Director of the Georgia Council for International Visitors (retired)

  • Ms. Kristin Fairchild - Former Program Coordinator at the Georgia Council for International Visitors

  • Ms. Suzy Blough - Former Program Coordinator at the Georgia Council for International Visitors 

  • Dr. Cindy Toland - former Director at the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE)

  • Ms. Odette Schuler - Director of Operations and Education Programs at CASIE

  • Ms. Coryn Marsik - International Relations Manager with the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

  • Mr. Dick Baker - Counselor for the Dekalb County School System (retired)

  • Ms. Ginny Johansmeier - Former Chair of the Dunwoody Great Decisions Committee

  • Dr. Edward Thomas - Former Moderator Coordinator for the Dunwoody Great Decisions Committee

  • Mr. James Jackson - Former Principal of Tucker High School

  • Mr. Robert Moseley - Assistant Superintendent of Dekalb County Schools  (retired)

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