NCBI Board of Directors

Cherie R. Brown
Washington, DC USA

Cherie R. Brown is Founder-Executive Director of the National Coalition Building Institute.  Ms. Brown has a M.Ed. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and over the last twenty five years has built NCBI into one of the leading diversity training and grassroots leadership organizations worldwide. Ms. Brown’s work has been featured on ABC Evening News, National Public Radio (NPR), Christian Science Monitor World News; and in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Time’s Sunday Magazine, Washington Times, New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Fortune Magazine. In 1999, the work of NCBI was designated a “best practice for racial reconciliation” by President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. The U.S. Department of Education chose NCBI’s work on race and gender issues on college campuses as one of only five organizations to receive a designation of “best practice”.

Phyllis Alexander
Allentown, PA USA

Phyllis Alexander has been a civil rights professional for over twenty years and has worked for both corporate America and city government. She has worked as the Director of the Bureau of Human Relations & Equal Opportunity for the City of Allentown, an organization responsible for civil rights enforcement and educational programs which encouraged acceptance and celebration of diversity. Ms. Alexander is currently the Director of the City of Allentown’s Weed and Seed initiative, a community safety and revitalization program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Bradley University and a Masters in Community Economic Development for Southern New Hampshire University. She has been recognized for her community service by receiving the Allentown YWCA Women’s Leadership Award and the Humanitarian Award from the Allentown NAACP.

Stephanie Low
Vice President
Jewish Constituency Caucus Leader
White Plains, NY USA

Stephanie Low is an educator who has worked as an elementary school youth advocate in a community in Westchester County New York doing diversity education, bullying prevention, and conflict resolution with both students and adults in the community for over 20 years.  Ms. Low has lead parenting groups, diversity workshops for both middle and high school students, as well as led community programs on creating inclusive communities.  She received a B.A. from Goddard College and an M.A. from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.

Idella Glenn
Campus Steering Committee Member
Greenville, SC USA

Dr. Idella Glenn has over 20 years of experience in higher education, with the last fifteen as Director of Multicultural Affairs at Furman University. Dr. Glenn has served as the campus affiliate director for Furman University since 2000 and is co-director of the Carolina Coalition, a consortium of NCBI campus teams in North and South Carolina. In addition, she serves as a senior leader in the Black African Heritage Caucus and is a member of the campus steering committee. Dr. Glenn is passionate about diversity issues, with a special interest in helping individuals develop cultural competency skills. She is also quite active on local boards and in many community organizations.

Dr. Glenn earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science/math from Furman University, a master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University. Awards include Southern Association of College Student Affairs - Bobby E. Leach Award (for significant contribution to the development of multicultural relations on campus) and - Furman University - Chiles-Harrill Award (in recognition of exemplary concern and exceptional caring for undergraduate students).

Andi Geu
Regional Director - Switzerland, Austria
Men’s Constituency Caucus Leader
Bern, Switzerland

Andi Geu joined NCBI Switzerland in 1998. He became the Director of the Bern chapter in 2003 after graduating from the University of Bern where he received a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Sociology. His academic work included such topics as the intersection of Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology, with a focus on the Philosophy of Emotions and Gender Studies. In 2009, he became the Director of NCBI Switzerland responsible for overseeing all 7 NCBI Swiss chapters.
In 2007, Andi was appointed an NCBI Regional Director and became the Director of the NCBI Men’s Constituency Caucus following Buck Buchanan. For more than 12 years, Andi has lead trainings and projects that focus on reducing discrimination and prejudices, violence prevention, conflict resolution, strategies to intervene in violent situations in the community, and gender issues. He has become one of Switzerland’s leading experts on these topics, contributing numerous articles and book chapters published in the German speaking areas of Europe.

Deborah Terry-Hays
Chair, Finance Committee
Women’s Constituency Caucus Leader
Seattle, WA USA

Deborah Terry-Hays has spent much of her twenty-plus years of social justice work focusing on women’s issues, especially on the issues and dynamics among women of different races and ethnicities. Through her work with NCBI in the United States, Canada, and Europe, Deborah has helped thousands of women gain insight into their own strengths and struggles as women leaders in modern society. Deborah holds a Masters Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.  She has served as an auxiliary faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle where she taught Social Justice for Social Workers in both the BASW and the MSW programs.  In addition, Deborah worked as a consultant for the City of Seattle for 10 years providing diversity and conflict resolution training to city employees including police officers.  She also spent several years training facilitators for the award winning “City Talks” program.  She has served as a member of Seattle’s Women’s Commission and is a sought after speaker and educator on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.  She is currently completing a Masters of Social Work degree at California State University in Long Beach, CA.

Joyce Shabazz
Black African Heritage Constituency Caucus Leader
Campus Steering Committee Member
Thetford Center, VT USA

Joyce Shabazz is a family and community mediator with 30 years of experience. She has served as the Director of the NCBI Black/African Heritage Constituency Caucus since 1995. Ms. Shabazz attended Tuft’s University, Medford, Massachusetts, Boston  College Law School, Advanced Divorce Mediation, Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. As an adjunct professor at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, she has taught courses for the Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction Program focusing on violence prevention, race relations and mediation. Ms. Shabazz is a human development practitioner and counselor. She has led anti-racism programs for dozens of organizations, including: The City of Boston’s Department of Health and Hospitals, Harvard Medical School, Dimock Community Health Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Greater Lynn Community Health, Services for Mental Health and Family Support Cambridge Public School System, Massachusetts Partnership for Health Communities, Mt. Auburn Hospital Emergency Admission Department and the American Medical Students Association.

Ira Baumgarten
K-12 School Program Director
Director of Regional Development
Albany, NY USA

Guillermo Lopez Jr.
Co-Director Law Enforcement Program
Latino/Hispanic Constituency Caucus Leader
Bethlehem, PA USA

Guillermo Lopez, Jr. serves as Co-Director of the Law Enforcement Division for the National Coalition Building Institute as well as the NCBI Latino Constituency Caucus. He is a first generation Puerto Rican-American, born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Employed by the Bethlehem Steel for 25 years, Guillermo retired in 2000 and has since continued the work he began at Bethlehem Steel as a Joint Civil Rights Representative for the United SteelWorkers of America and the Bethlehem Steel Corporatiion. Guillermo served as Executive Director of Casa Guadalupe, a non-profit community center in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a focus on health promotions and social services and supplemental education as well as the Jesus Ramon Senior Citizen Center. Guillermo’s successful rejuvenation of Casa Guadalupe lead to his selection in 2003 as a participant in the Health Forum Fellowship Program/ Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship. Now in its eleventh year, the Fellowship is an intense, year long opportunity that develops leaders who can advance a new vision of population health. Guillermo graduated from the Fellowship in July of 2004.

Lori Ideta
Chair, Personnel Committee
Regional Director - Hawaii
Asian Constituency Caucus Leader
Campus Steering Committee Member
Honolulu, HI USA

Dr. Ideta serves as the Regional Director of NCBI Hawaii and is a senior leader in the International Asian Heritage Caucus. Dr. Ideta has been involved in leading diversity and conflict resolution work since 1994 and has trained groups in Hawaii, on the continental United States, and in England. Dr. Ideta earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Higher Education Administration.  Dr. Ideta currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaii- West Oahu and has nearly 20 years of experience in the college and university setting. Dr. Ideta is a tenured full-faculty member of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and serves as an adjunct faculty to the College of Education where she teaches graduate courses in the Educational Administration and the Institute for Teacher Education.  As a yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Ideta’s interests center on the interplay between multiculturalism and conflict resolution, and the manners in which Asian women, in particular, battle oppression.

Sue Parris
Regional Director - Western USA
Monterey, CA USA

Sue Parris is the Western U.S. Regional Director for the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), a nonprofit leadership development organization. With more than 20 years experience as a consultant and facilitator specializing in cultural competency, workplace diversity and inclusion, she has consulted on diversity initiatives, conducted assessments, training and team building for public, private and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. She has served on the Advisory Board to the Intercultural Resources Forum, the Board of the Management Institute of Monterey, the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women, and Monterey Peninsula College Affirmative Action Advisory Committee. An adjunct faculty member of Golden Gate University and Antioch College, she is a certified trainer for California Board of Corrections staff, and a consultant to the CA Training Center and Personnel Board. Sue has a B.A. from Antioch College and has completed advanced training in Title IX Compliance, workplace diversity issues, sexual harassment prevention and investigation of workplace discrimination complaints.

Steve Jarose

NCBI Chapter Director - Rochester

LGBTQ Constituency Caucus Leader
Rochester, NY USA

Steven Jarose first learned of NCBI more than 15 years ago when his employer adopted the NCBI “Welcoming Diversity” model for its workforce of 3,300. As one

of six trainers, Steve applied NCBI leadership principles to all aspects of his job as Director of Staff Development and Training and subsequent community engagement initiatives. Now in ‘retirement,’ Steve’s areas of expertise include organizational consulting, diversity and inclusion specialization, change management, and creating accessible learning environments for all. Steve holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. He leads many social justice initiatives, is an Interfaith Minister and a passionate advocate for hospice care. His philosophy can be summed up this way: “Some people would argue that outcomes are more important than relationships. To me, deeply caring relationships are the outcomes.