BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lois H. Stovall, President and founder of krma-US Partners, Ltd, is an attorney with over 30 years experience in family law, and a national trainer in family law and mediation. Stovall designed and conducted advanced mediation training course across the United States, and has been a frequent featured workshop leader for professional associations.
Stovall served on the Maryland State Bar and drafted legislation regarding emerging trends in family law, and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profits setting policy for providing community services for families and children. She is an accomplished public speaker at numerous venues.
As a professional mediator, Stovall used a multidisciplinary team model to address family business conflicts. She has served in roles with the National Council of Churches Commission on Justice for Children and Families, the United Nations Special Session on Children, and a Children’s Defense Fund task force.
Stovall received a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University and a BA from Wake Forest University.
Christine Poulon, Vice-President, is the head of legal and compliance for blispay inc., a financial services startup in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, she was counsel at Paypal for eight years, where she was responsible for the legal aspects of consumer credit products. She also volunteered on PayPal’s Give Team, which coordinated volunteer drives for the company, and solicited and reviewed applications to provide grants to local charities in Baltimore.
Prior to joining Paypal, Poulon spent six years in law firms, most recently in the D.C. office of Mayer Brown. She has taken pro-bono cases for asylum seekers from Pakistan and Somalia, served as general counsel of a foundation and with many organizations. Poulon received her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University and a BA from Vassar College.
David R. Smock, Treasurer, is a distinguished scholar and peace advocate with more than 30 years experience in African cultural and political development. After a 15-year career at the Ford Foundation where he was the Regional Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa, Smock became Director of the Grants Program and Coordinator of African Activities at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He served at USIP from 1990-2015 in several positions, including Vice President of the Centers of Innovation and Founder and Director of the Religion and Peacemaking Center.
At USIP, Smock was involved in peacemaking activities throughout Africa, including Uganda, Darfur and other parts of Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia.
The author of numerous articles on peace making in Africa. Smock has written or edited 11 books. He received a PhD from Cornell University and an MDiv from New York Theological Seminary.
Dayna Brown, Secretary, is the former Director of The Listening Project at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and a co-author of Time To Listen: Hearing From People On The Receiving End Of International Aid. She began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya over 20 years ago, and has managed humanitarian, peace building and development programs for Mercy Corps, Habitat for Humanity and the US government. Brown has lived and worked in Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo and Tanzania, and has undertaken short-term assignments in many other countries. She received a MA in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. She is also the proud, busy mother of two young daughters.
Veronica Isala Eragu Bichetero is an attorney and advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda, currently serves as the MP from Kaberamaido District, and has served on the Human Rights Commission in Uganda. She is a senior consultant with EDG Venture Consult, specializing in human rights, women’s and children’s rights, conflict resolution and peace building, and the role of women in peacekeeping in Africa. Clients include numerous international agencies such as The World Bank, UNDP, IDLO and the Institute of Peace.
Bichetero has extensive experience in negotiating and peace making in conflicts in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Sudan, among others. She received her law degree with honors from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Specializing in Commercial law, she also received a MPhil from Magdalen College, Oxford, University.
Lindsey Holaday, Advisory Board Chair, had a 20-year career in strategic planning and public affairs at Yale University with a focus on creating public-private partnerships and new media development. She has worked on a broad range of women’s issues including maternal and child health, women in international conflict situations and using new technology for education. Holady served as the first Vice-President of krma-USPartners and partnered with founder Lois Stovall in launching the first project in Kobulubulu with the women farmers of KRMA.
Holaday has volunteered extensively in the non-profit sector, and has served on numerous boards and commissions. She has a particular interest in East Africa, having lived and traveled widely there. She received a BA from Wheaton College, Massachusetts.
William Masson is the co-founder and director of operations for the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. The Colibrí Center aims to change border policies by witnessing human rights violations on the U.S.-Mexico border, serving the families of missing migrants, and producing reliable data-driven research.
William has a bachelors degree in Economics and Latin America Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Arizona.
Leslie Leven served as Director of Operations and Communications for the non-profit organization, Convergence, where she oversaw all personnel and business issues. She also supervised the organization’s monthly newsletter, and other editorial support projects.
Leven’s earlier career was in the publishing business as an editor, then owner/publisher of a weekly newspaper company. She sold the company in the mid-eighties to DCI Publishing and remained as a vice president in charge of her own publishing units, as well as the wire service she created for all of DCI’s 21 newspapers.
In 1991, Leven obtained her MBA from George Washington University's first Executive MBA class. She became a principal in her own custom publishing company. She consulted with other print and online publishing companies, businesses and non-profits, specializing in communication and advertising strategies.
Mary S. Pence has been a life-long advocate for the interests of women and their families. When the issue of domestic violence and its impact on both its direct victims and on children was first being publicized in the early ‘70’s, Mary helped create a service project which assisted women in getting out of abusive relationships and which resulted in the founding of one of the first shelters for battered women in the country. In the early years of her career, Mary was a special education teacher, and an elected school board member. After attending law school, she practiced in the area of Family Law for 32 years, with a particular emphasis on protecting children from the conflict often created by divorce. Her faith community, Christ Congregational Church, continues to be a core part of her life. She and her husband have a daughter and son and three beloved grandchildren.
Consultant to krma-USPartners
Arthur Kiiza, owner of an 800-acre crop and cattle farm in Uganda, is a farmer and community leader with substantial experience in land management and the business of farming. He helped establish a training center where villagers, farmers and local leaders learn how to manager community savings and loan groups, and are taught agricultural business skills and improved farming methods. Training includes how to form producer groups, select suitable products, improve the value of products and negotiate for better prices.
Kiiza also invests in his local community through microfinance, savings groups and market/value chain development. He earned a BS degree in international management and business from LA Roche College and a MA in economics and social development from the University of Pittsburg, where he specialized in agricultural and rural development.