“Using the power of conflict to build strong, stable and peaceful communities”

Board of Directors & Advisory Board

CRCBC Board of Directors

Tia Lewis, President

Public Information Officer
Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office

A native of Baltimore City, Tia Lewis has nearly a decade of communications, public relations and marketing experience and achievements. She is currently the Public Information Officer for the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office.
Ms. Lewis received her B.A. from Howard University and M.A. from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Tia Lewis
Patrick Gahagan

Patrick Gahagan, Treasurer

SC&H Group

Patrick is a Director with SC&H Group, Inc. based in Sparks, Maryland. He has over 15 years of experience partnering with his clients to develop transparency, optimize supplier relationships, and improve governance. Although based in Baltimore County, his projects have included compliance audits around the globe.  Patrick is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Rose K. Mercier, Secretary

Team Lead
Allegis Group

Rose is a SHRM certified Human Resources Professional currently working at Allegis Group as the team lead of the Records Department. She is originally from South Florida and moved to Maryland five years ago to further her education and pursue new career opportunities. Rose has over a decade of experience working for both small businesses and large corporations in different capacities. The motto that Rose applies to her work ethic is a quote by Nelson Mandela: “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur”.

Additionally, Rose is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and loves to try different cuisines and staple dishes from different areas of the U.S. and abroad. She is a student of the World and has an insatiable desire to travel to the ends of the earth; her goal is to fill her passport book. So far, she’s visited four Continents and plans to travel all seven in the very near future.

Rose Mercier
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Gina Franke, Member

Enterprise Services, T. Rowe Price

Maximilian Ostheller, Member

TPI Efficiency

Max is a Consultant with TPI efficiency helping for-profit and non-profit organizations with operations and procurement. He has helped numerous organizations with energy consulting and recovering tax money improperly collected by utilities. He brings almost a decade of experience specializing in business development and sales. Max received his B.A. from the University of Maryland – College Park in 2010.

Maximilian Ostheller
Douglas Harbit

Doug Harbit, Member


Philanthropy Partners

Doug is a principal at Philanthropy Partners which is a consulting firm that provides fundraising assistance to nonprofit organizations in Maryland and New Jersey.  Prior to his current position, Doug worked for national and statewide organizations that are focused on social justice and urban reinvestment. These included the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Council for Urban Economic Development, the Alliance for Justice, and Preservation Maryland.   He may be reached at [email protected].

Kris Callahan, Member

Kris is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional with over 10 years’ experience building talent strategies to drive business growth. He has a passion for professional talent development and has conceptualized and executed HR programs across the US supporting thousands of employees.

Kris received his B.S. from Mount St. Mary’s University and his M.A. from New York University.

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CRCBC Advisory Board

Nathalie Al-Zyoud, Advisory Board Member

Nathalie is the founder of Communities in Transition (CIT) and currently works as CIT's Managing Partner and Senior Mediator. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of conflict management, both domestically and internationally.

Nathalie mediates inter-ethnic, inter-religious and agro-pastoral conflicts as well as workplace, commercial, family, and community disputes. She's mediated between conflict parties around economic, land, displacement and security issues. Nathalie also designs and facilitates restorative justice circles.

Nathalie Al-Zyoud
Benjamin Offit

Benjamin Offit CFP®, Advisory Board Member

Ben lives in Baltimore City and loves to spend time with his wife Amanda, their dog Ray Ray, and being with family and friends. Ben is a a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and his company is called Clear Path Advisory.  In his spare time, Ben also enjoys playing sports and exercising, reading, trying new restaurants, traveling internationally, and the Baltimore Ravens.  Ben is also President-Elect of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Maryland, the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S.

Susan Meier, Advisory Board Member

Susan received her Inclusive Mediation Model training in February 2010 and enjoys co-mediating with staff and volunteers whenever possible. She is employed part-time by Firaxis Games in Sparks, Maryland; sings in the praise band at her church and in the Hunt Valley Chorale; serves as secretary of the United Churches Assistance Network (UCAN) board; and enjoys dancing, sewing, organizing and jigsaw puzzles in her spare time.

Susan Meier
Mala Malhorta-Ortiz

Mala Malhorta-Ortiz, Esq., Advisory Board Member

Mala leads Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts for WL Gore and is an adjunct law professor at Maryland Law and Penn State, Dickinson Law.  She also serves as an ADR advisor for FEMA in times of national disaster. Ms. Malhotra-Ortiz is a founding director of the ADR Division in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and served as director of ADR for the U.S. Air Force. She was a presidential management fellow for the U.S. Departments of Interior, Justice, and Transportation. During her tenure with the federal government, she negotiated international air-rights agreements, facilitated multiple-party discussion around public land planning, negotiated divestitures involving corporations under anti-trust investigations, and litigated in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the DOJ.

Ms. Malhotra-Ortiz was owner and managing attorney of a solo practice specializing in small businesses, immigration and family law. She is past chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, board member of Free State Justice, and past president of the LGBT Bar Association of Maryland where she chaired the judicial nominations committee.

Malhotra-Ortiz earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law (2004); is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park; and studied at the American School of International Business in Vevey, Switzerland and the University of North London, U.K. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps (1996-1999) and AmeriCorps VISTA (1999-2000), and is fluent in Guarani, Hindi, Punjabi, and Spanish.

Jennifer Robinson, Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Robinson, M.S. CNCM, mediates at the Juvenile Justice Center and in the Family Division for the Circuit Court in Baltimore City. She also mediates at Multi-Door in Washington DC. Prior to entering private practice, Jennifer worked towards the goal of creating a multi-service conflict resolution & restorative justice center in Baltimore County, at the center of initiating and growing programs -- first coordinating Community Conferencing and then directing Community Mediation. She is grateful that these programs continue to serve Baltimore County residents.

Outside of work Jennifer volunteers for the Alternatives to Violence Project, participating in 20 hour conflict resolution workshops in prison, several times per year. She is also in the midst of a three year term serving her Quaker Meeting, Gunpowder Friends Meeting, in the role of Clerk.

Jennifer Robinson
Clinton Pettus

Clinton Pettus, Advisory Board Member

Clinton’s first career was in higher education where he spent more than thirty years in various roles including faculty member, department chair, dean, vice president, and president. He retired from higher education in December 2003.

In June 2005, Clinton began his second career as regional director for the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) serving in Baltimore, Maryland.  In August 2008, he became Deputy General Secretary for Programs of the AFSC (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). In that role, he provided leadership to all the international and U.S. programs of the AFSC.  He retired from the AFSC in December 2012.

Clinton is the founder and principal owner of the TransLutions Group, a consulting company with core competencies in strategic planning, managing conflict, team building, and fostering pluralism.

Clinton’s recent volunteer services include the Board of Trustees for Broadmead (a continuous care retirement community in Cockeysville, Maryland) where he is chair of the Strategic Planning Committee; AARP volunteer instructor in the Driver Safety Program; and AARP event coordinator for the CarFit Program.  He completed basic mediation training conducted by Community Mediation Maryland in July 2013 and has served as a volunteer community mediator for the Baltimore County Conflict Resolution Center.

Claire Salkowski, Advisory Board Member