Staff

Janessa Gans Wilder
Founder & CEO

Janessa Gans Wilder, a former CIA analyst, founded Euphrates on the heels of a 21-month assignment..

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Hillary Brownell
Director of Operations

Hillary Brownell was first drawn to the Middle East through studies of North Africa and literature

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Kristin Lauria
Director of Academic Programs

Kristin Lauria became inspired by the power of people to overcome differences and divisive...

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Ben Frederick
Program Manager

Ben Frederick graduated from Principia College in 2014 with a degree in Theater...

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Emily Mattson
Program Manager

Emily Mattson graduated from Principia College in 2014 with a degree in Sociology and...

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Rick Schaberg
Media and Communications Manager

Ricky pursued video production throughout college...

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Natasha Turak
Publications Director

Natasha Turak is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies..

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Board Of Directors

Chuck Wattles
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Chuck Wattles has worked for many years in both international and domestic...

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Rebecca Tobias
Vice President, Board of Directors

Rebecca Tobias is a Global Council Trustee of the United Religions Initiative...

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Kent Libbe
Chief Financial Officer

Kent Libbe brings his 35 years of business experience to the Euphrates Institute...

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Joy Schwentker
Board of Directors

Joy Schwentker’s interest in the Middle East began when she travelled to Syria...

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Glenn Williams
Board of Directors

Glenn Williams is retired after 25 years fundraising for his alma mater, Washington State...

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Craig Hunter
Attorney

Craig Hunter has been a Los Angeles trial lawyer for about 30 years...

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Interns

Kyle Clark
Media production

We all take unique paths in life, and Kyle Clark is no different...

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