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Georgia Advisory Council

The Georgia Advisory Council was formed in 2018 to advise and assist CVT Georgia in all aspects of its work. The Council is an association of experts from across the State of Georgia, who are recognized for their leadership and contributions in the fields of law, health and human services, government affairs, business, academia and philanthropy. Council members give generously of their time and talent to CVT and are instrumental in advancing its mission to heal the wounds of torture for survivors, families and communities and bring an end to torture.

Georgia Advisory Council Members

Laurie R. Blank, Emory University School of Law, International Humanitarian Law Clinic

Jennie E. Burnet, Georgia State University Global Studies Institute

Dr. Heval Kelli, Emory Cardiology

Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D., Multicultural Development Institute

Allen Mast, Sun Trust Foundations & Endowments

Dr. Howard M. Maziar, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association

Dr. Alawode Oladele, Dekalb County Board of Health

Michael O’Reilly, The Nature Conservancy; formerly with Amnesty International U.S.A.

Kathleen A. Parker, MA, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (retired)

Rick Perera, CARE USA

Lurma Rackley, Habitat for Humanity (retired)

Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Ph.D, Institute of Developing Nations, a partnership of Emory University and The Carter Center 

Fernando Reati, Ph.D, Georgia State University-Atlanta, Department of World Languages and Cultures (retired)

Chris Richardson, BDV Solutions and formerly with U.S. State Department

Amy Zeidan, MD, Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Human Rights Clinic 



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