Staff

Dr. Harvey Langholtz

Executive Director

Dr. Harvey Langholtz is the Executive Director of the Peace Operations Training Institute. He has spent the past 30 years working in international relations, with the UN, and on e-learning for military personnel. During his military years, he was the Commanding Officer of the US Coast Guard Institute and responsible for all distance learning in the service. He was a member of the US Delegation to the UN, serving on the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. He is the founding director of POTI. Dr. Langholtz holds an M.S. from the US Naval Postgraduate School and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He has served as the Editor of the Journal of International Peacekeeping. His published books include The Psychology of Peacekeeping and The Psychology of Diplomacy, among others.

hlangholtz@peaceopstraining.org

Ramona Taheri

Deputy Director and Senior Editor

Ramona Taheri is the Deputy Director and Senior Editor at the Peace Operations Training Institute. She is responsible for managing the Institute in keeping with its mission. She previously worked as a Research Assistant for Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, a Training Analyst for a claims resolution firm, and an intern for Amnesty International USA and the Red Cross. She received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.

rtaheri@peaceopstraining.org

Vanessa Anderson

Registrar and Chief of Institutional Relations

Vanessa Anderson is the Registrar and Chief of Institutional Relations at the Peace Operations Training Institute. She is responsible for managing student support, administering student records, and advising on student services. She also manages institutional relations with peacekeeping training providers, including with national peacekeeping training centres which utilize the Institute’s online training to complement their classroom courses. She previously worked at the Trust for the Americas and interned with the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads. She received a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies from Old Dominion University. She also serves as Secretary on the POTI Board of Directors.

vanderson@peaceopstraining.org

Ian Brickey

Chief of Content

Ian Brickey is the Chief of Content at the Peace Operations Training Institute. He oversees the Content Department and all aspects of the Institute’s training materials to ensure their currency, educational integrity, and pedagogical quality. He previously served as a Copy Editor and Multimedia Specialist in the Institute’s Content Department and has also worked as a journalist covering government and education. He attended the College of William & Mary and the University of Missouri.

ibrickey@peaceopstraining.org

Christopher Leber

Chief of Technology

Christopher Leber is the Chief of Technology at the Peace Operations Training Institute. He oversees the IT department, and is responsible for managing the Institute’s technological aspects, security, and data compliance. Christopher has worked in the IT field since 2006. He holds a B.S. with honours in Marketing, B.S. with honours in Information Systems with a double concentration in Application Development and Network Management, an M.B.A., and an M.S. in Information Systems, all from Virginia Commonwealth University. Outside of work Christopher engages in numerous volunteer activities within the community.

cleber@peaceopstraining.org

Marianne Wrightson

Chief of Programme Services

Marianne Wrightson is the Chief of Programme Services at the Peace Operations Training Institute. She began working in education in 1988, including student services positions at Chesapeake College and the College of William & Mary. In addition to education, she has worked in sales and marketing for the Hanes Corporation. She has held a myriad of volunteer positions in the non-profit sector, including governance, fundraising, and teaching. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Dayton and has training in literacy education and hospice care.

mwrightson@peaceopstraining.org

Susan Terrien

Treasurer

Susan Terrien is Treasurer at the Peace Operations Training Institute. She manages all financial transactions for the Institute, maintains and manages grant-related financial records, and coordinates the preparation and submission of financial reports required by granting nations. She also serves as office manager to accommodate day-to-day operations and is Treasurer on the POTI Board of Directors.

sterrien@peaceopstraining.org

Frank Benner

Programme Assistant

Frank Benner is a Programme Assistant at the Peace Operations Training Institute. Previously, he worked as an intelligence analyst in the US Army. He is also a student at the College of William & Mary pursuing a B.A. in International Relations. At the college, he is an Associate Editor and Secretary for the Monitor: Journal of International Studies.

fbenner@peaceopstraining.org

Lindsay April

Copy Editor

lapril@peaceopstraining.org