Steering Committee


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Jugdep Chima

Jugdep Chima

Jugdep S. Chima is an associate professor of political science at Hiram College. Before joining the Hiram College faculty, he taught as a lecturer of political science at the University of California–Berkeley, and also served as the Associate Editor for South Asia for the peer-reviewed journal, Asian Survey. Professor Chima’s regularly taught courses at Hiram College include: Comparative Politics, Logic and Scope of Political Inquiry, Politics of Developing Areas, Politics of Human Rights, International Terrorism, Identity and Society in Asia, Politics of South Asia, and International Relations of South Asia. Professor Chima serves as the coordinator for the International Studies minor and is a member of the Diversity Committee. Professor Chima’s academic interests are in research methodology, comparative politics, ethnonationalism, and South Asia.

Lana Dahman

Lana Dahman

Lana Dahman graduated from Hiram College in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. One of her fondest memories during her time at Hiram was being a part of the GCPL. Lana worked as a nurse post-grad, and also stayed involved with the GCPL focusing on marketing and ideas for growth within the program. Lana is currently an assistant of the GCPL program and is simultaneously wrapping up her nurse practitioner schooling at the Ohio State University.

John Koritansky

John Koritansky

John Koritansky did his undergraduate work at Cornell University, studying under the noted political theorist Allen Bloom. He then completed his graduate education at the University of Chicago, as a student of the renowned scholar and theorist Leo Strauss. He has an expertise in political philosophy and American government, and is a leading expert in the philosophy of Alexis de Touqueville. He has taught at Hiram College for over forty years and he served as the first Director of the Garfield Center for Public Leadership.

John Rauder

John Lauder

John Lauder was one of the founders of the Garfield Center for Public Leadership at Hiram College and continues to serve as an adviser to the Center and on the Board of Visitors of the College. He is currently an independent consultant on nonproliferation, arms control monitoring, and intelligence. He retired from the US government with over 33 years of managerial, analytical, and policy experience in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and as an arms control negotiator. Before joining the CIA, he served in the United States Army and on the staff of a Congressional committee. His last three assignments in the government were as Deputy Director of National Support at the NRO, Director of CIA’s Nonproliferation Center, and Chief of the Intelligence Community’s Arms Control Intelligence Staff.

Mr. Lauder served subsequently as a senior manager and corporate officer within Areteꞌ Associates. He continues to be instrumental in shaping research and strategic planning in the public and private sectors, including as a member of government, academic, laboratory, and nonprofit advisory panels. He has helped lead influential studies to improve intelligence on weapons of mass destruction and to facilitate verification of international agreements.

Mr. Lauder has received multiple awards for his leadership and innovation in collection systems, analytical approaches, and vital national security initiatives and decisions. He has a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Hiram College and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.

William Recker

Bill Recker

Bill Recker is the Chair Emeritus of the Energy Innovation Center and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Community Kitchen. He is a founding partner and CEO of IronBridge Partners and a partner and co-founder of the Cranberry Business Park. He maintains a full schedule devoted to real estate investment, high tech start-ups and the advancement of the Pittsburgh region’s educational and training efforts to provide all elements of the energy industry with the optimum workforce for the 21st century. Bill earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Duquesne University. In addition, he completed graduate studies and research in virology at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. Bill has been married for more than 60 years, walked across Switzerland, biked across France and Spain and enjoys skiing, tennis, sailing, furniture making, jazz and being a grandfather.

Kathy Luschek

Kathy Luschek

Kathy Luschek has worked with the Garfield Center from its inception in 2006. She is responsible for all logistics relating to the Center’s programs. She assists the directors in programming for the Garfield Scholars and in recruiting others who will work with the center. Luschek also is the Programming Coordinator for Hiram College’s other Centers of Distinction. She gained experience in organizing events, fundraising, administrative and organizational leadership serving as executive director of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, managing issue campaigns and directing the State of Ohio Treasurer’s Cleveland Office. All of these positions brought her in contact with governmental and elected leaders.

She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Lithuania for two years and following her service, worked as a Peace Corps economic and organizational development trainer in Estonia and Moldova. After returning home, she became the executive director and instructor for the Executive Training Program for the American Language Academy.

Ken Moore

Kenneth Moore

Kenneth C. Moore is chair of the Squire Patton Boggs Ethics Committee. For more than 20 years he has spent a substantial proportion of his time in the field of professional ethics, advising clients – including other law firms − on legal ethics and governance issues and counseling lawyers around the globe. Ken has handled trial and appellate cases in federal and state courts. His environmental practice has encompassed counseling, litigation and the negotiation and drafting of extensive consent orders. He has appeared before state environmental authorities and the US Environmental Protection Agency in a variety of administrative proceedings. Ken is also on the Board of Trustees at Hiram College.

James Thompson

James Thompson

James Thompson received his B.A. in Politics from St. Mary’s College of California in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. While conducting his graduate studies, he became aware of the long-term trends which are pushing global politics towards the ultimate creation of a global state. As such, he has devoted much of his academic effort to analyzing these trends — via regional integration projects, in particular — and to spreading an awareness of these trends. Thus in addition to his work at Hiram College, he is also the co-coordinator of the World Government Research Network, which includes some of the leading figures in the study of International Relations. His primary area of research is International Relations, with a focus on regional integration projects. Other areas of interest include political theory, public leadership, and the relationship between politics and architecture.

Valori Vaught

Valori Vaught

Valori Vaught completed her undergraduate studies at Hiram, focusing on educational studies and sociology. She then went on to graduate school at Hiram to earn her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, with a focus on health communication and psychology. Her primary research interests include children’s anxiety levels in healthcare settings and parent-child communication. Valori also has interests in domestic and international relations, leading to her work in the Garfield Center for Public Leadership. Regarding her work in the GCPL, Valori has been helping to pilot the newly formed partnership with the Civility Leadership Institute, General Wesley Clark’s program that promotes civil discourse, as well as our new partnership with the Eisenhower Institute established in Washington, DC.