OUR TEAM 
Founder and Executive Director

Christen Higgins Clougherty, PhD brings over eighteen years of experience as an educator and administrator in community organizations, K-12 public, charter and independent schools, and colleges/universities. Christen attributes her commitment to using service-learning and civic engagement to promote global citizenship to her experiences as a student at the Carolina Friends School. Her honors include recognition as a National Emerging Scholar for K-12 Service-Learning Research (2008 and 2009) by the National Service-Learning Partnership at the Academy for Educational Development. Christen received her Ph.D. in Quaker Studies from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. She  completed her doctoral research on the synthesis of experiential education, service-learning, creative-process theory, and global citizenship education. Christen is also a founding board member of two charter schools in Savannah, GA; Tybee Island Maritime Academy and Susie King Taylor Community School.

 
Nobis Project Board of Directors

Jane V. Rago, PhD, President
Director of Gender & Women's Studies
Assistant Professor, Languages, Literature, and Philosophy
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Savannah, Georgia

Jane's research focuses on ruin theory, national identity, material culture, and globalization. Jane has worked with the Nobis Project since 2012.
  



Molly Askin, MIPA, JD
Attorney
Washington, D.C.
Molly holds a J.D. from Cornell University Law School with a specialization in Public Law. She also holds a Master of International Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specialized in Transatlantic Relations and Policy Analysis. Ms. Askin also studied EU and comparative law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Emily Chamberlain, MA
Independent Consultant
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Emily brings over 20 years of experience as a professional educator in both public and private schools.  As a teacher of literature and writing at Carolina Friends School for much of her career, she was deeply influenced by the tenets of Quaker education and discovered within that philosophical framework her truest sense of calling and vocation.  She is drawn to the work of the Nobis Project out of that same sense of inner alignment.  Emily is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator prepared by the Center.  She holds a M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and is happy to call the Pacific Northwest home.

Will Nisbet, MS Ed
Lead Fourth Grade Teacher, Maret School
Washington, D.C.
Will brings ten years teaching experience in K-8 and K-12 schools, including international travel and outdoor education with students. His passion for experience-based learning stems from his own extensive travel and connecting with students and educators outside of the classroom. Will earned his masters degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania and wrote his thesis on racial identity development within youths. He continues to pursue opportunities for professional development that examine global responsibility and citizenship. 

 

Advisory Council

Lawrence Neil Bailis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, Heller School for Social Policy and Management,
Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts

 
Lise Charlier
Academic Dean - Spanish Teacher, Severn School
Severna Park, Maryland

 
Kisha Clark
Attorney-Advocate
Atlanta, Georgia

 
Donna DelMonte
Middle School Science Teacher, Coastal Middle School
Savannah, Georgia


Annie Dwyer
Dance Specialist, Carolina Friends School
Durham, North Carolina

 
Emily Gereffi
U.S. Government Employee
San Salvador, El Salvador

 
Angela Grosse
Secondary School English Teacher, Beach High School
Savannah, Georgia

 
Maureen Higgins
Retired Elementary School Principal
Brick, New Jersey

 
Sean Higgins
Lead Interpretation and Education Specialist, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Raleigh North Carolina

 
Gary Homana, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Elementary Education, Towson University
Towson, Maryland

 
Jamie Hysjulien, Ph.D.
Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Carolina Friends School
Durham, North Carolina

 
Jane LaMarra
Former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for Moorestown Township Public Schools
Moorestown, New Jersey

 
Charlie Layman
Elementary School Teacher, Carolina Friends School
Durham, North Carolina

 
Amanda Parks, MD
Infectious Disease Physician
Bluffton, South Carolina

Evian Patterson
Project Manager, AECOM International Development
Washington, D.C.

Christopher Schell
Middle School Science Teacher, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy
Savannah, Georgia


Robert Shumer, Ph.D.
Community Faculty, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota


 

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Image Courtesy of  Imke Lass
 
 
 

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