IAOHRA Board of Directors
Jean M. Kelleher has been Director of the City of Alexandria’s Office of Human Rights since May 2000. Before that, she was a Managing Attorney at Legal Services of Northern Virginia, the region’s legal aid program. Ms. Niebauer graduated from Connecticut College, did post-graduate work at Georgetown, and received her law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. She has been a litigator and an administrator of pro bono, lawyer referral and children’s law programs.
In 2007 she became a Certified Public Manager through the George Washington University/COG (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments) Institute for Excellence in Public Leadership. She serves on the City Manager’s Management Team and on the City Council’s Legislative Committee.
She is a past President of the Alexandria Bar Association, served on the board of directors of the Bar Foundation, and now represents Alexandria on the Virginia State Bar Council. In June 2011 she was elected to the Executive Committee of the Virginia State Bar.
Ms. Niebauer is passionate about children (and has 5!); she is active in the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (Co-Chaired the 2011 Gala) and the “Beat the Odds” scholarship program, and serves on the Virginia Bar Association Commission on the Legal Needs of Children. She was selected to serve on the Professionalism faculty of the Virginia State Bar, now serves as an instructor/mentor in the City of Alexandria’s Leadership and Management Institute (LMI), and teaches at COG (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments).
1st VICE PRESIDENT
Robin Toma, Executive Director
Robin S. Toma, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, has broad experience in the field of human relations. He was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2000 after working five years with the Commission. He was invited to be a member of the US Delegation to the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, held in South Africa, Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan in 2003, and the Climate of Trust Delegation to Russia in 2005. He is co-author of the manual: Day Laborer Hiring Sites: Constructive Approaches to Community Conflict, and authored A Primer on Managing Intergroup Conflict in a Multicultural Workplace."
Toma was lead attorney in seeking redress for over 2,200 Japanese Latin Americans who were forcibly brought to the U.S. and imprisoned by the US government during World War II. He is also part of an ongoing gathering of leaders known as the Executive Session on Criminal Justice and Human Rights organized by Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California for nearly 7 years, promoting human rights and building multi-ethnic coalitions to bring about institutional change. A native of Los Angeles, Toma received his Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Masters degree in Urban Planning and his Juris Doctorate from UCLA. He completed a three-year Kellogg National Fellowship/Leadership Program studying how genuine democracies can be built in culturally diverse societies around the globe. Toma lived two years in Barcelona, Spain and is fully fluent in Spanish.
2nd VICE PRESIDENT
Raphael A. Maharaj
Paula Haley has been the Executive Director of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights (ASCHR) since 1988.
The ASCHR enforces Alaska’s Human Rights Law which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, credit and finance and government services. Prior to her work with the ASCHR, Paula was a staff attorney for the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission. She began her career in civil rights over 30 years ago in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Since 1992, Paula has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) and is currently the Association’s Secretary.
A graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law, Paula is admitted to the Alaska Bar Association.
Lonnie L. Douglas is Executive Director of the South Bend Human Rights Commission, South Bend, Indiana. He has received numerous awards from civil and human rights organizations for his contributions in the field of human relations.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Shawn Martél Moore, Esq. serves as the Executive Director of the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission. Ms. Moore service with the Commission began August 1999, with an enforcement agency charged with investigating employment, education, housing, credit, and public accommodation discrimination complaints. She also serves on countywide projects such as: workforce diversity inclusion initiatives, equal employment opportunity programs, contract compliance programs, and emergency management planning. Ms. Moore recently received the “20 Most Outstanding Women’s Award” in Tompkins County. Over the past 20+ years she worked with various interest groups on a plethora of issues ranging from venues in appeals court, federal court, supreme court, and administrative hearings involving: religious discrimination in New York State’s prison system, race relations, public accommodation including laws advocating for service animals, inequitable practices for students and district employees in the New York Board of Education system, employment discrimination, disability accommodations, gender inequality, inadequate housing, youth citizenship programs, and continue to provide assistance to community members and their families with issues regarding civil rights issues.
Ms. Moore is a veteran of the United States Navy and Reserves and served for 23 plus years. Notable Assignments: Equal Opportunity/Legal Affairs Officer (9 years), Officer-in-Charge of New Recruits, assigned to London, Italy and Spain Staff Judge Advocate’s office criminal and claims divisions, provided pro bono legal services in family law and estate planning for Desert Storm Reservist. Ms. Moore formerly worked as a Deputy Court Clerk in the San Diego, California Court System (Criminal Division), and served as a volunteer in the San Diego Adult Probation Department.
She earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University, magna cum laude, (1992) and Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law (1997) and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Upon graduation from law school, she earned a certification in Family Law and Social Policy, and was awarded the New York State IOLA Social Justice Fellowship for the Public Interest Law Firm Clinic at Syracuse Law School (1997-1999).
Professional Associations: First Vice-President, and formerly Atlantic Regional Representative, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies; Vice-President, Tompkins County Human Services Coalition; President, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; Vice-Chair, Tompkins County Workforce, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Co-Chair, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Education Committee; member of Finger Lakes Women’s Bar, American Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE AND REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
Vacant, Board Member At-Large
Rue Landau- Boling, Board Member -At- Large
To Be Announced, Board Member At-Large
Estrus Tucker, Board Member-At-Large
James Stowe - Atlantic Region Representative
Bobbie Wanzo- Mid-West Regional Representative
Julie Nelson - Western Regional Representative
Beverly Watts, Southern Regional Represntative
Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall - Canadian Representative
Updated April 9, 2013