About the Team

UPF STAFF TEAM & CONTENT DEVELOPMENT TEAM

UPF Staff Bios

Alex Kronemer - Executive Producer. A frequent writer and lecturer on Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication, UPF co-founder Alex has published numerous essays, including in the Christian Science Monitor and Washington Post. He has lectured to corporations such as Nike and Disney and non-profits such as the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and Harvard. Alex has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions, including during CNN's historic coverage of the Hajj in 1998. Alex served as political appointee at the U.S. State Department, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and Islam. Alex has a degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University. Alex is co-executive producer of UPF films, CEO of UPF, and Treasurer/Secretary of the UPF board.

Daniel Tutt - Outreach Director. Daniel's work for peace across religious and cultural lines has been featured on NPR, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press, and at educational symposia. Before working with UPF, Daniel served a year of public service with the Points of Light Foundation, and was the Executive Director for the 9/11 Unity Walk. He holds degrees from American University and Southern Oregon University. For UPF he has built a network of organizations implementing the 20,000 Dialogues methodology, reaching more than 80,000 people in more than 10,000 discussions using UPF films.

Patricia E. Langan - Managing Director. Patricia comes to UPF with 15 years of experience in non profit management, international development, and finance. As Director at the International Youth Foundation she built foundations and award-winning programs in the Middle East and Africa. At the World Bank she helped improve services at health clinics and schools. At Nat West Bank she financed alternative energy facilities. At UPF she manages administrative, financial and organizational development, as well as foundation fundraising and programming. She holds degrees from Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Zeki Gobelez - Business Assistant. Zeki comes to UPF with a strong background in international business and marketing at several small private companies and large public firms in Turkey. He is co-owner of Zeki Textiles (Wool and Industry Commerce Inc.) based in Usak, Turkey. Zeki holds a dual-diploma degree in Global Politics and International Affairs from SUNY Binghamton, NY and Middle East Technical University, Turkey. At UPF, Zeki supports administrative, finance, fundraising, and program functions.

Lena Sulpovar - Outreach Associate. Lena holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Intercultural Relations from the SIT (School for International Training) Graduate Institute. Lena was born in Uzbekistan, raised in Israel, and studied both in the U.S. and in France. She received her Bachelor's degree in French Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Lena works as an Outreach Associate with UPF's 20,000 Dialogues program and assists with foundation relations.

Content Development Team

Dr. Sylviane Diouf is an award-winning historian specializing in the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, migrations, and the history of West African Muslims. She is the author of the acclaimed Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas (NYU Press) named Outstanding Academic Book. She is the author most recently of Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America (Oxford University Press), which received awards from the American Historical Association, the Alabama Historical Association, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is the editor of Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies and the co-editor of In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience. A recipient of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award, the Warith Deen Mohammed Award, the Pen and Brush Achievement Award, and the Rosa Parks Award, Dr. Diouf has appeared in several documentaries. She is a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

Dr. Lucinda Allen Mosher, TH.D., is a Christian ethicist with offices in New York City and northeast Florida who works as a consultant, author, and educator on interreligious matters. Dr. Mosher is the author of Faith in the Neighborhood, a book series on America's religious diversity; the response of The Episcopal Church to the pan-Muslim initiative, A Common Word; and articles and book chapters on multi-faith issues, Christian-Muslim concerns, and the legacy of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. A frequent lecturer in the US and abroad, Dr. Mosher is the founding instructor for the annual Worldviews Seminar at The University of Michigan-Dearborn, an innovative introduction to America's religious diversity.

Barbara Petzen. Direcotr, Middle East Connections. Barbara Petzen was outreach coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, a Title VI National Resource Center charged with disseminating information on the Middle East and Islam to the K-12 community, media organizations, and the public, as well as Outreach Director at the Middle East Policy Council. She has taught courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam and women's studies at Dalhousie University and St. Mary's University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has also served as tutor and teaching assistant at Harvard University. She earned her BA in International Politics and Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia College and a second Honors BA in Oriental Studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Her academic interests include Ottoman history, the history and present concerns of women in the Middle East and the Islamic world, the role of Islam in Middle Eastern and other societies, relations and perceptions between the Islamic world and the West, and the necessity for globalizing K-12 education in the United States.

Jeremy Rehwaldt. Content Developer. Jeremy is an associate professor of religion at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, where since 2002 he has taught courses in ethics, religion, sociology, and African American studies. His research analyzes the ways that Christian communities construct understandings of and responses to social problems, particularly with regard to race and ethnicity. Jeremy, who holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and PhD from Vanderbilt University, has also worked in the nonprofit sector as an editor, grant writer, and community organizer.