Workplace Peace Institute Team
Workplace Peace Institute collaborates with a team of corporate culture development consultants, leadership coaches, racial equity coaches, leadership development trainers, researchers, mediators and dialogue facilitators to meet each clients' unique needs.
Moira Cary, MLS
Moira Cary is a human rights and social justice activist whose advocacy engages racial consciousness development and white privilege. As the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator in the SMU Dedman School of Law and as a member of Southern Methodist University’s Task Force on Social Justice and Equity, she is passionate about creating educational spaces to explore racial identity and dismantle white supremacy in Dallas and beyond. Moira sits on the Board of Directors of Peace & Conciliation Project, an antiracism nonprofit, and through Workplace Peace Institute, facilitates racial equity dialogues. Prior to her work at Southern Methodist University, Moira spent three years working at Dallas CASA advocating for foster youth navigating the juvenile justice and child welfare system. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Social Justice from Southern Methodist University.
Sarah Davenport, MDR
Mediator, Conflict Resolution Trainer & Dialogue Facilitator
Sarah Davenport is the founder of Provisions for Peace, whose mission is to create a culture of peace by improving the process in which people engage and communicate with each other. As a consultant and conflict specialist, Sarah facilitates trainings and experiential workshops on topics ranging from nonviolent action, peer mediation and conflict management. More recently her work has focused on addressing conflict resolution within social justice, racial equity, and organizational development. Sarah Davenport has a Masters of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University. Sarah currently serves on the Peace & Conciliation Project Board.
Baranda Fermin, PhD
Racial Equity Consultant & Healing Practitioner
Dr. Baranda Fermin (she/they) racial equity coach, consultant, and healing practitioner whose professional work builds the human capacity and organizational potential for transformative change, leading to whole, healthy, loving and creative relationships and communities. As an accomplished leader in the fields of community development, nonprofit leadership, higher education, as well as equity and access, her expertise has shifted the way that communities engage in development, change agents create strategy, and leaders measure outcomes. Rev. Dr. Fermin has numerous published articles including those in Social Forces, College & University, Better Homes & Gardens, Visible Magazine, and her book of prayers and prose, For Our Boys: A Mother's Prayers. Baranda holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University; a master’s in Human Development from Teachers College, Columbia University; a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of Oklahoma; and is completing her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology.
Michaela "MJ" Jefferson
MJ is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master's in Social Work, receiving her BBA in 2018 from Dallas Baptist University. She has worked and volunteered primarily in education and emergency services at locations such as Mission Waco, NCCC, Dallas Afterschool, Texans Can Academy of Carrollton Farmers Branch, FEMA, United Way Metropolitan Dallas and is currently teaching as a Guest Educator in various charter schools across the metroplex through a program called Enriched. She is native to the Jackson area of Mississippi but has lived in DFW for the past two decades.
Scott A. Mischnick
Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships
Scott A. Mischnick (he/him/his) is a highly skilled sales executive with more than 30 years of experience in both business development and large account management. Scott has closed billion dollar deals in distribution services and managed multi-million-dollar accounts in the Consumer-Packaged Goods arena. He has developed Request for Information and Request for Proposal responses for multi-year agreements, as well as negotiating the long-term contracts associated with those deals. Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin. More recently, Scott is continuing his education at Creighton University in the Negotiations and Conflict Resolution program. Scott’s passion for people development, dignity in the workplace, and leadership development led him to Workplace Peace Institute to deliver their service to workplaces worldwide.
Chad Pendarves, MDR
Mediator, Conflict Resolution Trainer & Dialogue Facilitator
Chad Pendarves is a racial equity consultant, conflict specialist and servant leader, dedicated to creating equitable spaces with dignity and prosperity for all. He wholeheartedly believes in the adage, “if we all do a little, none of us has to do a lot…grab a corner and lift with your legs.” As a political and social justice activist, Chad is a proponent of bold, intersectional policies and systems change aimed at dismantling structural barriers and discriminatory norms. He has a comprehensive background in public relations and community outreach. Chad received his Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Texas. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Peace & Conciliation Project, and the Black Alumni of SMU.
Robyn Short, DLS
Founder & CEO
Dr. Robyn Short (she/her/hers) is the founder and CEO of Workplace Peace Institute. She is an organization systems design consultant and researcher, peace-building trainer, mediator, racial equity consultant and coach, and restorative justice facilitator. She is the founder and publisher of GoodMedia Press, an independent book publisher that’s mission is to promote peace and social justice through books and other media. Dr. Short is also the founder and board chair of the Peace & Conciliation Project, a 501(c)(3) antiracism organization that brings communities together to address and repair the harm of racial injustice. She is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in the Master of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution program, the Master of Leadership and Negotiation at Bay Path University, and the College of Innovation and Design at Texas A&M at Commerce Dr. Short has authored four books on peace building and produced a documentary.
Betty Iglesias Snyder, PsyD
Mediator, DEIB Strategist, Consultant, & Trainer
Dr. Betty Iglesias Snyder is a licensed psychologist with a specialization in multicultural psychology. She works as a trainer, coach, mediator, DEI consultant, and facilitator. She brings a lens of curiosity, antiracism, and cultural humility to her work, which focuses on healing and educating individuals, communities, and organizations globally. Betty was formerly Director and Associate Clinical Faculty for the Center for Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution program at Southern Methodist University. She also serves as a lecturer at both the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law and the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. She teaches courses in communication, mediation, psychology of conflict, culture and gender, peacebuilding, and neuroscience. Prior to her work at Southern Methodist University, she worked as a program director for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law where she provided a wide range of alternative dispute resolution services including multi-party mediation to governmental agencies, policymakers and others involved in public disputes. She is a published author and has been featured in two documentaries.
Amy Tran-Calhoun, MSW
Amy Tran-Calhoun is the proud daughter of Vietnamese refugees. Aware that there is no social justice without racial justice, Amy has devoted her career to developing antiracist leaders. She wears many hats including Chief of Staff at Diversity Talks, a consulting company that provides youth-led antiracism professional development, racial equity coach with Dallas TRHT, trainer with the Center for Racial Justice in Education, and independent consultant.