Board members



Mr. DeFelice is an experienced General Counsel with a wealth of experience in a range of areas including technology, business management, compliance, and corporate governance. He currently is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Rackspace, a public leader in managed cloud technology services. He has served as the General Counsel and executive leader for a number of technology and healthcare companies. Gene has also held leadership positions in sales and marketing, as well as general management roles. He has a broad range of expertise, including in operations and business. Mr. DeFelice graduated from Rutgers University, received his doctorate of Law degree from Seton Hall University and a master’s of Business Administration with distinction from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland. He previously served as a member of the Board of the International Institute of St. Louis and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.



Katharine I. Crost is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  Ms. Crost has extensive experience with the securitization of a variety of assets, including mortgages, tax liens, tobacco litigation settlement funds, and utility stranded costs.  Recently, Ms. Crost has been involved in advising clients on a number of innovative transactions that address issues arising from the financial crisis and housing and financial regulatory reform.  Ms. Crost has served on Orrick’s Executive Committee, as Chair of their Women’s Initiative and as Practice Group Leader. She is a member in good standing of the New York bar and a volunteer at USCRI’s Albany field office.



Mr. Rosenthal is a real estate developer and venture capitalist. He is a member of a number of corporate boards and is also Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of GTL, Inc. His business activities have required him to spend substantial time in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Mr. Rosenthal resides in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.



Scott is a partner at Omidyar Network and leads the firm’s investment, finance, and legal operations. He previously served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and senior advisor and entrepreneur-in-residence to the innovation funds of USAID. Scott was a member of the founding team of a crowdfunding platform and co-founded several venture capital and investment firms that together manage more than $1 billion. Scott has also committed himself to issues addressing global poverty and education, including serving as former chairman of USCRI and as former president of Aim High. He has worked on development projects in Tanzania, with a center combatting child prostitution in Bangkok, monitored refugee camps, co-founded a middle school for the underprivileged, and volunteered in AIDS orphanages. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his B.A. in government from Dartmouth College.


Mr. Blackman is a corporate partner resident in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson, LLP. He joined the firm in 1966 and became a partner in 1973. Mr. Blackman has a wide-ranging practice that includes representing domestic and international clients in a variety of corporate transactions. His areas of expertise include the representation of Canadian companies in connection with cross-border financing, as well as merger and acquisition transactions and other matters involving the application of U.S. securities laws to foreign issuers.

Mr. Blackman received his LLB, cum laude, from Columbia University Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He received his AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Blackman resides and is barred in New York.


Diann Dawson is President and CEO of DDA & Associates.  She enjoyed a distinguished public service career with more than 38 years in federal and state governments.  She continues her service in the private sector as a national and global advocate for children and family strengthening initiatives.

Prior to her retirement, she served as the Director of the Office of Regional Operations within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary regarding field operations, she provided executive leadership and directions to ACF’s ten regional offices on the integration and coordination of more than 65 human services programs to promote the well-being of children, families and communities.

She serves as a director on several non-profit boards and was re-elected as President of the Potomac Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women for 2016-2018.   Ms. Dawson holds a BA from Bennett College, MSW from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and is admitted to the DC and MD bars. She resides in Silver Spring, MD.


Earl Johnson was appointed by the White House to serve as the Director of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (HHS/OFA). In this position Earl oversaw an annual budget of $17.8 billion. In this role, he was the principle policy and administrative manager for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. He was the one of the leaders within the Administration and ACF on promoting responsible fatherhood and economic security issues related to men and boys of color.

Earl has a longstanding relationship with California, the Bay Area and in Philanthropy. Before accepting his current position, he was the Senior Policy Advisor and Interim Workforce Investment Board Director for the City of Oakland and Mayor Ron Dellums. Prior to that he was the Senior Program Officer for the California Endowment and the Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Working Communities Division. He also served as the Associate Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the California Health and Human Services Agency under the Davis Administration.

Earl has a Ph.D. from UCLA’s School of Social Work and Public Policy. He holds an MA from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C. Earl also recently completed Harvard University’s Executive Management Program on Negotiation.


Mr. Monahan has joined Georgetown University as advisor to President John J.DeGioia. Until April he was the U.S. Department of State’s special adviser for global health partnerships. He works closely with organizations in the global health sphere and, in particular, coordinates engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.


Mrs. O’Boyle is President of Acacia Book Company, a boutique publishing company in Connecticut. Originally from the Philippines, where she distinguished herself as an actress, she is the author of numerous books on the Philippines including the most recent Tropical Gardens of the Philippines. She is a SEATO scholar and a recipient of the John D. Rockefeller 111 Fund grant for Drama. Mrs. O’Boyle has served on the boards of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the US Committee for UNICEF. She presently serves on the boards of the Children’s Orchestra Society of New York, The Center for Art and Thought, and the UNESCO Philippine International Theater Institute. She is a graduate of St. Paul College of Manila and received her Master’s in Drama from New York University. She currently resides in Connecticut.


William (Bill) Shuey served for 24 years as Executive Director of the International Institute of Rhode Island (IIRI)—a USCRI partner agency. Before retiring in December 2012, he orchestrated a merger of IIRI with Dorcas Place Adult Literacy Center, now known as Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. Mr. Shuey has served on numerous boards and task forces at the local, state, and national levels and is the founder of the International Charter School, a dual language immersion K-5 elementary school in Pawtucket, RI. He has 30 years of experience working with immigrants and refugees. Over the years he has made several site visits to refugee camps in Thailand, Eritrea, Hong Kong, and Ethiopia and has also traveled to/lived in several countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

Mr. Shuey was Executive Director of Project Persona and oversaw its transition to the International Institute in 1984. In 2000, he became an inaugural fellow of the Rhode Island Foundation Non-Profit Fellowship program. He received an MA in Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; an AB in Literature from Claremont McKenna College; and completed graduate work in English literature at New York University. He taught English as a Second Language both while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey and back in Providence, RI. Mr. Shuey speaks, reads, and writes Spanish and is comfortable reading and speaking French and German, as well as some Turkish. Mr. Shuey currently resides in Providence, RI and West Yarmouth, MA with his wife.


Since 1999, Mr. Udani has been publisher of ILW.COM, a leading law publisher with over 50,000+ pages of free information on immigration law that receives 250,000 visitors per month. Under Mr. Udani’s direction ILW has conducted 600+ CLE seminars, published over two dozen immigration law books and conducted immigration events in over a dozen countries. He resides in New York City.



James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law at the University of Michigan since 1998, is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam, Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Programme, and President of the Cuenca Colloquium on International Refugee Law.

From 2008 until 2010 Hathaway was on leave from the University of Michigan to serve as the Dean of Law and William Hearn Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, where he established Australia’s first all-graduate legal education program. He previously held positions as Professor of Law and Associate Dean of the Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada (1984-1998), Counsel on Special Legal Assistance for the Disadvantaged to the Government of Canada (1983-1984), and Professeur adjoint de droit at the Université de Moncton, Canada (1980-1983). He has been appointed a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo, and at the Universities of California, Macerata, Tokyo, and Toronto.

Hathaway’s publications include more than seventy journal articles, a leading treatise on the refugee definition (The Law of Refugee Status, 1991, republished in both Japanese and Russian), an interdisciplinary study of models for refugee law reform (Reconceiving International Refugee Law, 1997) and, most recently, The Rights of Refugees under International Law (2005) – the first comprehensive analysis of the human rights of refugees set by the UN Refugee Convention. He is Founding Patron and Honorary Director of Asylum Access, a non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative legal aid to refugees in the global South. Hathaway also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Refugee Studies and the Immigration and Nationality Law Reports and directs the Refugee Caselaw Site (, a website that collects, indexes, and publishes leading judgments on refugee law. Professor Hathaway regularly advises and provides training on refugee law to academic, non-governmental, and official audiences around the world.



Jeff Fahey joins USCRI as Global Ambassador. An accomplished actor, most recently known for his role on the hit television series LOST, Mr. Fahey is a dedicated advocate for refugee rights. He became passionate about protecting the world’s most vulnerable people when he witnessed the plight of the Sahrawi languishing in refugee camps in Algeria for more than thirty years.

Mr. Fahey grew up in Olean and Buffalo, New York. After graduating from high school, he spent several years traveling in Alaska, Europe, Israel, India, and Afghanistan. At the age of twenty-five, he won a full scholarship to dance with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. His acting résumé includes a long list of films and television shows, including One Life to Live, Silverado, Miami Vice, The Marshal, and LOST.

Mr. Fahey recently returned to Afghanistan to help establish the American University of Afghanistan, support women’s rights, and launch a project to assist orphaned kids in Kabul. In September, Mr. Fahey and a group of celebrity friends, including Ken Leung and Elizabeth Avellan, traveled to the Western Sahara with USCRI representatives to visit Sahrawi people who have recently escaped the Tindouf refugee camp and are in the process of restarting their lives. As Global Ambassador, Mr. Fahey will join forces with USCRI to help protect the rights of millions of people around the world who have endured war and genocide and now find themselves trapped in limbo as they await durable solutions.