Who We Are

Board of Directors

Dena Hawes

Dena Hawes, PHD

Dena is the Founder and Executive Director of HCRC. She has over twenty years of experience in professional research, administration, financial management, supervision, and fundraising with domestic and international nonprofits, non-governmental agencies and universities, and has held leadership roles with six domestic and international nonprofits, starting in 1995. Dena was a Professional Development Fellow with the Institute for International Education conducting Conflict Resolution and Security research in the Republic of Georgia. She is also a multimedia visual artist, and has taught courses in sculpture and performance art, contemporary art issues, professional development, and conflict analysis and resolution at the university level for five years. Dena is the author of a book entitled: Why Art Matters: Artists and Peacebuilding, VDM Verlag Publishing House. USA, UK, Germany, 2009, a book that explores and explains the contributions that artists and visual creativity have made to the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation. She also wrote a book chapter entitled "Suzanne Lacy: Oakland Projects", Artistic Bedfellows: Histories and Conversations in Collaborative Art Practice, Eds Holly Crawford, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. Dena earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters and Doctoral degree from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, Arlington, VA. (Doctoral degree, 2007.)

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Karen Danielson, MS, CHES, ISC®

Leveraging expertise in experiential education, motivational interviewing and intrinsic modalities of facilitation, Karen has worked for over 3 decades in consort with Fortune 500 companies, Not-For-Profit organizations, professionals and individuals to explore and engineer more meaningful, productive, resilient and authentic authority in work, life and play. A certified resiliency and lifestyle coach, masters prepared public health education specialist and public speaker, Karen welcomes the opportunity to engage with AER to advance the vision of a more consciously harmonious society committed to restoring our environment. “Valuing differences and celebrating similarities between people and culture through art, education, and discourse implores the mind and spirit to see anew, plan anew and achieve anew.”


David J. Emerson Young

David was the founder of Young & Laramore Advertising, and had thirty years of professional experience as their CEO and Creative Director. His advertising and marketing work included branding of companies and products through television, radio, magazine, newspaper print and billboards. Young & Laramore received hundreds of awards in competitive national advertising shows, and were frequently featured in industry publications. David has always been an artist and works in painting, drawing, site-specific sculpture, and public art. He is currently finishing a painting series focused on climate change: the causes, effects on nature, and after effects on humans.