Rev. Bartholomew B. Colley is passionate about the life and well-being of his fellow humans and actively promotes dialogue and peacebuilding. Bartholomew has been engaged with human rights and social justice advocacy, peacebuilding and conflict resolution at national and international levels serving as an activist, a prelate and a peacebuilding practitioner. Prior to joining the INCHR he served as Executive Director for the Resource Center for Community Empowerment & Integrated Development (RECEIVE) from 2014 – 2016; National Network Coordinator (NNC) for the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANNEP), Liberia from 2011 to 2013; Instructor at the Kofi Annan Institute of Conflict Transformation, University of Liberia; as a prelate, he has served the Lutheran Church as Coordinator Urban Ministry, Coordinator Lutheran in Liberia/ Lutheran World Federation /World Service (LCL-LWF/WS) Trauma Healing and Reconciliation program, Monrovia-Liberia. Coordinator (Emergency Action Plan) Lutheran in Liberia and Special Assistant to the Bishop, Lutheran Church in Liberia. He holds an L.L.B degree from Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations, IBB Graduate School of International Studies, Master Arts Degree in Theology, Development and Evangelism (MATDE) Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, USA Bachelor of Theology (BTH) Gbarnga School of Theology, Liberia.
Adolphus S. Wadeis a highly dedicated and motivated Liberian professional with varied experience in conflict mitigation and stabilization initiatives, human rights advocacy, administration, economic governance, international development and a project managements. Prior to joining the INCHR, he served as Associate Human Rights and Protection Officer, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2004 to 2007 and as Associate Gender Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2013 to 2014. In 2012-2013, worked with the USA based Management System International (MSI), and served as State Advisor to the Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement of the Republic of South Sudan following a year service as Civil Affairs Officer with the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS). 2009-2010, Democracy and Governance Specialist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID-Liberia). He holds a Master of Arts (MA), Human Rights and Social Justice with emphasis in Social Policy, London Metropolitan University, UK, and a B.Sc. in Economics, from the University of Liberia.
Mr. Wilfred N. Gray-Johnson has Over 12 years’ experience in administrative and management positions working on policies, frameworks and strategies at the national and sub-national and regional levels. Prior to joining the INCHR he served as Executive Director of the Liberia Peacebuilding Office & Head United Nations Peacebuilding Fund Secretariat - 2009-2016, National Coordination and Peacebuilding Officer, Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Recovery and Governance - United Nation Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), August 2004– February 2006, Civil Affairs Officer, Civil Affairs, UNMIL, 2004, Assistant Program Officer - World Vision Liberia 2003. He has also served as Lecturer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts and College of Theology at the United Methodist University, Liberia, Associate Director, Youth & Young Adult Department, Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church. He holds a Master Degree in Theological Studies (MTS) from the Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and a Bachelors Degree in Theology (BTh) from the Gbarnga School of Theology, United Methodist University in Liberia.
James D Torh long years of work in the field and studies of human rights has stimulated him and given him invaluable opportunity to interact with fellow researchers, think and explore his world and given him a good critical and analytical skills set through research and repeated analyses, discussion and practice that have helped him engage with interdisciplinary associations and connected with fellow colleagues and professionals. His years in the field of human rights since 1995 have been hyperactive and overly aggressive. In the zone and terrain of speaking to the conscience of evil and disagreement with the agenda of terror has been energetic and passionate, yet steady and controlled. He was appointed as Commissioner of the INCHR in 2010. Prior to joining the INCHR he served as Executive Director of Fore-runner of Children Universal Rights-FOCUS, and Programs Coordinator, National Human Rights Center-NHRC-1995-2000), from 2001 – 2002 he served as Campaign Coordinator for the West Africa Human Rights Defenders Actions 2001-2002 and as Regional Coordinator-West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network-2004-2007; he also served as Coordinator-Amnesty International 2000-2001-Spain, Researcher Amnesty International, Toronto-2002-2004, and Coordinator-Center for Refugees Studies, York University, Toronto-2007-2009. He holds a Master of Environment Studies (MES) degree from York University, Toronto, Canada and a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of Liberia.
Ms. Oretha Snyder Davis as a Liberian legal practitioner, has served in numerous capacities, both in the public and private sectors. She has attended numerous international trainings and conferences in work related areas. Prior to joining the INCHR, she served as Prosecuting Attorney, Ministry of Justice (June 2014-April 2016); Assistant Minister for Administration & Public Safety, Liberia Ministry of Justice, (April 2012-July2013); Legal Counsel/Prosecuting Attorney, Ministry of Justice Republic of Liberia, (December 2011-March 2012); Legal Counsel & Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice/Attorney General, R.L., (Oct. 2010 - Nov. 2011); Finance Assistant, UNICEF Liberia (2003-August 2010); Project Assistant, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)-(January 1999-2001); Special Assistant office of the Comptroller General R.L,Ministry of Finance (1997 - 1998); Administrative Assistant, United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL) (1995 - 1997); Credit & Marketing Assistant, ROVIA Bank, (1989-1995). She holds Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy (Honors), Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Pennsylvania, USA; Bachelor of Laws, (LLB), University of Liberia Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law(2009); Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA)-Management/Accounting, University of Liberia, (1995/96)
Tonieh A. Talery-Wiles has dedicated more than 20 years of her life in advocacy for the promotion of human rights and peace and over 10 years managing funding and programs on women, youth and other marginalized groups, working with Government, local and international organizations. Until her recent appointment as Commissioners of the INCHR she had served as Executive Director of the INCHR. She previously serve as the Project Manager for the Palava Hut Project of the INCHR. Prior to joining the INCHR she also served as the Country Director for World Hope int’l, Liberia, Gender and Protection Officer for Oxfam GB Liberia. She has served on the board of various organizations, including Liberia Educational Trust (LET), West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP), Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia and the Self Help Initiative for sustainable development (SHIFSD). Tonieh is actively engage in women and girls development and is also the Chief Commissioner of the Liberia Girls Guides Association (LGGA) and the Founder of Women Entrepreneurs and Environmental Links Of Liberia. Tonieh has also serve as a consultant for various organization including the UNFPA, Adam Smith International, Plan International Liberia, Ministry of Agriculture of Liberia and the UNDP. She holds an L.L.B degree from Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, M.A in Gender and Peacebuilding, United Nations University of Peace, Costa Rica and B.Sc. Economics, University of Liberia. She also attained several certificates including advance trainings in Women Leadership and Feminist Theory from Akina Mama wa Afrika, access to Justice (Washington and Lee University – School of Law), Facilitation skills, Policy Advocacy, and Network and Alliance Building from the West Africa Civil Society Institute.