Meet the Board of Directors

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Elaine Miller-Karas

Elaine Miller-Karas is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute and author of the book, Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models.®   Elaine is a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist and is a key developer of the Community Resiliency Model and the Trauma Resiliency Model.  The goal of both models is to help to create “resiliency-informed and focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach. She is a recognized international speaker and author.  Elaine is a Senior Consultant to Emory University’s SEE Learning program, inspired by and launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India in April 2019. Elaine wrote the trauma-informed and resiliency-informed chapter in this curriculum and participated in the launch. The models have been used in the aftermath of human made and natural disasters globally, including Nepal, the Philippines, Haiti, China, Sierra Leone, India, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Turkey, the United States, Germany, Ukraine, and Israel. Elaine is a wife, mother and grandmother and resides in Claremont, California.

Massod R. Khan

Masood R. Khan is licensed to practice law in all courts of the State of California and in all immigration courts throughout the United States. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. In addition to the practice of law, Masood Khan is a faculty lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles in the Department of Finance and Law, where he teaches courses dealing with Business Law. He is a member of the Academy for Studies in Business Law and sits on the boards of various non-profit organizations.

Masood Khan has previously worked for Schoenleber and Waltermire, the Adila Law Group and the California Appellate Project in Northern California.  

Masood Khan represents scores of businesses of varying sizes and types.  His clients include manufacturers, retail businesses, consulting firms, as well as professionals in various fields.  



Kirsty zitar

Kirsti graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1997 with a dual degree in Human Biology and Anthropology. Following graduation, Kirsti worked in the biotech industry in Seattle before returning to Claremont in 2000 to join the inaugural class at Keck Graduate Institute. She finished her MBS degree in 2002 and joined a local start-up biotech company where she worked in business development, marketing, product development, and human relations. In 2009, Kirsti returned to her alma mater to work with the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children and transitioned to the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights in 2011.

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Christy Anderson

Christy is the founder and executive director of Claremont Canopy. Christy graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1998. She is a Minnesota native and began her career in the non-profit sector. Christy began working with the local refugee population in 2016 and after a few months, she saw the need for a broader organization to act as a Canopy for the smaller organizations that work with refugees. She used her network and social media to spread the mission of Canopy. Christy has received recognition from both local and district government offices, as well as local groups for her work with Claremont Canopy. She also serves as the Director of the New Arrival Supper Club with Miry’s List in Los Angeles. This program brings the community and refugee families together through a social impact culinary experience. Christy has been a resident of Claremont, CA since 2014. She and her husband are active in the community raising their four children.