Staff Directory

Susan Gzesh

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 208
773-702-9455
** Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2-4pm

As Executive Director, Susan Gzesh oversees PFCHR staff and programs, teaches and advises students, manages external relations, and works with donors and alumni. See full bio here.


Tara Peters

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.
773-702-1261

As Assistant Director, Tara oversees PFCHR administration and plans and implements Center initiatives.

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Kira Dault

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.
773-834-5298

As Communications and Events Manager, Kira coordinates all PFCHR communications and works with the Directors to plan and facilitate events.


Kathy Scott

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.
773-834-0957

As Administrative Assistant, Kathy supports all PFCHR operations and coordinates Human Rights course administration. Kathy comes to the PFCHR with a background in public health project management, having worked on research, direct service, and advocacy projects centered around health issues of women and children, economically struggling communities, communities of color, and the LGBTQ community. She also works as a freelance photographer.  

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Michal Ran-Rubin

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.
773-702-2228

As Internship Program Coordinator, Michal manages the Human Rights Internship Program, including the team of student peer leaders. 


Maya Goldman

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.

As Internship Peer Leader, Maya assists and supports the 2015 interns through the search and placement process. She is fourth year majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Human Rights. An alumnae of the Human Rights Internship Program, Maya was a programs intern with the Vera Institute's Center on Youth Justice in New York.

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Matthew Kellner

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.

As Internship Peer Leader, Matt assists and supports the 2015 interns through the search and placement process. He is a fourth year in the college majoring in math and minoring in human rights. Matt worked as a human rights intern at Innocence Project New Orleans during the summer of 2014.

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Nissa Mai

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.

As Internship Peer Leader, Nissa assists and supports the 2015 interns through the search and placement process. 

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Melissa Gatter

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.

As Student Office Assistant, Melissa supports PFCHR operations and events. She is a fourth-year in the College double-majoring in International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and minoring in Human Rights. An alumni of the Human Rights Internship Program, she spent last summer in Amman, Jordan completing humanitarian work with Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.

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Emma Mackinnon

As Human Rights Workshop Co-Coordinator, Emma coordinates a biweekly workshop for faculty and graduate students to engage in serious discussions of new human rights scholarship. 


Lael Weinberger

As Human Rights Workshop Co-Coordinator, Lael coordinates a biweekly workshop for faculty and graduate students to engage in serious discussions of new human rights scholarship. 

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Dave Holiday

As Project Coordinator, David manages the Chicago Police Torture Archive, a special initiative in collaboration with the People's Law Office.