The Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology is led by an Executive Board consisting of a Chair and five Executive Board Members.

The members and the positions they hold are listed below. 

  • Jeffrey Godbout – Chair (2020 – 2022)
  • Recia Gomez (2020 – 2022)
  • Megan Church-Nally (2020 – 2022)
  • Ameeta Jaga (2020 – 2022)
  • Marieta du Plessis (2020 – 2022)
  • Ahmad Farhat (2021 – 2022)

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Chair – Jeffrey Godbout Bio: Forthcoming

Executive Board MemberRecia Gomez (Leverage Assessments Inc., USA and Trinidad)
Bio: Recia earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida with a minor degree in International Relations. She began her career developing entry-level and promotional assessment centers for Miami Dade and Broward county police agencies, where she also gained experience working with international police departments overseeing specialized law enforcement training programs. Recia is currently the Executive Director at Leverage Assessments Inc, an assessment technology company based in New York City (NYC) where she oversees pre-employment testing and test validation projects. Recia is also an I/O Psychology Consultant to the United Nations Bias Reduction Project.  Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Recia joined GOHWP in 2014, served as Vice Chair from 2018-2019 and has served as a board member since 2017. Recia also serves on the BlacksInIO Business Development Committee and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP’s) Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA). She is committed to using her IO skills to advance social justice issues and international development work.

Executive Board Member – Marieta du Plessis  (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

Bio: I am an Associate Professor of Industrial Psychology at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. I am passionate about topics of social justice and inclusion. I believe Industrial/Organisational Psychologists have a key role to play in ensuring precarious work is understood and addressed, and to ensure decent work conditions for those in the formal and informal sector. My area of expertise is leadership research, and specifically leadership that is socially responsive and aims to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I work from the viewpoint of global citizenship, aiming to instill the values of creativity, innovation, commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development in students and faculty members. My aim is to develop generations of new leaders and skilled professionals who will drive socio-economic development, create new knowledge and innovation to accomplish change initiatives, and provide evidence for informed public policy through research. Encouraging community engagement and development by working with a rich variety of stakeholders including governments, private sector and civil society, the goal is to create local relevance, national impact and global recognition.

Executive Board Member – Ameeta Jaga (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Bio: Ameeta Jaga (Ph.D) is an Associate Professor of Organisational Psychology at the University of Cape Town and a non-resident Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research, Harvard University. She has been actively working to decolonize teaching curricula and research, and using knowledge to pursue activism for improving the working conditions of marginalized workers. Her research focuses on the work-family interface relating to culture, race, class, and gender. Her current project deals with understanding how gender equality (via breastfeeding at work) is understood in 21st century South Africa, a topic that contributes to several sustainable development goals.

Executive Board Member – Megan Church-Nally (University of Cincinnati, USA)

Bio: Dr. Megan Church-Nally is an Assistant Professor- Educator in the Department in Psychology (Organizational Leadership) at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include occupational stress and job satisfaction, graduate school well-being and persistence, and bettering the employee-employer experience in nonprofit realm. She has served as a methodologist on variety of studies ranging from entrepreneurship, safety, community initiatives,  and franchising. She spent five years in corporate realm as a Compensation Consultant before beginning her career in academia. Megan earned her Master’s from Xavier University and her PhD from University of Louisville.  Her focus is on using HWP and  IO knowledge to better the community and nonprofit sphere and sector. In light of funding cuts and challenges in nonprofit and community organizations, now more than ever we need HWP to step in.

Executive Board Member – Ahmad Farhat Bio: Forthcoming



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