Our Team

Senior Leadership

Kwame Christian, Esq., M.A.

Director

Katherine Knapke RN, BSN

Chief Operating Officer

Justin Morris, M.B.A., CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Maria Eaton B.S., B.A.

Head of Content & Marketing

Shane Ray Martin, B.S.

Head of Sales

Trainers

Susan Borke, J.D.

Din Jenkins, MS Emergency Management

Tiffany Southerland, Esq., MSW

Veronica Cravener, Esq.

Scott Greenberg

Anuj Jagannathan

Mark Davis

Kaydian Comer

our team

Simon Perez

Manager of Latin American Affairs

Kobie Christian

Senior Consultant

Tracy Teuscher, APR

Consultant

Dionne Nicholls

Consultant

Annalisa Perez

Research Associate

Kacey-Marie Mullings

Operations Manager

Nandini Malhotra

Research Associate

Oluwaseun Kolawole

Research Associate

Timothy Hinton

Intern

Michael Hull

Intern

Senior Leadership

A best - selling author, coach and speaker, Kwame Christian is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and a thought leader in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. He has conducted countless specialized trainings throughout North America and abroad, and is a highly sought after national keynote speaker.

Host of the number one negotiation podcast in the world, Negotiate Anything, Kwame is dedicated to empowering others through the art and science of negotiation and persuasion. With nearly four million downloads, Negotiate Anything now has listeners in more than 180 countries.

Kwame’s TEDx Dayton talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was ranked the most popular TEDx Talk on the topic of conflict in 2017, and his best - selling book, Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life has helped countless individuals overcome the fear, anxiety and emotion associated with difficult conversations using a branded Compassionate Curiosity™ framework.

In addition, Kwame is a business lawyer at Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP and serves as an adjunct professor for Otterbein University’s MBA program, as well as The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in its top - ranked dispute resolution program.

Kwame Christian, Esq., M.A.

As Chief Operating Officer, Katherine Knapke oversees client relations management, team management, and program implementation for the American Negotiation Institute. A former Psychiatric Nurse trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Katherine is a Certified Mediator that’s dedicated to helping women overcome psychological, emotional, and societal barriers to success in the workplace. Co-Host of the Ask with Confidence podcast, Katherine empowers women to overcome limiting experiences and beliefs, gain deep insights into complex cultural issues and gender related success barriers, and helps women enhance personal power, resilience, social influence, and self-confidence.

Katherine Knapke RN, BSN

As an experienced business analyst and consultant, Justin Morris brings years of experience as an accountant, RSCA analysist, and business analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank to his leading role as Chief Financial Officer for the American Negotiation Institute. In addition to managing the company’s financial plan, accounting processes, and risk management, Justin also contributes to the long-term success of the company’s corporate clientele

Justin Morris, M.B.A., CPA

As Head of Content and Marketing for the American Negotiation Institute, Maria Eaton is a dynamic content strategist that helps produce the Negotiate Anything and Ask with Confidence podcasts. She also drives the brand’s content development across the digital landscape including LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and is a regular content contributor to Forbes, LinkedIn Learning and Mediate.com. Maria earned a B.A. in Marketing Communications & Public Relations and B.S. in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University, and a A.A. in Marketing from Columbus State Community College.

Maria Eaton, B.S., B.A.

Having earned negotiation certification from both Yale University and the American Negotiation Institute, Shane Ray Martin brings a wealth of skill and experience to his leading role in Business Development and Client Relations Management for the American Negotiation Institute. After earning several specialized pilot’s licenses, traveling to 42 countries, and overcoming his own success barriers, Shane is passionate about facilitating the development of customized training and keynote presentation programs to help business leaders achieve exceptional skills and confidence in the areas of negotiation and conflict resolution.

Shane Ray Martin, B.S.

our trainers

Former general counsel and vice president of National Geographic and 30-year veteran of CBS, Susan Borke uses her vast experience in legal and financial administration to provide training in the art and science of negotiation. Having worked with a wide array of business professionals, from emerging leaders to C-Suite level pros serving both domestic and international companies, as well as academic institutions, nonprofits and startups, Susan is dedicated to helping others become confident, successful negotiators.

Susan Borke, J.D.

Recognized for his service as a police sergeant, and for his work as an FBI-certified crisis negotiator and member of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) crisis negotiations team, Din (pronounced Dean) Jenkins contributes his skill and talent to facilitate difficult conversations related to race relations, social justice, and police use of force issues management. Din earned an M.S. in Crisis and Emergency Management, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and a popular webcast host addressing the development of high-level skills in high-stakes conflict resolution.

Din Jenkins, MS Emergency Management

As a former litigator and former chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Veronica Cravener is a talented mediator with experience facilitating more than 500 business, consumer, landlord, employee, and individual disputes across the mediation spectrum. Recently published by the Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly and Mediate.com, Veronica is also host to the Meetups with Mediators podcast. She earned a B.B.A. from Notre Dame, a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and is a former adjunct professor for Columbus State Community College helping others develop exceptional mediation skills.

Veronica Cravener, J.D.

As a corporate attorney having represented numerous corporations at one of the largest law firms in the U.S., Tiffany Southerland leads negotiation and conflict resolution trainings aimed at empowering individuals and entities moving through periods of change and challenge. She works to help others to achieve successful legal and strategic negotiations to forward career advancement, including skills for women leaders. Tiffany earned a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University, an M.S.W. from University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania.

Tiffany Southerland, Esq., MSW

Well known as a business coach, leadership consultant and speaker, Scott Greenberg, former award-winning franchise owner for Edible Arrangements, has helped leading brands like Wyndham Hotels, McDonalds, GNC and REMAX enhance negotiation skills and propel growth. Author of The Wealthy Franchisee: Game Changing Steps to Becoming a Thriving Franchise Superstar, Scott focuses on objective-driven negotiation process, and is a contributor for Entrepreneur.com and Global Franchise Magazine.

Scott Greenberg

As a certified speaker, trainer, and coach, and author of Negotiation Quotient: Opening the Door to a Successful Deal, Anuj Jagannathan is dedicated to helping equip emerging leaders with the negotiation skills needed for success.

A former senior-level executive with Google and Visa, Anuj brings vast experience in process transformation, and process and systems design to his role, and recently authored We Can Negotiate Too, a book to help youth develop negotiation skills.

As a U.S. Certified Public Accountant and India Chartered Accountant, Anuj has served in leadership roles for four of the largest U.S. consulting firms.

Anuj Jagannathan

As the founder of an inclusion-driven negotiation coaching and advisory company, Mark Davis is among the few global experts in cultural intelligence. His unique approach embraces individuals from a wide array of cultures to empower global executives to leverage inclusion through strategic negotiation processes that emphasize the importance and value of organizational culture and cultural diversity. Mark is a former consultant for a global negotiation consultancy serving more than 500 blue-chip organizations, and partner agent for a luxury real estate firm

Mark Davis

A global Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, certified Prosci Change Practitioner, and trained organization designerthrough Cornell University, Kaydian Comer is a strengths-based trainer and DEII strategist dedicated to equipping leadersin facilitating difficult conversations, while successfully navigating organization transformation, and building high-performing internal cultures. In addition to a B.A. in Business Administration from University of Florida, Kaydian earned aDiversity Equity & Inclusion Workplace Certification from the University of South Florida, Coaching Certification from theCoaching & Positive Psychology Institute, a Government Boards & Commissions Certification from Women for EconomicLeadership Development, and has completed the Organizational Design Program from Cornell University. She is a former leader in the nonprofit sector with experience in DEII, human resources, and organizational development.

our team

Simon earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design at the University of Los Andes in Venezuela. He started his company Mewa Deco, which is a furniture design brand based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is passionate about the psychology of sales and negotiation and specializes in sales strategies in changing economies. He also hosts the podcast “Negociación desde Cero” (Negotiating from Zero), which focuses on negotiation challenges in Latin American countries.

Simon Perez, Manager of Latin American Affairs

Kobie D. Christian is the Chief of Staff and Communications Director at the American Negotiation Institute. In this position, he manages all staff projects and plays a critical role in strategic planning. Kobie brings an incredible depth of expertise to the American Negotiation Institute. Most recently, he served as Deputy Communications Director for the State of Ohio in Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. Kobie is a sought after communications consultant at Cavalier Agency, a firm he founded that has experience working with several globally recognized brands, local and national political campaigns (democratic and republican), and Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career, he’s been able to simplify complex ideas by designing and executing communication strategies. With broad communications experience from the corporate, public, entertainment, and digital sectors, Kobie’s portfolio includes managing special products, coordinating media strategy, and facilitating partnerships and outreach.

Kobie Christian, Senior Consultant

Nandini is the American Negotiation Institute’s research intern. She is a junior at The Ohio State University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Organizational Communication. Her core interests lie at the heart of Psychology and Communications and implementing the study of these disciplines in the workplace. Nandini creates high level content for A.N.I. and conducts research on the psychology of persuasion. Nandini’s commitment to academic excellence led to the attainment of a prestigious internship at Lockheed Martin that focused on leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She is passionate about being involved in her community and that has translated into leadership roles, mentor positions, service learning, and inclusion advocacy.

Nandini Malhotra, Research Associate

Oluwaseun is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators. She holds a degree in Policy and Strategic Studies and currently a graduate student of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria’s Premier University and previously interned with the United Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. Her core interests are the inclusion of women in decision making and peace processes, in both the workplace and political sphere, as well as equal rights to education for the girls, and the participation of youths in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, she founded KIRA Beauty Palace, an organic skincare brand where she has been able to design and execute a sales strategy that has led the business to grow significantly in less than 2 years. Oluaseun’s community service project focuses on empowering youths to speak up against injustice and promote peace through negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

Oluwaseun Kolawole, Research Associate

Annalisa Perez is a consultant at the American Negotiation Institute and helps analyze data and design content for a variety of ANI’s trainings and projects. She plays a critical role in our work in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, and education. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2016, she worked at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. There, she served as a program coordinator for a community-based pilot project called I Am My Brother’s Keeper where she built partnerships with community organizations, implemented programming, and interventions in schools, and oversaw the project’s experiential learning component. Annalisa went on to earn her master’s degree in Urban Education at the University of Chicago in 2020. She currently teaches elementary Language Arts and Social Studies in Chicago Public Schools, centering equity and student voice in her practice.

Annalisa Perez, Research Associate

The founder of The Buzz Maker®, an award-winning public relations, consulting and branding firm, Tracy is a strategic communication and branding consultant for the American Negotiation Institute. Since 2005, Tracy has helped more than 70 brands prosper, and her work has been recognized with awards of excellence. Recently featured among PR Rockstars by Authority Magazine, Medium and Thrive Global, Tracy specializes in creating comprehensive, strategic communication campaigns for medium and large businesses. Her mission is to positively impact individuals, businesses, communities, and the environment through ethical public relations practice, leading to sustainable growth, evolution, and improvement for those she serves.

Tracy Teuscher, APR, Consultant

Dionne leads our business development and expansion efforts in the Northeast region. She is a former fashion executive in New York’s competitive women’s luxury wholesale industry, representing some of the finest European collections. During her time as the Director of Sales at French Fashion Label, Sonia Rykiel, she was able to successfully relaunch the brand in the US working with New York and Paris teams increasing sales by 30%. She was also recruited as part of the initial team to launch Kleinfeld, the New York-based luxury bridal emporium of “Say Yes to the Dress” fame, in Toronto, Canada. In addition to her role at ANI, Dionne has dedicated the next chapter of her career to empowering her community as the co-founder of her non-profit company, Financially CLEAN, a financial literacy program in the tri-state area, as co-host of the 5-star rated personal finance podcast, Two Black Guys with Good Credit, aka ‘The Lady with the Facts’ and, as a Life & Wardrobe Stylist working with women to create limitless possibility in their own multifaceted lives through Live Your Best Life For You, her Life & Leadership Coaching business.

Dionne Nicholls, Consultant

Kacey-Marie is our administrative support specialist. In this role she manages communication, outreach, and social media marketing for the American Negotiation Institute. If you’re booking a workshop or scheduling with one of the members of the team Kacey-Marie will most likely be your first point of contact.

Kacey-Marie Mullings, Operations Manager

Timothy is currently a 3rd year senior at The Ohio State University, planning to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He wants to transform lives via life coaching, working with his clients to make positive shifts in mindset while also speaking around the country on the current state of dysfunction in the world due to egoic identifications. His ability to live compassionately shows in all his work and his avid service throughout his community. Timothy wants to use this experience as an ANI Intern to learn how to resolve conflict in the field of emotional wellness, helping as many people as possible understand the significance of their mental health. Tim’s community service project is a training for young people that will increase emotional wellness through focusing on three core concepts: self-worth, gratitude, and techniques that encourage introspection. Tim is collaborating with Michael to complete this project.

Timothy Hinton, Intern

Michael is currently a junior at The Ohio State University, on track to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing. Michael wants to help people live life to their fullest potential through nutrition and mindset improvement. Last summer, Michael was an intern for The Spears Group in New Orleans, Louisiana, working with the events marketing team, and he also worked with the editorial marketing team at the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation. Michael enjoys ANI’s mission to share their knowledge to help individuals improve their lives because everything in life is a negotiation. His favorite aspects of negotiation are the intentional listening and the mutual respect between each party to try and understand each other to find a solution. Michael’s community service project is a training for young people that will increase emotional wellness through focusing on three core concepts: self-worth, gratitude, and techniques that encourage introspection. Michael is collaborating with Tim to complete this project.