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MEFF Committee

The Middle East Forum of Falmouth is a nonprofit organization overseen and run by a volunteer Committee.

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James S. Altschul

  • President, Aviation Advisory Service, Inc. (airplane hangar development)

  • Member of the New York bar

  • Former financial journalist who has written and lectured extensively on business, finance, and international relations


Andrew W. Davis

  • Retired market research and consulting professional

  • Founded and directed Wainhouse Research market analyst firm focused on enterprise communications and video conferencing markets

  • Work history includes manufacturing engineering, project management, strength-of-materials research

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Gary Jacobson, MD

MEFF President Emeritus

  • Senior Supervising Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

  • Former co-Chair, Muslim-Jewish Dialogue group of the American Jewish Committee (New England)

  • Former Chair of the Fellowship Committee, Middle East Institute for Social and Economic Policy, John F. Kennedy School
    of Government

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Jane McHan, PhD

  • Social Political Psychologist

  • Lived, worked, taught (AUB, KSU College of Medicine), and travelled extensively in the Middle East for 30+ years

  • Conducted research in the Middle East, and author, “Social Psychological Aspects of War and Violent Conflict”

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Kathryn Plazak

MEFF Treasurer and Clerk

  • President, Plazak Associates

  • Former Vice President,
    Government & Community Relations,
    New England Life


Marc Shulman, PhD

MEFF President

  • Professor Emeritus, Immunology Department, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

  • Member, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA

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Fletcher Street

  • Experimental Psychologist

  • Member, Board of Directors, Chatham Chorale; and Development Committee, Falmouth Chorale


Allen Taylor, PhD

  • Director of the Laboratories for Nutrition and Vision Research, Tufts University

  • Co-founder and Director, Science Training Encouraging Peace – Graduate Training Program (STEP-GTP), pairing Israeli and Palestinian students conducting graduate-level research at Israeli universities

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Michael J. Zigmond, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus, Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh

  • Originator of a training program on professional skills that has included presentations to a large number of countries in the Middle East.

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