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Mehmet Soyer, Board Member-Director of Operations

Mehmet Soyer is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Utah State University. To serve his community, he is a director of Emerald Hills Institute and also He is board member of Interfaith Advisory Council at Utah State University. He is an environmental sociologist with an interest in social inequality. His research agenda consists of examining the critical link between community response and the impacts of energy development through collective behavior, activism, and environmental inequality. He is also interested in pedagogical research to work on how to enhance safe and brave spaces for exploring perceptions of marginalized groups. 

His work has been published in journals including Teaching Sociology, The Extractive Industries and Society, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, The Qualitative Report, Communication Teacher among others. Also, He has co-authored a book titled “Sociological Studies of Environmental Conflict” by Rowman & Littlefield Publisher.

He enjoys cooking. Brunch is his specialty! Also, He loves making sourdough bread for his friends and his family. He enjoys bike rides with his kids (Azra and Melih). He and her partner (Gonca) spend a good amount of time taking care of our garden. He can be reached  


Seniha Ozudogru, Board Member-Director of Education

Dr. Seniha Ozudogru, MD is a board certified neurologist in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a clinical assistant professor in Neurology at University of Utah Health. She arranges Educational Programs at Emerald Hills Institute. She can be reached


Sergazy Nurbavliyev, Board Member-Director of Finance

Sergazy received his PhD in Mathematics from University of Utah. He is a data analyst at Overstock Company. He is also a board member at Gandhi Peace Center. 


Nurgul Malik, Director of Outreach

Nurgul received her bachelor degree in marketing management. She dedicates herself living in harmony. She can be reached



Andrew Kosorok, Advisory Board Member-Director of Development and Grant Writing 

Andrew Kosorok is a professional stained glass designer, consultant, and restoration specialist, and teaches sculpture, stained glass, and drawing.  He is an ordained interfaith minister, has received degrees in sculpture from Brigham Young University, and has studied philosophy, comparative religions, hermeticism, alchemy, and the Western mystery traditions.  His stained glass work is in numerous homes and churches, and his sculptural work has been in several state, national, and international art competitions.  The study of art and art production is the means by which he explores his educational pursuits in the belief that through examining the act of creation, one’s relationship with the Divine can be strengthened.  His style is a product of the fusion of his various interests, to build objects as records of the ongoing journey of learning, and to share the continuing process. He can be reached


Zeynep Kariparduc, Director of Advisory Board



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