Board of Directors
Rais Bhuiyan, (Founder & President) is a peace activist and an IT professional. After graduating from Sylhet Cadet College, a military School in Bangladesh, he joined the Bangladesh Air Force and was commissioned as a pilot officer following two and a half years of vigorous training. He received a BS in Aeronautics from the National University in Dhaka and completed numerous information technology courses in New York and Dallas where he continued his education, taking courses in computer system engineering, programming, and database administration. In 2001, he was shot in the face by Mark Stroman, a white supremacist seeking vengeance for the 9/11 tragedy. Bhuiyan responded to this by forgiving his attacker and attempting unsuccessfully to prevent his execution. Bhuiyan currently holds a position with Sabre Holdings, a global technology company, in Southlake, Texas. His time is divided between managing a team of system engineers and data centers in Europe and touring the globe giving talks about the regenerative power of forgiveness.
Chief Public Policy Officer
Senior Vice President – Government & External Affairs
Since 2000, Bruce J. Charendoff has led Sabre’s worldwide public policy and government outreach initiatives. He has chaired Sabre’s foundation and developed Sabre’s Passport to Freedom initiative to combat human trafficking. He was an original founder and board member of the Urban Alliance, a nonprofit that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. He is the current chairman of the Travel Technology Association, the trade group representing global distribution systems, online travel companies, and short term rental companies; he serves on the executive committee of the US Travel Association; and he is a board member of the European Travel and Technology Services Association. He is the founder and chairman of Sabre PAC.
In 2010, the American Society of Travel Agents awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was appointed by US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to serve on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Among his accomplishments are the deregulation of the travel distribution industry in the United States, the creation and reauthorization of Brand USA, and the passage of legislation providing more resources for the fight against human trafficking. He has promoted travel and tourism through public private partnerships, facilitated Sabre’s technology exports, and advocated on behalf of travelers’ rights. He has strong relationships in the Administration and in Congress and throughout the travel and tourism industry. He previously worked in positions of increasing responsibility as an attorney at American Airlines and Shipman & Goodwin, a Hartford, Connecticut law firm. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife, Sally Rosenberg, a lawyer and author who serves on several non-profit boards. He has two daughters and two stepsons.
Stephanie Steel (Secretary) specializes in Organizational Development for Dell and has rotated through a variety of roles since she joined in May, 2014. She has experience in strategic planning, training, research, teaching, managing and coaching. Compassion and creativity drive her result-oriented approach to empower and utilizing human capital for organizations and society.
Stephanie is especially interested in educational praxis and how organizations can foster learning most effectively, whether for adolescents or executives. Her experience as an educator convinced her that people are any organization’s greatest asset, worthy of investment and a source of competitive advantage.
Stephanie has a passion for education and ministry. She served as a Director of Youth Ministry for St. Rita Catholic Community and a faculty member for Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She holds a BS in Child Learning and Development & Psychology (BA) from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, and a Masters in Human Resource Management from Texas A&M University.
Robert Bell (Treasurer) is an IT consultant for the multinational corporation Hitachi Consulting. Before that he was very active in the DFW film community working on several local productions since 2003.Robert has received two bachelor degrees from the University of North Texas; one in Business Administration Decision Sciences and another in Radio/TV/Film. During his time in the U.S. Army, Robert also received a wide variety of technology and electronics training along with leadership and team management certifications.
After his time in the military Robert decided to become an advocate for peace. He joined the professional organizations Iraq Veterans against the war and Veterans for Peace. He developed close personal and working relationships with local activist Leslie Harris, and journalist Nathan Diebenow; assisting them in creating video content from numerous protests and speaking events. Along with Nathan, Robert created the underground news channel Standard Rebellion. Highlights of the channel are short documentaries covering the Rally for Bradley Manning, a nuclear awareness piece for the PAX Christi, and covering guest speaker events for Chis Hedges and Col. Anne Wright.