(From left) Dwayne Leslie, Associate Director; Bettina Krause, Assistant Director; Ganoune Diop, Director; Nelu Burcea, Associate Director; Gail Banner, Executive Assistant.

PARL Staff

Ganoune Diop, Director

Dr. Ganoune Diop is Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Before his election in July 2015 at the 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, he served as the church’s liaison to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and as its representative within the international community of civic and political leaders.

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Gail Banner, Executive Assistant to the Director

As Executive Assistant to the Director, Gail Banner provides the day-to-day logistical support that makes the work in the department possible.

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Dwayne Leslie, Esq., Associate Director

Dwayne Leslie is an Associate Director in the Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty and Director of Legislative Affairs for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, where he serves as the worldwide Church’s liaison to the United States Congress, White House, other executive agencies and the Washington diplomatic community.

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Dr. Nelu Burcea, Associate Director

Dr. Burcea, elected at the General Conference Session in July 2015, is the newest member of the PARL team. His task will be to continue developing relationships on behalf of the church with various international institutions.

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Bettina Krause, Communication Director

Bettina Krause joined the department in June 2015 as assistant director of the department with responsibility for communication.

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