IDC Executive Staff

Tonia KhouriPresident

Tonia Khouri

Tonia Khouri is President of In Defense of Christians and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Ms. Khouri is a wife and mother of three, and has an advanced degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She has been a leader in both her local community and faith community for many years.  She served for six years as a County Commissioner and Chairman of Economic Development for DuPage County and was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Phoenician Club of Chicago.  She previously served as Vice President of IDC, and is the Regional Vice President of Mid-America for National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM).

  tonia@indefenseofchristians.org

  @tonia_khouri

Andrew DoranVice President

Andrew Doran

Andrew Doran is Vice President of In Defense of Christians and serves on the Board of Directors.  He has served on the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff from 2018-21.  He previously served at the U.S. Department of State on the executive secretariat of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO (2008-09).  He is a cofounder of IDC, where he previously served as vice president and senior policy advisor (2014-17), and has been a board member and senior research fellow with the Philos Project.  He has published numerous articles on essays, and is also an U.S. Army veteran.

  andrew@indefenseofchristians.org

Richard GhazalExecutive Director

Richard Ghazal
Richard Ghazal is IDC’s Executive Director.  He is responsible for the organization’s strategic planning, the implementation of policy priorities, and advocacy initiatives in the legislative and executive branches of government.  Richard is a retired U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate and intelligence officer.  He has served as legal advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and federal criminal prosecutor.  As an intelligence officer, Richard was the U.S. Air Force in Europe’s Chief of Levant political-military intelligence, with special focus on Hezbollah.  As Mission Operations Commander, he commanded over 1,500 hours of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.  Richard began his career in advocacy for Middle Eastern Christians in 2003, as a Syriac Universal Alliance delegate at the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy at Rhode Island College, and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer School.  As an active duty Airman, Richard earned a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership at Regent University, and Juris Doctorate at New England School of Law.  Richard is an ordained Reader in the Syriac Orthodox Church, and speaks the Turoyo dialect of Aramaic.

  richard@indefenseofchristians.org

  @richghazal

Deacon Christopher NahraCharles Malik Research Fellow

Deacon Christopher Nahra

Deacon Chris Nahra is the In Defense of Christians Charles Malik Research Fellow.  In this capacity, he conducts original research pertinent to the IDC mission. He will explore methods in effective inter-religious dialogue between Christians and Muslims as a framework and springboard toward authentic advocacy for shared human rights and the common good of society in the Middle East. Deacon Chris was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and attended Catholic grade school and high school.  As an undergraduate pre-seminarian in the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, he served for three years as the youth minister and choir director at Saint Maron’s Parish in Cleveland, OH while earning his B.A. in Philosophy and Clinical Bioethics at Cleveland State University (CSU).  After concluding his undergraduate studies in 2017, Deacon Chris moved to Washington, DC where in 2021, he earned two master degrees (STB and MDiv) at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in theology and youth ministry.  In 2021, Chris was ordained to the diaconate and began his doctoral studies in theology at CUA, focusing on Syriac theology, inter-religious dialogue, and what makes us Maronite.  In addition to his doctoral studies, Deacon Chris currently leads the music ministry program at the Maronite Seminary in Washington, DC.  Deacon Chris is expected to be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in June 2023.

  christopher@indefenseofchristians.org

Jordan AllotProduction and Media Consultant

Jordan Allot

Jordan Allott is a documentary filmmaker, founder of In Altum Productions and senior advisor to In Defense of Christians. Mr. Allott has filmed projects in over 25 countries, from China and Syria to Nigeria and Cuba, with themes ranging from Catholic Spirituality and mountain climbing to international human rights and American politics. In 2009-10, Jordan went into Cuba to film a documentary about Dr. Oscar Biscet, a Castro dissident and human rights advocate who was imprisoned by the Communist regime. The acclaimed documentary screened at over 50 venues across Europe, the United States and South America.

More recently, Mr. Allott’s international human rights work has focused on the Middle East, with a multitude of trips to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. In 2014, despite significant ISIS activity in the region, Jordan crossed into Syria under the cover of night to document the heroic struggle of Christians to survive and returned to Syria and Northern Iraq to film his latest project, Our Last Stand.