Our Staff

Lynell Cadray

Lynell Cadray

University Ombuds
Senior Adviser to the President


In this role, Cadray advises the president on policies and systemic issues of concern as well as identifies behavioral trends and patterns that require attention. Cadray serves faculty and staff—and, when appropriate, students—with resolving their concerns and issues.

Since arriving at Emory in 1994, Cadray has served in numerous roles, including vice provost of equity and inclusion; associate dean of enrollment and student services and chief diversity officer at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing; and dean of admission and financial aid and chief diversity officer at Emory University School of Law. 

She has been recognized with numerous awards, among them, at Emory, the Award of Distinction (2014), the Distinguished Leadership Award for Women of Excellence (2016), and the Career Excellence Award in Equity and Inclusion from the Office of the Provost (2019). In 2017, Cadray was nominated to advance her work on peace as an “Emory Peacemaker” during the 21 Days of Peace celebrations on campus. External accolades include the Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award (2017) from the National Diversity Council.

Cadray received her BA from Tulane University, MA from Georgia State University, and a certificate in conflict resolution from Cornell University. She is a trained conflict coach and mediator as well as a national facilitator on implicit bias who worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to present this training during the Obama administration. Cadray is a member of the International Ombudsman Association and the International Association for Conflict Management. When she is not working within the Emory community, she serves as board chair for the Georgia Zoological Society, a partner to the Georgia Safari Conservation Park.

Brian Green

Brian Green, J.D., M.T.S., CO-OP®

Associate Ombuds
Director of Programs


As Associate Ombuds, Brian focuses on serving students and post-docs in addition to working with faculty and staff. He graduated from Oxford College and Emory College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in English literature and theater studies. He then worked at Emory as an arts associate, serving as a liaison between arts students and faculty and promoting student arts groups.

Brian has a broad range of experience in litigation, mediation, and conflict resolution. In 2005, Brian joined the Peace Corps in Chad, where he developed his longstanding interest in human rights, social justice, and conflict resolution. He then returned to Emory School of Law and obtained his JD, focusing on human rights law, as well as a Masters in Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology, focusing on ethics and social justice. He became a public interest attorney focused on housing, consumer law, and employment law, most recently working for a boutique firm specializing in discrimination and civil rights litigation. He is a Certified Occupational Ombuds Practitioner and member of the International Ombuds Association, and he is a Registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

A lover of the outdoors, Brian returns to his native North Georgia mountains often to camp and find new hiking trails. He also enjoys running long distances and exploring Atlanta with his wife, Courtney, his daughter, Blake, and their two dogs.

Karen Brooks

Karen Brooks

Administrative Assistant


The first person to welcome you to the office when you arrive, Brooks provides operational and administrative support for the office and schedules all appointments. She has a background in sales, communications, and customer service. Prior to working at Emory, she worked as a logistics administrator for a printing company and served in various administrative roles.  

A certified nutritionist, Brooks enjoys creating visual art as well as undertaking herbalist studies and wildlife rehabilitation.