About TLI 2018-01-17T10:23:33+00:00


The Leavitt Institute for International Development (TLI) is dedicated to spreading democracy, ethics, and the rule of law in developing nations.

Organized in 2005 by David and Chelom Leavitt, TLI operates under the premise that seasoned legal professionals can share their experience and knowledge in order to help push democratic reforms.

TLI began with private donations from the Leavitt family and friends and a small handful of volunteers. Today, TLI operates in Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine, teaching and shaping the minds of the next generation of leaders.

As part of its efforts, TLI involves some of the brightest international relations specialists and legal minds throughout the world to teach democratic principles, rule of law, and ethics. TLI teachers are experienced judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and legal counselors from the United States and Canada. They lecture on a variety of subjects and make a lasting impression on the minds of their students.

TLI relies on the support of legal professionals willing to travel to developing nations and share their knowledge with ambitious law students. Each professional’s donation of time and resources is small, but its impact is being felt throughout the world.

True and lasting change will come from those who embrace freedom and democracy. The hope for our future truly lies with our youth.

David & Chelom Leavitt • Founders


Lorne Grierson
Lorne GriersonPresident and CEO
Lorne has a wealth of business experience running and working for multi-million dollar companies developing a strategic vision and a plan to make that vision a reality.
Edward Marks
Edward MarksChairman of the Board
A former radio personality and broadcast journalist, Ed focused his practice in estate planning and trusts. Ed and his wife Anita are now retired and live in Tampa, Florida.
Chelom Leavitt
Chelom LeavittMember of the Board
During her 20 years of private practice, Chelom focused on mediation and alternative dispute resolution. She now teaches at Brigham Young University in the School of Family Life.
David Leavitt
David LeavittMember of the Board
David has practiced criminal defense law for over 25 years. In addition to his duties on the board, David serves as Director of Development for TLI.
David Nuffer
David NufferMember of the Board
Judge Nuffer serves as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Nuffer practiced for 25 years in St. George, Utah.
John Lunt
John LuntMember of the Board
John Lunt is founder and president of Lunt Capital Management, Inc., a money management firm. He lived in Ukraine for two years as a church missionary.
Natalie Jaresko
Natalie JareskoMember of the Board
Natalie Jaresko serves as the executive director of the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico. She has also worked as Ukraine’s Finance Minister.
Steve Montgomery
Steve MontgomeryMember of the Board
Steve Montgomery was appointed in 2006 as a Kansas State District Court judge. He currently presides over civil, domestic relations, and juvenile offender actions.
Vladislava Martin
Vladislava MartinPoland Country Director
Vladislava Martin was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. She was appointed in July 2017 as Country Director in Poland for The Leavitt Institute for International Development.
Sviotoslav Tkachuk
Sviotoslav TkachukSenior Director, Eastern Europe
Sviatoslav Tkachuk is a Senior Director for TLI in Eastern Europe. He has been involved with The Leavitt Institute for several years.


Small acts of service can bring about great accomplishments. Get involved today and help TLI make a difference.