Dr. Dong-Gyu Ahn holds degrees from Seoul National University, Duke University and Ohio State University. He has taught at Ohio State, the University of Otago in New Zealand and Hallym University. Dr. Ahn has held various academic and professional offices, as well as fulfilled a myriad of civic leadership roles in Korea. He currently teaches and serves as Vice President of International Affairs at Hallym University, and is a trustee member of the Korean Academic Society of Business Administration. Furthermore, he is the President of the Korea Innovation & Decentralization Academy, a Representative of Citizen’s Coalition for Economic Justice in Chuncheon, and a member of the deliberate council for Gangwon Capital Investment. Dr. Ahn has authored several articles and studies financial theory and innovative development.
Dr. Thomas Brewer is a Senior Program Officer, Infectious Diseases, Global Health Program, at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He received his medical education at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (cum laude1974) with subsequent training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Fitzsimons and Walter Reed Army Medical Centers, respectively. He served in numerous clinical and academic assignments until transferring to Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in 1985 completing the Medical Research Fellowship in1986. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Following additional training at the FDA Staff College – Uniformed Services University in Health Sciences in clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, he formed a drug metabolism and preclinical drug development laboratory at WRAIR for antiparasitic, antimalarial and chemical defense drugs. He has had numerous overseas assignments working in Korea, and research laboratories in Egypt, Kenya, and Brazil. From1995 to 2000, he was Commander and Scientific Director of the Army’s largest overseas laboratory in Bangkok, Thailand. In that position, he managed an interdisciplinary laboratory and clinical research development program with a staff of 300 and operations in eight South Asian countries. After return to the US, he served as principle medical advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Science and Technology) and was assigned as a program liaison to the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency. Following retirement (2002), he worked as a program officer at NIAID in the Parasitology and International Programs Branch before joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in July 2003.
Mr. Tobin Burgess is currently the Vice-Chair of the A.C.E. Board of Directors. Tobin was scouted as a volunteer at a local shelter for homeless women called Tabitha Place in Seattle. Recognized for his desire to serve, passion for cultural understanding, and strengths in organizational design and human resources, Tobin was recruited to join the Board of Directors and apply his skills and experiences to “make the world your community.” He’s been actively serving A.C.E. for two and half years.
Professionally Tobin is a Human Resource Manager in Microsoft’s Mergers & Acquisitions group based out of Redmond, Washington. He also is a co-founder and Partner in a small consulting business called Evergreen3, and author of The Personal Vision Workbook. Prior to Microsoft, he spent over 10 years working in various HR leadership roles at IBM, Fidelity Investments, and Toyota Financial Services.
Tobin earned a MBA from Syracuse University (NY), and his BA from Drake University (IA). Tobin lives with his energetic Boxer puppy, Caro, in Seattle and recently got engaged to be married. The wedding is set for August 8th, just around the corner.
Dr. Nancy Burgoyne earned a doctorate degree from New York University in Political Science. Much of her work and research is focused on international media, U.S. foreign policy and global conflict. Nancy spent five years teaching at the University of Maine in the Political Science department. She also worked on political campaigns for candidates in Maine designing sample data and polls for state elections. Since moving to the Northwest she has taught at the University of Washington and Seattle University. She has also taught study abroad in Northern Ireland for both the University of Washington and Seattle University. She is co-director of the Foundation for International Health Care Assistance (FIHCA), a non-profit organization specializing in health care assistance in the developing world. She has organized and led conferences on international media, conflict and global opinion. This spring she is finishing a book on conflict and post conflict societies including Northern Ireland, the Middle East and Cyprus. Nancy heads The Institute for Global Studies and Media, which is a nonprofit, focused on international media analysis as well as study abroad programs at the university level. Currently she is heading the new study abroad division for Associates in Cultural Exchange. She is a board member for Associates in Cultural Exchange, and holds other board positions as well. She is a member of various professional associations including Women in International Security. Nancy is an active member of her community and is involved in weekly volunteer work with youth as well as other charitable activities. She is married with three children.
Dr. Al Erisman came to SPU in 2001 after 32 years at The Boeing Company. At Boeing he was the Director of R&D for Information Technology and Mathematics, with primary interests the application of technology to all areas of business. He managed a staff of 250 advanced degree scientists and mathematicians working on new technology for the company. He was selected as one of the inaugural Senior Technical Fellows of The Boeing Company in 1990. His teaching interests involve all aspects of the transformation of business through technology, and the considerations for people in this transformation. He has previously taught part time at Seattle Pacific University, Carnegie Mellon University (Design Research Center), University of Washington (Mathematics) and Seattle University (Electrical Engineering).
In addition to teaching, Al is Director of the Institute for Business, Technology and Ethics (IBTE), a non-profit organization. IBTE produces a bi-monthly publication Ethix, which explores new people and ethical issues in business created by technology. He is also a consultant with several companies.
Mr. Hisham Farajallah joined the Idriss Mosque Board in 1998. He serves as leader to the Board, in addition to being the Board’s focal for legal issues. He also serves the Seattle Islamic community as President of the Islamic Center of Washington. Hisham is originally from Palestine and his work with the Idriss Mosque is instrumental in maintaining positive relationships and perceptions of Muslims and Islam within the public, which he does as the mosque media representative and through coordinating community and public activities and events. Hisham is a member of the Seattle Puget Sound Interfaith Community where his work and collaboration is dedicated to strengthening the bonds of relationships between all peoples, maintaining the sanctity of Idriss Mosque and ensuring the freedom, education and safety of mosque worshippers and visitors. He has been instrumental in establishing the renowned reputation of Idriss Mosque as the flagship center of all Islamic organizations within Seattle and the Puget Sound Region.
Hisham has established multidisciplinary committees amongst diverse Muslim communities, as well as with non-Muslims, to enhance peace and unity. He holds a Masters Degree from Washington State University and is an engineer by profession. He was a senior lecturer as Cogswell College for six years.
Dr. Joseph Ferguson is a consultant at LMI, a government consultancy in McLean, VA. He previously served as Vice President of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research in Seattle. He has also taught as Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of Washington. He was recently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University’s Institute for International and Regional Studies. Before that he served as Director of Northeast Asia Studies at the National Bureau of Asian Research. Previously, he was a fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and a visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of World Economy and International Relations. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from SAIS, and a B.A. from Pomona College.
Mr. Don Fosseen recently joined Goodman Real Estate (GRE) to expand on the team’s current and past success. In his 20 years of real estate experience he has facilitated the purchase and disposition of more than $1.2 billion in commercial real estate properties. Prior to GRE, Don was a Senior Vice President in the Investment Properties Group of CB Richard Ellis. There, his clients included RREEF, Legacy Partners, INVESCO, Archon (a Goldman Sachs affiliate), KBS Realty Advisors, Lionstone Group, AEW and Prudential.
Mr. Tom Goetsch is co-founder and president of E2 Educational Services. Over the past 37 years he has lived and worked in Japan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan developing educational programs and for-profit as well as not-for-profit businesses. He has a BA in ESL and English from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Intercultural Communication from Wheaton College. In 1999 Tom co-founded E2 Educational Services to develop American business and law education and leadership development with universities in Kazakhstan. E2 is a multi-faceted, collaborative partnership developing leaders spiritually and professionally able to renew their nations, contributing leaders of families, churches, communities, businesses, institutions, and government. Tom and his wife, Janet, just returned from Tuscany in Italy where they celebrated their 60th birthdays and 33rd anniversary. They have three adult children living and working in the Seattle area. Janet is a special procedures nurse at Overlake Surgery Center in Bellevue, WA.
Mr. Douglas Gordon is an Investment Strategist with Russell Investments in Tacoma, Washington. He focuses on forecasting of global financial markets and global asset allocation strategies. He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, as well as a Masters from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley where he also earned his B.A. in Political Science. Prior to this Doug served as an officer and pilot in the United States Navy and competed professionally in competitive sailing in Australia, New Zealand and throughout North America.
Dr. Dick Hoistad specializes in Otology and Neurotology at Minor & James Medical in Bellevue, WA. He attended the University of North Dakota for both undergraduate and medical school before completing his residency at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolarynology, the King County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Neurotology Society. In his spare time he enjoys running, biking, playing tennis, cooking, and studying Spanish.
Ambassador Raymond Joseph is Haiti’s first ambassador in Washington since 1997, a position he has served since 2005. He was born in 1931 in the Dominican town of San Pedro de Macoris, and attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In 1960, Ambassador Joesph translated the New Testament and psalms into Haitian Creole for the American Bible Society. From 1970 to 1984 he was a financial reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Joseph resigned from the Journal to edit the Brooklyn community newspaper, Haiti L’Observateur, which he owned with his brother. Ambassador Joseph later served as the Haitian chargé d’affaires in Washington before officially becoming Ambassador in 2005.
Dr. Lucille Kelley is the Dean and Associate Professor of the School of Health Sciences at SPU. Dr. Kelley recently founded the Pacific Northwest Nursing Leadership Institute, a collaboration among nurse executives in Washington and Oregon designed to introduce current and future nurse managers to general principles and practices of leadership and management and recently co-founded the Seattle Pacific University Living Well Initiative, a collaborative educational program between the School of Health Sciences and School of Psychology, Family, and Community to promote awareness and understanding of the needs of persons and families affected by severe and persistent mental health conditions through multidisciplinary education of practitioners, research, campus outreach, and annual conferences for professionals, as well as lay public. Dr. Kelley holds a Ph. D and R.N.from the University of Washingon and has been honored by many awards including numerous Who’s Who recognitions, Eastside (Bellevue) Citizen-of-the-Yea, and SPU’s Ivy Honorary “Top Prof” award.
Ms. Karen Kodama is the International Education Administrator for the Seattle Public Schools. The goal is to expand International Education throughout the school district so there are three Kindergarten- Grade 12 pathways for a total of twelve schools.
Karen was the founding principal of the nationally recognized and award winning John Stanford International School. The school received the inaugural Goldman Sachs Foundation award for the best elementary international school in the nation in 2003. In 2005 the school was presented the Intel/Scholastic Schools of Distinction, Best of the Best School in the nation award. The school has been featured in Time Magazine and other publications. Due to the popularity of this school and the demand from stakeholders such as parents and the business community, Karen was asked by the district administration to lead this expansion initiative.
Karen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and Master of Education in instruction and special education as well as administrative credentials from Seattle Pacific University. She has been a teacher, head teacher and principal. Karen also taught professional development classes to principals, administrators, business leaders and teachers on the science of teaching.
Most recently she was awarded the Pro Lingua award from the Washington Association for Language Teaching and the World Citizen award from the World Affairs Council.
Dr. Patrick O’Neil is Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound. His original focus of research was on Eastern Europe before and following the fall of communism. Recently Professor O’Neil has directed his work toward Iran, and traveled there in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of Revolution from Within: The Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party ‘Reform Circles’ and the Collapse of Communism, as well as the textbook Essentials of Comparative Politics.
Dr. Norm Peterson is the vice provost for international programs at Montana State University (MSU). In this capacity he is Montana State University’s chief international officer, and is responsible for all aspects of international programs, including developing the international dimensions of the MSU curriculum, providing opportunities abroad for students and faculty, maintaining linkages with institutions abroad, advising faculty in developing international projects, and programs for international students and scholars at MSU-Bozeman.
Prior to coming to Bozeman in the fall of 1994, Dr. Peterson served as the founding executive director of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, a coalition of more than 60 nonprofit organizations concerned with international educational and cultural exchange programs based in Washington, DC. In this position, he was engaged in government relation’s activities for the higher education and nonprofit sectors on in international issues. He previously held positions at NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), Georgetown University, the University of Maryland-College Park, and the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dr. Peterson holds a PhD degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he studied post-Kantian European philosophy.
Mr. Jim Potter is the Chairman and founder of Kauri Investments, a 23-year old real estate investment/development firm. Through Kauri, and his family holding company, La Serena Holdings, Jim has invested in multifamily and commercial real estate projects from Burlington to Olympia. Jim also serves on the board of Goodwell Technologies Inc.. Desiring to be make a difference in our community, Jim has served on numerous non-profit boards and advisory committees, including; Seattle Chamber, American Cultural Exchange, Family Services, Seattle #4 Rotary, Finance Academy, Global Partnerships, Mutual Interest, and served as the 2006 President of the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties. After serving as Scoutmaster for 7 years, Jim recently stepped down as a leader for Boy Scout Troop #338, although he still leads scouting groups on outdoor adventures. Last summer, he led a group of 23 on a 72-mile 8-day canoe trip through the Bowron Lakes circuit in northern British Columbia. Jim and his wife, Rebecca, have been happily married for 28 years and have three children (both of their sons are Eagle Scouts). An avid traveler, Jim took his family to live in Chile in 1997-8. When not working, Jim divides his time between their family cabin in the San Juan Islands, their family farm overlooking the Snohomish Valley, and riding his Belgium-draft horse, Maximus.
Mr. Barry Rowan has over 25 years of senior leadership experience in building significant technology and communications companies. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nextel Partners from 2003 until its sale to Sprint for $10 billion in 2006. His previous executive experience was with Velocom, including serving as CEO of Vesper, the company’s Brazilian subsidiary, CFO and Sr. Vice-President and Division Manager for Fluke Corporation and President of Comlinear Corporation.
Rowan earned his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and his B.S., summa cum laude, in Business Administration and Chemical Biology from The College of Idaho. He has served on multiple corporate and non-profit boards including ICO Global Communications (NASDAQ), Bellevue Christian School and Seattle Pacific University. Barry has been married to Linda, his best friend on earth, for nearly 28 years and they have two sons, Mark and David, a senior and sophomore at Gonzaga and Seattle Pacific University, respectively.
Mr. Sam Shepherd has been President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) in Washington, DC for the past five years. Shepherd moved to DC from Tokyo, Japan, where he spent the last ten years as the Executive Director of the Japan-United States Educational Commission (JUSEC), which administers the Fulbright Program. Prior to assuming this position, Shepherd was Executive Vice President of the American Cultural Exchange, a Seattle-based international educational NGO.
Shepherd grew up in Japan, did a portion of his graduate work in Tokyo while an East-West Center grantee, spent two years teaching in Korea as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and was a Fulbrighter to Japan in teacher training. Over his thirty plus years in international education, Shepherd has been active as a language teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer, cross cultural trainer, program administrator and consultant.
In the mid-80’s, Shepherd helped start the Japan Special Interest Group within NAFSA, and subsequently served as its chair. From 1994 to 2004, he was a Board Member of JAFSA, the sister organization in Japan to NAFSA.
He was also appointed to various commissions on educational reform and the external evaluation of higher education. In the spring of 2004, the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, & Technology awarded Mr. Shepherd a Commendation of Merit for his contributions to international education.
Ms. Sally Thomas, Director of the A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University, recently served two years as the Senior English Language Fellow in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the U.S. State Department’s ELF program. Prior to this role, Sally worked with the Seattle Public Schools as an elementary ESL teacher and was the Associate Director of the Language Institute for Refugees and Immigrants in the University District. Sally has a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Seattle University and has a B.A. in education and a Washington State teaching certificate which she earned through Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. Since 1992, Sally has taught English and basic skills in public and private schools to students of all ages and backgrounds including two years on the tiny island of Guam and one year in Vologda, Russia.
Dr. Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady holds a post-doctorate degree in Theory and History of Education from the Russian Academy of Education and is vice-president of Regional Open Social Institute in Kursk, Russia. She is also editor-in-chief of the Russian-American Education Forum: An Online Journal, and an author of eighteen books and over eighty publications on Russian and comparative education. She serves as coordinator of four international projects in the sphere of higher education, law and linguistics, is the Russian coordinator of the Russian-American roundtable together with California State University in Long Beach, and has translated seven books and several book chapters. Dr. Tsyrlina-Spady heads the planning committee of over twenty international conferences, seminars and roundtables, and serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Moral Education (England). Additionally, she is a board member of a number of international organizations such as the Association for Moral Education, The Janusz Korczak Association, The AMERUS Exchange, and is the cofounder and past president of the Pedagogical Foundation “Humanist”, Rotary Club in Kursk and the Kursk Health Fair Center. In 2006, she received the Professor Lisa Kuhmerker “Builder of Democracy” Memorial Award.
Mr. David Woodward has been with A.C.E. since 1983 teaching ESL, managing local and international educational projects, setting up language training centers across the U.S., in Australia and Korea, and leading in developing ties between the NW and the Arabian Peninsula since 1989. He also taught Modern Middle East History for SPU in 1990, and taught English at Kuwait University in 1982-83. David was born and raised in Iran. David is conversant in Arabic, Persian, and French and lives in Seattle with his wife, Ann, and two daughters, Amanda and Isabelle. He is a member of UPC and Seattle Rotary, and is on the advisory board for TDA and Taproot Theatre Company.