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About icwa


The purpose of the ICWA is to foster public understanding of world conditions and US foreign policy through forums, lectures, conferences, publications, and now Zooms!


Founded in 1955,

ICWA is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization.

We've been an active part of the Indiana community for over 60 years. 

Our members come from a rich background of industries including education, corporate, not-for-profit, law, military and the public sector.



ICWA programs and activities are administered by a volunteer group in cooperation with local, national and global institutions.

We welcome anyone with an interest in learning about topics that affect our world.

Our Story

Our Mission

To develop individual responsibility for the climate of public

opinion relative to US foreign policy 

To carry out the foregoing purposes

in concert and cooperation with such national, state or regional organizations as

shall be deemed appropriate

To conduct

conferences, forums, institutes and other programs concerning world affairs and

US foreign policy

for the benefit and education of the member of the corporation and

the public

To engage in such other non-profit activities as are incidental or related to the forgoing purposes

To provide a


medium for the exchange of ideas, information and experience concerning

world affairs

To foster public understanding of

world conditions

and appreciation

of the significance

and effect of these conditions on the


To compile, distribute and publish information regarding world affairs and US foreign policy

Meet Our Board

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Ray Montagno


For over the 25 years Ray was associated with Ball State University’s international programs, traveling to 30 countries building relationships with global programs. Ray spent a semester in Oxford, England and received a Fulbright teaching and research grant to Jena, Germany.

Member since: 2018

Larry Cimino
Larry Cimino

Past President

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Larry Cimino is a strategic global management and logistics consultant and is president of ProConsult, LLC, where he works with multinational corporations, professional medical associations and international governments maintaining a special focus on mental health policy, advocacy and training. 


Larry currently serves as the Global Program Director for the Dialogue on Diabetes and Depression, an international effort addressing problems related to the co-occurrence of diabetes and depression under the auspices of a Geneva, Switzerland-based non-governmental organization, the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes.

Member since: 2005

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Janet I. Harris

VP Community Engagement

Janet serves as Academic WorldQuest Liaison and Community Engagement Director. She initiates alliances with allied organizations which takes ICWA educat-ional programs to expanded audiences. 


As President of HARRIS Marketing, Inc., Janet develops sales campaigns for corporate and non-profit organizational expansion.

She also conducts analytical research for strategic direction.

Member since: 2008

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Betty Tonsing

VP Programs

Dr. Betty Tonsing (PhD, CFRE, CLSS) is a historian, educator, researcher, social entrepreneur, fund raising consultant and Fulbright Scholar (South Africa, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon). She is Founder and President of Global Visits Inc and Patient Advocates Speak Out.  For close to 15 years Betty lived and worked overseas in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East on contract with the United Nations, USAID, Catholic Relief Services and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs working in areas of good governance and civil society,  women’s  leadership and  micro business development. 

Member since: 2017

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Claire Collins


Co-chair: Great Decisions

Co-chair: International Adventures

Claire is a 1982 graduate of Ivy Tech’s respiratory therapy program. After 32 years working as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Methodist Hospital, she retired in 2016 from IU Health. She received a BA in Political Science from Indiana University in 2004.

Member since: 2003

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Teshome Alemneh

Board Member

Dr. Teshome Alemneh is Currently the Associate Vice President for International Research and Development and Director of the Office of International Development at Indiana University. He served as the Program Officer for Africa at the American Council on Education office of Higher Education for Development, and led over 11 higher education partnership projects in Africa. He served as the Deputy Minister of Higher Education in Ethiopia and is the co-Chair of the Governance and Leadership Working Group of the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education Advisory Council.  A Fulbright New Century Scholar and Fulbright Specialist, he earned his doctorate in Earth Sciences - Soil Sciences and Land Evaluation at Ghent University in Belgium.

Member since: 2020

Pierre Atlas

Board Member

Pierre Atlas teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Public Affairs and Criminal Justice Programs at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. He was previously Professor of Political Science at Marian University where he served as the Founding Director of the Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies and directed its annual speaker series. He also writes a monthly opinion column for the Indianapolis Business Journal. A native of Texas, Pierre grew up in California and is a US Army veteran.

Member since: 2020

Donald Cassell

Board Member

Donald L. Cassell, Jr., M.Div., Architect, AIA, CSI, Sagamore Institute’s Senior Fellow in the Africa portfolio, and Director of the Liberian Initiatives. His research is in international development and nation building. He published a case study on Philanthropy Secretariat in Liberia and oversaw the development of the Indiana-Africa Connections Project. He founded the ISOKO Leadership Workshop in '15. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Construction Specification Institute. A native of Liberia, he graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and studied at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, where he received his Master of Divinity.

Member since: 2020

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Mary Clark

Board Member

Mary G. Clark is the Executive Director of the International Marketplace Coalition and Global Village Welcome Center, located in the heart of Indianapolis' Northwest side. As a native Hoosier, Mary attended Crispus Attucks High School, before going to IU to pursue a bachelor’s degree. After a career in retail and bank branch management with L.S. Ayres, Value City, and National City Bank, Mary founded and became the President and Executive Director of the International Marketplace Coalition which owns and manages the Global Village Welcome Center. The building has space for dedicated projects to aid in the area becoming a cultural destination for the State of Indiana, and for the world beyond. 

Member since: 2021

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Gerry Danquist

Board Member

Gerry (B. Pharm, RPh, MBA) has worked extensively in Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. He's been an advisory board member to the Washington State University College of Pharmacy 

Member since: 2015

Marco Dominguez

Board Member

Marco is the Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Outreach at the Financial Center of First Credit Union. He provides weekly seminars at the Mexican Consulate on financial education and banking products and services to Mexican immigrants in Indiana. Marco was awarded the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash and serves on the Mayor's Commission on Latino Affairs. He is a founding member of the Indiana Latino Expo. A native of Venezuela, Marco created and managed his own television production house. He is Co-Host of "Community Link” (WISH-TV Channel 8). His Bachelor's and Master's are in telecommunications from Butler University. With his wife, Morella, and three children, Marco is committed to "bringing the world to Indiana...and introducing Indiana to the world." 

Member since: 2021

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Matt Fox


Matt is the Past-President and Program Chair at ICWA. He also serves on the board of Hearts and Hands of IN.

Member since: 2005

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Leslie Grishin

Board Member

Leslie Grishin is the International Visitors Program Manager at The International Center where she has the pleasure of connecting international professionals with Hoosier counterparts through the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. She enjoys traveling and has spent time studying and working abroad in Germany, Honduras, and Japan.

Member since: 2020

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Judy Hagan

Board Member

Judy Hagan has been active in the Carmel Clay community and politics for 25 years.  After serving on the Carmel Clay Board of Parks and Recreation, she was elected Clay Township Trustee in 1998 and served 2 terms guiding develop-ment of the local park system.  Judy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a BA in History and Political Science.  She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Carmel and served as the 2008 Rotary District 6560 Group Study Exchange Team leader to East Africa.  She currently serves on the Carmel Clay Park Foundation Board.


Member since: 2018

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Kenneth Holland

Board Member

Dr. Kenneth Holland is President Emeritus of the American University of Afghanistan. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and M.A. in Government from the University of Virginia. He is a Past President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and World Affairs Council of Memphis.  For the past 14 years, he has been implementing higher education development and partnership projects for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and United States Agency for International Development.

Member since: 2020

Member since: 2018

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Cenk Kandemir

Board Member

Cenk studied Chemistry at Marmara University-Istanbul, Turkey and John Carroll University. He also has a Masters degree in School Administration from Lindenwood University, MO. For 15 years Cenk worked as a teacher and school principal in various school districts across the Midwest and currently works with the Niagara Foundation.

Member since: 2017

Robin Kohn

Board Member

Robin Kohn has lived and worked in Michigan City, IN. her entire life. To help advance the arts and other positive community initiatives, she serves as president of the art committee in Michigan City, and also sits on the board of Junior Achievement, an organization that helps teach children financial literacy. As part of her work with the Michigan City Library, Robin oversees the local implementation of the Great Decisions Program, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.

Member since: 2021

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Board Member

Claire Mauschbaugh is the events and communications associate at Indiana Humanities Council. Claire grew up in Washington, Ill., and graduated in '17 from Butler University with a BA in Human Communication and Organizational Leadership. She is a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, a volunteer with Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, a graduate of Class VII of IndyHub’s 1828 Leadership project and a member of Career Services Advisory Board at Butler University. 

Member since: 2020

Ian McIntosh

Board Member

Ian McIntosh is the Director of International Partnerships at IUPUI and an adjunct faculty member in philanthropy and liberal arts. He is the founder of the Sacred Journeys Project, the Indianapolis Spiritual Trail, and the heritage organization Past Masters International. He is also the former managing director of the global indigenous rights group Cultural Survival Inc.

Member since: 2020

Joel Olufowote

Board Member

Dr. Joel Olufowote is currently the Chief Academic Officer and Principal of the #1 ranked public high school in Indiana, The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. Prior, Olufowote spent a decade on the college campus in assistant professor, associate professor, and executive leadership roles. Olufowote is a former Rockefeller postdoctoral Fellow and 2019 Indiana State Educator of the Year award winner.  The CEO and cofounder of MixedMessages Consulting LLC, Olufowote’s research and scholarly activity can be found in outlets such as USA Today and numerous publications serving the construction industry.

Member since: 2020

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Kevin Ryan

Board Member

Kevin Ryan has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Center First Credit Union since 2009.  He has more than 40 years of financial services and credit union experience. Mr. Ryan has led the credit union to many achievements including work with veterans, feeding the hungry and sharing financial literacy education with thousands of people. 

Kevin currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame Board of Directors where he secured credit union support and financial contributions to construct the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame Memorial, the only building of its kind in the country. He has also traveled internationally to share the credit union message and has welcomed credit union visitors from many foreign countries to Indiana. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master of Arts degree in Executive Development from Ball State University.  

Member since: 2021

Sue Tempero

Board Member

Sue is a retired consultant in diversity and management with over 20 years’ experience as VP/Director of Human Resources at the Des Moines Register and the Indianapolis Star. Other professional experience includes: high school and college teacher, university administrator, Congressional staff member, and program director for the Institute of International Education and the Iowa Refugee Service Center. A graduate of the U of Nebraska, she received her MA from Northwestern (IL) and studied on a State Department grant at the East West Center (Hawaii) focusing on Southeast Asian Cultures and International Education.

Member since: 2020

Jillian Foster Turner

Board Member

Jillian Turner joined the Indiana Economic Development Corporation as the Director of International Programs in 2019. She focuses on economic development and strengthening Indiana’s international engagement.

Jillian worked for 7 years at the US Department of State, including as the Secretary of State’s Public Affairs Advance Lead where she communicated US foreign policy objectives globally. Jillian worked in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs where she advised Bureau leadership on policy and strategic planning initiatives and managed Fulbright Programs throughout South and Central Asia. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Indiana University and a M.Ed. in International Education Policy with a concentration in Negotiations from Harvard University. She is originally from Shelbyville, Indiana.

Member since: 2020

Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem

Board Member

Dr. Tsultem is the Edgar and Dorothy Fehnel Chair in International Studies Assistant Professor of Asian Art History  at the IU Herron School of Art + Design at IUPUI. She works closely with Herron's galleries and IUPUI Office of Int'l Affairs. She has achieved international acclaim in the field of Mongolian art and Asian art history. In 2014, she established a nonprofit that aims to support Mongolian US college students. She has been called the "leading curator and art historian of Mongolia" and has won numerous awards for her work. Dr. Tsultem received her Ph.D. in East Asian and Himalayan art history from University of California, Berkeley, where she taught and served as co-chair of the Mongolia Initiative Program at the Institute of East Asian Studies. She also taught at National University of Mongolia, Yonsei University in South Korea, and University of Iceland.

Member since: 2021

Douglas Woodwell

Board Member

Dr. Woodwell is Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Indianapolis where he teaches courses in international conflict, the history of nuclear weapons, terrorism studies, and more. He has also authored two books.


He currently serves as the regional director for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and a board member for Accessibility, a public-private partnership for people with disabilities. He holds a Bachelors from American University, a Masters in German and European Studies from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Political Science.

Member since: 2020.

Thank You!

The Indiana Council on World Affairs would like to thank the following individuals for contributing to our mission.


Margaret Ahearn

Keira Amstutz

Melissa Beuc & Erik Young

Charles & Cary Boswell

Victor Childers

Larry & Joan Cimino*

Claire Collins*

Thomas A. Egold

Matt Fox

Brendan Fox

Bruce Frank

Henry Fu

Carl & Donna Gahwiler

Jane Gehlhausen

Elenanor Hall

Elizabeth Hamilton

Marta Hamilton

Janet I. Harris*

Cenk Kandemir

Melisa & Todd Keiser

David & Susan Luedtke

Salim Najjar

Jason C. Reinhardt

Paul Roland

Carol A. Schmitz

Randy & Linda Shields

Sharon Sullivan*

Betty Tonsing

Zeno & Amanda Tutino

Patrice & John Waidner

David Woll

Douglas & Barbara Vawter*

*Donors to Educational Outreach

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