About us

OUR PURPOSE

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

OUR HISTORY

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.

 

OUR FOCUS

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

non-partisan

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

US

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

Meet Our Board

Larry Cimino
Larry Cimino

President

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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Bruce Frank

Treasurer

Bruce is the sole proprietor of Bruce R. Frank & Assoc. (BRFA), a consulting firm that assists technology-based companies improve their commercial performance. He is a graduate of the Univ of Pennsylvania (BA, Biology) and the Wharton School (MBA). He also attended the Universitaet Freiburg in Germany. Bruce speaks fluent German and has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and South America.

Member since: 2014

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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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Ray Montagno

VP Administration

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

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Betty Tonsing

VP Programs

Betty (PhD, CFRE, CLSS) is a historian, educator, researcher and Fulbright Scholar (South Africa, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon). She currently is a national patient engagement specialist and professional fund-raising consultant. For close to 15 years Betty lived and worked overseas in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle Easton on contract with the United Nations, USAID, Catholic Relief Services and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. 

Member since: 2017

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Claire Collins

Secretary

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

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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 today owns and manages the Global Village Welcome Center. The building has space for meetings, exhibits, and other dedicated projects to aid in the area's 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

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Marco Dominquez

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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Wayne Feest

Board Member

Wayne Feest is an expert in health care management and delivery and has run a division for a national health care company for 11 years in various capacities. Wayne holds both a pharmacy

degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a practicing pharmacist for

the past 14 years.

 

Member since: 2018

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Matt Fox

Past-President

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Meet the Assistants
to the President

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Adebola Ogundipe

Intern

Adebola Ogundipe is the newest intern at Indiana Council on World Affairs. She is a full-time student at Indiana University Purdue-University Indianapolis (IUPUI) majoring in Global and International Studies. After her undergraduate program, Adebola's goal is to enroll in a graduate school and work with a reputable Non-For-Profit organization. She would love to work with women and kids in any sector, but she would preferably work with groups of people facing domestic violence or malnutrition. Adebola loves to read, travel and try out recipes during her leisure time.

Intern since: 2020

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Hannah Vos

Intern

Hannah Vos is a current Master's student in Europe, studying Euroculture: the study of European Society, Politics and Culture in a Global Context. In 2022, she will receive a joint-degree from the University of Bilbao (Spain) and Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic). She graduated in May 2020 from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a degree in Global and International Relations.

 

She enjoys studying politics, reading, and discussing with her classmates from around the world about politics, history, current affairs, and culture.

Intern since: 2020.

Life is a fun

and unpredictable 

adventure

(1955)

first board of directors

In recognition and thanks to

Indiana Council on World Affairs, Inc.

Founding Board of Directors, 1955.

 

Grace C. Campbell

John A. Campbell

Allen W. Clowes, Treasurer (incorporator)

G.H.A. Clowes

Kathryn E. Coy, V.P.

Robert A. Efroymson

Willard Gambold (incorporator)

Morris Goodman

Samuel R. Harrell

Benjamin Hitz, Jr., President (incorporator)

Sexson Humphreys

Julian Kiser

Walter H. C. Laves

Walter Lecrone

Doris H. Lytle, Secretary

Marian McFadden

Mary B. McKinzie

Jack Mendelsohn, V.P.

Irene Merrell

Alexander H. Moore

James T. Neal

Hope Nevitt

Robert G. Risk

Harry W. Schacter, V.P.

H. L. Shibler

Jean G. Teixler

Frank Templin

Edna Vonnegut

Helen Willkie

Margaret Wilson

 

Source: Indiana Secretary of State.

Past presidents

In recognition and thanks to

Indiana Council on World Affairs, Inc.

Presidents from present to 1955

 

2018 -            Larry Cimino

2017 - 2018   Matt Fox

2014 - 2017   Carl Gahwiler

2012 - 2014   Kristin Garvey

2010 - 2012   Carl Gahwiler

2008 - 2010   Victor Childers

2006 - 2008   Richard E Pedersen

2005 - 2006   Kishor Kulkarni

2003 - 2005   Shirley D. Cline

2001 - 2003   Virginia McKay

1999 - 2000   Joe Caparo

1998 - 1999   Dean McKean

1996 - 1998   John Stone

1995 - 1996   Paul Kuhn

1994 - 1995   Craig Auchter

1992 - 1994   Cynthia P. Robinson

1991 - 1992   Phillip J. Rutledge

1989 - 1991   Lawrence Quick III

1987 - 1989   Janos Horvath​

1986 - 1987   Robert Hattery

1985 - 1986   Arthur V. Brown

1984 - 1985   Bert C. Faulhaber

1982 - 1984   Wlodzimierz Rozenbaum

1982 - 1982   William W. Neher

1981 - 1982   Karl R. Zimmer

1980 - 1981   Dorothy Hubbard

1976 - 1979   Donald W. Miller

1975 - 1976   Richard Fredland

1974 - 1975   James R. Reardon

1973 - 1974   Michael Ungersma

1970 - 1973   Robert G. Nelson

1969 - 1970   Virgil Hunt

1959 - 1968   no records

1955 - 1958   Benjamin Hitz, Jr

 

Source: Indiana Secretary of State

and corporate records.

The Indiana Council on World Affairs

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

serving educational purposes. 

Check Us Out!

Learn more about ICWA

WISH TV Channel 8 team, Carolene Mays-Medley and Marco Dominguez,  spoke to Larry Cimino, President of the Indiana Council on World Affairs and Janet Harris, the Vice President of the Indiana Council on World Affairs. 

They explained what exactly the Indiana Council on World Affairs is, how many other such councils there are in the United States and some of the things the council does.

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