About us



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


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 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

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

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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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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Kenneth Holland

Board Member

Dr. Kenneth Holland is President Emeritus of the American University of Afghanistan.  Dr. Holland 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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Larry Cimino


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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Melissa Beuc

Vice President

Melissa Beuc, currently with Appirio, is also the founder of Mycroft Strategies, a strategic marketing practice with expertise in branding, sales enablement and content marketing. 

Member since: 2014

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Bruce Frank


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

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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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

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

Ray Montagno

Board Member

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

Sue Tempero

Board Member

Profile coming soon.

Member since: 2020

Betty Tonsing

Board Member

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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Jillian Foster Turner

Board Member

Profile coming soon.

Member since: 2020

Zeno Tutino

Board Member

Italian by birth, Zeno relocated to the United States in 2013 with his wife Amanda, after serving in the Italian and the French army, then in the International Relations office of the Mayor's Cabinet in Milan and subsequently in the Regional Security Office of the US Consulate General, Milan. He currently serves on the board of the Indianapolis Monza Sister Cities Committee and of the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana, and was recently appointed Honorary Consul of Italy in Indiana.

Member since: 2018.

Douglas Woodwell

Board Member

Profile coming soon.

Member since: 2020.

Claire Collins

Board Member

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

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 2015. 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

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

Teshome Alemneh

Board Member

Profile coming soon.

Member since: 2020

Leslie Brooks

Board Member

Originally from Tennessee, Leslie moved with her husband to Indianapolis after graduating from veterinary school. She works part-time at a vet clinic, volunteers for a non-profit helping the homeless and loves spending time helping her 2-year-old learn and grow. She has been on immersive cultural experiences in Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil and Kenya. Her family is planning an “around-the-world” trip within the next few years.

Member since: 2017

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

Life is a fun

and unpredictable 



first board of directors

John A. Campbell

Grace C. Campbell

Allen W. Clowes (incorporator)

G.H.A. Clowes

Kathryn E. Coy

Robert A. Efroymson

Willard Gambold (incorporator)

Morris Goodman

Samuel R. Harrell

Benjamin Hitz, Jr. (incorporator)

Sexson Humphreys

Julian Kiser

Walter H. C. Laves

Walter Lecrone

Doris H. Lytle

Marian McFadden

Jack Mendelsohn

Irene Merrell

Mary B. McKinszie

Alexander H. Moore

James T. Neal

Hope Nevitt

Robert G. Risk

Harry W. Schacter

H.L. Shibler

Frank Templin

Jean G. Teixler

Helen Wilkie

Margaret Wilson

Edna Vonnegut

Past presidents

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   Dick Pedersen

2005 - 2006   Kishor Kulkarni 

2003 - 2005   Shirley 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 Hrvath​

1986 - 1987   Robert Hattery

1985 - 1986   Arthur V. Brown

1984 - 1985   Bert C. Faulhaber

1982 - 1984   Wlodzimierz Rozenbaum

1982 - 1982   Willam W. Neher 

1981 - 1982   Karl Zimmer

1980 - 1981   Dottie Hubbard

1976 - 1980   no records

1975 - 1976   Richard Fredland

1974 - 1975   J. Robert Reardon

1973 - 1974   Mike Ungersma

1970 - 1973   Robert G. Nelson

1969 - 1970   Virgil Hunt (date not confirmed)

1955 - 1969   no 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.

Indiana Council on World Affairs



PO Box 90421

Indianapolis, IN 46290

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