Announcements / December 1, 2016

Global Ties U.S. Announces New Officers and Board Members for 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization Global Ties U.S. today announced new officers and members of the Board of Directors who will begin their terms as of March 1, 2017.

Jacquelyn G. Shipe (center) will serve as the Board Chair. Jacqui is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Global Ties Alabama, a nonprofit organization that promotes global peace and understanding through citizen diplomacy. Prior to this, Ms. Shipe had a lengthy career as an Ethics Officer for the Word Bank Group as well as a corporate officer for Duke Energy and Bell Atlantic/Verizon. Ms. Shipe is a member of the Greater Huntsville Rotary Club, the Advisory Committee for the New Beginnings Resource Center of Oakwood University, and the 2016 Leadership Huntsville Class 29.

Jacquelyn Shipe has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Global Ties U.S. since 2013. She will replace current Board Chair James Wolf who steps down after two impactful terms.

“We are so pleased to have Jacqui serve in this role,” said Jim Wolf, “She has a deep appreciation of the mission and vision of our association. Jacqui has consistently championed the needs and challenges the Global Ties Network. Her vision and leadership will ensure a strong Global Ties for years to come.”

In addition, Christopher Washington will serve as the Vice Chair, expanding his role on the Board. Dr. Washington is currently the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for Franklin University in addition to serving on the Board of the International Visitors Council. Also taking a new officer role is Mariano Gutierrez as Treasurer. Mariano Gutierrez works as the Vice President of Business Planning and Governance with MetLife. Furthermore, Henry Collins will become Secretary of the Board, drawing on his knowledge as Vice President of Meridian International Center, a Global Ties U.S. member organization.

Global Ties U.S. also welcomes two new board members, John C. Bersia and Diana Bucco, whose vast expertise and passion will further enhance the international exchange field. Mr. Bersia currently serves as Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Ms. Bucco is Vice President of The Buhl Foundation.

Departing the Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors this year are two board members. “We thank the outgoing board members for sharing their expertise and passion to the Global Ties network,” said Jennifer Clinton, President of Global Ties U.S. “Under their dynamic leadership, Global Ties made significant advancements in inspiring people across the exchange community and beyond.”

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Event Photos.