Exchange Matters / March 16, 2020

The Best in Exchange Programming

Each year, our members nominate, vote, and select colleagues from across the Global Ties Network to be recognized at the National Meeting for the Excellence in IVLP Programming Awards. We congratulate the following nominees and recipients of the awards.

All photo credits: A.E. Landes Photography.


Outstanding All-Volunteer CBM Programmer: Kate Greene, World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

Renée Worthington of Meridian International Center (right) accepts the award on Kate’s behalf from Patricia Harrison of the Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors (left)

Finalists: Kay Bickham, Oklahoma City International Visitors Council; Jim Byrum, Palmetto Council for International Visitors; Diane Elton, International Relations Council of Riverside

Outstanding Paid-Staff CBM Programmer: Sarah Sibley, WorldBoston

Sarah oversees all of WorldBoston’s Citizen Diplomacy programs. She and the other finalists were nominated for being “quick to respond, knowledgeable of their communities, tireless workers, and highly accessible.”

Finalists: Amy Barss, WorldOregon; Laurel Stoneking, Global Minnesota

Outstanding NPA Programmer: Jennifer Gregg, FHI 360

Jennifer (left) accepts the award from Martin Baier of the Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors. In her acceptance speech, she shared that she was only good at this work “because of the Global Ties Network.”

Finalists:Lisa Bennett, CRDF Global; Laurence Bezy, World Learning; Steven Washington, Cultural Vistas

Outstanding Interpreter: Miguel Garcia (French)

Miguel (left) accepts the award from Barbara Keller of the Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors. His passion for multilingualism led him to pursue a career in professional interpretation after several years working at Fortune 500 companies.

Finalists: Shawn Callanan (Indonesian), Guerda Romain-Chatelain (French), Adel (Adam) Salama (Arabic)

Outstanding International Visitor Liaison: Marek Kuzma

Val Chlebowski of the Office of Language Services accepts the award on Marek’s behalf at the National Meeting. In addition to accompanying international visitors on exchange programs, Marek is also a Polish interpreter Photo credits: A.E. Landes Photography.

Finalists: Greg Burnside, Bruce Cohen, Joyce Hopson-King

Outstanding Program Associate: Alison Grausam, Graduate School USA

Theresa Hale of Graduate School USA accepts the award on Alison’s behalf at the National Meeting. This award category, now in its second year, highlights the importance of fresh perspectives and ideas that junior programmers can offer to organizations.

Finalists: Nathan Eckman, Graduate School USA; Katelyn McAlister, CRDF Global