Leadership (Boards)

Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network

Jordan Bankhead, MS

Two years ago Jordan Bankhead started the Citizens for Global Solutions chapter in Oxford, Mississippi. At present, his efforts focus on regional networking with other like-minded nonprofits wishing to pursue international peace and justice. In addition to his CGS activities, Jordan is active in the local nonprofit sector and currently serves on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and is also a founding member of the Entrepreneurial Alliance of Lafayette-Oxford-University (L.O.U.). Jordan also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with an A.B. in History and Russian in 1998 and from the University of California, Berkeley with a J.D. in 2001. He moved to Oxford, Mississippi where he started a law practice. In 2007, he received a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Mississippi.


Jim Barton, NC

Jim Barton attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he majored in History and German Studies. He did field work in Germany researching the origins of the West German Green Party, and helped cofound the Green Party of California in 1990.

He joined the UN Association in 1989, excited about the upcoming 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development ("Earth Summit") and served on a local board from 1990-92, returning to the UNA in 2009 during the UNA-endorsed 350 Global Day of Climate Action on October 24, 2009. He is still on the board of the Western NC UNA chapter, serving the start of his second three year term. Jim is also on the national UNA-USA Council of Organizations coordinating committee, and has studied the process of the 1944-45 grassroots push for the UN.

Jim is recognized as a leading grassroots climate activist in Asheville, NC, and has been active with 350. He started an effort to successfully prevent an unnecessary diesel plant in 2007, and has fundraised for young people to go to the national student climate conference (Powershift).

He has served on the board of the Center for War/Peace studies since fall 2010. He is the list administrator for the World Federalist Institute Google Group, and a co-facilitator of the monthly teleconferences. He has been on the board of the Democratic World Federalists since spring 2013.


Larry David, SD

For nearly three decades, Larry was a volunteer for the World Federalist Association. As WFA Board Chairman he was a leader in transforming WFA into Citizens for Global Solutions. Larry is a Fellow of the World Federalist Institute and a Trustee of the WFA Endowment Fund. He is an entrepreneur and project leader experienced in small business development. As co-founder of College Survival, Inc., Larry oversaw development and marketing of seven editions of Becoming a Master Student, the best-selling college textbook in America. He is currently Chairman of the Board of CytoLogic, Inc., a medical device company based in Boulder, CO. CytoLogic is focused on a new cancer therapy.


Shirley "Lee" Davis, ME

Lee's interest in world federalism began during her graduate school days at Cornell University in the late 1950s when she heard a talk by Norman Cousins.  Her follow-up activity took off in 1986 with her founding of the Orono Peace Group.  This group became a dedicated CGS Partners Group.  Lee became further dedicated to the CGS cause through attendance at the Common Security through Structures for Peace meeting in 1989, a working conference in Washington, D.C.  WFA and AAUW were primary sponsors of this event.  Lee led the transition of the local Maine peace group into the Maine Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions and has chaired that group since its founding in 1986. She has served as Global Solutions Action Network Board Chair of CGS and continues as a member of that Board.

Lee retired from her professional life as a biology professor at the University of Maine in 2003.  Her research interest was in animal behavior.  She studied female courtship behavior and is a member of The International Society for Human Ethology.  She and her husband have been active participants in Earthwatch Expeditions that engage people in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and actions necessary for sustainability of ecosystems.  These expeditions account for about half of the many adventures that they have enjoyed in travels around the world. 

Lee belongs to and supports numerous wildlife and conservation organizations, and for several years was a member of the board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  She has been a 50-year member of the American Association of University Women where she served as a Branch President.  Most recently she has been the Public Policy representative for her branch.


Evan Freund, IL - Treasurer

Over the past 20 years Evan Freund has served as President and later Treasurer of the Chicago chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions, and previously to that of the World Federalist Association, Chicago Region. He has also assisted in numerous campaigns. Prior to retirement in 2001, he developed and operated health care delivery organizations in Chicago for inner-city populations. He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Following his retirement in 2001, he has volunteered as project manager, consultant, and executive coach with Executive Service Corps of Chicago. He has assisted many non-profit organizations to plan strategically, to recruit capable and needed members of boards of directors, to manage their finances, and to develop capacity to raise funds. He is an active Rotarian, and has promoted international involvement at Rotary. He is Chair of the Board of Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, and is head of the Criminal Justice Task Force at First Unitarian Church.  Evan holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago, an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from Cornell University.


Ronald Glossop, MO

Ronald J. Glossop is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville (SIUE), member of the national board of Citizens for Global Solutions, board chair of Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis, board member of UNA of Greater St. Louis, Coordinator of the St. Louis Coalition for the ICC, President of the American Association of Teachers of Esperanto, and Director of Infanoy chirkaw la Mondo [Esperanto for "Children around the World"]. Previously, Dr. Glossop held positions as Chair of the World Federalist Association of Greater St. Louis (1970-2004), Vice-President of the National World Federalist Association (1994-2003), and Coordinator of the Peace Studies Program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1974-1998). Dr. Glossop earned his B.A. from Carthage College (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Of Citizens for Global Solutions's core issues, Dr. Glossop is interested mainly in Peace and Security through expanding democracy and restricting national sovereignty. In particular, he supports the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect principle, creation of a force of individually recruited U.N. peacekeepers, and education for world citizenship. He emphasizes the need to substitute democracy for violence as the way to resolve social conflicts, both within and between nations. He addresses these issues in his books World Federation? (1994) and Confronting War (4th ed., 2001).

Ronald previously served on the board and chaired the organization’s World Federalist Institute.


Tom Hastings, CA

Tom Hastings has served since 2008 as the President and Chair of Citizens for Global Solutions California Region, which is comprised of nine chapters. Prior to that position he served as the Chair of the Region's board. Now retired, Thomas most recently worked as a principal scientist at Xerox Corporation. Prior to his work at Xerox, Thomas was a consulting software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation. He led the Operating System team developing program data processors, and was a member of the architecture team.

Tom holds both undergraduate and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Oluwatobi (Tobi) Ojo, PA

Oluwatobi (Tobi) Ojo currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, and works as a Financial Advisor at Vanguard, a large investment services firm in the Philadelphia metro area. He holds the Certified Financial Planner ™ designation. Tobi attended Johns Hopkins University and received a B.A. in International Studies and Anthropology. Originally from the Chicago area, Tobi has been involved with the Model United Nations Development Organization (MUNDO) since he was in high school, attending MUNDO conferences as a delegate, and now sits on the board of managers for the organization. Also while in college, Tobi was instrumental in restarting the Model UN competition team at Johns Hopkins. Outside of work, Tobi enjoys volunteering and traveling. Tobi has a passion for global affairs and not only continuously seeks to learn, but also strives to spread awareness to others.


David Oughton, MO - Vice-Chair

David Oughton has been the treasurer, secretary, or board member for the St. Louis Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions/World Federalist Association for the last 30 years. He has taught hundreds of courses in philosophy, world’s religions, peace studies, and Holocaust/genocide studies at different schools for the last 43 years. He is currently teaching in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His interdisciplinary doctorate is in “Philosophies and Theologies” concerning Henry Nelson Wieman’s philosophy of creative interchange and world peace. He is very active in interreligious dialogue on the local and global levels. David is passionate about promoting the need for a democratic world federation of nations in order to outlaw war, eliminate genocide, and solve our global problems. He argues that the religions of the world have the responsibility of building a firm foundation for a future world federation by promoting the teaching of a world community, world citizenship, humatriotism, the Declaration of a Global Ethic, and the Charter for Compassion.


Donna Park, OH - Chair

Donna Park is currently the Board Chair of Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) Action Network.  She chairs the Action Network’s Executive Committee and the joint CGS Administrative Committee.  She is a member of the Finance Committee, the Leadership Committee, the Program Committee and the Strategy Committee.  Donna also leads the Individual Solicitation Task Force (aka Membership Team) for the Development Committee.  She is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions and leads the Chapter’s team working for World Peace Through World Law with Justice.  She is a member of the Cincinnati Peace Committee sponsored by the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) and coordinates bi-monthly lobby visits of CGS and IJPC with elected members of Congress.  She is a student of Nonviolent Communication as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. 

Donna has a BA and MA in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics.  She spent over 30 years working in the global pharmaceutical industry where she had responsibility for Global Clinical Data Management and Global Regulatory Submissions.  She was the first Data Manager to receive the Career Achievement Award from the Biostatistics and Data Management Technical Group at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association.  She has been successful in working across disciplines, countries and companies to bring about organizational change and implement global systems with new standards and well-defined processes.


Nicole Wilsey, IL - Secretary

Nicole Wilsey graduated from DePaul University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communication Studies. Nicole is a board member of the CGS Chicago Chapter and senior manager at the Model United Nations Development Organization. Currently, she serves as the Secretary-General of Mexico City International Model United Nations (MIMUN). Previously, Nicole served as the Secretary-General of Chicago International Model United Nations for two years. Nicole also works at Cloudview Real Estate and LPL Financial. Nicole has been involved with UN education for almost 10 years starting in college and continuing after. She has been involved with CGS for many years as well, and has been the main organizer of the CGS Chicago after-work fund raisers for young professionals.


Akvile Zakarauskaite, TN

Akvile Zakarauskaite is a student of International Studies and Political Science at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She conducted field research in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the development of minority political parties, and interned at an NGO working on building a sustainable peace in the Balkans. Additionally, she interned at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, focusing mostly on foreign affairs. When she is not overseas, Akvile is heavily involved in various Model United Nations programs as well as Model State Legislature in Tennessee. Akvile is currently the Research Director at The Rincon Strategy Firm, a state-wide political strategy firm based in Memphis.

Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund

 

Tom Camarella, CA

Tom Camarella has a law degree from Western State University College of Law; a BA in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles; and is a California Certified Mediator. He was a labor representative from 1985-2000 and successfully negotiated over $5 Billion worth of contracts in both the private and public sectors. He developed and lobbied for legislation advantageous to union members at the local, county, state and federal level. He also served as Chief Spokesperson developing themes, securing press coverage and authoring print material. Tom has been active in the world federation movement since 1983. He has been on the Board of WFA since 1984, served on the Executive Committee of WFA/CGS from 1991-2004, and was Executive Director of the Southern California Region, WFA (1984) and later President of same from 1990 to 2002; and currently a member of CGS’s World Federalist Institute Steering Committee. Tom’s experience working with other non-profits includes currently: member of the Executive Committee of the California Democratic Party; Congressional Council for the 37th US Congressional District in CA; Board Member of Southern California Americans for Democratic Action. Formerly: President of the Culver City Democratic Club; Chair of the Culver City Fiesta La Ballona; Steering Committee member of the Progressive Democrats of America, LA; Appointed Member of the Culver City Charter Review Committee; Steering Committee Member of Labor/Community Strategy Center; and Steering Committee Member of Jobs with Peace. Tom has spent his whole life trying to implement the “hippie” ideals of preventing war, curbing the military industrial complex, promoting civil/ human/labor/health rights, equality, and environmentalism.


Larry David, SD - Chair

For nearly three decades, Larry was a volunteer for the World Federalist Association. As WFA Board Chairman he was a leader in transforming WFA into Citizens for Global Solutions. Larry is a Fellow of the World Federalist Institute and a Trustee of the WFA Endowment Fund. He is an entrepreneur and project leader experienced in small business development. As co-founder of College Survival, Inc., Larry oversaw development and marketing of seven editions of Becoming a Master Student, the best-selling college textbook in America. He is currently Chairman of the Board of CytoLogic, Inc., a medical device company based in Boulder, CO. CytoLogic is focused on a new cancer therapy.


Bob Flax, CA

Bob Flax is Co-Director of Research at Saybrook University and teaches in the areas of Transformative Social Change and Clinical Psychology. He is a psychologist, organization development consultant, activist, and teacher. Dr. Flax began his career as a psychotherapist, focusing on psychotherapy integration, therapist growth and development, and psychotherapy effectiveness. By working as a psychologist in the California prison system, consulting to corporations, and traveling internationally, he became interested in large-systems change and trained in organization development and conflict resolution. That eventually led to his current involvement with the World Federalist Movement, an effort to create a democratically elected global parliament capable of ending war and responding to today’s most pressing problems. Bob serves as President of the Democratic World Federalists, Councilor at the World Federalist Movement, and Fellow of the World Federalist Institute of Citizens for Global Solutions. Bob loves adventure travel and has climbed the highest mountains on 3 continents, maintains a Buddhist meditation practice, and lives in a cohousing community in Northern California.


Evan Freund, IL

Over the past 20 years Evan Freund has served as President and later Treasurer of the Chicago chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions, and previously to that of the World Federalist Association, Chicago Region. He has also assisted in numerous campaigns. Prior to retirement in 2001, he developed and operated health care delivery organizations in Chicago for inner-city populations. He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Following his retirement in 2001, he has volunteered as project manager, consultant, and executive coach with Executive Service Corps of Chicago. He has assisted many non-profit organizations to plan strategically, to recruit capable and needed members of boards of directors, to manage their finances, and to develop capacity to raise funds. He is an active Rotarian, and has promoted international involvement at Rotary. He is Chair of the Board of Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, and is head of the Criminal Justice Task Force at First Unitarian Church.  Evan holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago, an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from Cornell University.


Ronald Glossop, MO - Vice Chair

Ronald J. Glossop is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville (SIUE), member of the national board of Citizens for Global Solutions, board chair of Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis, board member of UNA of Greater St. Louis, Coordinator of the St. Louis Coalition for the ICC, President of the American Association of Teachers of Esperanto, and Director of Infanoy chirkaw la Mondo [Esperanto for "Children around the World"]. Previously, Dr. Glossop held positions as Chair of the World Federalist Association of Greater St. Louis (1970-2004), Vice-President of the National World Federalist Association (1994-2003), and Coordinator of the Peace Studies Program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1974-1998). Dr. Glossop earned his B.A. from Carthage College (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Of Citizens for Global Solutions's core issues, Dr. Glossop is interested mainly in Peace and Security through expanding democracy and restricting national sovereignty. In particular, he supports the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect principle, creation of a force of individually recruited U.N. peacekeepers, and education for world citizenship. He emphasizes the need to substitute democracy for violence as the way to resolve social conflicts, both within and between nations. He addresses these issues in his books World Federation? (1994) and Confronting War (4th ed., 2001).

Ronald previously served on the board and chaired the organization’s World Federalist Institute.


Gail Hughes, MN - Secretary

Gail Hughes, recently the President of the Minnesota Chapter of Global Solutions - one of the largest and most active nationally - has a diverse and eclectic background. In past years, she taught global studies, sociology, and interdisciplinary social science at St. Cloud State University; she served as a program evaluator in the Minnesota Community Colleges; she was a Peace Corps Volunteer English teacher in Lesotho; and she taught Development Studies (a social studies program designed for developing countries) as an Independent Volunteer in Botswana. At present, she advises Doctoral candidates in post-secondary education at Capella University.


Matthew McDonough, MA - Treasurer

Matthew received his Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his MS from Springfield College. He currently works as a green energy consultant.

He joined the WFA in 1974. He was president of the Amherst, MA chapter, followed by a term as president of the New England region. At the national level, he served on the Board of Directors, the Executive Council, Chair of the Executive Council, and Treasurer. After a long hiatus, he is pleased to reengage with the organization’s leadership.


Donna Park, OH

Donna Park is currently the Board Chair of Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) Action Network.  She chairs the Action Network’s Executive Committee and the joint CGS Administrative Committee.  She is a member of the Finance Committee, the Leadership Committee, the Program Committee and the Strategy Committee.  Donna also leads the Individual Solicitation Task Force (aka Membership Team) for the Development Committee.  She is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions and leads the Chapter’s team working for World Peace Through World Law with Justice.  She is a member of the Cincinnati Peace Committee sponsored by the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) and coordinates bi-monthly lobby visits of CGS and IJPC with elected members of Congress.  She is a student of Nonviolent Communication as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. 

Donna has a BA and MA in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics.  She spent over 30 years working in the global pharmaceutical industry where she had responsibility for Global Clinical Data Management and Global Regulatory Submissions.  She was the first Data Manager to receive the Career Achievement Award from the Biostatistics and Data Management Technical Group at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association.  She has been successful in working across disciplines, countries and companies to bring about organizational change and implement global systems with new standards and well-defined processes.

 

Joe Prempeh, IL

Joe Prempeh is a lawyer, entrepreneur and human rights advocate. Joe is a strong advocate for human rights and global world peace and has done work for organizations such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana. He is also a member of the U.N. volunteer group. Joe has experience in international business and organizational development. He is the Managing Director of Pentracorp Company Limited, a strategic business consulting company that assists companies in selected emerging markets. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Electronic Inc., an IT company focusing on electronic retailing. Joe is a firm believer that the achievement of a truly individual peace will not be fulfilled unless it is intertwined with the achievement of the collective peace of the world. Joe received a B.A. in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia in 2006, where he focused most of his research work on human rights and institutional development of non-governmental organizations. In 2009, he obtained an MBA in International Business from Benedictine University in Illinois. With his passion for business and law, he proceeded to get his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2014.


Lucy Law Webster, NY

Lucy Law Webster has been an active world federalist since she started a chapter at Princeton Day School. During her senior year at Wellesley she was National Student Chairman of the United World Federalists, and after graduating spent four months in charge of the World Student Federalist office in Amsterdam and working at the Copenhagen Congress of the World Movement for World Federal Government. She later went around the world and spoke to federalist groups in 50 U.S. cities. After she married and lived in London, England, she worked in marketing and opinion research, raised two sons and served as an officer of the World Federalist Movement.

From 1981 to 1996 she worked for the UN (mostly in NYC) as a Political Affairs Officer and Editor of two UN publications. After reaching the UN mandatory retirement age she was director of Economists for Peace and Security and later of the Center for War/Peace Studies. She has served as the main leader of the World Federalist Institute in Citizens for Global Solutions and is also a member of the international Council of the World Federalist Movement. She has an earned B.A. in Political Science, an MSc in International Relations and an M.A. in Global Political Economy and Finance.


Anne Zill, ME

Anne Broderick Zill is the Founder and Director of The Center for Ethics in Action (launched at the University of New England), an organization created to promote women's leadership across disciplines with a spiritual, values perspective to make our local and global public policies work better. Highlights of the dozens of other organizations and initiatives founded, directed and/or assisted by Anne include: The Women's Campaign Fund; the Women's Campaign Research Fund; the Fund for Constitutional Government; and International Action, where she serves as a Trustee with Ed Rawson. For 30 years Anne has been a foundation program officer with the Stewart Mott Charitable Trust, where she focuses on peace, human rights, government and military reform, civil rights/civil liberties, and international reproductive rights.

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