According to the bylaws of the Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network (CGS-AN), the members elect the Directors to the Board for a 3 year term. A brief bio of all candidates is found at the end of this blog. If you are ready to vote you can click here and vote electronically.
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This ballot was created by soliciting nominations from the grassroots leaders and other members and is recommended by the CGS-AN Board. Voting members may add to the proposed ballot the name(s) of other candidates by submitting a petition with the signatures of 4 other voting members. Petitions with signatures must be submitted to the Leadership Committee no later than June 1, 2017. All Board candidates must be paid members who support the vision and mission of CGS, are willing to work to help raise funds for CGS, and agree to behave according to the organizational values. The vision, mission and organizational values can be found at http://globalsolutions.org/about.
Here are brief bios for the candidates:
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.
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 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. 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
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.
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.
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 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 regular lobby visits of CGS and IJPC with elected members of Congress. 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 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.
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