Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund
The mission of our educational branch is to educate and advocate for a democratic federation of nations with enforceable world law to -- abolish war and global violence in the resolution of disputes, protect universal human rights and freedoms, and restore and sustain our global environment.
Introducing New CGS Education Fund Executive Director Bob Flax, Ph.D.
Bob Flax, Ph.D. is a psychologist, organization development consultant, educator and activist. He has been dedicated to addressing human suffering at the individual, organizational, and global levels.
Bob began career as a psychotherapist in the late 1970’s. He worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, residential treatment centers, private practice, and 16 years in the California prison system where he counseled inmates on San Quentin’s ‘death row’ and managed their 3,000-person volunteer division, providing inmate education and rehabilitation programs. He was later promoted to the management team of the Mental Health Department at the California State Prison-Solano. Bob has also taught Psychology at LaGuardia Community College, Sierra University, William Lyon University, John F. Kennedy University, The Professional School of Psychology and Saybrook University.
From his prison experience and international travel, Bob was struck by the way large systems contribute to human suffering. As a result, he pursued additional training in organization development and conflict resolution, expanding his focus to include organizational and large systems change. He conducted organizational development, leadership, and communications training programs for a number of organizations ranging from small non-profits to IBM.
Bob’s work with large systems ultimately led to the World Federalist Movement, where he has served as Past President of the Democratic World Federalists, Councilor to the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, and Board Member of Citizens for Global Solutions. He also teaches a course in Global Governance and Democratic World Federation at Saybrook University and has served as their Codirector of Research.
Bob has a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from New York University (1977), an M.A. in Psychology from Long Island University (1980), a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Institute (1992), an M.A. in Organization Development from Sonoma State University (2007), a Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University (2015) and is currently completing an Diploma in Global Leadership at the UN Peace University in Costa Rica.
Bob’s love of adventure has led him to international trekking, scuba diving, and climbing the tallest mountains on 3 continents. He also maintains a Buddhist meditation practice and lives in a co-housing community in Northern California.
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, the Development Committee and the Strategy Committee. She is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions. She is a member of the Cincinnati Peace Committee sponsored by the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) and received the Margaret Fuller Peace Award from IJPC in 2018. Donna 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.
Matthew McDonough 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.
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.
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.
Brenda Bertsch is Dentist and founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions. She has been a member of the national CGS organization since 2010. She worked with Nancy Dunlavy and Donna Park to design the series of book club meetings to discuss Joe Schwartzberg’s book Transforming the UN System: Designs for a Workable World.
Brenda’s passion and concern for the health and well-being is the driving force for her commitment to work for world peace and justice. She feels sustainable peace and justice must be found through the establishment of a world government, based on the principles of federalism and democracy. She looks forward to helping with the challenges of the future work of CGS.
Tom Camarella currently is Co-Chair of the CGS Program Committee, member of the Strategy and Development Committees, and a Trustee of the World Federalist Association (WFA) Endowment Fund. 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.
Tom’s experience working with other non-profits includes currently: Executive Board 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 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.
For nearly three decades, Larry David 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.
Lee Davis’ interest in world federalism began in 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 and chairing of the Orono Peace Group. This group became a dedicated CGS Partners Group. Lee became further committed 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 Orono Peace Group into the Maine Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions. She has served as Global Solutions Action Network Board Chair of CGS and has been a long time member of that Board.
Lee retired in 2003 from professional life as a biology professor at the University of Maine. Her research interest was 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 and is now a member at large on the leadership team.
Christine Andrea Kischkat Dolahan is a doctorate student in Psychology at Saybrook University and specializes in Spirituality, Consciousness, and Transformative Social Change. Her doctoral research focuses on the process of personal transformation leading to action via transformative learning theory and spirituality. Throughout her education, she has been involved with multiple human rights clubs and has had the opportunity to participate in Model UN events. She was introduced to Global Governance and Democratic World Federalism 4 years ago during a presentation on the topic facilitated by Dr. Bob Flax, which sparked a great passion in her for the movement and its causes. Andrea has studied with Dr. Flax ever since and through her studies has been given the opportunity to work for the Democratic World Federalists in San Francisco for a year. She remains passionate about dedicating her time to the promotion and education of World Democratic Federalism towards the vision of “one world”. Andrea has earned her M.A. in Art History, Anthropology, and Archeology from Julius-Maximillians Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany. She is currently working on her doctorate in Psychology at Saybrook University with anticipated graduation in 2020.
Hannah Emerson is originally from Kansas City, and she is currently working towards her BA and MA in International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis. She serves on the CGS program committee for peace studies and youth outreach. At her university, Hannah is working to increase international education opportunities through expanding faculty diversity and study abroad programs on a Webster University student-faculty committee. Hannah has worked towards improving city services and opportunities for underprivileged communities through City government and non-profits in St. Louis and Kansas City. In addition, she worked with refugees in Germany during the height of the European Migration Crisis to assist in integration into the community. Hannah has also worked in Greece for a media company, Protogenesis, Inc. that helps draw attention to the Greek economic crisis and situation through its projects. After graduating, Hannah has aspirations to work in public service towards increased international cooperation and improving communities around the world. She hopes to use her experience at CGS and her experience living in Germany and Greece to move toward this goal.
Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing is the founder and director of The Center for Peace and Global Governance (cpgg.org), a virtual think tank and online forum that pools and proposes principled solutions to pressing global problems through publications, podcasts, lectures, workshops and targeted consulting. She is an international lawyer with eighteen years of experience in private and government practice both in England as a barrister-at law and the United States as a licensed attorney. For the past 15 years she has been working as an independent scholar writing and lecturing in the area of global governance and collective security. She has written two books in this area: “Collective Security Within Reach” (2008) with a foreword written by an Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and “Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving Our Global Crises” (2015). Her third book “Towards Global Governance” will be published in 2018. She also maintains a blog at http://collectivesecurity.blogspot.com that discusses current global issues and proposes principled solutions to them.
Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing is a barrister-at-law of England and Wales, an LLM graduate in International Law and European Union Law from Cambridge University and an attorney-at-law in the United States. Her eighteen year legal career has included private practice with respected law firms in Washington, DC, including her own, teaching as an adjunct professor of law and most recently service as an Attorney-Advisor in the Legal Advisor’s Office of the US State Department.
Sovaida was born to a Baha’i pioneer family in Kenya, and has lived in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. She speaks five languages. She has held a number of positions on various Baha’i elected and appointed institutions, and has served on the Board of the Foreign Lawyers’ Forum in Washington DC, the Board of the Baha’i Justice Society, a national organization, and the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.
Bob Flax is the Executive Director of the CGS Education Fund. He is a psychologist, organization development consultant, educator and activist. He has been dedicated to addressing human suffering at the individual, organizational, and global levels. Read his bio above for more information.
David Gallup specializes in promoting, implementing and educating about human rights, world citizenship and world law. He is President of the World Service Authority®, Washington, DC, a global public service human rights organization founded in 1954. In addition to his role as President, he has served as General Counsel since 1992. Prior to working at the WSA, Mr. Gallup was a Dean’s Fellow at the Washington College of Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, Washington, DC, where he researched asylum and international human rights issues, developed and maintained a human rights document library, coordinated a human rights education workshop and represented asylum applicants.
His professional memberships include the Maryland, American, World Jurist, and World-Space Bar Associations. For fifteen years, he was the Secretary of the United Nations Association Task Forces on UN Restructuring and on Cultures of Peace. Mr. Gallup’s publications include a feature article in the periodical Current World Leaders: International Issues and Letters to the Editor in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times on the topics of nationalism and terrorism. He wrote several chapters in a United Nations Association Report entitled, “Restructuring the UN to Meet 21st Century Global Needs.” He is the legal columnist for World Citizen News. He writes the World Citizen Blog and moderates two online forums with thousands of members.
He received a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, DC and an A.B. in French and an A.B. in History from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Ronald 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.
Ms. Hagos is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Addis Ababa University and a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Webster University.
Ms. Hagos has worked at a non-profit based in the U.K named HelpAge International, which mainly focuses on the right of older people to live dignified, secure and healthy lives. She was a program intern at the Ethiopia branch and while there had the opportunity to work on its ongoing projects. She came to the United States to pursue her graduate education. She was a campus activist, part of the Student Government Association and led the World Citizens Club.
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.
Eston McKeague is President of the Young World Federalists (ywf.world), an international organization dedicated to modernizing the movement bringing the message of world federation to a new generation.
Eston holds a BA in Global Affairs with minors in Economics and Religion and Culture from Western Washington University. Originally from Seattle, Eston currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
David C. 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 35 years. He has taught over four hundred courses in philosophy, the world’s religions, peace studies, and Holocaust/genocide studies at different schools in the St. Louis area for the last 46 years. He is currently teaching courses about the world’s religions in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. He has studied many different religions in different parts of the world. His interdisciplinary doctorate is in “Philosophies and Theologies of Peace and Justice.” His dissertation is on the implications of Henry Nelson Wieman’s philosophy of creative interchange for world peace. He has written a textbook on Jewish-Christian relations in light of the Holocaust. He is very active in interreligious dialogue on the local and global levels. He has participated in all six of the modern Parliaments of the World’s Religions. He is currently the president of the board of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis. 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.
Majid H. Samarghandi has his B.S. in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Construction Management, and Ph.D. Program in Construction Management. All degrees were obtained at University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana Ill. In addition, he has taken all the course requirements for a Master of Business Administration degree.
Mr. Samarghandi is the Chairman and C.E.O. of Triton Services with its multi-million dollar divisions involved in design, installation and service of Commercial/Industrial, General Construction, HVAC, Plumbing and Site Development.
Furthermore , Mr. Samarghandi has co-authored a “Construction Cost Guide” for the United States Corps of Engineers. He teaches courses for MCAA’s Institute for Project Management at the University of Texas, and guest lectures at the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. Samarghandi has served as the chairman of many professional associations as well as holding various positions on many community organizations. He is President of Allied Construction Industries. He is a past president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Cincinnati and presently serves on the Board of Directors of University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science School of Advanced Structures Advisory Board.
Dr. Shevtsov teaches math and statistics for life science students at UCLA. She earned a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, with a minor in Geography, at UCLA in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Georgia in 2012. Her dissertation research focused on the analysis, mathematical simulation and effects of ecological networks such as food webs. Since then, she has primarily focused on teaching and curriculum development in math for life sciences and co-authored the textbook Modeling Life, published in 2017 by Springer. She has also worked on developing life support systems for space habitats, both as a student intern at NASA and recently in collaboration with individuals in the private space industry.
Dr. Shevtsov has been a world federalist since 18 and has been involved with WFA/CGS for much of that time. Starting as an undergrad, she wrote or co-authored a number of articles on global government and world citizenship for the general public. Her article “The Engagement Tree Model: Vision, Values and Outreach” was published in the WFA Gender Equity Commission’s journal Minerva in 2003. She co-founded the website, World Beyond Borders. In 2003, she was one of the leaders of the opposition to the mission statement change, advocating for openly promoting democratic global government. After the change, Dr. Shevtsov stayed involved and was a WFI Fellow for a number of years.
Lawrence Wittner is a historian and peace activist who taught at the State University of New York Albany for more than three decades before his retirement. He is the author of nine books including the “Struggle Against the Bomb” trilogy, a history of the worldwide nuclear disarmament movement. He is the former editor of Peace & Change, a journal of peace research, and chaired the Peace History Commission of the International Peace Research Association. Wittner, an activist in civil rights and social justice movements since the early 1960s, received the Peace History Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
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.