Our Staff

Michelle Harpenau

Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director

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James McManus

James McManus, Director of International Programs

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Arnela Zekic Hepner

Arnela Zekic Hepner, Education Consultant

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Hannah Gerth

Hannah Gerth, Communications and Programs Coordinator

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Ciarra Wooten

Ciarra Wooten, Education and Development Coordinator

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Haley Harrison, Global Exchange Intern

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Trish Matonhodze, Global Programs Intern

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Board of Directors


Board Chair

Richard Lauf, Consultant, Leamington Group

Retired, The Procter & Gamble Company

Vice Chair

John Pinney, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Client Services Department & Chair, International Practice Group, Graydon, Head, & Ritchey LLP


Richard King, Chemist R&D, The Procter & Gamble Company


Catharina Toltzis, Ph.D., Consultant & Advisor, United Nations


  • Bob Betz, Retired, President, Cognis Corporation
  • Dale Dean, President & CEO, DeanHouston, Inc.
  • Karlee Hilliard, Retired, Ford Motor Company
  • Michael Hawkins, Partner in the Labor & Employment and Appellate Practice Groups, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Chris Huntington, Chief Information Security Officer, Nexigen
  • Linette Kuy, Practice Manager/RN, Kuy Plastic Surgery, Inc.
  • Francois LeRoy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement & International Affairs, Northern Kentucky University
  • Michele Mansfield, Corporate Functions R&D, Global Innovation Center Operations, Associate Director, Procter & Gamble
  • Philip Poland, Director, Customs and Regulatory Affairs, DHL Express Americas Region
  • Oxana Prokhorova, Director of Global Engagement, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Cincinnati
  • Bill Sena, Retired, Investment Counsel
  • Tim Swallow, Executive Director, Cincinnati World Cinema
  • Martin Wilhelmy, Vice President Investments, UBS Financial Services Inc., Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cincinnati

Advisory Group

  • Steve Black, Retired, Graydon, Head, & Ritchey LLP
  • Katherine Brun, Business Development Specialist, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED
  • Mary Ann Buchino, Ed.D. Retired School Psychologist, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Jessica Donohue-Dioh, Adjunct Faculty, Social Work, Xavier University; Founder, End Slavery Cincinnati
  • Kim Harp, Manager, Business Retention and Expansion, Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati
  • Leslie Maloney, Senior Vice President & Program Manager, The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
  • Karen Ramos, Program Director, University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute
  • Deborah Schultz, President, Transborder Solutions
  • Deborah Tyson, Senior Marketing & Development Advisor, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Global Partners

  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Red Cross
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza
  • Cincinnati World Cinema
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Cintrifuse
  • Cristo Rey
  • DHL Express
  • Dover Foundation
  • Embassy Suites Cincinnati RiverCenter
  • Executive Transportation Service
  • FHI 360
  • Foreign Policy Leadership Council
  • Global Ties U.S.
  • Graydon, Head, and Ritchey LLP
  • Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Hughes STEM High School
  • Indian Hill High School
  • Institute for International Education
  • Interact for Health
  • International Academy of Cincinnati
  • International Focus
  • John P. Parker Elementary
  • Kenton County Academy of Cincinnati
  • Kuy Plastic Surgery
  • League of Women Voters
  • Mariemont High School
  • MCM CPAs & Advisors
  • Mercantile Library
  • Miami University Global Initiatives
  • Miami University Department of Political Science
  • Mount Notre Dame High School
  • Newport Intermediate
  • New Riff Distillery
  • Northern Kentucky University Center for Global Engagement and International Affairs
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce & Northern Kentucky International Trade Association
  • Northern Kentucky International Trade Association
  • Oak Hills School District
  • Princeton High School
  • Pro Mach Inc.
  • Purcell Marian
  • REDI Cincinnati
  • RiverPoint Capital Management
  • Seven Hills Upper School
  • St. Ursula
  • Summit Country Day
  • Summit View Elementary
  • The Carol Ann & Ralp V. Haile, Jr. U.S. Bank Foundation
  • UBS Financial Services, Inc. Downtown & Kenwood Offices
  • University of Cincinnati, International
  • Ursuline Academy
  • U.S. Commercial Service United States of America Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Villa Madonna
  • Winton Woods School District
  • World Affairs Councils of America
  • Wyoming High School
  • Xavier University, The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

The diversity of the event and content was quite remarkable. More importantly the engagement of the attendees really spoke to the idea of embracing diversity and making community and business leaders realize how important it is to focus on inclusion rather than exclusion in interactions both professional and personal. It was such an interesting group of people that attended the event. The organization stands for everything that is right with Cincinnati and its goals moving forward. It was a pleasure to attend.”
- One World Gala, Sponsor and Participant