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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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
  • Karlee Hilliard, Retired, Ford Motor Company
  • Michael Hawkins, Dinsmore and Shohl LLP
  • Chris Huntington, 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, 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, University of Cincinnati
  • 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 annual trivia competition is great fun and embraces everyone present in the energy of the room. We all learned a lot, shared many laughs, with moments of triumph as well as defeat. Global education as no longer a curriculum add-on, but rather a necessity for all students, as job markets and economies are increasingly interdependent. We are proudly associated with GCWAC.”
- Linette Kuy, Practice Manager, Kuy Plastic Surgery, Inc