Our Staff

Michelle Harpenau

Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director

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James McManus, Director of International Programs

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Erika Lundstedt, Global Education Manager

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The World Affairs Council – Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

Board of Directors

Board Chair

Michele Mansfield
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 Lauf
Consultant, Leamington Group
Retired, The Procter & Gamble Company


Tim Roberts
The BAUTE | ROBERTS Group – Comey & Shepherd Realtors


  • Bob Betz, Retired, President, Cognis Corporation
  • Dale Dean, President & CEO, DeanHouston, Inc.
  • Asawari Deshmukh, Assistant Professor Department of Economics, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati
  • Doug Goldberg, Principal, Goldberg Partners International LLC
  • Karlee Hilliard, Retired, Ford Motor Company
  • Michael Hawkins, Partner in the Labor & Employment and Appellate Practice Groups, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Oxana Prokhorova, Director of Global Engagement, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Cincinnati
  • Sean Brislin, Director of Merchandising for Deli Prepared Foods, Kroger Co.
  • Craig Lane, Vice President, Risk Management, MunichRe America
  • Jason Riveiro, Senior Director, Global Growth Markets & Inclusion, Realogy Holdings Corp.
  • Jay Scherger, Director Ecommerce Accelerator, Kroger Co.
  • Nita Vaidya, PhD, Sociologist, Northern Kentucky University

Advisory Group

  • Bill Sena, Retired, Investment Counsel
  • Martin Wilhelmy, Senior Vice President-Investments, PIM Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo Advisors, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cincinnati
  • Chris Huntington, Information Security Risk Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
  • Richard King, Retired, The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Tim Swallow, Executive Director, Cincinnati World Cinema
  • Steve Black, Retired, Graydon, Head, & Ritchey LLP
  • Katherine Brun, Senior Community Engagement Specialist, Wayfair
  • Mary Ann Buchino, Ed.D. Retired School Psychologist, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Kim Harp, Manager, Business Retention and Expansion, Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati
  • Melissa Loyd
  • Leslie Maloney, Senior Vice President & Program Manager, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation
  • Deborah Schultz, President, Transborder Solutions
  • Deborah Tyson, Senior Marketing & Development Advisor, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Shelly Williams, Director, Sales, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Talk about bringing learning to life and engaging students… the Global Classrooms open the windows of the world to our students without having to leave the school building!”
- Winton Woods-Academy of Global Studies