Board and Staff Members
Genevieve Brown is passionate about the power of people to create change. She has worked and volunteered in the international nonprofit sector for over 10 years, traveling through Latin America and Western Africa. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University in nonprofit management. As the Executive Director of IVPA she enjoys supporting organizations, volunteers, and host communities by promoting best practices in international volunteering.
Linda Stuart – Board Chair
Sensing that she was not complete, she started traveling at age 16 in search of something that might make her whole. What began as a senior class eco-tour to Dominica has turned into Linda’s life work as an advocate for respectful cross-cultural encounters and responsible travel. In 1996 Linda went to Nicaragua as an international observer of the presidential elections. She studied abroad in Ecuador on the University of MN’s Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) program for one year. Passionate about community development, Linda led her first Global Citizens Network (GCN) team to Llanos de Morales, Guatemala in 1999.
Linda studied at the University of Chile in the Masters of Arts in International Studies program. In conjunction with the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (CEPAL), she completed her thesis entitled, “La relacion entre el ecoturismo y sus impactos sociales: El caso de las poblaciones locales en Chile y Ecuador.” Linda returned to the states after receiving her MA in 2003. Most recently, Linda had been serving the Twin Cities immigrant community as an ESL instructor and curriculum writer at the Lincoln Adult Education Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Kimberly Haley-Coleman – Treasurer
Throughout her career, Haley-Coleman would squeeze in volunteering while traveling internationally on business, and consulted with various international NGOs on how to achieve their goals. She was struck by the difficulty of trying to give time effectively in needy communities within the confines of the typically rushed American lifestyle. Over the years, together with a group of like-minded individuals with backgrounds in medicine, construction, sustainability and communications, she helped to co-found Globe Aware. The objective was to allow busy Westerners a forum for giving their time in an organized fashion in a way that was significantly meaningful and fun for the recipient communities and for the volunteer.
Haley-Coleman holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Dallas, where she graduated with Highest Honors, she is a recipient of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship Award, has an M.A. from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. from Emory University. She currently serves on the Boards of a number of organizations, including the Executive Committee for IVPA (International Volunteer Porgram Association). Haley-Coleman also serves on the Board of Groundwork Dallas, a grassroots effort to sponsor and coordinate community based environmental improvement projects in economically challenged areas, is President of Dallas’ Shore Acres Beautification Club, and is also the Leadership Member for Service Nation, an initiative that strives to increase service & volunteer opportunities for Americans.
Jennifer Bohme – Secretary
Steven C. Rosenthal – Chair Emeritus
Steve was born in New York, and attended George Washington University and the University of Colorado. He founded Cross-Cultural Solutions in 1995, and as its director, has traveled extensively throughout the world making frequent trips to the field. He has worked with at-risk youth in the United States and been a consultant for numerous international volunteering organizations in the domestically and abroad.
An expert in his field, Steve has been invited to speak at the U.N. on Non-Governmental Organizations and gender issues. He is on the Executive Committee of the International Volunteer Programs Association and is the Chairman of theBuilding Bridges Coalition, a project of the Brookings Institution focused on expanding international volunteer service, improving service quality, and ensuring positive impacts in communities throughout the world. Steve also serves on the advisory boards of More Peace Corps, Atlas Corps, and Global Citizen Year. He co-chairs the National Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy Task Force on Voluntary International Service, and serves on the Roundtable Consortium for the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange.
Steve Atamian is the co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Global Brigades. Since 2004, he has been responsible for developing and expanding the business model and growth strategy for the international association. Under his leadership, more than 30,000 university students and professionals have mobilized to support communities in Central America and Ghana; starting with just one student chapter in 2004.
From 2004-2008, Steve led Global Brigades as a volunteer while employed full-time with Deloitte & Touche USA, where he worked to help design and implement their corporate social responsibility strategy in the Pacific Southwest region. In 2011, Steve co-founded Empowered.org, a “social movement platform” that has registered nearly 300 participating organizations across the world, fundraising more than $30 million dollars for their respective initiatives.
Amigos de las Americas
Lauren first became involved with AMIGOS as one of two mentors on the first Youth Ambassador’s exchange to Paraguay in 2012 and then in 2013 as the Project Director in the Yucatan, Mexico with 30 Summer Search students.
Born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Lauren attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Geography, Environmental Studies and Global Cultures. She studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. Since then, she worked as an AmeriCorps*VISTA on state wide service-learning initiatives, and for the last six years worked in the San Francisco Bay Area with a variety of local and national youth serving nonprofits including YouthNoise, Link TV, Youth Venture and the HOPE Collaborative. She has excelled in program management, relationship building and securing funding sources for key youth-based initiatives. She has a special passion for outreach, partnerships and networking in order to provide opportunities for ALL young people to become leaders in the programs that are right for them.
Service For Peace
Charles Phillips, Ph.D. serves in senior leadership roles for several global non-profit organizations that drive development of individuals and communities through the shared experience of voluntary service. He is also a university professor whose courses build leadership skills in community-based service learning methods and non-profit management. As Vice President for Global Peace Development Division at the Global Peace Foundation, Charles is leading community-based development that foster self-reliant families and resilient communities in East Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
As President of Service For Peace (SFP), Charles leads the strategic development of service abroad programs designed with universities designated as SFP’s partners in community development. This partnership brings together university student volunteers with local citizens to foster community development that is driven by local citizens. In 2002 Charles completed his doctoral work at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU; Russian: Московский государственный университет имени М. В. Ломоносова). He completed the Nonprofit Leadership Executive Certificate course at the Georgetown University Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2008 and received a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School in 2013.
Michael J. Lenaghan
Miami Dade College
A former Fulbright fellow who has traveled much of the world in his quest to understand the social sciences, Dr. Mike (as he is affectionately known on campus) has dedicated much of his career to opening up new opportunities for students and showing them how to succeed.
Dr. Mike is the Mardee Jenrette Endowed Teaching Chair at Miami Dade College where he teaches within the social sciences department and The Honors College in courses that range from social environment to leadership. He also is an adviser to MDC’s Collegewide Model United Nations Delegation (the team competes yearly at the United Nations in New York City), Pan African Student Association, Service for Peace, and Student Government.
In 2005, Dr. Mike was awarded two prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities “Landmarks in American History” Fellowships. He is also a board member of the Institute for Alternative Futures, Florida Political Science Association, Asociacion de las Naciones Unidas de la Republica Dominicana and Miami Council for International Visitors.