Board of Directors

The Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter Board of Directors is comprised of interested citizens from all over middle Tennessee who volunteer their time and effort to advance the work of the United Nations.

President

Tim Stewart

Vice Presidents

Galen Hull
Vanessa Lefler

Co-Secretaries

Lynn Grassmeyer
Alyssa Van Camp

Treasurer

Andrea Maneschi

Historian

Bill Zechman

Membership

Doris Ann Hendrix

Immediate Past President

Dan Rosemergy

Board of Directors

Jennifer Adebanjo
Mario Avila
James Chaney
Cathy Folk
Dodd Galbreath
Howard Gentry
Stephie Goings
Jerry Harder
Camilla Hester
Kent Humerickhouse
Todd Lawrence
Michael MacMiller
Katherine Lay Miller
Gayle Morin
Arik Ohnstad
Carre Phillips
Frank Robinson
Nate Sauber
Kathryn Gray Skinner
David Smith
Bob Teague
Marieta Velikova
Joyce Wilding
John Williamson

Standing Committees and Chairs

Membership-Doris Ann Hendrix
Program-Galen Hull
Hospitality-
Education-
Finance-Jerry Harder
Young Professionals-
Communications/PR-
Government Relations-Bill Zechman

Past Presidents of the Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter

1945-1946, Mr. Fyke Farmer
1946-1948, Dr. D.F. Fleming
1948-1950, Mr. Maclin Davis, Sr.
1950-1951, Dr. Fremont P. Wirth
1951-1952, Mr. M.T. Lowry
1952-1953, Mr. Morgan Reynolds
1953-1954, Mr. R. Lee Davis
1955-1956, Mr. Littell Rust
1957-1958, Mr. Lang Wroton
1959-1960, Dr. Harold Bradley
1961-1963, Dr. J.J. Ray
1963-1965, Mrs. Arville Wheeler
1965-1966, Mrs. H. Earl Cunningham
1966-1967, Dr. Alonzo Stephens
1968, Mr. George Cate, Jr.
1969, Dr. Sam Smith
1970, Mrs. John McCall
1971, Mr. James Sasser

1972, Mr. Fred Cloud
1973, Mrs. David S. Bubis
1974, Dr. Malcolm D. Williams
1975-1976, Dr. Pearle Bradley
1977, Dr. Virginia Nyabongo
1978-1979, Mrs. May Titus
1980-1981, Dr. Thomas Van Loon
1982-1987, Dr. Richard Bauer
1987-1991, Mr. Donald M. Maillie
1991-1992, Ms. Pat Bentrup
1992-1994, Dr. Dan Rosemergy
1994-1996, Mr. Bill Zechman
1997-1999, Dr. Jim Quirin
2000-2004, Mr. Tim Stewart
2004-2008, Dr. John Miglietta
2008-2012, Dr. Mary Pat Silveira
2012-2015, Dr. Klint Alexander
2015-2017. Dr. Dan Rosemergy

President

Tim Stewart

Tim Stewart, Director of Service-Learning at Belmont University, has a B.A. in Communication from Vanderbilt University and a M.A. in International Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. He served as Director of the Student YMCA and International Director for the YMCA of Nashville and Middle TN from 1991 —2001. In these positions, he helped involve area college students in the work of the YMCA’s Urban Services and managed the local YMCA’s international exchange programs with YMCAs around the world. From 2002 – 2009, Tim served as Coordinator of Community Service and Assistant Director of International Education at Belmont University. In 2009, he became the Director of Service-Learning at Belmont, helping faculty develop service experiences projects related to their course learning objectives, while continuing to serve as a conduit to connect groups and individuals with needs in the community. He has been a member of the Nashville Chapter of the UNA for nearly 20 years, serving as president from 2000 – 2004. He serves or has served on various other boards and committees including Book’ em and Begin Anew, among others. He is married to Lucinda and has two children in college, Benjamin and Emily.

Vice Presidents

Dr. Galen Hull

Galen is President of HULL International, LLC, an educator, and veteran international development consultant with over 45 years of experience. He began his international career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi (1964-1966) and subsequently taught and conducted doctoral research on the system of higher education in Congo (Kinshasa) from 1969 to 1973. He was Director of the Office of International Business Programs in the College of Business at Tennessee State U. from 1999 to 2011. Upon retirement from TSU Dr. Hull established HULL International LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to international and multicultural projects. In collaboration with Dr. Ming Wang, he founded the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group (TIMBG) in 2013. He has authored five books and many articles, the most recent being Crossing Cultures: Memoirs of a Travlin’ Man, published in 2006. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Class of ‘09 of Leadership Brentwood.

Vanessa Lefler

Vanessa Lefler (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is the Interim Director of Vital Statistics to the Tennessee Department of Health. In that role, she helps oversee the collection of health information that is used in public health research and policy. She is also an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University and leads courses in International Security, Peace, and Conflict Resolution in the Master of International Affairs program. Vanessa’s most recently published, peer-reviewed research is in the Review of International Organizations. The paper investigates UN Security Council working methods that are important to the institution’s legitimacy and represents a continuation of her interest in the role of international organizations in peace processes.

Co-Secretaries

Lynn Grassmeyer

Lynn Grassmeyer has worked as a realtor in the greater Nashville area for ten years. She joined her husband in 2001 as development owners and builders in a subdivision called Market Place Townhomes. Lynn is also an Arbonne International consultant promoting health and nutrition. Lynn’s path began in the Midwest, born to devout parents of faith who decided to serve abroad. She was a pre-teen missionary kid or “MK” when her family moved to Costa Rica and then on to Paraguay. She attended three different high schools in three different countries. Witnessing the poor living along the riverfront in Asuncion in make-shift cardboard “houses” left an indelible mark on her. She was challenged to never abandon the disenfranchised and downtrodden. Lynn earned a B.A. from U of Milwaukee in Mass Communication with an emphasis on Radio-TV and spent a 12-year career as an announcer for public radio and later as a talk-show producer at a major Christian network. She has also been a radio announcer in Nashville. While working she pursued an advanced Bible degree in Chicago. While there she took a teaching sabbatical at a private elementary school in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her students, now with grown children, still claim ‘Ms. Lynn’ as their own. She has worked in many volunteer positions from teaching English/Spanish in family shelters to crisis response for the Red Cross. Currently she holds positions at Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense-TN and Amnesty Nashville. She mentors youth and enjoys travels to the Middle East and Africa to visit hospitals, schools, and orphanages through local organizations. Husband Bryan is a local contractor and bass player. They have eight grandchildren.

Alyssa Van Camp

Alyssa Van Camp is a PhD candidate in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Prior to beginning her PhD program, Ms. Van Camp served as the Director of Policy at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). She also spent time working at the macro- and micro-levels of the education systems in South Africa and Uganda on issues related to teacher training and curriculum development. Ms. Van Camp began her career in education as a 4th grade teacher in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Originally from Ohio, she moved to Nashville to pursue her BS in Elementary Education at Vanderbilt University and went on to complete a MEd in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt University.

Treasurer

Andrea Maneschi

Andrea is Professor of Economics, Emeritus at Vanderbilt U. He received the B.A. degree in Engineering Science at Oxford U. in 1958 and the Ph.D. degree in Political Economy at Johns Hopkins U. in 1964. He taught at Yale U. and at the U. of Sao Paulo, Brazil, before coming to Vanderbilt in 1970. Until he retired in 2013, Professor Maneschi taught courses in international trade, globalization, environmental economics, and the history of economic thought. He combined his interests in trade and economic thought in his book Comparative Advantage in International Trade: A Historical Perspective (Edward Eigar, 1998), which explores the origin and evolution of one of the key concepts of international economic theory and policy, the principle of comparative advantage. In his last three years at Vanderbilt, he taught a course in environmental economics, focusing on the ominous prospects of climate change. He has published many articles on international trade and the history of economic thought. His hobbies include vegetable gardening, music, reading, and walking in the neighborhood.

Historian

Bill Zechman

Bill Zechman has been a member of the UNA-USA Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter since the mid-1980s. He served two consecutive terms as president and has chaired the government relations and community relations/public education committees. After graduating from McMinnville City High School, Bill earned BS and BA degrees in chemistry and philosophy at the University of Tennessee. First elected to public office in the 1980s as a member of the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, he later served 22 years on the Warren County Commission representing the First District. Following this, he was elected to the Warren County school board, where he is completing his second four-year term. Since 1981 Bill has been an agent with the State Farm Insurance Companies. Also, he is a volunteer producer with McMinnville public radio WCPI 91.3, where he hosts a weekly talk show on diverse subjects from politics, civic society, healthcare and education to science and technology. As a longtime member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, he has devoted much of his time to promoting public awareness of the human-caused threats to the global environment.

Immediate Past President, Dan Rosemergy

The Reverend Dr. Dan Rosemergy is a second career minister, his first career being in Higher Education Administration primarily at the University of Michigan. He has a BA (history/English) and an MA (Higher Education Administration) from the University of Michigan. Subsequently, he studied theology and social ethics at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. While there, he earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He served as pastor of the Brookmeade Congregational Church, UCC for 20 years. During this period, he helped to found the Nashville Peace and Justice Center and the Interfaith Alliance of Middle Tennessee. Following his service at Brookmeade, he became Minister of the Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church until 2013. Currently he is Minister Emeritus of that congregation. He has been an active member of the UNA-USA Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter since the 1990s, and he served as board president from 1992-1994. Most recently he assumed the position of interim president. With his election, he continues as President of the UNA-USA Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Adebanjo

Jennifer W. Adebanjo is associate Professor of Political Science at Fisk University. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. She received both the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Jackson State University, located in Jackson Mississippi. Dr. Adebanjo currently serves as the Chair of the History and Political Science Department at Fisk University and is an active member of the faculty. Among many other she also serves as one of the university’s Pre-Law Advisors. Under her guidance many students have been admitted into law and graduate schools across the country. Dr. Adebanjo also has served as Associate Director of the Fisk/UNCF Program for Environmental Justice Education and Research Grant and the Fisk Component of the UNCF/DOE Building Environment Justice Collaboration between Paine and Savannah River Site. She also served in the capacity of Co-Principal Investigator for the Meharry /Fisk program for Prostate Cancer and Research Training in Health Disparities for Undergraduates, (PCaRT). Dr. Adebanjo is very active in the local Nashville community and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She was most recently awarded the Fannie Bell Waters Leading Lady Award for her exceptional and exemplary service to the Nashville community. She is a Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellow and a 2010 Salzburg Global Fellow. Professionally, Dr. Adebanjo’s teaching and research interests include Presidential, Congressional, and Supreme Court Politics, Environmental Justice, and Public Policy as it pertains to race and gender. She is happily married to Bishop George O. Adebanjo, Pastor of The Living Word International Church of God in Christ located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mario Avila

Mario Avila serves as the founding Director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University, a new hub that serves as a resource and thought leader for people across the university interested in combining revenue-generating businesses with social impact objectives. Most recently, he was the CEO of Emerge and founder of Contigo Financial, a socially-responsible consumer lender headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. His management experience includes finance, education and consulting in three different countries. He was a Fellow of Vanderbilt University’s Cal Turner program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and helped develop a hybrid housing-microfinance model to finance mortgage needs of people at the base of the pyramid in Central America. Mario serves on various boards including Conexion Americas and is Chairman of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance. He earned an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

James Chaney

James P. Chaney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography at Middle Tennessee State University. His research focuses on Latin America, migration, refugee resettlement, and ethnic geographies. James received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee and his M.S. in Geoscience from Western Kentucky University. He completed his Ph.D. in Geography and Anthropology from Louisiana State University. James has conducted extensive fieldwork in Latin America examining the migratory and economic strategies of transnational migrant communities in Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua. His coauthored book Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century was the recipient of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize. ?Before returning to Nashville, James worked as an associate director for a Latino-focused nonprofit in New Orleans that advocated for southeast Louisiana’s Latino immigrant population. James currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin America, Europe, migration, human trafficking, and cultural geography as well as serves as the faculty advisor for MTSU’s UNICEF Campus Initiative.

Cathy Folk

Cathy Folk was born and raised in Dickson, Tennessee. She graduated from MTSU in 1969 with a major in Food and Nutrition. Later she completed a Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt Medical Center and stayed on staff at Vanderbilt for 18 years working with patients, as Clinical Educational Coordinator with the Dietetic Internship, and in nutrition research with the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit. In 1985, she earned a MA in Anthropology in the Vanderbilt Graduate School where she was a graduate teaching assistant. After graduation she was in private practice for four years as a nutrition consultant and also worked part-time at Nashville Metro General Hospital with the federally funded Maternal and Infant Care Project. While there she worked extensively with refugees. Her last professional position was with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. as a Renal Nutrition Specialist for 19 years. Cathy has been active in the UNA for 20 years and has served as chapter secretary, vice president, publicity chair, and hospitality chair. She has chaired the nominations committee several times. She assisted in the last revision of the chapter bylaws and recently helped organize documents from the chapter’s 70-year history.

Dodd Galbreath

Dodd Galbreath has served in various leadership roles in environmental, public, business, and academic positions for the past 35 years. In 2007, he became the founding director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice, the Southeast’s first comprehensive academic sustainability program. Professor Galbreath has been appointed to leadership roles by three mayors of Nashville and currently serves as Vice Chair of Nashville’s Stormwater Management Committee and Chair of the Livable Nashville Climate and Energy Subcommittee. Professor Galbreath has traveled throughout the United States, China, and six European countries studying transit, green building, energy, waste, food, and water practices. He provides consulting services and facilitates issue discussion forums for a variety of organizations. From 1993-2002 he served two Tennessee governors (one D and one R) as a state environmental policy manager. In this capacity, he led passage of six state laws regulating river diversion and groundwater access, protecting scenic rivers, and restoring wetlands. He also co-chaired one of the nation’s first state environmental justice planning initiatives. He has received two statewide awards for conservation and sustainability leadership.

Howard Gentry

Howard Gentry is the Criminal Court Clerk of Davidson County. He assumed this post in 2011, after serving as Nashville’s Vice Mayor and a Metro Council Member-at-Large. A native Nashvillian, he served as CEO of the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation and Backfield in Motion. He earned BS and MA degrees in Education from Tennessee State University and formerly held posts there including those of director of athletics, executive director of the TSU Foundation and Assistant Vice President for university relations and development and Associate Vice President for technology and administrative services. He has also worked in banking, insurance and spent over 30 years in sports radio broadcasting. His volunteer activities include serving on the boards of the State of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, where he is a former president, the Boy Scouts, the Frist Center, the Tennessee Museum Foundation, the National Association for Court Management and Operation Andrew.

Stephie Goings

Stephie Goings serves as a financial consultant for Inflammo, LLC, providing outsourced finance and accounting solutions for growing companies and non-profit organizations. Her experience includes several years of accounting, auditing, and data mining. In the past, she worked as a senior auditor for the USDA Office of Inspector General. She earned bachelor of science degrees in Accounting and Supply Chain Management from the University of Kansas, and is in the process of obtaining her CPA license.

Jerry Harder

Jerry was born on in Pope, Tennessee. When he was six, his parents moved the family to Madison, Tennessee. He attended the then Davidson County public schools. In 1966, he completed a BA from Vanderbilt University majoring in history and minoring in economics. In 1972, he completed all the requirements for a PhD in history at the U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill except for the dissertation. He taught history as an Adjunct Professor at the U of Tennessee at Nashville and Tennessee State University, then later taught telecommunications as an Adjunct Professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Jerry has worked in the area of telecommunications and information technology for several decades. Currently, he is employed by the Tennessee State Department of Health, Office of Cancer Surveillance as a Statistical Programmer. He is the treasurer of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center and is completing four years as treasurer of the Nashville Cordell Hull UNA chapter. Jerry is a member of the Davidson County Democratic Party Executive Committee. He has been active in peace issues since the 1970’s.

Doris Ann Hendrix

Doris Ann Hendrix is a graduate of Vanderbilt and Tennessee State Universities and is a forty-five year veteran math educator in Metro Nashville Schools, Tennessee Preparatory School, and Woodland Hills Youth Development Center. She has extensive leadership experience in the American Camps Association, National Council Teachers of Math, Middle Tennessee Math Teachers, Metro Nashville Education Association, and the PTA. Other professional and civic organization experience include Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Key Women Educators) officer and fundraiser, Beta Sigma Phi sorority chapter officer, Kiwanis, Torch Club, National Association of Parliamentarians, and AARP tax-aide. Ms. Hendrix is in her first term as a board member of the Nashville Cordell Hull ChapterShe served as acting secretary for the 2011-12 year.

Camilla Hester

As a young adolescent, Ms. Hester attended Nashville School of the Arts with principles in oboe and choral music. While in high school and beyond, she dedicated her time to Sister Cities of Nashville, coordinating and volunteering at events and participating in trips to Caen and Paris, France. Currently, Ms. Hester is pursuing a bachelors degree in business at Belmont University and has strong interests in the non-profit sector. She completed a summer internship with Plant the Seed, a community organization dedicated to creating a classroom out of an abundant garden and currently volunteers at the Carter Lawrence Elementary School Garden doing upkeep, garden education, and volunteer work with the eco club students. Ms. Hester also interns on a sustainable farm. Ms. Hester is eager to build the chapter in the next year by recruiting excited and well-rounded students to join the team.

Kent Humerickhouse

Kent Humerickhouse will earn his B.S. in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University in May and holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Medical Assisting from the Medical Careers Institute. During his time at Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Humerickhouse served as the President of the Economics Club and a member of several campus clubs including the Financial Management Association, the Pinnacle Honor Society, and the American Democracy Project. Mr. Humerickhouse has experience as a medical assistant and field examiner.

Todd Lawrence

Todd Lawrence is executive director for Urban Green Lab, a nonprofit organization founded to improve community health through sustainable living. A Nashville native, Todd spent the last 15 years on the frontlines of global health, with a focus on strengthening marginalized communities and programs that advance social change. Prior to Urban Green Lab, Todd managed community education initiatives for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and chaired the middle Tennessee chapter of Cervical Cancer Free Tennessee. He taught International Leadership as an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Before returning home in 2013, Todd spent two years in South Sudan with the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program. He spent five years with the Global Health Council in Washington, DC, leading the historic International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Todd also trained community health workers as a Peace Corps volunteer on rural farms in Zambia. Todd has a master’s in International Development from American University and a bachelor in Political Science from Furman University. With his outstanding team of experts and volunteers, Todd hopes to ensure that future generations live more sustainable lives in the city that raised him, especially during this unprecedented era of anthropogenic climate change and rapid urban growth.

Michael MacMiller

Michael C. MacMiller Jr. is a native of Memphis, Tennessee where he graduated from Whitehaven High School. In May 2015, Michael earned his degree from Christian Brothers University (CBU) in General Psychology and minored in Sustainability. While at CBU, Michael was honored as a 2014 Byron Fellow where he joined 20 Masters and Ph.D. students from around the world to develop his leadership capabilities. During the first year of his undergraduate studies, Michael assisted in the creation of the CBU Sustainability Coalition to create a more environmentally aware campus. The focus was to implement practices from the curriculum and to develop the next crop of sustainable leaders. As a result, the CBU Food Recovery Network (FRN) was created. As one of the leaders of this of FRN, the objective was to distribute to the underserved campus, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens in the Memphis/Shelby county community. Currently, Michael is working at Productivity Consultants as a workforce development analyst with plans to attend graduate school in the future. Afterwards, Michael plans to pursue a career in workforce development to develop sustainable employment pathways.

Katherine Lay Miller

Born and raised in Chattanooga, TN where she graduated from the Baylor School, Katherine earned her B.A. at the University of Tennessee in academic psychology with a minor in ecology and evolutionary biology. A lifelong learner, while working for three years as a Head Start teacher and social worker in Knox county she studied to have her degree related to early childhood education. While earning her M.A. at Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service, her passion for international aid was born during a travel course studying social justice in the European Union. Discussions centered around humanitarian law at the International Red Cross Headquarters, policy at the World Trade Organization, refugee immigration at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, peacekeeping at Vredespaleis and leadership accountability at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia & the International Criminal Court fueled her desire to help on a global scale. She spent ten years in the Harding Academy office of advancement as the alumni relations and communications manager, the primary relationship steward for the largest active constituency of the school. During her tenure, she increased community awareness and engagement, funds from individuals and corporate sponsors, and was instrumental in establishing the first alumni association sponsored scholarship fund, to assist those unable to afford the cost of tuition. Katherine is the first appointed Executive Director of Project C.U.R.E. – Nashville, the local center for the world’s largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to resource limited countries around the world. A photographer on the side, Katherine also currently serves on the Board of Governance for the Junior League of Nashville, the Advisory Board of the Nashville Children’s Theatre, on various volunteer committees for the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, as well as the parent organizations of her children’s schools.

Gayle Morin

Currently Gayle works intermittently as an International Tax Advisor on projects sponsored by the Department of Treasury and the IMF. Her most recent project was working with the Mongolian government to set up an effective international tax administration system. Gayle moved to Nashville to accept the position of IRS Director of Kentucky and Tennessee and later Area Director for 14 states and International. Prior to that she served as Director of Legislative Affairs and Assistant to the Commissioner of IRS in Washington D.C. Gayle is a member of an organization called American Women for International Understanding and has led AWIU Delegations to Myanmar, Libya, Russia, Argentina, and the Balkans. She is also co-chair of a committee that supports refugees from Burma. A native of Kansas, Gayle has a Bachelor’s Degree from the U. of Kansas and a Master’s Degree from George Washington U. Gayle has been a member of the Cordell Chapter of UNA for some time.

Arik Ohnstad

Arik Ohnstad is the Associate Director of Vanderbilt University’s Global Education Office, where his team works to prepare college students for overseas study at sites around the world. He has carried out archaeological fieldwork in multiple Latin American locations and has published papers on Andean prehistory, most recently on rock art in Bolivia. Arik holds a master’s degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt University.

Carre Phillips

Carre was born and raised in Midlothian, Virginia. She graduated from Covenant College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minors in Education and Art. Following graduation, Carre moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where she lived and worked with city youth. Carre relocated to Nashville in 2012 to continue working with high school students. Shortly after moving to Nashville, Carre became actively involved in the refugee community, volunteering with students and teaching ESL. Carre has led numerous trips to Honduras, Rwanda, Scotland, and Belize to introduce students to new cultures. In May 2016, Carre completed her Masters of Business Administration degree at Lipscomb University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Carre joined the NICE Development staff in February 2016.

Frank Robinson

W. Frank Robinson is an Assistant Professor of History and the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He specializes in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on twentieth century political and social movements, nationalism and populism, and Caribbean Diaspora communities. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University and then received an M.A. in African history from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Auburn University. Professor Robinson has lived and researched for extended periods in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a contributing author to Populism in Latin America, and is currently completing a manuscript that examines twentieth century Panamanian political history. He recently provided a seminar to the Nashville Cordell Hull UNA about Cuba.

Nate Sauber

Nate Sauber graduated from Furman University with a BA in English. He was then employed by National Geographic as a Programming Coordinator, and as a Contract copywriter with New Target. Currently, he works as a Copywriter for ‘Today I Found Out’ and as a writer and researcher for Freedom’s Promise. For this group he has been researching and interpreting information from NGOs, NPO and government agencies concerning human trafficking. Besides these endeavors, Nate also works for SESAC, Inc. in the areas of royalty distribution and as a research coordinator.

Kathryn Gray Skinner

Kathryn Gray Skinner, is a native Nashvillian. She graduated from Hillsboro High School, Peabody College, and has a doctorate in higher education from Vanderbilt University. She decades of experience teaching English as a Second Language in North Carolina, and Nashville, and in recent years as Director of International Student Services at Belmont University. She has served as an advisor for Fulbright, Boren, and Gilman scholarships. Skinner has served on the Mayor’s committee on refugee issues, as the logistics chair for the local Celebration of Cultures, and she co-founded Music City NAFSA (network for international educators). The current president of the Fulbright Association Tennessee, she has directed study abroad programs to Russia, the Czech Republic, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Italy, Sicily, Germany, Taiwan, England, Turkey, Cuba, and Bolivia.

David Smith

After receiving a degree in Philosophy from Middle Tennessee State U., David began work in public relations for Greenpeace USA and later Terracycle Inc. He taught computer classes for one year in Honduras. He later taught middle school English in a Nashville that had a minority, often poor, student base. As he began to feel more confident in the role, he began to write on topics that interested him. David believes that communication can be an important tool for progress. This led to reporting for Nashville Public Radio, among other outlets. His interest in working with the Nashville Chapter of the UNA is focused, primarily, on organizing events that disseminate information related to equality, immigration, health, and ecology. He currently spends his time focusing on graduate school where he is studying environmental science and reporting for Nashville Public Radio.

Bob Teague

As a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, professional business writer, and IS technical consultant, Bob continues to provide leadership in business and industry by working with civic and community organizations. An alum of the University of West Florida, Belmont University, Nashville State Community College and Austin Peay State University, Bob holds advanced degrees in management, marketing, and business technology. As a musician, composer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor, Bob has more than 2,000 original copyrights and is also a featured poet in “Writings From The Heart,” a 2-volume compilation of eclectic works by WordSmiths, Ink. Bob has traveled extensively and wants everyone to appreciate and cherish the opportunities we have to combine our cultures and languages into a world of caring and sharing, peace and prosperity, with love and respect for the environment and each other.

Marieta Velikova

Marieta V. Velikova received her undergraduate degree from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. Her M.A. in Financial Economics and Ph.D. in Applied Economics were both earned at Mississippi State University, where she worked as a research assistant, academic tutor, and instructor of economics. She teaches economics and international business courses in Belmont University’s College of Business Administration, where she has been involved in the creation of the IB Society an organization for students interested in international studies.  Dr. Velikova has led numerous travel-study trips to Turkey, Japan, Guatemala, Cuba and Brazil that gives her an opportunity to get to know students on a more personal level as well as share life changing experiences. She also enjoys hiking, biking, watching movies and the Olympics. She is most grateful to her family, her friends and her colleagues who continue to support, encourage and inspire every step along the life journey. She is also involved in various Nashville organizations such as Sister Cities Nashville, Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Society of Universal Dialogue, Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Young Leaders Council to give back to Nashville community that has become her new home.

Joyce Wilding

Ms. Wilding is Resource Consultant for United Religions Initiative (UK!), the largest grass roots interfaith network in the world and a UN NGO. She has extensive experience in the behavioral sciences and more than 25 years of work in organizational development, specializing in conflict resolution, cultural diversity training, executive coaching, and team building. She designed and facilitated a five-year Leadership Communication Training program at IBM’s Watson Research Division for scientists from eleven Asian countries and facilitated Conflict Resolution workshops at Los Alamos Laboratory, New Brunswick Telephone, and the US Army Southern Command/Panama. Joyce Wilding’s interfaith work, which began while living in New York from 1970 to 1996, has remained a vital part of her spiritual journey since moving to Tennessee in 1997. Joyce has served as a management consultant liaison with Tennessee Valley Authority Green Energy Marketing Team, Cumberland River Compact, Coalition of Environmental Responsible Economies (CERES), and South-face Energy Institute (a non-profit organization, dedicated to the advocacy of energy efficient and sustainable design).

John Williamson

John is Professor Emeritus in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Vanderbilt University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses for 35 years. He received his B.S. from the University of Oklahoma, a M.S. and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. His research interests continue to be concerned with energy systems, energy conservation, resources and power production. Since 1990, climate change has become an important focal point of the United Nations. Efforts to ameliorate climate change through the cooperative efforts of all nations has been an important aspect of the United Nations work. All aspects of this work are extremely important to John, and where possible, he remains an advocate of efforts to alter the course of Climate Change. Also, many of the other Chapter efforts to inform the public about global matters are important to him. John is a former Board member and recently completed four years of service as one of the chapter’s Vice Presidents. Besides traveling, one of his several hobbies is bicycling on the Greenways of Nashville.

  • Our Mission

    To educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and work of the United Nations, strengthen the United Nations system, promote constructive United States leadership in that system and achieve the goals of the United Nations Charter.

    Our Core Values

    • Respect for human rights
    • International cooperation
    • Nonviolent conflict resolution
    • Responsible and sustainable social and economic development

    Our Goals

    • To effect constructive US involvement in the UN through education and advocacy.
    • To support responsible development through programs that reach locally, nationally and globally.
    • To promote peace, understanding and respect.