NISHAD DAS, Groton School
GEBG Board Member, GEBG Database Working Group Member
Nishad Das is the Director of Global Education at Groton School. He grew up in India and was educated at the Doon School, St. Stephen’s College Delhi, and Emmanuel College Cambridge, England. He started his teaching career in 1990 in a suburban London school called Caterham, moved to Cheltenham College in 1993, and then to Groton School in 2001. At Groton, besides spearheading the school’s global initiatives, he teaches math and coaches squash.
CHAD DETLOFF, Chadwick School,
GEBG Board Member, 2017 Conference Committee Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Member, International Schools Regional Rep
Chad Detloff is the Director of Global Opportunities at Chadwick School, located in Southern California. With an AB from Dartmouth College in Comparative Literature (Spanish and Italian), Chad works to develop global programs founded on curricular and interdisciplinary connections while fostering global competencies in both academic and co-curricular contexts. He also teaches a “glocal” AP English seminar on Los Angeles in the 12th Grade at Chadwick. Furthermore, Chad has lead numerous projects for both Chadwick as well as for Round Square International Service.
LOREN FAUCHIER, Ph.D., Providence Day School
GEBG Board Member, Endorsement Committee Member
Loren Fauchier completed his undergraduate degree in Government at California State University, Sacramento, his Master of Arts in Political Science at University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Politics at the University of Washington. He also completed the graduate degree program at Johns Hopkins University—Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. In the late 1980s he spent two years in China interviewing and collecting data for his dissertation on the use of temporary workers in China’s urban factories. In 1990 he began teaching at Queens University of Charlotte in the Political Science Department. While at Queens he created the International Studies major and led many student trips to China. In 2007 he became the Director of Global Education at Providence Day School which offers the first Global Studies Diploma program in the country. He was the recipient of the NAIS Global Citizen Award in 2014. He has given a number of presentations on global education at NAIS and other conferences, and consulted on global education for World View at the UNC — Chapel Hill and School Year Abroad (SYA). He also leads student and faculty trips to China and other countries.
GEBG Director Emeritus and Board Member, Executive Committee Member, Endorsement Committee Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Conference Committee Member, South Atlantic Schools Regional Rep
William G. Fluharty is the founder and Director of the Nexus Center for Global Studies at Cape Henry Collegiate, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since it’s inception in 2004, Cape Henry students have visited over 40 countries with 260 participants in 2014. Fluharty received a bachelors degree in International Relations at Lehigh University and a masters in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After creating Hi-Ho Silver, a sterling silver jewelry manufacturer with 20 stores in the UK and USA along with wholesale distribution in 38 states, Fluharty directed the corporation for 13 years before moving into education. As one of the four founding members of the GEBG and the first Director, Fluharty has been involved in moving the national global education agenda forward. He has also been History Department Head since 2005 and serves as the Director Emeritus of the Global Education Benchmark Group.
GEBG Board Member, Board Development Committee Member, GEBG Database Working Group Chair, Mid-Atlantic Schools Regional Rep
Michael Hanewald has been the Director of International Programs at the Lawrenceville School since that programs formal inception in 2007. In addition to leading the program, Mr. Hanewald teaches in the history department, assists with the Ropes Course program, and is an assistant housemaster. Within his course load at Lawrenceville, Mr. Hanewald teaches the world history course, and offers electives on African history and an interdisciplinary course weaving the disciplines of the historian and documentary film maker with a content focus on the ancient Maya. Within the International Program, he has led programs to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Ghana, China, and New Zealand.
Mr. Hanewald’s connections to global education began as a Rotary Exchange Student to Austria at the age of 16, and since then he has returned to study in Salzburg, Austria for a junior year abroad, and also taught English in Austria as a Fullbright Fellow. In addition, Mr. Hanewald has taught internationally at Escuela Americana in El Salvador, and at the International Community School of Abidjan in Cote D’Ivoire in West Africa. A founding member of GEBG in 2008, and board member, Mr. Hanewald also sits on the Board of Trustees for International School Services (ISS).
Specializing in “glocal” education, geopolitics, systems change, and public policy, Dr. Chris Harth currently serves as Director of The Institute for Learning, Teaching, and Engagement at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson, MS. Concurrently he serves as President of the Global Studies Foundation and as Co-Chair of the Assessment Community for the National Council for the Social Studies. He also serves on the boards of the Longview Foundation, StudyMississippi, and the Global Education Benchmarking Group and has advised dozens of schools on their international programs, as well as the College Board and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Previously Dr. Harth was Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bucknell University, Exchange Scholar in the Department of Government at Harvard University, and Teacher-Education Coordinator for the Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his MA and PhD in Political Science and the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has conducted research on geoeconomics for the US Treasury Department and served on one of the first inter-agency working groups studying environmental change and national security at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. Called to education at an early age, Dr. Harth has taught in four disciplines at the undergraduate level (political science, history, philosophy, and anthropology) and a wider array of subjects at the primary and secondary levels. The collective impact of his “glocal” work was recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools with the 2012 Global Citizen Award.
DAVID KATES, Ravenscroft School
Mr. Kates has been the Director of International Education at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina since 2003. Since 1992, Mr. Kates has taught Spanish at various levels and is currently teaching Spanish IV to juniors and seniors. He also served as the World Languages Department Chair for three years. Prior to joining Ravenscroft, he taught Spanish and coached Golf and Soccer at Pace Academy in Atlanta 1992-1996. From 1996-2003, he taught Spanish and Public Speaking and coached Golf and Soccer at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida. Has developed and led student programs throughout Western Europe, China, Chile, Zambia and more, and served on The Global Education Advisory Board for SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools). Mr. Kates earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Tulane University and a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. He studied at La Universidad de Madrid (Complutense) for one year. In 2006, Mr. Kates was awarded Ravenscroft’s Qubain Chair in Teaching Excellence and in June 2015 won the O’Herron Distinguished Faculty Award.
GEBG Board Member, Endorsement Committee Member, Curriculum and Collaboration Working Group Member
David Lynn became the Director of International Studies at Charlotte Country Day School in 2013 after teaching and organizing global programs at the American School of Paris for eight years. Prior to this, David taught at Shackleton School, an experiential-based high school in Massachusetts and served as an ESL teacher in Ketsoprony, Hungary, and Linyi, China. He grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey and earned his B.A. in history and leadership studies from the University of Richmond and his Ed.M from Harvard University.
SAYA MCKENNA, Head-Royce School
Secretary to the Board of Directors and Board Member, Executive Committee Member, Board Development Committee Member, Strategic Planning Committee Member, Western Schools Regional Rep
Saya Okimoto McKenna is the Assistant Head of the Upper School at the Head Royce School in Oakland, CA. In addition to her administrative position, Saya teaches English (Multi-Cultural Literature and Creative Non-Fiction). Prior to this assignment, Saya served as the Director of Global Citizenship, Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Learning, and 10th Grade Dean. Saya chaired the K-12 Global Education committee and was active in organizing professional development institutes for secondary school teachers interested in connecting the curriculum to world affairs. She has coordinated and led extensive study travel programs for students from fifth through twelfth grade. In 2015, Saya was recognized by the US-Japan Foundation for her work teaching the history Contemporary Asian Studies, and Global Issues.
JOHN NORDQUIST, Cross-Persepective Consulting
Board Member, Endorsement Committee Member
John Nordquist’s career spans five decades as an educator and administrator in leading independent schools. A founding teacher of Crossroads School in Santa Monica in 1971, he created that school’s exemplary outdoor experiential education program. While at Chadwick School, he directed its global opportunities program. He is an honorary member of Round Square, a member of the Association for Experiential Education’s Accreditation Council, and he works with the Global Education Benchmark Group in developing its global education standards.
DANNY REYNOLDS, Palmer Trinity School
Board Member, Executive Committee Member, Conference Planning Committee Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Member, Southern Schools Regional Rep
Danny Reynolds has served at Palmer Trinity School for the past 21 years in various capacities, currently leading the departments of Admission, College Counseling, and Study Away. At Palmer Trinity, a school with students from over 35 countries, he established the first semester exchange program with two schools in Sydney, Australia. Currently, Palmer Trinity has six semester away programs in Europe, South American and Oceania in addition to several community service, language immersion, and cultural programs throughout the world. As the Director of College Counseling, Mr. Reynolds ensures that Palmer Trinity School annually matriculates students to universities in more than 20 States and over a half a dozen foreign countries. Mr. Reynolds has been a guest of The Ministry of Education in Ireland and has participated in numerous seminars at universities across the United Kingdom. As a result, Palmer Trinity has developed a special relationship with St. Andrews University and the University of Glasgow. Mr. Reynolds is a founding board member of the Global Education Benchmark Group.
MANJULA SALOMON, Palmer Trinity School
Board Member, Board Development Committee Member, Curriculum and Collaboration Working Group Chair
Manjula Salomon is the Global Scholar in Residence at Palmer Trinity School. Most recently, Dr. Salomon held the position of Assistant Head of School, Director of Global Initiatives at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. In these years she developed a global program with wide partnerships, and a global awareness of the wider world throughout the school. While at Hotchkiss, Dr. Salomon also took on special consultancy projects including I.B. Think Tank, The Hague – 2012; team development of recommended intercultural curriculum for law schools at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, in California, and curriculum and training for founding academies for the Agha Khan Foundation in France.
Prior to that, Dr. Salomon was at Jakarta International School in Indonesia from 1985 to 2007, where she mentored International Baccalaureate (I.B.) teachers for 15 years, was Head of Service, I.B. Research Projects Coordinator, and taught Theory of Knowledge and I.B. History and Cultural Anthropology. She has sat on IB curriculum and assessment boards for twenty years. Additionally, she worked with various schools, including curriculum development at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for International Education, Teheran International School, Iran, United Nations International School in New York, and University of Madras in India.
Dr. Salomon earned her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and history, and a Master of Arts degree in English literature and linguistics at Stella Maris College, University of Madras in India. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the United States where she taught Southeast Asian history to the U.S. Armed Forces. She later continued her education, earning a second master’s in teaching English as a second language from the School for International Training, World Learning in Vermont and a doctor of education degree from the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts.
Board Member, Board Development Committee Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Member
Clare Sisisky is currently the Director of the Responsible Citizenship Initiative and the Director of Strategic Planning at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia. Her leadership responsibilities include overseeing the global engagement, service-learning, inclusion, entrepreneurship and sustainability programs and developing curriculum in these areas in partnership with faculty. She also leads the school’s strategic planning process working closely with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees. She spent 5 years serving as the Director of Global Education at Collegiate, where she created the International Emerging Leaders program among many other initiatives. She previously worked as an administrator for a large public school district, for the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in Beijing, and was on the faculty at Phillips Academy Andover. Clare has an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and a graduate degree from Harvard University. Clare has written and presented on many topics relating to global competency in K-12 education. She is a founding Board Member of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) and is a Board Member of the Council for Standards in International Education Travel (CSIET).
ELSIE STAPF, Global Education Benchmark Group
Director of Operations
Elsie Stapf began working with the GEBG when she served as the Gap Year Coordinator at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville Connecticut. While at Hotchkiss, she coordinated class-wide service programs and served as an officer of the board for Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut Affiliate. Prior to that she directed an international youth travel and service program for the YMCA. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri and holds a B.S. in Biology from Truman State University.
Treasurer and Board Member, Executive Committee Member, GEBG Database Working Group Member
Mr. Swanson began his career in international education as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa. He later worked in education and international development in the U.S. as well as South and Central Asia. At Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Wally directs the Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies, is responsible for leading the Academy’s global initiatives and coaches Varsity Rugby. In 2010 he was selected for the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Head Fellowship. He currently serves as the Treasurer for the GEBG. Mr. Swanson earned his B.A., Middlebury College, and an Ed.M., from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Board Member, Board Development Committee Member, GEBG Database Member, New England Schools Regional Rep
David L. Thompson joined the Hotchkiss admission office in 1999 after four years as Director of Admission at School Year Abroad (SYA). After six years as an admission officer, David took a leave of absence and completed a degree in Intercultural Relations with a focus on study abroad and international student advising (Lesley University, M.A. 2006). While at Lesley, he worked as the advisor for undergraduate study abroad/study away, and returned to Hotchkiss as the Coordinator of International Programs. David’s interest in travel was fostered at an early age by spending his junior year of high school in Spain with SYA (’87), studying abroad in Argentina as part of his Latin American Studies work at Vassar College (A.B. 1992), and living for an additional two years in Buenos Aires following graduation. In addition to his work as Director of International Programs at Hotchkiss, David is on the executive committee of the New England Prep School Ultimate League, which he co-founded in 2001, serves on several advisory committees for Round Square (Hotchkiss has been a global member since 2004), and works with the global education committee of the Eight Schools Association.
JOE VOGEL, Hathaway Brown School
Executive Director and Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee Chair, Midwestern Schools Regional Rep
Joe Vogel is the director of Hathaway Brown’s Institute for 21st Century Education and the Clara Taplin Rankin Director of the Center for Global Citizenship at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is also director of Hathaway Brown’s Global Scholars program and oversees global education in all divisions. Joe grew up in Akron and received a B.A. in political science and an M.Ed. in social studies and global education.
VICKI WEEKS, Global Weeks
A native of Seattle, Washington, Vicki has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed in International Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has spent a 30 year career teaching and advising students, creating and leading global educational experiences in and out of the classroom. In 2011 she started the consulting firm Global Weeks, working with schools, organizations and individuals to create and develop global education programs. She maintains broad and deep connections in the educational world through board and advisory roles in the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network, Global Education Benchmark Group, Global Washington, Kuska School, Awamaki, and Global Circles.