GEBG Board Member, Conference Committee Member
Tricia Anderson joined Pace Academy in 2004 as Director of Service Learning and Multicultural Affairs. From 2006 to 2015 she served as a dean in the Upper School and taught Ancient World History as a member of the Upper School history faculty while continuing to direct the Service Learning program through 2014. In 2014, she was appointed Director of the Isdell Center for Global Leadership, and oversees global leadership education in all three divisions. Currently, she teaches Global Studies in the Upper School. Trish was born in Jamaica but spent most of her growing-up years in South Africa. Prior to coming to the United States, Trish earned an Honors Bachelor of Theology degree, summa cum laude, in 1995 from the University of Southern Africa. She came to Atlanta in 1995 to do graduate studies in religion and theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she earned her Master of Theological Studies, magna cum laude, in 1997. Trish went on to pursue a Ph.D in historical studies in Theology and Religion at Emory, and has completed all the work except for the dissertation.


GEBG Board Member, GEBG Curriculum and Collaboration Working Group Member, New England Schools Regional Rep
Laura Appell-Warren is Director of the Global Citizenship Institute and is also the Director of The Global Citizenship Program at St. Mark’s School. She teaches religion, anthropology and The Global Seminar. Laura has been working and teaching in secondary schools, first at Milton Academy and then at St. Mark’s School, for over 30 years. She earned her B.A. in anthropology and psychology from Wellesley College and her doctorate in Psychological Anthropology from Harvard University. She is the author of numerous journal articles, the editor of The Iban Diaries of Monica Freeman and the author of Personhood: An Examination of the History and Use of an Anthropological Concept. She has written extensively on the teaching of anthropology in secondary schools.

MELISSA BROWN, Holton-Arms School

GEBG Board Member
As Director of Diversity, Wellbeing, and Global Education, Melissa Brown leads an office of educators dedicated to developing and implementing school-wide programming at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a National Board Certified Language Instructor with over 25 years of experience in public and independent education who works closely with parents, students, faculty/staff, and global partners to design and integrate opportunities for students to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to thrive in our complex and changing world. In addition to designing and leading off-campus programs in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, Melissa presents nationally on global education, has recently co-authored NAFSA’s manual on Health and Safety for Secondary Programs, and hosts a National Coalition for Girls Schools Headways Conversation dedicated to Global Education. Mellissa also serves the National Coalition for Girls Schools as a member of their Board.

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.


GEBG Board Member
Daniel Emmerson has worked as the Director of Global Education at Felsted School since 2014. His role encompasses senior leadership, curriculum design, financial planning, student and staff recruitment, event management and short-course delivery, with a particular focus on Felsted’s Global Studies programme. Daniel is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mental Health First Aider and Round Square Representative responsible for overseas student exchanges and conferences. He has led trips for up to 200 students throughout the UK and he also has experience in leading smaller delegations to conferences around the world. Daniel holds a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts, a Masters Degree in International Relations and a Level 7 Diploma in Teaching English as an Additional Language. A strong believer in life-long learning, he is currently pursuing an MBA in Senior Leadership.

WILLIAM G. FLUHARTY, Cape Henry Collegiate

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.

TENÉ HOWARD, Packer Collegiate Institute

GEBG Board Member, GEBG Curriculum and Collaboration Working Group Member, Mid-Atlantic Schools Regional Rep
Tené Adero Howard is a lifelong Brooklynite and currently serves as the Director of Global Outreach, Service and Sustainability at the Packer Collegiate Institute. She has a deep commitment to engaging youth as leaders and change-makers in their communities and beyond. Before starting her work at Packer, she worked for nearly 10 years at Global Kids Inc, a NYC-based non-profit that develops youth leaders for the global stage. As the Director of Training and Education, Tené led several initiatives, including building and running global competency training programs for educators and developing international study abroad programs for youth. Prior to that, she worked at the Harlem Children’s Zone’s TRUCE program, creating arts education programs for middle and high school students. She has also worked extensively with youth internationally, leading study abroad programs for youth in South Africa, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Costa Rica and running youth development programs in the Dominican Republic. Tené is a proud member of the Packer class of 1997. She received her B.A. from Amherst College and her M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University.

David_Lynn2DAVID LYNN, Charlotte Country Day School

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.


ROB MCGUINESS, Appleby College

Board Member, Conference Committee Member
Rob McGuiness has been working at Appleby College for the last 17 years, where he oversees Global Education at Appleby College. This includes experiential, intercultural, and international programs, as well as integration with the academic curricula. Combining aspects of all of these areas, Rob led the development of the Appleby College Global Leadership Diploma. Under Rob’s leadership, the school has developed an extensive program of global experiential learning which includes a dynamic and diverse range of intercultural and international service learning trips, as well as integration of global experiential trips with the school’s academic program. The last seven years have also involved significant work focused on integrating global perspectives, partnerships and pedagogies into the classroom, including extensive faculty professional development, and effective integration of local and international students. Rob was promoted to Appleby College’s Senior Leadership Team in 2008 as the Assistant Head of School, Global Education. Since taking on this role, he has been involved in the development of two strategic plans with global and experiential learning objectives well embedded. Before joining the Appleby College community, Rob worked at schools in Australia and England, combining his love of adventure and travel with teaching.
Rob is active with a number of independent school organizations including the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Experiential Education Network (serving as a member of the executive committee), the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network, Round Square and the World Leading Schools Association.

saya-BWSAYA 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.


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.

swansoniPhone Image E6D596WALLY SWANSON, Wilbraham & Monson Academy

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.

DAVID THOMPSON, Hotchkiss School

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.

ARIC VISSER, School Year Abroad

GEBG Board Member
Aric assumed the role of Head of Schools and Programs in 2017 after serving for three years as SYA’s Director of Curriculum. Prior to this, Visser served in a number of roles including instructor of the Joven Erasmus program in Zaragoza, College Counselor in Rennes, and as an independent researcher looking at the impact of SYA’s programs on students abroad. Visser brings vast experience in international education to SYA, as well as a deep commitment and investment in SYA’s mission. He has worked with students on five continents and regularly speaks on topics of international education and creativity at education conferences around the world. Visser earned a B.A. in Spanish, Journalism and Telecommunications and Film from Eastern Michigan University and received his PhD from the University of Zaragoza in Spain. His doctoral dissertation, “Study Abroad on Purpose: Promoting student growth in intercultural competence and creativity,” focused on a multi-year study of the social and educational impacts of SYA programs abroad. Aric has been a frequent presenter and advisor to GEBG since 2015.

GEBG-Joe-VogelJOE VOGEL, Old Trail School

Chair, GEBG Board of Directors, Midwestern Schools Regional Rep
Joe Vogel is the associate head of school at Old Trail School in Akron, Ohio. Prior to joining Old Trail in the summer of 2018, Joe served as the director of Hathaway Brown School’s Institute for 21st Century Education and the Clara Taplin Rankin Director of the Center for Global Citizenship. Prior to becoming an educator, Joe held positions in the Summit County (Ohio ) Probate Court, Summit County Juvenile Court, Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, and served as the assistant to Lt. Governor Maureen O’Connor of the State of Ohio. Joe holds a B.A. in political science and an M.Ed. in social studies and global education.

DEBRA WILSON, Southern Association of Independent Schools

GEBG Board Member
Debra joined the SAIS as President in July 2019. She grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from the Williams School, an independent school located on the campus of Connecticut College. Debra received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. In addition to her role as chief legal officer, she has presented to school leaders around the country and abroad, including at GEBG. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice. She is an avid reader, photographer, and cook, and loves to be outdoors in the low country of South Carolina.