Board of Directors

Dr. Nat J. Colletta || President

Adjunct Professor of International Studies at New College of Florida, Founding Manager of the World Bank’s Conflict Prevention/ Post-Conflict Reconstruction Unit; advisor to UN and other multilateral agencies on conflict and development. 

Dr. Barbara Hicks || Executive Vice President

Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Division of Social Sciences at New College of Florida; board member of UN Association, Sarasota-Manatee chapter;.


Virginia Hitchcock || Vice President for Communications

Formerly with the World Bank External Affairs Department; UN Women International Film Festival Committee, Guardian ad Litem.  

Dorothy Watson || Vice President for Membership

Retired Senior Foreign  Service Officer; President of UN Association, Sarasota-Manatee; former UN Association Regional Director.


Suzanne Janney || Secretary

Special Assistant to the President at New College of Florida (2001-19), senior member of the campus National Fellowship team (1994-2019), Fulbright Program administrator at the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York.

J. Michael Holmes || Treasurer

Former senior banking executive; Director/Treasurer, The Exchange; AARP tax assistance; Florida CPA; Habitat for Humanity.

George Keane || Treasurer Emeritus

Founder and President Emeritus of the Common Fund Group, the leading investment fund for universities and colleges in the United States. 

Jennifer Ahearn-Koch

At-Large City Commissioner and Mayor of the City of Sarasota; founder, JAK Consults.

Wesley Anne Beggs

Owner/Operator, Growl Studios, LLC; SRQ 2018 30 Under 30; candidate for Sarasota County Commission, 2018.

Dr. Suzanne Feetham

Internationally recognized leader in healthcare and research; author of landmark research on families, genetics and genomics and public health; designated a Living Legend by American Academy of Nursing (2011).

Jorge Ignacio Fernández

Former senior corporate executive; advisor on Cuban affairs and trade; co-founder, Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba; CARITAS Cuba; Best Buddies International.


Dr. Donal O’Shea

President of New College of Florida; internationally recognized mathematician; former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Mount Holyoke College. 

Ex Officio

Lynne Partington, Program Director

Former Vice-President of Detroit's Council of World Affairs, Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University, and Executive Director of Freedom House, Detroit, Michigan.