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.
Dr. Barbara Hicks || Executive Vice President
Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Chair of the Division of Social Sciences at New College of Florida; former VP 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; former President and Regional Director of UN Association, Sarasota-Manatee.
Wesley Anne Beggs || Secretary
SRQ 2018 30 Under 30; BA in Political Science, New College, 2014; first SWAC intern
J. Michael Holmes || Treasurer
Former senior banking executive; Director/Treasurer, The Exchange; AARP tax assistance; Florida CPA; Habitat for Humanity.
At-Large City Commissioner and Mayor of the City of Sarasota; founder, JAK Consults, marketing consulting; VP, Manasota League of Cities; board member, Sarasota Bay Estuary and Coastal Advisory Committee.
Dr. Suzanne Feetham
Internationally recognized leader in healthcare; landmark research on families, genetics/genomics, and public health; designated a Living Legend by American Academy of Nursing.
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.
Owner/Operator, Art du Voyage, Inc., Los Angeles/Sarasota; former Press and Trade Officer for the French Government Tourist Office, Los Angeles.
Dr. Donal O’Shea
Mathematician and author; Professor of Mathematics, New College of Florida; former President of New College of Florida and Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty, Mount Holyoke College.
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.