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, multilateral, and bilateral agencies on conflict and development. 

Dr. Barbara Hicks || Executive Vice President for Education

Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at New College of Florida; board member of UN Association, Sarasota-Manatee chapter; Great Decisions discussion leader.


Virginia Hitchcock || Vice President for Communications

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


Lynne Partington || Vice President for Programs

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


Dorothy Watson || Vice President for Membership

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


Suzanne Janney || Secretary

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

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. 

Wesley Anne Beggs


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.

J. Michael Holmes


Dr. Donal O’Shea

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

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