Ms. Karen Graham, Chair (Oregon Partners)
Karen Graham is a longtime school administrator and has served on several district committees. She has led initiatives to further education reform in her district and has taught education classes at Portland State University. Ms. Graham first joined Partners in 1993. Since that time she has serve as committee chair, secretary and president of the Oregon-Costa Rica Partners. She supported the wheel chair committee and artist exchange programs, developed the Chapter´s website and newsletter, as well as, created the Volunteer English Teacher and Tutors committee, which sends retired educators to teach in Costa Rica.
Mr. Harry Wing, Vice Chair (Peru Partners)
Harry Wing, now retired from a 30-year career in development, has lived in six different Latin American countries, through which he has designed, implemented and evaluated development policies and programs to assist marginalized populations in improving their standards of living and leadership skills. For the past eight years however, he’s held various leadership positions at the local and international levels with the Peru – Texas Partners. Additionally, he’s coordinated youth programs on the chapter’s behalf and provided direct support to the rebuilding of the rural Peruvian community of Viña Vieja, destroyed by an earthquake in 2007.
Mr. Wayne Chance, Secretary (Trinidad & Tobago Chapter)
Wayne Brian Chance from the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is the President of Partners of America Trinidad Chapter. The Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Vision on Mission, an organization dedicated to rehabilitating and re-integrating ex-inmates, deportees, delinquent youth and the socially displaced into society, which is arguably the first organization of its kind in Trinidad & Tobago, and the wider Caribbean. During his tenure as a member of the Trinidad – Mississippi Partners, he helped execute the US Department of State's Youth Ambassadors program and has worked as the chapters' Director of Public Relations.
Mr. Erik Brand (Minnesota Partners)
Erik Brand has worked for more than a decade in publishing, public affairs and international relations. He has volunteered with the Minnesota-Uruguay Partners since (2006), and in addition to holding various leadership positions within the Chapter, currently serves on Partners’ Foundation Board. In his professional life, Erik publishes the highly regarded Latin America Advisor, a daily analysis and intelligence brief at the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank in Washington, DC, where he also directs its corporate program.
Mr. Jose Mario Corona (Jalisco, Mexico Partners)
Mr. Jose Mario Corona is a business owner and administrator who lives in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He is one of the founding members of the Jalisco Chapter and has been a member of Partners for the last 30 years. Mr. Corona has a degree in Business Administration and has completed a number of training courses in areas such as Administration of Public Municipalities and Transnational Analysis. As former President of the Jalisco Chapter, he helped grow the Chapter’s membership to approximately 130 members which included the founding of a sub-chapter in the city of Arandas, Jalisco.
Dr. Sam Drew (South Carolina Partners)
Dr. Sam Drew is the Founder and President of Te Bene Non Profit Corporation. He is the former Executive Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University. Dr. Drew joined the SC/SW Colombia Partners in 1998, serving 8 years as chapter President. He spearheaded his chapter's participation in Partners’ International Climate Change project, involving Clemson University and other statewide partners. He helped write and implement a US Department of State grant to train youth and impoverished women in Colombia in leadership and entrepreneurial skills. He brings four decades of leadership and organizational planning experience to the International Board.
Ms. Rosemary (Binka) J. Le Breton (Minas Gerais, Brazil Partners)
Binka Le Breton is the Co-founder and Director of Iracambi Rainforest Research Center, a Brazilian non-profit dedicated to restoring the Atlantic rainforest. She has been involved with Colorado-Minas Gerais Partners since 1999 when Iracambi received its first exchange visit from two members of the Colorado chapter. As well as directing the Iracambi Research Center she served six years on the board of the Keystone Center: a respected policy and science education institution based in DC/CO. An experienced speaker, networker, linguist and traveler, she has lived on five continents, regularly tours the college lecture circuit, and has also presented at the United Nations in Geneva. Binka is the author of eight published books, is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and German, and is currently learning Japanese.
Ms. Jane “Jhani” Laupus (Indiana Partners)
Ms. Laupus is the founding director for the National Committee on Planned Giving (now the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning) in the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy (now the IU School of Philanthropy). Jhani Laupus first joined Partners in 1978, after she began working for the Lt. Governor of the State of Indiana building a program promoting Indiana's international connections and trade opportunities with Latin America. After living in Washington DC for several years, she returned to Indiana and has been active in the Indiana-Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Partners for more than 25 years. She has held various offices within the chapter including: VP for Public Relations, Board member and Chapter President from 2008-2013.
Ms. Raaida Mannaa (Barranquilla, Colombia Partners)
Raaida Mannaa is the Creator and Project Manager of Global Youth Volunteers, the leading youth initiative of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and Cofounder of red2021, a Latin-American social media campaign promoting volunteering. In 2011, she was the Coordinator of the 2nd World Summit for Youth Volunteering; since then, she has served as special advisor and member of the Barranquilla, Colombia-Florida Partners. Raaida’s passion for youth development has led her to work with groups like Youth Colombian Leaders, assisting the implementation of the PLAYLEE project and sharing the importance of volunteering as a speaker at youth conferences worldwide.
Ms. Lisa Martin (Washington, D.C. Partners)
Since 2011, Lisa Martin has served as Executive Director of Silver Spring Town Center Inc. She has been actively involved with the Washington, DC-Brasilia Partners for nearly 10 years, holding various leadership roles throughout her tenure. In addition to having served in the Peace Corps as an English Teacher in Estonia 96-98, Lisa Martin brings over 15 years of experience coordinating arts and cultural events (i.e. the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the 2004 International VSA Arts Festival) to the International Board. She also has a strong background in volunteer management having recruited, trained and managed hundreds of volunteers for city-wide events.
Mr. Tibério de Paula Pedrosa Monteiro (Pernambuco, Brazil Partners)
Tiberio Monteiro has been a member of the Pernambuco-Georgia Chapter since 2003. Over the last 10 years he has devoted his work as an attorney to issues related to non-profit institutions (Third Sector) in Brazil. He coordinated the Vencer Project, provided legal counsel to establish the Instituto Companheiros das Américas (ICA), and also the Socorrista Voluntary Project. Mr. Monteiro played an instrumental role in coordinating the event “40 years of Partnership” that included a trip to Pernambuco by 23 Georgians. His legal expertise has also benefited various Brazilian Chapters in maintaining by-laws and social statues in accordance with Brazilian Law and Partners’ Standards of Excellence.
Mr. Christian Stalberg (North Carolina Partners)
Christian Stalberg is the founder and coordinator of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Research Triangle Park, NC chapter, as well as, founder and former Chair of the Research Triangle Park chapter of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility 2001-2004. Christian lived and worked at the Farallones Institute in Occidental, California. While there he worked on Econet, the world’s first international computer network devoted to the environmental and international development community. He joined the North Carolina Partners in 2010, serving first as chair of the Environment & Natural Resources subcommittee, then on the NC Partners Board in 2011, before becoming President in 2013.