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The World Affairs Council of Maine is a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization. Our mission is to connect Maine and the world, by engaging and educating people of all ages to become global citizens.


Executive Director: Kate McCarthy

President: Kathleen Sutherland

1st Vice President: William Hall

2nd Vice President: Andrea Stanley Hester

Treasurer: Katy Whitehead

Secretary: Julie Nye

Assistant Secretary: Tom Conley



ABDULLAHI AHMED, 2017: Abdullahi Ahmed has been the assistant principal at Deering High School in Portland since 2015. He taught physical science at Deering High School since 2005 and was the first certified public school teacher of Arabic Language in Maine beginning in 2013. He has also taught math, earth science, alternative education science, chemistry and physics at the middle and high school levels since 2003 in Portland Public Schools. Dr. Ahmed earned a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Maine where he conducted his dissertation research on Refugee Parental Involvement in Schools. He has his Masters of Science in Education from the University of Southern Maine, his teacher certification through the Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP), and his Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from Pakistan. Dr. Ahmed was born and raised in Somalia, a small country in East Africa. He speaks Somali, Arabic, English, and Urdu. He is married and the father of four children.

ALI AL MSHAKHEEL, 2015: Ali, who recently co-founded Maine Language Connect- interpretation and translation company, is an accomplished international journalist from Iraq. He has been a news producer and reporter for ABC's Baghdad Bureau, where he was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2009. He also was a reporter for The Times of London, Japanese Daily Asahi Shimbun, an editor for Voices of Iraq News Agency and others, and most recently was the Public Information Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. He arrived in Portland, Maine from Baghdad with his wife and three young children in March 2014. 

DEBORAH BAROUCH, 2016: Deborah was president of the World Affairs Council of Maine from 2007-2009. Deborah spearheaded the idea of the first World Quest to the Board in 2001, and proceeded to implement it the following year. She was the recipient of the 2009 Bea Chapman Minott award. 

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in Government and Politics, and studied at Santa Clara University in California. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Civic Leadership in 2010. She is a Broker with Keller Williams Realty and has been a realtor in Portland for 30 years. 

Deborah grew up in a foreign service/CIA family and spent her childhood in Nairobi and later Tehran. Her father was the first Chief of Mission in Nairobi, and later personal secretary to three CIA directors, and was one of the first 50 members of the CIA. Deborah is married to Sam Barouch, who was President of the Council from 1996- 1999. Their children are very engaged in International work, primarily in the wine and the pharmaceutical sectors. Deborah and her husband live in Yarmouth. 

ABIGAIL CARROLL, 2014: Abigail owns and operates Nonesuch Oysters, an award-winning, boutique oyster farm in Scarborough, Maine. An industry spokesperson, her speaking credits include a Sea State Lecture at Gulf of Maine Research Institute and a TEDxYouth talk. In 2014, she received a grant from Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center to participate in MCED's TopGun entrepreneur program; she recently launched a marine skincare brand.

Prior to becoming an oyster farmer, Abigail spent over a decade living in Paris, France where she traded stocks and worked in the start-up sector. A Maine native, Abigail holds an AB in French and Spanish Literature from Barnard College, as well as an MIA in International Banking and Finance from Columbia University. Former employers include the French Senate (Le Senat), Credit Suisse First Boston, and Church World Services. Abigail has been published in the UK's Daily Telegraph and she wrote features and a current events column ("Talk") for This City Paris. She has lived, studied, or worked in France, Ecuador, Spain, Poland, Germany, and Cuba.

TOM CONLEY, 2016: Tom Conley is an International Trade Specialist and Director of Defense Industry Maine at the Maine International Trade Center. He has extensive experience with Canadian affairs and previously worked for the Office of Canadian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC, the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, and for a member of the Canadian Parliament. In addition, he has worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A Maine native, Tom earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine at Orono, a Certificate of International Studies and French Language from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and a M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from McGill University in Montreal. 

JOHN DOUGHTY, 2012: John is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at R.M. Davis, Inc., which he joined in 2002. Prior to that, John was a Vice President of Equity Research at Credit Suisse First Boston. Before joining Credit Suisse, John was a Vice President of Fixed Income Research at Bear Stearns. He also was a Senior Financial Analyst at Bath Iron Works from 1990-1991. John earned his B.A. (cum laude) in History and Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College and his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. John also completed graduate course work in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York, Foreign Policy Association, CFA Institute, CFA Society Maine, CFA Society Boston, and the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. John has served on numerous community boards. Presently, John serves on the Pine Tree Council's Investment Committee, the Maine Historical Society's Board of Trustees, the Camden Conference’s Board of Directors, and the World Affairs Council of Maine's Board of Directors. John grew up in Maine and now lives in Falmouth Foreside with his wife, Wendy, and their daughter.

WILLIAM HALL, 2016: Bill retired from the U.S. Air Force and a subsequent career at Martin’s Point Health Care in Portland. He grew up in Virginia and received a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He was an intelligence officer for the US Air Force, serving on active duty from 1969 until 1999. He spent almost 18 years of that time overseas in both Asia and Europe. Assignments in the U.S. included the National Security Agency in Maryland. Bill is chair of the Council's program committee and served as the Interim Executive Director from 2017-18. Moving to Maine in late 1999, Bill lives on Peaks Island with his wife, Nancy. His international experience continues to be further refined and kept up to date by having a daughter-in-law from Kyrgyzstan and a son-in-law from Japan.

ANDREA STANLEY HESTER, 2014: Andrea serves as second Vice President of WACM and chair of Academic WorldQuest. She is an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine as well as Vice President of the Harvard Club in Maine. In her former life, she was an editor/writer for the President of Harvard University and administrator of the International Visitors Program in the Office of the University Marshal at Harvard. She has a bachelor's degree in modern European history from Tufts University and a Master's degree in Government from the Harvard University Extension School. Andrea and her husband reside in North Yarmouth with their two daughters.

LYNNE HOULE, 2010: A member of Bernstein Shur's Business Law Practice Group since 2006, Lynne's legal practice focuses on general corporate and securities law. Lynne worked as an attorney with Brobeck, Hale and Dorr in Prague, Czech Republic for several years. While there, she represented clients in diverse areas of international corporate law, including joint ventures and acquisitions as well as transactions related to the privatization of formerly state-owned entities. She also served as editor for Czechoslovakian Business Law in 1992. Lynne and her family resided in Belgium, Hungary and The Netherlands prior to moving to Maine in 2002. A graduate of Ohio University and Stanford Law School, Lynne lives in Cape Elizabeth.

MAUREEN HURLEY, 2017: Maureen is the volunteer director of the Council’s International Visitors Program, and served on the World Affairs Council of Maine’s board of directors from 2007–2016, including one year as President. Maureen retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003 in which she served as a human resources and protocol officer. She has resided in the United Kingdom and the Azores, and also traveled and/or worked in Argentina, Barbados, Croatia, Dominica, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, and Uruguay. Since returning to Maine, Maureen has been an active volunteer with the World Affairs Council of Maine, Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers, and the Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick. She has served as the volunteer Director of the International Visitors Program since 2006, has chaired the Council’s Nominating Committee and planning committees for the Council’s two statewide summits on citizen diplomacy held in 2011 and 2014, and served on the program committee for many years. Maureen was the 2011 recipient of the Council's Bea Chapman Minott award.  She received her B.A from Hillsdale College and M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University sometime in the last century. She is also a 2012 (Tau Class) graduate of the Institute for Civic Leadership. 

ADRIAN KENDALL, 2016: Adrian Kendall is an attorney at Norman, Hanson & DeTroy. He provides strategic and tactical legal counsel to a wide range of business clients, from multi-national manufacturers to individual entrepreneurs requiring hands on guidance in forming and financing startups. Adrian's commercial law practice includes a strong focus on international commercial transactions. He advises both U.S. and international clients on maximizing foreign market opportunities, negotiating domestic and cross-border manufacturing, distribution and licensing agreements, and assuring regulatory compliance. 

Adrian has served as "Trusted Legal Counsel" to the German Consulate General in Boston since 2000 and in 2007 was appointed as the first Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany to Maine and New Hampshire by German President Horst Koehler. Adrian has advised the governors and international trade organizations of Maine and New Hampshire on official trade missions to Germany and other European countries, and most recently participated in the Gubernatorial Trade Mission to Iceland in 2014. Adrian was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit by German President Joachim Gauck in 2014 and received the national American Association of Teachers of German “Friend of German Award” in 2013. Adrian is also regular speaker on international trade matters and received the Maine International Trade Center “President’s Award” in 2016. 

Adrian lives in Cumberland with his two sons, where he has served on the town Board of Assessment and Appeals for 10 years and currently sits on the Central Fire Station Building Committee. Adrian earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law in 1992. He chairs the University of Pennsylvania Interview Committee for the State of Maine and is also fluent in German and proficient in French.

TONY KIEFFER, 2016: Tony Kieffer has more than 20 years of experience in international management and management consulting. His consulting experience spans the financial services, healthcare, environmental technology, energy, education and information technology industries. His work has focused on growth strategy, helping business organizations drive top line growth by focusing on new markets, new customers and new offerings and by adopting advanced technology solutions to create comparative advantage. 

Tony is the founding member of ArchSolar LLC, a company commercializing solar integrated clear span buildings, where PV is integrated into the structure itself. Tony has been a principle at MaineAsia, a Portland based consulting firm that helps clients to define and execute their strategies for the Asian market, and the Managing Director for Fair Isaac (FICO) in China, where he led the company’s effort to enter the Chinese market with its analytic modeling and decision management software. 

In addition to his consulting, Tony has held international business and market development positions covering Latin America, China, Japan and Europe. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University in East Asian Studies and a Master of Pacific International Affairs (Management Concentration) from the University of California at San Diego. He is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin. 

KIMBERLY A. MCLAUGHLIN, 2013: A native of New York, Kimberly relocated to Yarmouth, Maine in 1997. She joined the Maine council in 1998 and was selected to serve as a delegate to the World Affairs Councils of America Leadership Mission to Azerbaijan in 2011, to China in 2014, and to Taiwan in 2015. Kimberly holds a M.S. in Community Economic Development with an International Concentration. As the executive director of a consumer advocacy organization, Kimberly draws from more than twenty-five years of technical risk analysis and experience in lending, securities and investments. She contributed to legislation targeted at financial industry reform and was a contributing author of a U.S. Department of the Treasury research paper, The Role of CDFIs in Addressing the Subprime Mortgage Market: A Case Analysis of New England (Dickstein: 2008). Kimberly serves on the volunteer board of Rubia Handwork and has served on several volunteer boards and community organizations. She has two sons and two granddaughters.

CHRISTOPHER MONROE, 2017: Chris is an attorney at Verrill Dana and a retired Commander in the U.S. Navy. Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Chris enjoyed a successful military career spanning more than two decades. As commanding officer of a Bath-built AEGIS destroyer, Chris led a 300-person crew during a large-scale disaster relief operation following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Chris also served in a diverse range of influential positions ashore including as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon and as the Maritime Branch Chief at United States Central Command. In this capacity, Chris planned, organized, and monitored current military operations throughout the Middle East.

Chris earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he participated in a collaborative research project examining China’s evolving military strategy and the changing security environment throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. He currently lives aboard a boat in Portland Harbor and maintains a permanent residence in the mid-coast region of Maine.

CHARLES NORCHI, 2010: Charles is Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law where he directs the Graduate Law Programs and the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law. He teaches International Law, Law of the Sea, International Human Rights and Maritime Law with current research interests in oceans law and policy, international development, international security, Afghanistan and the Arctic. Professor Norchi has served as Visiting Professor at City University of Hong Kong and at Peking University, Beijing; as a Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School, Research Fellow in the Center for Public Leadership and the Ash Institute in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Myres S. McDougal Fellow in Yale Law School and Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.  He currently serves as co-chair of the Institute for Law & Development Policy (Geneva, Switzerland) and on the Boards of the World Affairs Council of Maine, the Harvard Club in Maine, the Policy Sciences Center,  and the Executive Council of the Society of Policy Scientists. Professor Norchi is a member of the Institute of Directors (London, UK),  a Fellow of the Explorers Club and a contributing editor ofGlobal Geneva. During 2018 he has been resident in Iceland as Fulbright-Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arctic Scholar.  Professor Norchi holds an A.B. from Harvard College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School.

JULIE NYE, 2013: Julie is Director of Global Health Benefits at Unum. She has held a variety of roles at Unum since 1993, predominantly in the international insurance area. Julie is also an independent consultant on international insurance matters, including a research project on Brexit and its expected impact on the insurance industry for the Society of Actuaries. Julie earned her BA (French and German) in 1993 and MBA in 2001 from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Southern Maine. A native and citizen of the United Kingdom, Julie has lived in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the US, speaks fluent French and German and conversational Spanish, and currently resides in Poland, ME with her husband and two dogs.

DAVIS R. ROBINSON, 2017: Honorable Davis R. Robinson joined the Career Foreign Service in 1961 after his graduation from Yale College Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Following assignments in Alexandria, Egypt and Amman, Jordan, he attended Harvard Law School, graduating Cum Laude in 1967. The Department of State assigned Davis Robinson to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during negotiation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and thereafter as Staff Assistant to the Secretary of State. Resigning from the Foreign Service for personal reasons, he practiced law in New York City and Washington, DC until 1981, when President Ronald Reagan nominated him as the Legal Adviser to the Department of State, the senior US Government attorney in international law matters. Following confirmation by the Senate, he was for four years the general counsel to Secretaries of State Alexander Haig and George Shultz. During his tenure, major tasks included: resolution of Siberian Pipeline sanctions; Falklands Island war; Grenada rescue mission; maritime boundary negotiations with the Soviet Union; Huguang Railroad Bonds Case, Taiwan Arms Sales Communiqué and other People's Republic of China issues; the Law of the Sea Convention; and Israel-Lebanon negotiations. He supervised the establishment and administration of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague and led the United States team in two major cases before the International Court of Justice, including the Gulf of Maine Maritime Boundary Delimitation Case with Canada. Returning to private practice in Washington, DC, Davis Robinson specialized in international trade and investment law and advised Saudi Arabia on its international land and maritime boundary disputes, especially with Yemen. He served as arbitrator in international law cases under NAFTA, the ICSID Convention and the ICC.  A long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he now lives in Kennebunkport with his wife of over 50 years, Suzanne Walker Robinson.

KIM ROSEBERRY, 2017: Kim Roseberry is a Consultant with the Energy Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In this capacity, among other contributions, she manages an energy data and policy platform to support evidence-based policymaking in the Asia-Pacific region, has authored a number of reports on the region's sustainable energy progress, and supported ground-level renewable energy development projects. She has also recently served as Faculty Assistant at Harvard University Extension School in the field of sustainability and environmental management. She previously lived and worked in Asia for more than ten years. Prior to the United Nations, she was awarded a grant to document fading ethnic minority cultures of China, worked on government communications with a bioenergy venture, and performed research for the Asian Development Bank on the role of communications in development projects. Kim holds a B.A. Cum Laude in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University Extension School. Kim is based in Portland, Maine.

LUCY SOMMO, 2013: A native of Maine, Lucy lived and traveled extensively in Europe and Central Asia before moving back to her home state in 2012. She currently works as the Director of International Recruitment for the University of Maine, having previously held the position of International Trade Specialist at the Maine International Trade Center. While living in Europe, Lucy obtained her Master’s Degree in East European Studies from the University of Bologna, and worked as an editor for the leading English-language newspaper in south-east Europe, Balkan Insight. Before returning to Maine she and her husband completed a fantastic six-month self-supported bicycle trip through Russia and Central Asia. Lucy travels whenever she can, and speaks fluent French and German and conversational Serbian.

KATHLEEN SUTHERLAND, 2016: Kathleen served on the Council’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2015, and serves as a member of the Program Committee. She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, where her father was dean of the American University. She has conducted research in Egypt, Morocco, and Pakistan on women’s status in these countries and served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Association of Cairo. She holds a PhD from Indiana University and a BA from Western College for Women in Ohio, and is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM. Kathleen served on the OLLI Board at USM from 2007 to 2013, and teaches classes and gives talks there on topics such as immigration to the U.S. and the politics of demagoguery. She is interested in watercolor/oil/pastel painting, drama, writing, and her family.

KATHERINE WHITEHEAD, 2017: Katy Whitehead is a business valuation analyst for BerryDunn’s Valuation Services Group. Her practice group provides business valuation, forensic accounting, consulting, and expert witness services to clients in New England and beyond. In this capacity she has worked on valuation assignments in a variety of industries. She supports the Valuation Services Group with analysis for valuations including gifting, estate planning, litigation support, ESOP’s, and transaction support. Prior to joining BerryDunn, she was a senior tax accountant at a Portland-based CPA firm, preparing tax returns for corporations, partnerships, individuals and non-profits, and performed tax research and planning for clients. Katy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. She also holds the Certified Valuation Analyst designation by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and is a candidate for the prestigious ASA designation by the American Society of Appraisers. Katy is a member of the New England Chapter of the ESOP Association, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, and the American Society of Appraisers. Katy resides in Yarmouth with her two sons.

GAIL WITHERILL, 2015: Gail began her career as a clinical dietitian and nutrition educator after obtaining her degree in Dietetics at Michigan State University. Volunteerism has been a primary focus and Gail has served in various capacities for a number of organizations, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, MSAD 51, Project Vote Smart, and for the Congregational Church in Cumberland.  She was also a former member and chairperson of the Board of MSAD 51. Past involvement with the World Affairs Council of Maine includes the Leadership Committee of 2008-2010, Great Decisions Dinners Coordinator, Chair of Academic WorldQuest, member of the Development, Program and Executive Committees, as well as an eleven-month stint behind the scenes running the office. Currently, she serves on the Marketing Committee.  She lives with her husband in Cumberland, has two children and two grandchildren.

ALEXANDRA WOOD, 2017: As Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Alexandra Wood leads efforts to maximize student learning and to provide the highest-quality academic programs. Prior to joining CIEE, Dr. Wood was a Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University, where she received a Ph.D. in International Education. Dr. Wood also managed NYU’s Multinational Institute of American Studies, a six-week program for visiting international scholars funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning and in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at NYU Steinhardt.

Dr. Wood’s interest in global education reaches back to her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, during which she studied abroad in Japan, completed an Asian Studies certificate, and worked as Resident Teaching Assistant for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies, a summer program designed to introduce high school students to international affairs and world languages. After completing a Master’s degree at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Wood worked as Program Manager of the Institute for Foreign Service and Diplomacy, and later as Director of the Center for International Studies at Kean University.

MICHAEL WYGANT, 2011: Mike Wygant and his wife, Lee, moved to Maine in 1990 after a 31-year career in the US Foreign Service. They served on three continents, and in the Micronesian islands, including a two-year assignment at the US Embassy in Moscow, 1968-70. Since coming to Maine, Mike has been active with the World Affairs Council and has done much public speaking in Northern New England. He developed a second career with the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), having accepted numerous OSCE assignments, mostly of short duration, in the former Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe.



KATE MCCARTHY: Kate brings eleven years of non-profit experience to the Council, eight of them in international work. Most recently she served as the Director of Operations at Limitless Child International, a non-profit that brings play and social connections to India's most vulnerable children. Kate received her BA from Colby College and an MA from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, with a certificate in Non-Profit Management. From the latter she was given the Executive Director’s Award to honor her leadership, academic excellence, and commitment to public service. She has also held positions at the Council for International Educational Exchange, MAPS Worldwide, and the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement. She lives in Yarmouth with her husband and two sons.

YVETTE UNEZASE: Yvette joined the World Affairs Council of Maine as Administrative Assistant in 2014. Prior to moving to Portland, she served for 8 years as the Advisor to the Vice President of the Senate in charge of Administration and Finance in Rwanda and as Executive Assistant. She has a Master’s Degree in Genocide Studies and Prevention and a B.A in Political Science and Administration from the National University of Rwanda. She lives in Portland with her husband and three sons.


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