Who We Are

Staff

Patrick Terrien

President & CEO

Patrick Terrien

President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 404

Patrick Terrien

President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 404

Mr. Terrien leads all aspects of programming and strategy for the Columbus Council on World Affairs including revenue generation, community partnerships, staffing, and strategic planning. To widespread acclaim and under Terrien’s leadership, the Council pioneered the nation’s first Global Report, a research publication cataloguing the Central Ohio region’s global assets; the Global Scholars Diploma, a high school credential for global competence; and the Global Fluency Institute, a social enterprise that trains professionals in cross cultural communication. He is responsible for securing high profile national advisors and funders such as Harvard, Asia Society, ASCD, Procter and Gamble, Gallup, Cardinal Health and Honda. Mr. Terrien often speaks for organizations such as Harvard University’s “Think Tank on Global Education” and Ohio State University Fisher College of Business on topics ranging from social enterprise to globalization to educational access and equity.

With a degree in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Mr. Terrien worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Agency for International Development facilitating U.S. environmental exports to Asia. During his three years at USAID, Patrick traveled to Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. Prior to becoming President & CEO, Mr. Terrien was the Director for Corporate Relations at COSI Columbus where we directed the science museum’s corporate fundraising program. Terrien also led from start-up to execution a global sustainability initiative for Right Management, an international company with 300 locations worldwide.

Mr. Terrien recently served on the Ohio Department of Education’s International Education Advisory Committee and as guest advisor to EF Education First’s Global Student Leader Summits in Costa Rica and Davos, Switzerland. He currently serves on the national board of the World Affairs Councils of America, chair for its Global Education Task Force, and was recently selected for a leadership delegation to China. Though rusty, Mr. Terrien is conversational in Bahasa Indonesian and French, and has studied Spanish and American Sign Language. He is a 2013 recipient of Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 Award.

Jenna Azotea

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Jenna Azotea

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 403

Jenna Azotea

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 403

As Executive Assistant, Ms. Azotea plays an active role supporting the President & CEO in strategic initiatives and managing day-to-day business operations. Through executive schedule management, Board of Director meeting preparation, and administrative duties, she lends her attention and talents to assisting the organization’s fundraising and partnership goals while ensuring a culture of continuous improvement to enable the future growth and success of the organization. 

Ms. Azotea previously served as Program Coordinator for the Council where she supported the operation, implementation, and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma and Global Fluency Training programs as well as the Council’s public programming.  

Ms. Azotea graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University, where she earned her B.A. in Italian with a concentration in foreign language education. She supplemented her language learning by studying in Lecce, Italy at the School of Italian for Foreigners. Upon graduation, she worked in Italy as a teacher designing and teaching weekly English lessons to over 400 Italian high school students. With extensive travel, language, and teaching experiences, Ms. Azotea brings enthusiasm and experience in supporting the mission of the Council.

Brad Gosche

Vice President, Education & Communications | Advisor to the President & CEO

Brad Gosche

Vice President, Education & Communications | Advisor to the President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 401

Brad Gosche

Vice President, Education & Communications | Advisor to the President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 401

Mr. Gosche leads, manages, and delivers CCWA’s Global Fluency Professional Training program. Mr. Gosche’s vast global experiences and passion for education both inform and support CCWA’s mission to increase global awareness and global competence throughout central Ohio.

Mr. Gosche earned his B.A. in International Studies and B.A. in French from Miami University and completed his graduate work through the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France and Bowling Green State University, earning an M.A. in French Language, Literature, and Culture, an M.A. in Linguistics, and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

Born and raised in Ohio, Mr. Gosche’s life and career have taken him all around the world, having lived and worked in Boston, France, China, and Seattle among others. Mr. Gosche has a wealth of experience in global education, with expertise in curriculum design, student development, and overseas program design. Throughout his career, Mr. Gosche has served as a classroom teacher of French, Linguistics, and ESL, Program Manager for Study Abroad, Director of Global Travel Initiatives, Global Programs Director, and has led many student trips and educational programs throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Mr. Gosche is a passionate international educator and avid language-learner, fluent in French, conversational in German, and having studied various levels of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Jessica Henderson

Program Manager, Student & Community Engagement

Jessica Henderson

Program Manager, Student & Community Engagement

614-229-4599 Ext. 406

Jessica Henderson

Program Manager, Student & Community Engagement

614-229-4599 Ext. 406

As the Program Manager of Student & Community Engagement, Ms. Henderson assists the Director in the implementation and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma program. She received a B.S. in Economics from John Carroll University, with a Concentration in International Economics & Modern Languages and a Minor in Spanish. Upon graduation she worked as a pricing analyst for the Progressive Corporation where she gained four years of experience in data analysis. While at Progressive she had the opportunity to train and mentor new-hires and it was there that she found a passion for teaching.

As the granddaughter of a Sicilian immigrant, Ms. Henderson always had an interest in the Italian language and culture, one that led her to become self-taught in the Italian language. After having spent significant time in Italy and earning her M.A., she was subsequently accepted into the Ph.D. program in Italian Studies at The Ohio State University where she specialized in Medieval/Renaissance Italian Literature and Mediterranean Studies. She obtained her M.A. in 2014 and maintains All But Dissertation (ABD) status.

While at The Ohio State University, Ms. Henderson gained a wealth of experience in higher-education, teaching, and curriculum design. She managed and instructed multiple courses in the beginner-language series and assisted in the preparation, management, and teaching of courses on film culture and literary history. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and is extremely passionate about travel, education, cultures, and languages. Beyond being fluent in English and Italian, she has studied both Spanish and French and hopes to also learn Greek and Arabic.  

Hannah Meyer

Director, Student & Community Engagement

Hannah Meyer

Director, Student & Community Engagement

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 405

Hannah Meyer

Director, Student & Community Engagement

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 405

Ms. Meyer oversees the development and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma program and the CCWA Signature Luncheon series

Ms. Meyer earned her B.A. in Political Science from Denison University in 2015. In addition to political science she pursued a concentration in Middle Eastern culture and the Arabic language. She spent a semester studying Arabic and modernization and social change in Amman, Jordan through the School for International Training. After her time studying in Jordan, Ms. Meyer discovered her passion for international education and the global community. She spent several months as an educator in Izmir, Turkey teaching Middle School students from around the region. While her academic interests have steered her towards the Middle East, Ms. Meyer’s personal travels has taken her to South America, Europe, and Africa.

In addition to her experiences abroad, Ms. Meyer spent a year as an intern program coordinator for Denison University’s office of Off-Campus Study. Her skills include program planning and design as well as student advising.

Leslie Mathew

Certified Global Fluency Trainer

Leslie Mathew

Certified Global Fluency Trainer

(614) 229-4599

Leslie Mathew

Certified Global Fluency Trainer

(614) 229-4599

Dr. Leslie Mathew has worked internationally for over 35 years in healthcare and academia and has always been focused on educating students and professionals around the world.

A native of India, Dr. Mathew is fluent in English, Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and has a basic knowledge of conversational Arabic. He has traveled extensively covering Europe, the Middle-East, South East Asia, South America, China and Japan, sharing his passion, experience and dedication to helping current and future global leaders reach their purpose, vision, and goals.

After completing his MD in 1979, Dr. Mathew specialized in medical diagnostics and pioneered and chaired Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in India and the Middle East. He has always been involved with education and patient services in the different positions he has held over the past 3 decades. Dr. Mathew also worked with the Ministry of Health for 5 years in Oman, as he orchestrated the building of the Department of Pathology in a new, state-of-the-art hospital.

In addition to earning his MD, Dr. Mathew completed a Master’s in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins University and the Executive MBA program from The Fisher College of Business. Dr. Mathew has had the privilege of teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Healthcare and Business in numerous institutions.

Dr. Mathew has had twenty-five years of senior leadership and management experience in global higher education with proven results in building businesses, turning around operational challenges, and transitioning start-ups into world entities in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is known for creating and articulating strategic plans and empowering teams to embrace the vision, his ability to attract talented people, and believing a creative workforce is the key to innovation.

Bushra Sandhu

Relationship Manager

Bushra Sandhu

Relationship Manager

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 402

Bushra Sandhu

Relationship Manager

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 402

Ms. Sandhu serves as The Columbus Council on World Affairs’ Relationship Manager, supporting the President & CEO and the Vice President with development, Global Fluency Training sales, grants and sponsorship, and CCWA membership and community outreach. Ms. Sandhu also works to develop and maintain relationships with current and past clients of the Council’s array of programs. Ms. Sandhu graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Sandhu became involved in political fundraising and has worked on multiple election campaigns and with multiple candidates across the state of Ohio. Ms. Sandhu also has experience in higher education development and outreach, having worked with Otterbein University as a major gifts solicitor.

Ms. Sandhu was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, though her family is originally from Pakistan. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish. 

Dóra Beszterczey

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

Dóra Beszterczey

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

(614) 229-4599

Dóra Beszterczey

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

(614) 229-4599

Ms. Dóra Beszterczey comes to Columbus from New York, where she was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Crédit Agricole CIB, a French global investment bank. She covered corporates across industries in Europe and Latin America, including infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, and agribusiness, and was responsible for business development and originating, negotiating, and structuring diverse bank offerings.

Previously, Dora worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and The Brookings Institution, where she co-authored reports and policy briefs on U.S. policy and political and economic development throughout Latin America, including Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Cuba.

Ms. Beszterczey has an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. from Oxford University in Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and German, and speaks conversational French and Italian alongside her native Hungarian.

Board

Julie Russo Exner

Chair

Senior Vice President

Fahlgren Mortine

Aneezal Mohamed

Past Chair

General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Secretary

Commercial Vehicle Group

Russell Austin

Secretary

Senior Vice President
General Counsel & Secretary

Battelle

Roger Campbell

Treasurer

Senior Vice President,
Commercial Banking Department

KeyBank

Vinita Bahri-Mahra

Director + Asia Pacific Team Leader

Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter

Pat Cornelius

Partner

Squire Patton Boggs

Kimberly Dennis

Managing Director – Ohio Market Executive

BMO Harris Mid-Market Banking

Mark Hartman

AVP – Assistant Secretary

Nationwide

Lynne Hull

Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Franklin University

Sebastian Ibel

Founder and President

Ibel Agency

Ted Lape

Principal

Lazear Capital Partners, Ltd.

Doug Matthews

Partner

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease

Bruce McPheron

Executive Vice President and Provost

The Ohio State University

Peggy Monson

Director of Global Analytical and Food Safety

Abbott Nutrition / Division of Abbott Laboratories

Jay Patel

Business Division Manager

Honda of America, Mfg. Inc.

Steve Shepard

EVP/Market Leader
Corporate Banking

PNC

Amrin Singh

AVP, Operations

State Auto Insurance Co.

Craig Stephens

Vice President, Sales

CAS

Brett Thornton

Partner

Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur

Guadelupe Velasquez

Assistant Director, Department of Neighborhoods

City of Columbus

Shelly Zimmerman

Assoc. VP – Independent Production Services (IPS)

L Brands, Inc.

Advisory Committee

Education Advisory Committee

This committee is comprised of professionals in the field of education representing local schools, community groups and government. The EAC advises the Council on current and future programming to ensure quality of content and diversity of participating schools and students.

Contact Info

Hannah Meyer, Director, Student & Community Engagement

614.229.4599 X 405

Email

GlobalEd Network of Central Ohio

Convened to deliver on the great promise of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for International Education, this network of administrators and teachers from the Central Ohio K-12 community works toward systemic improvements that cross school district boundaries. It is led by the Columbus Council on World Affairs with support from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Contact Info

Hannah Meyer, Director, Student & Community Engagement

614.229.4599 X 405

Email

Marketing & Communications Committee

This Committee is comprised of Council Board members and staff, and community leaders. It is responsible for shaping the organization’s communication platform, ensuring quality of message and delivery to the greater community via our various Web, social media, email, direct mail and press initiatives.

Contact Info

Jenna Azotea, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

614.229.4599 X 403

Email