Who We Are

Staff

Patrick Terrien

President & CEO

Patrick Terrien

President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 4014

    Patrick Terrien

    President & CEO

    (614) 229-4599 Ext. 4014

    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.

    Jessica Henderson

    Program Manager, Student & Community Engagement

    Jessica Henderson

    Program Manager, Student & Community Engagement

    614-229-4599 Ext. 4016

      Jessica Henderson

      Program Manager, Student & Community Engagement

      614-229-4599 Ext. 4016

      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.

      During her six-year tenure 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. 4015

        Hannah Meyer

        Director, Student & Community Engagement

        (614) 229-4599 Ext. 4015

        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.

          Renée Bishai

          Director, Global Fluency Training

          Renée Bishai

          Director, Global Fluency Training

          614-229-4599 Ext. 4011

            Renée Bishai

            Director, Global Fluency Training

            614-229-4599 Ext. 4011

            Ms. Bishai serves as CCWA’s Director of Global Fluency Training. Her unwavering commitment to driving cultural understanding stems from her personal experience immigrating to the United States from Egypt, her time living abroad in France, and travels throughout North America, Europe and China.

            She brings six years of international education experience through her time as program coordinator at The Ohio State University’s Office of International Affairs. During which, Ms. Bishai developed and facilitated a variety of programs that fostered an inclusive on-campus community while encouraging positive growth in citizen diplomacy and cross-cultural relations. In her role, Ms. Bishai traveled to China to engage with students and their families, as well as to connect with alumni living in China. 

            Through Ohio State’s Multicultural Center, Ms. Bishai is also a certified facilitator for Open Doors implicit bias training. She has had the unique opportunity to navigate difficult subject matters through vital and honest dialogue with faculty and staff members. Her extensive work at Ohio State, both through the Office of International Affairs and the Multicultural Center, has allowed her to interact with international students, faculty, and staff from more than 50 countries.

            In her role at CCWA, Ms. Bishai regularly trains professionals from a variety of industries in best practices for working effectively across cultures to improve outcomes internally, and with clients and business partners worldwide. She has delivered trainings in organizations such as Nationwide Insurance, TS Tech Americas, IGS Energy, Greif, and others.

            Additionally, Ms. Bishai is an experienced grassroots advocate. While a member in the association NAFSA: Association of International Educators, she specialized in training colleagues in best practices for advocating lawmakers about policies affecting international educators. She was recognized as NAFSA’s Advocate of the Year in 2018. 

            She received her B.A. in International Studies and French from The Ohio State University in 2012. In addition to International Studies and French, she pursued a minor in Arabic Language.

            Bushra Sandhu

            Director of Development

            Bushra Sandhu

            Director of Development

            (614) 229-4599 Ext. 4012

              Bushra Sandhu

              Director of Development

              (614) 229-4599 Ext. 4012

              Ms. Sandhu serves as The Columbus Council on World Affairs’ Director of Development, supporting the President & CEO 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. 

              Board

              Vinita Mehra

              Chair

              Director + Leader, Global Business + Global Education

              Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter

              Julie Exner

              Past Chair

              Senior Vice President

              Fahlgren Mortine

              Russ Austin

              Secretary

              Senior Vice President
              General Counsel & Secretary

              Battelle

              Roger Campbell

              Treasurer

              Senior Vice President/Senior Banker
              Commercial Banking

              KeyBank

              Dr. Melvin Brown

              Superintendent

              Reynoldsburg City Schools

              Pat Cornelius

              Partner

              Barnes & Thornburg LLP

              Stephanie D'Amico

              Vice President, Global Customs Operations

              L Brands, Inc.

              Lynne Hull

              Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

              Franklin University

              Sebastian Ibel

              President

              Ibel Agency

              Gil Latz

              Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs

              The Ohio State University

              Doug Matthews

              Partner

              Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease

              Aneezal Mohamed

              General Counsel, Compliance Officer, and Secretary

              Commercial Vehicle Group

              Peggy Monson

              Director of Global Analytical and Food Safety

              Abbott Nutrition / Division of Abbott Laboratories

              Jay Patel

              Honda (Retired)

              Amanda Rigdon

              Advisor, Strategic Finance

              Cardinal Health

              Bala Sathyanarayanan

              Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

              Greif

              Amrin Singh

              State Auto, Ret.

              Luis Stauffer

              President

              Crimson Design Group

              Craig Stephens

              Vice President, Sales

              CAS

              Guadalupe Velasquez

              Managing Director

              Welcoming City

              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

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