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.

Linda Cox

Business & Office Manager

Linda Cox

Business & Office Manager

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 401

Linda Cox

Business & Office Manager

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 401

As a Business Manager of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, Ms. Cox brings more than 30 years’ experience in administrative management. Her professional background includes 10 years with the Ohio Center for Essential School Reform, 3 years at KnowledgeWorks Foundation working with the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative, two years with the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster Ohio, in the startup and renovation of the Reese Peters historical home and arts center, 7 1/2 years as Office Administrator and Sales Associate for the Columbus office of Right Management Consultants in Worthington, Ohio, eight years with Drumstick/Nestlé U. S.A. a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, where she held increasingly responsible administrative positions reporting to the CEO, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Engineering.

In addition, she has held positions as Coordinator of Office Services and Sales and Marketing Administrator. While at Nestle USA, she was responsible for organizing and implementing a corporate travel system utilizing SABRE System. She was directly responsible for assimilating the Division’s portion of the three-year corporate plan.

Brad Gosche

Vice President, Education & Communications

Brad Gosche

Vice President, Education & Communications

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 403

Brad Gosche

Vice President, Education & Communications

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 403

Mr. Gosche leads and manages CCWA’s Global Fluency Institute, which comprises both the Global Scholars Diploma program as well as the 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.

Hannah Meyer

Program Coordinator

Hannah Meyer

Program Coordinator

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 405

Hannah Meyer

Program Coordinator

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 405

Ms. Meyer supports the operations, implementation, and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma and Global Fluency Training programs.

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.

Suzie Arehart

Director of Business Development & Community Relations

Suzie Arehart

Director of Business Development & Community Relations

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 402

Suzie Arehart

Director of Business Development & Community Relations

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 402

Ms. Arehart serves as The Columbus Council on World Affairs’ Director of Business Development and Community Relations, where her primary focus is to build awareness about CCWA’s unique offerings among prospective clients, and develop and maintain relationships with current and past clients. She is a very passionate advocate of the organization’s vision and mission to increase global awareness in the central Ohio region. Ms. Arehart is responsible for planning, marketing, and implementing CCWA’s public programs such as Signature Luncheons, Distinguished lecture series as well as other special opportunity events. She also manages the Council’s highest profile and annual fundraising event, the International Awards Ceremony.

Ms. Arehart is a graduate of City University of Bellevue, Washington and Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA. Born and raised in Slovakia and fluent in Slovak and Czech, Ms. Arehart has traveled and worked in a number of European countries. Prior to joining CCWA, Ms. Arehart worked in higher education where she supported the implementation of new degree programs in various international locations, coordinating pre- and post-launch operations, logistics activities, strategic design and staff development.

Ms. Arehart also has more than 8 years of experience of working in the area of Immigration law. Her experience includes assisting with family and employment-based immigration petitions as well as removal proceedings and a number of asylum cases with various immigration law firms around Columbus, OH. Ms. Arehart is passionate about global happenings and international education and currently teaches higher education courses focusing on global issues and international business.

Michelle Lee

Manager, Special Projects Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

Michelle Lee

Manager, Special Projects Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 406

Michelle Lee

Manager, Special Projects Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 406

Michelle Lee has been a Foreign Service Officer at the Department of State since 2003 and is currently on a detail assignment with the Columbus Council on World Affairs, where she manages special projects and supports the Council’s Global Fluency Institute and other programs.

Previously, Michelle was the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulates in Vancouver, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico. She served in Washington, D.C., as a special assistant in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and as a policy planning officer in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She has worked on public diplomacy programs and public affairs for Central America and Cuba, served as a Political Officer in Berlin, Germany, and as a Political and Consular Officer in Accra, Ghana.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Michelle was a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, where she also completed her Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs. Prior to her work at Northeastern, she was a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Otterbein University. From 1999-2000, Michelle was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.

Michelle holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Communication and Psychology from Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio). In 2007, Michelle published the book, A Fair Go, which discusses political rhetoric, national identity, and public policy in Australia. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio.

Board

Aneezal Mohamed

Chair

Commercial Vehicle Group

General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Secretary

Mark Hartman

Past Chair

Nationwide

AVP, Corporate Governance & Assistant Secretary
Office of Corporate Governance & Secretary

Julie Exner

Vice Chair

Fahlgren Mortine

Senior Vice President

Patrick Cornelius

Secretary

Squire Patton Boggs

Partner

Roger Campbell

Treasurer

KeyBank

Senior Vice President
Commercial Banking Department

Russell Austin

Battelle

Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary

Vinita Bahri-Mahra

Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter

Director + Asia Pacific Team Leader

Michelle Bugayong

Abbott Nutrition

Director of R&D, Operations and Food Safety

Lisa Gutierrez

Cardinal Health

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

Sebastian Ibel

Ibel Agency

Founder & President

Ted Lape

Lazear Capital Partners, Ltd.

Principal

Doug Matthews

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease

Partner

Bruce McPheron

Ohio State University

Executive Vice President & Provost

Jay Patel

Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Business Division Manager

Sean Ryan

Fuel Education

General Manager, SVP

Steve Shepard

PNC

EVP/Market Leader
Corporate Banking

Amrin Singh

State Auto Insurance Co.

Vice President, Operations

Craig Stephens

CAS

Vice President, Sales

Brett Thornton

Porter, Wright, Morris & Authur

Partner

Guadelupe Velasquez

Assistant Director, Community Relations Commission
New American Initiative Coordinator

City of Columbus

Christopher Washington, Ph.D.

Franklin University

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Shelly Zimmerman

L Brands, Inc.

AVP, Independent Production Services

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

Brad Gosche, Senior Director, The Global Fluency Institute

614.229.4599 X 403

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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

Brad Gosche, Senior Director, The Global Fluency Institute

614.229.4599 X 403

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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

Suzie Arehart, Director of Business Development & Community Relations

614.229.4599 X 402

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