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. 405

Jenna Azotea

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 405

Ms. Azotea supports the operations, implementation, and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma and Global Fluency Training programs as well as the Council’s public programming.  Extensive travel, language, and teaching experiences have allowed her to bring a global perspective to students throughout the Columbus community and abroad.

Ms. Azotea is a graduate of 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. After graduating, Ms. Azotea lived in Italy where she designed and taught weekly English lessons to over 400 Italian high school students. Within Columbus, she has led conversation groups for English learners and taught beginner-level Italian to various age groups. In addition to her work within local schools, Ms. Azotea is an active and passionate volunteer in the Columbus community, serving globally-focused non-profit organizations and food pantries.

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. 403

Brad Gosche

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

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 403

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.

Linda Cox

Office Manager

Linda Cox

Office Manager

(614) 229-4599 Ext. 401

Linda Cox

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.

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.

Dóra Beszterczey

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

Dóra Beszterczey

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

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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.

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. 

Leslie Mathew

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

Leslie Mathew

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

(614) 229-4599

Leslie Mathew

Certified Trainer, Global Fluency Training

(614) 229-4599

Dr. Leslie Mathew has over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked internationally over the years. After completing his MD in 1979, he specialized in the medical diagnostic area and has pioneered and chaired Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in India and the Middle East, always involved with teaching and patient services in the different positions he has held at academic medical centers over the past 3 decades.

Besides earning a Master’s in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins University, he also had the privilege of completing the Executive MBA program from The Fisher College of Business while working as Administrative Director of Operations at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Mathew has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Healthcare and Business, in both non-profit and for-profit institutions.

Most recently, he worked as a Dean of Education for an educational group that had 52 schools around the United States. He serves on different national and professional committees with organizations like the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). He chaired the Local Program Council for ACHE at Columbus during 2010-2011, and currently serves on the Board as the past chair.

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

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

Brad Gosche, Vice President, Education & Communications

614.229.4599 X 403

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

Brad Gosche, Vice President, Education & Communications

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

Brad Gosche, Vice President, Education & Communications

614.229.4599 X 403

Email