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WAC-DC Hosts Inaugural Volunteer, Strategic Partner and Member Awards Program
On January 13, 2016, the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC hosted an Inaugural Volunteer Strategic Partner and Member Awards Program at the Bank of America Headquarters in Washington, DC. The event honored those individuals and organizations that exemplify the mission of the Council.


Wynndolyn Thompson — In 2004, Mrs. Wynndolyn Barge Thompson, was honored as the Teacher of the Year by the World Affairs Council, DC.  She began teaching for the Fairfax County Public School System in 1986.  She presently teaches United States Government, Political Science, and World History at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia.  Mrs. Thompson began her teaching career in Williamsburg, Virginia, and as the wife of a United States Army Colonel, she has traveled and taught extensively domestically and abroad.

David J. Smith Educational consultant, peacebuilding trainer, and president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc.  David works closely with higher education partners to build capacity for promoting global peacebuilding and conflict resolution education.  Formerly he was Senior Manager for Educational Outreach at the United States Institute of Peace. Based in the Global Peacebuilding Center, he coordinated educational outreach activities for the center and institute wide. He worked closely with educational and professional associations, academic institutions, and public groups to promote Institute objectives. He was at USIP from 2005-2012. Today he speaks frequently on a variety of issues including civil society and peacebuilding, international education, and conflict resolution.

Cathy Hicks
— K-12 Social Studies Specialist, Arlington County Public Schools. Ms. Hix is a third generation Arlingtonian who has taught at the same school that both she and her father attended as teenagers. She believes teachers should take a creative stance with their students and, she loves creating activities that engage with students. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and spent twelve years teaching special education.


Jan Du Plain — International Public Relations, Special Events & Protocol Consultant at Du Plain Enterprises, Inc.; Embassy Liaison, Office of Trade Promotion (OTP), Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, and Embassy Liaison, Cultural Tourism, DC. Substantial experience managing public relations and special events for international and American clients; offering guidance on trade, education, cultural activities, fundraising, marketing and branding efforts.


Tanya Rahall
— Managing Director of RTK Consulting Group LLC. She specializes in public and government relations primarily for domestic organizations and foreign government and business interests. She has extensive experience with the U.S. Congressional legislative process and particular expertise with the Congressional authorization and appropriations process. Ms. Rahall has been an occasional guest of the White House, most significantly for meetings in the Oval Office with Arab-American leaders, two historic occasions for the signing of the Israeli-Arab Peace Accords.


Steve Cox — Vice President of Public Relations for Sodexo North America, a company with $9 billion in annual revenue, 125,000 employees, 9,000 operating sites and 15 million consumers served daily. He has led international communications campaigns, representing detainees as U.S. Spokesman in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and for Coalition counter-terrorism operations throughout a 7-country region in East Africa. He holds an MBA and MS Marketing from the University of Maryland University College. Steve is a member of the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC- Global Communications Committee.

Stephanie Misar — Interim Events Director at CQ Roll Call and global communications independent consultant in the international, diplomatic, media, NGO, non-profit, policy and advocacy arenas. Previously, she was Director, Digital Distribution at MHz Networks where she worked with the coolest news brands in the world, including Al Jazeera English, France 24, euronews, DW, Arirang TV,  Today’s IRELAND and NHK World TV. She is a proud Midwesterner and product of a South Dakota family hog, corn and soybean farm.


National Press Club — Accepted on behalf of the NPC by Bill McCarren, Director of the National Press Club. Mr. McCarren was hired as General Manager of the National Press Club in July 2007 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2009. Before he was hired at the Club, McCarren founded U.S. Newswire, a Washington-based wire service in 1986 and ran it from start-up until the business was sold in 2006 for nearly $25 million. A long-time Club member, he was recruited to lead the NPC while at Harvard participating in the Nieman program. McCarren has a Masters Degree from Brown University and a BA from Vanderbilt. We also recognize John Hughes— President, National Press Club, for his leadership advocacy of the strategic partnership with the WAC-DC.

Auteur Productions — Gerald Krell and Adam Krell, accepting on behalf of Auteur Productions. Gerry Krell—President/Producer, Auteur Productions. Mr. Krell has served as a producer/director of documentaries, feature films and public affairs programs worldwide.  He has produced and directed three award-winning national public television interfaith documentaries including: “The Asian & Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America” which was an official selection of the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival. “Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam”, which The New York Times called, “a thought-provoking PBS documentary”.  Adam Krell—Producing Partner , Auteur Productions. Mr. Krell is a producer, videographer and editor making films for public television and corporate clients.  He produces an international affairs television series, “World Affairs Today” for the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC.


Ann and Stephen Davis
The Davis family are longstanding members of the World Affairs Council-Washington,  DC.  Mr. Davis is a Paralegal Specialist/ Analyst  at the Social Security Administration,  focusing on legal issues of compliance, regulations and credibility within disability law.  Ann Davis, currently an artist, served as  an Employee Benefits Law Specialist from 1988 to 2014.

Bill and Erika Ibsch — Bill and Erika Ibsch have been long time members of the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC.  They regularly attend WAC-DC programs, particularly enjoying the Embassy Series, and contribute annually to Global Education programs.  They also enjoy traveling, going on an annual trip to Europe each fall.