Staff News at the Council
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There are some exciting changes in staff at the Council. Milica Markovic, Associate Director of the Council’s International Visitor Program, has been offered a position at the United Nations! She will serve as Administration Officer in the Emergency Preparedness and Support Unit at the UN Secretariat in New York City. Theresa Burks, recently responsible for the Great Decisions program and Community Connections, the Council’s long term training program for former Soviet citizens, will become Executive Director of ZAP, the Zimbabwe Artists Project in Portland. Sonja McKenzie, the Council’s first ever Americorps LINKS Volunteer and Volunteer Coordinator, will be moving on to another Americorps position in the fall after completing a service assignment in Cheboksary, Russia through the Volunteer for Peace program this summer. Longtime friend and Advisory Board member, Jennifer Froistad, who went way beyond the call of duty in her consultancy role by programming presenters for Public Programs since 2008, has completed her obligation with the hire of the Council’s new Director of Programs. It has been such a pleasure working with all of these incredibly talented women! The Council and the Portland community have been well served by their steadfast dedication to international education and outreach. We wish them all the best in their pursuit of new careers and opportunities.
It is also a great pleasure to introduce the Council’s new Director of Programs, Tim DuRoche. Most recently, Tim was the Community Programs Manager for Portland Center Stage. Throughout the ‘90s he lived in Minneapolis where he was a curator in the performing arts department of the Walker Art Center, an internationally-focused contemporary arts institution. Since moving to Portland in 2000, he’s worked for Northwest Film Center, City Club of Portland and as an active freelance journalist. His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including Oregon Humanities, Willamette Week, The Oregonian and Metroscape. Tim is a board member of Coalition for Livable Future, a member of the State Commission on Civic Engagement, on the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition; on the Governing committee and chair of the Advocacy committee for the K-8-focused Right Brain Initiative. Tim is also a well-respected jazz drummer and parent to three budding diplomats. We are very excited about the new energy and ideas that Tim will bring to the Council! Please take a moment to welcome Tim in the months to come. Tim can be reached at 503.306.5261 or by email at timdworldoregon [dot] org.
The 2010 Spring Volunteers for the World Affairs Council lent their talents and energy to a variety of programs and events during the last several months. These volunteers are outstanding individuals whose contribution to the council is immeasurable. We thank you all and wish you the best in your future endeavors!
- Dylan Barnard
- Elise Krumholz
- Sara Eichelberger
- Marianna Vardanyan