Advisory Council


Dr. Leonard Ferrari

Executive Vice President and Provost, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

Dr. Ferrari holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S.E.E. from Northeastern University. His Ph.D. degree is from the University of California, Irvine with research work in spatially varying digital filters. Leonard has published approximately 100 research articles in electrical engineering and has spent thirty years in academic faculty positions in addition to more than ten years in industrial research and development positions. He was Department Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and later Vice Provost for Special Initiatives and Executive Director of the Institute for Information Technology at Virginia Tech. Prior to that time, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Engineering. Dr. Ferrari also has more than ten years of experience in private industry with Bell & Howell and the Polaroid Corporation.


Sally Fifer

President and CEO of Independent Television Service (ITVS), the leading provider of independently produced programs for PBS in San Francisco, California.

Since 1991, ITVS has funded and presented more than 500 shows for public television. She is also Executive Producer of Independent Lens, a 29-week national series for PBS. Prior to taking the helm at ITVS, she spent nine years as the executive director of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). She is the co-editor with Doug Hall of Illuminating Video, a widely used textbook on video art. She has received fellowships for executive training from Stanford and Harvard Business Schools, and holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA from Stanford University.


June Gorman

Education Theorist, Aptos, California.

June is both an educator and educational theorist who has taught for the past 30 years in multiple public, alternative and multi-cultural settings, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Education and receiving her teaching credential from University of California at Santa Cruz. Her interests are focused in the fields of International Education, as a board member of both the International Model United Nations Association  and the United Nations Association of the US. She is currently writing a book on educational theory.


Dr. Noel Kent

Professor, Ethnic Studies Department, College of Social Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Dr. Noel Kent is a professor in the Ethnic Studies Dept at the University of Hawaii, Mānoa, a program he helped found in 1970.  Dr. Kent's interest is centered on interdisciplinary scholarship in both the social sciences and history with a special focus in the areas of ethnic and race relations and conflict, contemporary U.S. history and the dynamics of globalization and social movements.  In 1983, he published his seminal book, Hawaii - Islands Under the Influence.  His current project is studying the year 1965, a critical year in the evolution of the civil rights movement, the build-up for the Vietnam War and the developing youth movement(s).  In particular, he would like to answer the question of how the events of 1965 impact us today.  Dr. Kent has been a political and environmental activist for many years.




Dr. Bobby Lovell

Psychologist, Newport Beach, California.

Bobby has a  Dr. of Psychology, a Masters in Social Ecology from University of California, Irvine; a MA and PhD in Psychology from CSPP, San Diego, California.  Her  Bachelors of Art was in English and Political Science from UCLA.   20 years praxi.  She also ran a nursery school for visiting foreign families in Los Angeles, matching them with up to 50 American volunteers per week, all meeting in her yard.  Dr. Lovell ran a business helping home owner associations on all kinds of environmental issues and was very active in environmental groups.  She was chair of the Coastal Commission Advisory group that helped write the Master Plan for the City of Newport Beach which helped to keep public access to the beach and bay.  She is a very proud grandmother, while still running her practice.



Claudia Salomon

Partner & Co-Chair, International Arbitration Practice, DLA Piper International New York City.

The Global Arbitration Review has named Ms. Salomon one of the world's top 30 women in international arbitration and one of its "45 under 45" in international arbitration. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business cites her, noting that clients describe her as "a fantastic lawyer who is a key driving force behind the firm's growth in international arbitration." She is included in the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, where she is one of only 532 commercial arbitration lawyers worldwide recognized by that publication, and in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law. In 2005, Ms. Salomon won a Burton Award for Legal Writing Excellence for her article analyzing the major international arbitration rules.



Jan-Gustav Strandenaes

Senior Consultant, United Nations, Environment and Governance. Oslo, Norway

Jan-Gustav Strandenaes is a consultant with the Dutch based  ANPED - Northern Alliance for Sustainability and with United Nations Environment Programme and the Dutch-based, EU funded international NGO, ANPED (The Northern Alliance for Sustainability). He is an expert on global environmental issues and sits on UNEP's first Global Steering Committee to help foster inter-regional dialogue. He is an integral member of the Safe Planet Campaign.


MUDr. Oldřich Uttendorfský

Honorary Consulate General of the Czech Republic to the Hague, The Netherlands.  Amsterdam/Prague

Mr. Uttendorfský, who divides his time between Amsterdam, Prague and Lisbon,  is a retired medical doctor and has served on many international boards, including Muzeum Kampa in Prague and The Comenius Museum in The Netherlands. He is the Chairman of the Olga Havel Foundation, Member and Co-founder of the Bohemian Heritage Fund. His collection of contemporary and traditional art ranks as one of the premier in the Czech Republic and reflects a personal visualization of his interest in music, art and history.  As an avid collector, Oldřich also runs his own gallery of art in Mala Strana, Prague.

Dr. Marilyn Wyatt

Independent Consultant for NGOs (Prague, Czech Republic/Islamabad, Pakistan). 


Dr. Wyatt holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from John Hopkins University, USA and has served as the Director of Communications at the Aspen Institute, as the Cultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Prague and currently serves as the Director of Global Programs for BoardSource, the Global Forum on NGO Governance.  Marilyn currently lives in Islamabad, Pakistan with her husband, U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter.


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