Laura Appell-Warren is Director of the Global Citizenship Institute and is also the Director of The Global Citizenship Program at St. Mark’s School. She teaches religion, anthropology and The Global Seminar. Appell-Warren has been working and teaching in secondary schools, first at Milton Academy and then at St. Mark’s School, for over 30 years. Appell-Warren earned her B.A. in anthropology and psychology from Wellesley College and her doctorate in Psychological Anthropology from Harvard University. She is the author of numerous journal articles, the editor of The Iban Diaries of Monica Freeman and the author of Personhood: An Examination of the History and Use of an Anthropological Concept.
Appell-Warren is a 2012 Salzburg Fellow and an active member of the GEBG, the Global Education Benchmark Group, a group whose mission is to use data to assess outcomes and practices to create nationwide standards for global education.
Loris joined the St. Mark’s Community in 2016 as the Directory of Community and Equity Affairs. Ms. Adams’ has done this work most recently at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and before that at the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, and Charlotte Secondary School.
Loris received her undergraduate degree at Limestone College, her Masters in Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Competence at Wake Forest University. She has presented at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference and serves on the faculty of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
Karen has been teaching mathematics since 1989 and arrived at St. Mark’s School in 1995. Over the years she has taught all levels of mathematics and has recently developed a Mathematical Modeling course which allows students to use all of their problem solving and reasoning tools to solve real world problems.
At St. Mark’s, Karen has served as the Mathematics Department chair from 2001-2014, is the head coach of girls’ cross country and has been an active member of the Community and Equity committee and its predecessors. Karen earned her BA in Mathematics from University of California, San Diego and received a MST in Mathematics from Boston College. She was a fellow at the Global Citizenship Seminar in Potsdam, Germany in 2016.
Peter Glomset teaches in the English Department at St. Mark’s School, where he holds the Weezie Foundation Chair in English. He was educated at the University of Washington and at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned B.A.’s in English Literature, Comparative Literature and Spanish Language and Literature, as well as Masters’ Degrees and a Ph.D in Renaissance English Literature.
Dr. Glomset has a long-standing interest in study-abroad experiences. He attended high school on an exchange in Sweden (where he was born). He taught English in several secondary schools while on a home stay in Veracruz, Mexico. He taught American Studies for three years in Senegal as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. He is especially interested in cultural intercontact and dialogue in literature, the arts, history, and—of course—in our travels.
Liz is a French teacher, house head and crew coach at St. Mark’s. She has also worked in the admissions office and is involved with the Haiti Partnership Program between St. Mark’s School and École Ste. Marguerite in Latournelle, Haiti. A Salzburg Fellow in July 2013, Liz is excited to integrate her GCP experience into the French classroom.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Romance Literatures from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in French from Middlebury College.
Katharine Millet is Department Chair of the History and Social Sciences Department at St. Mark’s School, and is currently teaching Advanced US History, East Asian Civilizations, and Atlantic World History. She received her B.A. in History and Art History from Columbia University and her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Learning and Teaching. Before joining the independent school world, Katharine worked in the Education Department at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Outside of the classroom, Katharine is the Yearbook Advisor and Assistant Coach of Varsity Girls’ Tennis team. She and her husband, R.J. Hoar, live on St. Mark’s campus with their son Davis and daughter Emery and their two female bulldogs Mike and Charlie.
Elise Morgan Elise is the Senior Associate Director of Admission at St. Mark’s School. A Salzburg fellow in 2016, Elise has worked to integrate her Global Institute experience into her work with the St. Mark’s Haiti Partnership; a partnership between St. Mark’s School and Ecole Ste. Marguerite in Latournelle, Haiti. She is looking forward to teaching The Global Seminar Course at St. Mark’s next year for ninth grade students at St. Mark’s. This course helps to set the stage for students understanding of global citizenship. She also spent six months studying at University College London and traveling throughout Sweden, Italy, Austria and Scotland. Prior to joining St. Mark’s, Ms. Morgan worked in admissions at both Lawrence Academy and Cushing Academy and spent time working at Harvard University in the Office of the Dean of Harvard College. Ms. Morgan coaches the girls’ junior varsity lacrosse team, is a faculty advisor and is a dorm affiliate. She lives on campus with her husband, Chris; daughter, Emily; sons, Erik and Christopher; and dog, Lily. Elise received her BA from Williams College, M.Ed. from Harvard University and Certificate in Enrollment Management from the University of Southern California.
Charlie Sellers teaches Spanish and serves as the Head of the Modern Languages Department at St. Mark’s. It is his ninth year at St. Mark’s. He received his B.A. in English and Spanish from Duquesne University and his masters in Spanish from Middlebury College. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Charlie started teaching at the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador, where he lived for two years and discovered his passion for teaching. He has also studied abroad and traveled extensively in Spain. As an undergraduate, he spent a semester in Seville and completed his masters program in Madrid through Middlebury College. He has also spent three summers in Barcelona working as a Program Dean with Oxbridge Academic Programs.
Charlie is interested in traveling with students and service learning and has taken eight trips with students to work in schools in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic with Outreach 360 and has also traveled with students on two occasions to work at the Working Boys Center in Quito. Charlie participated in the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria in 2014. This June, Charlie is looking forward to traveling with a group of our Chinese language students to the Beijing Experimental School, one of our partner programs.
Lynette Sumpter is a faculty member at St. Mark’s School. Her academic pursuits are rooted in the fields of Psychology and Religion and she teaches in a number of disciplines- psychology, religion, and history. Throughout her professional career she has been devoted to faculty and student development. Working within a boarding school community affords the opportunity to focus on educating students in a holistic way. Her background as a former boarding school student and faculty member supports her belief that living in a residential learning community is a very special experience. She describes herself as “nerdy by nature” and in her leisure she loves to pick up a great book. She also enjoys walks with family and observing the wonders of nature, cooking, and traveling. Lynette holds a BA from Brown University and an MA from Drew University. She is a 2011 Salzburg Fellow.
Rev. Barbara Talcott
Barbara Talcott is Co-Chair (with Dr. Appell-Warren) of the Global Citizenship Initiative at St. Mark’s School. An Episcopal Priest, she is also the school’s Head Chaplain, Chair of the Religion Department, and holder of the Mark and Jane Barlow Chair for Teaching. She earned her B.A. in Religion from Princeton University, her M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and her Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. After a first career in non-profit health care administration, Barbara started a second career in secondary school teaching and chaplaincy: at St. Paul’s School and St. Mark’s School she has taught courses in Religion, Philosophy, English, History, and Art History. She developed a strong interest in global citizenship and cross-cultural skill development after living as an expatriate in northern Sudan in the 1980’s, where she acquired a working knowledge of Arabic and came to understand and appreciate Islam and African and Islamic culture. Her academic specialties are in Far Eastern and Middle-Eastern religion and philosophy. Barbara also has a strong interest in anti-racism, LGBT support, and gender equity work. She lives on campus with her husband and has three (mostly!) grown sons.
Rick has been teaching mathematics at St. Mark’s School since 1976. Over the years he has taught all levels of high school mathematics through calculus and on to electives in linear algebra, multivariable calculus and research in mathematics. On leave from St. Mark’s in 2010-2012, Rick taught International Baccalaureate Mathematics at the International School of Florence in Italy.
In addition to his current roles at St. Mark’s as president of the Cum Laude Society chapter and the A. Watson Armour Chair in Mathematics, Rick served as the mathematics department head from 1991-2001 and the Assistant Head/ Dean of Faculty from 2001-2010. Rick received a M.Ed. in math and technology from Harvard University and a B.S. in mathematics from Hobart College. He is a 2013 Salzburg Fellow
Nat Waters is the Dean of Academics at St. Mark’s School, and a teacher in the English and History Departments. Prior to arriving at St. Mark’s, Nat took a year away from teaching to launch a nonprofit and sustainable community development firm on Cape Cod, helping to grow and fund local farm-to-school, affordable housing rehabilitation, and solar energy generation projects and programs. Nat’s recent work in the area of global citizenship has come as a teacher of the St. Mark’s Global Seminar, an interdisciplinary course considering economic, technological, environmental, and social/cultural impacts of globalization. Nat holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and an M.A. from Middlebury College. He is a 2013 Salzburg Fellow.
Astrid Schroeder – Chief Operating Officer Global Citizenship Alliance
Prior to joining the GCA Astrid was a Program Director for the Global Citizenship Program (GCP) at Salzburg Global Seminar, where she had focused on the GCP student sessions, program development and relationship building. Before joining Salzburg Global in 1997, Astrid was administrator for the department of MultiMediaArt at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and Technologies. During her studies in Berlin, she received a scholarship to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she mainly took classes in United States history, American and African-American literature and theater. Originally from Germany, she holds an M.A. in North American studies, modern history, and theater arts from the Free University of Berlin’s John F. Kennedy Institute.
Jochen Fried – President / CEO Global Citizenship Alliance
Prior to assuming this position, he was Director of Education at Salzburg Global Seminar, where he had worked since 1998. He was responsible for developing and maintaining programs that highlight the pivotal role of education in building resilient and equitable societies. Jochen’s main responsibilities included providing conceptual and strategic direction for Salzburg Global Seminar’s Global Citizenship Program and the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. He was a visiting scholar at various universities and colleges in the US including Smith College in Northampton, MA, San Jose State University, CA, Bronx Community College, NY, and Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He has worked in more than twenty countries on behalf of national and international organizations, is frequently invited as a speaker, and publishes regularly. Jochen received a doctorate in German literature from Düsseldorf University, Germany.
Adam Beeson – Community and Outreach Coordinator
Based in Costa Rica, Adam is responsible for connecting GCA alumni across the global network while supporting program activities and development. He is an alumnus of the Global Citizenship Program and also served in a number of roles for the Salzburg Global Seminar, including assistant to the president and adjunct program associate for the Global Citizenship Program. Adam has taught at international secondary schools in Austria and Costa Rica. He is currently global citizenship coordinator at New Summit Academy Costa Rica where he developed the Global Citizenship Certificate program while also teaching humanities courses, and serving as academic advisor for senior students. He received his B.A. from Brevard College (USA) and earned his International Teacher Certification from the European Council of International Schools. Adam is currently completing an M.A. in International Education from the University of Bath (United Kingdom).
John Andary (2015 – 2016 )
John Andary is a registered Professional Engineer and a Principal at Integral Group, an international engineering consulting firm focused solely on sustainable design solutions for the built environment at both a local and a global scale. Recognizing that buildings are responsible for over 40% of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change, a guiding principle of John’s work is the belief that sustainable design is an engineer’s moral and social responsibility to future generations. Mr. Andary has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University (1983), and has been an active member of the United States Green Building Council and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional since 2003. He is an industry leader and expert in the practical design of Net Zero Energy buildings (carbon neutral facilities that produce as much or more renewable energy than they consume). Notably, he developed the sustainable design strategies and led the engineering team for the Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. At over 350,000 square feet, this facility is considered to be the largest verified Net Zero Energy building in the world.
John has been featured on CNN and has won numerous industry awards for his innovative design work. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences on sustainability in the built environment, including UC Berkeley, the International Green Building Conference, and the American Institute of Architects National Conference, among others. Mr. Andary is the author of “Green School Design : Sustainable, Teachable, Promotable” (School Planning & Management, June 2010). He lives in Half Moon Bay, California with his wife Wendy and their son Reed, a Sixth Former at St. Marks.
Manjula Dissanayake (2016-)
Manjula is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Educate Lanka, an award-winning international non-profit social enterprise enhancing access to quality education and employment opportunities for the socioeconomically marginalized children and youth in Sri Lanka. Born and raised in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Manjula moved to the U.S. at the age of 19 to pursue his higher education. Manjula completed his bachelor’s in finance from the University of Maryland and a master’s in international development and social entrepreneurship from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to launching a career as a social entrepreneur in 2012, Manjula’s professional background included a career in investment banking in Washington DC and consultancies at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. Manjula’s efforts have been recognized globally, including by the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, USAID, and Clinton Global Initiative. In 2013, Manjula became the only Sri Lankan to be named in the list of Under 33 Global Foreign Policy Leaders. Same year, Manjula was recognized as a top 15 social innovators in the U.S. by Ashoka and American Express and was named a social innovation fellow by the Huffington Post. This year, Manjula has been nominated for the prestigious Inspired Leadership Award, which will be announced at The Performing Theatre in London. Manjula currently resides in the Greater Washington area and splits his time between the U.S. and Sri Lanka.
Sue Stafford (2014-)
Sue Stafford is Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Simmons College in Boston. She has been teaching philosophy for over 30 years, starting at Trinity College, Tufts University, the University of Lowell, and finally at Simmons for 22 years. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. In philosophy, Dr. Stafford specializes in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and environmental ethics. Publications/presentations that inform her environmental work include numerous presentations on climate change ethics and the publication of “Intellectual Virtue in Environmental Virtue Ethics,” Environmental Ethics, Vol. 32, Winter, 2010.
In addition to her teaching experience, Dr. Stafford worked as a consultant for over 15 years in the areas of artificial intelligence, knowledge engineering, and knowledge management. She is also a Co-developer of and Lead Ground Facilitator for the Take Flight Workshops. The Workshops provide leadership training for women using general aviation aircraft. Dr. Stafford serves as a trustee of the Islesboro Islands Trust of Islesboro, Maine, and leads the Easement Committee for the Trust. She is an advisor to the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Chewonki’s Semester School.
Hedwig C. Rose (2014-2015)
Hedwig C. Rose was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She came to the United States in 1947. She attended the University of Rochester and Cornell University, from which she received a B.A. She has a master’s degree from Smith College and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to her work in teacher preparation, she is a specialist in the fields of comparative schooling, the philosophy and sociology of education, and the legal rights of teachers and students. She is also a trained mediator. Dr. Rose has taught at every level — from preschool through university. She has served on the faculties of Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, where she was a member of the School of Social Science and headed Education and Child Studies for nine years, and Wesleyan University, where she taught and directed the Educational Studies Program for seven years. She has conducted research on symbols of patriotism and chauvinism, utopian education, and the civil rights and responsibilities of teachers, and has lectured on these subjects and on her personal experiences — “Living the Life of Anne Frank in Amsterdam” — in many parts of this country as well as in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, and The Netherlands. Each year since its inception she has taught in the Global Studies Program of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.
Dr. Rose has been and currently is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution for War, Peace and Revolution at Stanford University, conducting research for a book on new perspectives on The Netherlands before and during World War II.
Peter I. Rose (2014-2015)
Peter I. Rose (A.B. Syracuse University, 1954, Ph.D. Cornell University, 1959) is Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, and former director of the American Studies Diploma Program for foreign graduate students at Smith College in Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Massachusetts. He has been a visiting professor at Clark, Wesleyan, the University of Colorado, UCLA, Yale, and Harvard; a visiting fellow at Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford universities, the East-West Center in Hawaii, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing as well as a resident scholar at study centers in Bellagio and Bogliasco in Italy,. He was a Fulbright Professor in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Austria, and The Netherlands. In 1994, he received the Medal of the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of They and We (Random House, 1964; 7th and 50th anniversary edition, Paradigm Publishers, 2014), The Subject is Race (Oxford University Press, 1968), Strangers in Their Midst (Richmond, 1977), Mainstream and Margins (Transaction Books, 1983), Tempest-Tost (Oxford University Press, 1997), Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space (Swallow Press, 2003), With Few Reservations (iUniverse, 2010), and a memoir, Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor (Levellers Press, 2013). He is also the editor of a number of volumes on race, immigration, and refugee policy, most recently, The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005). He has served on the faculty of a number of Salzburg Global Seminar sessions, is a Core Faculty member of the Global Studies Program, and is a member of the Board of American Studies of the SGS.
He is currently engaged in research on “Tropes of Ultranationalism, Yesterday and Today.
Veronica Boix-Mansilla (2015)
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she leads the IdGlobal Project and chairs the Future of Learning Institute. With a background in cognitive science, human development and education, she examines how to prepare our youth for a world of increasing complexity and interdependence. Her research focuses on three main areas. She studies (a) global competence as it develops among learners and teachers in various world regions; (b) quality interdisciplinary research and education among experts, teachers and youth; and (c ) quality teaching and learning in disciplines (history, biology, the arts) as lenses through which to understand the world.
Veronica’s work has produced frameworks and practical tools to support educators in interested in quality teaching, learning, curriculum, research, assessment, professional development, and program evaluation. Her writing on interdisciplinary work and evaluation—has informed National Academies of Science, National Science Foundation, International Baccalaureate’s interdisciplinary initiatives. Her work with the Asia Society on Global Competence education set the foundation for the US Department of Education’s International Education strategy.
Veronica serves as an advisor at a variety of institutions including the Asia Society, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Chief State School Officers, the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, the International Baccalaureate, WorldSavy and Global Kids, among others. She teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has taught the University of Buenos Aires. She is the author of multiple papers and books including “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our youth to engage the world” (2011) with Tony Jackson.
Emily Michelson (St. Mark’s 2013)
Emily graduated from St. Mark’s in the spring of 2013 and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in French and International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Although she isn’t a practicing Jew, she is an active member and treasurer of the Jewish Society and dedicates herself to enriching interfaith relations with other religious groups at the university through the St. Andrews Coexistence Initiative. With a British father and a Filipino-American mother, she started traveling around the world when she was six, and she loves to discover new cities with friends and family. Her next big adventure is a service trip to Morocco, where she will climb the tallest mountain in Northern Africa in order to raise money for Anza. The charity, based in the Kilimanjaro region, dedicates itself to enriching and supporting social entrepreneurs at different stages of their development and creating an overall entrepreneurial environment within the region. Her passions include reading poetry, creative writing, and immersing herself in new cultures.
I am 23 years old, born in the Philippines but raised in Brooklyn, New York. I received my Associates in Arts Degree from Kingsborough Community College and received my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College. I am now currently pursuing a dual Masters Degree in Public Administration and Social Work in Binghamton University located in Upstate New York. In the past 4 years, I have been heavily involved with the National Model United Nations Program in New York City. The NMUN Program has given me the chance to interact with people who are willing to do whatever it takes in order to gain and maintain world peace. Although the program is a Mock version of what happens in the actual United Nations, being surrounded with college students who are giving their time and effort to study international relations, practice diplomacy and enhance leadership skills is definitely a rewarding feeling. Therefore having been a part of GCI when it first started back in 2014 gave me a better perspective of how people of different cultural backgrounds, ideas, beliefs and views can still be in the same room and work together to make the world a better place. This year will be my 3rd year being involved and I hope to create more memories, build strong relationships and find new strategies to become a better global citizen.
Nana Boakye-Mensah (St. Mark’s 2017)
Sergio is a sociology student and a recent alumni from Miami Dade Honors College. He graduated with a pre-Bachelor of Arts and is currently on track to finishing his BA at the University of Florida. He is also a Global Citizenship Alliance scholar and attended the seminar in February of 2017. He is currently working on an internship for the Transportation & Sustainability Division of the City of Coral Gables. A former music major, Sergio enjoys to compose, perform, and write songs. In the future, Sergio would like to go to graduate school, get a PhD in sociology, and work in social entrepreneurship.
After graduating from St. Mark’s School in 2014, I have had the privilege of studying both at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. At UTSA, I have found a second family with Phi Sigma Phi, a coed national honor fraternity that upholds scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. I am also a member of Psi Chi, an international honor society for psychology majors in which I explore the realm of my field. Outside of school, I work part time at Costco Wholesale, a company I feel very happy and lucky to work with. When I’m not at work or school, I am catching up with siblings, grandparents, and my newborn nephew. In the future, I aspire to obtain both a Masters in Business and a Doctorate in Developmental Psychology.
Bruce B. Wilson (St. Mark’s 1954) (2014-)
Bruce Wilson is a retired Senior Vice President for Law and Government Affairs at Consolidated Rail Corporation in Philadelphia. His railroad career spanned nearly twenty years, including fourteen as Conrail’s chief legal officer. Bruce joined Conrail in 1979 and played a major role in freeing Conrail and other railroads from the unrealistic commercial restraints of the Interstate Commerce Commission. As chief legal officer, he was responsible for corporate, commercial, environmental, litigation and labor law. Prior to joining Conrail, he was deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. Currently, Bruce consults in antitrust and railroad law, and he is a mediator and arbitrator, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Judge pro tem, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas (commerce program).
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mark’s School. He first attended the Salzburg Global Seminar in 1965 and has attended its June Board Meeting annually since 2007. He has chaired the Global Citizenship Committee of the St. Mark’s Board and played an essential role in the creation of the Global Citizenship Institute
Peter Breese (St. Mark’s 1964) (2015)
After graduation from George Washington University Peter Breese was a teacher of history and the American constitution from 1969 to 1971 at the Fountain Valley School. He then became an International Banker and worked in New York City, Latin America, London, and Africa. He currently lives in London and continues to do financial consulting with a focus on Latin America and Africa.
Peter was a trustee of the Trustee Longview Foundation and his interest in Global Citizenship may have started as a primary school student in Salzburg Austria in the 1950s. He continues to be fascinated by the subject.