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Fulbright Association Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are unpaid and serve in a pro bono capacity. Members also pay their own expenses for travel to board meetings and make a significant financial contribution to the organization each year. Board members are elected for 3 year terms.


Nancy Neill


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A writer and consultant, Nancy Neill brings to the board a depth of experience in writing, consulting and management. Born in Mississippi, she developed a lifelong interest in literature and writing, was awarded a Fulbright grant to New Zealand in literature and holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of California.

Early in her career, she served as a consultant in communication for McKinsey & Company, Inc., working with consulting and client teams. She left McKinsey to establish her own firm, the Atlanta Communications Group, LLC, where she and her associates facilitated management discussions, trained managers and wrote articles, speeches and marketing materials for leading businesses and nonprofits. She has personally written articles for clients that have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, penned award-winning short stories and co-authored a book on global health published by the University of California Press in 2010: Real Collaboration. Now retired, she is completing a novel.

Previously, she served as Vice President of the Fulbright Association, Chair of the Fulbright Association Advisory Board and President of the Atlanta Chapter. She led our Fulbright Corps Taskforce to launch new alumni mission-driven programs in 2015, including Insight Tours and Alumni Service Corps trips. In 2016, she serves as the President of our Board of Directors where she leads an exciting year focused on increasing alumni engagement, advocacy and visibility for the Fulbright effect.

Philip Rakita

Vice President

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Dr. Philip Rakita is Chair of the Board and Managing Director of Armour Associates, with offices in North Carolina and France. He is a senior executive with more than thirty years of international experience in the chemical and related industries. For eighteen years he held various management positions in fine and specialty chemicals and plastics for the Elf Aquitaine Group. He also served as CEO of Syrgis Performance Products, LLC, a privately held $50 million diversified group of specialty chemical companies. He has lead numerous successful projects in new business development, technology assessment and transfer, divestitures and acquisitions. He has worked and lived in France, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, and the United States and has extensive experience with multinational technical and cultural interfaces within organizations. Prior to his industrial career he was Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota, and Senior Fulbright Visiting Professor at Moscow State University (USSR).

Kim David Eger


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Mr. Kim David Eger is President & CEO of Eco Smart Shutters, a Georgia-based company that provides energy efficiency upgrades through dynamic shading devices for the residential and commercial markets. His firm introduced solar-powered rolling shutters with wireless remote controls to the southeast, harnessing the sun to create shade and reduce energy consumption needs. Eco Smart Shutters has been awarded government contracts for both breathable security gates and hurricane shutters. The common thread between various business ventures in which he’s involved is a focus on common sense Sustainability that can both lower cost and reduce the carbon footprint of his clients. Kim also serves on the board of directors of the Fulbright Academy, in their Executive Committee and as their Treasurer.

Mr. Eger has over fifteen years of experience in the Lawn & Garden (L&G) market in the U.S. and Europe. He was previously CEO of ASB Greenworld, Inc. and served as the only non-German board member of the parent company ASB Gruenland, GmbH.

Mr. Eger began his career with the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, responsible for Trade and Investment policy. His 1992 Fulbright was to the University of Cologne, where he studied political science and economics. After his Fulbright, he went on to earn an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), studying in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC. Kim is fluent in German and French and proficient in Italian.

Manfred Philipp


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Manfred Philipp is Faculty Trustee Emeritus of the City University of New York (CUNY) and Executive Director of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences.  He was chair of the CUNY University Faculty Senate in 2006-2010 and President of the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association of the US in 2013-2014.

Dr. Philipp is professor and past department chair of chemistry at Lehman College and professor in the biochemistry and chemistry doctoral programs at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. As a Fulbright scholar in 2005, Dr. Philipp taught bioinformatics and biopharmaceutics at the Catholic University of Portugal. As a Fulbright scholar in 2012-2013, he did research on multidrug resistant bacteria at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal.

He is a past Secretary to the Fulbright Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Philipp received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Philipp has been program director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported, research-based student support programs Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), and the High School Summer Research Apprentice Program. He was co-program director of the NIH-supported Bridges to the Baccalaureate at Bronx Community College and Lehman College. He has also served as national president of the MBRS/MARC Program Directors Organization. His scientific research concentrates on protein modeling and enzyme inhibition, with emphasis on enzyme inhibitors of potential pharmaceutical value.

Max Burns


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Max Burns became the 29th president of Gordon State College in January 2012. Prior to Gordon, Burns served as Dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University.

Before his appointment at North Georgia, Burns was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.

Prior to his service in Washington, Burns was a Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at Georgia Southern University.  During his tenure at Georgia Southern, Burns was a visiting professor at the Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was also a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Högskolan i Borås, Borås, Sweden and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Burns holds a Ph.D. in business administration and a master’s of business information systems from Georgia State University. Additionally, he earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In 2016, Max is chair of our Advocacy Working Group where he is stepping up our advocacy efforts and leading our Fulbright Advocacy Days.


Pat Lemay Burr


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Dr. Burr holds a Ph.D. in Business and Economics from University of North Texas. Her post-doctoral studies have included International and Area Studies at Yale University, the SCMP Program at Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Her language and cultural studies have included La Sorbonne in Paris, France, and La Universidad Internacional in Mexico.

She has received Fulbright Awards to Mexico, China, Kuwait, and Vietnam, and has worked in various capacities in more than 30 countries.  She is founding and current President of the San Antonio Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and founder and Program Chair of the Southwest Fulbright Symposium.

At UIW, she has served as Dean of the School of Business and Vice President for International Programs.  She currently serves as Distinguished Chair at UIW and as Director, Center for International Peace Studies

She has served as Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Council, and has worked in two NYSE firms.

She was also joint owner and Chief Operating Office of Specialty Retail Corporation, an international firm with about $50 million in sales.

Pat has served on Boards of The World Trade Institute (NYC), The Walter Heller Institute (Chicago), The San Antonio Humane Society, Goodwill of Texas, YWCA, Hixon Venture Company, KO Steel Venture Company, Republic Bank of San Antonio, The San Antonio Library Foundation, City of San Antonio Industrial Bond Authority, and numerous other organizations.  She has chaired the Board of Saint Mary’s Hall School and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.

Apple Corporation named her in 2013 as an Apple Distinguished Educator for her global work helping universities to integrate technology into the classroom.

Erwin Cho


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Erwin Cho serves as chief of staff at Kaiser Permanente in health plan service and administration. He has held a variety of leadership positions in health care in business development as well as product innovation, development and management.

Mr. Cho earned his master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduating from the Harvard Kennedy School, he was a Woodrow Wilson/Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at Princeton and was a Fulbright fellow to Australia.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association in 2014 and is currently President of the Northern California chapter of the Fulbright Association.

He leads one of our mission-driven programs: EnvisionFulbright, a collaboration between the Fulbright Association, RestoringVision (an NGO he cofounded) and Timmy Global Health to send alumni on service trips to distribute reading glasses to people who need them but don’t have access to them.

Jerome M. Cooper


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Jerome M. Cooper, FAIA, a founding principal, is Chairman of COOPER CARRY, Inc., a 52 year-old architectural firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., New York, and Newport Beach, CA. Mr. Cooper received the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology. As the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, he studied at the Universita di Roma in 1957 in Rome, Italy. In 1997, he returned to Rome as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy.

His long-standing involvement with professional associations includes the American Institute of Architects (Fellow); Atlanta Chapter, AIA (Past President); and South Atlantic Region, AIA (National Director).In addition, he has been a member of various AIA Task Forces: the National Task Force on Long Span Design, the National Task Force on Ethics, and the National Task Force on Re-certification and Registration. Mr. Cooper has been honored with the Bernard B. Rothschild Award, the highest award granted by the Georgia Association AIA, as well as the Ivan Allen Award for Community Service. He has also served as a Trustee of the National Building Museum and currently is a member of the National Fulbright Board in Washington DC. Under Mr. Cooper’s direction, Cooper Carry has received over 100 design awards, including 19 from the American Institute of Architects. In 1987, under his leadership, the firm received the Silver Medal for Design Excellence from the Atlanta Chapter AIA.

Nada Glick


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Currently Director of Development for Human Development Services of Westchester, a community-based nonprofit agency that offers a full range of supportive services for persons recovering from serious mental illness, assisting each to integrate into the community, and as well provides housing counseling and related services for low income residents of Westchester County, New York. Dr. Glick secures grants and other funding for the agency’s programs. For many years she administered college academic advisement, counseling, and/or career developments departments: at Sarah Lawrence College, Westchester Community College/SUNY, and most recently at Yeshiva College, where she was also international fellowship advisor. She has also taught psychology at the college level. Her special interests are adult learning, international education, and career development throughout the life cycle. She was a Fulbrighter to Germany in 1992 on the U.S. International Educators Program. She holds an M.Ed. in Vocational and Rehabilitation Counseling, and an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Christopher Kelley


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Christopher Kelley is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach frequently at universities in Ukraine and Moldova and in Belarus, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, and Russia. He is a part-time Professor at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Professor Kelley is active in the American Bar Association Section of International Law. He has been the Chair of the Public International Law I Division and served three terms as the Co-Chair of the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange briefing trips to Poland, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. He also participated in the World Justice Project’s World Justice Forums I and II in Vienna and the World justice Forum IV in The Hague.

Professor Kelley has practiced law in large and small law firms variously in Minnesota, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He also has been a public defender, a legal services attorney, and staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. He began his legal career in the Solicitor General’s Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. He has taught at the William Mitchell College of Law, the University of North Dakota School of Law, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the Drake University Law School.

Tom Moga


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Mr. Thomas (Tom) Moga is an Attorney at Law at LeClairRyan where he focuses on intellectual property and international business transactions. His experience in the arena of international intellectual property includes the development of domestic and foreign patent portfolios, the acquisition of registrations for trademarks and copyrights, licensing, litigation, dispute resolution and mediation, and policy development. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Moga is an experienced patent prosecutor in the mechanical, chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical arts and has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in patent disputes. He also manages patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions in Asia (China, South Korea, India), including overseeing initial counterfeit product investigation, selecting and working with local investigators, selecting and working with local counsel, preparing administrative and judicial documents, and participating in raids. He spent the first half of 1997 as a Fulbright Scholar in China where he taught patent law at Jilin University and acted as a foreign advisor to China’s State Intellectual Property Office.   Mr. Moga is a frequent speaker on the TRIPS Agreement of the WTO and on global patent portfolio development and enforcement.  He is the author of “Patent Practice and Policy in the Pacific Rim” (Thomson Reuters), a multi-volume treatise on patent law and practice in Asia, and “China’s Utility Model Patent System: Innovation Driver or Deterrent” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2012).


H. Andrea Neves


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Professor emerita of education at Sonoma State University, Dr. Neves received her doctorate in education from Stanford University in 1984. Born and reared in California, Neves completed her undergraduate education in Mexico D.F. Mexico and received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Latin American studies.. Neves studied cultural anthropology and early childhood education on a full scholarship from the Mexican American Education Project and received her master’s degree in social sciences from Sacramento State University. Neves has taught at the American School Foundation secondary school in Mexico City and the Stanford University School of Education. In 1997 and in 2002 Neves received Fulbright-Hays fellowships to study issues of globalization in the education systems of Tanzania and of Uganda. She is a member of the board of the Sonoma State University Academic Foundation, the advisory board of the Stanford University School of Education, and the Board of Trustees of Opera San José.

Ramesh Ramakrishnan


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Dr. Ramesh Ramakrishnan is Secretary of the Board and the Director of Molecular Biology at Fluidigm Corporation, in South San Francisco, since 2005, and has spent an equal amount of his life in the USA and India. He has more than 15 years of R&D experience in commercial settings, and is passionate about science and the scientific process. He is currently involved in projects involving single cell “Omics” using microfluidic technology. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the China Medicinal Biotech Association. He was also a Member of the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme ( DPFS) Expert Group, Cambridge, UK. He earlier developed oligonucleotide expression and SNP microarrays for the pharmaceutical marketplace, when he worked with Motorola Life Sciences, as the Section Manager. As a Research Scientist at Vysis, Inc., he worked on developing multi-fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) probes to examine chromosomal aberrations. He loves West Coast Jazz and Chicago-style blues, originally hails from Bangalore (now Bengaluru) in south India, and attended Bishop Cotton Boys’ School there. He was a Fulbright scholar from India in 1985-86 in Genetic Engineering, at Georgetown University, and completed his 1990 with a degree from the University of Poona, India. He also has a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda, and an M.Phil. in Zoology from the University of Poona, both in India.

Dolores Rinke


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Dolores Rinke is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and an IRS Enrolled Agent with a Masters of Business Administration and a doctorate in accounting.   She has taught or presented her scholarly work in Europe, Asia, and Africa and has been active in Purdue University’s Study Abroad Program serving as both instructor and advisor.  Currently she is Professor Emerita at Purdue University where she taught financial and international accounting.   Previous to her tenure at Purdue, she chaired the Business Administration Department at Lewis University.  

Dr. Rinke is very active with the Fulbright Program.  She was a Fulbright Scholar teaching in Hungary where she was instrumental in implementing an accountancy program and securing funding from the large accounting firms for continuation of the program.  A few years later, she was awarded a second Fulbright grant; this time to assist Hungary in preparing for entrance into the European Union. Later she returned as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to assist with the transition of Hungary’s higher education system.  Her recent Fulbright activity took her to Turkey where she lectured to graduate students and presented the keynote speech to the Turkish Finance Society in Izmir.  She continues to participate in Fulbright activities and has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and chair of the Finance/Audit Committee of the Fulbright Association from 2000-2006.,  She was  a peer reviewer for the Senior Specialist Program  and continues to be active with the Chicago Chapter.  Dr. Rinke also serves as a director and member of the finance committee for the Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation (GMACF).  She is also on the advisory board of the Central Asia Productivity Research Center.

Her previous background includes work with General Motors Corporation, the University of Michigan as bursar, Chicago World Trade Organization, KPMG, and USAID.  Professor Rinke has also served as an expert witness in international litigation and worked as a consultant with KPMG as part of the Capital Development Project, developing the audit profession for the country of Latvia.

John Sargent


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Dr. John Sargent is one of the Founders of BroadReach Healthcare and has extensive experience in developing, implementing and managing large-scale healthcare programs in the US and the developing world. As a Founding Partner he is involved in the creation and execution of the Company’s strategy, business development, client project delivery and key internal projects. Since the founding of BroadReach, he has been involved in all major aspects of the company’s strategy, business development and work including the creation of the company’s first HIV/AIDS treatment program in South Africa, establishment operations there, and serving as the company’s first Country Director until late 2006. He also established the company’s operations and projects in other countries including Kenya, Namibia, China and Switzerland.

While at BroadReach, Dr. Sargent has worked on and led a variety of healthcare projects including strategic planning, development of public private partnerships, health systems strengthening, management and leadership training programs, and community mobilization and patient education programs for government, multi-lateral funding and assistance agencies, global NGO’s and multi-national organizations. For pharmaceutical clients he has created market development strategies to increase access to those at the bottom of the pyramid and has evaluated distribution systems in various African countries. He is frequently called upon to speak at conferences and to advise governments, multi-national companies and donors and has been recognized with awards such as Devex’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in international development.
Before founding BroadReach, he served as Senior Director and National Practice Leader at the Advisory Board Company – a Washington DC, USA based healthcare research, consulting firm, and think tank. Prior to this, he served as a management consultant within the New York office of APM/CSC Healthcare, a leading US healthcare consulting firm. Dr. Sargent received his BS in Biology from Dartmouth College, his master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology as a Fulbright Scholar from Oxford University, and his MD from Harvard Medical School.

Don Sparks


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Don Sparks has just returned from Addis Ababa where was as a Fulbright Specialist in Economics at the African Union Commission’s Department of Economic Affairs. He is Professor of International Economics at the Citadel in Charleston, SC, USA (where he has been named MBA Professor of the Year three times) and University Lecturer in International Business and Law at the Management Center Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr Sparks also serves as a Senior Consulting Associate in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US Department of State. He has been a Fulbright Professor of Economics at the University of Swaziland and at the University of Maribor, in Slovenia. He was also a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Swaziland. He was the Department Chairman and Visiting Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo. He is the Director of the Charleston Council for International Visitors and he joined the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association in January.

Before beginning his academic career, Dr Sparks served as the Regional Economist for Africa in the Office of Economic Analysis at the US Department of State in Washington, DC and as a Staff Assistant to Senator Ernest F Hollings.

Dr Sparks has published widely, including authoring the “Economic Trends” chapter of Africa South of the Sahara for each edition for the past 30 years. He has make presentations in over 20 countries in North America, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Europe. He has been a consultant for a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Council for Namibia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Besides having won four Fulbrights, Dr Sparks is the president of the South Carolina chapter of the Fulbright Association, served for five years as the Fulbright faculty representative at the Citadel, is currently serving again on the Fulbright Specialist (economics) selection board and is a life member of the Fulbright Association.

He received his MA and PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and his BA from the George Washington University. Dr Sparks is married to Dr Katherine Saenger and they live in Charleston, South Carolina, USA and Seefeld in Tirol, Austria. They have two grown children and one grandson.

John Vogel

President ex Officio

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A partner at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, DC, Mr. Vogel is a principal in the firm’s business group and specializes in international corporate finance.  Mr. Vogel has spoken and written on a variety of international financial issues and trends, including the increasing utilization throughout the world of Islamic financing for infrastructure projects.

Mr. Vogel received his Bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Vogel was a Fulbright Scholar in Brussels, Belgium in 1968, where he was a stagiaire at the European Union and served as an assistant to the EU’s chief legal counsel.  While serving at the European Union, Mr. Vogel worked closely with economists and lawyers in the area of harmonization of corporate and tax laws within the European Community.  Mr. Vogel served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association’s National Capital Area Chapter.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association since 2009, and was previously Treasurer of the Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.