Who We Are

+Board of Directors
  • Andrew Brown, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Andrew Brown holds a Baccalauréat (Bachelors) in Philosophy and French Literature from Académie de Rennes (France), as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and a Master in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and International Development from The George Washington...
  • Charles Maslin, Esq., Board of Directors
    Charles Maslin holds a BA in Economics from Temple University, a JD in Corporate Finance from New York Law School, and completed an Executive Education program at University of Pennsylvania’s esteemed Wharton School. His focus in that program was Banking,...
  • Richard Sawaya, Ph.D., Secretary of the Board of Directors
    Dr. Richard Sawaya is the Vice President of USA*ENGAGE at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and has directed the organization since January 2009. Previously he was the Executive Director of the United States–Venezuela Business Council. He also served as...
  • Mayor Bennard Cann, Treasurer of the Board of Directors
    Benn’s passion for community and language led him to work with GLN as early as 2006, while GLN was still centrally-located at The George Washington University. Benn formally joined the Board of Directors in 2008 and has been an active...
  • Ilya Budik, Board of Directors
    Mr. Ilya Budik is the most recent addition to GLN’s Board of Directors. For the past 7 years, Ilya has served in various managerial roles in the life science industry, and over the last 4 years founded and grown Imagine Bio,...
+Full-Time Staff
  • Katherine Hughes, Program Coordinator
    Katherine Hughes has a B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she double majored in English and Philosophy with a minor in Business, graduating summa cum laude in May 2020. During her undergraduate years, Katherine gained experience working with...
  • Andrew Brown, Founder and Executive Director
    Andrew Brown holds a Baccalauréat (Bachelors) in Philosophy and French Literature from Académie de Rennes (France), as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and a Master in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and International Development from The George Washington...
+Part-Time Staff
  • Henry Oluwafemi Olayioye – Leadership Fellow
    Henry Oluwafemi Olayioye is a Nigerian who has obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Sciences, (Business Administration, General) from the University of Jos. Having...
  • John McAndrew – Apprentice
    John McAndrew is a senior at American University studying International Relations and the Middle East.  He’s spent five semesters learning Arabic, and hopes to one day volunteer in Morocco as a member of the Peace Corps as a youth educator...
  • Juan Cruz Ferreyra Ramil – Leadership Fellow
    Juan is a 23 year old recent Tourism Management graduate from Argentina. He is proficient in five different languages (Spanish, English, Romanian, Portuguese, and Arabic) and he is currently learning German. Juan is looking forward to this Leadership Fellowship opportunity...
  • Steven Landry – Leadership Fellow
    Steven is a rising senior at Gettysburg College. A History major and Asian Studies minor with a focus on Japan, Steven has 9 months of experience as a volunteer in Education and Visitor Services in the National Park Service and...
  • Giancarlo Giovanelli – Leadership Fellow
    Giancarlo Giovanelli graduated from American University’s School of International Service (SIS) in December 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Born and raised in Colombia, Giancarlo also has Italian roots and is very proud of both his Colombian and...
  • Andreanna Mond – Leadership Fellow
    Andreanna Mond views cultural intelligence as a pathway to peace and is passionate about national and international immersive opportunities as playing a large part in that process. She firmly believes that if people are able to gain an understanding of...
  • Reese Phillips – Intern
    Reese Phillips is a senior at American University studying International Studies, with a regional focus on Eurasia and Russian. Born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Reese became interested in language, culture, and international studies through his high school’s IB program...
  • Marseda Halilaj – Leadership Fellow
    Marseda is a student at American University studying International Relations. She is of Albanian descent and grew up speaking the Albanian language from her family. Throughout her studies, she developed a passion for her culture and language, so she is...
  • Paul Ventura Jr. – Leadership Fellow
    Paul is a rising senior at Endicott College where he is majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. His interest in language learning started in middle school after taking French, which exposed him to new music and movies. This...
  • Kaylah Jetton – Leadership Fellow
    Kaylah holds a Bachelor of International Studies from Michigan State University. She is also a recent participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. Her mission there was to promote positive U.S.- Japan cultural exchange and instill a love for...
+Leading Volunteers
  • Sade Oseni – Leading Volunteer
    Sade is a proud born-and-raised Texan. She grew up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metropolitan Area and graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in International Business. Her interest in languages stemmed from her early...
  • Callie Andress – Leading Volunteer
    Callie hails from Annapolis, MD. She recently graduated from Georgetown University, matriculating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service and minoring in Arabic. Her interest in languages stems from her interest in being a bridge among people as well as...
  • Kentaro Murase – Leading Volunteer
    Kentaro is a native of New York City. He enthusiastically supports the mission of The Global Language Network. Having been born in a Japanese household and having attended college abroad in the United Kingdom, he appreciates the importance of engagement...
  • Karina Rodriguez Topete – Leading Volunteer
    Karina is from Veracruz, Mexico. After doing a semester interning for Congressman Raul Grijalva in DC, Karina decided to apply for a Masters in Security Policy Studies at George Washington University. She has interned at different organizations in DC like...
  • Elissa Hawkins – Leading Volunteer
    A native of Los Angeles, CA, Elissa is excited to continue her support of The GLN’s mission again after interning in 2013-2014. She studied International Security and Conflict Resolution at San Diego State University as well as Spanish at Universidad...
  • Karen Kwok – Leading Volunteer
    Karen Kwok, MSN, FNP-BC, MPH, is an advocate, educator, and collaborator in public health and family nursing.   She consults for a variety of organizations ranging from companies working on innovative point-of-care medical devices, fiscal sponsoring agencies supporting child welfare, and capacity building with...
  • Elizabeth Wade – Leading Volunteer
    Elizabeth Wade was born in Shanghai, China then moved to the United States where she grew up in Nashville, TN. She is a freshman undergraduate at American University. Before starting college, Elizabeth studied abroad in Harbin, China and began her...
  • Yisroel Tenenbaum, Graphic Designer
    Originally from Chicago, Yisroel is a passionate in-house and freelance Graphic Designer hailing from The Bold Edge School of Design in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is brimming with ideas and always looking to learn something new. Though designer by trade, Yisroel...
  • Shira Yardley, Graphic Designer
    Shira was a GLN intern in 2015 while living in Maryland and is excited to be back on the team as a volunteer working remotely from her home in Minneapolis, MN. She is a Certified Graphic Designer who enjoys applying...
+Global Giver Fellows
  • David Zehr, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Learning a new language is a life-long investment. It lays the groundwork upon which one can build relationships, foster mutual understanding, and work for peace. Learning Arabic through the Global Giver Fellowship program has allowed me to strive towards these...
  • Chad Johnson, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Chad Johnson is a currently an MBA candidate at George Washington University School of Business focused on global business, energy, and trade in East Asia. Chad is a Co-Founder of the renewable energy education and advocacy organization, Vittoria Energy Expedition....
  • Vanessa Elias, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Vanessa grew up in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. She recently obtained a Masters of Public Health from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique in Paris, France.  Vanessa is...
  • Kathleen M. L., Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Kathleen is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at American University Washington College of Law. She focuses on access to justice in the sector of environmental and sustainable development law. Kathleen is implementing her research into practical and effective means by...
  • Hannah Gerdes, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Hannah Gerdes is a senior at Georgetown University. She anticipates graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelors of Science of Foreign Service with a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, with concentrations in pre-medicine and global health.  In the...
  • Joshua Levkowitz, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Joshua Levkowitz hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent the last year in Washington D.C. completing his Masters degree at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. Joshua focuses on conflict mitigation in the Middle East and North Africa. He is interested in in...
  • Zannah Herridge-Meyer, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Zannah grew up in Olympia, WA and grew up traveling with her family, mostly in Latin America, visiting cooperatives through her father’s fair trade business. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in International Studies, Pre-medicine...
  • Brennan Hoban, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Brennan is a senior at American University studying International Relations and Political Science. Her passions include language, global change, and girls’ education. She speaks Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese, and is learning Urdu this fall. After graduation, Brennan hopes to build...

GLN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and as such we have a Board of Directors which oversees the organization as a whole. One main function of our Board is to set policy and direction for the organization consistent with federal, state and local laws, and to see that these policies are implemented. The Board as a whole helps with various aspects of strategic planning, financial oversight, public relations and general advising on key organizational needs and strategies.

Our Board currently consists of five seasoned professionals who selflessly volunteer their expertise, time, and energy to making sure GLN continues to do great things.

On our Board of Directors, we have three functional officers: Secretary, Treasurer, and President.

  • Dr. Richard Sawaya serves as GLN’s Secretary and his responsibilities primarily include recording all votes, actions, and minutes of all proceedings of Board meetings, as well as some other responsibilities such as maintaining records, communicating Board meeting notices, and other duties assigned by the President.
  • Mayor Bennard Cann serves as GLN’s Treasurer and his responsibilities primarily include having custody of GLN funds, keeping financial records, making financial payments and deposits on behalf of GLN, and overseeing financial statements, among other duties assigned by the President.
  • Andrew Brown has served as GLN’s President and Chairman of the Board since founding the organization in 2005, having the power, responsibility, and authority to preside over all meetings of the Board, supervise GLN’s administration, operations and finances and the management of GLN’s affairs, including delegating powers and duties; present reports to the Board of Directors, issue Board meeting notifications and see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are fulfilled, sign minutes and resolutions of the Board, and perform other duties relevant to the President of the organization.

GLN has a dynamic full-time staff and part-time volunteer staff that manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.

  • Andrew Brown has served as GLN’s Executive Director since founding the organization in September 2005. He over-sees all day-to-day operations as well as general strategic operations, as determined by the Board.
  • Katherine Hughes is GLN’s Program Coordinator and coordinates GLN’s language classes, teachers, and internship program.

GLN utilizes activism and volunteerism to enrich the organization, as classes are taught by a dedicated team of volunteers while a certain amount of administrative support comes from interns and other part-time volunteers as well. This structure keeps overhead low while providing volunteers with leadership and professional development opportunities.

At any moment in time, GLN engages more than fifty volunteers who contribute to various facets of the organization. In addition to the above bios of our Board, Staff, interns, and key volunteers, check out who our Teaching Fellows are.

You too can get involved with GLN! Find out more about teaching and volunteering.