International Affairs Council Names 2010 Board of Directors

Raleigh, NC, January 24, 2010 --( Todd Culpepper, executive director of the International Affairs Council (IAC) (, has announced the organization’s 2010 board of directors. Board members will help IAC continue its initiative for educating the community about world affairs, as well as strengthening relationships with foreign dignitaries and professionals visiting North Carolina.

The 2010 IAC board of directors includes:

Paul B. Miller, partner at Koonce Wooten & Haywood, LLP, Chair
Sepi Asefnia, president of Sepi Engineering Group Inc., Immediate Past Chair
John Lawton, president of HRW Inc., Vice Chair
Beth Arnold, Secretary
Paul Fedorkowicz, partner-in-charge at Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP, Treasurer
Ted Abernathy, executive director of Southern Growth Policies Board
John Adams, brand manager, brand communications and design at Red Hat
Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Public Relations
Ran Coble, executive director of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research
Jennifer Dunleavy, president of The Accuro Group
George Edmunds
Jeff Frazier, director, ISBG, global public sector at Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ambassador Jeanette Hyde, private investor and former ambassador, Eastern Caribbean and Barbados
Michael Hornblow, retired foreign service
Raj Narayan, associate director, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science
Florence Peacock
Rebecca Rothney, president of RHCreations, Inc.
Joy Ruhmann, president of Level Up Leadership
Ambassador Brenda Schoonover, former ambassador, Togo
Mary Sidney Troidl, trustee, Canisius College

“I am delighted to announce the 2010 Board of Directors,” said Culpepper. “It is because of individuals such as these that the IAC continues to grow and strengthen relationships both locally and abroad. I look forward to what the board and I will accomplish in 2010.”

- The International Affairs Council is supported by more than 2,000 local professional resources, 400 organization members, and a multitude of volunteers.

- The 2010 Board has 13 returning and seven new members.

About International Affairs Council:
The International Affairs Council is a community-based organization that champions knowledge and understanding of world affairs and culture in the Research Triangle region. IAC, which began in 1973 as the Research Triangle International Visitors Center (IVC), plans itineraries for visiting international dignitaries and professionals interested in business development, education and other topics, as well as hosts events that bring high-profile speakers from around the world to the Triangle. After beginning as a service of the office of the University of North Carolina’s then-president Terry Sanford, IVC was incorporated under N.C. law on July 30, 1975 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. During the early 1980s, the organization was revitalized and moved to a larger office space with additional staff thanks to the support of Dr. William Friday, who was president of the UNC system at that time. In 1986, the name of the organization was changed to International Visitors Council. Since then, the organization has quadrupled the number of visitors it hosts each year to over 600 and now has six staff members. In 2002, IVC merged with Triangle World Affairs Council to become International Visitors Council/World Affairs Council. In 2005, the board of directors appointed a special committee that decided on the current permanent name: International Affairs Council. IAC’s mission is to improve international relations, raise awareness of national and global issues and attract foreign dignitaries and professionals to the state. It receives grant funding from the U.S. Department of the State, corporate and philanthropic foundations, individual members and numerous other sources. For more information, visit

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