President – Aditi Joshi
Aditi Joshi is a marketing consultant by profession who considers her mission in life to help those in need. She is passionate about human rights, animal rights, education and empowering women. She has a Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Mumbai, India and a MBA from the University of Wales, UK.
Vice President – Michael R. Anderson
Michael R. Anderson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Instruction and the Director of the International Relations and Global Studies (IRG) undergraduate program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a distinguished scholar with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a faculty fellow of the Clements Center for National Security. A historian by training, Anderson’s research interests focus on trans-Pacific intellectual networks and unofficial diplomacy in the twentieth century. He is the co-author of Political and Economic Foundations in Global Studies (Routledge, 2019) and he serves as associate editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of the History of American Foreign Policy. Since 2013 Anderson has been the faculty director of the IRG in France study-abroad program. In the spring of 2019 he was awarded the Leslie Waggener Centennial Teaching Fellowship by the College of Liberal Arts in recognition of his contribution to undergraduate honors projects. Anderson lives in Austin with his wife and two children.
Treasurer – Trevor Bakir
Trevor Bakir is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ practitioner at TNT Asset Management, LLC. Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Corporate Finance and a Minor in Accounting from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduating Trevor joined the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Tokyo for three years. After leaving the service Trevor felt compelled to find a way to serve his community. This led to him working as a senior accountant and senior financial analyst at Goodwill Central Texas, one of the largest non-profits in Austin. Trevor transitioned to the private sector in 2017 when he joined TNT Asset Management, LLC, a comprehensive financial planning firm. As he moved to individual financial planning, he looked for ways to continue serving the community. He is currently the treasurer of the United Nations Association – Austin Chapter.
Secretary – Julie van de Zande
Julie van de Zande is a refugee advocate and mentor, ex-expat, language learner and intercultural explorer.
Her professional experience spans the fields of consulting, regulatory affairs, European Union trade policy, executive search, trade associations, the travel and tourism industry and non-profit boards.
She studied and worked in Europe (Belgium and Italy) for ten years and speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and some Dutch.
Julie holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in History from Georgetown University.
She lives in Austin, Texas and is often visiting her two adult children in Denver, Colorado and Victoria, British Columbia.
Adelaida Annabella Morelos-Chan
Immigrated to the US in the mid 1960’s, and became involved managing companies that spanned 5 countries and several sectors from large scale agriculture, steel fabrication, environmental/energy projects for developing countries, technology transfer, consulting and organizing international conferences and more recently, recycling houses in Central Texas.
Over the years, the opportunity to serve on numerous boards provided insights into innovative problem solving and creative approaches to traditional challenges. Multi-lingual from birth, with an established worldwide network and foreign residences, Ms. Morelos-Chan is honored and enthusiastic about serving a hallowed organization that succeeds in helping so many in a world that has much to offer.
Mother to 2 daughters practicing Law and Environmental Program Management, grandmother to 5. Ms. Morelos-Chan remains active in faith-based initiatives and community causes and has been a recipient of Awards and Citations over the years.
Ann Messer, MD
Ann Messer, MD, is a Board Certified Family Physician and has been practicing family medicine and urgent care for 30 years. She has a special expertise in Global Health. Dr. Messer is a Fulbright Specialist with the United States Department of State, teaching core clinical competency in medical education in developing countries. A graduate of Rush Medical School in Chicago, Dr. Messer did her residency work at Harvard in a triad of internal medicine, psychiatry, and family practice. This prompted her early interest in the importance, for both the patient and the doctor, of anticipating the stress points in every medical dynamic.
Dr. Messer is the Executive Director of One Good Turn, a global health nonprofit partnering with organizations worldwide to provide medical support and education to underserved communities. She has worked with neglected populations in extreme conditions around the world. In the field, Dr Messer has experienced many of the concepts that are covered in her lecture on the effects of stress on first responders who must often deal with
unexpected events. Dr. Messer lives in Austin with her husband Tim; their three grown children are nearby, and together they enjoy outdoor sports, good food, and the family dog, Ziggy.
Rosemary Morrow is a sixth generation Texan, having grown up in Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas. She “retired” in 2017 after forty-nine years in Texas public education. She does not use the term “retired” but says that she works for little or no pay. She serves as a social studies consultant and is active in community service. Rosemary Morrow supports K-12 public education and quality pre-service training for Texas teachers. She continues to participate in social studies-related professional development to stay current with teaching strategies, content, and technology. Although her Texas roots go back to the late 1830s, she believes in equality for all people and respects the diversity that the global society brings to the Austin community and to her life.
Margie Kidd began her career in international exchange at The University of Texas at Austin. She retired in 1998, as Director of the International Office, and she and her husband, Richard, became Volunteer Ambassadors for the Texas-Exes while engaging in extensive global travel aboard their trawler, ‘Miss Texas’, visiting UT-Austin alums and former visiting scholars.
Ms. Kidd has been an active member of many professional, civic, and cultural organizations, holding various offices and serving on numerous boards including the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), being a founding member and serving as its President. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including the Malone Fellowship to Oman and the United Arab Emirates, a grant from the State Education Commission of the People’s Republic of China, two grants from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and a grant from the Fulbright Kommission of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Ms. Kidd has been the Executive Director of GlobalAustin since 2010