Five executives added to Council board of directors

Pictured from left: Scott DeMeester, Meghan Harsevoort, Cary Justice, Paul Quinn, Adnoris "Bo" Torres

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) announced that five local executives have been elected to its board of directors. These persons serve three-year terms on the board, once renewable, and pledge to advance the Council’s mission to “empower the people and organizations of West Michigan to engage thoughtfully with the world.”

Named to the board for 2019-2020 are the following:

Scott DeMeester, senior vice president and market executive, Bank of America;

Meghan Harsevoort, wealth management advisor, Fifth Third Bank;

Cary Justice, director of global government affairs and public policy, Amway Corporation;

Paul Quinn, executive director, JP Morgan Chase;

Adnoris “Bo” Torres, executive director, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.

“We are pleased to welcome five very talented local leaders who have agreed to join us on the Council board, and we’re eager to have these globally-minded individuals assist in the mission of helping our region become more world-aware,” said WACWM executive director Michael Van Denend.

The new board members join 18 other area leaders from corporate, educational and civic organizations in the region.

WACWM, founded in 1949, sponsors over 40 programs a year on timely global topics and issues, and last year hosted seven ambassadors as part of its get-connected-to-the-world presentations. Perhaps the best known of these programs is the annual Great Decisions Global Discussions series of eight topics that are recommended by the Foreign Policy Association of America as global issues every American community should know more about and be talking about. www.worldmichigan.greatdecisions2019.

The Council is part of a national system of 90 world affairs councils, supported by the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, D.C.