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Four executives added to Council board

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) announced that four 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 2020-2021 are the following:

Kristina Araya, commercial litigation and insurance attorney, Warner Norcross + Judd;

Kerry Brozyna, vice president and general manager, Wolverine leathers and material sourcing, Wolverine Worldwide;

Jennifer Dakoske, senior vice president, corporate finance, Chemical Bank;

Cameron Young, digital marketing specialist, Behler-Young.

“We are very grateful these talented professionals have agreed to serve as directors, and that they are willing to assist the World Affairs Council in promoting global collaboration and cooperation,” said Ping Liang of AlphaMax Advisors, WACWM’s board secretary and chair of the nominations committee.

The new board members join 19 other area leaders from corporate, educational and civic organizations in the region. View the full board list on our leadership page.

WACWM, founded in 1949, sponsors over 40 programs a year on timely global topics and issues, and last year established the first-ever Vandenberg Prize, given in honor of Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951), a key figure in the creation of the U.N., the Marshall Plan and NATO. Ambassador (ret.) Jon M. Huntsman Jr. was the first recipient in January 2020. The best known WACWM programs belong to 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 be informed on and discussing. Visit our media library for archives of past programming.

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.

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