Legacy International and Center Interbilim present the final stage of their “Kyrgyz Women’s Leadership Development and NGO Capacity Building” two year program.  7 U.S. NGO professionals will travel to Bishkek, Osh, and Jalalabat, Kyrgyzstan to share their experience and  present on topics such as “Growing a Non-Profit”, “Volunteerism as an Organizational Foundation”, and “NGO and Government as Partners. “

They will be hosted by their counterparts, the 11 Kyrgyz delegates who they  recently hosted in the U.S. These Kyrgyz women are all directors of their non-profit organizations in Kyrgyzstan.

The Honorable Karan English is an established scholar, environmentalist, and government representative to the U.S. Congress from Arizona’s 6th Congressional District (1992-1994) and as State Senator and Representative from 1986-1992. She served in the 103rd United States Congress, a freshmen class bringing in the most significant change in representation since the late 1950’s. Her base support included women, conservationists, educators, medical professionals and labor unions. She served on the Natural Resources and Education and Labor Committees and was also appointed to the sub Committee on Native American Affairs. Since leaving Congress, she has participated in democracy programs and Women’s Leadership workshops in several countries in Africa and in Eastern Europe. She currently is working for Northern Arizona University developing partnerships and student projects. In 2008 she was appointed to the Office of Congressional Ethics by the United States Congress.

Johna Campbell is a Managing Partner with Cogent Management Resources, a regional consulting firm with clients in both the profit and non-profit sectors.  She loves to use core HR strategies and tactics to help organizations achieve financial goals and turn challenges into successful endeavors.  She has a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors degree from West Virginia University.  Johna is married and has two teenage boys.

Shanna FlowersShanna Flowers is Manager of Volunteer Services of Carilion Clinic, the largest health-care system in Southwest Virginia. She oversees 165 teens and adults who volunteer their time each week to provide service to patients and guests at the 700-bed hospital and its nearby clinics. She is responsible for recruiting, interviewing and training volunteers. Before joining Carilion in 2009, Shanna was a newspaper journalist for 23 years.

Roger MatthewsRoger Matthews was born in 1937, and raised on a dairy farm in South Bend, Indiana.  After high school and college, he attended School of Theology, to become a Methodist Minister. Upon graduation, he served three churches in Indiana.  Then he was appointed by the Bishop of the Method-ist Church in Indiana to serve Goodwill Industries. He served for 37 years in Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, and Virginia.  He also spent two years with Goodwill in Zimbabwe, Africa.

Amy PendletonAmy Pendleton is the Founder and Director of the Franklin County Perinatal Education Center.  Amy volunteers full time at the perinatal center.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and taught in public schools for 13 years. She currently is certified as a Childbirth Educator, Child Passenger Safety Technician, and Doula (Certified Labor Support person).  Amy is married with two children and has two granddaughters.

Joe RobinsonJoe Robinson has 43 years practical, hands-on experience in global commerce targeting success in new markets highlighting dynamic positive growth and investment opportunities in business, NGOs  and government agencies. He is currently a consultant to companies, government agencies, NGOs and universities providing guidance in international business procedures, and control and compliance issues.  Joe graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Economics and Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Jules SowdenJules Sowder is an executive marketing advisor with more than 20 years of experience helping results-driven organizations build brand strength, attract and retain more customers, increase revenue, and has worked extensively in both traditional and digital marketing arenas. Before forming her own marketing advisory firm in 2005, she served in executive-level positions at Hollins University; Resort Quest International, Inc.; Promus Hotels, Inc. and Hampton Inn Hotels.