Jack Segal

Jack Segal

Co-Chair, IAF

Jack is a retired diplomat with extensive experience in arms control, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Europe and Russia. Before moving to Traverse City in 2010, Jack served as Political Advisor to the NATO Commander responsible for Afghanistan, making 40 trips to Afghanistan. He now teaches and lectures in the area.

Karen Puschel

Karen Puschel

Co-Chair, IAF

Karen is also a retired diplomat who was an expert on the former Soviet Union during her career. Author of a book US-Israeli Strategic Cooperation in the Post-Cold War Era (1992) and articles about Soviet arms control policy, Karen was a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a MA from Georgetown University.

IAF Board of Directors 

Jack Segal, Co-Chair, Former Diplomat

Karen Puschel Segal , Co-Chair, Former Diplomat

Michael Lehnert, Vice-Chair, Retired Major General of the US Marine Corps.

Jim Bensley, Director of International Education, NMC

Marguerite Cotto, VP for Lifelong and Professional Learning, NMC

Lois Counterman, Community Leader and Ardent Gardener

Ted Curran, Retired diplomat, Foreign Service Officer (ret.)

Lindsey Dickinson, International Education, NMC

Timothy J. Dougherty, VP for Advancement, Interlochen Arts Academy

G. Stephen Fisher, Executive Director, Overseas Investor Services, LLC

Bob Giles, Awarding winning journalist, former head of Harvard’s Nieman Foundation

Kristin Grassa, CEO and President, Constellation Networks Corporation

Eugene Jenneman, Director of the Dennos Museum

Rorie Lewis, Community leader, Former Lawyer

Bill Marsh, Jr., Owner and Partner, Bill Marsh Automotive Group

Richard Murray, Former Chrysler Executive

Stan Otto, Former Diplomat and Peace Corps Volunteer

Grant Parsons, Traverse City Lawyer

Deborah Rough, President Namsan Change Consulting, former GM Executive

Ryan Wells, Entrepreneur, Business Development


Education Advisory Council

Amjad Khan, PhD, Economics Professor, NMC

Brian McCall, History Professor, Interlochen Arts Academy

John Zachman, PhD, Political Science Professor, NMC


Emeritus Members

Richard Grout

Harry Veeder

Paula Leinbach

Helen Milliken (deceased)

Phil Thomas

Philip L. Cochran, Founder of International Affairs Forum, 1993

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