Patrick O’Meara, Special Adviser to the President, Chair of OID
Patrick O’Meara is Vice President Emeritus of International Affairs and currently Special Adviser to the President. He is also Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Professor Emeritus in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Dr. O’Meara has published extensively on the African continent. His first book, Rhodesia: Racial Conflict or Co-existence?, was published by Cornell University Press in 1975. Six subsequent books include a textbook that has been adopted by nearly 100 universities and colleges throughout the United States. Dr. O’Meara has been called upon for interviews on southern Africa and South Africa by U.S. national television programs such as the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Voice of America, and National Public Radio. He has also testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Congress on African Affairs and the House Committee on Post-Secondary Education. Dr. O’Meara was project director for Living Africa: A Village Experience, a film on life in a Senegalese village, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a finalist in the New York Film Festival. He appears in Who’s Who in America as well as in Men of Achievement and in Community Leaders in America. Dr. O’Meara is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cross of Saint George, awarded in Spain; the Warsaw University Medal; the Amicus Poloniae, from the Embassy of Poland; and recently an honorary doctorate from NIDA University in Thailand, as well as IU’s Thomas Hart Benton Medal, the IU John W. Ryan Award, the IU Distinguished Service Award and the IU President’s Medal.
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Charles Reafsnyder, Associate Vice President for International Research and Development (Retired)
Charles Reafsnyder’s interest in international education and development began with a childhood lived abroad and continued through an undergraduate honors degree in comparative politics and African studies at IU. Following graduation, Charles joined the Peace Corps and served three years in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) as the social studies curriculum developer for the FSM’s system of 20 high schools. Upon return to the United States, he entered IU where he earned a Ph.D. in anthropology with a focus on applied anthropology and the anthropology of education. For the next nine years, he held several positions in International Programs at IU, including Director of Administration for a $50 million higher education project in Malaysia for which IU was the lead university in a consortium of Big Ten universities. In 1994, Charles became IU’s Associate Dean for International Research and Development and OID’s Director. In this capacity, he developed and managed more than a dozen major technical assistance and international education projects with grants from USAID, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, host country governments, and international foundations. Currently, he is working with the USAID-funded Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences (CEHLS) project to help develop a Strategic Plan for the University of Liberia’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
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Genevieve Pritchard, Associate Director of OID
Genevieve began studying and traveling internationally while earning her B.A. in African-American studies at IU in 1995. Following graduation she spent two years with the Peace Corps in Honduras, planning and implementing water and sanitation systems by coordinating efforts among local community, branches of government, and NGOs such as PLAN International and Save the Children. She next spent seven years in Mexico as a social entrepreneur and in Belize as seasonal Field Operations Manager for a research and study archeological field school. Genevieve returned to IU in 2005 to earn her M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business during which time she joined the OID team to support the Kazakh Bolashak and the Burmese Refugee Scholarship Programs. Consulting opportunities led her back to Mexico in 2007 where she provided strategic management solutions for business upstart and turnaround as well as became the President of the Board for PEACE, Inc., an international NGO. In 2012 Genevieve returned to OID as Associate Director.
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Kathleen Sobiech, Program Officer
Kathleen worked as a wildlife biologist before starting studies at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she earned her Master of Environmental Science and Master of Public Affairs. Kathleen’s graduate work was concentrated in comparative international affairs and sustainable development with a focus on West Africa, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal (1996-1998). During her Peace Corps service, she worked with the Senegalese Ministry of Education incorporating environmental education into the national curriculum; designed and organized teacher training workshops to improve teaching methodology in the sciences; organized community health forums on topics such as infant health, Malaria, and HIV/AIDS; and administered scholarships for girls in grades 9-12. After graduation, Kathleen worked with Indiana’s Department of Education in creating the K-12 Science Standards Lesson Plan Frameworks and at IU, led the Title VI grant proposal for West European Studies in 2002, revitalized the Zhejiang University American Studies Program on behalf of the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, and has been lead administrator for several projects through the Center for the Study of Global Change. Currently, Kathleen is program manager for the IU-University of Liberia academic partnership in the health and life sciences (CEHLS).
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Courtney Hermann, Program Coordinator
Courtney earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Spanish at Indiana University Bloomington in May 2014 with a concentration in communications. As a 2009 alumna of the IU Honors Program in Foreign Language studying in Oviedo, Spain and a 2013 Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has always enjoyed exploring the globe through travel and education. In 2011, Courtney interned with Exodus Refugee Immigration Services in Indianapolis, Indiana where she aided in the resettlement process of Burmese refugees, addressing health concerns upon arrival and establishing primary care. In the fall of 2013, Courtney joined the OID team as a Program Assistant for the Youth Leadership Program with Burma (YLPB). In 2014, Courtney moved to a permanent position as a Program Coordinator with the YLPB project and currently supports a small portfolio of federally funded projects.
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Louise O’Connor, Web Services Specialist
Louise graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and statistics. She has worked for the U.S. Navy in Maryland as an Information Programmer/Operations Researcher and at Hewlett-Packard in Colorado as a Systems Analyst in database design and programming. She currently develops and maintains websites and database systems for the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, OID, and the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages for High School Students.
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Edda Callahan, Administrative Assistant
With more than 25 years dedicated to IU in International Programs and Affairs, Edda Callahan is Administrative Assistant to Patrick O’Meara. Since 1985, Edda has worked for or supported four deans and is a library of institutional knowledge in the area of international affairs at IU. She retired in 2011 and has graciously agreed to return to work part time. Originally from Germany, Edda has been in Bloomington since 1969, where she now lives with her husband, two children, and five wonderful grandchildren.
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