On August 11th, approximately 130 GCCS Advanced Placement seniors attended the Youth Conference on Global Citizenship at Indiana University Southeast. The event focused on globalization and international business, as well as human rights and included speakers from Cummins Engines, UPS, Zoeller International, Clariant Chemical and entrepreneur Bill Heinz who founded the non-profit Amazing Global Marketplace. The event was coordinated by New Washington Middle/High School teacher Dr. Tim McDonald and sponsors included UPS, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, New Washington State Bank, and Clark County (IN) Sheriff Jamey Noel.
Carl Wilkens is Director and Co-Founder of World Outside My Shoes, a non-profit educational and professional development organization committed to inspiring and equipping people to enter the world of “The Other”.
As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide against the Tutsi was launched in April 1994, he refused to leave. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of it’s troops. Carl was the only American to remain in Kigali. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. Working with Rwandan colleagues, they helped save the lives of hundreds.
Dr. John Rajanayakam
IT Director with a Fortune 500 company
Dr. Rajanayakam has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He has lived and worked in India, Middle East, Europe and currently lives in Columbus Indiana. Dr Rajanayakam is currently employed with a Fortune 500 company as an IT Director. Dr. Rajanayakam obtained his doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University and his area of research was “Associative Leadership” .Dr Rajanayakam has Master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership and in Philosophy. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), a Certified Life Coach, and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Dr. Rajanayakam speaks at schools, and leadership conferences. Dr Rajanayakam is very involved in his community, and has facilitated bridge building between Law Enforcement and Public.
Captain Bethany Miller
UPS MD-11 Captain and Flight Operations Technical and Safety supervisor
Bethany Miller is an MD-11 Captain and Flight Operations Technical and Safety supervisor. She works on tech projects for the airline involving pilots’ Electronic Flight Kits. She’s also a simulator instructor and check airman. Prior to coming to UPS, Bethany was Vice President of Fleet Operations at an amphibious boat tour company and a pilot at AirTran Airways. She spent 20 years in the Air Force serving on active duty and in the Reserves prior to retiring in 2015. In the Air Force, Bethany was a global cargo pilot flying C-141s, C-5s, and C-17s, as well as serving as a staff officer at the Tanker Airlift Command Center. She’s a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Bethany has a BS in Atmospheric Science from The Ohio State University, an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a doctoral candidate at Université Paris-Dauphine.
Colonel Jeff Groh
Colonel of the Law Enforcement Division for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Jeff Groh is the Colonel of the Law Enforcement Division for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Colonel Groh oversees the activities of the patrol, detectives, SWAT, river, and air units of the Sheriff’s Office. Colonel Groh was appointed to that position by Sheriff Noel after retiring from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after 26 years of service. Colonel Groh’s last assignment with ATF was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Field Division which included the states of Kentucky, West Virginia and the lower eight counties of Indiana contiguous to Indiana. In that position Colonel Groh oversaw ATF operations for half of the resident agency groups in those states which totaled 7. He also oversaw the arson and explosives group, SWAT and canine. Prior to that assignment Colonel Groh oversaw the explosives training branch in Huntsville, Alabama. This assignment required Colonel Groh to travel to 5 continents on behalf of the Department of Justice and State Departments, assisting our military and other countries in the area of improvised explosive devices (IED). Prior to that Colonel Groh was the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the Indianapolis, Indiana, Field Office which included Evansville. Colonel Groh oversaw a staff of 12 criminal investigators and nine task force officers who enforced Federal law pertaining to firearms, explosives, tobacco and arson under Title 18 and 26 of the US Criminal Code. Prior to that Colonel Groh worked in Washington DC in the Internal Affairs Division and investigated allegations of impropriety on behalf of employees of ATF and investigated shootings and use of force actions on behalf of the Director. Colonel Groh began his career with ATF in 1989 in Helena, Montana, and was involved in 100’s of investigations within ATF jurisdiction. While assigned there Colonel Groh was Division Team Leader as a member of the Special Response Team for the Seattle Field Division, Firearms Instructor, and an Interview Interrogation Instructor. Groh has also served as class coordinator for the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest, Hungary, and has served on numerous trips on behalf of ATF in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Groh also has provided explosives, firearms and tobacco investigation instruction in Romania, Columbia, England, Canada and the other ILEA Academies in El Salvador and Gabarone, Botswana. Groh also assisted in the creation of the Advanced Supervisor, Major Case Investigation and ATF Forward Observer training courses. Prior to joining ATF, Colonel Groh served as a DuPage County Sheriff’s Police Officer for a little over four years where he obtained the rank of Corporal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration from Aurora University with numerous other college courses related to the law enforcement and social justice fields. He is also a certified explosives specialist.
International Marketing Coordinator - Zoeller Company
Coleen Byrn graduated from Bellarmine University with a BA in Foreign Languages International Studies and a minor in Business Administration. Her studies focused on Spanish culture and linguistics, with a secondary focus on Mandarin Chinese. Byrn also participated in Study Abroad Programs in both Spain and Costa Rica. After an internship with the World Trade Center Kentucky, Coleen accepted the position of International Marketing Coordinator with Zoeller Company, a water pump manufacturer in Louisville, KY. There, she has helped the corporation globalize their marketing efforts with multilingual websites and literature, overhaul the pricing process for international markets, and explore e-commerce opportunities for the global market. In addition to organizing customer training classes at the factory, she conducts regular customer visits throughout Latin America to train distributors and represent Zoeller at industry trade shows.
Jennifer L. Arnett began her education in Southern Indiana, starting with Parkwood Elementary School, River Valley Middle School, and Jeffersonville High School before transferring to Jackson R-2 High School in Jackson, Missouri her sophomore year. Jennifer graduated with honors and went on to attend Southeast Missouri State University for pre-Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) for a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Phoenix for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and received a Master’s Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State. She has worked in several positions from a shift supervisor, process engineer, project engineer, production supervisor and as a plant manager for companies such as Cargill, Isola Laminates, BASF, Corn Products, and Carmeuse Lime in locations across the mid-west and southeast. Clariant Corporation, her current employer, has allowed her to work in production and to develop a stronger position for supply chain functions such as planning and scheduling, logistics, and inventory management in a regional and global capacity. Jennifer currently resides in Louisville, KY and enjoys traveling, physical activities, reading, and learning new skills.
Co-founded of Amazing Global Marketplace & Executive Director of AGM
Bill Heinz was raised in and around a family business, graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and earned an MBA from Indiana University. He now spends all of his time in international education. What? How does that happen? The backstory is that growing up in a family business also ignited an entrepreneurial spirit. One that would lead to the acquisition of a foreign language company and the founding of a non-profit. Beginning the study of German during high school led to the opportunity to study electrical engineering abroad at the Universität Stuttgart in Germany. The exchange experience led to a first job after college with a Fortune 500 company and the opportunity to travel inside and outside of the U.S. For the last seven years, Bill has owned and led Los Monitos Language Company, which provides translation, interpreting, and customized language instruction solutions. Six years ago, Bill co-founded Amazing Global Marketplace, an international education non-profit that teaches high school students about the opportunities, challenges, and education required for careers in international business. He still serves as Executive Director of AGM.
Dr. Tim McDonald
GCCSchools Teacher and adjunct professor of business in the MBA program at the DeVoe School of Business of Indiana Wesleyan University
Dr. Tim McDonald has fourteen years of service in the Greater Clark County School District the last thirteen years at New Washington High School where he has taught Government, World History, Economics, United States History and Advanced Placement (AP) Government. Previously he has served as the Principal of American International High School in Hong Kong, China and Principal of Community Catholic School in Louisville Kentucky’s Portland neighborhood. He is currently an adjunct professor of business in the MBA program at the DeVoe School of Business of Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dr. McDonald has also worked for a number of years for two Fortune 500 companies, the former Knight Ridder Inc. newspaper chain and Dow Jones, Inc. publisher of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In the latter position he served as International Business Development Manager responsible for Latin America and the Middle East where he licensed foreign publications for inclusion in a world business news database. McDonald has worked and lived in New York, Chicago and London at various times during his corporate career.
Locally, Dr. McDonald has served on the River Ridge Development Board. McDonald also served on the Clark County Youth Shelter Board and along with Sgt. Jason Thornbury, created the Frank C. Denzinger Law Enforcement Scholarship at Indiana University Southeast. McDonald has also written, directed and produced two documentaries on leadership shown on KET public television.
McDonald has Bachelors and Masters Degree from Indiana University, a Masters Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Oakland City University.