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Board of Directors

Current Officers

Amb. Donald T. Bliss (ret.) 

Stephen F. Moseley 

Advisory Council Chair 
Kimberly Weichel 

VP Advocacy
Melissa Kaplan

VP Communications
Sandra Coburn

VP Development
Thomas Bradley

VP Education and Programs
Jesse Nickelson

VP Finance and Treasurer 
Timothy Barner

VP Membership and Volunteer Engagement

Vanessa Francis

VP and Secretary 
Susan Leahy

VP Strategy and Operations 

Melissa Wolfe

VP Young Professionals
Jessica Mueller

Past Presidents

Florence Pepper Schott
Edison W. Dick
A. Edward Elmendorf
Karen Mulhauser

Directors at Large

Dawn Calabia
Heather Lane Chauny 
Jill Christianson
Kasara Davidson
Olumide Elegbe 
Raymond Friday 
Christina Hansen
Jeffrey Hoffmann   

Michael Marsh
Jud Nirenberg 
Wayne Pieringer
Thomas Riesenberg 
David Scotton
Scott Stiens
Lyric Thompson 
Dr. Iqbal Unus 
Jodi-Kaye Wade 

Student Representative

Leadership Bios

Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.) - President

Don Bliss has been President of UNA-NCA since June 2013 and a Board member since 2009. From 2006-2009, he served in Montreal as U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN-affiliated international organization, and U.S.  Permanent Representative on the ICAO Council. From 1977-2006, he practiced law in the D.C. office of the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior government service includes Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (1975-76), Executive Secretary to the U.S. Agency for International Development (1974-75); Executive Secretary to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under the Honorable Elliot L. Richardson (1969-73) and Peace Corps Volunteer lawyer (Micronesia) (1966-68), where he met his wife, Nancy, who has also served as a Director-at-Large of the UNA-NCA. Don serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors. He has also served on the Boards of The Studio Theatre, Arts for the Aging, Inc. (as president and co-chair), Cedar Lane Unitarian-Universalist Church (as chair), Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Forum and President of the national Ripon Society and the Harvard Law School Association of D.C. He co-authored a book with the Honorable William T. Coleman Jr., Counsel for the SituationBrookings Press (2010). He also has authored, The Law of Airline Customer Relations, Hale & Northam (2005) and Mark Twain’s Tale of Today, CreateSpace, (2012), a book about Mark Twain and  politics.

Stephen Moseley- President-Elect

Stephen F. Moseley is Chair of the UNA-NCA Advisory Council, and member of UNA-NCA’s Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. He has served a Board Member at Large, and as a member of UNA-NCA’s Committees for Advocacy and Development, and as Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Task Force. Mr. Moseley is a Board member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, an Emeritus Board Member of the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter, where he served twice as President. Mr. Moseley served as President and CEO of the Academy for Educational Development from 1987 to 2010. 

Mr. Moseley has been a member of the Board of InterAction; a member of the International Governing Board of the Society for International Development; served as Chairman of the Board of the Basic Education Coalition; and served on the UNESCO Working Committee in Paris for Education for All from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Moseley holds an Honorary Doctorate and a BA degree from the University of Hartford.

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