Advisors

Bob_Foust.Robert S. Foust
Mr. Foust worked for the U.S. Senate for more than 30 years before retiring from his position of Senior Policy Advisor for the Honorable Kent Conrad (D-ND). He has had a long involvement with children’s education and in humanitarian efforts worldwide, most recently initiating an effort with CARE to feed thousands of Afghani women and orphans following the collapse of the Taliban government. He feels that GCSF’s programs exemplify the kind of efforts that are so effective and critical for American development assistance.

Mike Gormalley.Michael J. Gormalley, M. Ed.
Mr. Gormalley has more than 30 years experience in nonprofit administration and possesses expertise in the coordination and implementation of community-service programs. He was a senior executive with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for more than 15 years where he developed a wide range of education, military families and veterans service programs and raised more than $18 million for the organization’s foundation over a two year period. During his tenure with the VFW, he was a member of the Points of Light Foundation Board of Directors under former President George W. Bush, Chair of March of Dimes Clubs and Organizations and a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Education Advisory Board. Prior to that he worked as an educator and school administrator in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He served with the U.S. Army in Viet Nam. In recent years, Gormalley has visited Viet Nam many times to be a GCSF volunteer especially with school related projects.

Since 2011 he has been a visiting professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities International Relations Department in Saigon and in 2014 was featured on the Vietnam National Television VTV3 show “Vietnam from the Heart” for his volunteer efforts with young people in Quang Tri Province and Saigon areas.

Karen Kasmauski.Karen Kasmauski
Ms. Kasmauski is an award-winning photojournalist and visual story developer. She has been a contributing photographer at National Geographic for over two decades and has photographed 25 major stories for the magazine. Her book, Impact: From the Frontlines of Global Health, which chronicles her decade-long coverage of worldwide health issues, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her father and father-in-law served with the U.S. military in Viet Nam.

Joshua Odintz.Joshua D. Odintz
Joshua Odintz is a Principal in Baker & McKenzie’s North American Tax Practice Group. He specializes in tax controversy and tax policy. Odintz has over a dozen years of tax experience, including high-level government positions with both the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Senate Finance Committee. He serves as Global Community Service Foundation’s legal advisor in the United States.

Suzanne Ripley.Suzanne Ripley, Ph.D.
Suzanne Ripley is experienced in education and disability. She has served as Director of two national information and referral centers, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) and the Family Support Center on Disabilities (KIN). She is a grant writer, public speaker, trainer and writer. Areas of specialization include services to individuals with disabilities and their families, low incidence populations, under-served populations, media outreach, and transition from high school to adult life. She has worked at the school, community and national levels, organizing local groups and serving on national boards and committees.

Rosemary Winder Strange.Rosemary Winder Strange, MSW
Ms. Winder Strange gained broad experience in managing social services organizations while leading several Catholic Church-related nonprofit charities. Prior to retiring in 2001, she was executive director of the Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Venice, Florida. In this position, she was responsible for the management of the charity’s counseling, family support, and emergency food, shelter and refugee resettlement and immigration services. Before that she headed Catholic charities in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Mobile, Alabama and Alexandria, Virginia, was a medical social worker at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, and director of field education for Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Viet Tran.Viet T. Tran
Born in Viet Nam, Tran came to the United States in 1998 to study architecture. He earned his master’s degree from Catholic University and worked for WDG Architecture, PLLC in Washington, D.C. during his time living in the U.S. In July 2010, he and his family returned to Viet Nam so that he could use his expertise to help his native country develop. He is currently a Director of Project Development for BITEXCO Group and continues to advise Global Community Service Foundation on architecture and design of building projects.

Jane Ward
Photo and biography pending.