Board of Directors

The World Affairs Seminar is the sole mission of the Wisconsin World Affairs Council, Inc.  The Board of Directors are forward-thinking Rotarians committed to the promotion, advancement and success of the World Affairs Seminar.  They meet throughout the year to discuss and carry out the logistics of the WAS program, including fundraising, marketing and programmatic details.  Their involvement is paramount to the success of the World Affairs Seminar.

Chair: Joseph Caruso

Immediate Past Chair: Michael Slawny, PDG

Executive Director: Thomas M. Plantenberg

Secretary: Nancy Rhodes, PDG

Treasurer: Stephan Chevalier

Director: Steve Affeldt

Director: Kola Alaynde, DGE

Director: William Coleman

Director: Julie Craig

Director: James Dorman

Director: Debora Kerr, PhD

Director: Tamara Koop, PDG

Director: Jeffrey Reed, DG

Director: Karen White, PDG

Key Staff

Executive Director: Thomas M. Plantenberg

Academic Dean: Michael Carriere, PhD

Registrar: Barbara Eder

Director of Students:  Ben Wallschlaeger

Senior Staff for Social Media and Communications: Stuart Schmidt

Advisor Emeritus: Rick Luedke, PDG

World Affairs Seminar
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214
414-453-4984

Privacy Policy:

The World Affairs Seminar does not share or sell personal information about students or sponsors with any other organization except as authorized by signed release. This includes personal, health, financial, or other information. Information you post on public websites and other accessible media is your responsibility.

Refund Policy:

To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate is unable to attend, or if the sponsor is unable to fill a paid for space at the Seminar. (e-mail is considered "in writing" for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received.) Full credit applies if notification is received by April 1; 50% credit if application is cancelled between April 1 but prior to May 21; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 21, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, death exist. All cancellation credits are subject to $75.00 processing fee and must be used within one calendar year. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation. WAS offices: (414) 453-4984, or contact@worldaffairsseminar.org.

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