Cultural Vistas Appoints Six New Members to Board of Directors


For Immediate Release

NEW YORK – Cultural Vistas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has facilitated skill-building international exchange programs since 1963, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann-Janette (A.J.) Fuentes Twombly, Philip Lauinger, Jr., Ingrid Miller, Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Susan Boedy Stella, and Zali Win to its Board of Directors, effective on May 17, 2019.

“We are thrilled to welcome A.J., Phil, Ingrid, Joyce, Susan, and Zali to our Board,” said Cultural Vistas’ newly-appointed Board Chair Jeffrey Reinke. “The diversity and range of their experiences and perspectives, coupled with their passion for the mission of Cultural Vistas, will play an invaluable role in elevating the impact of our work and ensuring the long-term health of our organization.”

Cultural Vistas’ Board of Directors guides the overall philosophy and direction of the organization and is committed to the common goal of enhancing careers and building cultural understanding through life-changing exchange experiences.

Ann-Janette (A.J.) Fuentes Twombly is the SMB Sales Manager at LinkedIn and a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the National Board of Directors for America SCORES and as Board Treasurer of the National Board of Directors of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Previously, Ms. Fuentes held management roles at American Express and worked at Goldman Sachs as a Private Wealth Advisor. She has served three overseas tours with the CIA and was a staffer in the U.S. Senate with Senator Lieberman’s Governmental Affairs Committee. The daughter of Cuban refugees, Ms. Fuentes grew up in Miami speaking Spanish as her first language. She has an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BA in English and creative writing and a French minor from Trinity College-Hartford.

Philip Lauinger, Jr. is the former chairman and chief executive officer, and a director, of PennWell Publishing Company (now PennWell Corp.),Tulsa, Oklahoma, an international publisher of business and trade magazines. He served in senior management capacities in this family owned company for almost 30 years and was chief executive officer from 1970 to 1992. A life member of American Business Media, he served as the trade association’s director from 1972 to 1992 and as chairman of its board of directors from 1979-1980.Today, Mr. Lauinger is the co-chair of the advisory council of Global Ties U.S., a counselor of Meridian International Center, a director of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, an advisory counselor to the Georgetown University Library, and the current chairman of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Mr. Lauinger is a graduate of Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Tulsa, and he holds an AB in economics and philosophy from Georgetown University.

Ingrid Miller serves as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as well as Chief Counsel for JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Previously, she was an Associate for the Exempt Organizations Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she advised tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations and public charities, on their grant-making and program-related investing. In this capacity, she also advised foundations, universities, hospitals and cultural institutions on investment of their endowments in private equity and hedge funds. Prior to that, Ms. Miller worked at the Department of Justice in the Terrorism & Violent Crime Section where she maintained top level clearance and worked on several high profile international terrorism cases. She holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and a BA in political science and history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. N. Joyce Payne founded the nationally-recognized Thurgood Marshall College Fund and has also served as Executive Director of the National Alliance for Public Trust and Vice President of the Office for the Advancement of Public Black Colleges. Today, Ms. Payne serves on the board of directors of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and continues to be an authority on African-American and women’s issues in higher education and labor force participation. Previously, Ms. Payne was the president of Global Systems, Inc. and a senior staff member under the Carter administration. She has served as both member and chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia as well as a member of the national board of AARP and chair of the AARP Foundation. She also served on the distinguished Foreign Service Performance Evaluation Boards at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Payne received a bachelor’s in speech pathology from the former District of Columbia Teachers College and earned her master’s and doctorate in education from the former Atlanta University.

Susan Boedy Stella is a strategy consultant in the private equity and venture capital industry. Her clients include multi-billion dollar private equity funds, up-and-coming venture funds, and industry associations. Previously, Ms. Stella was principal and director with Knightsbridge Advisers, Director of the Thunderbird Global Private Equity Center (TPEC), Co-Chair of the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association, and a partner at Venture Archetypes. Her background also includes professional assignments with Intel; the German Ministry of Economics and Labor; Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Germany; and the United Nations—as part of a three year stint living and working in Mongolia. She is a frequent speaker at global private equity conferences such as the Federal Reserve Bank’s Private Equity Conference and the Annual Women’s Private Equity Summit. A 2003-2004 alumna of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, she holds a bachelor’s from Drake University and is proficient in both German and Mongolian.

Zali Win currently serves as the Managing Director of the Global Commodity Finance Group at Credit Agricole CIB. He was previously the Managing Director at BNP Paribas. He has extensive board service experience, including pro-bono work. He has served as Treasurer on the board for Habitat for Humanity and has been on the board of Kenyon College since 2015. He is also secretary-treasurer on the board of Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy in Ulster County, NY. Mr. Win has an MBA from Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business and a BA from Kenyon College in political science.

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About Cultural Vistas
Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization whose mission is to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Every year, our 30-plus unique exchange programs empower people in the United States and in more than 130 countries around the world to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.