President & CEO
Mr. Terrien leads all aspects of programming and strategy for the Columbus Council on World Affairs including revenue generation, community partnerships, staffing, and strategic planning. To widespread acclaim and under Terrien’s leadership, the Council pioneered the nation’s first Global Report, a research publication cataloguing the Central Ohio region’s global assets; the Global Scholars Diploma, a high school credential for global competence; and the Global Fluency Institute, a social enterprise that trains professionals in cross cultural communication. He is responsible for securing high profile national advisors and funders such as Harvard, Asia Society, ASCD, Procter and Gamble, Gallup, Cardinal Health and Honda. Mr. Terrien often speaks for organizations such as Harvard University’s “Think Tank on Global Education” and Ohio State University Fisher College of Business on topics ranging from social enterprise to globalization to educational access and equity.
With a degree in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Mr. Terrien worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Agency for International Development facilitating U.S. environmental exports to Asia. During his three years at USAID, Patrick traveled to Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. Prior to becoming President & CEO, Mr. Terrien was the Director for Corporate Relations at COSI Columbus where we directed the science museum’s corporate fundraising program. Terrien also led from start-up to execution a global sustainability initiative for Right Management, an international company with 300 locations worldwide.
Mr. Terrien recently served on the Ohio Department of Education’s International Education Advisory Committee and as guest advisor to EF Education First’s Global Student Leader Summits in Costa Rica and Davos, Switzerland. He currently serves on the national board of the World Affairs Councils of America, chair for its Global Education Task Force, and was recently selected for a leadership delegation to China. Though rusty, Mr. Terrien is conversational in Bahasa Indonesian and French, and has studied Spanish and American Sign Language. He is a 2013 recipient of Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 Award.
Vice President, Education & Communications
Mr. Gosche leads and manages CCWA’s Global Fluency Institute, which comprises both the Global Scholars Diploma program as well as the Global Fluency Professional Training program. Mr. Gosche’s vast global experiences and passion for education both inform and support CCWA’s mission to increase global awareness and global competence throughout central Ohio.
Mr. Gosche earned his B.A. in International Studies and B.A. in French from Miami University and completed his graduate work through the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France and Bowling Green State University, earning an M.A. in French Language, Literature, and Culture, an M.A. in Linguistics, and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL.
Born and raised in Ohio, Mr. Gosche’s life and career have taken him all around the world, having lived and worked in Boston, France, China, and Seattle among others. Mr. Gosche has a wealth of experience in global education, with expertise in curriculum design, student development, and overseas program design. Throughout his career, Mr. Gosche has served as a classroom teacher of French, Linguistics, and ESL, Program Manager for Study Abroad, Director of Global Travel Initiatives, Global Programs Director, and has led many student trips and educational programs throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Mr. Gosche is a passionate international educator and avid language-learner, fluent in French, conversational in German, and having studied various levels of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
Ms. Sandhu serves as The Columbus Council on World Affairs’ Relationship Manager, supporting the President & CEO and the Vice President with development, Global Fluency Training sales, grants and sponsorship, and CCWA membership and community outreach. Ms. Sandhu also works to develop and maintain relationships with current and past clients of the Council’s array of programs. Ms. Sandhu graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Sandhu became involved in political fundraising and has worked on multiple election campaigns and with multiple candidates across the state of Ohio. Ms. Sandhu also has experience in higher education development and outreach, having worked with Otterbein University as a major gifts solicitor.
Ms. Sandhu was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, though her family is originally from Pakistan. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.
Manager, Special Projects; Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Michelle Lee has been a Foreign Service Officer at the Department of State since 2003 and is currently on a detail assignment with the Columbus Council on World Affairs, where she manages special projects and supports the Council’s Global Fluency Institute and other programs.
Previously, Michelle was the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulates in Vancouver, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico. She served in Washington, D.C., as a special assistant in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and as a policy planning officer in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She has worked on public diplomacy programs and public affairs for Central America and Cuba, served as a Political Officer in Berlin, Germany, and as a Political and Consular Officer in Accra, Ghana.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Michelle was a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, where she also completed her Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs. Prior to her work at Northeastern, she was a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Otterbein University. From 1999-2000, Michelle was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.
Michelle holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Communication and Psychology from Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio). In 2007, Michelle published the book, A Fair Go, which discusses political rhetoric, national identity, and public policy in Australia. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio.
Business & Office Manager
As a Business Manager of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, Ms. Cox brings more than 30 years’ experience in administrative management. Her professional background includes 10 years with the Ohio Center for Essential School Reform, 3 years at KnowledgeWorks Foundation working with the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative, two years with the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster Ohio, in the startup and renovation of the Reese Peters historical home and arts center, 7 1/2 years as Office Administrator and Sales Associate for the Columbus office of Right Management Consultants in Worthington, Ohio, eight years with Drumstick/Nestlé U. S.A. a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, where she held increasingly responsible administrative positions reporting to the CEO, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Engineering.
In addition, she has held positions as Coordinator of Office Services and Sales and Marketing Administrator. While at Nestle USA, she was responsible for organizing and implementing a corporate travel system utilizing SABRE System. She was directly responsible for assimilating the Division’s portion of the three-year corporate plan.
Lead Program Coordinator
Ms. Meyer supports the operations, implementation, and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma and Global Fluency Training programs.
Ms. Meyer earned her B.A. in Political Science from Denison University in 2015. In addition to political science she pursued a concentration in Middle Eastern culture and the Arabic language. She spent a semester studying Arabic and modernization and social change in Amman, Jordan through the School for International Training. After her time studying in Jordan, Ms. Meyer discovered her passion for international education and the global community. She spent several months as an educator in Izmir, Turkey teaching Middle School students from around the region. While her academic interests have steered her towards the Middle East, Ms. Meyer’s personal travels has taken her to South America, Europe, and Africa.
In addition to her experiences abroad, Ms. Meyer spent a year as an intern program coordinator for Denison University’s office of Off-Campus Study. Her skills include program planning and design as well as student advising.
Ms. Azotea supports the operations, implementation, and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma and Global Fluency Training programs as well as the Council’s public programming. Extensive travel, language, and teaching experiences have allowed her to bring a global perspective to students throughout the Columbus community and abroad.
Ms. Azotea is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned her B.A. in Italian with a concentration in foreign language education. She supplemented her language learning by studying in Lecce, Italy at the School of Italian for Foreigners. After graduating, Ms. Azotea lived in Italy where she designed and taught weekly English lessons to over 400 Italian high school students. Within Columbus, she has led conversation groups for English learners and taught beginner-level Italian to various age groups. In addition to her work within local schools, Ms. Azotea is an active and passionate volunteer in the Columbus community, serving globally-focused non-profit organizations and food pantries.
EF Education First
Director, K-12 Education, Catalyst for Equity in Education
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations
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Harvard Graduate School of Education