Meet the Authors

Megan Clark Torrey,
Executive Director, mctorrey@ctwac.org

Megan Clark Torrey became the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of CT in March 2014, after having served as Program Director since 2003. She oversees the development and delivery of world class programming that educates the community on global affairs. Recently, Megan implemented a nation-wide World Affairs Council series focused on global women’s health, helped pilot a leadership mission to Brazil and produced a mini-documentary on Henry Kissinger that featured several former Secretaries of State. Megan has facilitated the visits of several world leaders to the Council in Hartford. During her time at the WACCT, the Council has expanded the scop and reach of its programming by implementing new technology and communications initiatives. Ms. Torrey has two degrees in international relations and diplomacy. Her research interests include inclusive security and the role of women in post-conflict situations and citizen participation in foreign policy. Before joining the World Affairs Council in 2003, she worked with UNESCO’s International Year for the Culture of Peace at the headquarters in Paris and at the United Nations International Training Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. A member of several professional organizations, Megan has traveled extensively all over the world.

Eve Pech,
Education Director, epech@ctwac.org

Eve Pech is responsible for educational outreach to Connecticut school districts. Previously, she served as Program Director for Moderate Voices for Progress, a month-long conflict transformation and dialogue program in the United States for young adult Jews, Muslims, and Christians who currently reside in the Israel/Palestine area. For three decades she taught social studies at Granby Memorial High School, where she was nominated for “Teacher of the Year”; served on U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Johnson’s “Excellence in Education” Committee; and was a member of the steering committee for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges re-accreditation process. During her tenure, she involved her students in a seven-year foreign exchange with Kiev, Ukraine, and served as faculty advisor for several other international initiatives, such as the UCONN online international forum and the Capitol Forum on America’s Future.

Amanda Jolly,
Program and Membership Manager,
ajolly@ctwac.org

Amanda joined the World Affairs Council of CT in October, 2015 as Program and Membership Manager. Amanda’s interest in global affairs and development economics was first sparked by her participation in the WACCT’s Model UN program her sophomore year of high school. She then joined the WACCT community as a Programs intern, and returned again while in college to be an Educational Programs intern. Amanda has since earned her BA in International Service with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy, graduating magna cum laude with Honors from American University in Washington, DC. Amanda has worked with several non-profits around the globe, from Ghana to the Philippines, and in the U.S., from San Francisco to D.C. She has boundless enthusiasm for sustainable development, environmental initiatives, and earnest debating.

 

Lily Bodinson,
World Fellow

Lily will be working as a Fellow here for the upcoming year, primarily focusing on event logistics and social media. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2014 and spent her post-grad year working and traveling throughout Central America. In Guatemala, she spent 6 months as the Coordinator of a youth education program at a small nonprofit called Pop Wuj. While working at Pop Wuj, Lily had the opportunity to work in medical clinics, where she met with women in the community to discuss nutrition, women’s health, and education. She has a passion for public health and sustainable development, and intends to pursue a degree in Global Health. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and planning future adventures.

Caroline Feeney,
Trinity College ’17 | Education Assistant

Caroline is a Junior Political Science and Urban Studies double major at Trinity College. As Education Assistant, she primarily helps arrange the World Affairs Council’s Model United Nations Conference 2016. This entails finding ways to improve upon the past successes of the Model UN Conferences and developing debate topics for next fall. Caroline spent the past fall studying abroad in Chile where she was able to develop her Spanish language skills and spend a lot of time outdoors backpacking and kayaking. Some of her favorite places she has traveled include Peru, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

 

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