Board Chair: R. Brayton Bowen
The Howland Group, LLC, Managing Principal

R Brayton Bowen, A.M., CMC® is an organizational consultant, author, speaker and educator. He leads The Howland Group ®, a strategy consulting, human resource development, and change management firm, based in Louisville.

He is author of Recognizing and Rewarding Employees, The Incredible Power of a Pat on the Back, and When Bad Things Happen to Good Managers – a guide for dealing with job loss and personal life change. He served on the Advisory Board and was a contributor to Amacom’s Auditing Your Human Resources Department. He was also a best practice editor and contributing author to “Business: The Ultimate Resource” and has written for MWorld, the on-line magazine of the American Management Association.

His advice and opinions have been featured in nationally recognized publications, including Harvard’s Management Update, Across the Board, Management Review, HR Magazine, Industry Week, Association Management, Berrett-Koehler’s At Work, Christian Science Monitor, Retail Business Review, Training, and The Wall Street Journal.

He has spoken before national trade associations and professional organizations. He both hosted and co-produced the public radio documentary series Anger in the Workplace and is featured with Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, in Management Speaks.

He is a recipient of the James E. Flynn Peacemaking award for his work in the areas of social responsibility and social justice. His community outreach initiatives for which he received the award included work with unemployed, uninsured, and indigent populations. The award honors those who, on a local, national, or international basis, have made a significant contribution in the area of social justice.

Brayton has been invited to teach at The University of Phoenix and McKendree University, where he both founded and led the Center for Business Excellence. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University.


Executive Director: Dr. Charles E. Ziegler
University of Louisville, Dept. of Political Science

Charles E. Ziegler is Professor of Political Science and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville. A specialist on the domestic, foreign and security policies of Russia and Eurasia, Ziegler is co-editor (with Judith Thornton) of The Russian Far East: A Region at Risk (University of Washington Press, 2002), and author of The History of Russia (2nd edition, Greenwood Press, 2009), Foreign Policy and East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 1993), and Environmental Policy in the USSR (University of Massachusetts Press, 1987). His latest edited book, Civil Society and Politics in Central Asia, was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2015. Ziegler was also Guest Editor for a Special Issue of the journal International Relations, “Critical Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect: BRICS and Beyond” (2016). He is currently working on a book on the great powers in Asia.

Dr. Ziegler has published over eighty book chapters and articles for such professional journals as International Studies Perspectives, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Problems of Post-Communism, International Politics, Democratization, Asian Survey, and Strategic Studies Quarterly, and has presented over 90 papers at national and international conferences. Ziegler first joined the University of Louisville in 1980, and was Chair of the Department of Political Science from 1998 to 2007.

Ziegler has held an International Research and Exchanges Board Advanced Individual Research Opportunity grant, a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Korea, an International Affairs Fellowship of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Hoover Institution National Fellowship. In 1989 he was a visiting scholar at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and served as Legislative Assistant for Defense and Foreign Policy to Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). Ziegler is founder and Senior Scholar of the Center for Asian Democracy. He has served as Executive Director of the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations since 1990, and is currently Faculty Director of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He was Project Director for a State Department funded program on building civil society in Kazakhstan, and was consultant to the PhD program at Eurasian National University in Astana. Ziegler received the BA from Purdue University, and the AM and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is married to Janna Tajibaeva and has a son, Alan.

Walter B. Stark, Humana Inc. (retired)

Vice Chair: Mike McLaughlin, V.P. Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Membership Chair: Alan Roles, Esq. – Colman, Roles, & Associates

Immediate Past Chair: Al Welsh – Attorney at Law

Past Chair: Allison J. Maggiolo, Esq. – Partner (retired), Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs, LLP

Members At Large:

  • Marie Geary, News Editor – The Courier-Journal (retired)
  • Aaron Kemper, Attorney at Law – Coleman, Roles, & Associates
  • Rodger A. Payne, University of Louisville – Dept. of Political Science
  • Rita Y. Phillips, Consultant
  • Jan Scholtz, Jan Scholtz Realtors – Broker/Owner
  • Kathy Stearman – FBI (retired)
  • Michael A. Wright, Attorney at Law