Welcome New BOG Members
In March, we welcomed six new members to the UWPIAA Board of Governors. They are filling the roles of Alumni Community, Alumni Engagement, Global Impact, Professional Development, Travel and Technology Chairs. We’d like to introduce you to each of them and invite you to meet our most recent additions to the team!
Kristina T’Seyen (’78C-BEL), Alumni Community
I live in Belgium but spent 10 years living in México. I have 3 wonderful daughters, Anneleen – Cast ’10B, Katelen Cast ’10B, & PR and Alexandra – UWP Camp and a grandson Mathías. One of my passions is travelling and reconnecting with friends and family. Cooking, gardening, and walks on the beach are all favourite ways to spend my time and my favourite place is where sun, sea and mountains meet.
I am honoured to have been invited as the Alumni Community Chair. I so look forward connecting and reconnecting with many alumni and helping other alumni around the world to find those with common interests and to learn from those unlike ourselves.
I am excited about the opportunity to show alumni how the new UWPIAA can be relevant to them through the new programs and offerings.
Jeffrey (JD) Douglas (’91B-USA), Alumni Engagement
I was introduced to UWP in 1984 when my family became a sponsor contact and a host family. We are still in contact with the PR Rep and our student from that year. From that moment on I knew I wanted to travel in UWP and was fortunate to do so in 1991. That experience has helped to shape me as an individual and has helped to provide perspective in my life everyday. Although my experience in UWP empowered me to initiate some smaller philanthropic events back home, I’ve always wanted to do something greater. When I attend UWP reunions, I sit in awe of the alumni who win Everyday Hero and Blanton Belk Awards for all that they are giving back to their communities. They are inspirational I’m so excited to take on the role of Alumni Engagement Chair for the amazing opportunity to find a small way to give back to the organization that has meant so much to me. I’m thrilled to be working with the UWPIAA BOG and our global alumni.
My wife Julia (Hector), who is from Ontario, Canada traveled in 1990. We met at several Boston Alumni events in 1998 & 1999 and will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary later this year. We have an amazing 14 year old son named Carter. He’s a true “renaissance man” enjoying many sports (especially soccer), music, theatre and is a subtle comedian. As a family, we like to travel to new places and enjoy skiing together. I also love to play golf and spend time working in my yard.
Professionally, I spent my early years as a high school and middle school teacher. I’ve spent the last twenty two years working in the life sciences industry as a Sales Leader, and for the last 15 years, going back to my teaching roots as a Learning & Development Leader.
Karen Cvitkovich (’84B-USA), Global Impact
I am a lover of family, travel, cooking, nature and spending time with friends. I am the proud Mom of two amazing kids (now adults!). My husband and I share our time between our house in Warren, Vermont and an apartment in Boston, Massachusetts.
My work and my passion is helping people better understand how their cultural differences impact the way they collaborate and work together. Our differences, when understood, can be our biggest strength! I believe now, more than ever, we need to be connected to each other globally and for me Up With People alumni are a big part of that. We can make so much more of an impact together than we ever could individually.
I look forward to making an impact with you!
Lori Lucas Howe (’92B-CAN), Professional Development
After living in the Vancouver area for more than 25 years, my husband and I recently relocated to beautiful Vancouver Island, where we are enjoying our early retirement lifestyle, along with our 6 year old Bernedoodle, Murphy. Our 3 kids are in university, each spreading their wings and leaving the nest as they invest in their futures. We love to travel both near and far, and seems we continue to be drawn to the ocean and beautiful beaches, while also fitting in time to visit friends and family along the way.
After a 30 year career in Human Resources, I am pleased to be joining the UWPIAA Board in the role of Professional Development. I’m excited to work with a team of volunteer alumni to help build an infrastructure that will help to connect alumni with similar career interests across the globe, creating opportunities for networking, international assignments, and/or remote work opportunities.
Thank you for the opportunity to represent and I look forward to working with you all.
Jon Griffin (’88E-USA), Technology
I’ve been on the board 3 other times as technology or web chair! First in the 90s, then 2000s then 2010s and now 2020s. I travelled with ’88E, and was the guitar player. I spent most of my adult life working as a programmer or systems administrator, even though I also write, record, play, and produce music (mostly jazz and Latin).
I was married in Cuba, have a house there in Havana, but live most of the year in Billings Montana. I have a daughter (Helen Griffin), who travelled in ’19B, and my son (Jon Anthony), who is still in school in Billings.
Colleen Dowd (’84A-USA), Travel
Originally from New York State, I have lived in Nashville, Tennessee for the past 35+ years. Although healthcare administration has been my profession, my passions are the performing/visual/literary arts and travel.
One of my most exciting travel experiences was in 2019. I knew Joseph Miklave, my maternal great grandfather, had a Slovenian family name of Miklavc, and I had a picture of a Miklavc gravestone taken somewhere in Slovenia. Using this information, and a whole lot of googling/messaging, I tracked down a relative in Slovenia! Working together (my new-found relative and I are kindred spirits), we put together a family tree dating back to 1569. I traveled to Slovenia in 2019 and met 80 cousins!!! Subsequently, kindred spirit cousin has visited our US Miklave family and eight of the US Miklaves have traveled to Slovenia!
In 2017 and 2018, I was fortunate to to participate in three UWP eXperience European tours, where I made new UWP friends (both alumni and the parents of cast members). I want others within the UWP network to have similar opportunities! In addition to a cadence of fun reunions, I hope I can support UWPIAA as it facilitates engagement through frequent communication, interesting events, opportunities to help others, professional and “area of interest” knowledge sharing, and social connections throughout the entire alumni community.
When I am at home, I enjoy volunteering with start up companies and walking my pandemic rescue pup, Miklave.