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Board of Directors

Katherine Cole


Katherine Cole is currently a student at the Yale School of Management. Prior to business school, Katherine worked in nonprofit consulting at CCS, a national firm specializing in transformational philanthropy. At CCS, Katherine served as lead development counsel directing eight- and nine-figure capital campaigns for arts organizations, educational and advocacy groups, and religious institutions. Katherine first connected with Bosnia as a Teaching Fellow at the Tuzla Summer Institute in 2010. Her senior honors project on faith-based NGOs in postwar Bosnia included a return trip in January 2011 for research. Katherine holds a B.A. in English and History from Amherst College.

Lillian Aoki


Lillian Aoki is a graduate student at the University of Virginia, where she studies coastal ecology and biogeochemistry at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research site on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Previously, she worked on undergraduate STEM education and science policy at the Association of American Universities in Washington, D.C. Lillian first visited Bosnia in 2010, when she taught English and graphic design at the Tuzla Summer Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and History from Cornell University, and will complete her doctorate in Environmental Sciences in 2018.

Katie Klaric


Katie Klaric is 2015-2016 Princeton in Asia fellow in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she serves as Development and Compliance Coordinator at AIP Foundation, a global NGO focused on road safety in low- and middle-income countries. She spent her previous two years in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) working in communication and reporting at the multilateral Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Earlier, as a 2012 Raoul Wallenberg fellow, Katie joined BILD to teach English courses at the Tuzla and Doboj Summer Institutes. She returned the following winter to launch the inaugural Doboj Winter Institute, which was arranged by a successful student petition born from the enthusiasm of the preceding summer. Katie earned her B.A., with distinction, in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Michigan in 2013. She completed a professional course on Project Management at University College London in 2015.

Christopher F. Bragdon

Board Member

Christopher F. Bragdon is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization "BILD" – Bosnia Initiatives for Local Development – based in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has been implementing humanitarian and development projects in Tuzla since 1996. In 1999, he was the Director of the "English-for-Bosnia" program of Cornell University's Bosnia Coordinating Committee, which oversaw an English language program at Tuzla University. From 2000 to 2005, he was the Director of Bosnia Projects for the Center for Balkan Development where he managed the country office in Tuzla while fundraising for and developing a wide range of projects in education and community development. He spends his time either implementing projects in Bosnia or recruiting and fundraising for them in the United States. Mr. Bragdon holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Amherst College.

Douglas C. Mitarotonda

Board Member Emeritus

Doug Mitarotonda is Vice President of Pricing and Analytics at Qcue, where he is responsible for Qcue's pricing recommendation algorithms and measurement as well as the company's consulting services. Prior to joining Qcue, Doug was an associate at The Brattle Group where he specialized in innovative rate design, including dynamic pricing and smart grid issues for the electric industry. His interest in the Balkans stems from a 2003 trip to Tuzla, Bosnia when he taught computer science as a member of Engineers for a Sustainable World. In 2004, he returned to Tuzla to help the Center for Balkan Development further develop its computer science programs. Doug received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. He also holds an M.Eng. in computer science and a B.A. in Computer Science, Mathematics and Asian studies from Cornell University.

Ronald Lee Cobb

Board Member Emeritus

Ronald Lee Cobb is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) and Clinical Director of Hope Help Health in Holton, Kansas. He has been an ordained Christian Minister since 1969. In 2003, with the rank of Colonel in the US Army, he served as the command chaplain of the SFOR 13 US peacekeeping force at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2004, as a certified addiction therapist (National Association of Addiction Therapists), he taught seminars on faith-based therapy to Islamic imams and medresa faculty in Tuzla. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Central Seminary, a master's degree in Religion from the University of Kansas where he studied Slavic culture and religion, and a bachelor's degree in History from Westmont College.

Antonia M. Rosenbaum

Board Member Emeritus

Antonia M. Rosenbaum was the Associate Director of Cornell University's Local Roads Program where she managed a transportation technology transfer. She first traveled to Bosnia in 2000 when her husband taught at Tuzla University's Summer Institute. From 2001 to 2002, she spent four months in Tuzla after her husband accepted a Fulbright Scholarship at Tuzla University. During that time, she helped Tuzla-based NGOs develop successful funding proposals for education and community development projects. Toni also has experience as a communication consultant, teacher, and community volunteer. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University. She is now retired and lives in Florida.

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