Officers

Rusty Brooks

Chairman of the Board, Board of Directors
Rusty Brooks administered The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Governments International Center programs for eleven years to help governments throughout the world be more effective, efficient, and responsive. During his nearly four decade career at The University of Georgia he worked extensively in international settings working with both governmental and nongovernmental entities in public administration and economic development policies and practices and in efforts that support heritage and cultural tourism. Dr. Brooks has worked on international development activities in over forty countries including extensive experience in Ukraine. Dr. Brooks was named in 2012 a Walter Barnard Hill Fellow at The University of Georgia for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach. He was also named a Salzburg Fellow for Rural Development in 1998.

Jim O’Beirne

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Retired Army Colonel, former Assistant Director of US Catholic Conference of Bishops , former Special Asst to Secretary of Defense for White House Liaison.

Ken Bossong

Treasurer , Board of Directors
Ken Bossong is a co-director of the Ukrainian-American Environmental Association. Editor of Upcoming DC and Area Ukrainian Events Peace Corp Volunteer in Ukraine 2000 to 2003

Robert A. McConnell

Secretary
McConnell, Principal at R.A. McConnell & Associates was a Co-Founder of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and serves now as Director, External Relations for the Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN). He has a BA and JD from Arizona State University. He served as Legislative Director for Congressman John J. Rhodes (R-AZ), was a partner in the Scottsdale firm of Sparks, Siler & McConnell and later the Tempe firm of Stieger, Helm, Kyle & McConnell. In 1981 his was nominated by President Reagan to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and once confirmed held the position throughout Reagan’s first term. He then was Vice President of CBS, Inc., heading the Washington Office for three years until he joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. After leaving Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher he established R.A. McConnell & Associates a government affairs and crisis management firm.