U.S.-Baltic Foundation

Board of Directors

Chairman
Maria Kivisild Ogrydziak
Maria Ogrydziak Architecture
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Co-Chair Baltics
Hamid Ladjevardi
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Secretary
Krista Bard
Bard Advisors
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Treasurer
George Ramonas
The Advocacy Group
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William Altman
Honorary Consul of Lithuania
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Walter Andrusyszyn
Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
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Saul Anunzis
Coast to Coast Strategies, LLC

Dr. Ron Asmus
Transatlantic Center and Strategic Planning,
The German Marshall Fund
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Brian Carlson
U.S. Ambassador to Latvia (2001-2004)

Dennis Garrison
Honorary Consul of Lithuania

Audrey Gruss
The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation
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Eric Harkna
BBDO International
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Linas Kojelis (Co-Founder)
Kojelis and Company
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Jonathan Lack
Houston Wellness Association

Astra Michels
Honorary Consul of Lithuania
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Egils Milbergs
Washington State Economic Development Commission
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Jeff Nelson
Strategic Staffing Solutions International

Robert Nurick
Monterey Institute of International Studies
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Ahmet Oren
Ihlas Holding
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Cynthia Pasky
Strategic Staffing Solutions International
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Valdis Pavlovskis
Baltic American Freedom League
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John Prunskis, M.D. FIPP
The Illinois Pain Institute
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C. James Schaefer IV
Accuvest
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Ints Silins
U.S. Ambassador to Latvia (1992-1995)

Danguole Spakevicius
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Dr. Siim Soot
University of Illinois at Chicago

James Swihart
U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania (1994-1997)
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Jaak Treiman
Honorory Consul of Estonia
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Melissa Wells
Former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia (1998-2001)

Gene Zolotarev
Maximus Capital/The Baltic Times
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Chairman
Maria Kivisild Ogrydziak
Maria Ogrydziak Architecture

Maria Kivisild Ogrydziak established 'Maria Ogrydziak Architecture' in 1985, and since then the firm has completed over 500 custom built projects, from custom homes to retail and religious centers. Its projects have won international recognition, winning such varied awards as: AIA California Honor Award, ‘Best of the Bay’ Honor Award (San Francisco Bay Area), AIA Central Valley Honor Award, Metal Architecture Design, Concrete Masonry Honor Award, Decorating & Remodeling Magazine National Award for Best Bath & Bedroom, and the Interfaith Disability Project Annual Award. Publications include Sunset, Decorating & Remodeling, Limn, San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, Metal Architecture, Time, and Metropolis. Her work was also recently featured in the book, “Dream Homes of Northern California.”

Maria obtained her architecture degree from MIT, receiving the Compton Prize for most outstanding graduate. At MIT, as one of the first female student body presidents at a major US university, Maria received worldwide attention -- focusing the spotlight on design by creating a prototype ‘model classroom,’ still used as an example today.
As a passionate advocate for architecture and its power to transform everyday life, Maria promotes architecture as an integral part of community. A dedicated proponent of design policy, Maria is personally involved in the political discourse on architecture, serving on the board of the AIA Central Valley Chapter. She is also committed to ongoing innovation and research: her firm is active in exploring alternate methodologies and technologies, and Maria has been an invited speaker and writer on subjects ranging from electric vehicles to live/work typologies to LEDs.

In addition to her practice, Maria has taught architecture at MIT, Stanford, and University of California at Davis. She is also a painter and sculptor, and she recently completed a two-person show at the Oakland Museum.

Born to Estonian parents and raised in Canada and Taiwan, Maria holds both US and Estonian citizenship. 

Maria is proud of her Estonian ancestry which dates back centuries.  Her great-grandfather, Mihkel Martna, a leader in the first Estonian independence movement, wrote eloquent speeches about freedom for Estonians and described the identity of a new nation.  Her grandfather, Hans Martna, fought in the Estonian War of Independence and was one of the two signers of the first constitution of the republic of Estonia in 1920.  Her paternal grandfather, Jaan Kivisild, Director of the Bank of Estonia, was instrumental in helping the young nation establish its own bank and currency.
 
Now, years later, as the Baltic countries have re-emerged on the world stage, Maria is thrilled to contribute to her heritage by being a part of the USBF, to help create strong and lasting ties between the Baltic countries and the US.

 

Co-Chairman - Baltics
Hamid Ladjevardi

Hamid Ladjevardi is the founder and manager of American Baltic Investments which seeks to identify, develop, and arrange capital for investment in targeted projects in the Baltic countries. The focus of investments will be in all aspects of energy, finance, real estate, manufacturing, transport, and transit. He has been actively involved in investment projects in the Baltic States since late 1991 and was co-founder and manager of Baltic Fund 1 LP, the first and longest running private equity fund in the Baltics. His responsibilities were comprehensive and related to all major aspects of the investment, management, and operations of the Fund. Prior to co-founding Baltic Fund, Mr. Ladjevardi was Vice President of Morgan Stanley & Company, Inc., where he was a portfolio manager and market advisor for 12 years.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley , Mr. Ladjevardi received degrees in economics and political science and then went on to receive his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a frequent guest speaker at Baltic financial and government sponsored seminars discussing private equity investment, risk management, and corporate governance in the Baltics.

He was awarded the annual prize by the Latvian Artists Union and Cultural Capital Foundation of Latvia for the Best International Project of the year 2000. He is a trustee of the Zimmerli Art Museum of New Jersey, which has the largest collection of non-conformist Soviet and Baltic art in the world.

Secretary
Krista Bard
Bard Advisors

Krista Bard is an entrepreneur and consultant. As an advisor, she catalyzes personal, business and organizational change, giving people clarity about how to move forward.

Her career is what Buckminster Fuller would call “circular, not linear” as she has worked with myriad industries, nationalities and scales, and worn many different titles, her favorite being “dot connector” and “cross-fertilizer,” referencing her uncanny ability to uncover novel connections among seemingly unrelated ideas. In her consulting work, she marshalls wide-ranging resources to bring her clients refreshing incisive thinking, accelerated change and effective action. The best insult someone ever gave her was, “Krista, you read too much.”

Her hobby is collecting interesting thinkers and ideas. While early to recognize new thoughts on the horizon, Krista also has an intuitive sense of public resonance and readiness to move forward in adopting innovations.
She has had a one woman art exhibit called “Sacred Love;” won the “Angel of Vilnius” award, an international public relations award, and the Philadelphia Business Journal “Woman of Distinction” award; was a Leopold Schepp Foundation scholar, a delegate to the Helsinki Women Business Leaders Summit, and a founding board member of the Greater Philadelphia Restaurant & Purveyors Association; spearheaded the renaissance of Philadelphia’s business association Center City Proprietors; and serves as a board member of the US-Baltic Foundation.

Along with an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, she holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, has studied organizational development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is certified in AFT energetic therapy with neuropsychologist Dr. Kurt Ebert.

Cynthia J. Pasky
Strategic Staffing Solutions

In 1990 Ms. Pasky founded Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3). S3 is an Information Technology Consulting firm that also provides Vendor Management Programs and Project Solutions. S3 is one of the nation’s largest woman-owned businesses in the technology industry. Under Ms. Pasky’s leadership, S3 has maintained consistent, steady growth for over 15 consecutive years.

Several organizations have recognized Ms. Pasky as one of the nation’s top business leaders. For example, in 1999, she was honored by Ernst and Young LLP as one of its “Entrepreneurs of the Years.” S3 has been named “Best Places to Work” and “Cool Places to Work” by Crain’s Detroit Business and “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. Women’s Enterprise magazine lists Strategic Staffing Solutions as one of the nation’s “Top 25” women-owned businesses.

While leading a rapidly expanding company, Ms. Pasky has continued her involvement in numerous civic and community activities. For example, over the past 12 years S3 has helped donate over $190,000 for My Sister’s Place, a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. She also participates and holds positions of leadership in a variety of professional associations. Pasky is Chairperson of the nation’s largest chamber of commerce – the Detroit Regional Chamber. She also serves on the following Board of Directors: Detroit Renaissance, Visitors’ Board for the Kresge Eye Institute, U.S. Baltic Foundation, United Way Community Services, Detroit Downtown Partnership, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Women In Technology International, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Economic Club of Detroit and Detroit Zoological Society.


Treasurer
George Ramonas

The Advocacy Group and Co-Founder, The U.S.- Baltic Foundation

In 1991, Mr. Ramonas formed The Advocacy Group, specializing in representation in the Nation's Capital or various universities and state-of the-art technology corporations. Previously, Mr. Ramonas served as Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, from 1977 to 1985. Education: J.D., Case Western Reserve School of Law. Mr. Ramonas co-founded the U.S.- Baltic Foundation in 1990.

 

 

William Altman

Mr. Altman co-founded Interlaken Ventures, a financial advisory and consulting firm specializing in healthcare and technology. Previously, Mr. Altman co-founded FemPartners, a women's healthcare services company, and was Senior Vice President of Capital Guidance Corporation, a investment firm doing venture capital and management buyout investing. In addition, Mr. Altman served as President of Tredex Tile Corporation, and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. William was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business SchooI. In 2000, Mr. Altman was elected to the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. He was the first Chairman of the U.S.- Baltic Foundation's from 1990 to 1994.

Walter E. Andrusyszyn,
Plastipak Packaging, Inc.

Walter Andrusyszyn joined the Plastipak Packaging company in January 2004 following a career in the U.S. Government. Before retiring at the end of 2001, he was Director for Northern and Eastern European Affairs in the National Security Council (he became Director in November 2001). Having entered the Foreign Service in 1980, he served in Stockholm (1980-82) and in East Berlin (1982-84) before returning to Washington to be the Desk Officer for Grenada and the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean (1985-1987). In 1987-1988 he was Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary Rozanne Ridgway in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. He then served in Bonn as the Bonn Group Representative, responsible for Berlin and Four Power rights during Germany's reunification. In 1990, he headed the Political-Military unit at the American Embassy in Bonn.

Mr. Andrusyszyn became the Desk Officer for Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in 1992. In 1994, he returned to Bonn to head the unit reporting on domestic political events in Germany. In October 1995, he was assigned to the American Embassy in Sarajevo where he served during the Dayton Peace Talks and for the first months of IFOR deployment. For his efforts to gain the release of an imprisoned American journalist held by Bosnian Serb authorities, Mr. Andrusyszyn received the Secretary's Award for Heroism. In April 1996, he was assigned to Stockholm as Political Counselor. And in July 1999, be became director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs, responsible for NATO and the OSCE.

Born in Blackburn, England in 1951, Mr. Andrusyszyn emigrated to the U.S. in 1957 and was raised in New York City. A graduate of New York University (1973), he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1973-1975). He continued his studies in Germany and also worked as a local employee for the Sri Lanka Embassy in Bonn (1977-78). He is married to Sandra Andrusyszyn and has five children: Alexander, Lisa, Lawrence, Emelie, and Peter Louis.

Saulius Anuzis
Michigan State Republican Committee

An active Republican since college, and a former Teamster, Saulius "Saul" Anuzis was unanimously elected Chairman of the Michigan Republican State Committee (MRSC) on February 5, 2005. In 1980, Anuzis was elected as the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention held in Detroit. After attending President Reagan's first inaugural, one of the highlights of Anuzis' life, he was elected Third Vice Chair of the MRSC. Anuzis also served six years as a member of the MRSC and two terms as a Congressional District Chairman. Anuzis is a Scout Master of a local Boy Scout troop, is actively involved in several Lithuanian-American organizations and serves on several non-profit boards. He was a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Export Development Authority. He currently serves as Honorary Consul to Michigan for the Republic of Lithuania.

Ron Asmus
Transatlantic Center and Strategic Planning, The German Marshall Fund

Dr. Ronald D. Asmus was appointed executive director of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Center in Brussels in 2005.  He previously worked as a senior transatlantic fellow at GMF’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  Dr. Asmus has written widely on U.S.–European relations and American foreign policy, as well as security and strategic issues in Central and Northern Europe, the wider Middle East, and the Black Sea region.  He is the author of Opening NATO’s Door: How the Alliance Remade Itself for a New Era (Columbia University Press, 2002).  Prior to joining GMF in 2002, Dr. Asmus worked as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  From 1997 to 2000, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs in the Clinton administration.  During that time he played a key role in developing Alliance policy at the Madrid and Washington NATO summits.  Dr. Asmus has also worked as a senior analyst at RAND Corporation and Radio Free Europe.

Dr. Asmus holds a Ph.D. in European studies and an M.A. in Soviet and East European studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

He has been awarded the U.S. Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award; the Republic of Poland’s Commander’s Cross, Order of Merit; the Kingdom of Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star; the Republic of Lithuania’s Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas; the Republic of Latvia’s order of Three Stars; and the Republic of Estonia’s Order of the Cross of St. Mary’s Land.

 

Audrey Gruss
The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation

Audrey Butvay Gruss is President of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation which she and her husband established as a private philanthropic foundation to support a wide range of charitable activities, especially focusing on the cultural arts and education. Mrs. Gruss brings the skills of over twenty years of executive experience in the fields of international marketing and advertising to the non-profit arena. She was former co-owner and President of Terme di Saturnia, Inc., an international skincare company and established the marketing tie-in of the Terme di Saturnia Spa in Italy with the Doral Hotels to create the Doral Saturnia Spa Resort in Miami. She previously served as a marketing and advertising executive at J.P. Stevens, Revlon and as Director of Advertising and Creative Services Worldwide for Elizabeth Arden. Mrs. Gruss graduated with honors from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. A Fellow of Tufts University, she established the Audrey Butvay Gruss Science Award for women.

Mrs. Gruss is an active Board member and patron of numerous charitable and cultural organizations in New York and Palm Beach, Florida. In NY she is a Board member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival, and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. She is on the Chairman's Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the President's Council of the NY Public Library, and serves as a Garden Council member of the New York Botanical Garden. Mrs. Gruss is a major Benefactor of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. She is a Patron of The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, The Frick Museum and The Guggenheim Museum. Mrs. Gruss is a Benefactor of the American Academy of Rome and a member of the International Council of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. She is a member of the Advisory Board of FAI in Italy.

In Palm Beach, Mrs. Gruss served on the Executive Committee of The Intracoastal Health Foundation Board and raised $34 million for hospital expansion, for which she received the 1998 Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Charitable Achievement Award. She is a Board member of The Hospice Guild of Palm Beach, the Community Foundation and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. Mrs. Gruss is a Founder of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Benefactor's Council of the Society of the Four Arts.

Eric Harkna
Former Senior Vice President, BBDO Worldwide Inc.

Mr. Harkna is a former Senior Vice President of BBDO Worldwide and is a past member of the BBDO Worldwide Board, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. Formerly President and CEO of BBDO Chicago, he now manages the international business for Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. in more than 49 countries and also works in business development. He serves on the Board of Chancellors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is a board member and member of the executive committee of Keep America Beautiful, and a board member of Delaware Place Bank, Northwestern Hospital Friends of Prentice and Museum of Broadcast Communications. He is a member of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations; The Executives' Club of Chicago; Chicago Economic Club and the Chicago Yacht Club. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Columbia University's Business School.

 

Linas J. Kojelis
Kojelis and Company, and Co-Founder, The U.S.- Baltic Foundation

Linas J. Kojelis, President, Kojelis and Company, and Co-Founder, U.S.- Baltic Foundation Mr. Kojelis established and served as the President of the U.S.- Baltic Foundation from 1990 until 1997. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Admissions (1988-1989) and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan at the White House (1983-1988). From 1997-2002 he headed a public and government relations firm in Vilnius, Lithuania. In this capacity, he was the Vilnius representative for PowerBridge, a $450 million project to link the former-Soviet and European power grids over the Lithuanian-Polish border. He currently works as an independent consultant for organizational and financial development for non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Education: B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.A., Princeton University.

 

Astra Michels

Astra Michels has more than twenty-five years experience in international finance with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC). Currently Fund Manager of an Investment Fund for SME’s in Mexico, Ms. Michels has a successful track record in making and managing investments for IFC in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union. Her lending/investment experience runs the gamut from small (US $700 million). During a prior three-year assignment to Mexico, her responsibilities included overseeing IFC’s investment with Fondo Chiapas and helping them train that fund’s managers to evaluate, structure, and appraise investments. Education: BSFS – Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service; MS Accounting – Georgetown University Graduate School of Business; Harvard University Executive Development Program.

Egils Milbergs
Washington State Economic Development Commission

Egils Milbergs is the Director of the Washington State Eceonomic Development Commission.  Mr. Milbergs is the former founder and president of the Center for Accelerating Innovation. He is a noted thought leader and strategist in innovation, advanced manufacturing, technology policy and competitiveness. The Center assists business and governments commercialize emerging technologies and build innovation ecosystems that are globally competitive. Mr. Milbergs was a major contributor to the National Innovation Initiative (NII) co-chaired by Sam Palmisano, chairman, IBM and Wayne Clough, president, Georgia Tech University.

Robert Nurick
Monterey Institute of International Studies

Robert C. Nurick is Senior Fellow in the Washington office of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a non-governmental organization devoted to training and policy research in non-proliferation and relate international security issues. Prior to this, Mr. Nurick served as Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, a Russia-based public policy research institution established in 1993 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1985 to 2001, Mr. Nurick was a Senior Political Scientist at RAND in Santa Monica, California and Washington, DC. While at RAND he served as Associate Director of the RAND/UCLA Center for the Study of Soviet International Behavior (1985-88), and as Associate Director of the National Security Strategies Program in RAND's Project Air Force (1991-92). From 1981-85 Mr. Nurick was Assistant Director and Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Prior to that he worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Mr. Nurick's principal research interests have been in the areas of Soviet--and then Russian--foreign and defense policy, European security, and arms control. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and the Central Eurasia Studies Society.

Ahmet M. Oren
Ihlas Holding

As the CEO of Ihlas Holding and the Chairman of Ihlas’s media group, Mr. Oren has more than fifteen years of experience in building media and communication companies with global prominence. The key business philosophy of Mr. Oren has been to grow promising businesses by internationalizing their focus.

Mr. Oren established the Istanbul-based TGRT-TV in 1993 as one of pioneering private broadcasters in the country. He repositioned TGRT in 1998 as a young and dynamic channel, delivering superior business results by international concepts and expertise.

TGRT’s success in Turkey and abroad culminated in the establishment of TGRT-EU in 2004. Mr. Oren designed TGRT-EU as a channel that contributes to the integration of the European Turks with the wider European society while providing a unique communication platform for the advertisers. As Ihlas moved to concentrate its television operations on the 24-hour rolling news channel TGRT Haber, Mr. Oren successfully completed the sale of the group’s entertainment channel to News Corporation in 2006 - the first major foreign acquisition in the Turkish TV industry.

Ihlas News Agency is another notable example of Mr. Oren’s international achievements. Under his leadership, the agency was transformed from a local wire service to the largest regional news-gathering operation in the Middle East region. Focusing on the needs of the global media and the viewer has made the agency an indispensable news source from Baghdad to Gaza, Istanbul, Kabul, Khartoum and Tehran.

The telecommunication arm of the group, Ihlas.Net, was established by Mr. Oren as one of the earliest connectivity providers in Turkey. Ihlas.Net today is a major value added telecommunications provider that offers innovative enterprise services in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iraq as well as in Turkey.

Mr. Oren oversees Ihlas operations in marketing and construction sectors as well. Built on Ihlas’s extensive experience in the construction of some 10,000 apartment flats, he is focused on developing with local and international partners such business models that tap into the opportunities presented by Turkey’s growing need for quality residential housing.

Mr. Oren serves on the board of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences that awards the prestigious International Emmy. He is a member of such organizations as the World Economic Forum (WEF), the American-Turkish Council, the Turkish-German Businessmen’s Cultural Foundation and the Turkish Association of Journalists. In 2005, he was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Republic of Latvia in New York State. Mr. Oren serves on the board of the US Baltic Foundation. He is a board member of the EastWest Institute (EWI) and a member of EWI Preventive Diplomacy Task Force.

Mr. Oren frequently contributes to high-level international meetings. Among other events, he attended the following meetings as a speaker or a moderator: WEF Jordan (2003, 2004, 2005), World Electronic Media Forum (2003), WEF Media and Entertainment Conference (2004), WEF Arab Media Initiative (2005), WEF Annual Summit (2005, 2006), NATO Young Leader’s Forum (2006), World Security Conference (2007) and EWI Preventive Diplomacy Task Force (2007).

Mr. Oren studied economics and is a computer systems specialist and a journalist by training. Born in 1972 in Istanbul, he is a citizen of the United States and Turkey.

 

Valdis V. Pavlovskis
Baltic American Freedom League

Valdis Pavlovskis was born in 1934 in Riga, Latvia, emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and obtained U.S. citizenship in 1955. He had attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Corp when he resigned in 1968, after a tour of duty in South Vietnam, to pursue a Master of Urban Planning degree from California Polytechnic University. For the next twenty years he held planning positions in Southern California cities including Santa Monica and South Gate. In 1992, he returned to Latvia to accept the position as the first Deputy Minister of Defense. In 1993 he was elected to Latvia's Seima as a member of the Latvian Way party and was appointed Minister of Defense. In 1995, Pavlovskis returned to America and resumed activity in the Baltic American community. In 1996 he was elected Chairman of the Baltic American Freedom League, was reelected four times and holds the position currently. He served as President of the American Latvian Association (four terms) and Vice Chairman of the World Federation of Free Latvians and has held numerous offices in local Baltic organizations. Pavlovskis was bestowed the Order of the Three Stars by the Latvian government and awarded Latvia's Commander of Armed Forces Order of Merit by the Commander of Latvian armed forces.

John V. Prunskis, M.D. FIPP
The Illinois Pain Institute

John V. Prunskis, M.D., FIPP, earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He then completed his anesthesiology residency and fellowship training at the University of Chicago. In addition to being board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, he is co-Medical Director of the Illinois Pain Treatment Institute. He has been helping to direct and coordinate the precise diagnosis and treatment of pain since 1988. Dr. Prunskis has been repeatedly chosen by his peers as "One of the Best Pain MD's" in the Chicago area as published in "How to Find the Best Doctors in Metropolitan Chicago." In addition, John V. Prunskis, M.D. has been asked by the American Board of Medical Examiners to develop questions for the pain management examination. Dr. Prunskis has achieved the highest distinction possible for an interventional pain physician by completing all requirements and passing a rigorous examination to become a Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP). He was also asked to be and is currently a FIPP examiner.

James Schaefer, IV
Lynx Investment Advisory, Inc.

In his current position, Mr. Schaefer manages a global portfolio of investments. Previously, Mr. Schaefer was a presidential advance representative for The White House during the 1989 US-USSR summit in Malta. Mr. Schaefer also served as Associate Director of Public Liaison at the White House (1991-93), and had previously worked as a management executive with Procter and Gamble. Education: B.A., Dartmouth University, M.B.A., Harvard University.

 

Danguole Spakevicius
Interlaken Ventures, Inc.

Danguole Spakevicius is Managing Director of Interlaken Ventures, Inc., a consulting and financial advisory firm specializing in health care. Prior to co-founding Interlaken Ventures, Ms. Spakevicius was President, CEO and Director of FemPartners, Inc., a women's health care services company she co-founded in 1996. FemPartners currently provides management services to over 100 OB/Gyn physician practices and is one of the largest companies of its type in the United States. Ms. Spakevicius previously served as the CEO of Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, PA, one of the largest OB/GYN practices in the United States. In addition, she has held senior positions at HCA and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, PA and served as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. Danguole Spakevicius has been on the Board of Directors of USBF since 1991 and served as Chairman from 1998 to 2000. She is also President of the Harvard University Club of Houston and serves on the Eastern European selection committee for the Yale World Fellows Program. Ms. Spakevicius has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, as well as an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

 

James W. Swihart
Former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania (1994-1997)

Ambassador Swihart retired from the Foreign Service in 2002. His last assignment was as Political Advisor, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Space Command. Prior to that he served in numerous positions State involving U.S. relations with Central and Europe, including postings in Belgrade, Berlin, Zagreb, and Vienna. From 1989-91 he was Director of the Office of Eastern European Affairs, overseeing efforts to foster freedom for the Baltic states. From 1994-1997 he served as U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania. Along with his wide experience in senior positions in the Department of State, U.S. embassies abroad, and the Department of Defense, Ambassador Swihart is a graduate of Columbia University, the State Department's Senior Seminar, and the NDU Capstone Course. He is a recipient of the Department of State's Superior Honor Award, the American Bar Association's Max Kampleman Award, and Lithuania's Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas (Second Class).

 

Jaak Treiman,
Treiman, Kancans & Hough

Mr. Treiman formed the firm of Treiman, Kancans & Hough in January 1995, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Tallinn. His practice emphasizes business and real estate law as well as Baltic trade. He previously was a partner in the firm of Treiman & Curry. Education: B.A. and J.D., University of Southern California, M.A., University of Chicago.

Gene Zolotarev

Gene Zolotarev is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maximus Capital, an independent financial services company focusing on wealth management, investment banking and brokerage. Mr. Zolotarev is also a Publisher and Chairman of The Baltic Times, the only English language independent weekly newspaper in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Mr. Zolotarev is a former Member of the Board, Global Head of Capital Markets and Investment Banking of Parex Bank. In this capacity, he was responsible for Capital Markets and Investment Banking activities of Parex Group. Gene has also served as Chairman of Parex Asset Management, where he was responsible for launching and overseeing the strategic development of the largest asset and pension management company in the Baltics. He was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board for AP Anglage & Privatbank in Switzerland, the first Central or Eastern European bank approved by Swiss Regulators. Mr. Zolotarev holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and attended the MBA program at the Stern School of Business at New York University.