Jerry J. Paluch

  Jerry J. Paluch   Born second of four in 1944 on a small Wisconsin farm, Jerry worked with migrant workers in Northern Wisconsin during his adolescent summers.   He graduated from Green Bay West High School, attended St Norbert College, and attended Lakeland College, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science.   Jerry was Senior Vice President – Operations and Support for LCL Transit (truck transportation of liquid foods), where he worked for 32 years.   Jerry has a Puritan work ethic; his parents were positive models and taught him self-responsibility. He currently works as a substitute teacher in elementary schools thoughout the Green Bay area.   Jerry has two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer, and four grandchildren. He is an avid outdoorsman. “Life is good” is his continuing motto, and he lives each day to the fullest.   He donated one hour of interview to...
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Kenyon Canon Wright

Canon Kenyon Wright CBE   Credited with being the catalyst of Scottish devolution, Canon Wright was made CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1999 “for services to Scottish Devolution and Constitutional Reform”, and in 2000 was given an Honorary D.Litt. from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, on similar grounds. He was Executive Chair of the cross-party Scottish Constitutional Convention from 1989 to 1999, a member of the CSG (Consultative Steering Group on the Scottish Parliament), and of the “Code of Conduct Working Group”, which planned for a new and more participative democracy in Scotland, the prelude to the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1997. He also chaired the “People & Parliament” Project, which carried out an extensive nation-wide survey of expectations for Scotland’s future and for the new Parliament. He is the author of “The People story of the Convention’s long and hard, but ultimately successful, struggle to achieve home rule. Indeed, Canon Wright was influential in the task of negotiating agreement among the various factions – a task that many considered impossible. The convention’s task was to draft a blueprint for Scottish devolution and included representatives of local government, the Scottish Churches, trade unions, Small Business Federation and the Scottish Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green parties. The Scottish Conservative Party and Scottish National Party declined to be involved. The Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland, Malcolm Rifkind, said “if the disparate parties reached a common conclusion he would jump off the roof of the Scottish Office”. Thanks in large part to the consensus-building efforts of Canon Wright, on St. Andrew’s Day 1990, the convention...
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John G. McCarthy, Jr.

John G. McCarthy, Jr.   John G. McCarthy, Jr., is currently Managing Director of John McCarthy Associates, a top management executive search service based in Geneva, Switzerland. John is a US and Irish citizen who grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and graduated with a BA cum laude with Highest Honours in History from Williams College. He also attended Institut Le Rosey (Rolle, VD), Princeton University, and the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Shemlan, Lebanon.   John started his executive search career with Russell Reynolds Associates in 1977 as a partner in the London office. He built and ran the firm’s Middle East practice for eight years. In 1985, he opened RRA’s Geneva office focusing on financial services in Switzerland. In 1988, he joined Korn/Ferry as a Senior Officer and Managing Director of the firm’s International Search Group, a high-level, European cross-border specialty practice, spanning a variety of top positions and industries. He founded John McCarthy Associates in July 1993.   In addition to his professional work, John is a Trustee of International College in Beirut, Lebanon and a Vice President of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth, England. In recent years he has served as Secretary of both Project HOPE’s European Advisory Board and Fondation Project HOPE in Switzerland, President of the American International Club of Geneva, and as a member of the Geneva Chapter Board of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.   In parallel, John has enjoyed involvement in US politics – from abroad. Encouraged by his father to “get involved” in the great American democracy, and the fact that his mother was a cousin by...
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Paul Staley

Paul R. Staley   Paul Staley is the retired chief executive officer of the PQ Corporation, Valley Forge, PA, a leading manufacturer of soluble silicates, silicate-derived specialty products and solid glass microspheres.  He is the newly appointed chairman of the board of the National Vision Foundation.   Mr. Staley is a native of New Britain, Connecticut.  He earned a B.A. degree in architecture from Dartmouth College and an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School.  After completing law school, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years as a lieutenant in the Seabees.   Staley began his formal business career with Procter & Gamble, where, over a 12-year period, he rose from plant production supervisor to the position of multidivision plant manager.  During that time he acquired chemical-processing and technical knowledge and an enduring interest in human productivity.   Seeking broader management responsibility, Staley joined the Philadelphia Quartz Company (the former name of the PQ Corporation) as director of manufacturing.  He was elected company president – the first president in the private firm’s 157-year history who was not a member of the founding family.  He was elected chief executive officer of PQ in 1981.   Staley is married, has four grown children and lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  Active in community affairs, he is a former member and chairman of the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission and past-chairman of the Upper Main Line YMCA.  He presently serves on the Municipal Authority.   Staley is a member of the board of directors of the Griffin Corporation, Valdosta, GA; of Lyondell Chemical Company, Houston, TX; and of Ensign Bickford Industries, Simsbury, Conn.  He...
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Abok, Alice

Mwajuma Alice Abok, OGW, Immediate-past National General Secretary for the YWCA of Kenya and Vice President of the World YWCA Alice Abok is known for her dedication to women and children through her work as immediate past General Secretary of the Kenyan YWCA and Vice President of the World YWCA and member of the Executive Committee. Since 2002, she has served as Regional Chairperson of the African Women Economic Policies Network (AWEPON). She served as Treasurer of the Kenya Ecumenical Loan Fund (2000-2003) and was Chairperson of the Small Irrigation Scheme Development Organization Kenya (2000-2003) and has been a Director since 1997. In 1999, she was the Director of the Ecumenical Center for Justice (1999). Since 1994 she has been a member of the AWEPON, the African Women Economic Policies Network. Since 1994 she has been a member of WEDO, Women and Environment Development Organization. Publications she has authored include: Sura Za Africa – Voices from Africa” Lang Herbert Lanthaler Edition, Idolatry and Exclusion: Theological Perspective on Globalization – Toronto, Canada, Winds of Hope – Starman Publishers, Voices from Beijing – Kalamazoo Publishers and Leadership Skills Training Manuals. Alice has earned many awards including the Presidential Award (OGW), the Women Achiever’s Award (YWCA), World YWCA Service and Stewardship Award for her service on the World Executive Committee, YWCA of Kenya Exemplary Performance, YWCA of Zimbabwe in recognition of Leadership, the YMCA Mauritius award in recognition of Leadership and Woman of the Year by the American Biographical Society. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Cambridge and has a degree in English and Home Economics from Kenyatta...
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Greilsammer, David

Greilsammer, David

Pianist David Greilsammer (His Official Site) is recognized by the public as an artist witha unique sense of imagination, with a passion for innovation, creationand anything new. This American artist of Israeli origin seduces by his interpretations of Mozart. David is an alumnus of the The Rubin Music Academy Conservatory inJerusalem and a former student of Yoheved Kaplinsky (WikipediaLink) of the Julliard School of New York (Julliard School of New York). Healso studied intensively with the pianist David Goode. David has traveled worldwide performing solo or a soloist with worldrenowned orchestras. In 2008, he was invited to perform at the VerbierFestival , where Legacy was able tointerview him, starting a series of meetings with him in which we hope toprovide a legacy of David’s thoughts on music, history, and his roots. To obtain David Greilsammer’s audiovisual personal life history,...
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