World Affairs Council of Western Colorado

World Affairs Council of Western Colorado

 The World Affairs Council of Western Colorado (WACWC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing a deep and broad understanding of international affairs and how events in the world affect life in Western Colorado. WACWC provides speakers and lectures of national or international prominence with knowledge in subjects of political, economic or historic import, for the education of the public, as well as, providing global literacy for K-12 students. Facilitate forums for discussion of world events. 


WACWC is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization aspiring to provide a more globally-informed citizenry prepared to succeed in this changing global economy. With your help, WACWC can accomplish this through providing forums, speakers, and educational outreach on topics concerning foreign events, U.S. foreign policies, and different cultures and religions


About Our Board of Directors

Bennett Boeschenstein is a member of the Grand Junction City Council.  He is a retired professional urban planner who has worked for local governments over the past 30 years. His international experience includes three years as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania and Kenya, where he taught primary school and did agricultural extension work, as well as extensive travel in Europe and Africa.

Dr. Tim Casey is a professor of Political Science at CMU where he has taught since 1996.  He specializes in International Relations, Political Philosophy and Environmental Politics and has been a member of several non-profit boards in the Grand Valley for many years.

Michael Lentz is a political operative living in Mesa County. He is currently serving as the First Vice Chair of the Mesa County Republican Party.  Lentz has worked as a political operative or as a legislative staffer since graduating with a degree in History from then Mesa State College in 2010.  His interest in world affairs stems from a student exchange in which he participated during his high-school years, where he spent a brief time in Germany living with a host family.


Past Members of the Board

Greg Aggeler is an active CPA with over 50 years of experience in public accounting, industry and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Rio Grande Federal Credit Union and as a business coach for the Grand Junction Incubator.

David Austin is a CPA with experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit industries.  He has experience with board of director service as both member and staff support.

Duane Butcher retired from the Senior Foreign Service after spending 30 years at various overseas posts. His last assignment was as Coordinator of the Kuwait Task Force in the State Department in the run-up to the first Gulf War.

Paul Didier is a retired vice president of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, where he worked for more than 30 years utilizing his planning and organizing strengths.  He also served as president and as treasurer of other non-profit organizations for several years and as the business manager of a church in Oregon for five years.

Debra Dobbins is a retired District 51 teacher and has also held marketing communications positions in the automotive, aerospace and technical translation industries. In her twenties Dobbins traveled to 70 countries around the world.

Dr. Gisela Flanigan is a non-profit consultant, arts advocate, concert pianist and a former college professor. She serves on the boards of the Crested Butte Music Festival, Arts For Colorado, MindSpark (Denver), and as a board member and Vice President of Development and Strategic Planning for Sistema Global.  Her role for the WACWC is in the area of development.

Dr. Bill Flanik is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado Mesa University. He earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto, Canada, and his teaching and research interests include U.S. Foreign Policy, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Global Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Politics of Language.

Nancy Glover is a 30-year resident of Grand Junction and recently retired from Rocky Mountain Health Plans.  She has been involved in various outdoor groups and volunteer organizations and has been the membership/treasurer of a local club.

Dr. Jan Henwood served as Director of Professional Development with the Colorado Association of School Executives for nine years planning conferences and workshops focused on leadership development for superintendents and principals.  She has over 20 years’ experience in educational administration with proven organizational leadership skills in program development, and program evaluation.

Constance Holland is a writer and a professional oral storyteller. Holland has taught and worked on water issues for the past 20 years. She has also been a professor at both Colorado Mesa University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

Paula Struckman is a cultural anthropologist, a vocational archaeologist and world traveler. Living in New Hampshire, she served on the Board of Directors of the Nissitissit Land Trust and was Director of Beaver Brook Association.

Robert Traylor is a member of the law firm Traylor, Tompkins & Black. P.C.  He has practiced law on the Western Slope of Colorado for more than 30 years.

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