WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Global Ties Arizona builds and strengthens relationships between its members, businesses and nations through international exchange and educational programs.
A peaceful, prosperous world where individuals build enduring relationships through international exchange.
- Practice diplomacy
- Value people and relationships
- Foster life-long learning
- Bring cultures together
- Reflect the world we want to see
CONTACT US/CONNECT WITH US
STAFF AND INTERNS
President and CEO
After eight years serving in volunteer and Board member capacities at Global Ties Arizona, Wendy was selected to lead Global Ties Arizona as its President and CEO. Wendy is focused on scaling Global Ties Arizona to prominence in the citizen diplomacy landscape through implementation of the mission and a values/culture based working environment.
Wendy considers herself an example of success based on perseverance. Having faced self-infliced hardship that left her homeless and addicted, Wendy has rebuilt her life on the foundations formed at the bottom-most points.
Wendy has traveled outside of the U.S. extensively, organizing spiritual tours for groups of up to 200 in both the U.S. and abroad. Her experiences in Africa, Europe and the Middle East changed her world view, and it is that passion that drives her to servant-leadership, including serving in capacities that advance causes she cares about.
Wendy was recently named the 2017/18 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Phoenix Unsung Hero Awardee, Presidents Choice Awardee, and Member of the year finalist. She serves on the NAWBO Phoenix Board as Advocacy Chair. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Arizona Society for Association Executives, is a member of the Arizona Association of Non-Profits, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the Global Chamber, and the National Small Business Association, where she serves on the Technology Council. She also serves as an Ambassador for Project C.U.R.E.
Wendy and her spouse, Heather, operate a guinea pig animal rescue and live in Phoenix with their three dogs, two cats, one bird, three rats, one hamster, and up to 40 guinea pigs. Wendy pursues her hobbies of fiber arts and is learning to spin yarn.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marlon attended Temple University in Philadelphia. He recently graduated with a BA in Communication Studies with a focus on global civil society. He minored in Business and French, which he speaks conversationally.
During college, Marlon volunteered with the Workaway Program through different European cities like Annecy, France Brugge, Belgium and Rome, Italy teaching English and assisting with Bed and Breakfasts. He also interned at Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia as a Communications intern where he planned delegations, monthly networking events, and the company’s annual gala. New to Phoenix, Marlon plans to continue working with International Diplomacy so he can travel to new parts of the world!
Biography Coming Soon
Assistant to the President - Intern
A native Arizonan, Rikki grew up in the northern city of Flagstaff. She completed her undergraduate in Business Economics at Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in Environmental Economics. After graduation, she moved down to the valley where she co-owned and ran a breakfast/lunch restaurant in downtown Phoenix. There she learned the ins and outs of running a small business and hopes to utilize those skills with all her future endeavors.
Rikki is passionate about environmental sustainability, travel, and cultural awareness. She plans to use her time here at Global Ties to expand her knowledge on international relations and global environmental policy. In her spare time, she loves golfing, playing volleyball, hiking with friends, and exploring all the beautiful scenery that Arizona has to offer.
Programming Assistant - Intern
Biography Coming Soon
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jack Development Strategies
Contract Liaison for IVLP
Global Tax and Accounting, PLLC
Arizona State University
Maricopa Community College District
Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp
City of Scottsdale
Kyle Moyer & Co.