About Us

Learn about Global Ties Alabama’s people, mission, and the organization in general.

International Visitors By Region

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New-Location-300x225Global Ties Alabama has been in existence in Huntsville since 1965 as International Services Council of Alabama, helping international military trainees at Redstone Arsenal feel at home, coordinating multi-cultural events in the Huntsville area, providing information about immigration and naturalization services to area residents, and hosting international visitors traveling to Alabama under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Over the past four decades, Global Ties Alabama has benefited from funding from the City of Huntsville, the Madison County Commission, the U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Jane K. Lowe Foundation, local corporations and private donors.

Global Ties Alabama’s mission – to promote international relationships through citizen diplomacy and enrich Alabama’s education, commerce and global awareness — is supported by its core values of respect, friendships, collaboration, lifelong learning, multicultural diversity and globalization.

Global Ties Alabama’s governing body is an elected, volunteer board of directors that consists of individuals who are committed to the mission of the organization.

Global Ties Alabama strives to implement standards of excellence as an organizational tool to implement
accountability in its management and governance practices.



Our Board Members

Dr. Drew Reynolds


Elena Olariu-Leitner

Captain Kelvin Troughton

Jim Diehl


Melanie Gates

Nicole Harper, PhD



John Hamilton



Gloria Vergara

Delois Smith

Rev. Wanda Gail Campbell, PhD



Mark Jackson

Rob Warren

Other Stakeholders


Advisory Council

Ed Adams, Anceto Llanga Bagley,

Dr. David Billings

Deitra Crawley Bryant, Esq

Taylor P. Brooks, Rev. Frank Broyles,

Anne W. Burkett, Noriko Ellis,

Frank Feming, France Gates- Moore

Donny Gaspin, Margaret Goldsmith,

Ethan Hadley, Carrie Hightower

Lama Jackson, Pat Johns,

Hanu Karlapalem, Marianne Luna,

Jill Martin, Stan Miller,

Gertrude Powell, Farid Rafiee

Judy S. Ryals, Tim Tyson

Jacquelyn Gates-Shipe

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Ties Alabama


Honorable Tommy Battle

Mayor, City of Huntsville

Honorable Dale Strong

Chairman, Madison County Commission

Permanent Staff

Suzanne Greer

Operations Associate

Annette Philpo't

Program Consultant

University Interns

Alana Henry – Oakwood University

Marissa  Moore – UAH

Tomoyo Tanno – Cultural Vista