Who We Are

Global 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. We strive to implement standards of excellence as an organizational tool to implement accountability in its management and governance practices.


What We Do –

For over 50 years, Global Ties Alabama has been making  connections possible. Global Ties tailors travel and program itineraries to meet the cultural and professional needs of international visitors, governments, companies, and more. As a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State, we sustain a network that coordinates international exchange programs and brings current and future leaders from around the world to communities throughout Alabama.

Creating opportunities for business, nonprofit, government, and academic leaders from around the world to share ideas, learn from each other, and build trust is vital to creating strong, lasting relationships between them—and the programs the Global Ties network conduct and support do just that.

Global Ties Alabama

(formerly International Services Council)

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Our Board Members


Verna Gates, Chair


John Davis, Vice Chair Development and Public Relations


Melanie Pepper, Vice Chair for Governance and Nominations


Elena Olariu – Leitner, Secretary


Rob Warren, Treasurer


Dr. Anthony D’Costa



Honorable Mark Jackson


Olga Osadcii


Foster Perry


Dr. Drew Reynolds


Gloria Vergara

Bill Love, Esq.

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,

Wanda Gail Campbell,

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 Shipe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Ties Alabama



Honorable Tommy Battle, Mayor, City of Huntsville


honorable dale strong

Honorable Dale Strong, Chairman, Madison County Commission

Annette Philpo’t, Program Consultant, Global Ties Alabama


Suzanne Roten, Operations Associate, Global Ties Alabama