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The governance of AFoCR, as a nonprofit corporation, lies with its Board of Directors, which annually elects its successors and a slate of officers to serve for the next calendar year. Directors are chosen on the basis of their experience and expertise in the areas of philanthropy, business, foreign affairs, and management.

The Board has overall responsibility for policy, operations, financial management, fund raising, and regulatory compliance. From its members, the Board elects an Executive Committee, which meets on a monthly basis.

Also on an annual basis the Board appoints a Board of Advisors, comprised of accomplished individuals who have advanced Czech/U.S. relations.

Current officers, directors, and advisors of AFoCR hail from 15 states and the Czech Republic.

The organization is audited annually by an outside independent accounting firm, and it submits annual filings to the Internal Revenue Service as required.



Fred Malek
Fred Malek
Chairman of the Board, Washington, DC
Chairman, Thayer Lodging Group
Former Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Reagan and G.H.W. Bush.
Kristyna Pellouchoud Driehaus
Vice President, Chicago, IL
Managing Director of Sazava Partners LLC President The KMD Foundation, Chicago, IL
Barbara Gibian
Treasurer, Sandy Spring, MD
Principal at Pen-y-Bryn Partners LLC
Associate General Counsel for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Thomas A. Dine
Thomas A. Dine
President, Washington, DC
Former President, Radio Free Europe, Former Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for Int. Development (1993-1997)
Robert W. Doubek
Corporate Secretary, Washington, DC
Past President, AFoCR
Lillis Werder
Lillis Werder
Director of Communications, Manassas, VA
Director of Communications, AFoCR Photographer, Assistant Secretary CEO Lillis Photography
Phillip M. Kasik, P.E
Executive Vice President, Assistant Treasurer, Alexandria, VA
Past President, AFoCR Partner, MPR Assoc., Engineers
Patty Stack
Patricia Stack
Vice President, New York, NY
Former President, International Women’s Assoc of Prague; Editor-in-Chief, The Bridge Magazine, Prague, Former Teacher


Adrian A. Basora
Former U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1992-95)
Jiří Boudník
Architect, New York, NY
Marc Ellenbogen
President, Prague Society; Chairman, Global Panel Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic
Miloš Forman
Film Director
Petr Gandalovič
Current Czech Ambassador to the U.S.
Patricia Hampl
Henry Kissinger
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Paul Rusesabagina
President, Voice for the Voiceless
Former Manager of Hotel in Rwanda
Andrew H. Schapiro
Current U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
John L. Pellouchoud
Managing Principal, SCGroup Real Estate, Chicago
Christine Bedoret
Educator, Washington, D.C.
Petr Kolář
Former Czech Ambassador to the U.S. (2006-2010) Former Czech Ambassador to Russia (2010-2012)
James A. Lovell, Jr.
Wendy W. Luers
President, Foundation for a Civil Society, New York, New York
Richard G. Lugar
Former Ranking Minority Member, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Martin Palouš
Former Czech Ambassador to the U.N. (2006-2011)
Former Czech Ambassador to the U.S (2001-2006)
Richard Pivnicka
Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic, San Francisco, CA
Gail Naughton
Former President/CEO, National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, IA
Effie M. Rosene
Chairman/CEO Czech Center Museum Houston, TX
Jeffrey Turner
Attorney, Patton, Boggs, LLC, Washington, DC
Peter Sis
Author and Artist, New York, NY
Sissy Spacek
Academy Award Winning Actress
Jack Stack
Former CEO, Česká Spořitelna Bank
Craig Stapleton
Former U.S. Ambassador to France
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2000-2003)
Jan Svejnar
James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy
Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Brian A. Vanicek
SPJST President
Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic to the state of Texas
Alexandr Vondra
Former Minister of Defense, Czech Republic
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Former Czech Ambasador to the U.S. (1997-2001)
Magdaléna Vošalíková
Public Relations Consultant, Czech P.R., Prague, Czech Republic


Joseph Balaz
President, JBA, Ltd
President, Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association, New York, NY
Peter Bisek
Former Publisher, Americke listy
Alexander Braun
Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
Bill Cabaniss
Bill Cabaniss
Vice President, Birmingham, AL
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2003-2006)
Hana Slamova Callaghan
Director, Callaghan Family Foundation, Bryn Mawr, PA
Former Advisor, Goldman Sachs & Co.
George Drost
Attorney, Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O’Connor LLC, Arlington Heights, IL
Fritz L. Duda
President, Fritz Duda Company, Dallas, TX
Norman L. Eisen
Former Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Richard W. Graber
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2006-2009)
Roger Kodat
Founder and Principal, Kodat Group LLC
John F. Kotouc
Executive Chairman, American National Bank, Omaha, NE
Michelle Olson Former Founder/CEO, Michelle du Pont Inc.
Michelle Olson
Former Founder/CEO, Michelle du Pont Inc.
Cecilia Rokusek
President and CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Richard F. Schubert
Former President, American Red Cross
Former President, Points of Light Foundation
Jordon Sims
Jordon Sims
Founding Partner, Imperium Global Advisors, Washington DC
Jan Smilek
Chief Financial Officer of Clinical Care Options, LLC and ClinicalMind, LLC.

Directors Emeritus

Milton Cerny
Director Emeritus
AFoCR Director
Peter A. Rafaeli
Director Emeritus
Past President and AFoCR Director, Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic, Philadelphia, PA