Wilhelm Scholê International Board of Directors



*Amy Freeman Lee
Wilhelm Scholê International
1974 - 2004
Renowned Philosopher, Humanitarian, Educator, Author, Painter
San Antonio, Texas



 Marilyn Wilhelm
Founder • Chairman • President
Wilhelm Scholê International
Houston, Texas


Frederick P. Forlano
Attorney at Law
Sugarland, Texas


Jeane Hester, M.D.
Cancer Researcher
Former Professor of Medicine
University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas



John M. Tsacrios, Jr.

Founding Executive Director


Southwest Region (1982-2008)

Houston, Texas

Stephen R. Wilhelm
President, Wilhelm Enterprises
Houston, Texas




Wilhelm Scholê International Advisory Board



David Adickes

Internationally renowned

Texas Artist and Sculptor

Houston, Texas


Dr. Marcelo de Andrade

Founder Pro-Natura

 Co-Founder, Fundo Terra Capital

Co-founder, Axial Bank

Co-founder, Partner/Principal,

Earth Capital Partners LLP

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Dr. Silvia Anner

Member, European Think Tank

for Sustainable Development

Vienna, Austria

Poung Au

Artist, Graphic Designer,

International Entrepreneur

Houston, Texas



Dr. Orest Bedrij

Physicist, Author, Philosopher

Interdisciplinary Research Scientist

He was responsible for the

Space Flight Operations Facility

development that controlled

the first soft landing on the moon

New York, New York



Professor Asoke Bhattacharya

Chairman, International Forum for Studies in Society & Religion
Kolkata, India

Former Professor and Head, Department of Adult Continuing Education & Extension
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Kolkata, India

Caryl Carothers

Leadership, Career, and

Organizational Development

University of California, Los Angeles


Los Angeles, California


Raymond Chavez

Senior Vice President,
Communications & Program Development
Earth Council Alliance
Senior Advisor and Producer
Eye on Earth Summit, Abu Dhabi
- under the Patronage of
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa,
President of the UAE a program of the
Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
in partnership with the United Nations
Environment Program ( UNEP )

Award-winning writer, director, and producer
of documentary films for
National Geographic, Discovery Channel,
and PBS
Senior Producer, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ( Rio+20 )
Washington, D.C.


The Honorable Henry G. Cisneros
Executive Chairman, City View Companies
Board of Governors, Broad Foundations
10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development ( Clinton Administration )
Former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
( Four Terms )

San Antonio, Texas

Andrea Fasanello

Founder and Designer,


Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Dr. Herbert Golder

Professor, Classical Civilization,

Boston University

 Author, Actor, and Film Director

 Editor-in-Chief, Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics

Boston, Massachusetts


Julian Grant

Internationally renowned Composer

Music Education Consultant

Former Head of Music,

St. Paul's Girls School,

London, England

Princeton, New Jersey

Jan Hartke

Director, National Council for

Science and the Environment

 Senior Director, Clinton Climate Initiative

 President, Earth Council Alliance U.S.A.

Washington, D.C.



Ambassador Mussie Hailu

Regional Director,

United Religions Initiative Africa

Chairman, Interfaith

Peace-building Initiative

 United Religions Initiative

Representative to the United Nations

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Brad Hilton

President, Legion Financial Group
CEO, Hilton Institute of Business
Global Business Leader, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist
Grandson of Hotel Legend Conrad N. Hilton
Active with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, one of the largest Philanthropic Organizations in the world
Houston, Texas

Fritz Holt

Town and Country Insurance Agency

Houston, Texas


Mariam Issa

Founder & President, Pakistani-American Volunteers Association
Vice President, Houston Mayoral Advisory Board for International
Affairs/Development Asia

President, Pakistani-American Women's Association
Past President, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association
Board member: Houston 80/20,
PAL-C, Capitol Hill,
Asian American Voter's Coalition, Houston/Karachi Sister City Association, and Asian Pacific American
Heritage Association
Former Boards: UNICEF, Blaffer Gallery,
Asia World Expo,
President, South Asian Chamber of Commerce,
and Asia Society



Lucy Jarvis

Pioneer Woman Television Producer: Winner of 7 Emmy Awards;

2 Peabody Awards;

2 Christopher Awards;

and the

Radio and Television Critics Award.

 President, Jarvis Productions

New York, New York



Anna Reid Jhirad

Principal, Marigold Productions LLC

Motion Picture Producer

and Screen Writer

Washington, D.C.


William P. Kalchoff, M.D.

Cardiovascular Surgeon

Houston, Texas/Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Anthony Kouzounis

Supreme Vice President

American Hellenic Educational Professional Association USA

Houston, Texas


David Krueger, M.D.

MentorPath, CEO

 Former Professor, Clinical Psychiatry

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas


Heidi Kühn

Founder/CEO, Roots of Peace
University of California, Berkeley,
Alumni of the Year Award, Excellence & Achievement 2002

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2006
The Jefferson Award,
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 2007

San Rafael, California

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Professor Dr. Titus Leber

Austrian Writer/Director renowned for bringing complex and large scale cultural systems to cyberspace including:  the interactive multimedia Encyclopedias: What Did The Buddha Teach?
(Produced/Directed/Created for the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage in Thailand) and Borobudur - Paths to Enlightenment (Commissioned by the Government of Indonesia)
Initiator of Africa Interactive, a large scale smart and social media project aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of Africa
Appointed as a corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences and Art
PhD. from the University of Vienna
Graduate of the American Film Institute
Research Fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies
Member of the European Cultural Parliament
Correspondent Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
Several classical music films were selected by the Cannes Film Festival and awarded at numerous other international film festivals
Multimedia work includes: large scale projects about the cultural heritage of Vienna and Portugal, The Louvre Museum in 3D, as well as an award winning biography of Louis Pasteur, and extensive interactive works about W.A. Mozart, and the Buddha
The works of Titus Leber have been translated into 13 languages
Vienna, Austria

Lelei TuiSamoa LeLaulu
Chairman, Earth Council Alliance
Special Advisor to the World Bank Group
Chairman, Foundation of the Peoples of The South Pacific
Washington, D.C.


Dr. Peter Rupert Lighte

Chairman, J.P. Morgan Chase Banks China

Princeton, New Jersey


Jane H. Macon

Chairman, Siebert Financial

Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP

San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Barry Munitz

Trustee Professor,

California State University, Los Angeles

 Board of Governors, Broad Foundations

Former President, the J. Paul Getty Trust

 Former Chancellor,

The California State University

 Former Chancellor,

The University of Houston

Santa Monica, California


Dr. Piyali Palit

Professor, Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy

Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Ministry of External Affairs,

Government of India

Secretary, International Forum

for Studies & Religion

Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Kolkata, India



Dr. Giovanni Eduardo Picone

Mayor Bacoli City, Naples, Italy

Legal Representative for

American firms TESCF and FOJF

Journalist, I1 Popolo, I1 Corriere dello Sport, and I1 Matino, Italy

Member, the Environmental Commission

Member, the Commission of Cultural Initiatives of the Council of Naples

President, Earth Council Alliance Italia

Board of Directors Earth Council

Geneva, Switzerland

Naples, Italy


Bishop William E. Swing

Episcopal Bishop of California

 Founder, United Religions Initiative

San Francisco, California


Dr. Marshall Thurber

Partner, Global Evolutionary Network

Huber City, Utah



Javier Moreno Valle

Economist, Ministry of Finance

Office of the President of Mexico

Founder and Publisher,

El Financiero, Mexico

Founder and Chairman,

CNI 40 Television Network, Mexico

Winner of Jules Verne Award,

Paris, France

Board of Trustees,

University of the Americas

Patron and Trustee,

Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra

Advisor, National Council for

Science and Technology, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico/New York, N.Y./Houston, TX



Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan

Member of Parliament

 Chairperson, IIC-Asia Project,

India International Centre

Formerly, Secretary, Department of Arts, Ministry of Education,

Government of India

New Delhi, India


Trammell Whitfield

Trammell-Whitfield Properties

Marina del Rey, California


Edwin Zappe

Educator, Author, Philosopher

Salzburg, Austria



Wilhelm Scholê International Alumni Advisory Board



Anyika Jordan Allen

Fulbright Scholar

Award winning Educator:

New York City Public Schools

New York, New York



Jefferson Todd Frazier

Renowned Composer, Musician, Educator

 Founder, American Festival for the Arts

 Former Executive Director,

Young Audiences of Houston

 Managing Director,

The Center for Performing Arts Medicine,

Methodist Hospital

Houston, Texas


Cole Hartman

Senior Vice President, Marketing

for Inter/Media Advertising

Los Angeles, California

Marygrace Huber

Director of Administration

Interquest Detection Canines

Houston, Texas


Azamat Kumykov

Investment Director,

Group PromSvyazCapital/Moscow

 Former Associate Director,

Colliers International/Moscow

 Former Financial Analyst,

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Moscow, Russia


Eric Lindsay, M.D.

Pediatric Medicine

Houston, Texas

Regina Jacks Lindsay

Executive Director,

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition

Houston, Texas


Benjamin Morrison

Senior Associate,

Transactions and Restructuring Group


Houston, Texas


Dr. Greg Morrison

Postdoctoral Researcher,

School of Engineering

and Applied Science

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Culver Van Der Jagt

Attorney at Law,

Van Der Jagt Law Firm

 International Diplomacy

Denver, Colorado


Dr. Grant Van Der Jagt

Attorney at Law,

Van Der Jagt Law Firm

 Business Developer, Van Der Jagt Realty

Denver, Colorado


Levon Vartanian, M.D.

Medical Director, Cypress Creek EMS

EMS Medical Director of the Year:

Texas Department

of State Health Services

Houston, Texas

Vikram Vijayvergiya

Senior Director, Travelport

 Director, Worldspan Global Pricing

and Analysis

Atlanta, Georgia


Tatjana Walker, RD, MPH,

MD/MPH Program Coordinator,

University of Texas Health Science Center

San Antonio, Texas


Kristin Yeriazarian

Coordinator, Office of Executive Search

Intellectual Ventures

Seattle, Washington



*Former Wilhelm Scholê International Advisors



Gina Bachauer

“The Queen of Pianists”

Athens, Greece


Dr. Grant Beglarian

Dean, University of Southern California, Department of Fine Arts

President, National Foundation

for the Advancement in the Arts

Miami, Florida

A.J. Carothers, Jr.

Academy Award winning Playwright

Walt Disney Studios

Los Angeles, California


Norman Cousins

Editor-in-Chief, Saturday Review

Recipient, Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Prize

Recipient, United Nations Peace Medal

Recipient, Albert Schweitzer Award

Adjunct Professor,

UCLA College of Medicine

Beverly Hills, California

Richard Colburn

Businessman, Philanthropist, Musician, Patron of the Arts

Principal Financier,

Colburn School for the Performing Arts

Beverly Hills, California

Minna Coe

Philanthropist, Philosopher, Author

David Wolper Documentary:

Story of a Patroness

Pacific Palisades, California

Dr. William Darby

President, Nutrition Foundation

New York, New York


Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap

Chief, U. S. Army Nurse Corps,

Office of the Surgeon General

President, Army Medical Department Museum Foundation

San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Gladys Emerson

Professor and Chair,

Division of Nutritional Sciences

UCLA School of Public Health

Santa Monica, California


Abraham Feinberg

Internationally renowned

Businessman and Philanthropist

 Chairman, Board of Trustees

Brandeis University

Established the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

 Chairman, Board of Trustees

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

New York, New York

Marta Feuchtwanger

Widow of author Leon Feuchtwanger

Pacific Palisades, California

David Ginsberg

Founder, Ginsburg & Leventhal Law Firm; later, Ginsburg, Feldman & Bress

 Founder, Americans

for Democratic Action

 Executive Director, Kerner Commission,

Presidential National Commission

on Civil Disorders

Washington, D.C.


Dr. Nicholas Goncharov

Executive Director, International

Education and Cultural Affairs,

National Board,

YMCA of the United States

Chicago, Illinois

Judge Charles Heidingsfelder

Air Force General

First Legal Counsel

for Wilhelm Scholê International

Houston, Texas

Laura Huxley

Musician, Author, Lecturer

Widow of author/philosopher

Aldous Huxley

Hollywood Hills, California


Dr. David J. Jhirad
Professor and Director
Energy, Resources

and Environment Program
HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Professor in Environmental Policy
Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies

 Chairman, Earth Council Alliance

Washington, D.C.

Dr. Otmar Kolber

Honorary Consul General of  Austria

Dean, Houston Consular Corps

Houston, Texas

Kenneth Low

Doubleday & Company

New York, New York

Frederick Mayer

Renowned Educational Scientist, Philosopher

Author of 60 Books on

Education and Creativity

Vienna, Austria

Lord Yehudi Menuhin

One of the Greatest Violinists

of the 20th Century

London, England


Brigadier General

Robert F. McDermott

First Permanent Dean of Faculty,

United States Air Force Academy

“Father of Modern Military Education

Chairman, International Leadership

Center Foundation

Chairman and CEO, USSA Corporation

San Antonio, Texas


Agnes Mongan

Pioneer in the Study of Drawings

First Female Director,

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University

Recipient, The Merito della

Republica Italiana

Honor: Agnes Mongan Center,

Fogg Art Museum, for the

Study of Prints, Drawings,

and Photographs

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lester Morrison, M.D.

Pioneer Researcher linking diet

and arteriosclerosis

Author and Philosopher

Hollywood Hills, California

Rita Morrison

Philanthropist, Film Maker

Golden Globe Award: Soutine

Hollywood Hills, California

David Gustav Ottoson, M.D.

Secretary General, International

Brain Research Organization

President, Novel Committee

for Physiology or Medicine

Honorary Professor,

Beijing Medical University, China

Special Advisor to

Director General of UNESCO

Stockholm, Sweden

Suzanne Pathé

Daughter of Charles Pathé,

Pioneer in the motion picture industry

and Founder, Société Pathé Frères

Paris, France


William Henry Sebrell, M.D.

Pioneer in Vitamin Research

and International Authority on Nutrition

Discovered the Prevention

and Cure of Pellagra

Renowned Leadership,

United States Public Health Service

and The Institutes of Health

 Executive Director,

Weight Watchers Foundation

Pompano Beach, Florida

Andrés Segovia

Marquis of Salobreña

Most Influential Classical Guitarist

of the 20th Century

Andalusia, Spain


Dr. John Silber

President Emeritus, Boston University

( 2004-2012 )

Chancellor, Boston University

( 1996-2003 )

President, Boston University

( 1971-1996 )

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate

( 1989 )


Boston, Massachusetts


Irving and Jean Stone

Author and Editor

Beverly Hills, California


Grant Taylor, M.D.
Internationally Esteemed Physician
and Humanitarian

Director, Atomic Bomb
Casualty Commission Japan,

after World War II
Chief of Pediatrics, University of Texas,
MD Anderson Hospital

and Tumor Institute
Dean, University of Texas,
Postgraduate School of Medicine,
Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas



Dr. Victor F. Weisskopf

Esteemed Physicist and Philosopher

 Chairman, Physics Department MIT

 Co-founder and Board Member,

Union of Concerned Scientists

 Director General, CERN

 President, American Physical Society

 President, American Academy

of Arts and Sciences

 Appointed by Pope Paul VI

to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

 Boston, Massachusetts