FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

This list is incomplete and will continue to be updated as photos and bios of past Board members become available

Arnold Regardie practiced law in California for over 40 years before retiring in 2009. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, and a former president of the Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter.  He is the author of a book, “The Art of Clear Writing,” and has written legal articles as well as articles on the Civil War.  

He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Economics and received a Juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Before attending law school he practiced as a certified public accountant in the Washington D.C. area.

Bob Felt was born and raised in Chicago and his college education includes a BS in Business Administration from Northwestern University and an MBA from De Paul University. He has a CPA certification from Illinois and his work experience centered on accounting and finance for smaller and medium sized manufacturing organizations in Illinois, Idaho and Colorado.

He retired in 1995 and relocated to Rancho Bernardo in 1996. His family includes two boys and a loving wife, Mary Alice. He is very heavily involved in volunteer activities in various capacities, principally as treasurer and with a focus on financial activities to contribute to organizations he believes in. He is currently involved with the North County Chapter of the World Affairs Council as Treasurer and Board Member, focusing on handling insurance relations in addition to duties with Membership, Public Relations and assisting in newsletter composition and distribution.

Cy Chadley was born and raised in London where he graduated from University College majoring in Economics. His career with an international British construction company took him to many parts of the world and brought him to San Diego in 1981, where he decided to retire in 1991; Cy became a U.S. citizen in 1993. In addition to his career, he has traveled extensively, visiting over 100 nations, taking a keen interest in local history, politics and culture. He has been active with the San Diego World Affairs Council since 1995 including being President of the North County Chapter from 2004 to 2008. He is the CFO of the SDWAC.

He is a member of the United Nations Associations in the U.K. and the U.S.; past board member of the UNA-SD; presented with the 2010 Carroll and Noah Cannon award for his promotion of the values contained in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Life member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the American and British Humanist Associations and the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego.

FAROUK-AL-NASSERFarouk Al-Nasser was born in Iraq and is a graduate of Baghdad University, the University of Colorado and the University of Denver with B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering, respectively.

During his 42 year career in the high tech industry, he held technical, operational and senior executive management positions at Fortune 500, mid-size and start-up companies in California and Colorado. He is the founder of two data storage companies in San Diego County. In 2003 he joined a Fortune 500 San Diego-based Corporation as an Executive Director of the Iraqi Operations. He “retired” in 2006 and since then has made more than 200 presentations to civic, social and non-profit organizations, and local universities on topics focused on the Middle East – its history and its geopolitics.

Farouk is a past President of the San Diego World Affairs Council and a member of the Continuing Education Center at Rancho Bernardo Academic Committee.

Glenn-BarrogaGlenn Leo Barroga is an international consultant, business developer, and business owner based in San Diego, California.

With the return of democracy to the Philippines and upon the invitation of then President Corazon Aquino, Mr. Barroga started doing work for the Philippines. He was instrumental in several international municipal and trade development projects – master planning at the Manila International Airport, initiating a solid municipal waste collection and disposal plan in metropolitan Manila; identifying and securing contracts to rehabilitate and build power plants and successfully promoting the idea of a computerized lottery for the Philippines.

In addition to his international business development work, Mr. Barroga has worked with state, county, and city governments in the United States and is actively involved in his community. He is also a member of the District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce for San Diego and Imperial Counties, and was the Program Chair for the San Diego World Affairs Council’s Salute the Philippines gala.

Reiss Williams moved to San Diego in 2010 and earned a degree in Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University. In his senior year he served as President of his College Democrats organization and worked fervently to encourage bipartisanship and a knowledge of global issues on campus. For example, he organized meetings with Admiral Len Herring on climate change, and its ramifications for US national security as well as an intimate round table discussion with former Romanian Foreign Minister Adrian Severin, about the Ukraine crisis.

While pursuing his degree he also worked in the highest echelon of retail sales at both Burberry and Prada.

Reiss is an avid watcher of the BBC and has an unbridled love for sports – especially football and cricket, two of the world’s most globally popular games and testaments to the legacy of the British Commonwealth of which he himself is a product. Reiss has a wealth of foreign travel and experience and served as Chair of the SDWAC Young Professionals Committee.

Rita Lim-Wilby is franchise owner for Budget Blinds of North San Diego, a business for custom window coverings, draperies, interior design, floor coverings, and color consulting. The Budget Blinds team designs, provides, and installs solutions for home decorating needs.

Rita also has a PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London. She worked in drug discovery for a total of 10 years at DuPont, Merck and Corvas International, focusing on hepatitis C, malaria, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The project she initiated on the hepatitis C virus led to the first-in-class oral cure in combination therapy for hepatitis C. She spent 12 years in marketing and business development for medical device, biotech, and pharma companies.

Rita is a past member of the International Affairs Board for the City of San Diego and Immediate Past President of San Diego International Sister Cities Association. She also founded PGC200 as a community for professional career development for scientists and engineers, and invented a toilet that is ultralow water use, self cleaning, and customizable.

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