Board of Trustees at 2024 Passport to Wine and Dine.

Our Mission

Global Ties Akron strengthens academic, corporate, organizational, and personal links between Northeast Ohio and the world.

Our Vision

  • Global Ties Akron will be recognized community-wide for developing international connections that benefit the Greater Akron community.
  • The Greater Akron community will understand and recognize the importance of Citizen Diplomacy.

Our Values

  • Representative – Global Awareness, Appreciation of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Diplomacy
  • Collaborative – Skill and Knowledge Sharing, Communications, Defining Mutual Goals
  • Professional – Result oriented, Dependability, Integrity, Initiates New Ideas

Our 2023 Impact


Our Staff

Evelyn Williams PhD MEd

Executive Director

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Leading Global Ties Akron as we build global bridges that benefit the Greater Akron and Summit County communities. Moving forward with purpose, mission, and intentionality as we offer professional, cultural, and educational programs that foster cross-cultural understanding.

Adriane Clayton

Program Director & Bookkeeper


Through my work with Global Ties Akron, my focus is on developing impactful programs for international visitors that allow best practices to be shared by the visitors and by their counterparts in Northeast Ohio further building bridges between Akron, OH, and the world.

Our Board of Trustees and Staff

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Holly Harris Bane


Director of Economic & Entrepreneurial Development
City of Aurora, Ohio

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rima Muakkassa, about, board member, GTA

Rima Ghosn Muakkassa, PhD

Vice President

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Litsa Varonis


Hiram College

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Cynthia Robinson


Human Resources, Benefits Specialist
Akron Public Schools

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Juan Eduardo Contreras Barberena

Immediate Past President

Professor of Practice & General Manager of ZTV 
The University of Akron

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Samuel DeShazior

City Council Representative, City of Akron

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Doug Hausknecht

Retired Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business
The University of Akron

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Nassim Mir

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I am well-traveled, which provides me with a diverse, experienced background working and being with people of different ethnic backgrounds. 

Gabriella Paár-Jákli

Associate Professor
Kent State University

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Gina Ioannitou

Research Associate Professor
Le Mans Université

George Haritos

College of Engineering
The University of Akron

Darlyn McDermott

Market Leader and Southern Region Director
MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network

Rebecca Guzy Woodford

Immediate Past President

Greater Akron Chamber

Connie Smoot Krauss

Economic Development
County of Summit Ohio

Amanda Johnson-Toala, PhD

Director, The Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education
Kent State University

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I am an accomplished leader and program/relationship manager with over 15 years of experience in international higher education capacity-building and international student programming. I consider myself a change agent skilled at providing innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to educational issues.

Mahesh Srinivasan

Professor of Supply Chain and Ops Management

Executive Director
Global Engagement

Institute for Global Business

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