VOLUNTEERS & LEADERSHIP
Splitting time living in both her hometown of Guadalajara and Raleigh, Alma has over twenty-five years between IBM and Lenovo with tech experience across different areas such as engineering, planning, production, customer fulfillment specialist for large equipment used in big data centers.
Asia is a teacher in the Raleigh area and serves RSC as the Ambassador for Rionegro. She enjoys collaborating with people around the world by traveling. She also enjoys giving people a warm oasis in their home as an Interior Designer. She has one-year old daughter and they are birthday twins.
Bonnie Battin Bishop
Bonnie, recently relocated from Scottsdale, Arizona, to be closer to her family in Raleigh. She loves foreign cultures having lived in Scotland, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany and Nairobi, Kenya. She was previously the President and Founder of Friends of Africa International.
Cara Nina Gentile
Cara went to Compiégne as an exchange student many moons ago, an experience that fostered a love of travel and cross-cultural connection. These days she travels with her husband Tim, daughter Giavanna, and son Laszlo.
Director of Community Relations
Charles is a North Carolina native, UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and current customer solutions/problem solver at Pendo. He helps RSC by being an advocate for global communities and membership to support our global programs.
Director of Affiliations
A healthcare professional and currently a Global Medical Affairs Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, Clare is originally from Nairobi. She helps to guide our new agreements through formation across the world.
President Emeritus + City Council Appointee
Cody is a Raleigh native with time spent in Los Angeles and Seattle. He is hopeful that Sister Cities continues to transform Raleigh into an international partner and an inclusive destination for many across the world.
Board Member + City Council Appointee
David is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the NC Symphony and is on the faculty of Raleigh Charter High School. He is a Raleigh City Council appointee and received a certificate in non-profit management from Duke University in 2019.
Isaac is the President and Founder of Myles of Great Hopes and leads the organization's work in several states and different countries. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, and organizing international events.
Jessica is the Public Relations and International Tourism Director for Visit Raleigh. She looks forward to continuing to promote Raleigh as an international gateway and an innovative destination for businesses and leisure travelers from around the globe.
Katey worked in the professional museum field for over 20 years and recently retired from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as the Head of Featured Experiences. She manages our partnership with Hull, England.
President and Gibraltar Ambassador
Mary Clare Freeman
Mary Clare is a native to Raleigh with extensive global diplomacy experience to complement her MA in International Affairs from UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2019 she began the process for Raleigh to become Gibraltar's first-ever Sister City and was elected RSC President in October 2022.
Director of Communications
Kevin retired in 2017 after 40+ years in the banking industry. He now stays busy by being on the Boards of three non-profits and with his activities as a volunteer photographer for various non-profits. He manages accounts and finances for RSC.
Syr (Lebanon) Ambassador
Khodr Zaarour, PhD
Khodr holds graduate degrees in public and international relations, economics, political science, liberal studies and history with a focus on International Relations, Comparative Politics and American foreign policy. A resident of Raleigh, he is currently teaching at Hampton University.
A proven and successful governmental affairs and community relations specialist, Melissa helps guide RSC with domestic administration and diplomacy policy. She has the most wonderful two dogs in the world, Boone and Graham.
Michele is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®. She has only been in Raleigh for the past two years, but it has been one of her favorite places to live. During her free time, she likes to try new cuisines and spend quality time with her family.
Director of Development
Meetal is a mathematics education researcher. She is a proud nerd and loves collaborating with Sister Cities volunteers. Her role is to support the community-facing board members in achieving the RSC's mission through fundraising and other external investment.
Linda is a retired after several decades working in software R & D at SAS, in Cary, North Carolina. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hosting visitors, museums, reading, theater, traveling, and spending some downtime with her family in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Chief Information Officer
Pat is a retired non-profit administrator and helps out with administrative items and membership for RSC. She enjoys all the arts that the City of Raleigh has to offer and likes to get out and explore the Raleigh greenways and enjoy hosting group bike rides for RSC.
Virginia is a Raleigh native and graduate of Appalachian State University. When she isn't consulting on political campaigns, she can be found reading a book, walking her dog, or browsing the stalls at a farmer's market.
Ximena has dedicated her career to designing and producing events while connecting her passion to her work. Business trips have taken her to many countries, where she has been able to learn about their cultures and ways of life.