Laura Duncan re-joined WAC in July 2017. She had previously interned with WAC with the International Visitor Program and later served as the Program and Communications Coordinator from 2014-2015, when she departed for a position in Los Angeles with the University of California.
Most recently Laura was the Assistant Director at Beaded Treasures Project, and maintains a passion for being part of the international non-profit community in Louisville. She has wide-ranging experiences working across cultural barriers, from refugees to international diplomats, through her work with UCLA, Beaded Treasures Project, New Americans Initiative and WAC. Laura truly believes that WAC is positioned at the center of Louisville’s international community and is the at the forefront of our region’s identity abroad.
Laura holds a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Political Science from Indiana University Southeast.
Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator
McKenzie Nalley joined in April 2017 as the Marketing, Communications, and Events Coordinator. Prior to the WAC he worked in development, programming, and marketing at Louisville nonprofits Sarabande Books and The Filson Historical Society. He began learning Spanish in college to read his favorite authors in their own language, and spent one semester taking classes and interning at an ecological park in Mérida, México. He is also a writer of middling fiction and very bad poetry and as a writer believes that the sharing of experiences between cultures is important not only to the general development of the human race but to the individual happiness of the human soul.
McKenzie holds a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from Centre College.
Ayako Nakajima is the Japan Outreach Coordinator based at the World Affairs Council. Ayako is from Fukui, Japan, and have worked previously as a cultural representative for Walt Disney World in Florida. She hopes to increase interest in Japan and her primary work will involve programs and workshop on Japanese culture, such as pop culture, business manners and Origami. (Click here to download a brochure of interactive workshops and presentations offered).
The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI : http://www.laurasian.org/joi) aims to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in regions of the United States with relatively few Japanese activities. Its goal is to provide opportunities for exchange and also nurture new leaders in collaboration. This program is jointly administered by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Laurasian Institution (TLI).
Bachelor of Art, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto
Samantha Risen joined WAC in August of 2018 as the Global Education Program VISTA. Prior to joining the WAC she interned with Inspire Kentucky and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. She was a 2017 Summer of Defiance Fellow in conjunction with Planned Parenthood, Grassroots Voter Outreach, and Change Corps. She currently serves on the Big Leadership Team of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.