The Go Global NC Board of Advisors is made up of accomplished leaders with a broad range of experience, competencies and perspectives.

Jean Davis is the President of GoGlobal NC’s Board of Advisors. Jean previously served as the president and CEO of MCNC, the technology nonprofit that builds, owns, and operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). Her love for technology and passion for economic development helped ensure MCNC provides the highest level of broadband connectivity and network services for North Carolina’s research, education, non-profit health care, and other community institutions.

Jean’s background includes experience in government, corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with leadership experience in entrepreneurial ventures, executive management, global sales, and technology operations with nearly 30 years successful leadership experience. Her areas of expertise include global operations management, strategic planning, start-ups, and technology-led economic development. Prior to her role at MCNC, Jean served as COO and Executive Director of Business, Industry and Trade at the N.C. Department of Commerce where she directed efforts toward the creation and retention of high-quality jobs by attracting new businesses and supporting existing ones all over the state. Prior to joining Commerce, she was a partner at Empire Properties, and the co-founder/owner of Serentec, Inc., a regulatory compliance firm which was sold to Lloyds Registry, UK in 2003. Jean also held progressive international positions at IBM, Computer Digest Magazine and McGraw Hill.

Jean spent eight years living and working in Europe and has extensive experience in building business operations in Asia, Europe and South America. Jean is a 2005 Eisenhower Fellow and 2009 Henry Toll Fellow. She received her undergraduate honors degree in Political Science and Business Administration at New England College in Arundel, England and her Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.

Emily Finch Johnson is a financial advisor at The Allman Bobbie Group of Baird. After graduating from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Emily moved to Washington, DC where she worked in the House of Representatives as an Executive Assistant. With a desire to pursue a career in finance, Emily joined Baird in January 2015. Outside of work, Emily currently serves on the Board of the NC Triangle Chapter of Ellevate, and she is actively involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. She volunteers as an Alumni Arcadian for Sewanee where she assists the admissions office with local college fairs and admitted students. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, golf and skiing.

Kim Chin is a Partner in McChin Healthcare Solutions, a global consulting company headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina specializing in telehealth and telemedicine innovation. Kim has advised international clinical service clients in teleradiology, telediagnostics, telepathology digital therapeutics and behavior change programs.Prior to The McChin Group, Kim held a variety of senior leadership positions in the private and public sectors. As the head of the development department of a county agency, he helped evaluate, plan and improve a complex transportation corridor between the adjoining states of Oregon and Washington which had a critical impact on jobs in the manufacturing and service industries. In Washington, DC, he worked with District, Northern Virginia and Prince George’s County jurisdictions to successfully implement federally mandated access for seniors and the disabled to jobs, medical services and education.

In addition to serving on Go Global NC’s Board, Kim serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina World Trade Association, a U.S. trade organization representing major companies with domestic and global operations. He is also on the advisory boards of several early-stage and growth companies. Kim is also an active member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.

Kim obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon’s Allen School of Journalism. He is an alumnus of the Cascade Executive Management Program at The Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. He, his wife and daughter reside in Chapel Hill, NC.

Geoff Coltrane is the Senior Education Advisor to the Office of N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, Gov. Cooper’s designee to myFutureNC, and a board member for the N.C. Center for Afterschool Programs and Go Global NC.

Previously, Mr. Coltrane served as the Director of Institutional Research and Strategic Initiatives at the NC School of Science and Mathematics. He was also the Director of Program and Policy at the Hunt Institute, where he was responsible for education programs for policy leaders, including the Governors Education Symposium and the N.C. Legislators Retreat; and the Research and Communications Director at the NC New Schools Project. Geoff started his career as an elementary teacher in Durham, NC.

Mr. Coltrane, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, earned his undergraduate degree in education from UNC-Chapel Hill and his master’s in public policy degree from Duke University.

He is a native of Trinity, N.C. and lives in Durham with his wife, Sneha, and their daughter Asha and son Devak.

Jim Fain is a principal with Reid Street Consulting and immediate past President and CEO of the N. C. Global TransPark, a 2,500 acre industrial and logistics park in Kinston, N.C. Before joining the TransPark, he was a business consultant at KDI Capital Partners, LLC, where he assisted with marketing and client relationship activities.

Jim has the distinction of being North Carolina’s longest serving Secretary of Commerce (2001-2008). Prior to his career in public service, Jim enjoyed a 24 year career with First Union National Bank. His banking assignments included positions in the International Division and Corporate Banking in Charlotte, as Corporate Banking Manager and City Executive in the High Point and Triangle Region Executive in Raleigh.

Fain earned a B.A. and M.B.A. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma while at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Jim is married to Peggy and they have a daughter, Catherine, and son, John.

Edward “Ted” Fiske is an acclaimed journalist, author, and the founder and editor of the Fiske Guide to Collegesem>, one of the best-known college guides in the U.S. In addition to this guide, Fiske has authored a number of other college-focused books, including the Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College, What to Do When for College, Real College Essays that Work, and Nailing the New SAT.

Fiske is also a former Education Editor, columnist and correspondent for The New York Times, and has collaborated on several projects with his wife, Helen F. Ladd, who is a professor at Duke University. Two Fulbright Grants landed Fiske and Ladd in New Zealand and South Africa, where they researched parental choice and public education and the post-apartheid education system respectively. Both experiences resulted in the books, When Schools Compete: A Cautionary Tale and Elusive Equality: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Fiske also is the author of a study of U.S. school reform titled, Smart Schools, Smart Kids.

As a journalist, Fiske has traveled widely, visiting over sixty countries. In addition to The New York Times, Fiske’s work has appeared in several publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Education Week, the Chronicle of Higher Education, New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times.

Fiske has worked as a consultant for Unesco and the World Bank and has served as Director of the Vermont-based College for Every Student and is former chair and current board member of Go Global NC, formerly the Center for International Understanding.

Matt Friedrick is the Executive Director of Development for the NC State College of Education, where he works with donors to support the college’s mission of preparing professionals who educate and lead. Prior to NC State, Matt served as Regional Director for India and Latin America at Duke University and as Director of Global Education Programs at the UNC Center for International Understanding (now Go Global NC). Over his nine years with the Center, Matt and his team launched education programs and collaborative relationships in the U.S., China, India, Denmark, and Mexico. Their most notable accomplishments include a Chinese language program that continues to impact thousands of K-12 students across North Carolina and virtual partnerships that linked NC classrooms to classrooms abroad. Before the Center, Matt taught seventh grade in North Carolina and high school Spanish in Wisconsin. He has devoted his volunteer activities to education-related and global issues in North Carolina, having served as a board member for the Exploris School, as a task force member for the North Carolina State Board of Education, and as a board member for the Longview Foundation, which aims to improve global education in K-12 schools and teacher education programs across the U.S.

Matt earned his Master of Education and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from NC State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Anthropology from Texas A&M University, where he was a McFadden Scholar. He is a 2008 graduate of the NC Education Policy Fellowship Program.

Matt and his wife, Kate, live in Raleigh with their two children.

Tim J. Gabel is the executive vice president for Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences (SSES) at RTI. In this role he is responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing the operations of over 3,000 staff and contractors who conduct a variety of research, development, and technical assistance projects in the U.S. and around the world focused on challenges in health, education, environment, criminal justice, and public policy.
Mr. Gabel joined RTI in 1983 with technical training in statistics and computer science and has served in a variety of leadership roles during his career. He helped pioneer RTI’s early efforts to conceptualize and develop Internet applications for research activities and has extensive experience directing data collection and data processing activities for scientific research studies. More recently, he has helped lead the effort to align RTI to meet the demands of big data and to harness the potential from rapidly advancing technologies.Mr. Gabel earned a B.S. from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from Duke University. He serves on a variety of nonprofit boards, including Go Global NC, the United Way of North Carolina and the Defense Alliance of North Carolina. He and his wife Lisa reside in Mebane, NC, and they have two grown daughters.

Dr. William “Bill” C. Harrison is professional educator with a strong history in education leadership. He served as the chairperson for the North Carolina State Board of Education, which sets policy for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, from 2009 – 2013. He also served as the Governor’s Advisor for Education Transformation, and chairperson of the Governor’s Education Transformation Commission.

Dr. Harrison is currently a senior education advisor to Participate Learning and an education leadership consultant. Previously, he served as the superintendent to North Carolina school systems including Alamance-Burlington, Cumberland County, Hoke County, and Orange County. He served as the assistant superintendent in Brunswick County, and he has been a principal and teacher.

Dr. Harrison was inducted into East Carolina’s College of Education Educators Hall of Fame in 2010 for being a “visionary thinker, dedicated educator, and decisive leader who sees infinite possibilities in the eyes of all children and who works tirelessly to protect their right to the promise of education.” He was the Regional Superintendent of the Year in 2006, honored with the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2007 and 2008, and recipient of the Jay Robinson Leadership Award in 2008.

Dr. Harrison holds a bachelor’s degree in Intermediate Education from Methodist College, a master’s degree in Educational Administration and an education specialist degree in Education Administration from East Carolina University, and an educational doctorate in Education Administration from Vanderbilt University.

Steven H. Kropp is the CEO and President of Comexxco, Inc. an international trading company promoting export as well as the Managing Director of the Tencate Nicolon Latin America Division. Mr. Kropp is an experienced executive and entrepreneur in the industrial and consumer products industries. He has worked throughout North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Australia, and Mexico, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Egypt, Turkey, and North Africa. Mr. Kropp focuses on developing new foreign markets, business turnarounds, and government negotiations.

Mr. Kropp is a member of the Fundacion Ecuatoriana de Estados Maritimos in Ecuador (Overseer for the Galapagos), and the Comite Nacional de Alfabetizacion in Guatamala. He is also active in the Guatemala Trade and Investment Association; the Charlotte Regional Partnership; the World Affairs Council of Charlotte; and the Governor’s International Council in North Carolina, where he represents Guatemala in the North and South Carolina Consular District by promoting trade and tourism.

Mr. Kropp speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Catalan; and he is conversant in French and Portuguese. He graduated from the Rocosa School of Textile Design and Engineering in 1969, and the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters from the University of Barcelona in 1966.

John Loyack is the Vice President of Global Business Services for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. In this role, John leads the department composed of the EDPNC regional offices, the International Trade Division and the small business counseling team known as Business Link North Carolina. This team supports North Carolina businesses in everything from starting up a new enterprise to expanding an existing business to the development of export strategies aimed at increasing international sales. Previous to this, John served as the Director of International Trade for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s lead export assistance agency. On the private sector side, John has more than 25 years’ experience in the area of new product development for companies like MercuryMD, Thomson Reuters, United States Surgical and Esteve Laboratories. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish from Gettysburg College and holds an MBA in International Business Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is fluent in Spanish, is a patent holder and a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP®).
Steven B. Long has served on the UNC System Board of Governors since 2013. He chairs the Committee on University Governance and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. Long leads the Tax and Employee Benefits practice at Ward and Smith in Raleigh. He has extensive experience working with employers in banking, retail, and technology to establish and maintain retirement plans, executive compensation agreements, stock incentive plans and other employee benefits. Steve also advises charities and other tax-exempt organizations regarding their IRC 403(b) and IRC 457 retirement plans, as well as issues related to compliance with Internal Revenue Service and state regulations concerning executive compensation, fundraising and lobbying activities. Additionally, he counsels business owners and individuals in retirement and estate planning.

Tsegga Siyoum Medhin is the President of the UN Women USA NC and founder of The Pearl Leadership Institute, an organization focused on developing and supporting girls/women in STEAM(Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Math) careers. She is an internationally recognized thought leader, speaker on capacity building and social innovation. With the view of positively impacting her African diaspora community and the world Tsegga, focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (UNSDG2030).

Drawing on her unique background in leadership, influence at IBM and Credit Suisse, Ms.Medhin created “Unlock the Pearl Inside You” initiative, to coach local and global shapers on direction, alignment and commitment for peace through development and diplomacy.Ms. Medhin’s invitation to address the United Nations SDG2030, (Sustainable Development Goals) stakeholders meetings in NY on behalf of women and girls; intensified her passion for education, poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Tsegga is the recipient of the US Presidential Volunteer Gold Award from Presidents Obama and Bush.

Ms. Medhin is a graduate of the Executive Leadership from UCLA Anderson School of Management and Harvard Kennedy School of Government in leadership and ethics. She lives in Raleigh with her spouse, and they are the proud parents of two successful daughters.

Nicole Murphey focuses her practice on business needs, including commercial contracts and employment law. Nicole joined the Forrest Firm after practicing with an international law firm where she assisted global corporations, SMEs and entrepreneurs with commercial transactions and employment matters.

In her transactional practice at the Forrest Firm, Ms. Murphey handles business matters such as supply and distribution contracts, framework agreements, licensing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, general terms and conditions, sales and procurement contracts, and business formation. In her employment practice, Nicole focuses on management-side concerns such as independent contractor and employee documents, executive employment, company handbooks and internal policies, termination of employment, severance agreements, enforcement of non-competition clauses and other restrictive covenants.In 2007, Ms. Murphey began practicing at the Atlanta-based law firm of Byrne, Davis & Hicks PC and served as the firm’s first employee in its Charlotte, NC location. She worked exclusively in the firm’s international business practice group, representing German, Swiss, and Austrian parent companies and US subsidiaries across multiple industries. In 2011, she joined the Charlotte office of BridgehouseLaw LLP, where she continued to represent foreign-owned businesses and advised them on expansion and investment in the US market, creation of corporate subsidiaries, commercial transactions, general liability issues and employment matters. She has extensive experience working with multinational corporations, guiding both in-house counsel and external teams through complex dealings. In particular, Nicole has advised domestic and foreign clients with operations in USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and South Africa.

Nicole Murphey is originally from Gastonia, North Carolina and was part of the city’s first Sister Cities exchange program to travel to Gotha, Germany in 1994. Throughout high school and college, Nicole continued her studies in Aachen, Germany and Vienna, Austria and developed a love for foreign language and culture. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in German in 2003 from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a minor in International Studies. She graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2006 with a juris doctor degree.

Justice Orr began his career in Asheville in 1975. In 1986, he was appointed as a Judge to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and elected statewide in 1988. Bob was re-elected to the Court of Appeals in 1992 and then ran successfully for the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1994 and re-elected in 2002. He retired from the Supreme Court in July 2004. After leaving the bench, he became head of the NC Institute for Constitutional Law for 7 years before returning to private practice. He served Of Counsel for Poyner Spruill and Campbell Shatley Attorneys at Law. And finally, Governor McCrory appointed Justice Orr as acting District Attorney for the 24th Judicial District, where he served until June 2014. Bob and his wife split their time between Raleigh and Yancey County. Bob serves on the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, the Southeastern Conference on Genetics in the Courtroom, the Governor’s Crime Commission, the Triangle YMCA Board of Directors, and the Clemson Institute for Parks Board of Advisors.
José A. Pérez, a native of Guatemala, has been exposed to different cultures and countries during his professional career. He has lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. These experiences have enhanced the way he views the world and international opportunities. He is involved in several local and international organizations. José is the Director for Global Markets of iConsulting, an international management consulting company. He works with companies to expand into other markets and provide solutions to their global challenges. He has worked for several multinationals across industries in the areas of international business development and strategic marketing: at Novartis he worked in Product Management and developed the Marketing Intelligence Department; at Alberto Culver he re-structured the Marketing Department; at I.H.S. Group he was Country Manager of Spain, Portugal and Israel; and at Henry Schein he was responsible for International Corporate Accounts. José holds an MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Millie Ravenel is a global educator and was the founder and Executive Director of Center for International Understanding (now Go Global NC) for 32 years, retiring in 2011. During that time, she helped establish programs for education and policy leaders to build economic and educational bridges between North Carolina and countries around the world. During Millie’s tenure, more than 8,000 citizens, teachers, and leaders traveled to 48 different countries, bringing international perspectives back to their classrooms and communities. Since her retirement, Millie has started a non-profit organization working with Go Global NC’s long-time Mexican partner. She also serves on various boards, travels, and spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren.

Emma Shelby is the Director of External Affairs for Western Governors University, where she advances a nationwide strategy to expand access to higher education.

Emma previously worked in state government, first as a staffer and later in the private sector where she advised clients on legislative strategy. She was born and raised overseas, living in the Middle East and Southeast Asia before moving to North Carolina. Emma’s love for her state combined with her childhood experience stirred a passion to expand opportunities for North Carolinians to become more globally connected.

Emma received her B.A. in International Relations from North Carolina State University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.

Liz Tracy is a mission-focused leader with experience in building collaborative communities. She has a deep understanding of how to build initiatives from the ground up with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Liz is currently pursuing her PhD in Industrial/Organizational psychology and NCSU. She is the former director at HQ Raleigh and continues too be part of the startup community through mentoring young companies and through her work as a facilitator. Liz has worked overseas and has taught social entrepreneurship classes to international students, both locally and abroad, for the past eight years. She has a passion for travel, especially if it means sharing a good meal with friends.