World Neighbors was incorporated on Sept. 12, 1952, as a private, charitable, not-for-profit corporation. A volunteer board of trustees, whose members come from all over the world, contribute their time and expertise to govern World Neighbors. Trustees are elected for a term of three years.


Susan Chambers, M.D.*

Lakeside Women’s Hospital

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Vice Chair

Becky Collins*

President and CEO (Retired), Tulsa Global Alliance

Tulsa, Oklahoma


Vlad Sambaiew*

U.S. Diplomat & Foundation President (Retired)

Gruver, Texas


Emily Estes*

Community Volunteer

Hartford, Connecticut

Carol Blackwood, Community Volunteer, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Martha Burger, Community Volunteer, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mara Tshibaka Cichocki, Executive Producer, FeFiFo Films, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Stephanie Conduff, J.D., Founder, Leche Lounge, LLC; Chief Executive Officer, Sovereign Concepts, LLC, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Nicholas Duncan, Duncan Real Estate, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Anita Kendrick, Consultant, World Bank, New Dehli India

Michael Merrigan, Transportation and Security Administration, Bloomfield, Connecticut

Wayne Moyer, Ph.D.*, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science, Grinnell College, Kellogg, Iowa

Marla Persky*, President & CEO, WOMN LLC; President & CEO, Epicurean Travel LLC, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Ujjwal Pradhan, Chief of Party, Tetra Tech ARD, New Dehli, India

Caroline Patton*, Community Volunteer, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Nani Pybus, Ph.D., CRA, Manager, University Center for Proposal Development Division of the Vice President for Research, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Kate Schecter, Ph.D.*, ex officio, President & CEO, World Neighbors, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jay Shanker, J.D.*, Attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Clayton Taylor, Principal, The Taylor Group, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

*Executive Committee Member