Meet the Vice President of Travel

Shoshana Altrichter

Vice President of Travel

ext. 209 | saltrichter@wacphila.org

Shoshana has been with the travel department at the World Affairs Council for over sixteen years. Prior to joining the Council, she worked for the Jewish Federation in Philadelphia. Shoshana received her B.S. from Drexel University in Film & Video production with a minor in Political Science. She worked in the local film industry for a few years, before shifting her focus to the non-profit sector. Shoshana has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East and has led many tours for the organization.

Japan: Land of Cultural Treasures, March 17 - 29, 2022 led by:

Liz Brailsford

Liz Brailsford is President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, joining the office from the World Affairs Councils of America, the umbrella organization in Washington, DC, where she served as chief operating officer. Liz’s career has crossed all sectors, nonprofit, private, and public. Her love of all things international began after undergrad during her years in the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program, a Japanese government program that places native English-speaking teachers in public schools across the country. Following Liz’s time in Japan, she led the international department at Relocation Today, a global mobility firm, where she headed operations, business development, client relations, and staff management of the department. After Relocation Today, she served as a consultant to Panagora, a DC-based implementing partner of USAID, and the USDA’s Food for Progress Program, responsible for communications at the former and research and analysis at the latter. Liz has served on the boards of multiple Japan-related nonprofits, such as the Japan America Society of Minnesota, the JET Alumni Association of Minnesota, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee. She also regularly participates as a mentor in programs for young women professionals seeking careers in foreign policy and international relations. Liz is currently a member of the Women's Foreign Policy Group, the UN Association of the U.S., League of Women Voters, the DC JET Alumni Association, and a sustaining member of the U.S. JET Alumni Association. She holds an M.P.A. in global policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School (and served on the school’s alumni association board) and a B.A. in media arts from the University of South Carolina.

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The Historic Rhine, October 22 - November 2, 2021 led by:

Dr. Joyce Davis

Joyce M. Davis is the President and CEO of WAC of Harrisburg. She is Opinion Editor for PennLive and has a distinguished career working for some of the most respected media organizations in the United States. Based in Prague, Davis served several years as Associate Director of Broadcasting for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty supervising broadcast services to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the countries of Central Asia. She is widely traveled in the region and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kyrgyz International University in 2007. Davis is also the recipient of three other honorary doctorate degrees from universities in the United States. A native of New Orleans, she has lived and worked around the globe, including in Athens and Paris, and has specialized in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Her experience includes several years as Middle East editor and special correspondent for National Public Radio, where she also served a Deputy Foreign Editor and Senior Foreign Editor. She was awarded two Columbia Du-Pont silver batons for her work covering the globe. She is author of two books on the Middle East, as well as numerous articles and broadcasts. During her time in Washington, Davis served as Journalist in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs. Davis currently hosts the award-winning weekly political podcast Battleground PA for PennLive, the major news organization in the capital of Pennsylvania. She writes regular commentaries and editorials for the online and print news organization.

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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords, June 3 - 10, 2022, led by:

Lise Falskow

Lise Falskow is the President & CEO of the Alaska World Affairs Council. She was born and raised in Alaska and holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College. She worked as a CPA in Seattle, Washington and Zurich, Switzerland. She then helped establish a Financial Analyst Group for the Energy Division of a major oil company in Oslo, Norway. As a dual Norwegian and US Citizen, her interest in world cultures has taken her to many exciting places, including her return to Anchorage, Alaska where she is the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consul for Alaska. Lise is a member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena Society and was named one of Anchorage’s Top 40 Under 40. With close ties to the local community, she was recently appointed as the Honorary Commander of the F-22 fighter unit, known as the Dicemen. Lise has a passion for sports, music (including playing the piano), and has participated in 6 Ironman Triathlons.

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The Charm of the Amalfi Coast, November 3 - 11, 2021, led by:

Trina Medarev

Trina Medarev is the Executive Director & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. She has enjoyed serving on the nominating committee, as well as the planning committee for the annual World Affairs Councils of America National Conference in Washington, D.C. Engaged in the First Coast community, Trina is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2013. She currently serves as a member of the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Jacksonville Women’s Network, as a trustee for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville’s Bulletin Committee. In 2018, she served on the JAXUSA Elevate Northeast Florida Steering Committee. Trina is a founding member of the Jacksonville Business Journal Leadership Trust and serves on the Florida Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. With a passion for learning about the world and its people, Trina enjoyed leading the Israel: Land of Cultural Treasures Tour in March, 2020.

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Swiss Alps & the Italian Lakes, July 6 - 16, 2022 led by:

Derrick Olsen

Derrick Olsen is President of WorldOregon, and a former Foreign Service Officer. Derrick was the Vice President of Regional Strategy at the regional economic development nonprofit Greater Portland Inc (GPI) where he led the implementation of Greater Portland Global, the region’s Global Trade and Investment Plan developed as part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint program of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. Previously, Derrick managed international trade and investment issues for over four years with Business Oregon (the Oregon Business Development Department). In 2013, Derrick participated in the U.S.-Spain Council Young Leaders Program. Derrick also has over 13 years of experience managing political and economic issues as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State in Latin America, Asia, and Washington, DC, with four overseas tours including as Chief of the U.S. Embassy’s Political Section in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Fluent in Spanish, he has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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Legendary Turkey, October 15 - 29, 2021, Led by:

Don Samford

Don Samford is a retired History/Social Science instructor from Eureka High School and Illinois Central College Psychology adjunct. He is currently active in the Peoria Area World Affairs Council where he is Past President and Chairman of the Education Outreach and Program Committees. Don is a past National Board Member of the World Affairs Councils of America, now serves on the Advisory Board and serves on the Global Education Committee. He gives presentations on a variety of historical and international events and specializes in the countries of Cuba and Turkey.

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Faces of Tanzania, February 6 - 18, 2022 led by:

Dr. Carla Thorson

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs at World Affairs in Northern California, leads program design and management, including over 100 global policy forums each year, the global philanthropy forum and an education program for high school and college students. Prior to joining World Affairs, Dr. Thorson taught political science at UCLA and worked for the UCLA International Institute's Center for European and Eurasian Studies. As a consultant at the RAND Corporation and analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. she focused on democratization processes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics, and while working at IREX, she helped establish one of the first US nonprofit offices in Moscow in 1989-90. Thorson got her PhD in political science at UCLA, an MLitt at the University of Oxford and a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a world traveler, Dr. Thorson enjoys sharing her experiences with World Affairs members and has led several Council tours, including Cuba, Russia and Central Asia. She has also lectured on cruises to the Baltics, Antarctica and Iceland, and most recently on our 2019 trip to Tanzania.

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Enchanting Ireland, July 31 - August 12, 2022 led by:

Dr. Pamela Zeiser

Dr. Pamela A. Zeiser is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, and both a Masters degree in International Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zeiser teaches courses on International Relations and Europe, generally, with special interests in foreign policy and the European Union. Dr. Zeiser has lectured for previous World Affairs Council programs in Europe, including two previous programs in Germany and the Czech Republic, and has led student study abroad groups to Central Europe. She is a member of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, where she volunteers as liaison between the Council and the University of North Florida.

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