The IWTT Team
Dr. Gwendolyn Benson
Dr. Benson serves as the Associate Dean for School, Community and International Partnerships in the College of Education at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.
She previously served as coordinator of the Low Incidence Disabilities Unit of the Division for Exceptional Students in the Georgia Department of Education; also as Director of Educator Preparation for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Director of the
Program for Exceptional Children with the Atlanta Public Schools.
Dr. Benson earned her bachelor’s degree at Alabama State University, her M.Ed. at Auburn University and her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the principal investigator for the Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q), a collection of projects funded by a $13.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is designed to prepare teachers for the demands of teaching high-need subjects in high-need schools. She also works to sustain the College of Education’s professional development school network, facilitates international outreach and partnerships.
Ms. Kimberly King
VP International Relations and Public-Private Partnerships
Kimberly King is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, strategy advisor and change agent in the fields of multi-stakeholder partnerships and alliances, dialogue and civic engagement, cause-marketing and conscious-media; peace building and community
development, and the education and empowerment of women & girls.
King's unique perspective reflects 25 years as a pioneer in systems thinking and social innovation representing trade associations, Fortune 500's, governments, arts & media, NGO's and United Nations.
Dr. Susan L. Ogletree
Dr. Ogletree is Director of the Educational Research Bureau at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Masters of Professional Counseling and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics where she received the Educational Policy Studies Dissertation of the Year Award. In her position as Director of the Educational Research Bureau, her office is responsible for
overseeing $17,000,000 in external funding for national and international programs. She also works with faculty to identify potential partners for both national and international grant initiatives. Her primary research interests include Professional Development Schools, both nationally and internationally, and their impact on academic achievement in high needs urban schools.
Dr. Jacqueline Howard-Matthews
International Development, Intercultural Affairs, Program Development and Management, Fundraising, Monitoring and Evaluation are the experiences Dr. Howard-Matthews brings to the IWTT and IWC network. She has directed major projects in international development and international education valued at more than $45 million dollars. Funders included Ford Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Education, U.S.
Department of Defense and The World Bank. Projects Dr. Howard-Matthews have managed includes: rural development, agricultural performance, rehabilitation of a large-scale farm and training of young adults to assume cooperative ownership of the farm, refugee assistance and student abroad programs.
Dr. Cheryl A. Hill
Dr. Hill is the President, of Integrity International Consulting Group (IICG), Baltimore, Maryland. She has the privilege of being a Special Advisor to several governmental and faith leaders in the United States and abroad. IICG provides consultation, capacity building and various trainings. Dr. Hill has led “nine trade mission trips” to Nigeria. Dr. Hill continues to create safe environments for doing business in Africa through holistic planning and implementation with her team of dedicated partners.
Attorney Manori de Silva
Manori de Silva is an Attorney at the Atlanta, Georgia office of Carreras & Lemoine, LLP where she concentrates her practice on U.S.-European transactions and litigation, including matters involving state and federal law, working also with small to medium-sized businesses and drafting employment documents for U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies.
Manori speaks fluent Dutch and is a Board Member of the Netherlands-American Chamber of Commerce for the Southeastern U.S., based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ms. Jenneke (Jenni) Heerink
Jenni Heerink, born and raised in the Netherlands, is a Creative Strategist, with years of experience leading creative teams for large global corporations. Jenni has expertise in strategic branding for B2B as well as B2C. Project accomplishments include: sales improvements through packaging and retail design for global consumer brands; increased efficiency and time to market creative process alignment, and effective brand integration after mergers or acquisitions.
Ms. Lavonya Jones
Lavonya Jones is a fierce new generation Business Strategist and Leadership Coach with over fourteen years of business, ministry and leadership experience. Lavonya Jones has a B.S. in Entrepreneurship from Hampton University, a M.A. in Organizational Leadership (with a Concentration in Coaching and Mentoring) from Regent University and is completing her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.
This powerhouse businesswoman is also a sought after seminar speaker for youth entrepreneurs, Christian thought leader, author and entrepreneur that will help revolutionize your life, business, ministry or youth program.
Lawrence Schaefer is a Certified Top Level Security Specialist & Government Affairs
Expert. He has extensive international and national experience in high risk and top secret
security, personnel management, and protection. He works with the US Capitol Police serving
as a communications Expert. He holds numerous certifications with the Federal Emergency
Management Association, as well as in emergency management, incident management, emergency communications, continuity operations, and exercise development facilitation. During his 29 years career he has participated in security operations for seven Presidential Inaugurations. is capabilities include working with several executive federal agencies to create a community of Operation.