Key Personnel

Dr. Kenneth Hood, Chair - Dr. Hood is an emeritus professor at the University of Vermont with many years of experience working in Asia. He began this work in 1986 when he co-established a program on the study of China. Dr. Hood was instrumental in making Thailand an integral part of the program as well. Dr. Hood has taught in China, Thailand, Japan, Bhutan, and the Caribbean. Dr. Hood has also been a member of several advisory boards. Most recently, he worked as an advisor to an international youth leadership program.

Dr. Emily Hong Yue Guo, Treasurer - Dr. Guo grew up in Beijing, China. She studied Chinese Cultural Studies at both Chinese and American universities. She has lived and worked in America for more than twenty years. Dr. Guo has extensive knowledge and experience in cross-cultural understanding and exchange. She taught Chinese culture, religion, and history at several American colleges. She is the founder and former executive director of Vermont Peace Academy and is currently the director of the Asia-Pacific Institute and Study Abroad Program at Goddard College. In the past five years, she has devoted herself to creating international exchange programs.

Ms. Kathleen Shepherd, Secretary - Ms. Shepherd taught youth with learning disabilities for 20 years in several New York City, Vermont, and New Hampshire schools. To advocate peace at the individual, interpersonal, school, community, and international levels, she has taught nuclear age curricula, peer mediation, cooperative learning, conflict management, the peaceful classroom, and compassionate communication. Her commitment to international education as a force for peace made her co-director of nine term-long international exchange programs for Dartmouth College students in southern and eastern Africa. Today, she continues activist work toward peace, justice, and protection of the natural environment. She is the grandmother of three young girls for whom she works to build a more peaceful future.