31 May 2017

I am delighted to announce some organizational changes in Minas International.

First, I will be moving into a new position and leaving the post of President. The Presidency will now be shared by Jane Bircher (Australian/Swiss) and Betsy Laboe (American). I will take on the newly created position of Executive Director for GlobeStrong, a Minas International youth educational program which encourages volunteerism and intercultural dialogue. I will also remain on Minas International’s Board of Directors helping to develop and execute organizational strategy.

Our Leadership Committee will be joined by Fiby Albert (Belgian), Aude Courot (French), Corinne Kaskarian (French), and Minette Swart (South African).

Aude assumes the role of Program Leader for Minas Living, Minas International’s online English language magazine. She takes over this responsibility from former Vice-President Abby Elowsky (American) who recently returned to the United States. Fiby and Corinne will focus on event development and Minette will assist with membership and event execution.

It has been my great honor and pleasure to have served as President of Minas International since its founding in 2009. The energy and dedication of the many volunteers I have been privileged to work with over these years has been inspirational. I look forward to continuing to serve on the Board and helping the organization grow. I am extremely excited about this new and challenging opportunity to lead GlobeStrong. GlobeStrong can help make a real difference in how youth envision tomorrow by learning to engage today.

Please join me in thanking Betsy, Jane, Aude, Corine, Fiby and Minette for their volunteer service to Minas International and in wishing them success and enjoyment in their new roles.



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Maxine T. McClellan

Founder and President, Minas International



  1. Douglas B Trent  01/06/2017 at 12:38

    Congratulations, Maxine, on your incredible vision and leadership for so many years. I am certain you will excel in your new position!

    Cheers, Douglas Trent

  2. Abby Elowsky  12/06/2017 at 14:07

    Congratulations everyone! Best wishes in your new role Maxine!


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