Bill has been a middle school social studies teacher for more than 25 years in Perrysburg, Ohio. Throughout his career, he looked for ways to bring the world into his classroom. With the help of others who also believed in the virtues of global citizenship, he turned that passion into the World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio.
He has been able to share this passion with many international visitors as well as his family, friends, and colleagues. He has presented at many conferences, seminars, and workshops on the local, state, national, and international stage. Hosting many individuals and groups in many programs both abroad and locally has helped cement his love for all things international.
One of his proudest accomplishments has been seeing the Global Studies Diploma make a difference in the lives of local high school students. Bill continues to learn every day with a deep passion for developing meaningful relationships across the globe. His wife and children have supported his fascinating journey.
Erin D. Weiker, M.Ed.
Mrs. Erin Weiker is an award-winning Social Studies Teacher at Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio. The past 17 years, she has taught American History, Advanced Placement Comparative Politics, and Global Issues. As the founder of Clay’s Model United Nations program, Erin regularly organizes Model United Nations competitions for schools in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Mrs. Weiker is committed to quality global education and believes the world is our classroom. She organizes trips abroad for her students, the most recent of which was a 10-day tour through Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary. She and her husband regularly host exchange students in her home and helped to organize an exchange with Szeged, Hungary, Toledo’s sister city.
In 2014, Erin began a partnership with WAC-NWO while piloting the Global Studies Diploma Program. In 2018, Clay officially adopted the program as a curriculum option for students. Erin looks forward to continuing the partnership to bring quality global education opportunities to the students of Northwest Ohio.
At the age of 15, Kelly Arman had a very unique opportunity to volunteer at a hospital in St. Lucia over her summer break. Her experiences there ignited a lifelong interest in travel, developing relationships with people from other cultures, and learning about their customs.
As a member of WAC-NWO since 2013, Ms. Arman and her daughter, Olivia, took part in a cultural exchange program, spending two weeks with families in Hungary in 2014 and hosting students from Hungary in 2015. Kelly and her family also hosted a Thai student for a year-long educational exchange for the 2014-15 school year. More recently, she participated in a week-long NEELI Seminar in partnership with the Eurotender Association, collaborating with youth workers from Hungary, Greece, Italy, Romania, and Spain, sharing best practices in active citizenship and community organizing for minority and marginalized groups.
Kelly currently works as a financial services assistant at Savage & Associates in Toledo and is owner of WordStock Solutions, which provides resume and coaching services for job seekers. She has traveled to Mexico, Canada, the US and British Virgin Islands, Europe, and Asia, and is planning additional excursions now that her children are older. With her participation in WAC-NWO, Kelly hopes to spread awareness of and increase discourse for global issues on a local level.
Cindy J. Brock is a Licensed Independent Social Worker from Toledo, OH. She holds a Master of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. Aside from international travel, she enjoys reading, making mosaics, and volunteering in her community. She is an Area Representative for foreign exchange students. Cindy is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in South Africa 2012-2014.
Christian Soto has been working on the updates for the World Affairs Council website. He is currently a student at The University of Toledo studying Theatre. He enjoys learning about new things especially world cultures.
Christian was a member of the Clay High School Model United Nations (2015-2018) and served as Co-President. He graduated high school in 2018 with The Global Scholars Diploma and is an example of how much you can learn from this program. He feels that his sense of worldview and understanding has enhanced and that this program has given him opportunities like being apart of The World Affairs Council.