Board & Staff
Robert Rowen, President
Rob has a history of developing non profit organizations founding the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts, 1990, and the Kaleidoscope Festival, 2003. He has also served as President or Board Chair to many other community organizations such as the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Interbay Peninsula Partnership and the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus.
As Chair of the Military Affairs Committee of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and as a community supporter to the Coalition forces stationed at Central Command since 2002, Rob has a strong connection to working with the military officers of the United States and many international armed forces. His international work started in Bangladesh working with Buddhist Monk Bhante Wimala in building houses and places of worship there at the request of Colonel Ataul Hasan serving at Central Command. This led to talking with the Nepal officers Colonel Bharat Gurung and Prem Pun which led to meeting Hemu Adhikari and the founding of Global Action Coalition. He is also serving as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Tampa Bay Business Committee for Culture and the Arts and on the Global Leadership Coalition as a Florida delegate and finally on the Committee for Foreign Relations Tampa Bay Chapter.
Dennis Meyers, PA, Vice President
Dennis serves as the Vice President of Global Action Coalition. He is a licensed practicing attorney having engaged in complex commercial litigation & insurance defense at all levels in both state and federal courts, and is currently serving as corporate counsel for World Wide Medical Services.
Along with his legal practice, Dennis has served as Board Chairman for CareerSource Tampa Bay; as a member of the Finance & Efficiency Council for Workforce Florida; as President of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce; and as a Director on the Board for Leadership Hillsborough (Class of 2013).
Dennis earned his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island. In addition to his law degree, he holds a B.A. in International Politics & a Minor in Middle East Studies from Penn State University. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1987-1995 as a Hospital Corpsman, and served in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.
Hemu K. Adhikari, Treasurer
I was born and raised in Chitwan, Nepal. I spent my of my school years in a small village of Chitwan. I was lucky enough to complete my high school and continue higher education, that brought me to capital city of Kathmandu. In 1998 I left Nepal and went to Europe for two years and in 1999 I arrived in Tampa, FL. I met Rob Rowen in 2008 through a friend of mine, he has been involved some social work in Bangladesh and wanted to extend that work in Nepal. We traveled to Nepal in 2009 and visited my home town Chitwan. This is how we started Global Action Coalition (GAC) and our work in Chitwan, Nepal. I currently work at MetLife as a Senor Financial Analyst in budget and variance analysis. I am happily married with two boys.
April Brinks-Bailey, Secretary
April Brinks-Bailey is a life-long resident of the Tampa Bay area. She has worked in the non-profit field and has been involved with many community-related causes. She and Robert Rowen met in the early 90s working on educational and military efforts in partnership with the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and MacDill Airforce Base. April joined the Board of Directors of the Global Action Coalition during its inception to continue her efforts of bringing resources to communities in need around the world.
Suzanne Golden has been the owner of Calling All Dogs Pet Sitting since 2004. Her love for dogs has moved her to volunteer time as a foster Mom for Poodle Rescue and donate time at the ASPCA. She is also very concerned about the plight of children around the world and brings her strong background in social media to the Global Action Coalition organization.
Peter Van Den Broucke
For 35 years, I have been a Senior officer with a Master Degree in engineering, and a helicopter pilot in the Belgian Army and Air Force. As an officer and helicopter pilot, during my career, I experienced a lot of missions in other countries. My personal experiences in the Balkans, in Africa and in Afghanistan, have brought me multiple times in contact with the local population. These contacts were often confrontational, but at the same time very human as well.
I have experienced the values and visions of other cultures and people as personal values for myself. It has given me another view on this world and the people that live in it. It has enriched me as an individual and it has given me more value as a human being.
By the end of my military career, I became more and more convinced of the fact that, if we want to make this world a better place, we have to make sure that every child can get a proper education, boys and girls. And so I started my own little project, in Kenya, where, with the support of the Belgian sponsors, we try to help children, who otherwise have no future, to help them get a diploma so that they can take their own future in hand. I am excited about the opportunity to partner with Global Action Coalition and believe the two non-profits will be able to do something very important in Djibouti and other parts of Africa. You can find more info at: www.helpkidstoschool.be or www.facebook.com/helpkidstoschool
Peter has been on our Advisory Board and has offered to be a regular presence in our projects in Djibouti. When I asked about a salary his offer was for us to cover his expenses only. While Peter served as the Senior National Representative at Central Command he and I became very close friends. His passion for helping the people came from his travels and we had many discussions about this. Now that he has retired from the Belgium Air Force he is dedicating a part of his time to making that difference we talked about. I am excited to have him on the team. — Rob Rowen
Global Action Coalition Advisory Board
Bhante Sujatha, Sri Lanka Buddhist Monk, (Blue Lotus Center, Chicago)
Dr. Maria Stuttaford, Public Health and CUF Foundation
Rear Admiral Ret. David Nichols, US Navy, (Deputy Commander USCENTCOM 2005-2007)
Rear Admiral Retired, Henning Bess, German Navy
Brigadier General retired, Arne Skjaerpe, Norwegian
Army Major retired, Hem Pun, Nepal Army
The following officers serve on the Advisory Board, but do not represent their country in any official capacity.
Brigadier General Ataul Hasan, Bengladesh Army
Air Commodore Bill Hinman, Australian Air Force
Air Commodore Dick Newlands, New Zealand Air Force
Colonel Negash Y. Abraha, Ethiopian Army
Colonel Pal Alfheim, Norwegian Army
Colonel Gabor Nagy, Hungarian Army
Captain Kenneth Stewart, Canadian Navy
Lt. Colonel Michael Andersson, Swedish Air Force
Lt. Col Joachim Hjorth, Swedish Air Force
Lt. Colonel Kimmo Lindberg, Finland Army
Lt. Col. Patrick Vermeer, Belgian Army
Jose Coehlo, Portugal
A special thanks for their support in Nepal to:
Lt. Colonel Bharat Gurung, Nepal Army
Lt. Colonel Binea Rana, Nepal Army
Major Prem Pun, Nepal Army