U.S. Board of Advisors
Mercedes Arzú Wilson of Guatemala is the founder and President of the Family of the Americas Foundation and founder and Chairman of the Board of the World Organization for the Family. Ms. Wilson has authored numerous articles, books and natural family planning programs and has participated at United Nations conferences in Cairo, Copenhagen, Beijing, Istanbul, and Rome. She is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
The Honorable Trent Franks (R-AZ) is serving his fourth term in the United States Congress, representing the Second District of Arizona. He serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, where he is the ranking member of the Constitution Subcommittee. He is an active member of the Republican Study Committee and is an Executive Committee Member of the Tom Lantos Congressional Human Rights Commission, co-founder and co-chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus. Congressman Franks also serves on a host of task force and caucus groups, including the House Working Group on Judicial Accountability, the Education Freedom Caucus, the House Working Group on Waste, Fraud and Abuse, the Liberty Caucus, the Human Rights Caucus, the India Caucus, the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, and is co-founder of the Israel Allies Caucus (IAC).
Cecile Motus is the former Assistant Director for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairsat the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Ms. Motus worked with the Peace Corps in the Philippines to initiate programs in Western Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching English as a second language from the University of Hawaii and the East-West International Center in Honolulu. Born in the Philippines, she has a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of San Carlos in Cebu and is a graduate of Redford High School, Detroit, where she was an American Field Service exchange student.
Al Santoli, Director and President of the Asia-America Initiative. Mr. Santoli is a noted specialist on human rights, social development and security issues. Since 2002, his non-profit Development for Peace in Sulu program in the Muslim Mindanao region is among the most successful community development and terrorism deterrence programs in East Asia. AAI humanitarian relief projects, such has earthquake relief for Pakistan, are models of Inter-Faith humanitarian intervention in areas of religious conflict. He is the editor of the Asia America Initiative's China In-Focus and Asia In-Focus e-publications.