UNA-Connecticut Board Members

Board of Directors
President, Joseph Baxer
Vice-President, Robert Petrausch
 Treasurer, Norman Peccini
 Secretary, Barbara Bacewicz
Membership, Karen Pease Marino
Outreach Communications Team
 Robert Petrausch, Terri Brennan,Miguel Arroyo
Advocacy, Sergei Kambalov 
At Large, George Rawitscher Valentin Dumitrascu 
  Emerita, Caroline Bridgmen-Reese


Dr. Joseph Baxer, President

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Dr. Baxer is President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut., previously Executive Director of the Intercultural Institute of Connecticut and  US representative to the United Nations for the London based NGO, Strategies for Peace. He holds Doctorates in psychology and theology, along with advanced degrees in philosophy and sociology, having studied at the Gregorian University, Oxford University, Graduate Theological Foundation, Harvard, and the Catholic University of America.  He has led seminars and lectured internationally on conflict resolution and cross cultural dialogue, participating in international peace missions to Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nicaragua.  He has traveled and spoken extensively in Europe, the Middle East, South America and the Philippines. An ordained priest with the American Catholic Church, he has ministered in multicultural churches, directed a large inner city homeless shelter/rehabilitation center, and in Rome, Italy collaborated in the leadership of an international Church Order.  His latest book, An Intercultural Life:  is available in English and French.  He lives with his wife, Barbara Bacewicz in Kent, CT.


Dr. Robert Petrausch, Vice President 


Dr. Petrausch,  is a faculty member and former chair of the department of mass communication at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. He holds a doctorate in education from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia University as well as MS from Boston University’s School of Communications. He has extensive international experience as an academic and former communications executive with global organizations. He is a member of the Princeton Club in New York City

Dr. Petrausch recently spent time in Europe and in particular Barcelona, Spain discussing global issues with academics and communication leaders. He also attended the Leadership Summit of the United Nations Association-USA in Washington, DC earlier this year.