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The UNA Tampa Film Festival ....1 Int’l Year of Sanitation ................2

UNA-USA United Nations Association
Tampa Bay Chapter

Board of Directors for 2008 ........3 Events & Information..................4

Volume XXXII, No. 1 Jan 2008 “Working Together for Peace, Freedom and Justice” UNA FILM FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON THE “REEL” FORGOTTEN
Date: Saturday January 26th 2007 Time: 11:30AM -1:30PM Where: St. Pete Campus USF Campus Activities Centre Room.CAC-124
*To attend please RSVP STEPHANIE KWAN at 727-692-306 or email

The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay’s Young Professionals for International Co-operation (YPIC) is proud to host a film festival in honor of International Rights for the Mentally and Physically Disabled. The United
Eric Rosenthal - Founder of Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) will be presenting at the USF St. Petersburg Campus.

Rosenthal has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, and the US National Council on Disability. He also serves on the International Watch Advisory Committee of the US National Council on Disability (NCD) and is the primary author of US Foreign Policy and Disability: Legislative Strategies and Civil Rights Protections to Ensure Inclusion of People with Disabilities (September 2003). In May 2001, the Mental Health Association of New York awarded him a "Humanitarian Award" for "exceptional dedication and leadership in advocating for the humane treatment of people with mental disabilities worldwide." SEE FILM DETAILS BELOW pg. 2

Nations regularly celebrates the power of films dealing with human rights and host academics and filmmakers who encourage dialogue and action by humanizing global and local problems. Eric Rosenthal, founder of Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI), will join the UNA

UNA members $13 Students $10 RSVP online at or phone Ms. Kwan 727-692-306 or Email

January 26th at the University of Florida, St. Petersburg Campus. Rosenthal will introduce four short films and hosts an open discussion on the United Nation’s role in preserving the rights of the mentally disabled.

UNA Welcomes New Directors to the Board and a New President
The United Nations Association Tampa Bay Chapter held its elections on November 3, 2007. Along with a new President, a few new well-known names in the Tampa Bay international circles will be stepping into the Board. Kelly Milizano will be filling in the shoes of Paul Yingst who was the President of the chapter for nearly a decade. After the by-laws were changed through headquarters in New York in 2007, the new Board of Directors was set at 15 seats. Installation of the new Board for 2008 and President took place on December 10, 2007. The installation was performed by Frank Hartvelt who is a former Director with UNDP.

Forgotten People
“Forgotten People” is a documentary by Mental Disability Rights International, which documents the inhumane conditions faced by individuals with mental disabilities situated in grossly understaffed, inadequate and neglectful psychiatric facilities around the world. The "Forgotten People" is a film exposes the heinous conditions of a psychiatric ward in Mexico. feature is narrated by Susan Sarandon, with music by Peter Gabriel. Footage was incorporated into a training video for U.S. State Department officials on assessing and reporting on abuses of persons with psychiatric illness or mental retardation, and was featured as part of the World Health Organization's World Health Day. Link to video:

The President’s Message……
I wish you all a Happy New Year. We ended the year with a successful membership drive, which culminated in a lovely holiday social. Recognizing the accomplishments of past president Paul Yingst and the 2007 UNA-USA Tampa Bay Chapter Board, our 2008 Board members are poised to continue to promote understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations System. Our Chapter will continue to work hard to promote a strong advocacy agenda and expand quality programs and events for our membership and the general public. On January 26th, the United Nations Association’s Young Professionals for International

The United Nations Declares 2008 International Year of Sanitation
Proper sanitation: It’s a seemingly mundane thing that most people in the developed world take for granted. But at least 2.6 billion people – some 41 percent of the global population do not have access to latrines or any sort of basic sanitation facilities. As a result millions suffer from a wide range of preventable illnesses, such as diarrhea, which claim thousands of lives each day, primarily young children. To put the spotlight on this issue the UN General Assembly declared the year 2008 the International Year of Sanitation. The goal is to raise awareness and to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015.

Cooperation will present a documentary film festival in honor of International Rights for the Physically and Mentally Disabled at the U.S.F. St. Pete campus. In addition, our chapter is honored to host the UNA-USA Florida Division Convention on May 9-10th at Eckerd College. We are pleased that Shrimatee OjahMaharaj will chair the planning committee for the Florida Division convention. Please feel free to volunteer to participate and support in the activities prior to and during the convention. It is our wish to make this a memorable event. A description of committees responsibilities are listed on our website. I look forward to your support and involvement in our fine Chapter events this coming year. -Kelly Miliziano

DID YOU KNOW? The United Nations and other international organizations are working towards preventing foreign companies from dumping waste in developing nations, making transnational corporations pay for the pollution they produce, and enlisting the First World in helping to clean up the Third World's environment.

Tampa Bay Chapter

UNA Board of Directors-2008
Dr. Mark Amen is a new Board of Director. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has been at USF as a faculty member in the Department of Government and International Affairs since 1982.

Kimberley Williams is the new Vice-President of Programs. She is a history professor at Hillsborough Community College and has a Master’s in History.

Reflections & A Word of Thanks……….
Welcome Back! It’s wonderful to be back and we have an

Suja Chetty is the Treasurer. She works at Jabil Circuit as a Project Manager and is a graduate of Engineering from USF.

exciting year ahead with a number of inspiring monthly programs lined up for 2008. In retrospect, 2007 was an

Susan James is a new Board of Director and is a Coordinator for the International Programs at USF. She has her Masters in Development Studies and a second Masters in Sociology.

Maja Lacevic is the University representative and is an International Affairs student at USF.

astounding year for the Tampa chapter and we managed to revamp the chapter to greater

Roslyn Linnen is the Vice-President of Membership and has been in this position for three years. She

strides. In just one year, we brought up our membership by 15 % which makes us one of the largest chapters in the United States. Along with the rise in numbers, we managed

Dr. Timothy Kennedy is a new Board of Director. He is the Chair of Communications Dept. and professor at the University of Tampa. He is an expert in the field of development communication by using modern communication technology to assist emerging peoples in governance.

has a Master of Science Degree in Health Science Administration and is actively involved with community work.

Kelly Miliziano is the Tampa Chapter President for 2008. She was the former Vice President of Education. She is a teacher and Dept Chair at Wharton High School in Tampa, and is completing

to change our chapter bylaws, implement a new website, and line -up international guest speakers for our UNA Speakers Series. Through the Speakers Series we embraced Tampa Bay’s

Dr. William McReynolds is a new Board of Director and will be serving as the VicePresident of Government & Advocacy and will be second to the President. He is a professor at the University of Tampa and has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

her PhD dissertation at the University of South Florida.

Jill Isaac-Johnson is the former Chair of Programs and has taken on the role of Newsletter Editor. She is an Adjunct-Faculty Instructor at the University of Tampa and is also a TV anchor for PBS. Jill has a

international community, and together built awareness and strengthened ties globally. These changes would not have happened if it wasn’t for the hard work and passion of last year’s President Paul Yingst

Rajeev Ratra is the VP Technology. He is also the CEO of Arnima Design and has offices in Asia and North America. Being an Engineeer by profession and the son of a Diplomat, he has lived in various countries and travels frequently to developing nations.

Masters in Diplomacy & International Affairs and a Masters in Public & Corporate Communications.

Jennifer Kon will be serving as Secretary to the Chapter and served as an intern for the UNA Global Classrooms Program. She is a graduate of USF and a MBA graduate from Schiller University.

and supporting Directors who helped shape and build the organization. Words can’t express not just from myself, but from our membership, the

Greg Rublee is the new VP of Education . He is a Professor at the University of Tampa. In 2007 he was elected to the Oldsmar City Council. He has a Masters degree in National Security Studies Paul Yingst is the former President of the Tampa Chapter for total of eight years. He stepped down from his position in Nov 2007 and will now be serving the Board as a Director. He and his wife Marjorie have been members of the chapter since Ryan Nevel- is the new YPIC Chair. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida and works at a mental rehab. agency. 1981. Paul is a former Councilman for the City of St. Petersburg and is a Commissioner of the St Petersburg Housing Authority. Paul holds the degrees of Electrical Engineer and Juris Doctor,

difference these changes have made for our UNA chapter and what was in their hearts for the organization, ultimately came through. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart”. D.Laird

-Jill Isaac, Editor

Tampa Bay Chapter

New Members (16): Mr. Javier Alamillo; Joan & Charles Axt; Mr. Balaji Duchetty; Ms. Marien Elizabeth; Lorena & DIRECTORS
Kelly Miliziano -President Dr. William McReynolds-1st VP VP Gov’t. & Advocacy Roslyn Linnen-VP Membership Rajeev Ratra –VP Technology Greg Rublee- VP Education Kimberley Williams-VP Programs Suja Chetty-Treasurer Jennifer Kon-Secretary Dr. Mark Amen Jill Isaac- Johnson-Editor Susan James Dr. Tim Kennedy Maja Lacevic-University Rep. Ryan Nevel – YPIC Chair Paul Yingst-Former President Annual Membership (select one) Introductory Individual ___ $ 25 Individual Renewal ___ $ 35 Family ___ $ 40 Student Organization Sponsor ___ $ 10 ___ $ 40 ___ $ 100 Patron ___ $500

Jorge Ortiz; Kelly Reynolds; Mae Darhadi-Rokh & Behrouz Rokh; Danielle Schechter; Linda Priester Steeley; Dr Timothy and Robin Kennedy; GFWC North Pinellas Women’s Club; Amira Salama; and Samantha Webb. Renewed Members (26): Dr. Mark Amen; Bob Collette & Dorothy Bach; Alana Cefaratti; Lillana Correa; Elizabeth Dunn; Roger & Jeanne Ernst; Natasha Ghent-Rodriguez; Judy Hoffman; Leanna Leitnaker; Dr Harvey Nelsen; Janet & John Olson; Dr Charles & Mary Ratliff; Dr Maria & Greg Rublee; Juan Santiago-Matias; Ms Sujatha Chetty; Rush Dozier, Sr; Beverly Ledbetter; Marcie Lee; Dr William McReynolds; Anne Richter; Cindy Scaglione; and Joanne Shrewsberry
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