2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
William Godnick, MAIPS '97
William ''Bill'' Godnick received his M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in December 1997 after serving as a Small Business Advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras (1993-1995) and completing his B.S. in International Business at San Francisco State University. Since June 2009 he has been the Public Security Program Coordinator for the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) based out of Lima, Peru. With UNLIREC he is responsible for managing technical assistance programs to Latin American and Caribbean governments seeking to curb illicit arms trafficking and reduce armed violence. Prior to joining the UN, Bill served for seven years as Senior Policy Advisor for Latin America with the London-based NGO International Alert where he led research programs, training and advisory services in post-conflict peacebuilding, alternative economic development and security and human rights frameworks around oil and mining operations with a focus on Colombia and Guatemala.
During his time at MIIS Bill focused his studies on security, human rights and governance issues, the Latin American region and Spanish-language coursework. Upon graduation he spent two years working on campus with Dr. Edward Laurance creating the Program on Security and Development and an NGO network dedicated to addressing the problems of excessive small arms proliferation that eventually became the International Action Network on Small Arms. In 2010, Bill received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (UK) and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at MIIS, CSUMB and Barry University in Miami, Florida. He serves as an adviser and peer reviewer for a number of institutions including the Small Arms Survey at the University of Geneva, the Center for Reconciliation at the Bogotá, Colombia Chamber of Commerce and the National Public Security Academy of El Salvador.
Bill was born in the Bahamas, but grew up at the other end of the Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz. He has been an avid surfer since 1982 and is married to his lovely wife Martha, who is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, since 1999. Martha and Bill have three children Joanne (12), Monica (11) and Bill Jr. (8) who study at Leonardo Davinci School in Lima, Peru.
2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
Amaury Cooper, MAIPS '05
Amaury Cooper is Deputy Director of Risk Management & Global Security at International Relief & Development (IRD) where he oversees all aspects of security, crisis, and business continuity management for the organization’s international programs, including: personnel and facility security; pre-deployment security training; contingency and emergency planning & management; and internal investigations.
He has over ten years’ experience in international private and NGO sector crisis and security analysis, planning, and management. Prior to IRD, he held positions in crisis response, security management, and threat analysis at Creative Associates, CHF International, Control Risks, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
Amaury is a co-founder and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA); founding Chair of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council's (OSAC) International Development Working Group (IDWG) and Steering Committee member of OSAC’s Pan-Asian Regional Council (PARC); He is an active member of InterAction’s Security Advisory Group (SAG) and also sits on the International Leadership Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and the Board of Advisors of the American Mandarin Society.
He earned an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies focusing on the nexus of terrorism and transnational crime, and its effects on security and development of post-conflict/failed states. He earned a BA in International Relations with minors in Global Peace & Security and East Asian Cultural Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has certificates in Project Management from Georgetown University as well as Advanced Mandarin Chinese from Tsinghua University and Beijing Normal University, in Beijing, China. He is fluent in French and Mandarin Chinese, with a working knowledge of Spanish and has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
2013 Alumni Volunteer Service Award Recipient
Sylvio Baltodano, MBA ‘95
Mr. Sylvio Baltodano is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of LANS Chemicals & Co. In 1993, Mr. Baltodano began his career in the petrochemical industry with Esso Standard Oil (Exxon-Mobil.) From 1996 to 2010, he worked throughout the United States and overseas in several high-level sales, marketing, operations and finance positions. These include pharmaceutical and rent-a-car industry leaders Merck & Co. (1996-2007) and Avis Budget Group (2007-2010).
As Director of Avis Budget Group’s Latin America and Caribbean Region, he led businesses that generated more than $100 million in annual revenues. Mr. Baltodano is the sole owner and President of Balmesa Global, LLC, a sales/marketing consulting company specializing in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries that he founded in 2010. Prior to being appointed CEO for LANS Chemicals in early November, 2011, Mr. Baltodano served as Global Business Unit Director for Falcon Technologies Inc., a partner of BASF, the chemical company where he led business development efforts in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Mr. Baltodano earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Costa Rica. As a Fulbright scholar, he obtained his MBA in international business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College in Monterey, California. He is the founder of the Monterey Institute South Florida alumni chapter. In just one year, the chapter has flourished as they have hosted numerous events, assisted with prospective student recruiting and initiated the South Florida Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund.