Who we are


  • Established in January 2003 at the United Nations
  • Not-for-profit 501(c) (3) established in March 2005. (New York State No. 20-97-18; Employee I.D. number:11-3735587).
  • NGO at the United Nations with the Department of Public Information. (July 2006)
  • D.O.E. Vendor Number for Books and curriculum for World Affairs in Foreign Films, International Cinema Education, # INT 735587; 10/5/11


BOARD OF DIRECTORS (In alphabetical order)

Karen Andronico, Ph. D. – Karen has taught for many years and currently serves as an assistant principal of English in a NYCDOE high school. As an advocate of using film in the classroom to develop critical thinking skills, she promotes the Foreign Films in Global Affairs curriculum and encourages both social studies and English teachers to incorporate FILMeds into their curriculum.


Richard Block, Esq.

Kristina Kirtley, M.A. – Kristina has a degree in English Literature from Stanford University and an M.A. in Secondary English Education from City College (CUNY). She has taught English and Film Studies at Lehman High School in the Bronx and has been a Program Manager at I.C.E. for seven years. Presently, she is a Producer at WNET.

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Lesley Leben

James McSherry

Will Nix, Esq.

Lorraine Prout – Lorraine has been a NYC public school teacher for 6 years, during which time she educated students on world cultures in both ELA and World Cinema classes to get students excited about learning more about foreign affairs. She spent the summer of 2015 studying British and Irish literature at the University of Edinburgh and currently teaches ELA at Francis Lewis High School in Queens.


Vartges Saroyan, Esq.

Roberta Seret, Ph. D. – Roberta is President and Founder of the N.G.O. at the United Nations, International Cinema Education. She is also director of Advanced English and Film for Diplomats at the U.N. Author of World Affairs in Foreign Films and creator of FILMeds.

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Steven Talay

Judith Vogel – Judith is Vice President of International Cinema Education. She particularly enjoys her direct work with the students in helping them understand the message and universality of the films shown at the UN and their schools. She is currently a volunteer at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, an avid participant in NYC’s myriad cultural offerings, and a world traveler.


Linda Weinberger – Linda taught English as a second language for the Turkish American Association in Turkey and Georgetown University. She has taught interviewing skills to members of the National Council of Negro Women. For the past 25 years, she has taught kindergarten at The Spence School, an independent girls school in NYC. In addition to teaching, she trains associate teachers and extensive curriculum development.