Board of Directors


Roger Kotila, PhdRoger Kotila, President

Dr. Roger Kotila is a psychologist and peace activist. Receiving a Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1969, he has worked in community mental health, for the State of California, and in private practice. Dr. Kotila served his clinical internship on a Public Health Fellowship at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital in conjunction with Stanford University’s Dept. of Psychiatry. He has been a radio producer (Earthstar Radio, San Francisco), organized and worked with the homeless, and is an advocate/activist in the nonviolent protest movement for safe energy, human rights, and peaceful solutions. Roger is USA Vice President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association whose mission is to build a parallel world body to the United Nations, an emerging Earth Federation with a Provisional World Parliament under the Earth Constitution. A world citizen and world federalist, Roger is married with four children and four grandchildren. He resides with his wife, a tax consultant and musician/composer, in Marin County, California.


bob_hansonRobert Hanson, Treasurer

Dr. Robert Hanson is emeritus Professor of Recreation at San Diego State University, where he was on the faculty for 23 years. He is and has been a leading member of many activist groups including the United Nations Association, Citizens for Global Solutions, Amnesty International, Peace Action West, Common Cause, United for Peace and Justice, and others. He is also a member of the Green Party. A World Federalist for over 40 years, he is also a contributor to Toward Democratic World Federation.


bob_neumannRobert Neumann, Secretary

Mr. Neumann has been fascinated by world government for close to 50 years and an active member of the World Federalist movement since the 1970’s. Although he left it unpublished, Mr. Neumann completed an original book of poetry on arguments centered on the need for World Government. He completed his B.A., M.A., and graduate work in the fields of History and Political Science. He taught as a secondary school teacher for 22 years and became a General Contractor in his 50’s. In 1992 both he and his wife retired and set out on a grand ten-year world adventure on their 47-foot sailboat. After his travels, Mr. Neumann returned to California in 2002 to resume contracting work and D.W.F. activities.


member-blank-lgJim Barton

Jim Barton grew up in New Jersey, outside of NY City, and is a semi-retired technical writer. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he majored in History and German Studies. He researched the origins of the West German Green Party and helped co-found the Green Party of California in 1990. Mr. Barton attended the University of California, Davis law school for one year. He was introduced to the concept of global governance in the book Planethood, which he read in August 1989, three months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jim joined the UN Association, excited about the upcoming 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (“Earth Summit”) and served on a local board from 1990-92. Jim is also on the national UNA committee for forming local Council of Organization councils, and has studied the process of the 1944-45 grassroots push for the UN. Jim is recognized as a leading grassroots climate activist in Asheville, NC, and has been active with Mr. Barton is also on the board of the Center for War/Peace Studies, Citizens for Global Solutions, the Federation for Democratic World Federation, and the Western North Carolina UNA chapter.


fred_duperraultFred Duperrault

Fred Duperrault served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1944 to ’46. He received his B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1959. From 1970 to 1990, he was a political activist in Wisconsin, during which time he also worked as a member of U.S. Sen. William Proxmire’s staff (1972-1989.) In the late 70’s, he became an active World Federalist. He was a member of the national WFA Board during much of the 80’s and 90’s and a member of the Wisconsin Governor’s Commission on the U.N. in the mid 80’s. During the late 80’s, he became president of the Milwaukee WFA Chapter. He moved to California and became president of WFA’s Northern California chapter. Fred co-founded the Action Coalition for Global Change and was its President from the mid to late 90’s. He also co-founded the Silicon Valley Impeachment Coalition, which is still active. Currently, he is a Board Member of Citizens for a U.N. People’s Parliamentary Assembly, a Green Party activist, an anti-war activist in Veterans For Peace and Mountain View Voices for Peace, and has served as the Vice President of DWF. He and his wife Lois have been married since 1949 and have two daughters and two sons.


bob_flaxRobert Flax

Bob Flax, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, organization development consultant, activist, and teacher. He has a B.A. in psychology and philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in psychology from Long Island University, an M.A. in organization development from Sonoma State University, and a Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute. Dr. Flax began his career as a psychotherapist in the late 1970’s. His initial work focused on psychotherapy integration and therapist growth and development. He expanded his focus to include larger systems and studied organization development and conflict resolution. He has worked in a wide range of settings, including businesses, non-profits, intentional communities, and over 16 years with the California State Prison system. Moving to still larger systems, he turned his attention to the way we work together as citizens of the world. Bob has participated in international citizen diplomacy projects and is currently designing a course in World Federalism for Saybrook University, where he has been on the faculty for over 18 years. Dr. Flax lives in a cohousing community in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys outdoor adventure activities, swing dancing and meditation.


mary_harrisMary Harris

Mary Harris received her BA from San Francisco State College (now University,) and went on to receive her MA from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She continued on with her studies and completed post-graduate work at U.C. Santa Cruz, at U.C. Berkeley, at Kaohsiung Medical College in Taiwan, in Sasebo, Japan, and in Paris, France. She received her life-time teaching credential from Laguna Salada School District. Mary taught at an elementary school level in California from 1955 to 1960 and from 1968 to 1983. During the interim period, she taught at schools overseas. In 1983, she became an art teacher and taught at the Sanchez Cultural & Art Center then at the Community Center in Pacifica until 2003. Mary was Secretary of the A. Philip Randolph Institute of San Mateo County. She became active with the World Federalist Association of Northern California in the 1980’s, eventually becoming Secretary. She also served as Secretary of the Democratic World Federalists. She is a member/supporter of the A.C.L.U., Greenpeace, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Sierra Club, KQED, KPFA, and others. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Sanchez Art Center and the Art Guild of Pacifica.


glen_martinGlen Martin

Dr. Glen T. Martin is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Radford University in Virginia and Chairperson of the Radford University program in Peace Studies. He has published or edited eight books and many articles related to philosophy of law, democracy, and democratic world government. His most recent book is The Earth Federation Movement: Founding a Social Contract for the People of Earth. Martin is President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA, that coordinates the work of people in 120 countries worldwide on behalf of establishing non-military democratic world government under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. He is also a Professor and President of the Institute on World Problems (IOWP), holding seminars in different locations around the world to train future leaders to deal with global problems in the light of democratic world government.


john_sutterJohn O. Sutter

John O. Sutter earned his first two degrees at Washington University after serving in combat and military government in Germany, experiences that led to his starting a dissertation on a United States of Europe. In the U.S. Foreign Service, he helped close the American Consulate General in Shanghai and open the Consulate in Surabaya. Indonesian language and area studies, followed by a stint as economic officer in the American Embassy, Jakarta, resulted in his doctoral dissertation on political influences on the Indonesian economy (Cornell U.). He married a wonderful woman, Doris, and during three decades with The Asia Foundation he worked with the people and governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Pakistan in addition to serving in the San Francisco home office. Since joining the [U.S.] World Federalist Association in 1987, John has served as Editor of the Northern California World Federalist (1987-91) and its renamed Toward Democratic World Federation (1996– ); he also held the offices of Treasurer, Vice President, and President, first of W.F.A. of Northern California and subsequently of Democratic World Federalists, which now has supporters from around the world. He helped organize the San Francisco Hearing of the U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the U.N. in 1993. He also served on the Board of the W.F.A. (1989-2003) and its policy committee, and headed its liaison committee for the [global] World Federalist Movement. He served on the Council of the W.F.M. (1991-2007), headed its committee on Federalism and the Right of People to Self-Government, and in 1995 organized its World Congress in San Francisco with its symposium on “Restructuring the United Nations: Achieving Democratic Global Governance for the 21st Century.”


jerry_tetalmanJerry Tetalman

As an Ohio teenager, Jerry protested the Vietnam War and also registered as a conscientious objector to the draft. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Nursing and earned his M.S. in Psychology in 1982 in San Diego. He worked as a registered nurse until 1989 when he became a top-producing Real Estate Broker. In 2002, appalled by the US invasion of Iraq, he participated in anti-war protests around the country and attended The World Federalist Movements international meeting in Copenhagen. In 2005, he and Byron Belitsos co-authored One World Democracy: A Progressive Vision for Enforceable Global Law. It won an Award for best political science book in 2005. Jerry appeared on TV and talk radio shows to promote it. He has been President of both the San Diego Chapter and the California statewide Citizens for Global Solutions. He has traveled to several international peace conferences including Global Healing II in Bali with Desmond Tutu and one in India keynoted by the Dali Llama where Jerry presented a paper on the causes of war. In 2012 he ran for Congress as the Democratic candidate in the 49th California Congressional district receiving more votes than any past Democratic challenger.

Board of Directors

Roger Kotila, President
Robert Hanson, Treasurer
Robert Neumann, Secretary
Jim Barton
Fred Duperrault
Robert Flax
Mary Harris
Glen Martin
John O. Sutter
Jerry Tetalman

Advisory Board

Paul Anderson
Joseph P. Baratta
Bill Bryant
Tad Daley
Esther Franklin
Ron Glossop
Chris Hamer
Eric R. Schultz
Shahriar Sharei
Hank Stone

World Federation Advocates

Lawrence Abbot
Mortimer J. Adler
Keith Beggs
Grenville Clark
Norman Cousins
Tom Griessemer
Max Habicht
Dale Hiller
Robert M. Hutchins
Gilbert Jonas
Shunsaku Kato
Lucio Levi
Georgia Lloyd
Cord Meyer
Cleo Michelson
Robert Muller
Vernon Mash
Emery Reves
Owen J. Roberts
Clarence Streit
Henry Usborne
Barbara Walker
Lucy Webster
E.B. White
Harris Wofford