Directors and Balkan Representatives

Board of Directors

Kathy Buck is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Art Ed. and a M.Ed. from the University of Arizona.  She is a retired elementary school art teacher who has spent many years working with children’s art  programs and developing curriculum.  She and her husband have been GCO volunteers in Ireland and Croatia.

Karen Fagerstrom a licensed psychologist, received her doctoral degree from The George Washington University, and completed pre and post doctoral training at the University of California in San Francisco and the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition in Marin County, California.  As a clinician in private practice in Berkeley, California, Dr. Fagerstrom works with separating and divorcing couples and their children, providing diagnostic, consultation and counseling services to parents and children during and following divorce. She has volunteered with GCO every summer since 1999, participating in programs in the Balkans and Ireland.

Linda Hunter is a licensed psychologist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor who directs a nonprofit agency which provides no-cost therapeutic services to children and families in schools, clinics, shelters and hospitals.  She has been working with children and families for over 20 years in Hawaii, Florida, and New York.  Linda presents, teaches, and writes extensively on play and sand tray play therapy.  She has authored several articles and a book, Images of Resiliency: Troubled Children Create Healing Stories in the Language of Sandplay. She has volunteered with GCO for four summers since 1999, three on Badija, and once in Ireland.

Fred Tanenbaum served as a GCO President for seven years. He graduated from UCLA in 1963 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a graduate of Hastings College of the Law 1966 with Juris Doctor degree. Fred is a Member of the California State Bar, Los Angeles County Bar Association, California Applicant’s Attorney’s Association and the Southern California Applicants’ Attorneys Association. Fred has participated in GCO programs in the Balkans and Ireland since 1996.

Balkan Representatives

Alma Elezovic has participated in Global Children’s Organization (GCO) programs since 1999, and currently serves as GCO’s Balkan Coordinator. Over the past 12 years, Alma has been active in numerous humanitarian efforts providing aid and assistance to victims of war, including work in a local hospital, supervision of children’s programs, coordination of the opening of Pavarotti Music Center in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BIH) and work as a trainer with OSCE (Organization of Security Council of Europe) and EC-TAER (European Council-Technical Assistance to the Education Reform in BIH).  Past jobs included coordinating big projects (Music Centre Pavarotti), project managing, team leading and training and facilitating.  In recent years, she has developed a career as a tour guide, and currently holds the official tour guide license established by Federal Ministry of tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Feđa Kulenović is  an information specialist, intercultural navigator and a volunteer enrolled in PhD studies in information and communication science. He is a member of Global Children’s Organization (GCO) family since 1996. In summer of 2011,  he developed a GCO camp program for young adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds entitled “Starting Conversations”. Experience with GCO has enabled him to pursue his interest in researching how information science and technology can positively influence development in the world. He works at the Peace Support Operations Training Centre (, occasionally consults with archives, museums and libraries on digitization and use of IT for better communication with their users. He is also running a project aimed at blind and visually impaired people titled “Reading for Ubuntu” (