Who We Are
The directors of Vote World Parliament are presented here
in the order in which they became involved.
Jim Stark was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1943. He graduated from Laurentian University in 1967. In 1977, he founded Operation Dismantle, a national nuclear disarmament organization, where he served as President and CEO until 1985 (see Cold War Blues or The Canadian Encyclopedia). In the following decades, he and his wife Earleen Devine owned and operated a small business called Life Profiles, taping or writing the life stories of seniors (for their children and families). In 2004, Jim founded the non-profit NGO “Vote World Parliament” (or “VWP”) and has served on the Board ever since. Jim has written ten of his own books, both fiction and non-fiction (all available on Amazon) including “the book” on the VWP initiative, entitled World Democracy through a global referendum.
Earleen Devine was born in Shawville, Quebec, Canada in 1953. She received her Honours BA in Art History and Criticism from the University of Western Ontario in 1981. In addition to working in Life Profiles, Earleen has completed three of her own books, Second Breath and Skeleton Dance (fiction) and Aphrodite’s Touch (poetry). Her primary responsibility in Vote World Parliament is that of researcher. Earleen is the mother of a daughter, Thea, and a son, Martin, and lives in Shawville with her husband Jim.
Ted Stalets was born in Pana, Illinois. He received a masters degree in mass communications from the University of Illinois before spending a corporate career with the music company – Baldwin Piano. From the time of his first Radio Shack TRS80 computer in the late 1970s, he has developed a deep respect for the evolving computer revolution, and more recently, the Internet revolution. An avid futurist, Ted has developed several hundred websites featuring various emerging technologies geared toward the non-technical person. He served as literary agent for Rescue Plan for Planet Earth (since retitled as World Democracy through a global referendum). Ted developed a portable voting booth for the global referendum initiative, allowing the ballot form located at our home page to be multiplied many times over – throughout the Internet. Ted serves as president of Vote World Parliament and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Chisom Laura Ugwu was born in Nigeria. She received her Bachelors in Economics and her Masters in International Affairs at Middle Tennessee State University in 2018. She was awarded the Tau Sigma National Honors Society and was on the Dean’s List during her Masters program. Chisom has devoted her life to studying and implementing programs dealing with international affairs such as civil-military relations, conflict and peace resolution, border control/security, and media engagement and public relations. Chisom is on the VWP board of directors as the NGO Ambassador for the initiative, building consensus for a democratic world parliament through the myriad of non-governmental organizations around the world.