Biographies: BAS Officers
Stanimir Alexandrov, President, is a partner of the international law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, specializing in the areas of international dispute resolution, including international arbitration and disputes before the World Trade Organization. Prior to that, he was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Mr. Alexandrov holds both Russian and U.S. law degrees and is an adjunct professor of law at The George Washington University Law School.
Avis Bohlen, Vice President, was the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and subsequently the Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control. A career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Bohlen has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe in charge of security issues and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Ambassador Bohlen has been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and served on the International Commission on the Balkans. Currently, she chairs the Board of IREX (International Research and Exhanges Board) and serves on numerous other boards including the Board of the American College of Sophia. She is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Ms. Bohlen earned a B.A. from Radcliffe College and an M.A, from Columbia University.
Ken Hill directed Peace Corps programs in Bulgaria, Macedonia and eastern Russia, was Chief of Operations for Peace Corps programs in Europe and Asia and was appointed Chief of Staff of the Peace Corps in 2001. Following his retirement from the Peace Corps, he was elected to the Board of the National Peace Corps Association and served as its Chair until 2006. He chairs the Alexandria-Gyumri, Armenia Sister Cities Committee and volunteers for the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship program, assessing candidates in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Mr. Hill has been a member of the panel recommending candidates for fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and has observed elections for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mr. Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey in the 60s and held senior posts in the Peace Corps and other federal agencies in the 70s. From 1981 to 1993 he owned and operated the Pine Cove Marina in Solomons, Maryland.
Meryl Steigman, Executive Director, worked as a legislative aide on Capital Hill for three years before accompanying her husband to Foreign Service posts in Europe and Africa. She gave guitar lessons while in Africa. Upon her return to Washington, she worked with the State Department to write and edit reports on issues affecting women in the Foreign Service. She has been executive director of the Bulgarian-American Society since its founding in 1991. Ms. Steigman holds an AB from Hunter College and an AM from the University of Chicago.
The Bulgarian-American Society promotes the development of democracy in Bulgaria by supporting programs that meet humanitarian, educational, environmental or economic needs in Bulgaria, and/or strengthen relations between Bulgaria and the United States