Welcome New Board Members

Fr. Josh Thomas —  June 22, 2016 — Leave a comment

The Kids4Peace International Board of Directors elected three new members this week.  Welcome to the Kids4Peace Team – Rokas Beresniovas, Jesse Raben & Kevin Rachlin. 

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Rokas Beresniovas works as a Vice President at the State Bank of India (California) in Washington, DC.

Born in Lithuania, Rokas emigrated to the U.S. in 1999. From there he worked his way up the corporate ladder, and in 2006 he began work in the financial services sector at Bank of America. In August 2007, Rokas became a Vice President of Business Development for Eagle Bank where he helped grow the bank by double digits. Following this, Rokas was recruited by HSBC Bank USA, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. As Vice President of Global Business Banking, Rokas helped grow and sustain their international presence in the Washington DC market. In 2013, Rokas was recruited by the State Bank of India (California) to head its east coast commercial business expansion.

Giving back to the community is also important to Rokas. In 2007, he joined the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) and was elected VP in 2011 and President in 2012. Currently, Rokas is a board member of Pebbles of Hope, Kids 4 Peace International, the Joy of Motion, and an honorary board member for The Embassy Series. In the past, Rokas served on the Board of Directors for the CSAAC Foundation, the GMC and Global Tassels.

Recently, Rokas was awarded the 2016 SmartCEO Washington DC Executive Management Award and was a finalist for the 2015 SmartCEO Washington DC Money Manager Award. He also won a Global Tassels Community Innovator Award (2015) and The Eurasia Center Golden BRICS Award (2014).

Rokas is the founder of the Lithuanian nonprofit organization Global Lithuanian Leaders (GLL) and was recognized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015 for outstanding leadership in youth mentoring.


Jesse Raben

Jesse Raben is the Associate General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the American Psychological Association where he has been for over 15 years focusing on intellectual property, internet privacy and technology issues, corporate compliance, contracts, corporate governance and general business and legal risk management. Before joining APA, Jesse clerked for the Supreme Court of Hawaii and worked pro bono for an environmental watch dog group in Israel in 1994 before becoming an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and then at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, DC. In 1998, Jesse started and operated his own internet retail company but came back to practicing law in late 2000.

He earned is J.D. from Georgetown University in 1993 and his B.A. from Tufts University in 1988. He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.

Kevin Rachlin

unnamed-3Kevin Rachlin currently serves as the Director of Government Affairs for the Basic Education Coalition, advocating for expanded and equitable access to quality basic education so that all children around the world have a chance to learn. Prior to this, Kevin served at J Street, a pro-Israel pro-peace lobby in Washington, DC for over six years as the Deputy Chief of Staff as well as the Deputy Director of Government Affairs. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Kevin received his BA in Political Science and International Studies from The Ohio State University and his MS in Health and Medical Policy from George Mason University. In 2006, he studied in at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he witnessed the 2006 Lebanon War and Gaza conflict, which deeply impacted his commitment to peace in the region. Kevin currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, Jennifer and is expecting their first child in December 2016.

Fr. Josh Thomas


Executive Director (USA) of Kids4Peace International. Presbyter, The Episcopal Church.

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