The Bulgarian-American Society (BAS) is a non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1991 in Washington DC to assist the Bulgarian people. We work with non-profit groups and individuals in Bulgaria and the U.S, who seek to promote the welfare of the Bulgarian people, and we maintain contact with government officials in Washington DC and Sofia. BAS is a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  We welcome your support for the Bulgarian people.
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Stanimir Alexandrov, President
Avis Bohlen, Vice President
Meryl Steigman, Executive Director
Tel: (301) 229-7509
Fax: (301) 229-7526
Please make checks payable to the Bulgarian-American Society
Meryl Steigman, Executive Director
Bulgarian-American Society
7701 Granada Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817-6607

Board of Directors

Assen Assenov is an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning at American University, Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was assistant professor in economics at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics  at American University in Washington, DC  in 2006 and is an adjunct professor at American University School of International Service. Dr. Assenov co-founded the Bulgarian Community Center and Bulgarian Music Society in Washington DC.

Nicholas Kralev is an author and expert on diplomacy, world affairs and global travel. He hosts the weekly program "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev." A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state -- Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. He has flown over 2 million miles and visited 84 countries. He is the author of America's Other Army and Decoding Air Travel. He is also the founder of Kralev International LLC, a consulting and training company in the fields of diplomacy, world affairs and global travel. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and speaks five languages.

Patrick LeCaque is a Professor of French and Director of the Center for International Education at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He is the author of numerous articles on the history and art of Medieval Bulgaria. He studied Bulgarian Philology and Civilization at the École Nationale des Langues Orientales in Paris, and Byzantine Art History at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, and in Bulgaria. He earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris in 1985. He received a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria, in 2004.

Kathy Hoffman Pardew worked in education and served in a number of volunteer humanitarian programs in the U.S., Germany, Japan and Turkey.  She worked with women's groups to support disadvantaged children and orphans in Japan and Turkey.  During her husband’s tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, she brought national prominence to women’s health issues through support to the Bulgarian Breast Cancer Campaign.  Her efforts encouraged Mammography International to provide specialized training and equipment donations to Bulgarian health centers. She continues to support the Ballet Academy for young people in Marian and the “Baba Program” for daily care of children at the orphanage in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.   She is currently working for Accotink Academy Therapy Day School for special needs students.

Don Wallace is currently Chairman, International Law Institute and Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, and Of Counsel, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Washington, DC. Professor Wallace is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, and served as US delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and as vice president of the Uniform Law Foundation in Rome. He is former chairman of the international law section of the American Bar Association and has been a director on the Bulgarian-American Society board since its inception. He received a BA from Yale University and an LLB from Harvard University.

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