The Executive Team of Archipelago Rising bring complimentary skill-sets and follow a common vision of the knowledge and learning approach to leadership.

Melinda McClimans, PhD

Founder and CEO
Experienced educator in Middle East and Global Studies. Her specialty is cross-cultural community-building and teamwork. PhD in Education, Ohio State University. Dr. McClimans has extensive experience in the Middle East, Britain, Southeast Asia, and Switzerland. She is a cross-cultural learning and teamwork expert, focused on change leadership.

Elmer “Kevin” Rich, MS

Founding Partner and CFO
Elmer Rich is a veteran of financial services and marketing tapped into a vast network of financial industry professionals. Masters in Psychology. Mr. Rich’s background includes management consulting, financial services and market research and consumer goods and advertising.  He has been a licensed securities broker, investment advisor and insurance agent. He attended the Writer’s Workshop at U. of Iowa,  a BA from the U. of Illinois and Masters of Science in Life Span Developmental Psychology from U. of Chicago. He is also doing course work in neuroscience, biology, genomics and the humanities.  

Richard (Dick) Graham, J.D.

Chief Communications Officer
After 22 years of law practice, Dick Graham was hired by the Mayor Michael B. Coleman to manage a failing City of Columbus housing program. He brought it from dysfunctional to success, surpassing every productivity goal. He then went on to represent three major areas of the city as a Neighborhood Liaison, overseeing a combined population of approximately 250,000.

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