Leadership

OFFICERS

Edward Wojciech Jeśman

Co-Founder and President of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. Born and raised in Poland. Independent publisher, pro-democracy activist, member of anti-communist opposition in Poland (1976-1982). Political prisoner (1978 and 1981-1982). Political asylee in the United States (Nov. 1982). Real estate broker in California since 1985. Naturalized U.S. citizen since 1990. President of Polish National Congress of Southern California and National Director of the Polish American Congress national organization (2015-2020). Active Polish American lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta (2009) and the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity (2019).
Dr. Bogdan Kotnis

Bogdan Kotnis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Institutional Development

Bogdan Kotnis, Ph.D., is a retired educational administrator in N.Y. State Public School System. He holds a Ph.D. degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s degree in American literature from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Dr. Kotnis is a windsurfing coach of two champions of Poland. He speaks Polish, English, Danish, Russian, Ukrainian, German, and some Spanish. Currently, Dr. Konis is the CEO of the Polonia Global Fund and the owner of Polonia Perspectives. His hobbies include windsurfing, sailing, skiing, tennis, scuba diving, climbing, chess, and bridge. He is married, has two children and two grandchildren.

Wojciech Mazur
Vice President

An engineer and entrepreneur working in the USA. Pioneer in the USA to install solar assisted air conditioning systems and establish energy-saving technology approved by the Department of Public Utility in Connecticut. A social and political activist. In 1985 in Poland, when Solidarity Union was unable to lead underground resistance in Gdansk Region, Wojciech decided to take the lead. He was able to coordinate underground activities and cooperate with others from opposing ideological standpoints to stand up together against the communist regime. On May 1, 1985, together, they shook the foundations of the system. The President of Poland awarded Wojciech the Freedom and Solidarity Cross as a result of political involvement.
Jacek B. Marczyński

Jacek Bernard Marczyński
Vice President

Born in Poland in 1957, moved to United States in 1988. I.T. specialist educated in Poland and the United States, currently working for several companies as a programmer. Long time member of Polish American Congress in Washington Metropolitan Area Division. Co-Founder of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. (former Interim President of PASI). Lobbying for Polish Affairs in the U.S. Congress for 20 years.
Mariusz Bielski

Mariusz Bielski
Treasurer

Mariusz grew up in Poland and relocated to the United States in 2000. He holds a Food Science degree from Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Mariusz is a senior laboratory technician at a food processing company. He is a lifelong advocate for Polish American affairs; he is involved in several civic and service organizations. Mariusz actively participated in defending the Katyń Monument in Jersey City. He is married with three children.
Irena Guillon

Irena Guillon
Secretary

I have always been interested in and working with various Polish American organizations. When I became acquainted with PASI, I was impressed with the people, vision, and goals of building a significant and robust Polish American organization. I emigrated from Poland when I was 14 and moved to New York, and later to California. I am retired, and I enjoy cooking, gardening and traveling. My professional background is a software engineer and manager at IBM. My husband and I have two daughters and a wonderful grandson. Using my expert skills acquired at IBM, I want to work with my colleagues at PASI to build a strong Polish American organization. I hope that eventually, you will join us as well.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Małgorzata Styś
New York

Passionate entrepreneur and technologist, fascinated by Human Computer Interfaces and Linguistics. Małgorzata spent her formative years at IBM, starting her career at Watson Research. IBM was the place where she met some of the most brilliant minds and kindest hearts in the world, including many Polish Americans! Małgorzata had a distinct opportunity to live and learn in 6 countries before settling in the U.S. Although the U.S. is her home today, a big piece of her heart belongs to Poland. She also lived and left a piece of her heart in Nigeria, England, Botswana, Swaziland and Sweden. Favorite Book: Little Prince. Favorite saying: “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” John Paul II.

Artur J. Lesyk
Connecticut

Artur came to the United States in 1989 and settled in Branford, CT. He works as a Mechanical Engineer in the aerospace industry. Married, a happy father of two teenage kids and enjoying the middle-class, suburban lifestyle. Artur loves skiing, sailing and outdoor activities. Artur decided to Join PASI after learning about the passage of the S447, which made him feel that the United States, the country he owes so much, is doing a horrible and unjustified disservice in the name of racial identity to harm Poland, the land of his birth. Polish-Americans have been quite successful in forming cultural, religious and educational organizations in the United States; sadly, we lack any real political power that American politicians would have to respect and take into account in their calculations. It’s time to build a well-organized and professionally managed lobbying power in Washington, DC. He believes that PASI will become this organization!

Mark Belcarz
Connecticut

After having the opportunity to live a few years in Italy, I settled in the beautiful State of Connecticut. I live in the USA for over 30 years, happily married, proud father of one son. I Graduated in Computer science, and i am professionally fulfilled in the medical care field for 25 years. I love mountains, hiking, wild nature, biking, reading, politics and cooking, but I also like to travel around the world. I am trying to do something for the country in which I live as well as my homeland Poland. After all, the homeland is not only the country you live in but the country you need and needs you. Some say that patriotism is becoming an outdated idea. Despite this notion, it is an inspiration and a significant force that shapes the behaviors and attitudes of generations. Polish community and Poles living in America are unheard and neglected in the U.S. parliament. Unfortunately, those absent on Capitol Hill have no vote. The time has come for the Polish American community to play a significant role in creating the new political world. Join PASI today

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz
Connecticut

I was born in Bialystok, Poland, in 1965, and moved to the United States in 1994. Since then, I live in Connecticut with my wife and two children. I work in the aircraft industry as a CNC machinist with technical education from Poland. I always thought that history is what it is – but if we do not remember and cherish it, someone will rewrite history for us! That is why I stopped being passive and began to participate and support various patriotic initiatives. The voice of Polish Americans needs be heard. Join us and Join PASI today!

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