ROBERT WOYACH | 1st Vice President
Since childhood, I was interested in my family's history; as a family we at no time aligned to the view of what Americans thought of as "German." We did not wear lederhosen or dirndls; I never ate sauerbraten or pickled meats. As my family was from the area east of Berlin, we are the "militaristic, landowner-farm type" from Prussia. I am a history buff along with an avid genealogist; knowing German is a huge asset.
I received my BA in German studies from The American University in Washington, DC; had an internship with the United Nations in Vienna, in the Atomic Energy Commission's library. As a student of Spanish as well as German, I found the internship valid and useful. My goal was to work in the State Department; however, due to government setbacks, I turned my attention to the travel industry, where I have stayed for nearly 25 years.
I have worked with Swissair, prior to the dissolution of the carrier in 2002, along with Lufthansa and United Airlines, all in conjugation with German language skills. Currently, I am employed by Orbitz.com. in Customer Relations. While at Orbitz, I received my MA in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago. Additionally, due to the companies' stance on community give back, I have been a docent/volunteer at the Chicago History Museum since 2007, initially as an education docent and tour guide; however, I have taken additional duties as a workshop leader for two programs in association with the State of Illinois's core qualities of a curriculum mandate.
I live within the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago; I enjoy taking the CTA and have not owned a car in 11 years, which is environmentally sound. I hope that my background in travel and tourism along with the docent work will be an asset for the DANK as I can foster relationships with both communities for more outreach and utilization of German culture and language education.