Meet Our Team

United Planet’s team works across the world – from Quito, Accra, Dar es Salaam, to our home office in Boston. Our multilingual, multinational, and global staff and our world class board of directors are integral to our success and mission to create a more United Planet.

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Our Team
Board of Directors
International Board of Advisors
Academic Advisory Group

Our Team

Andi Schmitz

Andi Schmitz

Alumni Relations Coordinator

Andrea Cascante Sibaja

Andrea Cascante Sibaja

Costa Rica Country Coordinator

Andrea Shapiro

Andrea Shapiro

Marketing Supervisor

Anne Triest

Anne Triest

China Country Coordinator

Aurelia Mickunas

Aurelia Mickunas

Short-Term Program Coordinator

Clémence Richard

Clémence Richard

Long-Term Program Coordinator

Clinton Dziki

Clinton Dziki

IT Coordinator

Dave Santulli

Dave Santulli

Founder & Executive Director

Domineque Scott

Domineque Scott

South Africa Country Coordinator

Ed Swiech

Ed Swiech

Groups Coordinator

Elaina Druid

Elaina Druid

Marketing Coordinator

Howard Kang

Howard Kang

Director of Marketing & Communications

Jasmine Bao

Jasmine Bao

Special Projects Coordinator

Jonathan Hass

Jonathan Hass

Director of Human Resources

Kait Yankello

Kait Yankello

Senior Program Coordinator

Kayla Dunaway

Kayla Dunaway

Romania Volunteer Manager

Laura Kastner

Laura Kastner

Groups & Partnerships Manager

Leo Hu

Leo Hu

Web Administrator and Developer

Li Jia

Li Jia

International Programs Manager

Manfred Molin

Manfred Molin

Peru Country Director

Mihail Tanase

Mihail Tanase

Romania Country Coordinator

Melanie Tanase

Melanie Tanase

Romania Country Coordinator

Neto Alonso

Neto Alonso

Peru Country Coordinator

Nick Mould

Nick Mould

South Africa Country Coordinator

Pablo Proano

Pablo Proano

Ecuador Country Coordinator

Pat Thapanangkun

Pat Thapanangkun

Accounting and Finance Manager

Paul Fischer

Paul Fischer

Chile Country Coordinator

Penny Pan

Penny Pan

Accounting and Finance Coordinator

Rachael DeNoncour

Rachael DeNoncour

Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator

Raj Gyawali

Raj Gyawali

Nepal Country Coordinator

Rama Mohamedi

Rama Mohamedi

Tanzania Volunteer Liaison

Severin Mapunda

Severin Mapunda

Executive Director, United Planet Tanzania

Smriti Shrestha

Smriti Shrestha

Short-Term Program Coordinator

Teagan Fardell

Teagan Fardell

Digital Marketing Specialist

Theresa Higgs

Theresa Higgs

Vice President of Global Operations

Vickey Wang

Vickey Wang

Long-Term Incoming Program Coordinator

Yanxu Wu

Yanxu Wu

China Country Coordinator

Yaw Gyamfi

Yaw Gyamfi

Ghana Country Coordinator

Board of Directors

Charles F. Clarke III is the founding partner of Kinzie Realty Corp, a redeveloper of low to moderate income apartment communities in the Chicago, Illinois, metropolitan area. Mr. Clarke holds a B.A. degree from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as his real estate brokerage license. Mr. Clarke is a board member of Verado Energy Inc. and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Old People’s Home of the City of Chicago. In addition to his family, business, and philanthropic pursuits, he is an occasional but enthusiastic architecture student.

An avid traveler and student of cultures, Mr. Clarke found his passion for cultural understanding as a young man while participating in an overseas volunteer effort similar to United Planet’s Quest Program.

Dr. Alpert joined The Washington Center in 1993 as vice president for academic affairs, overseeing the national Liaison Advisory Board, academic internships, academic courses, academic seminars, and, for a period, student life and housing. Every four years, Gene continues the tradition he started in 1984, when The Washington Center offered its first on-site national political convention programs.

Prior to this position, Gene was an associate professor of political science at Texas Christian University, having served as department chair, director of the Washington Internship Program, the master of liberal arts program, and director of the self-study for SACS reaccreditation. He has been active in a number of professional associations, including serving as president of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), as an alternate director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) where he was instrumental in writing the standards for internship programs, and as a member of the assessment and evaluation committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). In 1982, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the offices of the U.S. House and Senate leadership.

He has received awards of recognition in experiential education from the National Society for Experiential Education, the National Collegiate Honors Council, Furman University, and Loyola Marymount University, among others. He has written and is often interviewed and quoted on issues related to experiential education, national politics, and higher education trends.

Gene received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, all in the field of political science. His international experience includes publishing papers on international politics, conducting site visits and research on interns abroad and international students in the U.S., and serving on the steering committee of the International Consortium for Experiential Education (ICEL).

Eric Bradlee is currently Vice President for Sales and Marketing at The Innovation Group, a global provider of software and services to the property and casualty insurance industry. He has served in a number of positions at Innovation Group and predecessor companies over the last 20 years.

Prior to joining Innovation Group, Mr. Bradlee spent 28 years in progressively responsible positions in a number of major US banking institutions, including Executive Vice President of City Trust and Senior Vice President of Shawmut Bank.

Mr. Bradlee has complimented his work experience with service to his community and to a number of non-profit institutions. He has served as Chairman of the Finance Committee in the Town of Winchester and as a board member at the Winchester Hospital, The Children’s Museum, Harvard Student Agencies, Project Place, and Jobs for Youth. Mr. Bradlee earned a B.A. degree in Economics from Harvard University and a degree in Commercial Banking from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

With over 22 years of experience in higher education and constituent relations, Dr. Gretchen Dobson is the leading global alumni relations consultant who develops international advancement programs for educational institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. Her specialty services include strategic planning, campaign management, international student-alumni programs, volunteer management, and special event facilitation for clients with particular needs outside their home country. Dobson also provides professional coaching for international alumni relations, development, and academic officers new to global engagement practices.

Dr. Dobson is the author of Being Global: Making the Case for International Alumni Relations (CASE Books, 2011). She was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the leading “Innovators in Internationalization” for her work at Tufts University. Dobson received her B.A. and M.A. from Boston College, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Dowd is a senior executive with over 35 years of experience building integrated direct marketing systems, improving operations, and building high performing teams. Currently, Michael is Senior Vice President of Marketing for Distinctive Apparel, Inc., a privately held direct marketer of apparel and manages major brands such as Chadwicks of Boston, metrostyle, and Territory Ahead.

Most recently, Michael was Vice President of Multi-Channel Marketing at Orvis, a privately held direct marketer of men’s and women’s apparel and sporting goods. In addition, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer at Grand Circle Corporation, an international tour operator serving retired Americans. Michael’ s entrepreneurial activities include co-founding Bizstarters.com, the leading website for entrepreneurs over 50; co-founding Life Change Arts, Inc., a developer of tools to guide major life changes; and co-founding BC Professional Services, a software developer and medical transcription business.

Michael has served on many for-profit and non-profit boards, including VBT, Discovering What’s Next, Heading Home, The Joy of Music, Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra, and Worcester Community Mental Health Center. Michael holds an M.B.A. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Henry Lozano is a non-profit executive and grassroots organizer. On September 11, 2007, President George W. Bush asked Henry to step into the job of Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of USA Freedom Corps. In this role, he advanced the “Call to Service” initiative launched by President George W. Bush in his 2002 State of the Union address. President George W. Bush created USA Freedom Corps to build on the countless acts of service, sacrifice, and generosity that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks. As Director of USA Freedom Corps, Henry Lozano worked cooperatively to orchestrate and coordinate agencies such as the Peace Corps, Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Points of Light Foundation and to recruit, mobilize, and encourage all Americans to engage in public service. He also oversaw the creation of the volunteer.gov website (which recently evolved into serve.gov, the “central hub” for service and volunteer coordination under President Obama). President Bill Clinton appointed Henry to the Advisory Commission on Drug-free Communities in 1998 and he was appointed as Co-Chair of the Commission by President George W. Bush in 2001.

Henry Lozano was recognized by the White House as “a leader for his service to our nation.” He has worked over the course of his career to ensure that people of all walks of life understand the value of volunteerism. On September 11, 2007, the date of Lozano’s appointment, Stephen Goldsmith, Chairman of the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said, “Henry Lozano has devoted his life to grassroots action and citizen problem-solving.”

Henry Lozano is of Native American and Hispanic ancestry; he often speaks about how his family heritage and the importance of the traditional values have helped guide and encourage him to promote service and volunteerism in the U.S. and around the world. Henry currently serves as the Executive Director of Teen Challenge of Southern California. In 2005, Mr. Lozano was awarded the President’s Call to Service Award in recognition of his lifetime of service.

Maury serves as the Executive Director at Parenting Journey, a non-profit focused on helping to build stronger families. Most recently, Maury served as the Managing Director at Waldron and was responsible for leading the East Coast expansion of the firm’s national non-profit executive search practice. Prior to that, Maury spent nearly 12 years as head of the Grand Circle Foundation, the giving arm of Grand Circle Corporation, the largest US tour operator for Americans over 50 years old. During her tenure, she awarded $50 million in grants to schools and non-governmental organizations in the US and in more than 30 countries.

Maury spent nearly ten years working internationally for UNICEF in Mauritius, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Switzerland, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Rwanda, and as a consultant to CARE and Population Services International in Zimbabwe. She also served in the Peace Corps and has a BA from Indiana University and a master of science in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jeffrey Petty has 20 years of experience working with entrepreneurial organizations, ranging from start-ups to multi-national corporations, as well as non-profit and governmental organizations. He has worked in strategic advisory and venture capital throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. and has assisted a wide range of media and technology companies. Dr. Petty holds an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird, as well as a doctorate in Management from the University of Lausanne.

Dave Santulli is the Executive Director and founder of United Planet. Mr. Santulli lived in Tokyo, Japan for nine years as the CEO of a Tokyo-based trading company. Mr. Santulli holds a Master’s of International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, attended St. Louis University’s International Business and Spanish Language program in Madrid, Spain, and graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Santulli has also been a teacher in U.S. public schools and a certified accountant and financial consultant for Price Waterhouse.

In addition to living in various parts of the world for a significant portion of his life, Mr. Santulli has traveled to over 100 nations and has studied Spanish, Japanese, and Russian. Mr. Santulli created the concept of Relational Diplomacy as a practical method to improve intercultural relations. Relational Diplomacy is the theory that peace-building and improved intercultural relations can occur by creating a vast and intricate web of interpersonal relationships and friendships. Relational Diplomacy is instrumental to his work at United Planet.

Ambassador John Simon is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. Mr. Simon recently served as the United States Ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to that appointment, he was the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Mr. Simon’s work at OPIC saw him leading efforts to promote private investment in the developing world, especially the creation of new private equity funds focused on social impact investment in Africa. He previously served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development on the National Security Council (NSC) staff and at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination. At the White House, Mr. Simon was responsible for several new development initiatives, including the Millennium Challenge Account, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the President’s Malaria Initiative. He also oversaw relief efforts for international disasters, including the South Asia Earthquake of 2005.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Simon worked at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Seth van der Swaagh is the Head of Performance Marketing for Google’s Performance Sales team in Boston. He oversees a variety of efforts aimed at bringing the best performance marketing solutions to direct response advertisers across multiple industries. Seth is primarily responsible for business strategy and executive level sales engagement.

Seth has been with Google since 2004, holding a variety of advertising sales related positions. He was the Head of Industry for a Telecom Industry sales team, National Industry Manager for Google’s mid-market Consumer Packaged Goods team, head of Direct Sales for Google’s Northeast Retail vertical, and Senior Account Strategist for the Business and Industrial Markets vertical.

Prior to Google, Seth handled business development and recruiting efforts for the IT Convergence, an ERP software consulting firm in San Francisco. Prior to that, he taught in the Connecticut Public School system, and also lived and worked in Mexico, teaching humanities at the Instituto Technológico de Monterrey in Hermosillo, Sonora. He has traveled and lived abroad in multiple countries including Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Switzerland, France, and England.

Seth is a graduate of Brown University, with a B.A. in International Relations. He holds both an M.B.A. and an M.S. degree from Boston University.

Having lived and worked overseas and having achieved fluency in Spanish, Seth is a lifelong proponent of cross-cultural immersion as the best path to a deeper understanding and appreciation of others. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to help United Planet continue leading the way in its efforts to building a community beyond borders via relational diplomacy.

Yoshi is the founder and President of the American Division of MIKI HOUSE, an upscale Japanese clothing brand for children. MIKI HOUSE runs over 250 shops in major cities around the world, including Paris, Milan, New York, Istanbul, Kiev, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. Based in New York, he leads the global expansion of the brand while managing both American and Italian operations of the company.

Yoshi received his B.A. degree in Law from the University of Tokyo. He graduated from the Boston University School of Management and completed his M.B.A. and M.S. in Information Systems.

Shannon Wallis has more than 20 years of experience delivering real impact by driving transformational change, strategic planning, and leadership development at organizations as diverse as Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Price Waterhouse, Universal Studios, Federal Express, and Grameen Foundation.

Prior to founding Arrow Leadership Strategies, Shannon was the Global Director of High Potential Leadership Development for Microsoft. In her role, she was responsible for the development of top-tier talent and the chief architect of an award-winning leadership program recognized by Fortune, Leadership Excellence, Best Practice Institute, Workforce Magazine, and others.

At Microsoft, Shannon’s team was a pioneer in International Service Program initiatives that marry executive development with corporate social responsibility. Under her leadership, Microsoft launched the award-winning Front Lines executive development experience, designed to not only inspire and stretch Microsoft leaders, but also support their partners and customers working in international development to address and solve important strategic challenges.

Shannon currently directs Arrow Leadership Strategies, a consultancy dedicated to enabling transformational change in both private and social enterprises. She is recognized for her ability to design and implement leading-edge and integrated leadership development experiences adopted in multiple cultures.

Shannon holds an M.B.A. with concentration in Health Services Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

International Board of Advisors

Ashraf Hegazy grew up internationally as the son of a senior Egyptian diplomat. Mr. Hegazy graduated from Harvard College in 1996 with a psychology degree focused on leadership traits. He went on to work in the financial services industry, and then in management and strategy consulting and technology project management. In 2001, he founded his own consulting firm, providing end-to-end business and technology services to the non-profit sector, with a focus on Arab-American community and political organizations. He also co-founded the Harvard Arab Alumni Association in 2001 to build an active network of Arab leaders educated at Harvard.

Mr. Hegazy graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a mid-career masters degree in Public Administration. He was the head teaching assistant for the Kennedy School’s flagship course, Adaptive Leadership. He was awarded a Lucius N. Littauer Fellowship for “exemplary academic achievement, public service and potential for future leadership,” and a Presidential Management Fellowship. His research interests lie in the fields of adaptive leadership and negotiation frameworks in the Middle East.

Domenic Amara recently retired as the Academic Superintendent for K-8/Middle School for the Boston Public Schools. Before being appointed superintendent in 2011, Amara served as the Principal of the Warren-Prescott School for 21 years. Throughout his years in education, he advocated for new policies, collaborated with parents, built local partnerships, expanded programming, and found new funding sources.

Not only has Dr. Amara worked tirelessly to improve education in the Boston Public Schools, but he recently established a sister school program in Quito, Ecuador in the hopes of providing teachers and students with knowledge of diverse cultures to help foster collaborative solutions to current world challenges.

Chuck Anderson has 15 years of experience working with senior officials and elected leaders in political and executive communications. Chuck is a Director in the Corporate Practice at Weber Shandwick, where he advises legal, healthcare, financial, and other institutions on public relations and communications strategies. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Chuck worked for Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he helped develop and execute the launch of the organization’s Innovation Hub.

Before Brigham, Chuck held senior management roles and policy positions in the public sector, including policy advisor to Governor Deval L. Patrick. He is also a co-author of “An International Strategy for Massachusetts,” a publication produced for the state on the subject of global trade and investment.

Prior to public service, Chuck wrote for and advised political and corporate clients for The Kamber Group in Washington, DC; Sheinkopf Communications in NYC; and Viewpoint Strategies in Newton, MA. Chuck received his B.A. from Clark University, M.A. from the School of Public Affairs at American University, and J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Jake Brewer directs the Engagement division of the Sunlight Foundation, leading Sunlight’s communications, campaigns, and online strategy to get citizens engaged in creating a more transparent, accountable government.

Prior to joining Sunlight, Mr. Brewer was the strategic communications director for the Energy Action Coalition, which brought over 12,000 people to Capitol Hill to lobby for clean energy reform at Power Shift ’09 and mobilized 350,000 ‘climate voters’ in ten weeks in the 2008 elections.

In his otherwise diverse career, Mr. Brewer has served on the global management team of Idealist.org; directed Education Without Borders, of which the biennial event brings a thousand young leaders from over a hundred countries to the United Arab Emirates; and served as Executive Director of Break Away, through which more than 40,000 students spend “alternative spring breaks” becoming active citizens each year.

Reem N. Bsaiso is an Independent Senior Consultant focusing on policy, public reform, governance, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), assessment and evaluation, global summits organization, water, energy, and environmental projects.

Reem was the Chief Executive Officer of World Links Arab Region (WLAR), an international non-profit dedicated to developing ICT and 21st century skills among Arab youth, promoting policy environments in developing countries, and spreading World Links programs in developing countries.

Ms. Bsaiso also served as an Institutional Capacity-Building Specialist for a CDM International-USAID project in Jordan. She worked as the Program Manager of the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange and as the Executive Director of the Jordan Europe Business Association. She has also held contracts as an independent consultant with the Prime Ministry and the Ministries of Information & Communication Technology and Education.

Susana Carrillo is an International Development Executive. She is a Senior Specialist at the World Bank and has worked in different capacities as a Senior Governance Specialist, and recently, as a Senior Specialist working on South-South partnerships. She led the preparation for and co-authored the flagship report on Brazil-Sub-Saharan Africa relations to support the implementation of the World Bank Strategy in Africa. She previously held management positions with the United Nations Development Program in The Gambia, Guatemala, and New York. She has worked with more than 15 countries in Central America, South America, and Africa.

Susana has an Executive Global Masters of Arts (GMAP) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and a Masters in Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva. She has recently participated in the Executive Management Program “BRICS ON BRICS: Converging the World’s Emerging New Powers.” Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil); Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO (Russia); Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (India); and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (China). She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Joseph Christian is a newly-appointed partner at DLA Piper’s Real Estate Practice group located in Boston, MA. Mr. Christian focuses his practice primarily on real estate and real estate capital markets transactions. He has dealt extensively with the acquisition, management, and disposition of real estate assets in major markets across the United States and overseas. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Mr. Christian was a partner with WilmerHale and a Senior Executive and Counsel at Copley Real Estate Advisors, which later merged with AEW Capital Management, L.P.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Mr. Christian in every edition since 2005. In 2008, Christian was named in The Best Lawyers in America as a New England Super Lawyer. Mr. Christian received his B.A. degree from Catholic University and his J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Brian Dawson was born in Kampala, Uganda and spent time in Kenya and Swaziland, but lived most of his life in South Africa. He completed his B.A. degree and teaching diploma at the University of Natal Durban and later added an Honours degree in Geography through the University of South Africa. He and his wife, Angela, have two sons, Warrick and Andrew, and a daughter, Hayley. They live in a most stunning part of northeastern South Africa called the Magoebaskloof.

Other than a two-year stint in the military, Brian has spent all his life in the teaching profession. He has a fondness and compassion for young adults and a vast respect for those who have chosen to work in education. His family enjoys the outdoors, travel, and sport. They often journey to game parks to camp out and take pleasure in the solitude of the African bush or splendour of the southern African coastline.

Brian’s work with Round Square has given him the opportunity to experience the immeasurable value it returns to its members and the many opportunities it has created for young men and women all over the world. He is unwavering in his belief in the philosophy of Round Square and believes the application of this thinking is nothing short of a perfect means to prepare young adults for an ever-changing world.

Dr. Ron D’Vari is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of NewOak Capital. He has 28 years of combined experience in fixed income, engineering design optimization, and academics. Prior to joining NewOak in August 2008, Dr. D’Vari was Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance CDO at BlackRock and a member of several key BlackRock committees (Fixed Income Business Management, Alternatives, and New Products Committees). Prior to BlackRock’s acquisition of State Street Research (SSR), Dr. D’Vari served for 12 years in various capacities in SSR’s Fixed Income Department, which led to heading the MBS/ABS/CMBS Portfolio Management and serving as Director of Research. Dr. D’Vari was on the Bond Policy Committee that managed $27 billion of fixed income assets. Dr. D’Vari also established and led the firm’s Structured Finance CDO business and Quantitative Research team.

Concurrent with his SSR position, Dr. D’Vari was an adjunct professor at Brandeis University in the International Business School and a professor at the Harvard University Extension Program. Prior to joining SSR, Dr. D’Vari served as Senior Principal Engineer and Scientist with McDonnell Douglas; Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. Dr. D’Vari serves as the Chairman of the Board at Agire Mortgage Corporation/EdgeMAC, a mortgage due diligence and advisory firm. In addition, Dr. D’Vari serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Securitization Forum and Fixed Income Forum. Dr. D’Vari has been on the Board of the Boston Security Analyst Society and a member of its Education Committee.

Dr. D’Vari holds M.B.A., Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Paul Fischer is a high school teacher and university professor in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Fischer has operated his own trade-related business in Chile and worked for the U.S. Foreign & Commercial Service at the American Embassy in Santiago.

Mr. Fischer has a B.A. degree from Duke University and an M.A. degree in History from the University of Denver. Mr. Fischer also spent several years in Africa with the Peace Corps. He currently lives in the Lo Barnechea sector of Santiago with his wife and their three children.

Bill Frederick is the founder of Lodestone Safety International, a training and consulting company specializing in health, safety, and security for educational organizations operating abroad. Prior to that, he held the position of Director of Safety at the School for Field Studies for eight years and served with Outward Bound for sixteen years. Bill was chair for the Forum on Education Abroad’s pilot incident database and served for three years as co-chair for the Forum Standards Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety and Security.

As a faculty committee member for Wilderness Medical Associates, Bill designed the travel med first aid course for Habitat for Humanity International and has taught extensively overseas. He has led numerous international safety reviews and has provided risk management training and program development for over 70 educational and service institutions. He holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and a CTH from the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Ed Gragert is Director of Global Campaign for Education-US, a broad-based coalition of U.S. organizations including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), teachers’ unions, foundations, faith-based groups, and think tanks dedicated to ensuring access to quality basic education in developing nations.

For more than 20 years, Ed has served as Executive Director and Director Emeritus with iEARN-USA. At iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), he has pioneered the use of telecommunications technology and teacher professional development to facilitate online educational project work on the primary and secondary school levels. From 1979-90, he was the Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international youth exchange program with both high school and community service volunteer exchanges among 30 countries.

Ed received his B.A. in Japanese political science from the University of Washington and his M.A. and certificate in Korean History from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. He has had extensive language experience in Korean, Japanese, and Classical Chinese. His Ph.D. at Columbia University was in Japanese History, focusing on landownership changes brought about by Japanese colonial administration in the early 20th century.

John D. Judge is the President of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization with more than 100,000 members.

Previously, Judge was Chief Development Officer for the City of Springfield, Massachusetts, working with several of the city’s key departments, including economic development, housing, inspectional services and zoning, neighborhood services, planning, community development, marketing, historic preservation, and conservation. Reporting to the Mayor, Judge led an ambitious growth agenda in New England’s fourth largest city.

From July 2004 to June 2009, John served as founder and president of The Judge Co. LLC, a for-profit, public-purpose urban development firm. Judge Co was responsible for the development of dozens of inner city properties. Prior to Judge Co, he served for seven years as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston.

John has advised regional and international non-profit organizations and has raised $100 million in private and public funds. He has developed a national reputation as a leader in collaboration around community challenges.

From 2003 to 2007, he served as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism (the Mass Service Alliance). In addition to United Planet, John serves on several non-profit boards, including Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and the Boylston Street Athletic Club. He is a graduate of Stonehill College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Melanie Marsh develops online marketing strategic plans and creative programs for Bank of America. This includes sponsorships with the NFL, MLB and NASCAR.

Melanie holds a B.S. degree in International Commerce, an M.S. in Computer Information Systems, and an M.B.A. Her background is a blended mix of sales, operations, technology, and online strategic business development. She is frequently recognized for her innovative solutions that drive business results.

Melanie grew up in both England and Australia and now resides in the United States. She has a deep understanding of cultural differences and manages them daily, both for herself and for those who report to and interact with her. She is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and understanding in the workplace and her personal life.

Katie McCarty has worked in global environmental health since 2000. Currently, she works as an epidemiologist at Biogen Idec. Prior to Biogen, Katie was a tenure track assistant professor at the Yale University School of Public Health with a joint appointment at the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from July, 2006 to February, 2012. She taught a graduate course in environmental health and advised master’s degree and doctoral students. She also held an affiliation with the Yale Global Health Initiative (GHI). As an assistant professor, she conducted environmental health research in many countries across the globe, including Bangladesh, Romania, Uruguay, Indonesia, Australia, Ghana, and others. Since January, 2009, Dr. McCarty has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in Geneva in Children’s Health and the Environment. She contributed to a WHO report on Lead and Children’s Health and Mercury and Children’s Health and helped to organize several international meetings sponsored by the WHO.

Katie holds her Sc.D. in Environmental Health with a concentration in Molecular Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, her Master’s of Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine, and her B.S. in Biology from Salve Regina University.

Yoshimi Nagaya is the Director of the Japanese Language Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds an M.A. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Nanzan University. She has been teaching Japanese at MIT since 1994.

Prior to joining the MIT faculty, she taught at Williams College and Cornell University. Professor Nagaya also taught Language Pedagogy at Japanese Teacher’s Workshops at Bryn Mawr College and Ohio State University.

Salathiel Ntakirutimana is the Founder and CEO of YouthGlobe, a non-profit organization that provides platforms for young Burundians to create value in their communities through entrepreneurship, innovation, and positive cooperation. YouthGlobe is registered in Burundi and in the state of Massachusetts, and has operations in the Republic of Korea.

Salathiel has successfully led various youth projects and organizations at the national and global levels since 2005. At age 15, he co-founded and served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Burundian Orphans. In 2011, Salathiel was appointed to lead a team investigating the impact of the Refugee Education Trust (REF)-DFID-funded projects on the lives of returnee youth in emergency conditions. After that project, Salathiel worked with Burundi’s Minister of Education and a fellow United World Colleges (UWC) alumnus to create and lead the Burundi UWC National Committee, on which he served as Vice President before joining Harvard University where he is currently studying Electrical Engineering with a secondary in Economics.

In 2012, Salathiel was appointed to serve on the youth board of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative, where he is a member of the Technical Committee and currently co-chairs the Youth Committee for Global Citizenship Education.

Daniel J. Pesut, Ph.D., R.N., PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is a professor of nursing in the Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota and is Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership. He holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership. Dr. Pesut is internationally known for his work in nursing education, including creative teaching learning methods, self-regulation of health status, clinical reasoning, futures thinking, executive coaching, and leadership development in the health professions.

Dr. Pesut earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, and a B.S. in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. He has completed Certificates in Management Development from Harvard Institute for Higher Education, Core Mediation Skills Training from the International Association of Dispute Resolution (IARD), and Integral Studies from Fielding Graduate University. He is a certified Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara coach. He is past President (2003-2005) of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Plexus Institute – an organization with the mission to foster the health of individuals, families, communities, organizations, and our natural environment by helping people use concepts emerging from the new science of complexity. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a board-certified clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing.

Dr. Pesut is the recipient of many awards, including an Army Commendation Award while on active duty (1975-1978) in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Edith Moore Copeland Founder’s Award for Creativity; The American Assembly for Men in Nursing Luther Christman Award; Distinguished Alumni Awards from Northern Illinois University School of Nursing-College of Health and Human Services; and a number of other distinguished alumni, teaching, mentoring, and leadership awards. Dr. Pesut is a popular author, speaker, coach, and consultant, and is known for his ability to inspire and support people as they develop creative ideas and design innovative practices with a desired future in mind.

Maren Peterson is a residential coordinator for high school girls at American Pacific International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She holds a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During college, Peterson studied at the International Summer School in Oslo, Norway, and spent a semester at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She worked for two years at United Planet, first working with individuals and in-country coordinators to arrange international volunteer trips, and later expanding her role to work with groups and do outreach to develop new partnerships for the organization. At United Planet, she also helped coordinate and lead a group of Mongolian students on an exchange trip in Boston and Washington, D.C. Peterson led a group of U.S. high school students on a five-week study program in Thailand, and co-led a month-long college course in Thailand in January, 2013.

Dr. Jon Ryder is the president of Great River Dentistry in Davenport, Iowa. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Operative Department, where he co-directs the CEREC Advanced Technology Education program. Dr. Ryder graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with degrees in Asian Studies and Philosophy. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, where he was the recipient of the President’s Award and the Fraternal Achievement Award. He is a member of the ADA, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, The International College of Implantology, and the International Society of Computerized Dentistry.

Dr. Ryder has advanced education in the fields of aesthetic, computerized, and implant reconstructive dentistry. He provides workshops, seminars, training programs, and lectures on dental technology and CEREC technology nationally and internationally. Dr. Ryder is committed to advancing educational opportunities around the world.

Omar Shdeifat obtained a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Illinois in 1984. He is the author of more than 30 research papers and published books and has conducted numerous studies in the field of academic research, higher education, and university affairs.

He became Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in November, 2007. Prior to that, he was the president of Hashemite University and a member of the World Bank Council for Development of Higher Education, both situated in Jordan.

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Dr. Alpert joined The Washington Center in 1993 as vice president for academic affairs, overseeing the national Liaison Advisory Board, academic internships, academic courses, academic seminars, and, for a period, student life and housing. Every four years, Gene continues the tradition he started in 1984, when The Washington Center offered its first on-site national political convention programs.

Prior to this position, Gene was an associate professor of political science at Texas Christian University, having served as department chair, director of the Washington Internship Program, the master of liberal arts program, and director of the self-study for SACS reaccreditation. He has been active in a number of professional associations, including serving as president of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), as an alternate director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) where he was instrumental in writing the standards for internship programs, and as a member of the assessment and evaluation committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). In 1982, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the offices of the U.S. House and Senate leadership.

He has received awards of recognition in experiential education from the National Society for Experiential Education, the National Collegiate Honors Council, Furman University, and Loyola Marymount University, among others. He has written and is often interviewed and quoted on issues related to experiential education, national politics, and higher education trends.

Gene received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, all in the field of political science. His international experience includes publishing papers on international politics, conducting site visits and research on interns abroad and international students in the U.S., and serving on the steering committee of the International Consortium for Experiential Education (ICEL).

Dawn Colquitt-Anderson has straddled the worlds of education and the arts for over 20 years, working as a higher education administrator and professional photographer. In higher education, she came to focus on experiential education, particularly increasing participation numbers in Education Abroad programs. She has chaired NAFSA’s Subcommittee on Underrepresentation in Education Abroad, researched and written on the topic, and directed a university study abroad program for several years. As a photographer, she teaches photography in the Metro Boston area and travels with university student groups to document their experiences on national and international trips. She is also an associate producer of a documentary film on house music called Hands to the Sky (in post production).

Garry Hesser is the Sabo Professor of Citizenship and Learning at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches courses in Sociology, Community, Urban Sociology, Urban Planning, Religion and Society, Leadership, and Community-Based Research. He chaired the Metro-Urban Studies program for thirty years and was a Visiting Professor in Planning and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota (Humphrey School of Public Affairs). In 2004, he was named the Carnegie-CASE Professor of the Year (Minnesota) and in 2002 was named the Distinguished Sociologist of Minnesota by the Sociologists of Minnesota. Garry received Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Award in 1998 and was named a Pioneer by NSEE in 2001.

Garry’s Ph.D. is from the University of Notre Dame, following a B.A. from Phillips University and a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (NYC). He was president of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA).  As a member of the NSEE-Campus Compact-AAHE Consulting Corps, he has led workshops on experiential education and service-learning on over sixty campuses and at professional meetings.  He is the author of Experiential Education as a Liberating Art;  “Principles of Good Practice in Service-Learning”; “Examining Communities and Urban Change”; “Benefits and Educational Outcomes of Internships”; and co-editor of Cultivating the Sociological Imagination: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Sociology.

Mary A. King, Ed.D. is Professor Emerita, Fitchburg State University (MA) where she was faculty in the Behavioral Sciences. An educator and psychologist by training, she held graduate and undergraduate faculty appointments; chaired/coordinated academic programs; and was point person in developing new academic programs and certificates. Mary served for many years as the Field Placement Coordinator (academic internships) for the Department’s multiple academic and advanced certificate programs. She also supervised graduate and undergraduate interns in professional studies and liberal arts programs and instructed coursework in Human Service Education, Criminal Justice, and Counseling (Mental Health; School Counseling). She created as well as instructed the service-learning component in the Leadership Honors Academy.

Mary brought to her work in academia experience as an elementary teacher, probation officer for juveniles, and clinical counselor, supervising interns in each position. She holds degrees in Education, Criminal justice, and Counseling and Consulting Psychology and is licensed (MA) in Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Social work. She volunteers with the Hypersomnia Foundation.

Mary has served and held officer positions on local, regional, and national Boards, including the New England Organization of Human Services (Education) and the National Organization of Human Services (Education), where she was recognized with the McNeer and Klubok  Awards.  Most recently, she served on the Board of the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE) in the roles of Vice President and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. She was a founder and overseer of and instructor in the Experiential Education Academy (EEA). Mary was point person on multiple NSEE initiatives, including the NSEE Guiding Principles of Ethical Practice. She is the recipient of recognitions, including the Michael Steuerman Award and that of NSEE Distinguished Scholar.

Her recent publications include “Ensuring Quality in Experiential Education” (in Strengthening Experiential Education: A New Era [NSEE, 2013] and co-author of “The Successful Internship: Personal, Professional, and Civic Development in Experiential Learning” (4e, CENGAGE 2014),  “Stages of an Internship Revisited: Facilitating Learning and Development through Engagement” (JHS, 2013), and “Towards a Pedagogy of Internships” (In Press, JALHE, 2015).

David Thornton Moore has been a practitioner and scholar in the field of experience-based education for over 35 years. An educational anthropologist with a doctorate from Harvard, he has done several large-scale ethnographic studies of high school and college-level experiential learning. His articles about internships and service-learning have been published in such journals as the Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, and Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning; he is co-author of Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform (2004), and author of Engaged Learning in the Academy: Challenges and Possibilities (2013). A long-time member of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), he is a former board member and editor of the organization’s newsletter; the group named him Researcher of the Year (2004), Pioneer in Experiential Learning (2011), and Distinguished Scholar (2014). He has conducted professional workshops on experiential learning in the US and abroad.  A member of the faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University since 1982, he co-founded the school’s Community Learning Initiative, was associate dean for academic affairs for six years, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2013. He has accompanied Gallatin students on visits to such countries as Peru, Morocco, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Vietnam.

Tim Stanton is Director Emeritus of Stanford University’s Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, South Africa. The program blends coursework with service-learning and community-based partnership research in Western Cape townships and informal communities. Students are introduced to the people, history, politics, and culture of post-apartheid South Africa by working in partnership with local community leaders, activists, and development professionals.

At Stanford, prior to joining Overseas Studies, Tim was Visiting Senior Fellow at the John Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, a community-based research program in the School of Education.  Before this, he founded and directed the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health and Public Service at the School of Medicine. He helped found and served as Associate Director and Director of the Haas Center for Public Service from 1985-1999.  He has taught in African Studies, American Studies, Education, Medicine, Public Policy, and Urban Studies.

As Engaged Scholar for Campus Compact, Tim helped organize and coordinate a national US initiative on community engagement and research universities, The Research Universities Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN). He has published numerous articles on service-learning and engaged scholarship, including a book, Service-Learning: A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on its Origins, Practice, and Future. 

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