Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

Meet the Global Legal Empowerment Team

  • Staff

Meet the Teams

  • International Team
  • Honduras Team
  • Ghana Team
  • Panama Team
  • Nicaragua Team
  • Greece Team

Country Board of Directors

  • USA Board of Directors
  • Canada Board of Directors
  • UK Board of Directors
  • Germany Board of Directors

Staff

Sabrina Sanchez

Legal Empowerment Program Associate

Global Brigades USA, Honduras

Sabrina Sanchez

Sabrina joined the Global Brigades team in January 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in international, multicultural and human rights education from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Francisco State University. Sabrina did not participate as a volunteer with Global Brigades prior to her hire as a Program Associate. She first came across the Global Brigades website while working on a project for Human Rights Connected and was intrigued by their holistic model framework.

With over 10 years of professional nonprofit experience, she has defended children’s rights and combated domestic human and sex trafficking in Denver; advanced academic and social justice through bicycle advocacy and education; fought against the school-to-prison pipeline in the Bay Area; and raised political awareness about gender-based harassment. She previously worked at Resilience Rising, Impact360, Futures Without Violence and College Track.

Sabrina is also the Education and Communications Associate at Human Rights Connected, an online project that aims to increase the understanding of human rights and civil resistance that strengthen civil society involvement. She not only has a passion for hiking in the mountains and biking, but she loves podcasts, outdoor running, yoga, NPR’s tiny desk concerts, recycling and carrot cake.

USA Board of Directors

Jeff Hay

Board Chairman

VP Clinical Operations, Athletico

Jeff Hay

Jeff has over 18 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, combining his love of sports and medicine into the athletic training profession. Throughout his career as an athletic trainer, Jeff has had the opportunity to work with many sports including professional soccer, rugby, high school sports, endurance events, and even a local rodeo. He also spent four years as an assistant athletic trainer with the Chicago Bears and currently works as a regional manager for Athletico Physical Therapy where he is responsible for the operational management and support of eight Athletico physical therapy facilities.

Jeff is actively involved with Athletico’s Leadership Development, Charitable Giving, and Eco-Friendly committees. In addition, Jeff, his wife, Pam, and their three children all participate in many local charitable giving initiatives in the Chicagoland area.

Jeff enjoys working directly with people to improve their health and well-being. He resides in Glenview and hold a B.A. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a M.S. in Athletic Training from Illinois State University.

Catherine Berman

Co-Founder & Board Member

Co-Founder, CNote

Catherine Berman

Over the past decade Catherine Berman has co-founded several successful mission-driven ventures, including Deloitte Center for Leadership & Community, the Information Technology Consortium and most recently, Global Brigades – the world’s largest student development organization.  In the past, Catherine maintained a host of management positions, including Chief Executive Officer, GB Panama, Strategy and Operations Manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Director of Marketing at Redefining Progress and Vice President of Evins Communications, LLC. Her international work experience spans from India to Israel with extensive work in Central and South America.

Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and received her MBA from Oxford University, England, where she founded the Oxford Women in Business Network.

Andrew Bird

Board Member

Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird is a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche. In his spare time he advises nonprofits on growing their revenues through the application of leading edge business marketing practices. Andrew has over 30 years of experience in complex project management, marketing strategy, leading diverse teams, and developing future leaders. He is the co-author of the bestseller “Putting the Profit in Nonprofit! 5 Power Fundraising Strategies for Nonprofits.”

He currently serves on the Board of Global Brigades USA. He earned his BS in Business Administration from New York University, an MBA from Loyola University, and an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Angelica Chan

Board Member - Student Rep

Public Health Navigator, Boston Medical Center

Angelica Chan

Angelica has been involved with Global Brigades since her first year of college and she has had the opportunity to participate in Medical/Dental and Public Health Brigades in Honduras and Nicaragua. Now, she is excited to provide a student perspective to Global Brigades initiatives as the newest Student Board Member. Angelica just received her B.S in Human Physiology and Public Health from Boston University. She will go on to work in the Infectious Disease Department at Boston Medical Center as a liaison to treatment for Hepatitis C and HIV patients. Angelica hopes to combine her passions for both medicine and global health by pursuing an MD/MPH program.

Nour Aboumatar

Board Member - Student Rep

Nour Aboumatar

Nour has been involved with Global Brigades since her freshman year of college and has been on Medical/Dental brigades to both Panama and Nicaragua. She has served in several leadership positions and is excited to present the student perspective on the Board of Directors. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Health Administration and Public Policy and hopes to pursue a medical degree. She is currently conducting public health research.

Dr. Angelo Passalacqua

Board Member

General Manager, Burg Translations

Dr. Angelo Passalacqua

At Global Brigades, Angelo has been co-founder, Treasurer and President of Global Brigades in the UK.  While President, he oversaw the growth of the UK organization from 3 to 23 volunteers and donations of over £380,000.  At the association level, Angelo was integral in devising the methodology and conducting the analysis for assessing country risk in Africa, ultimately leading Global Brigades to expand to Ghana. He has also contributed to the association’s SWOT analysis.

Angelo is currently the General Manager of a translation agency in Chicago, USA.  Previously, he was a management consultant for the healthcare industry, helping Pharma price and valuate potential medication, and held a teaching positions at King’s College London and the North China Institute of Science & Technology.  He is a certified ISO 9001:2004 Lead Auditor, Associate at the Higher Education Academy and holds a PhD in Biostatistics and BSc in Management.  Angelo speaks English and Spanish fluently and maintains conversational fluency in Mandarin and French.

Dr. Toby Peters

Board Member

Intermittent Leadership Development Faculty, Federal Executive Institute

Dr. Toby Peters

Dr. Toby Peters has been involved with the mission of Global Brigades since its inception at Marquette University. He served as an advisor to the group of students that journeyed to Honduras for the first medical brigades. He has traveled to Honduras and Nicaragua on numerous occasions participating in medical, public health, and water brigades. Additionally, he has assisted his wife, Dr. Mary Kay Ellis, an ophthalmologist, staff vision stations with the medical brigades in Honduras for the last two years.

During his career in higher education at Marquette and Syracuse Universities he served the students and institution in the areas of administrative and student services, student affairs, academic affairs, and auxiliary services. Toby’s leadership background in administrative, consulting, and faculty roles provide him a unique blend of experiences that he enjoys bringing to and sharing in a learning environment. He received a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University and a MBA and a BS degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

As a faculty member at Marquette University he designed and taught Organizational Behavior courses featuring a blended learning management system. He focused on many of the areas of organizational behavior and development including; challenges for managers, motivation at work, learning and performance management, stress and well-being, communication, work teams and groups, leadership and followership, conflict and negotiations, organizational culture, and managing change.

Toby served as the Associate Senior Vice President at Marquette University. Under his auspices, he had the responsibility of leading hundreds of employees ranging from entry level to senior executives. He managed high level projects including serving as liaison with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation during the six-year reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange that bordered on three sides of the university. He also served as the co-chair during the university’s assessment of institutional effectiveness that led to a successful reaffirmation of accreditation. Through these experiences, Toby managed conflict, communications, negotiations, and strategic planning, all while promoting a strong and cohesive team.

Toby also has expertise in emergency management planning having led response teams and managed the planning and execution of the exercises. He was also charged with identifying means to maximize resources to provide better service through efficiency, productivity, and quality improvements. He implemented process improvement assessments through Value Stream Mapping and Lean Management principles.

He has consulted on a variety of topics including: assessment, strategic planning, construction, organization structure and review. In addition, he has presented and published on topics including transformational and servant leadership, retention, development, assessment, volunteerism, cultural competence, construction, renovation, unrelated business income taxes (UBIT), unfair competition, and Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality.

In 2014 he earned the honor of Loaned Executive of the Year for United Way of Greater Milwaukee for his assistance and service with the annual community fundraising campaign. In Milwaukee, he is a board member for InTandem, a local theater production organization. He was a board member with Variety Children’s Charity of Wisconsin and a regular volunteer at the United Community Center serving the Latino population of Milwaukee.

Toby is now a faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute within the Center for Leadership Development for the federal government.

UK Board of Directors

Dr. Liam Barrett

President

Dr. Liam Barrett

Liam is a junior doctor who works in the NorthWest of England. He completed medical school at the University of Birmingham and holds an an additional First Class degree in BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care. Liam has interests in research and leadership and wants to pursue a career in academic emergency medicine.

Liam has been involved with Global Brigades since 2012, and has been to both Ghana and Honduras on medical brigades and attended the Nicaragua Summer Leadership Institute in Nicaragua July-August 2017. Liam has held several roles such as Brigade President, Campus Chair for the University of Birmingham and social media co-coordinator. In 2015, Liam became the Director of Student Relations for Global Brigades UK. He is particularly passionate about strengthening and expanding the GB community in the UK, to give more community members and volunteers the opportunity to be empowered.

Aiden Patterson

Treasurer

Aiden Patterson

Aiden is currently Treasurer for GB UK. He works in M&A investment banking at Nomura covering the Leisure, and Food & Beverage sector, having been in the London and Hong Kong offices. He has previously worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, researching child healthcare interventions in Colombia. He attended University College London, where he earned a BSc and MSc in Economics.

Aiden first became involved with Global Brigades in 2011 with his first Microfinance brigade in Ghana. He went on to lead a brigade the following year, and was President and a founder of the chapter at University College London. He believes that Global Brigades can be a powerful tool to improve lives in those communities it reaches, and by developing, implementing, and tracking the effects of these interventions, bit by bit, communities can be lifted out of poverty. He also believes that the benefits are reciprocal, with volunteers developing their maturity and leadership, as well as their understanding of global economic and social conditions.

Dr. Michelle D'Souza

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Michelle D'Souza

Michelle is a junior doctor who works in North West London. She studied medicine  at the University of Edinburgh and completed her intercalated BSc at Imperial College London.Michelle’s involvement with Global Brigades began in 2015 when she started the first chapter in Scotland. Whilst leading the medical brigade she secured several grants totaling over £2000. With continued work at Edinburgh securing money as the society fundraising coordinator and participation in
the human rights brigade, Michelle has found fundraising to be a challenge for many volunteers. As director of strategic partnerships, Michelle hopes to bring in sponsorship that may reduce fundraising for volunteers and allow all money raised to go directly to brigade programes.

Stewart Sherman-Kahn

Non-Executive Director and Trustee

Management Consultant, Arcadis

Stewart Sherman-Kahn

Born in Leicester, Stewart’s formative years were spent in Worcestershire. After leaving Bromsgrove School with A levels, Stewart started his training as a Chartered Surveying at the College of Estate Management at Reading University. While working at the Birmingham Valuation Office. he was elected a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1996. From 1993 until 1998 he was involved and eventually ran Radio Lollipop at the Birmingham Children´s Hospital with a fundraising and broadcasting brief. In June 1999 Stewart established Chamberlains Chartered Surveyors. A small but perfectly formed Surveying Practice based in Birmingham, they have a varied case load and deal in both residential and commercial property matters.

In additiona to his professional experiences as a surveyor, Stewart is Council Chairperson of Lions Clubs International MD105 (British Isles), Chairperson of the Board of Governors at The Calthorpe Academy (Special School) in Highgate, Birmingham and also serves as a Board member of Openland an LGBT property group in the Midlands. Stewart have been aware of Global Brigades for many years and hopes to support in the expansion if our excellent work, fostering a  formal co-operation between GB and Lions Clubs International.

Federico Amorosi

Director

Management Consultant, Arcadis

Federico Amorosi

Fed is currently Director of Finance for GB UK, working towards demonstrating leading financial transparency, while empowering GB UK to make informed decisions and behave proactively for the success and sustainability of Brigades’ efforts.

Fed’s involvement with Global Brigades started in 2011, and he is a founder of chapters at both University College London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During this time he came to realise that the value of the brigades is not limited to the fantastic collaboration that occurs during brigades, but grows with every volunteer that returns home. This led him to join the board in 2013 as Director of Expansion during GB UK’s first foray into centrally led growth efforts.

Fed earned his Master’s in Engineering from University College London (UCL) and is based in London where he works as a management consultant with Arcadis, the leading global design & consultancy firm for natural and built assets. In this role he focusses on improving the quality of life through organisational design, operational efficiency, and change leadership in asset intensive organisations.

Panama Team

Pablo Garron

Executive Director

Global Brigades Panama

Pablo Garron

Pablo Garron is a consultant/trainer/facilitator, team player and skilled in management of multicultural staff with over 20 years’ experience in international development. He has worked advising the Panamanian government in establishing the microfinance policy and design the regulations for the Microfinance Development Fund. He worked 12 years for The Peace Corps in Bolivia as master trainer and in Panama as a Program manager and as a Senior Programs Manager. He worked as a business development consultant for the UNDP, IDB. FUNDES, REDPAMIF among other organizations.

In 2013, Pablo began working with Global Brigades Panama designing, implementing and monitoring the Microfinance program. In June of 2015, He became GB´s Panama Programs Officer and in January 2017, he was nominated as GB Nicaragua Executive Director.

Pablo has a BA in Economics and and a Masters in Business Administration.

Dr. Jessica Núñez de Mirabal

Medical and Dental Program Director

Global Brigades Panama

Dr. Jessica Núñez de Mirabal

Jessica joined Global Brigades in October of 2014 as a brigade coordinator for the Medical Dental Program in Panama, also handled everything concerning the dental component of the program. At the end of 2015, she was promoted to the position of Manager of Medical Dental Program. She is currently in charge of planning, assess, monitoring, manage and run the Medical Dental Program developed by the organization in communities, Also, she maintains continuing cooperation with the government, private companies and foundations that contribute in improving the quality of health in communities where GB works.

Jessica is from Colombia but living in Panama 14 years ago, she received her degree as Doctor in Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Panamá where she was an active participation in the medical mission of PROGIMU program, Special Olympics, Sonrisa de mujer Program and organization of the dental conference update of University of Panama 2012 and 2013 on the publicity and marketing committee. She has two certifications in project management and currently start taking international public health certification of the University of Texas. In the near future she plans to start a master in public health and epidemiology.

Fun fact: In Colombia she studied architectural drawing and is one of her hobbies and her love for the vocation in health area began in her intern at the University Hospital of Valle del Cauca in his hometown when she worked in the maintenance department.

Edgar Chong

Operations Manager

Global Brigades Panama

Edgar Chong

Edgar Chong is the latest addition to the Global Brigades Panama team. He has been working within the logistics process and supply chain realm for the last seven years with a number of multi-national organizations. In addition to his experience with logistics,  he is licensed Panamanian lawyer with police training, and currently pursuing a Masters in commercial law. In his free time, Edgar loves playing basketball and reading.
Jorge Pinto

Microfinance Manager

Global Brigades Panama

Jorge Pinto

Jorge grew up in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, where he got his Commerce Degree at the Omar Torrijos Herrera Institute. He got his Masters from Universidad de Panamá. Jorge previously worked as a business advisor at two recognized financial institutions in Panama, until he saw the job ad for Global Brigades and decided to join the business program. Jorge enjoys interacting with everyone he meets during his field visits, as well as with his co-workers at the office. He also enjoys seeing the positive impact created in the lives of Community Bank members in each of the communities where Global Brigades works.

Jorge has been amazed with the changing mindsets of Community Bank members. He remembers in the beginning while speaking with new members, many said they only earned enough to get by with food, but now they have succeeded in a collective savings of more than $50,000 and more than $65,000 in loans.

In Jorge’s free time he enjoys time with his family, reading, and going for walks.

Gregorio Linares

Monitoring & Evaluation Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Gregorio Linares

Gregorio Linares was born in the comarca Guna Yala in the community of playón chico (Uggubseni), indigenous territory in Panama. As a child, Gregorio was raised by his parents and grandparents in Panama City as well as Santa Librada, a community in the Darién province. He attended seminary school at La Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama City for seven years. His classes also consisted of coursework in social psychology and social work. He then served as a priest in the city and in the comarca Guna Yala where he had to learn his native language of Guna.

In 2008, he first encountered Global Brigades in the community of Koshkuna, Veracruz where he was serving as the community secretary. Global Brigades worked with local leadership to begin working on a community store as part of a business brigade and a kitchen for the Baptist church. Before becoming a member of the Global Brigades team, Gregorio worked in various capacities from construction, government surveys, The World Bank, and also as a local consultant for the government institution, MIDES.
In 2011, Gregorio was invited to join Global Brigades as a guide and community liaison to ensure that Global Brigades was familiar with each community’s local leadership. Currently, Gregorio is in charge of connecting with each community with whom Global Brigades works to collect information to properly monitor and evaluate each program.

Gregorio likes his current role as he can continue strengthening the relationship built on trust and dialogue between communities and Global Brigades so we can all work as a team.

His favorite sports include chess, ping pong and volleyball. He also enjoys listening to instrumental music in his free time.

Yohana Jimenez

Microfinance Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Yohana Jimenez

Yohana Jimenez, is our new microfinance technician! She is the former community bank tresurer of the community of Canglon, (and member of the community) one of the fastest-growing cajas in Darien. Her eagerness to learn, dedication and passion to develop the communities through the power of financial inclusion was decisive in order to join the business team of GB Panama. Thanks to the business brigades and the trainings she learned how to manage the finances of her community bank and became one of the best treasurers across the 20 cajas in Panama.

Evidelia Martinez

Microfinance Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Evidelia Martinez

Evidelia grew up in the community of Rio Pavo in the Darién province. Before she was with Global Brigades, she worked as a promoter for Avon cosmetics to coordinate traveling salespeople. Evidelia first learned of Global Brigades when they came to work with the cooperative in Platanilla. She was an active member of the cooperative and worked with Global Brigades in some of their first projects. She remembers meeting another field technician and was put in touch with the business program team members for a position.

One of Evidelia’s first well-known phrases with the business team was “Don’t worry. I will be on time. Even if it rains and the river rises, I’ll be there.”

Evidelia enjoys going to work each day to see the growth and development in all the communities that have established their Community Banks and what the bank members have accomplished with their credit.
In her free time, Evidelia enjoys visiting her family and writing.

Keyla Mendoza

Microfinance Field Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Keyla Mendoza

Keyla grew up in the community of Platanilla in the province of Panamá Este. There she attended primary school and went to the nearby town of Torti for high school. Also in Torti, is a satellite branch of the University of Panama where she received her degree in technical studies. Before Global Brigades, Keyla worked in the Informatics and Training Center in Torti.

She was living in Platanilla when she was contracted to do a baseline survey for Global Brigades in 2014. She was trained how to conduct the household survey and then continued to visit other communities for Global Brigades to gather more information. Later she was officially offered the opportunity to join Global Brigades as a technician on the Monitoring and Evaluation team where she continues to work on projects to gather community insights through household surveys and personal interviews.

Keyla enjoys meeting people from different communities. In her free time she is dedicated to her children and family.

Aiby Wendy Ardila

Accounting & Administration

Global Brigades Panama

Aiby Wendy Ardila

Wendy joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2012 originally as a part-time employee, but soon she began working full time for the Accounting team in Panama. She was drawn to the multicultural environment and the diversity of people that supported one another in the organization. Being able to support the mission the organization has with both indigenous communities in Panama and with volunteers that come from other countries has been highly energizing for Wendy. Although, her work is mostly focused on the administrative side of the organization she has had various opportunities to visit communities. She remembers one time when she was in the community of Metetí for an informal celebration with community members. She was nervous to try an unfamiliar beverage and then learned it was tamarindo or known in English as tamarind. She was very touched at the hospitality and generosity of communities that are said to have so little in resources, but are always delighted to share with visitors.

Wendy was born and grew up in Columbia and has been in Panama for the last 10 years. She is currently in her fourth and final year at the University of Panama to earn a degree in Applied Informatics. Each day in Global Brigades brings with it new experiences and Wendy looks forward to what lies ahead.

Alyssa Smith

Panama Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Alyssa Smith

Allie joined the Global Brigades team in July 2019. She loves working with Global Brigades because of the organization’s dedication to community partnerships and sustainable impact. Allie also thoroughly enjoys working with a multi-cultural team and interacting with volunteers from across the globe. Allie brings experience leading brigades and serving as a Campus Chairperson to the team.

Allie earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and spanish from Indiana University – Bloomington. When she is not empowering volunteers around the globe, Allie love visiting coffee shops in new cities and loves to read, cook, and bake!

Larissa Gonzalez

Panama Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Larissa Gonzalez

Larissa joined the Panama Program Associate team in July 2019. She is passionate about the sustainable development work done by Global Brigades and is eager to help grow this passion in future volunteers. Larissa brings experience as a Chapter President for brigades to Honduras in 2017-2018 as well as a Campus Chair person at her university for 2018-2019.

Larissa earned her Bachelors of Science in biomedical science from University of Birmingham in the U.K. When not supporting our passionate volunteers, Larissa loves dancing, traveling, and trying new foods.

Christina Kraus

Panama Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Christina Kraus

Christina joined the Global Brigades team in July 2019. She sees working with Global Brigades as a wonderful opportunity for to take part in a movement that aligns with her values and goals of decreasing inequality in our world. In her role, Christina is able to represent a larger purpose through work that calls on individuals to recognize our universal, fundamental likeness as human beings. Christina is excited to support and empower the talented community members leading their communities out of poverty.

Christina graduated from Santa Clara University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public health science and a minor in biology. When she is not supporting our passionate volunteers, Christina loves spending time with family, exploring the outdoors, opportunities for adventurous eating, surfing, and painting.

Nicaragua Team

Dr. Martha Espinoza Torrez

Medical & Dental Program Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Dr. Martha Espinoza Torrez

Dr. Torrez started working for Global Brigades Nicaragua in January 2015, as a temporary dentist. After showcasing great performance on Brigades, she was later promoted to the Dental Lead, joining the permanent staff in April 2015.

Dr. Torrez studied at UNAN-LEÓN University. She then worked for nine years in a private clinic, providing holistic treatments to patients. During this time, she also volunteered with the Nicaraguan Children Fund, an organization that provides dental consultations to children. It was in this position that Dr. Torrez discovered her love for community service.

Dr. Torrez hopes to improve access to dental care in Nicaragua, while increasing the focus on preventative care.

Julio Granados

Public Health & Water Brigades Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Julio Granados

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Julio worked as a Production Supervisor at Cemex Industrial Concrete Plant, a Resident Engineer on Road Signing and repairing and maintenance of parks and a volunteer in Raleigh International Citizen Service Program and TECHO.

As Global Brigades’ Public Health and Water Brigades Manager, Julio oversees the program budget, brigade development, report writing community communication, community leader identification, and brigade logistics. He also implements strategies for the water and public health programs.

In his spare time, Julio enjoys basketball, attending rock concerts, cooking, traveling and literature.

Julio received his Bachelors Degree in Bachelor in Civil Engineering at National Engineering University and his Post degree in Designing and Evaluation of Municipal and Industrial Water Projects at National Engineering University.

Fabio Blanco

Business Brigades Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Fabio Blanco

Mr. Fabio Blanco joined Global Brigades Nicaragua in August 2017. Prior to this, his studies earned him a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Business at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-LEON) in 2000, and a Master’s degree in rural development from the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI).

In the labor field, Fabio has accumulated a wealth of previous experience with non-profit organizations.  He has worked as a specialist in social and business development processes with young people and adults in the rural communities of the western, northern and central municipalities of Nicaragua.It has formed groups of self-saving and development of small and médium enterprises in chaining of markets in different productive áreas  (BID-World Vision Nicaragua Central American Project).  Through the project, The Future is Young, he served as an advisor for small businesses in the administration of loans to young people in the department of Chinandega, which Fabio executed in coordination with the mayor of Chinandega and funds of the European Union and Lay Movement for Latin America. Also, he was responsible for the organizing component of a sponsorship scholarship program and community training for adults, youth and adolescents financed through funds from the EUROPEAN UNION.

Fabio is currently the Manager of Business and Microfinance for Global Brigades Nicaragua. Together with his team, he is forming community banks in departments such as Jinotega and León in an effort to develop small loans in order to assist community members in starting or strengthening their own businesses allowing them to generate greater income for the welfare of their families.

Currently, Fabio resides in the city of Estelí, Nicaragua, and his interests include technology and travel.

Denis Gaitan

M&E Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Denis Gaitan

Denis Gaitán has a degree in Social Communication at Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua. He also has a Master’s Degree in Social Policies and Rights for Children and Adolescents from the same university. Before joining the team of Global Brigades Nicaragua, Denis worked in non-governmental organizations coordinating various projects of social communication and promotion of the children and adolescents rights . From the age of 12 he was involved in youth groups focused on issues of citizen participation. He also was a Director of a local community radio station and worked a volunteer program, French-speaking from Québec, Canada with whom he promoted south-north exchanges.

Since May 2015, he has been part of the Global Brigades Nicaragua team where he has worked in different roles, including Public Relations, community organization, and accreditation. Currently, he is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager.

In his free time Denis enjoys spending time with his son Javier. He loves photography and historical articles of Nicaragua and likes to spend time with friends and family.

Dr. Miuriel Castillo

CHW & Patient Referral Coordinator

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Dr. Miuriel Castillo

Dr. Miuriel Castillo Obregón studied at UCASTE university in the city of Estelí. Graduating in 2014 with her degree of General Doctor and Surgeon, she began to work for a tobacco business as a general physician giving medical attention to laborers. In the same year, she began working at the Hospital of Estelí as a general pediatrician which she was responsible for emergency attentions, general consultations, and pediatric emergencies.

Dr. Miuriel began to work in Global Brigades in May of 2015 as a temporary doctor. Completing multiple brigades from 2015 to 2018, she was motivated to help people, and after hard work, Dr. Miuriel was promoted to the program lead of Medical Initiatives, including CHW program, Patient Referral program, and providing better health access to communities without medical access  through community health workers.

Gabriela Cruz

Accountant

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Gabriela Cruz

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Gabriela worked in the Projects department for UNAN. Gabriela currently works as the Accountant for Global Brigades Nicaragua.

In her spare time, Gabriela enjoys traveling.

Gabriela earned her Public Accounting and Finance degree from UNAN.

Jaqueline Lazo

Administration and Legal Advisor

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Jaqueline Lazo

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Jaqueline provided Legal advice in the Labor field. As the HR Assistant for Global Brigades Nicaragua, Jaqueline assists in contract drafting, interviews, updating staff and collaborating with team members as necessary.

In her spare time, Jaqueline enjoys studying and spending time with her family.

Jaqueline is currently pursuing her Masters in Procedural Law with emphasis in oral, criminal, civil, labor, mercantile, family and due process. She is also authorized as a Lawyer and Notary Public.

International Team

Dr. Shital Vora

Chief Executive Officer

Global Brigades USA

Dr. Shital Vora

Dr. Shital Vora is Co-Founder and CEO of Global Brigades, overseeing Global Brigades’ human resources and talent programs in addition to administrative policies and University relationships. Prior to dedicating to Global Brigades full time, she had spent 4 years working as a Doctor of Physical Therapy focusing on Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for one of the nation’s largest and most successful orthopedic practices in Chicago.

In 2003, while completing her degree at Marquette University, Shital established the very first medical brigade club, which eventually developed into the model that is used today throughout the organization. From one club at Marquette, Shital and the GB leadership team has started over 450 active groups who travel to Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, and Ghana in providing primary health care and education in rural communities. Within Global Brigades, Shital had previously worked as the CEO of Health Programs and Chief Program Officer prior to taking on the human resources role.

Shital has spent much of her time abroad with Global Brigades understanding the importance of health in developing countries. She has been actively involved with not only the expansion of the organization, but overall strategies for staff empowerment. Her focus is to involve staff in these strategies not only to provide communities in need, but also challenge the minds of young individuals who are embarking and building on their professional career. Shital is passionate about creating leadership opportunities for all staff, putting people first, and the “human” side of human resources.

Shital sits on the Marquette University Health Sciences advisory board, and also has been recognized at Marquette University’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2009. Shital graduated with high honors at with a degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy as well as her PhD in Orthopedics.

Vanessa Lopez

President & COO

Global Brigades USA

Vanessa Lopez

Vanessa Lopez is the President and Chief Operations Officer for Global Brigades, Inc. Since 2008, she has led the organization’s marketing, financial, and administrative operations. Over the years, she has focused on developing internal strategies to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Vanessa has led implementation of creating complex organizational structures to allow Global Brigades to operate and manage 11 entities across different countries, while maintaining a shared mission and brand.

Vanessa is also a co-founder of Global Brigades Association’s for-profit subsidiary, Global Brigades Ventures, Inc, where she provides marketing and accounting consulting services to start-up social enterprises. Vanessa is on the founding team of Global Brigades Venture’s first start-up project, Empowered.org, a social movement platform that provides online fundraising and volunteer/donor management tools to organizations.

Vanessa has been invited as a guest lecturer in local Seattle universities such as the University of Washington Bothell, Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, and Seattle Pacific University, on topics ranging from non-profit finances to marketing.

Vanessa graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting.

Pallav Vora

Chief Legal Officer

Global Brigades USA

Pallav Vora

Pallav is the Chief Legal Officer for Global Brigades, Inc. and oversees and provides legal support to all Global Brigades entities worldwide. Since joining Global Brigades full-time in 2012, Pallav has served as Global Brigades’ General Counsel and works closely with the leadership of all Global Brigades entities to strengthen operations by assessing and managing risk, implementing appropriate practices and controls, and providing advice and counsel on a broad range of legal issues critical to the organization’s mission. Pallav also sits on the Board of Directors of Global Brigades Ventures and the International Volunteer Programs Association.

Prior to joining Global Brigades, Pallav was an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Joseph V. Roddy, where he worked as a litigator on a wide-variety of civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts, including administrative hearings, civil rights litigation, personal injury, appeals and criminal defense. Pallav received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond, and received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He is admitted to practice before the Illinois State Bar and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Nancy Amador

Chief Compliance Officer

Global Brigades USA

Nancy Amador

Nancy joined Global Brigades October 1, 2008 as accountant and administrator for Global Brigades Honduras, she helped on the structure of financial and administrative procedures for the grantee entities and provided support to advising and program associate teams. In January 2013 she was moved to be a part of Global Brigades USA finance team as VP of Finance, in this position she has been working with the bookkeeping for Global Brigades USA, Canada and United Kingdom, she also provides support on the audits for these countries and is now running financial compliance auditors for grantee entities.

Nancy received her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the UNAH and a Master’s degree in finance from UNITEC. Her previous experiences are all related to accounting, administration and finance and each company that she worked with helped her gain more knowledge as well as long lasting friendships. Global Brigades has been a great experience for her as she always wanted to work with an organization where she could be a part of helping others.

Steven Atamian

Chief Strategy Officer

Global Brigades USA

Steven Atamian

Inspired by the potential impact university students could make in rural Honduran communities, Steve helped co-found what would become Global Brigades in 2004. In addition to many programmatic contributions around the holistic model, Steve led GB’s decentralized student-led movement and its strategy for financial sustainability.

From 2004-2008, Steve led Global Brigades as a volunteer while employed full-time with Deloitte, where he supported the design and implementation of their corporate social responsibility strategy in the Pacific Southwest region of the United States.

In 2007, when Global Brigades was officially registered as a nonprofit in the United States, Steve was named the CEO by the board of directors and served in that position until 2016. Currently, Steve holds the position of Empowerment Officer and splits his time between high level strategy, budgeting, and pushing to maintain the student-led culture that the organization was built upon.

Steve is a graduate from the University of Southern California. He resides in Seattle with his wife and baby daughter. Locally, he has contributed as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington at Bothell, teaching classes in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.

Ben Erker

Director of Impact & Evaluation

Global Brigades USA

Ben Erker

Ben Erker joined Global Brigades in January 2009 to help develop and coordinate the Water Brigades program in Honduras.  Four the next four years he managed the implementation of numerous clean water projects, while coordinating over sixty Water Brigades.  From 2013 – 2015, Ben worked as Development Program Officer in Honduras, overseeing the operation of the holistic model and its program teams in the country.   Starting in January 2016, Ben began his current position as GB Director of Impact & Evaluation in charge of impact measurement and reporting, program monitoring and evaluation, and supervising local M&E teams in GB’s programming countries.

Ben received his B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Bucknell University, which included a semester of study in Perth, Western Australia. During his time at Bucknell Ben made his first of many trips to Honduras which inspired him to further pursue water and sanitation issues in developing countries.  Ben went on to receive his M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California – Davis focusing on water quality, drinking water and wastewater treatment. While at UC Davis, Ben spent a month in rural Uganda working on sustainable drinking water and sanitation solutions.  Before joining Global Brigades, Ben participated in a wide range of research projects investigating the effect of microorganisms on arsenic concentration in groundwater, small water system treatment techniques, anaerobic digestion of food waste, and evaporation effects of development in watersheds.

Juan David Villegas

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Global Brigades USA

Juan David Villegas

Juan David joined Global Brigades in December 2014 as a brigade interpreter, soon after that, he began coordinating business brigades full time with GB. In January 2017, Juan David became the Business Program Manager, overseeing all of the Business program’s staff and projects in Panama.

Juan David was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. From an early age, he has been an advocate of the power of financial inclusion and entrepreneurship in transforming people’s lives. At the age of 17, he moved to Bournemouth, UK, to study and received his Higher National Diploma degree in Business Studies at MLS Management College, England. In the last 7 years, Juan David has been to 25 countries investigating the impact of business, commerce, and entrepreneurship in economic development worldwide.

Juan David holds a certification of Development Project Management by the Interamerican Development Bank and Strategic Managerial Skills Certificate from the Interamerican University of Panama.

Fun fact: Juan David’s first brigade was actually a Medical brigade which he attended as an interpreter and where by chance there was a business brigade staying at the same lodging facility. After a 5-hour conversation with the former Business Program Manager, Juan David fell in love with the program, canceled a flight to Korea, and changed his career path to dedicate himself to working with economic and social development programs with Global Brigades.

Leonel Quinteros

Director of Technology

Global Brigades USA

Leonel Quinteros

Leonel is the Director of Technology for Global Brigades, overseeing the website development of online tools used by donors and volunteers.
Leonel first began programming in 1999, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. In 2001, while still in university, he started working in various software development positions. In 2011, after several office-based positions, Leonel joined Global Brigades, giving him the opportunity to manage a team of other developers while working remotely.
Today, Leonel lives in Uruguay, near the sea, so every time he needs a rest from the computer, he can get in the water for surfing, sailing or swimming.
Arman Nadershahi

Co-Founder

Global Brigades USA

Arman Nadershahi

Arman Nadershahi is an entrepreneur and multi-faceted attorney. Arman co-founded Global Brigades, Inc., as well as several successful medical device startup companies, including one startup that was acquired and another that had an IPO on NASDAQ. Arman also serves as the in-house counsel for the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Arman’s legal expertise includes intellectual property, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, nonprofits, and startups. Earlier in his career, Arman practiced intellectual property law at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, where he focused on patent prosecution, licensing, and intellectual property litigation in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

Arman graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Zoology and English Literature. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, a Master’s in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota, an MS in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Alexa Schmidt

Sr. Marketing Manager

Global Brigades USA

Alexa Schmidt

Alexa Boldt is a global citizen who acts locally, wherever she is, with boldness and kindness. She joined Global Brigades as a Program Associate in Honduras in 2014, and with a capacity for team encouragement and leadership she later took on the Program Associate Manager role. She lived in Central America until 2016, and now serves as the stateside Communications Associate. In this role, Alexa acts as Global Brigades’ central storyteller and ensures all internal and external stakeholders are well-informed. Her drive to tell Global Brigades’ stories stems from the joy that comes from celebrating programmatic accomplishments with community members, staff, and volunteers.

Alexa received a B.A in Communications and a minor in Multimedia from California Lutheran University. Prior to her work with Global Brigades, she dedicated time to volunteer with non-profit organizations in Kenya, the Dominican Republic, and along the West Coast of the USA. In addition to her work with Global Brigades, Alexa is a yoga instructor and advocate for a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Daniel Klingelhoets

People Operations Manager

Global Brigades USA

Daniel Klingelhoets

Daniel joined the Global Brigades team as a Honduras Program Associate in June 2016. During his undergraduate career, Daniel got to know Global Brigades through a partner organization and participated on three Medical Brigades to Nicaragua with Marquette University. With the foundation of Global Brigades stemming from Marquette University roots, the natural alignment for Daniel to join the Global Brigades team was a no-brainer. In addition to his work with in-country program teams and volunteers from around the world, Daniel brings marketing and communications experience from previous roles. In June 2017 he transitioned a role as People Operations Coordinator, and now People Operations Manager,working to execute the human resources function, support, and initiatives to Global Brigades’ international teams.

In May 2016, Daniel received a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resources and Marketing, with a minor in Spanish for the Professions from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to Global Brigades, Daniel ran a small start-up and worked closely with student entrepreneurs and local small businesses to build their brands. In December 2018 Daniel met the requirements for SHRM-CP certification as prescribed by the Society for Human Resource Management and is now a SHRM-CP certified human resource professional. When he’s not engaging with staff and volunteers, or looking for creative ways to define #GB365, you can find him out-and-about with his camera, exploring Honduras, or sipping on a hot beverage in a cafe.

Nicole Jollimore

Volunteer Engagement Manager

Global Brigades USA

Nicole Jollimore

Nicole Jollimore is the Volunteer Engagement Manager for Global Brigades. In this role, Nicole is passionate about raising awareness about ethical volunteering and the social determinants of health, inspiring global citizens, and growing the Global Brigades movement.

Intrigued by Global Brigades’ holistic approach and focus on empowerment in sustainable development, Nicole participated in her first brigade in 2011 and quickly realized a passion for global health. Following three more Public Health brigades to Honduras and increasing leadership involvement Nicole officially joined the Global Brigades team as a Chapter Advisor in Nicaragua in 2015. Her positive experiences and increasing interest in on the ground programming led to her transition into the role of Program Associate in Honduras in 2016. Having spent two years abroad in Central America, Nicole moved back home in 2017 to Nova Scotia, Canada where she was excited by the opportunity to work more closely with volunteers as a Senior Volunteer Engagement Associate, and most recently as the Volunteer Engagement Manager.

Nicole graduated from Mount Allison University as a varsity athlete with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and a minor in Biology. In addition to her international work with Global Brigades, Nicole also enjoys engaging in her community as a special needs soccer coach and a volunteer in the emergency department at the IWK children’s hospital.

Dr. Luisa Castejón

Medications Coordinator

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Luisa Castejón

Luisa started with Global Brigades in December 2007, a few months after graduating from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), as the first Pharmacist to accompany medical brigades. It was a challenge for her to start completely from scratch, but gradually she has added new procedures to properly dispense medications. Luisa has worked as the pharmacy lead in Honduras, in charge of all pharmacists working on medical brigades in Honduras, until February 2019 when she transitioned to her current role as Medications Coordinator supporting medication and donation procurement for all Global Brigades countries internationally.

From a young age, Luisa knew she wanted to study pharmacy. As a child, she would visit the hospital and admire the doctors and women health workers and knew that one day, she would be one of them. Shortly after graduation, she interviewed with Global Brigades and realized that the position was her dream job. On every brigade, she has been able to serve fellow Hondurans from the most neglected communities while enjoying Honduras’ beautiful scenery.

Tess Niehoff

Empowered 100 Project Coordinator

Global Brigades USA

Tess Niehoff

Tess joined Global Brigades as a Program Associate in June of 2017 and began her role as The Empowered 100 Project Coordinator in July 2018. Global Brigades was suggested to Tess while she volunteered as a field engineer constructing pedestrian bridges in rural Panama. Prior to Global Brigades, Tess graduated from University of Maryland as a Civil Engineer with a minor in Spanish Language and Business Cultures. Post graduation, Tess worked for two years as a field engineer on the Dulles Metrorail Silverline Project, the largest ongoing construction project in the United States. Pursuing an interest in international development and transportation systems, Tess pursued a one year fellowship with Bridges to Prosperity to combine her love of building, helping others, and learning the Spanish language. Wanting to stay in the Central American region, Tess was immediately drawn to the holistic model of Global Brigades, and how it sought to empower each community. When she is not in the office or on brigade, you can find Tess running or hiking at La Tigra National Park, baking in her apartment, reading a good book, or trying to teach herself new facets of engineering.

Conner McGuire

Volunteer Engagement Associate

Global Brigades USA

Conner McGuire

Conner joined the Volunteer Engagement team in July of 2019. Passionate about leadership, Conner works directly with our Campus Chairpersons to equip them with the skills and resources needed to drive growth and success, both on their campuses and in the international communities they work in.

Conner graduated with a Finance degree from Central Michigan University where he served as Campus Chairperson. During his undergraduate degree he worked with non-profits, commercial banks, global manufacturers, and the U.S. House of Representatives. When not working with student leaders, Conner can be found exploring his new home of Washington, D.C.

Anna Jamieson

Volunteer Engagement Associate

Global Brigades USA

Anna Jamieson

Anna joined the Global Brigades team as a Chapter Advisor in June of 2018. Anna’s introduction to Global Brigades was during her first year at Mount Allison University and she has been involved since! Anna has participated in the Water and Public Health programs in Honduras and led the Water Chapter at Mount Allison for a year, followed by a year as Campus Chairperson. During her undergraduate degree she learned a lot about Global Brigades as an organization, the Holistic Model and sustainable development. Anna really identifies with Global Brigades commitment to holistic sustainable development and is so excited to share these values with everyone looking to start a chapter on their campus!

In May of 2018, Anna received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with minors in Biology and Political Science. Anna’s passion for Global Brigades at the campus level led into pursuing a full-time opportunity with Global Brigades following graduation. Long term Anna wants to pursue a Masters degree in Development Practice and Sustainability and pursue a lifelong career in sustainable international development. When Anna is not at the office she enjoys being outdoors, reading, hiking and trying out new cafes!

Alexandria Sanchez

Ghana Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Alexandria Sanchez

Alexandria received her B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Global Studies from California State University, Fresno in May 2017. During her time at Fresno State, she became a member of Circle K International (CKI), providing community service to the Central Valley and Greater Los Angeles area. Her involvement in CKI helped solidified her passion for community work and sustainable development. At the end of her time at Fresno State she was invited to participate in The People, Power, and Global Change Program in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Professor and Department Chairwoman Dr. Ram. While in country, Alexandria participated in community service, studied and applied the power people have to make political change around the globe. After obtaining her degree, she gained an internship in the Fresno City Council´s office, interning for the Council President, Esmeralda Soria, in 2017-2018 working on Administrative Tasks, Policy Research and Analysis, and Coordinating Community Events. After her time interning for District 1, she joined ACLU conducting field work through community education for the 2018 Midterm Election.

Alexandria´s passion for community service, sustainable development, and global affairs lead her to Global Brigades where she joined as a Program Associate for Ghana in February of 2019. Outside of work, Alexandria enjoys traveling and exploring new places, participating in community service, swimming, and singing. She is extremely passionate about global affairs, community development, international relations and is excited to continue developing her many passions working through Global Brigades.

Cassie Huff

Chapter Advisor

Global Brigades USA

Cassie Huff

Cassie joined the Program Associates in Honduras in April of 2017. Cassie first became involved as a volunteer during her undergraduate career at the University of Kentucky. She participated in Medical, Dental and Public Health brigades in Honduras. In the summer of 2014, Cassie participated in the Global Health Internship in Nicaragua. Her interest and admiration for Global Brigades grew tremendously after spending time learning about the development teams and how Global Brigades runs internally. After, her time in the internship, she became the president of the Public Health chapter at her university and lead a Public Health Brigade. Upon graduation, her passion for international development and Global Brigades lead her to applying for the Program Associate position.

In December of 2016, Cassie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with a minor in German from the University of Kentucky. Originally, Cassie originally planned on a career as a Dentist, however her passion for Global Brigades and international health and development lead her to put that dream on hold and make the move from Kentucky to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. When she is not working, you can find her at a cafe, exploring honduras, or doing yoga. She also enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family when not working or on brigade    

Camille Klvacek

Marketing Associate

Global Brigades USA

Camille Klvacek

Camille joined the Global Brigades team in January of 2019 as a Marketing Associate. She ensures that GB’s social media is active and she constantly works to connect volunteers to the organization. She had never heard of Global Brigades before applying to this position, but her passion and love for the program is immense.

Camille is a Freshman at Utah State University, studying Marketing and Business Administration. She loves trying new things, meeting new people, and getting out of her comfort zone. This is her first job within marketing and loves to put her knowledge and background to good use, by helping others and being involved with GB.

Taylor Clouse

Marketing Associate

Global Brigades USA

Taylor Clouse

Taylor joined the Global Brigades Marketing Team in March 2019 and is currently a junior at Utah State University studying Public Relations with a minor in Sociology. She grew up in Arizona where her and her family have a passion for Olympic weight lifting. Taylor loves going on road trips, meeting new people, and watching a good documentary on Netflix. You can always find Taylor with a soda in her hand because she is addicted to Diet Mountain Dew. Taylor loves working as part of the team supporting marketing efforts for Global Brigades and hopes it will present more opportunities to learn and work in public relations in the future. She is excited to share and highlight the incredible work of the organization with all of our stakeholders.
Erika Amador

Accountant

Global Brigades USA

Erika Amador

Erika joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2014 as an accountant assistant providing accounting and financial support for the accounting process making transfers, processing refunds, posting manual transaction on dashboard ans helping with accounting reports. Starting in 2017, Erika is taking responsibility in the Canada and United Kingdom accounting process.

Erika received her Accountant degree from the Autonomous National University of Honduras in 2014 and a English Diploma from The National Pedagogical University in 2015. Prior to joining Global Brigades, Erika worked as accounting assistant for a chemical factory. Erika was always interested in working with a company like Global Brigades, which helps people in need.

Claudia Corrales

Accountant

Global Brigades USA

Claudia Corrales

Claudia came to the organization through a friend who shared an available opportunity with her, she joined Global Brigades on January 1, 2017 as an accountant for Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Her previous experience was always in the accounting, administrative and human resources areas. She has a degree in accounting and is currently studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Ceutec in Honduras, her main interests are to finish this degree and English studies which she started this year.

Karen Fonseca

Accountant

Global Brigades USA

Karen Fonseca

Karen learned about Global Brigades through a friend and currently works as an accountant, managing the bookkeeping for Global Brigades Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. She earned a Secretary degree at a young age and then in 2010, received her Bachelors Degree in Public Accounting and Finance.

Karen has experience working with several companies, mostly in administration. In the future, she would like to obtain a Masters of Human Resources and complete her English studies.

Martin Alzua

Website Developer

Global Brigades USA

Martin Alzua

Martin joined Global Brigades in 2013 as a QA engineer. He is responsible for ensuring the operation quality of the online volunteering platform. Before joining Global Brigades, he was involved in projects for Microsoft, Sabre, and other companies.

Martin has received education in information technologies for both programming and quality assurance.

Martin was born and raised in Argentina. In his free time, he likes to play music, sing and play futbol!

Azeema Fatima

Technical Support

Global Brigades USA

Azeema Fatima

In love with all life everywhere, student of computer science and an eager learner, I always had a passion for helping others any way I could. Using my skill set of tech based work that I was learning and being absolutely mind-blowingly fascinated with the good work being done by people all over the world, I always wanted to join an organization which could provide me an opportunity to utilize my skills for the good.

In stepped Global Brigades, big time! GB provided me with an opportunity of my dreams, working alongside the best teams in the world, doing absolutely wonderful soul-fulfilling work. Be it helping the volunteers with their tech based issues, or working alongside the GB family, I keep on growing and every single day proves to be an opportunity to learn something new something wonderful and also be able to feel awesome inside, all the while doing what I love doing and helping others in whatever way I can in this amazing organization determined to make this world a better place, one day at a time. This, for me, is the best feeling in the world!

Honduras Team

Luis Torres

Executive Director

Global Brigades Honduras

Luis Torres

Luis joined Global Brigades Honduras in January 2012 when his first role with a brigade was serving as a driver. Since then, Luis has transitioned to various roles including translator, coordinator, HR Manager, Operations Director, Administrative Director, and in 2016, Executive Director. Luis is passionate about the work that Global Brigades does in our communities and likes being able to make a difference in his home country.

Luis graduated from the Catholic University in Honduras with a degree in Finance. He has held previous leadership positions in  the financial sector as he has worked for banks and insurance companies in Honduras. One of his many contributions to the organization was helping expand programs execution to the southern region of the country.

Mario Quan

Honduras Administrative Director

Global Brigades USA

Mario Quan

Mario received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Universidad Catolíca de Honduras , later to receive a master’s in project development from the same institution. Mario first joined the  Global Brigades team in 2012 as a driver, later to apply his skills as Administrative Director to the Honduras office. In 2015, Mario moved to support the operations of Global Brigades in Nicaragua and returned to Honduras in February 2017 to continue his role in organization administration. Prior to Global Brigades, Mario has held positions of  Credit Analyst and Telemarketing Supervisor in two different banks in Honduras. When he is not supporting the daily operations of the Honduras office, Mario enjoys spending time with his family, especially his wife and son.

Dr. Jenny Najera

Medical Brigades Director

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Jenny Najera

Dr. Nájera joined Global Brigades in the Winter of 2006. Her first Medical Brigade was as a volunteer translating for Doctors. That same year, she then began to work as a temporary employee assisting with Medical Brigades.

In November 2010, she was promoted to the Medical Brigades Program Lead, in charge of programming and logistics. She also started establishing relationships with health authorities and developing protocols of safety and security for Global Brigades’ volunteers.

Prior to joining Global Brigades as a permanent employee, Dr. Nájera worked for the Ministry of Health and a Private Clinic as an attending doctor and for 1 year was the official doctor of Honduran Delegation in international events.

Dr. Nájera received her degree as a Medical Doctor in 2005 from the National University of Honduras. She has 2 years of residency in Pediatrics and has participated in several forums and symposiums of vector transmitted diseases (Dengue- Malaria-Chikunguyia and Zika), as well as in various national and international congresses. Dr. Nájera is currently pursuing her Masters in Epidemiology at the Central American Technological University.

Dr. Gladys Turcios

CHW & Patient Referral Program Manager

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Gladys Turcios

Dr. Turcios was born in Tegucigalpa where she currently lives. She studied at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras where she graduated on April 2014 as a Medical Doctor.

Dr. Turcios joined Global Brigades on February 2016 as a Program Lead for the Referral Program. The Patient Referral program sources donations to assists patients, identified during Medical Brigades, with procedures and surgeries. Dr. Turcios is also working on the development of Global Brigades’ Surgical program, which which will assist referral patients, as well as other patients from communities near Hospital de Ojojona, where the Surgical Brigades will take place.

David Amador

Economic Development Manager

Global Brigades Honduras

David Amador

David Amador has spent most of his professional career in the financial sector in Honduras and Central America beginning with a role as Junior Executive officer in Bancahorro in 1994. By 1996 he became a Senior Executive with the most important portfolio loans in the bank, amounting to $ 85.5 million. In 2000 he was selected to work with the leadership group to management the fusion between the most important banks in Honduras. By 2002 David became the National Branch Manager for Group Promerica in Honduras, overseeing 10 branches with 250 employees under his leadership, between loans, savings, credit cards, and certificates of deposit. At the same time he managed two projects in the bank- implementation of  the electronic bank transactions via website and development of electronic checking accounts for the medium enterprises in Central America where Group Promerica had presence. in 2004, he receive the opportunity to work in the Central America Bank for Economic Integration, and organization considered the most prominent development bank in Central America where David managed  portfolio operations of $108.3 million in three years. In 2007 he moved to United States to live in Naperville, Illinois while his soon received special treatment for an illness. During this time, David worked for the Honduras Consulate in Chicago where he had the opportunity to assist many Honduran immigrants in the Unites States. David returned to Honduras for personal reasons in 2016 and began to worry about the communities in Honduras, thinking of ways to apply is skills and experience to improve lives. He found Global Brigades in March 2017 and joined the team as  Economic Development Director in Honduras.

David is a graduate from the National Autonomous University of Honduras in Business Administration, and also holds masters degrees in Business Administration and Financial Corporations. David plans to continue study to receive a doctorate degree in Economics and begin teaching in private universities in Honduras.

Marco Landa

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program Manager

Global Brigades Honduras

Marco Landa

Marco Landa, a civil engineer by trade, brings extensive experience and passion to the Global Brigades team. Marco has worked from fast food franchising in Honduras, in the telecommunications industry as a resident engineer, and  as independent consultant  and project manager. His vast experiences, diligence and passion for his work,  and  commitment bringing access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure community partners make Marco a valuable member of the Global Brigades team.

Marco earned a bachelor degree in civil engineering from la Universidad Católica in Honduras.  He has been a lifelong longer committed to furthering his education to positively contribute to his work. Since starting with Global Brigades, Marco has completed his Masters in Business Administration with with a focus on finance. Additionally, he´s completed various additional certifications and courses in areas of positioning and funding in NGOs, total quality management, and water system design. When he is not supporting his team or developing partnerships with his program, Marco enjoys reading, spending time with family, traveling, and trying restaurants that serve international foods.

Maggie Sandoval

Honduras PA Manager

Global Brigades USA

Maggie Sandoval

Maggie joined Global Brigades in February of 2017 as a Program Associate based in Honduras. Maggie found out about Global Brigades through a friend, researched the organization, and determined that Global Brigades was directly aligned with her passions and gifts. Maggie is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Finance at a private university in Tegucigalpa called UNITEC, The Central American Technological University. She is passionate about working alongside other cultures and has a heart for the people of Honduras.

Maggie received her B.A. in International Business from Auburn University and graduated December of 2015. Prior to working at Global Brigades, Maggie worked in financial advising in Birmingham, Alabama for a year, and specifically focused on retirement savings. Although the financial landscape in Honduras is vastly different, Maggie is interested in the financial culture of Hondurans as compared to that of Americans. Maggie is passionate about empowerment through education, and she firmly believes that Hondurans and Americans alike need to understand their full potential and break the boundaries that limit them. Maggie is excited about Global Brigade’s model and is passionate about working alongside the team in Honduras as well as the various volunteers that brigade each year. Maggie enjoys cooking, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time with family when she is not on brigade, in class, or working with the local team in Tegucigalpa.  

Keely McGill

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Keely McGill

Keely joined the Global Brigades team in July 2019. Prior to her current role, Keely spent several years as a volunteer leading brigades with her Chapter of Mount Allison University in Canada. In her role, Keely is most excited to work as a mentor and empower Chapters around the world taking part in the movement.

Keely earned her Bachelors of Science in chemistry from Mount Allison University. When she is not empowering Chapters, Keely enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring local hiking trails and beaches.

Abriana Walls

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Abriana Walls

Abriana first became involved with Global Brigades during her first Medical Brigade to Honduras in 2016 with the University of Maryland. Abriana was then inspired to become co-president of her Chapter and led the chapters next Medical Brigade to Nicaragua in 2017. While on Brigade, after talking to several staff members she began to consider the possibility of becoming a part of the GB family.

Abriana graduated from the University of Maryland in May of 2018 with a major in Psychology and minor in Spanish Literature and Culture. She then joined our Program Associate team in August of 2018. In her free time, Abriana enjoys listening to music, dancing, and exploring Honduras. She loves meeting new people and has goals to become a physician one day.

Maddy Lee

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Maddy Lee

Maddy joined the Program Associate team in November of 2018.  She first got involved with Global Brigades 4 years ago as a freshman at Boston University.  Maddy went on two water brigades to Honduras and one water brigade to Nicaragua as a volunteer.  Following her first brigade Maddy feel in love with the Holistic Model and became more heavily involved with Global Brigades at BU, first as fundraising chair of the water chapter and then as the Campus Chairperson.

Maddy graduated from Boston University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a specialization in cellular biology, molecular biology, and genetics. While in Boston, Maddy volunteered extensively with the non-profit Health Leads to address the social determinants of health in her local community, and worked as a Summer Fellow with the organization in 2017.  Maddy has been an aspiring physician for many years and still hopes to pursue that dream, but her interest within medicine has shifted as her passion for global health and development grows. Now, she hopes to contribute to the field of Global Health and Development as a licensed physician. During her free time Maddy enjoys playing soccer, reading, doing yoga, and exploring new cities and countries.

 

Erin Barnett

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Erin Barnett

Erin joined the Program Associate team in November of 2018. She first got involved with GB 3 years ago when she went on a medical brigade with Texas A&M. As a Junior, she co-founded the public health chapter at Texas A&M after participating in public health days on her Medical Brigade. Throughout her time volunteering with GB, she fell in love with the holistic model and the sustainability of GB’s partnerships with communities. She therefore decided to apply for the role of International Program Intern before transitioning into the Program Associate role.

Erin graduated from Texas A&M in December of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. Her interest in the health field led her to become involved with Camp Sweeney, a summer camp for type 1 diabetics. In her spare time, Erin enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her dog, Moose.

Lindsay Grech

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Lindsay Grech

Lindsay joined the program associate team in Honduras in September of 2018. She got involved with Global Brigades in 2015 when she attended her first Medical Brigade to Honduras with the University of Toronto. She instantly felt a connection to the organization as a whole, with its unique holistic approach and overwhelmingly welcoming staff and community members. Upon returning home she was very eager to further her involvement with the organization. Lindsay has participated in a total of 5 brigades and 1 institute with a variety of roles, from being medical chapter co-president to founding and leading the first public health brigade at the University of Toronto. Through her active involvement with the University of Toronto’s GB chapter she was able to solidify her passion for the organization and realized the next step was to apply to become a part of the team.

Lindsay graduated from the University of Toronto in June of 2018 with a Bachelor of science, with a major in neuroscience and a triple minor in psychology, immunology and physiology. It was through the diverse set of programs that she was able to understand how big of an impact sustainable development can have in central America and that she wanted to be apart of the work. When she isn’t in the office or on brigade Lindsay enjoys discovering new parts of Honduras, spending time with family and friends and learning new thing.

Manuel Ledezma

Monitoring & Evaluation Associate

Global Brigades USA

Manuel Ledezma

Manuel joined the Program Associate team in January of 2019. He first got involved with Global Brigades 3 years ago as a Junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago, first as a medical brigade volunteer. This initial experience with Global Brigades sustainable holistic model left a lasting positive impression on him, leaving him wanting to do more. He founded a water chapter at the university and lead the group to Honduras the following year.

Manuel graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. While interning for one of the largest NGOs in the Chicago area he constructed interactive visual display that helped improve program effectiveness for the organization. In addition, Manuel has experience in the emergency medicine setting, as well as helping to develop clinical psychology measures for the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. After his time with the Peace Corps, he wanted to give back and work for Global Brigades, the organization that inspired him join the Peace Corps in the first place. In his spare time, Manuel enjoys exploring, exercise, photography and just being outside.

 

Anyssa Juarez

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Anyssa Juarez

Anyssa joined the Program Associate team in January of 2019. She learned about Global Brigades while she was living in the Honduran community of Nueva Esperanza working in comprehensive HIV care. She quickly became connected with the Global Brigades mission and sustainable, holistic model while many of the people living in the community she worked in shared their stories of how they worked for Global Brigades and how Global Brigades had supported them.

Anyssa graduated from Colorado State University with is Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Organization and Innovation management and certificates in International Business and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Spanish. Anyssa initially become interested in working internationally while doing in anti-human trafficking work throughout college and continued with research and organization and third-party training and support for anti-human trafficking in Colorado. Upon graduating college, Anyssa worked for a year in the under-resourced public school system in Colorado and later moved to Honduras working with Montaña de Luz in their agricultural and transition programs while also leading and coordinating their service teams. During her free time, Anyssa loves to travel, explore the outdoors and snowboard. She is looking forward to improving her Spanish even more and developing an even greater insight into the global health and economic development field.

Kirsten Cusack

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Kirsten Cusack

Kirsten joined the Program Associate team in November of 2018. Although she had no prior personal connection to Global Brigades, she quickly found herself passionate about Global Brigades’ Holistic Model and their sustainable development efforts.

Kirsten graduated from Elon University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and Environmental Studies and minors in Biology, Geography and Environmental Education. In addition to her studies, Kirsten is bringing her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate to the team which she earned helping implement an aquaponics system and student peer mentorship program at Uwharrie Charter Academy. Kirsten fell in love with the idea of working abroad during her travels on Semester at Sea and hopes to continue her international work with global health. In her spare time Kirsten enjoys ocean dips, live music, yoga, photography, exploring the outdoors and adding new stamps to her passport.

 

Sabrina Sanchez

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Sabrina Sanchez

Sabrina joined the Global Brigades team in January 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in international, multicultural and human rights education from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Francisco State University. Sabrina did not participate as a volunteer with Global Brigades prior to her hire as a Program Associate. She first came across the Global Brigades website while working on a project for Human Rights Connected and was intrigued by their holistic model framework.

With over 10 years of professional nonprofit experience, she has defended children’s rights and combated domestic human and sex trafficking in Denver; advanced academic and social justice through bicycle advocacy and education; fought against the school-to-prison pipeline in the Bay Area; and raised political awareness about gender-based harassment. She previously worked at Resilience Rising, Impact360, Futures Without Violence and College Track.

Sabrina is also the Education and Communications Associate at Human Rights Connected, an online project that aims to increase the understanding of human rights and civil resistance that strengthen civil society involvement. She not only has a passion for hiking in the mountains and biking, but she loves podcasts, outdoor running, yoga, NPR’s tiny desk concerts, recycling and carrot cake.

Lyzanka García

Monitoring & Evaluation Technician

Global Brigades Honduras

Lyzanka García

Joining Global Brigades in October 2018, Lyzanka Garcia Escoto has always had a passion for Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and the role that M&E plays in helping organizations achieve their goals. Lyzanka started her involvement in community development working as a Spanish Language translator throughout her high school years for Catholic Relief Services. Translating for Social Work projects, she developed a passion for helping others and pursued a degree in social work from Universidad Metropolitana de Honduras. Through her classwork, she began volunteering at World Vision in the Sporsershi program where after volunteering for few months she started working as a technician on a sponsorship program. After World Vision Honduras Lyzanka started at Save the Children, where she was in charge of monitoring 121 schools in 6 departments of Honduras. Eventually turning into a full time position, Lyzanka has gained more than 10 years of experience in M&E through work with World Vision Honduras, Save the Children, AFS International, and Fundesur.

Lyzanka is currently working as Global Brigades’ M&E Technician, conducting baselines, endlines, household coding, and community education about the Holistic Model. When Lyzanka is not busy at work, she is busy with her three children; volunteering at their school, going to events, and raising three, strong-willed, independent kids.

Greece Team

Tina Voulgari

Executive Director

Global Brigades Greece

Tina Voulgari

Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Athens University (Greece) and a Master of Arts in Marketing Communications from Bournemouth University (UK). She is the Executive Director of Global Brigades Greece, working with the local GB team, the Greek Health Department and other partners to provide primary health care for asylum seekers at refugee camps in Greece. Prior to working for Global Brigades, Tina worked for College Year in Athens, where among other duties, she helped US students volunteer with various NGOs supporting refugees and migrants in Greece. Tina enjoys spending most of her free time close to the nature, practicing yoga, scuba diving, hiking, and rock climbing.

Samar Alsalfiti

Health Programs Director

Global Brigades Greece

Samar Alsalfiti

Samar Alsalfiti joined the Global Brigades team in May 2019 working as a dentist with Greece pilot brigades, before joining the team full time in September 2019 as Health Programs Director. She brings several years of experience collaborating with other organizations and government in health programming initiatives with refugee populations. Samar studied dentistry at the University of Athens and. When she´s not working to execute programming initiatives in Greece, Samar enjoys yoga and kickboxing, reading, and exploring nature.

Marina Kiotsekoglou

Greece Sr. Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Marina Kiotsekoglou

Marina joined the Global Brigades team in Greece in June 2019. She is thrilled to be working for an organization that values people both internally and in the work that they do globally. Nothing gives Marina more joy than getting to use her skills and educational background to make a positive humanitarian impact in the country she loves most. Marina view the opportunity with Global Brigades is more than just a career path for her, but a personal endeavor. Prior to Global Brigades, Marina´s experiences include coordinating high-level events with foreign diplomats, working with UN Women in DC as a graduate intern which sparked her passion for humanitarian affairs on a global scale, and time with the American Hellenic Institute where she was able to work in Greek politics and learn all about the Greek sociopolitical environment which surely will be of great value during her time with Global Brigades.

Marina attended The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she obtained a Master of Arts in International Affairs with specializations in International Law & Organizations and Conflict & Conflict Resolution. Marina also attended The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy. When she isn´t busy collaborating with teams and empowering volunteers, you will most likely find Marina exploring the city, traveling to a new place, and hopefully, soon surfing the waves in Greece.

Haley Baldwin

Greece Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Haley Baldwin

Haley was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew up hiking and exploring in the mountains and desert.
After graduating with a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Utah, she began a career in teaching English abroad. Haley has taught in Thailand, Spain, Ecuador, and Greece. In 2018 she earned her Masters degree in International Education and has began her journey with Global Brigades in January 2019.
Haley is excited to be a part of this team to share her passion for international service and advocacy. Shecan’t wait to see what GB has in store for her.
Maddison Staszkiewicz

Sr. M&E Associate

Global Brigades USA

Maddison Staszkiewicz

Maddison joined the Global Brigades team in June of 2017 as a Program Associate in Honduras. With an academic background in health and global issues, she greatly identified with Global Brigades’ holistic model and was excited to join the team. Since then, Maddison joined the Monitoring & Evaluation team.
In 2017, Maddison graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Languages, Literature, and Cultures. Prior to working with Global Brigades, Maddison was a Public Health Intern at World Relief where she worked with resettled refugees to assist them in achieving their health and economic self-sufficiency goals. Maddison holds a certificate in measuring health outcomes in field surveys and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Measurement and Evaluation at American University.
Maddison has always felt drawn to global health and is excited to continue following that path with an evaluation perspective. When she is not working, Maddison loves to travel and explore new places.

Ghana Team

Benson Adjei

Executive Director

Ghana

Benson Adjei

Benson has been part of Global Brigades since 2015 when he joined the Ghana team as Operations Manager. He later moved on to become the Country Manager responsible for a small in-country team that worked to ensure that GBs impact and presence in our partner communities were sustained for 2015 and 2016 when we had very limited brigades going to Ghana and we were working through partnerships with local public and private organizations.

Benson has more than 14 years of development work experience with economic empowerment, social entrepreneurship and international volunteers’ management as his areas of expertise. Prior to joining Global Brigades, Benson had worked with Ghana’s National Board for Small Scale Industries, Rural Enterprises Program and Think Impact as Country Manger for Ghana. Benson has a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, he is an alumni of the German International Development Training Organization; GIZ and a trained Kaizen Consultant by the Japanese International Development Co-operation Agency (JICA).

Through his leadership for the Ghana team, a sustainable model for the medical program that hinges on a strong partnership with existing health facilities of the Ministry of Health in the Ekumfi District of Ghana has been created and it is offering a unique experience to volunteers that travel to Ghana.

Dr. Cornelius Normeshie

Medical Brigades Manager

Global Brigades Ghana

Dr. Cornelius Normeshie

Dr. Cornelius Normeshie, is an alumnus of the University of Ghana Medical School. He joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2012 as a medical officer and subsequently became the medical program lead in charge of planning, assessing, implementing and monitoring all medical brigade activities.He has been committed to not only providing high medical care but passionate about promulgating public health measures including strengthening partnerships that will improve the health of populations in deprived communities.

Dr. Cornelius is an adaptable and responsible person with tremendous leadership skills having led the medical students association of Ghana in various capacities. He has also participated in several global health conferences across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Currently, he lives in Accra with his wife and daughter. He loves reading, watching soccer and playing chess.

Shiella Appiah

Economic Empowerment Program Manager

Global Brigades Ghana

Shiella Appiah

Shiella has a Commonwealth MBA from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Bachelors’ Degree in Theater Arts with Theater for Development Major from the University of Education, Winneba where she was adjudged the overall Best Female Student in the Theatre Arts Department in 2011. Sheilla combines effective communication skills and a deep knowledge of marketing and customer service best-practices to ensure that everyone she interacts with is setup for success in their respective roles, hence have been invited as a guest speaker or to provide a  keynote address on many occasions from different institutions.

Prior to joining Global Brigades as Manager of the Economic Empowerment Program, Shiella was the Head of the Marketing and Public Relations Department of Microfin Rural Bank Limited where she strategically managed a staff portfolio of 39 in her department to put Microfin among the top 10 out of 142 rural banks in Ghana.  She also worked with the University of Education Winneba in 2012, Theatre Arts Department as a Teaching Assistant to the Head of Department.

Shiella is married, has a daughter, lives in Winneba, and loves to make new friends.

Emmanuel Ackah

WASH Program Manager

Global Brigades Ghana

Emmanuel Ackah

Emmanuel pursued a joint Master of Science program in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Water and Sanitation from the University
of Cape Coast and later pursued a post-graduate project management program from the Institute of Project Management Professionals Ghana, where he was certified as Project Management Consultant.

Prior to joining Global Brigades Ghana, Emmanuel worked at Training Research and Networking for Development (TREND) as Water Supply/Sanitary Engineer, where he led a team of Engineers and other professionals to implement several governmental and non-governmental projects successfully
in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). While in TREND, he was promoted to the position of WASH Project Officer based on his professional project management capabilities and experiences. Emmanuel has a nurtured passion, interest and motivation in WASH related projects, especially in
organisations that have mandate close to his career goals and direct bearing in providing safedrinking water and access to improved sanitation facilities for the underserved communities and the vulnerable in society. He is married, committed to family life and blessed with two children.

Shafiu Shaibu

Operations Director

Global Brigades Ghana

Shafiu Shaibu

Shaibu Shafiu holds a Certificate of Advance Study in Project Monitoring and Evaluation, a Chartered Accountant (CA), holds MBA in Finance and Bachelor of Commerce. He further holds a Diploma in Social Work Studies, Diploma in Project Management, Certificate in Understanding Cross-Cultural Communication in International Business and Certificate in Inclusion of Minorities in Community Development.

Shafiu has over 18 years work experience with between public service (academia), the NGO sector, in livelihood integrated program design and co-ordination, and senior level financial management (partnership, negotiation and fundraising) and 9 years with INGO. He has worked as Enterprise Development and Market Access Coordinator, Finance Manager, Director
of Finance and Administration and as Senior Specialist in Accounting and Auditing.

Joining GB at this time in Shafiu’s career creates the room for exciting times for him to bring to bear
years of accumulated experience in NGO program development, financial management, M&E and IT to
discharge an operations intensive position and he is excited to apply all of the programs and Global Brigades.

Edgar Adda

Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Global Brigades Ghana

Edgar Adda

Edgar joined Global Brigades Ghana in August 2018 as Operations Manager. Having spent the early parts of his life in the Northern part of Ghana where poverty is predominant, Edgar has committed his life to working with organizations with the mission to improve the lives of the rural poor. He wants to see a world where everybody irrespective of race, education, geographical location, or gender has access to the basic necessities of life. Having worked with various development projects in Northern and southern parts of Ghana, Edgar has many years of experience in development.  He currently supports country operations of Global Brigades in Ghana by ensuring all the necessary structures and logistics are provided for effective Brigade and other program execution.

Prior to joining Global Brigades, Edgar served as National Coordinator for Fair Trade Ghana Network, a Network that supports Fair trade certified producers in Ghana. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Migration Studies from the University of Ghana,  a Post Graduate Certificate in International Development Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a Certificate in Project Planning and Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(GIMPA).

Charles Asante

Monitoring & Evaluation Technician

Global Brigades Ghana

Charles Asante

Charles has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University
of Science Technology- Kumasi. Prior to joining Global Brigades Ghana, Charles worked in a non-governmental organization coordinating various projects of Natural Resources Conservation in the Western Region of Ghana where a bulk of Ghana’s forest exist. His contribution as Field Coordinator for a World Bank sponsored program led to the formation of a successful Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) in Enchi. Charles brings extensive knowledge in community projects and data collection to the Global Brigades team.  Charles enjoys researching, reading Christian literature and hanging out with friends.

Freda Appiah

Accountant

Global Brigades Ghana

Freda Appiah

Freda holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Cape Coast and she is currently in the final stage of qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana. Prior to joining Global Brigades in Ghana she worked as an Administrative & Finance officer with the Insurance Brokerage firm Ascoma Ghana Limited, and later as Credit Officer in a Community Cooperative Credit Union.

Freda became  interested in Global Brigades due to her desire to be part of a young team that enables her to make use of her creativity and initiative to contribute to a better life for the underprivileged.

Samuel Otoo

Medications and HCP Advocate

Global Brigades Ghana

Samuel Otoo

Samuel Otoo has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for the past twelve years mainly with multi-national companies like Shalina, Vitabiotics, Adcock Ingram and MSD. Locally, he has worked with Ernest Chemist, Ayrton Drugs and East Cantonments Pharmacy. Samuel holds a degree in both
pharmacy Technology and Marketing Management and earned an MBA in Marketing and hopes to bring his vast experience to his role as a Medications &Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) Advocate. With this new role, Samuel is excited to help GB Ghana build partnerships to support the Medical program.

Mike Suarez

Ghana/Panama Program Associate Manager

Global Brigades USA

Mike Suarez

Mike joined the Global Brigades team in November 2018. Having pursued a career in Telecommunications at a younger age, he started collaborating with non-profit work in 2012, coordinating volunteer programs in Panama and El Salvador, actively participating as volunteer programs trainer, champion and manager. Mike also lived almost two years in the United States, collaborating as a data analyst and customer service coordinator in Madison, Wisconsin for a second-tier microfinance institution, creating impact in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru. Mike has experience engaging multicultural teams and programs. He fell in love with Global Brigades’ Holistic Model, considering it is the path to creating a more equal society.

Morghan Sieracki

Ghana Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Morghan Sieracki

Morghan joined the Ghana PA team in July 2019 and excited for opportunity to work with Global Brigades. It is the chance to develop volunteer’s passion towards global development while building relationships with local staff and community members motivated to raise their communities out of the poverty cycle. It is a year full of learning and experiences that she is ready to endure.

Prior to Global Brigades, Morghan was able to work in the emergency department for several years to gain further understanding of physician roles in modern, emergent healthcare. She received her Bachelors of Science in biomedical sciences from University of Colorado -Colorado Springs in May 2019. In her free time, Morghan enjoys playing soccer, exploring fun new places, and listening to live music.

Lauren Echols

Ghana Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Lauren Echols

Lauren joined the Ghana Program Associate team in July 2019. She became involved in Global Brigades as a student at the Pennsylvania State University in 2016. After having the opportunity to see GB’s approach to global development first-hand on a brigade to East Panama in 2016, she felt even more compelled to become part of GB’s sustainable development movement. Her passion for the work that Global Brigades does also pushed her to travel on brigades to Honduras and Nicaragua. She served as the Penn State Global Medical Brigades Secretary from 2017-2018 and later as Penn State’s Campus Chairperson from 2018-2019. The amazing experiences that she has had volunteering with Global Brigades encouraged her to want to work with the organization to ensure that other students can continue to have these same opportunities.

Lauren graduated from Penn State in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She hopes to become a physician in the future, but is excited to have the opportunity to share her passion for sustainable development work with students from all over the world and strives to inspire everyone to become a global citizen.

Roxana Moritz

Monitoring & Evaluation Associate

Global Brigades USA

Roxana Moritz

Originially from Michigan, Roxana joined the Global Brigades team in January of 2019. Although this is her first involvement with Global Brigades, she is passionate about the mission of empowering volunteers and communities to enact sustainable development in rural Latin America.
Roxana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Anthropology at Western Michigan University in 2014, where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain and Peru. After graduating, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Her work in the Peace Corps focused on youth leadership, English education, and sexual health education & advocacy. During her service, Roxana was constantly inspired by community members’ capacity to organize and lead for positive social change. Roxana went on to earn her Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan in 2018, specializing in non-profit management, global social work, and social work with adolescents. As part of her program, she had the opportunity to serve as an Organizational Development consultant for a juvenile detention center in Santiago, Chile.
At Global Brigades, Roxana is especially excited to connect student volunteers with local community leaders to create meaningful and impactful partnerships. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and learning new Spanish slang.

Germany Board of Directors

Ciara Baumgärtner

President

GB Germany e.V.

Ciara Baumgärtner

Ciara is studying International Economics and Development at the University of Bayreuth. She joined the Global Brigades BAyreuth University Group in 2014 and took over the role as Bayreuths chairperson.

In September 2015, she joined a Public Health Brigade in Nicaragua. In January she became part of the GB Germany Board as the Campus Chair representative .As of January 2017 she is the President of GB Germany.

Constanze Bauer

Vice President

GB Germany e.V.

Constanze Bauer

Constance oversees together with the president all activities of the GBG e.V. Board. In contrast to the international focus of the president, the VP is more in charge of the national level and the university groups.

vicepresident.gbgermany@globalbrigades.org

Leonard Steinhübel

Finance Manager

GB Germany e.V.

Leonard Steinhübel

Leo oversees GBG e.V.s finances. He is the direct contact person in anything related to finances for the GB USA as well as for the university groups. Furthermore he takes care of legal matters, next to the third management board member.

finance.gbgermany@globalbrigades.org

Marie Bauer

Communication Manager

GB Germany e.V.

Marie Bauer

Marie is the communication responsible. Among others, she is in charge of implementing GB’s corporate identity on a national level, creating German marketing materials as well as sending out the GBG e.V. newsletter.

communication.gbgermany@globalbrigades.org

Christine Bock

Campus Chair Representative

GB Germany e.V.

Christine Bock

Christine got appointed by the German Campus Chairpersons to represent them in the GBG e. V. Board. Hence, Christine is the link between the German board and the university clubs.

hsg.gbgermany@globalbrigades.org

Benjamin Straub

Education

GB Germany e.V.

Benjamin Straub

Benjamin is the education responsible. Among others, he helps to implement the pre-brigade curricula and aids organizing workshops on campus. Furthermore, he is in charge of creating German information material.

education.gbgermany@globalbrigades.org

Canada Board of Directors

Mario Jones

Chairperson of the Board

Research Assistant, Horizon Health Network

Mario Jones

Mario has been a proud brigader since 2011 when he was inspired by the promise of connecting
with one of his home communities in Central America as a brigade member and interpreter. The
following year, Mario joined the campus leadership team as Travel Coordinator for the six
Global Brigades Chapters at Mount Allison University in southeast New Brunswick, Canada.
From 2014-2018 he held the role of Director of Finance for the GB Canada Board. In 2017,
having been involved in brigade leadership, student leadership conference and gala planning, and
non-profit financial management, Mario worked with the Board Members toward achieving
charitable registration for Global Brigades in Canada.
In 2018, Mario was elected Chairperson of the Board for GB Canada where he oversees the
operations of the charity and collaborates with International Team partners to represent the
brigade volunteers of Canada and their donors.

Mario holds a Bachelor of Science degree (biochemistry) from Mount Allison University and a
Certificate in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. He resides in
Saint John where he is employed at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Locally, he has been
involved with research projects in neonatal medicine, emergency medicine, and refugee health in
collaboration with the local refugee settlement agency.

Erika Maxwell

Vice-Chairperson

Research Assistant, Memorial University

Erika Maxwell

Erika became involved with Global Brigades in 2012 at Mount Allison University. Throughout her time at Mount Allison, Erika participated in a Medical/Dental Brigade and a Public Health Brigade in Honduras. She also participated in a Global Health and Sustainability Institute in Nicaragua in 2015. Through her experiences with Global Brigades, she has come to believe in the organization’s mission and vision, specifically that equality of life can be improved through a holistic, collaborative, and sustainable approach to development work. In 2016, Erika joined the Board of Directors for Global Brigades Canada. She now serves as the board’s Vice-Chairperson.

Erika holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mount Allison University and a Master of
Science in Community Health from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is currently
pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University.

Aaron Larnder

Treasurer

Aaron Larnder

Aaron has been involved with Global Brigades since 2016/2017 when he participated in his first medical brigade in February 2017. Since then, he has taken on executive leadership roles including Donations Chair, Medical Chapter President, and the Business Chapter Founder at UVic. In February 2019, he will be attending his 4th brigade where he has been fortunate to participate in Medical/Dental, Business and Microfinance, Public Health, and Water during his involvement with the organization. Aaron has also visited 3 of the 4 partner countries -Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama – that GB works alongside. He is passionate about the Holistic
Model and its implementation to fulfill the E100 goals and improving equality of life on a global scale. Aaron holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria and wishes to pursue a career in Medicine.

Brett Holloway

Director at Large & External Partnerships Lead

Clinical Kinesiologist, Definitions Health and Wellness

Brett Holloway

Brett is currently pursuing his first year of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he completed a Master’s in Public Health and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. Brett has been involved with Global Brigades at Memorial since 2014 where he worked alongside their executive team on two consecutive Medical/Dental and Public Health Brigades to Honduras. After serving the Memorial University Chapter in a leadership position for 2 years, Brett joined the Canadian Board of Directors where he currently serves as Director-at-Large and Partnerships Lead. Brett continues to seek out and develop key partnership opportunities with like-minded
organizations and businesses to support Global Brigades and its dedicated volunteers.

Nadine Narain

Director at Large & Education Co-Lead

Occupational Therapist, VHA Rehab Solutions & Developing Hands Pediatric Therapy Services

Nadine Narain

Nadine became involved with Global Brigades in 2013 when she participated in the first of her four brigades to Honduras. She co-founded the University of Toronto Global Brigades Chapter and served as president as well as campus chairperson. She was strongly involved in hosting the first Central Canada Student Leadership Conference in 2016 that engaged attendees in critical reflection on international development, responsible volunteering and the contribution of Global Brigades. In the same year, she led an initiative to provide rehabilitation care to patients and contributed to the planning of the first Community Health Worker Conference in Honduras.
Nadine is inspired by the holistic approach that Global Brigades takes to collaboratively work with communities in becoming self-sufficient. In 2016, Nadine was voted in as Director-at-Large for Global Brigades Canada. She also currently serves as the National Education Committee Co-Chair where she works with a team of volunteers to evaluate and improve GB education
materials. She is excited to use this position to empower Canadian volunteers while fostering collaboration to support the continuous success of Global Brigades both within Canada and worldwide.

Nadine holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in human biology and psychology and a Master of
Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto.

Pragya Mishra

Director at Large

MPH Student, McMaster University

Pragya Mishra

Pragya first joined Global Brigades during her first year at McMaster University in 2014. Since then, she has participated in three Medical Brigades and helped establish the Engineering, Public Health, and Business Chapters on campus. Pragya served as President of the Medical Chapter and Campus Chairperson for the McMaster GB Chapters. During her undergraduate career, she
learned her passion for reducing global health inequities, education, and sustainable development through a community-based and collaborative approach. During this time, she became most interested in training volunteers pre-brigade in order to cultivate culturally competent and informed leaders. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the National Education Committee (NEC), working with volunteers across Canada to evaluate and improve GB education material. Pragya joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and now serves as Director-at-Large and Education Co-Lead.

Pragya holds an Honours BSc. in Life Sciences and is concurrently in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at McMaster and the Water Without Borders graduate program at United Nations University. Through graduate studies and ongoing involvement with GB, she hopes to continue integrating her education with practical work in the field of global health by working with and empowering underserved communities globally.

Danielle de Silva

Director at Large and Media Lead

Danielle de Silva

Danielle became involved with Global Brigades in 2015 at the University of Toronto. She traveled with her Chapter to Honduras in 2015 and 2016 on two hybrid Medical Brigades. These experiences allowed her to understand how socio-economic factors can affect health outcomes, as well as allowed her to gain an appreciation of Global Brigades’s Holistic Model. In 2016, Danielle joined the University of Toronto Global Brigades Executive Team as Outreach Director and served in this role for two years. As Outreach Director, Danielle acted as an ambassador for Global Brigades on-campus and brought awareness to its values and objectives, especially to those unfamiliar with the field of sustainable development. This led her to greater understand the intricacies of the Holistic Model and how it relates to the field of sustainable development as a whole. Danielle was also involved in hosting two Central Canada Student Leadership Conferences in 2016 and 2017, which encouraged volunteers to think constructively and critically about the field of development, as well as focused on developing their leadership skills. Danielle’s undergraduate experiences with Global Brigades inspired her to grow within the organization, as she truly values its dedication to using interdisciplinary, capacity-building tactics to improve outcomes for under-resourced communities. This passion has led her to join the Global Brigades Canada Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large.

Danielle holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Global Health, as well as Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto.

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