MDP Alumni

Class of 2018
                                        CGIAR Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change An Analysis in East Africa
Kelly AmslerCGIAR
Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change An Analysis in East Africa

Having dabbled in fields of social justice during college, Kelly Amsler launched this lifelong passion by spending nine months at an orphanage in South Sudan, aiding with educational/medical/administrative needs, and developing a running water system on the orphanage compound. Since then she’s pursued her belief that education begets opportunity and has worked with... More...
                                       
Bianca N. Comer

Bianca Comer was born are raised in Phoenix, Arizona and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in Care, Health and Society with a minor in both Public Health and Studio Art. Her interests lie in maternal and child health, specifically the issues that women face due to social and structural constraints. As a domestic focus, she hopes to improve maternal and child health outcomes for women of color in the U.S. Globally, her interests are... More...
                                       
Devin Crim

Devin is a Birmingham, Alabama native who graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arizona in 2016. He was inspired to work in Development after being assigned to South Korea while on Active Duty in the Army.
                                       
Cecy Cuevas

Cecy received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona in May of 2016. During herundergraduate studies she participated in the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop where she used field research to study the living conditions of Tucson’s poor and presented the findings to city officials as well as the general public. Through this experience and her experiences coming of age in Long Beach, Cecy has always been interested in improving quality of... More...
                                       
Deborah Dimmett

Deborah is the co-founder of Youth Envision, a nonprofit organization that focuses on youth development and education in areas of greatest need. She has been the organization's Executive Director since 2004 when it was first launched and is currently engaged in the development of two accelerated education programs. Her first experience in internatinal education began in Jérémie, Haiti in 2003 where she provided professional development for 76 teachers.  ... More...
                                       
Amanda Hixon

 Expect nothing, and live frugally on surprise. This is one of my many life mantras. I would say that it is a culmination of many unexpected twists and turns in life that has brought me to this MDP program. I lived in Tucson until I was ten years old, and never thought I would be coming back here. I first started my undergraduate career at New York University on September 9th, 2001. Yikes! What a shocker! After a year at NYU and a semester in Prague, I... More...
                                       
Shannon Jones

Shannon was born and raised in Florida, residing most of her life near Tampa, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Geography in 2015 from the University of South Florida. Her interests in development began with her undergraduate courses, and two in particular (Globalization and Regional Geography of Africa) led her to pursue a graduate degree in Development Practice. This interest in development grew further while she was working as a youth development... More...
                                       
Karina Martinez

I was born and raised in Hermosillo, Sonora, where in May of 2016 I graduate with honors from Sonora State University as an Industrial and Environmental Engineer. During my years in the program I was a volunteer tutor in a program, which the main focus was to orientate students in different subjects offered in the school year. While studying at the University a tragic event occurred; in which an industry accidentally spilled leachates on the state's main river... More...
                                       
Chris Mazzarella

Chris has had a lifelong love affair with food and so has found himself working at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona where his love meets work in food security and justice.  Chris spent many years working on the organization’s farms and now runs a program working with local, low-income schools where he and his team create experiential learning opportunities through school garden programs.  Because of his work, his love of food has grown... More...
                                       
Amanda Monroy

Amanda is originally from Tucson, Arizona. She graduated in May 2016 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in International Affairs. Amanda has a wide array of experiences that have led her to pursue a Masters in Development practice. Her passion is women’s leadership at both the domestic and international levels. In her free time Amanda stays civically engaged through volunteering on local campaigns. 
Class of 2017
                                        World Fish Considering the Gendered Nature of Post-Harvest Losses in the Barotse Floodplain, Western Provence Zambia
Robin Al-haddadWorld Fish
Considering the Gendered Nature of Post-Harvest Losses in the Barotse Floodplain, Western Provence Zambia

Robin is from Dallas, Texas. She and her husband served together as Peace Corps volunteers in the Republic of South Africa from 2010-2012, where she worked as a Schools and Community Resource Specialist teaching English literacy to rural primary school and secondary high-school kids. Additionally, she taught adult sewing classes in order to strengthen... More...
                                        Starbucks Addressing Farmer Health Initiatives in Rwanda
Lee AllenStarbucks
Addressing Farmer Health Initiatives in Rwanda

Lee grew up in Orlando, Florida and completed his undergraduate studies at Elon Univesity in North Carolina. During his time there he majored in International Studies with a concentration in non-violent studies while running cross-country and track. He became interested in Development work after service/volunteer trips to Namibia, Angola, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. From there he continued his passion for service by joining... More...
                                        New Partnership of Africa Development (NEPAD), Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) At the interface of science and decision-making: Environmental Governance and Natural Resource Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
Ida Nadia Djenontin New Partnership of Africa Development (NEPAD), Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM)
At the interface of science and decision-making: Environmental Governance and Natural Resource Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nadia is from Benin Republic, a West African Country. She studied agriculture sciences and holds an engineering degree in Agricultural Science – Rural Economy and Sociology at the University of Rarakou. Nadia got connected with a former... More...
                                        CGIAR Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change An Analysis in East Africa
Chloe HeinCGIAR
Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change An Analysis in East Africa

Chloe is a Tucson native who graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2013. Since then, she was living in Trujillo, Peru, working for a small non-profit, Vive Peru. During her undergraduate she focused on international politics and Middle Eastern studies, which fostered her interest in development that was honed during her work with families, communities, and volunteer... More...
                                        Conserve Swaziland/CANGO Wildlife Conservation in the Kingdom of Swaziland: Challenges and Prospects
Johannes Katoko Conserve Swaziland/CANGO
Wildlife Conservation in the Kingdom of Swaziland: Challenges and Prospects

Johannes Katoko is from Namibia (Africa) and he is currently a resident of Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Public Management and Policy, with a minor in Agribusiness and Economics. He became interested in MDP program after working in a developing country. He did an internship at the International Rescue... More...
                                        CGIAR Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change An Analysis in East Africa
Genét Klasek CGIAR
Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Adaptations to Climate Change An Analysis in East Africa

Since she was a teen, Genet has been part of the social justice activism community. Prior to her undergraduate degree she held a career in social services in the areas of sexual and domestic violence, teen homelessness, and community organizing. Genet, a non-traditional student, became interested in international relations and the Middle East while studying... More...
                                        JustHope Perceptions of Education in Chacraseca: Where to Target Education Projects to Improve Quality and Equity
Paige KlotzmanJustHope
Perceptions of Education in Chacraseca: Where to Target Education Projects to Improve Quality and Equity

Paige is from Flagstaff, AZ and did here undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University in cultural anthropology. She was inspired to pursue international development by a study abroad experience in India that focused on social issues. Her development experience includes working with local agencies in India as well as house building projects in Mexico... More...
                                        AMOS Health and Hope Aiming for behavioral change: The looming Zika epidemic as a springboard to better community health.
Elizabeth Koleski AMOS Health and Hope
Aiming for behavioral change: The looming Zika epidemic as a springboard to better community health.

I grew up as a “global nomad” attending ten schools in twelve years in six countries, that experience led me to have had a keen interest in working internationally with disadvantaged people.  After obtaining a Bachelor in Science in Nursing, I worked as a community health nurse in urban poor communities and with... More...
                                        UNICEF The Role of Technology and Innovation in Development: Lessons Learned from UNICEF's Innovation Initiatives
Fardous RahmaniUNICEF
The Role of Technology and Innovation in Development: Lessons Learned from UNICEF's Innovation Initiatives

Rahmani grew up in Herat, Afghanistan and received a BA in Education and Teaching Methodology from Herat University in 2009. He has worked and participated in several governmental and non-governmental programs in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Dubai and the United States in the last few years. In addition to developing EFL project for Afghan female... More...
                                        Foot and Mouth Disease Virus in Latin America
Karla Rascón-Garcia
Foot and Mouth Disease Virus in Latin America

Karla is originally from Northern California and received her B.S. in Animal Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Growing up in a Mexican household she was exposured to farming, livestock and trips to her parents’ villages in Mexico. Through these experiences she drew a desire to serve those in need and this became an unshakable aspiration in her life. Karla first... More...
                                        UMWAD Poverty Alleviation Through Collaborative Development
Mona Lisa Paguntalan Teves UMWAD
Poverty Alleviation Through Collaborative Development

Monalee has 17 years of professional engagement in the development sector particularly in the following areas : Anti-Corruption & Governance, Persons with Disability (PWD), Children, Youth, Women, Volunteers. She has extensive experience in Project Development and Organizational Management. She was the former Executive Director of Transparency International-Philippines and a... More...
                                        Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) Assessing the Right to Information Act in Bangladesh
Jessica Uren Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)
Assessing the Right to Information Act in Bangladesh

Jessica is from Des Moines, Iowa. She received a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Central College. During her undergraduate studies she also studied abroad in Bangor, Wales where she studied linguistics and culture. Her interest in development was spurred from trips to Mexico and Peru, as well as service learning in the Des Moines area, where she taught English and... More...
Class of 2016
                                       Emma Baker-Perez
Emma Baker-Perez

Emma grew up on a small island in Washington State that instilled in her a deep appreciation for environment and community. Her travels around Europe as a teenager inspired her to seek a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, with an emphasis on Environmental Studies. Through UW, she spent a summer in Iceland studying economy, culture, and environment. Her studies, combined with two years as a DJ with UW's Rainydawg Radio, led to a... More...
                                       
Albert Casella

Undergrad: University of Arizona: AnthropologyPracticum Partner: Sakala-Haiti: Location: HaitiFinal Report Title: Many hands make the load lighter: A retrospective analysis of participatory action research for youth development in Cite-Soleil, HaitiCurrent Employer: Global Health Corps Fellows with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and Partners in Health, Rwanda
                                       Ashley Erbe LinkedIn
Ashley Erbe
LinkedIn

An avid student, Ashley is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She also holds a certificate in International Public Health from the Institute of International Medicine. During her time as an undergraduate, Ashley worked as the Director of Public Health for the Flying Samaritans, a student-run organization... More...
                  
Padriac Finan

Raised in a bi-cultural home and the son of an anthropologist, Padraic’s awareness of the global community began at an early age.  This awareness developed into interest during his studies in political science at ASU; where he was intrigued by the connection between governments and ideologies and its influences on development within their communities and society.  Padraic’s path towards Development Practice continued during his tenure in Brazil... More...
                                       Sophia Jones
Sophia Jones

Sophia Jones first became interested in a career in development after receiving a Rotary Youth Scholarship and pledging to the organization’s mission of “service over self.” Sophia has studied abroad in Antigua, Guatemala, where she volunteered at Casa Jackson, a center for malnourished infants and children.  During this time she studied the historical failures of development projects along with the environmental and social consequences of the... More...
                                       Daniel Kebede
Daniel Kebede

Daniel is a naturalized US national but he was born and raised in Ethiopia. After attending an undergraduate study in Sociology and Social Administration at Addis Ababa University, he spent almost seven years traveling to parts of Ethiopia, dealing with the problems of local communities, specifically issues such as internal displacement, child and women trafficking, HIV/AIDS and human rights working with both government agencies and international development... More...
                                       
Kierstin Kohn

Undergrad: University of Arizona: Sociology Practicum Partner: (Technical Assistance to NGOs International (TANGO) + CARE Raks Thai Foundation | Location: Thailand)Final Report: A Theory of Change:Climate Variability and Livelihoods in Chiang Mai and Nan Provinces, Northern Thailand
                                       Valon Osmani
Valon Osmani

Valon Osmani completed his Bachelor’s degree at the American University in Kosovo. His majors were Public Policy and Economics. During his studies, Mr. Osmani worked for several NGOs and interned at the Government of Kosovo, in the Ministry of Finance. Parallel to his work, Valon participated in numerous campaigns, showing commitment to social issues such as discrimination and delivery of assistive devices. His interest remains specialization in developing programs... More...

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