MDP Alumni

Class of 2016
                                       
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
Ashley Erbe

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 dedicated to providing free healthcare in Agua Prieta, Mexico. She is... 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...
                                       
Devin Crim

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

Undergrad: University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: Swaziland National Trust Commission Location: SwazilandFinal Report: "Conservation and Development in Mhlumeni, Swaziland: A Community Needs Assessment Completed on Behalf of the Swaziland National Trust Commission"Current Employer: International Rescue Committee Location: Tucson, AZ
                  
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...
                                       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...
Class of 2015
                                       Benjamin Dierksmeier (RPVC)
Benjamin Dierksmeier

(RPVC)Undergrad: Emergency Administration (BS) | University of North TexasPracticum Partner: World Fish (CGIAR) | Location: ZambiaFinal report: Report on Social and Gender Analysis Key Findings: Barotse Hub, Western Province, ZambiaCurrent Employer: Field Operations Manager, Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) (Uganda)  Ben earned his bachelor degrees from the University of North Texas in Sociology and Emergency... More...
                                       Brittany John
Brittany John

Undergrad: International Studies & Entrepreneurship | University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: Africa Rice (CGIAR) + Monterey Inst. for Int'l Studies | Location: BeninFinal report: Evaluating the Impact of Entrepreneurial Education on Poverty + Well-Being Among 18-30 Year Olds in BeninCurrent Employer: Health, Hunger & Education Program Manager, GreaterGood.org (Tucson)  
                                       
Chantel Welch

(RPCV)Undergrad: History | Pacific Lutheran UniversityPracticum Partner: Winrock International | Location: MyanmarFinal report: Permaculture Design Systems for Refugee Camps: Building resilience and community in areas of resource scarcity 
                                       Ian Philabaum
Ian Philabaum

Undergrad: Latin American Studies | University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: Several Migrant Shelters in MexicoFinal report: Organized Insecurity and Migrant Experiences: Structural Violence, and the Construction of Spaces of Manipulation of Central American Migrants in Southern MexicoCurrent Employeer: CARA Family Detention Center Pro Bono Project (Dilley, Texas) 
                                       Kara Luebbering
Kara Luebbering

Undergrad: Spanish & Social Entrepreneurship | Creighton UniversityPracticum Partner: JustHope inc. | Location: NicaraguaFinal report: Undoing Internalized Oppression: Addressing gender and development disparities through formal education systemsCurrent Employer: Country Director, Just Hope Inc. (Nicaragua)
                                       LeighAnne Schmidt
LeighAnne Schmidt

Undergrad: International Studies |University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: Migrant Shelters | Location: Mexico Final report: "I risk everything because I have already lost everything" Las Mujeres Luchandoras: Central American females speak out on the migrant trail in Oaxaca, MexicoCurrent Employer: Health and Human Services | Washington DC
                                       Lia Gilbert photo
Lia Gilbert

Rosalia (Lia) was born and raised in Lima, Perú. She received her undergraduate degree from California State University at San Marcos where she majored in Liberal Studies. Her interest and involvement with charitable programs began at the age of nine. Lia is inquisitive, courageous and a positive team player. She is looking to become an aid contributor at a larger scale where long-term, well-thought out and sustainable change can be implemented to create a more... More...
                                       Lynnae Wenker
Lynnae Wenker

Undergrad: Liberal Studies & Sociology | Northern Arizona UniversityPracticum Partner: Good Neighbors | Location: Dominican RepublicFinal report: Report on NGO Community Development Projects in Rural and Urban Dominican Republic; Health, Sanitation, and Poverty Alleviation Programs of the CaribbeanCurrent Employer: Executive Director, Health and Wellness Foundation with Catholic Health Initiatives (Minnesota) 
                                       Mariela Castaneda
Mariela Castaneda

Undergrad: Arizona State UniversityPracticum Partner: International Center of Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) | Location: MexicoFinal Report: Information and Communication Technology for Food Security and Environmental Stewardship in Mexico:Regionalization of Agricultural Activities to Inform Decision-Making and Repackaging of data for higher utilityCurrent Employer:  Research Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, Washington DC 
                                       Matthew Albrecht
Matthew Albrecht

Undergrad: Political Science | Montana State UniversityPracticum Partner: UA, Institute for the Environment | Location: JamaicaFinal report: Climate Services and Vulnerability: Challenges of Jamaican Farmers
                                       Mursal Ali
Mursal Ali

Undergrad: Political Science | University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: Dadaab Refugee Camp | Location: Kenya Final report: Refugee Income Inclusion: From Humanitarian Aid to Economic Self-SufficiencyCurrent Employer: Catholic Charities | Portland, OR
                                       Natalie Lucas
Natalie Lucas

Undergrad: Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (BA) & Environmental Sciences (BS) | University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: Center for International Forestry Researc (CIFOR) | Location: Indonesia Final report: REDD+ and Fuelwood Use: Policy Implications of Informal Market Energy DemandsCurrent Employer: Care About Climate + University of New Hampshire Fellow in Bozeman, Montana working with One Montana Current Location until September 11th, 2015 is... More...
                                       Phouthamaly Sengphaathith
Phouthamaly Sengphaathith

Undergrad: Environmental Science | Vientiane, LaosPracticum Partner: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) | Location: LaosFinal report: Hydrological impacts of land use/land cover change and options for Best Management Practices. Case studies: two Micro-catchments in Thailand and VietnamCurrent Employer: Environment Office of Electricity (Laos)
                                       Scott Couch
Scott Couch

Undergrad:Practicum Parner: World Vision | RomaniaFinal report: Child Protection in the Wider Black Sea Region: Implementation of a Child Protection Index  Current Employer: Assurance Health & Wellness
Class of 2014
                                       Benten Anders
Benten Anders

Undergrad: Practicum Partner: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) | UgandaFinal report: Climate Change and Smallholder Farmers in Rural Uganda Current Employer: Intern, Lilian Fonds (NGO) (Netherlands)
                                       Deguene Pouye
Deguene Pouye

Undergrad: Practicum Partner: Senegal Final report:Current Employer:
                                       Elizabeth Cuellar
Elizabeth Cuellar

Undergrad: University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: Tango International (Bangkok, Thailand)Final report: Current Employer: Research Consultant,Tango International (Tucson)
                                       Lauren Simonis
Lauren Simonis

Undergrad: University of ArizonaPracticum Partner: University Research Co., LLC | CambodiaFinal report: Health Equity Funds: An Innovation in Health Care Financing in CambodiaCurrent Employer: Director of Operations, Flame Tree Initiative   How MDP helped shape what I'm doing now: The Arizona MDP helped take my amorphous desire to be involved in international development and focused it in a way few other options could have. I gained a depth of... More...
                                       Roli Teko-Folly
Roli Teko-Folly

Undergrad: Practicum Partner: Universidade Estadual de Maranhao | BrazilFinal report: Rich waters, poor fishermen: The enigma of the fishery of RaposaCurrent Employer: Communications Officer, UNHCR (Togo)