MDP Current Students

Class of 2018
Kelly AmslerSeattle, WA
University of Miami

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 at-risk student-athletes at UCLA, University of Miami, and is now... More...
Bianca N. ComerPhoenix, Arizona
University of ArizonaCare, Health and Society

Bianca Comer was born are raised in Phoenix, Ariznoa 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... More...
Devin Crim Birmingham, Alabama
University of ArizonaB.A. Sociology

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 CuevasLong Beach, California
University of ArizonaB.A. Sociology

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... More...
Deborah Dimmett
University of Arizona Ph.D. in Language, Reading, and Culture

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... More...
Amanda HixonTucson, Arizona
University of Colorado and University of IdahoBA in Environmental Studies and Master of Education

 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... More...
Shannon JonesTampa, Florida
University of South FloridaB.A. Geography

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... More...
Karina Martinez Hermosillo, Sonora
Sonora State UniversityIndustrial and Environmental Engineering

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;... 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 MonroyTucson, Arizona
Northern Arizona UniversityB.A. International Affairs

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... More...