MDP Current Students - Class of 2017

Class of 2017
                                       
Chloe Hein Tucson, AZ
University of ArizonaPolitical Science (BA)

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...
                                       
Elizabeth Koleski
Nursing (BS)

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 migrant farm workers in Florida. After starting a family, my husband, our three children and I moved to the Amazon... More...
                                       
Fardous Rahmani Heret, Afghanistan
Heret UniversityEducation and Teaching Methodology

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 professors with the Alliance for International Women... More...
                                       
Genét Klasek Kirkland, Washington
University of ArizonaPolitical Science (BA)

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 political science. Genet moved to... More...
                                       
Ida Nadia DjenontinBenin, Africa
University of RarakouAgricultural Sciences (BA)

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 lecturer of the University of Arizona during her experience as a research officer, where she worked on a Gate’s Foundation Funded project to complete an... More...
                                       
Jessica Uren Des Moines, Iowa
Central CollegeLinguistics (BA)

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 cultural immersion to refugees from... More...
                                       
Johannes Katoko Namibia, Africa
University of ArizonaPublic Management and Policy (BA)

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 Committee where he worked... More...
                                       
Karla Rascón-Garcia Northern California
California Polytechnic State UniversityAnimal Science (BA)

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... More...
                                       
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...
                                       
Lee AllenOrlando, FL
Elon UniversityInternational Studies (BA)

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...
                                       
Mona Lisa Paguntalan Teves Miagao Iloilo, Philippines
University of Philippines - DilimanMass Communications (BA)

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... More...
                                       
Paige Klotzman Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona UniversityNorthern Arizona University

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. In her free time, Paige... More...
                                       
Robin Al-haddad Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist UniversityCultural Anthropology

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 community members' vocational skills and... More...