Kelly Amsler

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 entering her third year as a learning specialist at the University of Arizona. Outside interests include hiking and teaching self-defense classes (Krav Maga).

Elizabeth Koleski

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.

Fardous Rahmani

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.

Robin Al-haddad

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 supplement their income; and helped establish a micro enterprise sewing business. Having completed her B.A.

Paige Klotzman

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 enjoys hiking and being in the mountains.  

Lee Allen

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 the U.S. Peace Corps where he served in Morocco. He spent 31 months in country and worked on a number of development projects, including the completion of a 220 ft.

Karla Rascón-Garcia

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 left the country to volunteer on a farm in Uganda in 2010, and since then has done work in Mozambique and South Africa.

Johannes Katoko

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 with refugees from different parts of the world helping them with the transition to American society. At the same time he was also working with children at the YMCA.

Jessica Uren

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 Iraq.

Genét Klasek

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 Tucson in 2012 to finish her political science degree at the University of Arizona where she also minored in Arabic.


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