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.

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.  Since that first experience, she has continued to provide seminars and workshops to teachers, community groups, and shelter workers.

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. 

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 into a passion for food justice and security.

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 professional with at-risk youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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 similar.

Ida Nadia Djenontin

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 impact evaluation. This connection helped her to learn about the UA, MDP Program and from there she realized the importance of building upon and strengthening her development skills.

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 country’s integration into the global economy.


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