Anna Jackson

Anna was first interested in pursuing a Master’s in Development Practice because of her long-time passion for human rights and social justice. Her early exposure to migration and borderlands issues in Southern Arizona influenced her decision to work in the criminal justice, immigration defense, and non-profit sectors. Although she is still passionate about migration advocacy, her experience in MDP has opened up more areas of interest. Anna has also traveled extensively to developing countries, so coupled with her commitment for social justice, MDP was a perfect fit.

Karina Martinez

Karina is interested in evaluating environmental problems or risks, as well as their social and cultural impacts. Her current research project focuses on identifying energy requirements and obstacles to meet the needs of vulnerable social groups located in Hermosillo, Sonora. 

Mona Lisa Paguntalan Teves

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 International-Philippines and a summer fellow at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Laxenburg, Austria.

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.


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