Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

Meet the Public Health Team

  • Staff Members

Meet the Teams

  • International Team
  • Honduras Team
  • Ghana Team
  • Panama Team
  • Nicaragua Team

Country Board of Directors

  • USA Board of Directors
  • Canada Board of Directors
  • UK Board of Directors
  • Ireland Board of Directors
  • Germany Board of Directors

Staff Members

Dr. Rosario Girón

CHW Program Manager

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Rosario Girón

Dr. Girón joined Global Brigades in 2010 as a temporary medical doctor for Medical Brigades in Honduras. In 2015, she was promoted as the lead for Global Brigades Honduras’ Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Referral Programs. She was responsible for sourcing donations to assist with patient referral cases, as well as training community volunteers in chronic diseases and first aid for the Community Health Workers program. Due to increasing responsibility with both programs, Dr. Girón now solely focuses on the CHW program. Dr. Girón also participated in Global Brigades’ first Surgical Brigade in South Honduras.

Dr. Girón received her diploma as a Medical Doctor from the National University of Honduras. She then worked with the Government’s health center for 10 years, where she was in charge of their STD clinic.

Dr. Marelyn Mayorga

CHW Program Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Dr. Marelyn Mayorga

Dr. Mayorga started working for Global Brigades Nicaragua in May 2016 as a leader of Community Health Workers program. Before her work with Global Brigades, Dr. Mayorga worked with the Nicaragua Ministry of Health as a Doctor and Sonographer. She also worked as a preschool teach and Coordinator for promoters of sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Mayorga studied medicine in Cuba, specializing in General Community Medicine. She received also received a diploma in ecografia basica, as well as accounting.

Dr. Mayorga’s greatest desire is to develop and execute strategies that empower the health of communities. She believes this is essential in continuing this beautiful planet.
Your greatest desire is to develop strategies and carry them out to empower and settle them to prioritize the prevention and promotion of health. That is what is essential to continue in this beautiful planet.

Julio Granados

Public Health Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Julio Granados

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Julio worked as a Production Supervisor at Cemex Industrial Concrete Plant, a Resident Engineer on Road Signing and repairing and maintenance of parks and a volunteer in Raleigh International Citizen Service Program and TECHO.

As Global Brigades’ Public Health and Water Brigades Manager, Julio oversees the program budget, brigade development, report writing community communication, community leader identification, and brigade logistics. He also implements strategies for the water and public health programs.

In his spare time, Julio enjoys basketball, attending rock concerts, cooking, traveling and literature.

Connor Eliff

Public Health Program Associate

Global Brigades USA, Nicaragua

Connor Eliff

Connor graduated from Hood College, located in Frederick Maryland; receiving his B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Policy. Before joining the Global Brigades, his experience included leading watershed restoration efforts, education on environmental health, and initiating a drive for winter supplies for those that would benefit in his local area.

Having Joined the organization as a Program Associate in Nicaragua during the Fall of 2016, Connor’s role on the Program Associate team is in the development of projects related to the Public Health program, targeting in-home health and wellness concerns in communities. In addition to this, Connor also works to provide educational strategies and materials aimed to improve to improve aspects of hygiene, environmental health, and project maintenance; as well with maintaining grant and donor relations to the Organization’s Nicaragua office.

Casandra Huff

Public Health Program Associate

Global Brigades USA, Honduras

Casandra Huff

Cassie joined the Program Associates in Honduras in April of 2017. Cassie first became involved as a volunteer during her undergraduate career at the University of Kentucky. She participated in Medical, Dental and Public Health brigades in Honduras. In the summer of 2014, Cassie participated in the Global Health Internship in Nicaragua. Her interest and admiration for Global Brigades grew tremendously after spending time learning about the development teams and how Global Brigades runs internally. After, her time in the internship, she became the president of the Public Health chapter at her university and lead a Public Health Brigade. Upon graduation, her passion for international development and Global Brigades lead her to applying for the Program Associate position.

In December of 2016, Cassie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with a minor in German from the University of Kentucky. Originally, Cassie originally planned on a career as a Dentist, however her passion for Global Brigades and international health and development lead her to put that dream on hold and make the move from Kentucky to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. When she is not working, you can find her at a cafe, exploring honduras, or doing yoga. She also enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family when not working or on brigade

USA Board of Directors

Jeff Hay

Board Chairman

VP Clinical Operations, Athletico

Jeff Hay

Jeff has over 18 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, combining his love of sports and medicine into the athletic training profession. Throughout his career as an athletic trainer, Jeff has had the opportunity to work with many sports including professional soccer, rugby, high school sports, endurance events, and even a local rodeo. He also spent four years as an assistant athletic trainer with the Chicago Bears and currently works as a regional manager for Athletico Physical Therapy where he is responsible for the operational management and support of eight Athletico physical therapy facilities.

Jeff is actively involved with Athletico’s Leadership Development, Charitable Giving, and Eco-Friendly committees. In addition, Jeff, his wife, Pam, and their three children all participate in many local charitable giving initiatives in the Chicagoland area.

Jeff enjoys working directly with people to improve their health and well-being. He resides in Glenview and hold a B.A. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a M.S. in Athletic Training from Illinois State University.

Catherine Berman

Co-Founder & Board Member

Co-Founder, CNote

Catherine Berman

Over the past decade Catherine Berman has co-founded several successful mission-driven ventures, including Deloitte Center for Leadership & Community, the Information Technology Consortium and most recently, Global Brigades – the world’s largest student development organization.  In the past, Catherine maintained a host of management positions, including Chief Executive Officer, GB Panama, Strategy and Operations Manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Director of Marketing at Redefining Progress and Vice President of Evins Communications, LLC. Her international work experience spans from India to Israel with extensive work in Central and South America.

Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and received her MBA from Oxford University, England, where she founded the Oxford Women in Business Network.

Andrew Bird

Board Member

Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird is a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche. In his spare time he advises nonprofits on growing their revenues through the application of leading edge business marketing practices. Andrew has over 30 years of experience in complex project management, marketing strategy, leading diverse teams, and developing future leaders. He is the co-author of the bestseller “Putting the Profit in Nonprofit! 5 Power Fundraising Strategies for Nonprofits.”

He currently serves on the Board of Global Brigades USA. He earned his BS in Business Administration from New York University, an MBA from Loyola University, and an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Angelica Chan

Board Member - Student Rep

Public Health Navigator, Boston Medical Center

Angelica Chan

Angelica has been involved with Global Brigades since her first year of college and she has had the opportunity to participate in Medical/Dental and Public Health Brigades in Honduras and Nicaragua. Now, she is excited to provide a student perspective to Global Brigades initiatives as the newest Student Board Member. Angelica just received her B.S in Human Physiology and Public Health from Boston University. She will go on to work in the Infectious Disease Department at Boston Medical Center as a liaison to treatment for Hepatitis C and HIV patients. Angelica hopes to combine her passions for both medicine and global health by pursuing an MD/MPH program.

Mackenzie Jones

Board Member - Student Rep

Medical Student, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Mackenzie Jones

Mackenzie is a medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is currently pursuing both a Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health. She has been involved with Global Brigades since her freshman year at Columbia University and has served on both Medical and Public Health Brigades to Honduras. After serving in leadership positions at the Columbia chapter for 3 years, Mackenzie is now representing the student perspective on the USA Board of Directors.

Mark Muckerheide

Board Member

Director of CSR, Target

Mark Muckerheide

Mark Muckerheide is a 20 year retail executive with Target Corporation. Mark’s first 15 years at Target were in brand management, with his last role as general manager of one of Target’s billion dollar business units. The last five years, Mark has been Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role he was responsible for a $100 million grant portfolio, as well as responsible for leading Target’s effort to create a more business aligned CSR and Sustainability strategy. Additionally, for the last five years, Mark has been Founder and CEO of Global Poverty Advisors. Global Poverty Advisors is a consulting firm that works with social businesses and international development non profits to help them plan and achieve greater business and social impact.

Dr. Angelo Passalacqua

Board Member

General Manager, Burg Translations

Dr. Angelo Passalacqua

At Global Brigades, Angelo has been co-founder, Treasurer and President of Global Brigades in the UK.  While President, he oversaw the growth of the UK organization from 3 to 23 volunteers and donations of over £380,000.  At the association level, Angelo was integral in devising the methodology and conducting the analysis for assessing country risk in Africa, ultimately leading Global Brigades to expand to Ghana. He has also contributed to the association’s SWOT analysis.

Angelo is currently the General Manager of a translation agency in Chicago, USA.  Previously, he was a management consultant for the healthcare industry, helping Pharma price and valuate potential medication, and held a teaching positions at King’s College London and the North China Institute of Science & Technology.  He is a certified ISO 9001:2004 Lead Auditor, Associate at the Higher Education Academy and holds a PhD in Biostatistics and BSc in Management.  Angelo speaks English and Spanish fluently and maintains conversational fluency in Mandarin and French.

Dr. Toby Peters

Board Member

Intermittent Leadership Development Faculty, Federal Executive Institute

Dr. Toby Peters

Dr. Toby Peters has been involved with the mission of Global Brigades since its inception at Marquette University. He served as an advisor to the group of students that journeyed to Honduras for the first medical brigades. He has traveled to Honduras and Nicaragua on numerous occasions participating in medical, public health, and water brigades. Additionally, he has assisted his wife, Dr. Mary Kay Ellis, an ophthalmologist, staff vision stations with the medical brigades in Honduras for the last two years.

During his career in higher education at Marquette and Syracuse Universities he served the students and institution in the areas of administrative and student services, student affairs, academic affairs, and auxiliary services. Toby’s leadership background in administrative, consulting, and faculty roles provide him a unique blend of experiences that he enjoys bringing to and sharing in a learning environment. He received a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University and a MBA and a BS degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

As a faculty member at Marquette University he designed and taught Organizational Behavior courses featuring a blended learning management system. He focused on many of the areas of organizational behavior and development including; challenges for managers, motivation at work, learning and performance management, stress and well-being, communication, work teams and groups, leadership and followership, conflict and negotiations, organizational culture, and managing change.

Toby served as the Associate Senior Vice President at Marquette University. Under his auspices, he had the responsibility of leading hundreds of employees ranging from entry level to senior executives. He managed high level projects including serving as liaison with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation during the six-year reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange that bordered on three sides of the university. He also served as the co-chair during the university’s assessment of institutional effectiveness that led to a successful reaffirmation of accreditation. Through these experiences, Toby managed conflict, communications, negotiations, and strategic planning, all while promoting a strong and cohesive team.

Toby also has expertise in emergency management planning having led response teams and managed the planning and execution of the exercises. He was also charged with identifying means to maximize resources to provide better service through efficiency, productivity, and quality improvements. He implemented process improvement assessments through Value Stream Mapping and Lean Management principles.

He has consulted on a variety of topics including: assessment, strategic planning, construction, organization structure and review. In addition, he has presented and published on topics including transformational and servant leadership, retention, development, assessment, volunteerism, cultural competence, construction, renovation, unrelated business income taxes (UBIT), unfair competition, and Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality.

In 2014 he earned the honor of Loaned Executive of the Year for United Way of Greater Milwaukee for his assistance and service with the annual community fundraising campaign. In Milwaukee, he is a board member for InTandem, a local theater production organization. He was a board member with Variety Children’s Charity of Wisconsin and a regular volunteer at the United Community Center serving the Latino population of Milwaukee.

Toby is now a faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute within the Center for Leadership Development for the federal government.

UK Board of Directors

Liam Barrett

President

Medical Student, University of Birmingham

Liam Barrett

Liam is a final year medical student from the University of Birmingham and holds a first class degree in BSc (Hon) Urgent and Emergency Care. Liam has been involved with Global Brigades since 2012, and has been to both Ghana and Honduras on medical brigades and attended the Nicaragua Summer Leadership Institute in Nicaragua July-August 2017. Liam has held several roles such as Brigade President, Campus Chair for the University of Birmingham and social media co-coordinator. In 2015, Liam became the Director of Student Relations for Global Brigades UK. He is particularly passionate about strengthening and expanding the GB community in the UK, to give more community members and volunteers the opportunity to be empowered.

Shannon Maude

Secretary

Shannon Maude

Coming soon.

Julian Leow

Treasurer

Dental Student, King’s College London

Julian Leow

Julian is currently a dental student at King’s College London. Since high school, he has been active in volunteerism from mentoring less privileged children to assisting the aged to keep active.  At university level, he believes Global Brigades offers him and other university students the best avenue to contribute to communities in need in the area of work where they, the students, are most capable.  Julian has been with Global Brigades since 2014 and holds the position of Treasurer, Global Brigades U.K.

Federico Amorosi

Director

Management Consultant, Arcadis

Federico Amorosi

Fed is currently Director of Finance for GB UK, working towards demonstrating leading financial transparency, while empowering GB UK to make informed decisions and behave proactively for the success and sustainability of Brigades’ efforts.

Fed’s involvement with Global Brigades started in 2011, and he is a founder of chapters at both University College London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During this time he came to realise that the value of the brigades is not limited to the fantastic collaboration that occurs during brigades, but grows with every volunteer that returns home. This led him to join the board in 2013 as Director of Expansion during GB UK’s first foray into centrally led growth efforts.

Fed earned his Master’s in Engineering from University College London (UCL) and is based in London where he works as a management consultant with Arcadis, the leading global design & consultancy firm for natural and built assets. In this role he focusses on improving the quality of life through organisational design, operational efficiency, and change leadership in asset intensive organisations.

Ahmad Khattab

Director

Bridge Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Ahmad Khattab

Ahmad is the GB UK Director of Strategic Partnerships (Health). He is involved in establishing and coordinating partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, medical donors and humanitarian aid organisations. Ahmad is the main liaison within the UK and aids with securing health supplies for students on their Brigades. He became involved with Global Brigades in 2014 when he took part in a Water Brigade to Los Hatillos, Honduras. Being the last Brigade deployed in Los Hatillos, Ahmad was able to experience the progression within the community first-hand. He was keen for his involvement with Global Brigades to continue after his Brigade and looks forward to contributing to GB UK for years to come in an executive leadership capacity.

Ahmad graduated from University College London with a BEng in Civil Engineering and completed a MSc in Structural Engineering at Imperial College London. He currently works as a Bridge Engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Panama Team

Irene Irazabal

Director of Community Development & Human Rights Program Manager

Global Brigades Panama

Irene Irazabal

Motivated by programs that have the potential to make a lasting change in people’s lives, Irene Irazábal joined our Community Development team (Now known as Monitoring and Evaluation) in 2015, after finishing her Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the UN Mandated University for Peace.

Prior to her Masters, she has experience in India at an organization fostering entrepreneurship and at the Mayor’s Office of Caracas, Venezuela in charge of urban culture projects.

Being a lawyer herself, in April 2016 Irene also took on the challenge of leading Global Brigades Human Rights program and continues to split her role between Monitoring and Evaluation and Human Rights brigade planning.

Irene enjoys learning from the different cultures that exist in Panama as well as those of our diverse volunteers. In her free time she enjoys doing sports in nature and reading.

Rodolfo Pengally

Director of Operations

Global Brigades Panama

Rodolfo Pengally

Rodolfo started working for Global Brigades Panama in 2014 originally contracted as an architect to help design a lodging facility for volunteers in-country. After one year with GB, Rodolfo began working full time as the Logistics Coordinator for Panama operations, organizing brigade and staff transportation, ensuring staff and volunteers follow safety protocols, and supporting all logistics operations so brigades run smoothly. In 2017, Rodolfo became the Director of Logistics & Security in the GB Panama Office.

Before working for GB, Rodolfo attended the University of Panama where he studied architecture. While at university, Rodolfo applied his architectural knowledge working as a Project Inspector with Majexo Corporation, a private construction company in Panama.

Rodolfo was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. His favorite sport is soccer and he played for Distrito Real de Panama for four years before entering university. He still plays often as a part of a local social league, and always enjoys playing a pickup game of soccer or volleyball when on brigade with volunteers. Rodolfo also enjoys riding his bike on the Cinta Costera and Causeway Amador in the city and working on architecture models. He is also currently working on rebuilding and restoring his 2001 Acura Integra car project in his free time.

Juan David Villegas

Economic Development Director

Global Brigades Panama

Juan David Villegas

Juan David joined Global Brigades in December 2014 as a brigade interpreter, soon after that, he began coordinating business brigades full time with GB. In January 2017, Juan David became the Business Program Manager, overseeing all of the Business program’s staff and projects in Panama.

Juan David was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. From an early age, he has been an advocate of the power of financial inclusion and entrepreneurship in transforming people’s lives. At the age of 17, he moved to Bournemouth, UK, to study and received his Higher National Diploma degree in Business Studies at MLS Management College, England. In the last 7 years, Juan David has been to 25 countries investigating the impact of business, commerce, and entrepreneurship in economic development worldwide.

Juan David holds a certification of Development Project Management by the Interamerican Development Bank and Strategic Managerial Skills Certificate from the Interamerican University of Panama.

Fun fact: Juan David’s first brigade was actually a Medical brigade which he attended as an interpreter and where by chance there was a business brigade staying at the same lodging facility. After a 5-hour conversation with the former Business Program Manager, Juan David fell in love with the program, canceled a flight to Korea, and changed his career path to dedicate himself to working with economic and social development programs with Global Brigades.

Caroline Taylor

Panama PA Manager

Global Brigades USA

Caroline Taylor

Caroline has been a part of Global Brigades staff since June 2015 when she was on-boarded as a Global Brigades Chapter Adviser based in Esteli, Nicaragua. After a year, Caroline transtioned to Panama City, Panama to work in a new role as a Program Associate. In this role, Caroline specifically focused on brigade planning and program implementation of Business and Human Rights brigades. As of November 2016, Caroline has embraced the role of Program Associates Manager in the GB Panama office, serving as a major liason between the Program Associate teams, local staff, GB leadership, and volunteers. She also supports local partnership relationships and planning professional brigades within the GB Panama office. She loves helping others realize their passions and recognize their capacity to create positive changes in our global communities.

Prior to GB, Caroline graduated with a B.A in Health Adminstration & Policy from the Univeristy of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Caroline help found UMBC’s chapter of Global Brigades in 2012 and served as both Vice President of Medical Brigades and Campus Chairperson. While completing her degree, Caroline worked as a paraprofessional at Univeristy Health Services facilitating health education seminars and managing health promotion campaigns.

Outside of GB, Caroline is an avid baker and writer. She’s currently working on creating a list of the best ice cream eateries and paleterias in Panama City​ ​to aid in the (constant) effort of beating the tropical heat.​

Sam Dawson

Panama Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Sam Dawson

Originally from the Twin Cities, Sam Dawson joined the Global Brigades Panama Team as a Sustainable Development Program Associate in November, 2016. Sam graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in International Affairs, focusing on developing countries, and a minor in Political Science. As an undergrad, Sam volunteered with the Marquette University Public Health brigade in Nicaragua. Before joining Global Brigades, Sam worked in citizen diplomacy programming and refugee resettlement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Outside of the office, Sam can often be found listening to politics podcasts, playing soccer, and scarfing down Panamanian street food.

Emily Barnett

Panama M&E Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Emily Barnett

Emily first joined Global Brigades in June 2015 as a Chapter Advisor out of Esteli, Nicaragua planning both health and sustainable development brigades. After a year, she joined the M&E team in GB Panama where she has taken on responsibilities for measuring program impact and the implementation of monitoring approaches to better understand our progress with partner communities. She loves working alongside field technicians and passionate members of the international M&E team to collaborate on new projects.

Prior to Global Brigades, Emily graduated with a B.S dual degree in Marketing and International Business. Upon graduation, Emily began working in merchandising at the corporate offices of Walgreens Co. in Chicago. Analyzing different target shoppers looking for health services opened her eyes to the added challenges that come from a lack access to health consultations, preventative care, and supplies. Monitoring & Evaluation allows her to combine a data-driven background with her interest in community development. In her free time in Panama City, Emily likes to get outside to walk on the Cinta Costera for the best views and foods of the city.

Gregorio Linares

Community Development Coordinator

Global Brigades Panama

Gregorio Linares

Gregorio Linares was born in the comarca Guna Yala in the community of playón chico (Uggubseni), indigenous territory in Panama. As a child, Gregorio was raised by his parents and grandparents in Panama City as well as Santa Librada, a community in the Darién province. He attended seminary school at La Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama City for seven years. His classes also consisted of coursework in social psychology and social work. He then served as a priest in the city and in the comarca Guna Yala where he had to learn his native language of Guna.

In 2008, he first encountered Global Brigades in the community of Koshkuna, Veracruz where he was serving as the community secretary. Global Brigades worked with local leadership to begin working on a community store as part of a business brigade and a kitchen for the Baptist church. Before becoming a member of the Global Brigades team, Gregorio worked in various capacities from construction, government surveys, The World Bank, and also as a local consultant for the government institution, MIDES.
In 2011, Gregorio was invited to join Global Brigades as a guide and community liaison to ensure that Global Brigades was familiar with each community’s local leadership. Currently, Gregorio is in charge of connecting with each community with whom Global Brigades works to collect information to properly monitor and evaluate each program.

Gregorio likes his current role as he can continue strengthening the relationship built on trust and dialogue between communities and Global Brigades so we can all work as a team.

His favorite sports include chess, ping pong and volleyball. He also enjoys listening to instrumental music in his free time.

Jorge Pinto

Microfinance Coordinator

Global Brigades Panama

Jorge Pinto

Jorge grew up in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, where he got his Commerce Degree at the Omar Torrijos Herrera Institute. He got his Masters from Universidad de Panamá. Jorge previously worked as a business advisor at two recognized financial institutions in Panama, until he saw the job ad for Global Brigades and decided to join the business program. Jorge enjoys interacting with everyone he meets during his field visits, as well as with his co-workers at the office. He also enjoys seeing the positive impact created in the lives of Community Bank members in each of the communities where Global Brigades works.

Jorge has been amazed with the changing mindsets of Community Bank members. He remembers in the beginning while speaking with new members, many said they only earned enough to get by with food, but now they have succeeded in a collective savings of more than $50,000 and more than $65,000 in loans.

In Jorge’s free time he enjoys time with his family, reading, and going for walks.

Diocelina Pinto

Human Rights Field Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Diocelina Pinto

Diocelina was born in Veraguas, Panama. She is a mother of two and has a residence in Darién where she works as a field technician for the Human Rights program. For her whole life she has enjoyed working for organizations and NGOs dedicated to social work and this type of work is a source of inspiration for her life. Diocelina first learned of Global Brigades while living in Platanilla in 2013 and proceeded to volunteer with them for 11 months. After GB staff saw her passion for the communities in Darién and Panamá Este she was recommended for a full-time staff position. She officially joined the organization in December of 2013 as a Technician of the Human Rights and Monitoring and Evaluation programs. As the Human Rights program grew over time she was referred to work exclusively with the Human Rights program in 2015. She is so thankful for this program’s continued success as she gets to see the fruits of all the hard work put into its development in Panama.

Evidelia Martinez

Microfinance Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Evidelia Martinez

Evidelia grew up in the community of Rio Pavo in the Darién province. Before she was with Global Brigades, she worked as a promoter for Avon cosmetics to coordinate traveling salespeople. Evidelia first learned of Global Brigades when they came to work with the cooperative in Platanilla. She was an active member of the cooperative and worked with Global Brigades in some of their first projects. She remembers meeting another field technician and was put in touch with the business program team members for a position.

One of Evidelia’s first well-known phrases with the business team was “Don’t worry. I will be on time. Even if it rains and the river rises, I’ll be there.”

Evidelia enjoys going to work each day to see the growth and development in all the communities that have established their Community Banks and what the bank members have accomplished with their credit.
In her free time, Evidelia enjoys visiting her family and writing.

Keyla Mendoza

Microfinance Field Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Keyla Mendoza

Keyla grew up in the community of Platanilla in the province of Panamá Este. There she attended primary school and went to the nearby town of Torti for high school. Also in Torti, is a satellite branch of the University of Panama where she received her degree in technical studies. Before Global Brigades, Keyla worked in the Informatics and Training Center in Torti.

She was living in Platanilla when she was contracted to do a baseline survey for Global Brigades in 2014. She was trained how to conduct the household survey and then continued to visit other communities for Global Brigades to gather more information. Later she was officially offered the opportunity to join Global Brigades as a technician on the Monitoring and Evaluation team where she continues to work on projects to gather community insights through household surveys and personal interviews.

Keyla enjoys meeting people from different communities. In her free time she is dedicated to her children and family.

Denis Perez

Microfinance Technician

Global Brigades Panama

Denis Perez

Denis grew up in Rio Congo in the Darién province. In school she studied commerce with a focus on computers. She received her degree in informatics. Before Global Brigades, she worked as a promoter for the Redes de Oportunidades project through the Ministry of Social Development in Panama. Her first experience with Global Brigades was as a community volunteer on a GB public health project in Platanilla. Denis currently works on the Business Program team to monitor each of GB’s Community Banks through reviewing their bookkeeping and providing guidance if any issues come up during weekly meetings.

Aiby Wendy Ardila

Accounting & Administration

Global Brigades Panama

Aiby Wendy Ardila

Wendy joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2012 originally as a part-time employee, but soon she began working full time for the Accounting team in Panama. She was drawn to the multicultural environment and the diversity of people that supported one another in the organization. Being able to support the mission the organization has with both indigenous communities in Panama and with volunteers that come from other countries has been highly energizing for Wendy. Although, her work is mostly focused on the administrative side of the organization she has had various opportunities to visit communities. She remembers one time when she was in the community of Metetí for an informal celebration with community members. She was nervous to try an unfamiliar beverage and then learned it was tamarindo or known in English as tamarind. She was very touched at the hospitality and generosity of communities that are said to have so little in resources, but are always delighted to share with visitors.

Wendy was born and grew up in Columbia and has been in Panama for the last 10 years. She is currently in her fourth and final year at the University of Panama to earn a degree in Applied Informatics. Each day in Global Brigades brings with it new experiences and Wendy looks forward to what lies ahead.

Nicaragua Team

Pablo Garron

Executive Director

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Pablo Garron

Pablo Garron is a consultant/trainer/facilitator, team player and skilled in management of multicultural staff with over 20 years’ experience in international development. He has worked advising the Panamanian government in establishing the microfinance policy and design the regulations for the Microfinance Development Fund. He worked 12 years for The Peace Corps in Bolivia as master trainer and in Panama as a Program manager and as a Senior Programs Manager. He worked as a business development consultant for the UNDP, IDB. FUNDES, REDPAMIF among other organizations.

In 2013, Pablo began working with Global Brigades Panama designing, implementing and monitoring the Microfinance program. In June of 2015, He became GB´s Panama Programs Officer and in January 2017, He was nominated as GB Nicaragua Executive Director.

Pablo has a BA in Economics and and a Masters in Business Administration.

Stephan Pillon

Operations Director

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Stephan Pillon

Stephan has worked nearly 20 years in operations, logistics, project finances with NGOs and International organizations (doctors of the world, UNICEF, Red Cross…) all around the world. He is now the Operations Director for Global Brigades Nicaragua.

In his spare time, Stephan enjoys photography and film making.

Stephan has a post degree in humanitarian logistics from the Bioforce Institute.

Dr. Jose Espinosa

Medical & Dental Brigades Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Dr. Jose Espinosa

Dr. Espinosa joined Global Brigades in October of 2016. His medical career began in 1980 when he started medical school at Universidad de Guadalajara. Shortly after graduating, he became the Medical Director of a private hospital in Veracruz State. He spent a year there before moving to the United States to attend school at the University of Florida, where he studied his specialty, Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Espinosa moved to Nicaragua in 1991, and joined a regional hospital in Matagalpa as an Emergency Medicine Doctor, while also working on the Pediatric Burn Unit. He worked there for 3 years before he became the owner of his own clinic. Most notable about his clinic was it became the first to treat Social Security patients in northern Nicaragua.

In 1994 Dr. Espinosa built an even larger clinic that housed an OR, ER, ultrasounds, a clinical lab, and both inpatient and outpatient care. In his clinic he served as Manager and Medical Director from 1994-2010. During this time he managed 43 doctors while continuing to practice himself.

In addition to his experience in medicine, Dr. Espinosa’s experience with Nonprofit Organizations has also made him qualified in joining the Global Brigades team. Over the course of his career, Dr. Espinosa has partnered with Peace Corps, Operation Smile, and Mission Bautista. With Peace Corps, he treated volunteers in need during their service. With Operation Smile, doctors from the United States came to his clinic to perform cleft palate surgeries because his clinic was up to standards. Lastly, partnering with Mission Bautista, Dr. Espinosa managed a team consisting of OB/GYN, ENT, Orthopedics, and General Surgery to treat low-income patients in Nicaragua.

He currently lives in Matagalpa with his wife. He has two children and a granddaughter, and his hobbies include singing, riding his Harley, and playing bass guitar.

Dr. Martha Espinoza Torrez

Dental Brigades Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Dr. Martha Espinoza Torrez

Dr. Torrez started working for Global Brigades Nicaragua in January 2015, as a temporary dentist. After showcasing great performance on Brigades, she was later promoted to the Dental Lead, joining the permanent staff in April 2015.

Dr. Torrez studied at UNAN-LEÓN University. She then worked for nine years in a private clinic, providing holistic treatments to patients. During this time, she also volunteered with the Nicaraguan Children Fund, an organization that provides dental consultations to children. It was in this position that Dr. Torrez discovered her love for community service.

Dr. Torrez hopes to improve access to dental care in Nicaragua, while increasing the focus on preventative care.

Dr. Marelyn Mayorga

CHW Program Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Dr. Marelyn Mayorga

Dr. Mayorga started working for Global Brigades Nicaragua in May 2016 as a leader of Community Health Workers program. Before her work with Global Brigades, Dr. Mayorga worked with the Nicaragua Ministry of Health as a Doctor and Sonographer. She also worked as a preschool teach and Coordinator for promoters of sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Mayorga studied medicine in Cuba, specializing in General Community Medicine. She received also received a diploma in ecografia basica, as well as accounting.

Dr. Mayorga’s greatest desire is to develop and execute strategies that empower the health of communities. She believes this is essential in continuing this beautiful planet.
Your greatest desire is to develop strategies and carry them out to empower and settle them to prioritize the prevention and promotion of health. That is what is essential to continue in this beautiful planet.

Julio Granados

Public Health & Water Brigades Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Julio Granados

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Julio worked as a Production Supervisor at Cemex Industrial Concrete Plant, a Resident Engineer on Road Signing and repairing and maintenance of parks and a volunteer in Raleigh International Citizen Service Program and TECHO.

As Global Brigades’ Public Health and Water Brigades Manager, Julio oversees the program budget, brigade development, report writing community communication, community leader identification, and brigade logistics. He also implements strategies for the water and public health programs.

In his spare time, Julio enjoys basketball, attending rock concerts, cooking, traveling and literature.

Julio received his Bachelors Degree in Bachelor in Civil Engineering at National Engineering University and his Post degree in Designing and Evaluation of Municipal and Industrial Water Projects at National Engineering University.

Teresa Perez

HR Manager

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Teresa Perez

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Teresa worked for various organizations. In 2012, she worked as Country Coordinator for Global Glimpse, a leadership program that launches motivated US high school students from a wide range of backgrounds into a life-changing international experience. From 2013 to 2015 she then worked as a Project Coordinator for ERSLA (Emergency Response Services for Latin America), an NGO focused on sustainable development in Nicaragua’s emergency systems. Teresa now works as Global Brigades Nicaragua’s Human Resources Manager.

In her spare time, Teresa loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys watching movies and loves to travel, especially to where there are beaches.

Teresa earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering (UNI).

Jenelle Martin

Nicaragua PA Manager

Global Brigades USA

Jenelle Martin

Born and raised in the state of Iowa in the USA, Jenelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in December 2014 with a B.A . in both Business Administration specializing in Management and in Spanish with a Certificate in Latin American Business, Language, & Culture. The year prior to graduation, Martin solidified her love for the Spanish language and culture during a 9-month study abroad experience at the Universidad de Tarapacá in Arica, Chile.

Shortly afterward, Jenelle decided to follow her passions and the urge to do more with the life she was given. In May 2015, Jenelle moved to Esteli, Nicaragua, where she began her journey with Global Brigades as the Advisor Manager. In her first year, she gained valuable experiences managing a large team advising brigades GB’s three Central American programming countries, participating on brigades in Panama, and attending a Leadership Institute in Honduras. As the strategy of the organization changed, Jenelle transitioned in June 2016 into the role she currently holds to this date as the Program Associate Manager in Nicaragua.

Her other professional experiences include three years as a Quick Service Restaurant Coordinator within Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, recruiting a diverse range of students as an International Programs Assistant at her alma mater, and helping on weekends at her family’s convenience store.

Outside of work, Jenelle enjoys running, horseback riding, and traveling Central and South America. Her adventures have landed her in her favorite colorful city of Valparaíso, Chile, the streets of Lima, Peru, mountain biking down el camino de la muerte outside of La Paz, Bolivia, soaking up sun on the beaches of Costa Rica, and touring historical Medellín, Colombia.

Nisha Datt

Nicaragua Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Nisha Datt

Nisha joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2012 as a volunteer with a new Public Health Brigades chapter at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The following summer, she was the co-education chair and volunteer for a Medical/ Dental Brigade. As the co-education chair, she helped with brainstorming creative ways to explain the education topic, the digestive system. The year after that, Nisha was a part of the first group from Rutgers University to go to Ghana for a Medical brigade.

In June of 2017, Nisha joined the Nicaragua team full-time as a Program Associate, where she guides and prepares students for their own brigades. She will also assist the data informatics team with impact analysis and research along with coming up with and submitting content Global Brigades’ social media outlets.

Nisha received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Public Health from Rutgers University. Before her role as Program Associate and as a student in college, Nisha was the Photo Editor at her collegiate newspaper, The Daily Targum. After graduating for Rutgers in 2016, she joined an IT Consulting company as a Program Analyst where she assisted with data input and analysis. Outside of Global Brigades, she dabbles in photography, loves to do DIY projects and, for her sanity, meditate.

Jonathan Earle

Nicaragua Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Jonathan Earle

Jonathan is a Dalhousie University Graduate, who studied and graduated with a Double Major Degree in Business Management and Sustainability. He spent his undergraduate degree fulfilling his passions in business and sustainability, where worked as a teaching assistant for business and entrepreneurship courses. Successfully completing an Internship with the University of Dalhousie, in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, he was able to learn and develop his interpersonal and developmental skills. He was also an Executive Member in a Student Sustainability Group on campus that worked to spread the knowledge and awareness of issues not only globally, but also locally in his community.

Jonathan joined the Global Brigades Organization in February of 2017. As the Program Associate for Strategic Planning and Business. It is here where Jonathan uses his skills and passion to further these programs within the Global Brigades Nicaraguan Office. He also works to enhance and facilitate the sustainable progression of our quickly growing Business program.

Previous to Global Brigades, Jonathan had  worked as a Programs Manager and coach for several sailing schools where he was able to combine his love for sailing and teaching. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys many outdoor activities like surfing, sailing and skiing.

 

Connor Eliff

Nicaragua Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Connor Eliff

Connor graduated from Hood College, located in Frederick Maryland; receiving his B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Policy. Before joining the Global Brigades, his experience included leading watershed restoration efforts, education on environmental health, and initiating a drive for winter supplies for those that would benefit in his local area.

Having Joined the organization as a Program Associate in Nicaragua during the Fall of 2016, Connor’s role on the Program Associate team is in the development of projects related to the Public Health program, targeting in-home health and wellness concerns in communities. In addition to this, Connor also works to provide educational strategies and materials aimed to improve to improve aspects of hygiene, environmental health, and project maintenance; as well with maintaining grant and donor relations to the Organization’s Nicaragua office.

Emily Fitzgerald

Nicaragua Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Emily Fitzgerald

Emily joined the Global Brigades Chapter at Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, Canada in her third year of studies. She attended the Chapter’s brigade to Honduras in 2015 where she participated on a Medical/Water Brigade. The following year she joined the eboard at her school, where she became the Campus Outreach Officer, recruiting and spreading the GB movement on campus. She spent much of her undergraduate degree volunteering for organizations, alongside to Global Brigades, such as Start2Finish, and Autism Nova Scotia. Throughout these facets, she was able to fulfil her interests and passions to serve and help sustainably eliminate disparities within her community. She graduated from Dalhousie University with distinction in a Double Major of Biology and Sustainability in June of 2016.

Emily joined the Global Brigades Nicaraguan Office in November of 2016, and currently works as the Medical Team Program Associate. She works closely with the Medical Leads to help prepare and progress the Medical Programs within the Organization, with a specific emphasis in the Community Health Worker Program. Within her position she also works to prepare volunteers for their on brigade experience. In her free time Emily loves reading, running, and travelling.

Kelsy McIntosh

Nicaragua Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Kelsy McIntosh

Kelsy became involved with Global Brigades as a volunteer in Fall of 2014 at Rutgers University. That following summer, she participated in her first Global Brigade to Honduras, where she fell in love with Central America and confirmed her desire to work in the nonprofit industry, focusing on sustainable development and lessening global health disparities. Since then, Kelsy revived the Water Brigades chapter at her school as the Director of Finance, and led the first Water Brigade in three years from Rutgers to Nicaragua. She is excited to have joined the Global Brigades Nicaragua team full-time as a Program Associate with a champion role in the Water Program, working alongside the Water Program Lead & Technician. She is really looking forward to helping students plan their brigades, learn more about sustainable development, and assist them in creating lifelong memories!

Kelsy received her B.S. in Public Health with a minor in Spanish at Rutgers University, where she graduated Magna Cume Laude in 2017. Prior to joining Global Brigades during her undergraduate career, Kelsy became involved with a student-run non-profit organization called GlobeMed, where she eventually became the Global Health Education Coordinator of her chapter. Kelsy traveled to Uganda for an internship with their partner organization, ChangeALife Uganda, in the Summer of 2016. Her involvement in both GlobeMed and Global Brigades helped shape her worldview and confirm her career path in Global Health. In her free time, Kelsy enjoys dancing, singing, playing the ukulele, and reading, and is very happy to be living and working in Nicaragua!

Kaitlin Ostling

Nicaragua Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Kaitlin Ostling

Kaitlin first became involved with Global Brigades in the Fall of 2013 as a volunteer with the GB Medical Chapter at Southern Methodist University. After attending her first medical brigade to Panama in the summer of 2014, she assumed the role of Fundraising chair of SMU’s GB chapter. Kaitlin went on to attend two further brigades being promoted to Chapter Vice president over her third brigade and junior year and Chapter President and Brigade Leader for her final medical brigade and senior year. She conducted research in the lab of Dr. William Orr and later in that of Dr. Eric Bing. She is cited as an author on the paper: Mitochondrial peroxiredoxins are essential in regulating the relationship between Drosophila immunity and aging. Kaitlin’s involvement with GB and her experiences in Panama ignited a passion for sustainable development and the systematic disparities present in global health.

Kaitlin graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in Biomedical Anthropology from SMU in May of 2017 with minors in History, Biology, and Philosophy. Her senior theses were entitled: The Anthropological Institutions of the Third Reich, and The Science of Improving Well-Being Amongst ADHD Students, respectively. The research project behind the latter was funded by an Engaged Learning Fellowship awarded the fall of her junior year. Kaitlin was awarded Departmental Distinction for her research into ADHD. She was named both the 2017 Outstanding Senior Student in Biomedical Anthropology and Dedman College’s 2017 Outstanding Senior Woman.  

In her final semester of University, Kaitlin applied to and was accepted to several Law Schools within the U.S. but chose to defer her attendance so that she could explore other opportunities of development both personally and professionally. When she was offered the role of Program Associate in Nicaragua about a month before her graduation, she jumped on the chance to further play a role in the organization she had loved so much as a student. Currently, Kaitlin acts as the lead program associate for GB Nicaragua’s Vision, OBGYN, and additional stations within the Medical Team.

 

Will Plaugher

Nicaragua Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Will Plaugher

Will joined Global Brigades in the fall of 2012 as a volunteer with Chapman University Global Medical Brigades. He continued to participate in medical brigades throughout his time at Chapman and helped lead a his final Medical Brigade in the summer of 2016 as an executive board member. This sparked his interest and ultimately led to his aspiration to work for Global Brigades after graduating. Will joined the Program Associate team in Panama in September 2016. He worked as a Global Health Program Associate in Panama until June 2017. While in Panama, Will worked with the medical, dental, and public health programs. In June 2017, Will started working with the Dental program at Global Brigades Nicaragua.  He is in charge of the Patient Referral and Carbon Offset programs at Global Brigades Nicaragua.

Will received a B.S in Molecular Biology and a minor in Spanish from Chapman University. Apart from his involvement in Global Brigades in college, Will conducted research on pancreatic cancer inhibition and was a member of the Men’s volleyball team. When Will is not working, you can find him riding his bike, exploring Esteli with his friends, eating delicious Nicaraguan food, or traveling Nicaragua.

Kim Baker

Nicaragua M&E Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Kim Baker

Kim joined Global Brigades in the fall of 2012 as a volunteer with Environmental Brigades at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She soon after took on the role as Vice President, and then President, for Marquette’s Medical chapter, helping with pre-brigade preparation, education, and fundraising. After having been on two Medical Brigades with pilot Public Health Brigade days, Kim founded her university’s Public Health Brigades chapter, with whom she took part in her last brigade as a volunteer.

While being the founder of Marquette’s Public Health chapter, Kim also served as Marquette’s Campus Chairperson. In this position she worked with Global Brigades staff to host the 2015 Student Leadership Conference in Milwaukee. Shortly after graduating Kim joined GB Nicaragua’s Team full time as a Program Associate. As a Program Associate, Kim prepared volunteers for their brigades and developed program content for Water Brigades and social media. In June 2017, Kim transitioned to the role of Monitoring and Evaluation Associate. As M&E Associate, Kim works with both the Nicaragua team and International team to collect data that measures impact, and allows the organization to evaluate programs.

Kim graduated in May 2016, receiving her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, while minoring in Health Studies and Writing Intensive English. During her studies Kim worked as a Peer Writing Tutor and Wellness Educator at Marquette University. In her free time she enjoys traveling, yoga, and eating fritanga.

Adolfo Corrales

Pharmacy Coordinator

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Adolfo Corrales

Adolfo joined Global Brigades Nicaragua in November 2016 as the Pharmacy Lead, after a friend told him about the organization and he was inspired to join the movement to help more people and do something different in his life. Adolfo coordinates all temporary pharmacy staff for brigades and prepares medicine and medical supplies for each group. He and the pharmacy team are striving to improve the medications list to offer treatments for more illnesses.

In 2012, Adolfo received his degree in Pharmacy and Chemistry from UDO University. He also holds a higher diploma in Leadership and Human Potential. He then worked as a pharmacist with AGAPE, an ONG that specializes in helping children with disabilities. Originally from Managua, Adolfo moved to Esteli to work for a private pharmacy for 3 years prior to working for Global Brigades.

Ariel Corrales

Data Informatics Coordinator

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Ariel Corrales

Ariel Corrales joined Global Brigades in January 2015 as an interpreter for Medical Brigades. Later that December, he joined the permanent staff and started working as the Data Informatics Lead for Global Brigades Nicaragua. He supports Medical Brigades with the use of the Electronic Medical Records System, OpenMRS, collecting and analyzing very important information for other programs in the holistic model. He also sometimes coordinates Medical and Public Health Brigades.

Ariel received his Systems Engineer degree at National University of Engineering (UNI) Managua. He then worked for three years in Estelí at the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua as the Systems Engineer Major lead. He then became the Academic Secretary for the university, assisting students and teachers. He is currently pursuing his MBA.

Ariel loves working for Global Brigades because he knows that all the hard work and effort is helping people.

Jorge Lopez Fornos

Medical Technician

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Jorge Lopez Fornos

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Jorge received training for Suicide Alertness in Saskatoon, SK Canada. This experience changed his life and encouraged him to pursue a career in helping others.

Jorge is now the Medical Technician for the Medical Program in Global Brigades Nicaragua. His role includes coordinating the medical brigades that we have with each community for each season, meeting with the community staff to prepare them for upcoming medical brigades and preparing the logistics for medical brigades. He also assists in the medical brigade paperwork with the government and provides the local government with PAP smear results after brigades.

Jorge received a degree in Small Enterprise Management from Kentucky State University in the United States. Next year, Jorge plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineer.

Pedro Moreira

Medical Assistant

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Pedro Moreira

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Pedro worked as a water filter technician for CAWST. Currently, as the Medical Assistant for Global Brigades Nicaragua, Pedro is in charge of getting all the Ministry of Health approvals before Medical Brigades arrive in Nicaragua.

In his spare time, Pedro enjoys extreme sports and traveling to get to know cultures and new cities and countries.

Pedro studied English at St George English Academy.

Jose Luis Osegueda

Water Technician

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Jose Luis Osegueda

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Jose Luis worked in the water treatment department of a soda factory in Managua and then worked as an English Teacher Jinotega.

In 2016, while working with AVODEC on a water project in the community La Corneta, he met team members from Global Brigades who were also working on the project and was inspired to pursue a position with the organization. Currently, Jose Luis works as the Water Technician for Global Brigades Nicaragua.

Juis Luis studied water treatment from 2007 to 2009 at Fox valley Technical College in Wisconsin. From 2011 to 2016 he then studied Design and Building at UPONIC in Esteli.

Rodny Avila

Public Health Technician

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Rodny Avila

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Rodny in quality control for three years for CEMEX in Managua. Rodny currently works as a Public Health Technician for Global Brigades Nicaragua.

In his spare time, Rodny enjoys playing basketball at night and watching the NBA. He also enjoys going out to dinner with his wife.

Rodny holds a degree in Civil Engineering.

Gabriela Cruz

Accountant

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Gabriela Cruz

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Gabriela worked in the Projects department for UNAN. Gabriela currently works as the Accountant for Global Brigades Nicaragua.

In her spare time, Gabriela enjoys traveling.

Gabriela earned her Public Accounting and Finance degree from UNAN.

Nelson Perez

Accounting Assistant

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Nelson Perez

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Nelson worked in Administration for the tobacco company, Perdomo. After learning about Global Brigades through a friend, he now works as an Accounting Assistant for Global Brigades Nicaragua.

In his spare time, Nelson enjoys studying, reading, going on vacation and working.

Nelson is currently studying Banking and Finance at UNAN.

Jaqueline Lazo

HR Assistant

Global Brigades Nicaragua

Jaqueline Lazo

Prior to working for Global Brigades, Jaqueline provided Legal advice in the Labor field. As the HR Assistant for Global Brigades Nicaragua, Jaqueline assists in contract drafting, interviews, updating staff and collaborating with team members as necessary.

In her spare time, Jaqueline enjoys studying and spending time with her family.

Jaqueline is currently pursuing her Masters in Procedural Law with emphasis in oral, criminal, civil, labor, mercantile, family and due process. She is also authorized as a Lawyer and Notary Public.

Ireland Board of Directors

Jennifer Forbes

Board Chairperson

Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer first got involved with Global Brigades after being invited to an information session in late 2010. In January 2011, she took on the role of treasurer for Global Brigades Ireland. In March 2011, she went on the very first Ghana brigade with 20 other Irish students. Returning home, she became more actively involved in the administration work of GB Ireland.

As of October 2012, Jennifer is the chairperson of GB Ireland. She plans to focus on developing and expanding the GB brand and ethos throughout Ireland throughout her tenure.

Sarah Tyrell

Board Vice-Chairperson

Sarah Tyrell

Sarah became involved with Global Brigades in March 2012 having participated in a Microfinance brigade to Ghana. Since her return Sarah has worked specifically on expanding Global Brigades Ireland and forming new Chapters in campuses across the country. Sarah became the Vice Chairperson of Global Brigades Ireland in 2012 and now oversees volunteer activities within Ireland, specifically working closely with Chapter Presidents and Brigade Leads.

Gillian Delany

Fundraising Officer

Gillian Delany

Gillian Delany has been a board member since 2011 and volunteered on the 1st brigade to Ghana with a Microfinance Brigades. Since returning from her brigade Gillian has been involved in setting up the first
Global Brigades University Society in DCU and was Secretary from 2011 to 2012.

Gillian has been a member of the Ireland Board since returning from Ghana and is in charge of assessing all fundraising proposals and issuing approval forms to volunteers. Gillian works closely with all campus SLO’s.

Gillian is a recent graduate from Dublin City University with a degree in Law and Society and is currently studying for her Masters in Journalism.

Cody Byrne

Board Member

Cody Byrne

Cody has lead three brigades in the past twelve months and is currently leading Global Brigades Ireland’s largest brigade to date. His role is to work closely with brigade leads to ensure they the carry out their role with efficiency, transparency and according to Global Brigades Ireland’s various policies.

Jane French

Board Member

Jane French

Jane joined the Global Brigades Ireland team in March 2011, after returning from a Business Development Brigade in Ghana. She is studying International Business with Spanish and French and is in her final year in Dublin City University.

Brian Hemeryck

Board Member

Brian Hemeryck

Brian joined the Global Brigades Ireland team in March 2011, after returning from his first Business Development Brigade to Ghana. He has a degree in Business and Finance from Dublin City University and currently works with a technology startup based in Dublin.

Danielle Matthews

Board Member

Danielle Matthews

Danielle first heard about Global Brigades at the end of 2010. She was among the 21 students that were on the first ever brigade to Ghana in March 2011. Since coming home from her first brigade Danielle has been involved in setting up and spreading the word about Global Brigades Ireland.

Danielle is in her final year studying Economics, Politics and Law in Dublin City University. Last year she spent the year on exchange in Istanbul, Turkey, studying International Relations.

Neale Whelehan

Board Member

Neale Whelehan

Bio coming soon.

International Team

Dr. Shital Vora

Chief Executive Officer

Global Brigades USA

Dr. Shital Vora

Dr. Shital Vora is Co-Founder and CEO of Global Brigades, overseeing Global Brigades’ human resources and talent programs in addition to administrative policies and University relationships. Prior to dedicating to Global Brigades full time, she had spent 4 years working as a Doctor of Physical Therapy focusing on Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for one of the nation’s largest and most successful orthopedic practices in Chicago.

In 2003, while completing her degree at Marquette University, Shital established the very first medical brigade club, which eventually developed into the model that is used today throughout the organization. From one club at Marquette, Shital and the GB leadership team has started over 450 active groups who travel to Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, and Ghana in providing primary health care and education in rural communities. Within Global Brigades, Shital had previously worked as the CEO of Health Programs and Chief Program Officer prior to taking on the human resources role.

Shital has spent much of her time abroad with Global Brigades understanding the importance of health in developing countries. She has been actively involved with not only the expansion of the organization, but overall strategies for staff empowerment. Her focus is to involve staff in these strategies not only to provide communities in need, but also challenge the minds of young individuals who are embarking and building on their professional career. Shital is passionate about creating leadership opportunities for all staff, putting people first, and the “human” side of human resources.

Shital sits on the Marquette University Health Sciences advisory board, and also has been recognized at Marquette University’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2009. Shital graduated with high honors at with a degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy as well as her PhD in Orthopedics.

Vanessa Lopez

President & COO

Global Brigades USA

Vanessa Lopez

Vanessa Lopez is the President and Chief Operations Officer for Global Brigades, Inc. Since 2008, she has led the organization’s marketing, financial, and administrative operations. Over the years, she has focused on developing internal strategies to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Vanessa has led implementation of creating complex organizational structures to allow Global Brigades to operate and manage 11 entities across different countries, while maintaining a shared mission and brand.

Vanessa is also a co-founder of Global Brigades Association’s for-profit subsidiary, Global Brigades Ventures, Inc, where she provides marketing and accounting consulting services to start-up social enterprises. Vanessa is on the founding team of Global Brigades Venture’s first start-up project, Empowered.org, a social movement platform that provides online fundraising and volunteer/donor management tools to organizations.

Vanessa has been invited as a guest lecturer in local Seattle universities such as the University of Washington Bothell, Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, and Seattle Pacific University, on topics ranging from non-profit finances to marketing.

Vanessa graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting.

Pallav Vora

Chief Legal Officer

Global Brigades USA

Pallav Vora

Pallav is the Chief Legal Officer for Global Brigades, Inc. and oversees and provides legal support to all Global Brigades entities worldwide. Since joining Global Brigades full-time in 2012, Pallav has served as Global Brigades’ General Counsel and works closely with the leadership of all Global Brigades entities to strengthen operations by assessing and managing risk, implementing appropriate practices and controls, and providing advice and counsel on a broad range of legal issues critical to the organization’s mission. Pallav also sits on the Board of Directors of Global Brigades Ventures and the International Volunteer Programs Association.

Prior to joining Global Brigades, Pallav was an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Joseph V. Roddy, where he worked as a litigator on a wide-variety of civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts, including administrative hearings, civil rights litigation, personal injury, appeals and criminal defense. Pallav received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond, and received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He is admitted to practice before the Illinois State Bar and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Nancy Amador

Chief Compliance Officer

Global Brigades USA

Nancy Amador

Nancy joined Global Brigades October 1, 2008 as accountant and administrator for Global Brigades Honduras, she helped on the structure of financial and administrative procedures for the grantee entities and provided support to advising and program associate teams. In January 2013 she was moved to be a part of Global Brigades USA finance team as VP of Finance, in this position she has been working with the bookkeeping for Global Brigades USA, Canada and United Kingdom, she also provides support on the audits for these countries and is now running financial compliance auditors for grantee entities.

Nancy received her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the UNAH and a Master’s degree in finance from UNITEC. Her previous experiences are all related to accounting, administration and finance and each company that she worked with helped her gain more knowledge as well as long lasting friendships. Global Brigades has been a great experience for her as she always wanted to work with an organization where she could be a part of helping others.

Steven Atamian

Empowerment Officer

Global Brigades USA

Steven Atamian

Inspired by the potential impact university students could make in rural Honduran communities, Steve helped co-found what would become Global Brigades in 2004. In addition to many programmatic contributions around the holistic model, Steve led GB’s decentralized student-led movement and its strategy for financial sustainability.

From 2004-2008, Steve led Global Brigades as a volunteer while employed full-time with Deloitte, where he supported the design and implementation of their corporate social responsibility strategy in the Pacific Southwest region of the United States.

In 2007, when Global Brigades was officially registered as a nonprofit in the United States, Steve was named the CEO by the board of directors and served in that position until 2016. Currently, Steve holds the position of Empowerment Officer and splits his time between high level strategy, budgeting, and pushing to maintain the student-led culture that the organization was built upon.

Steve is a graduate from the University of Southern California. He resides in Seattle with his wife and baby daughter. Locally, he has contributed as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington at Bothell, teaching classes in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.

Ben Erker

Director of Impact & Evaluation

Global Brigades USA

Ben Erker

Ben Erker joined Global Brigades in January 2009 to help develop and coordinate the Water Brigades program in Honduras.  Four the next four years he managed the implementation of numerous clean water projects, while coordinating over sixty Water Brigades.  From 2013 – 2015, Ben worked as Development Program Officer in Honduras, overseeing the operation of the holistic model and its program teams in the country.   Starting in January 2016, Ben began his current position as GB Director of Impact & Evaluation in charge of impact measurement and reporting, program monitoring and evaluation, and supervising local M&E teams in GB’s programming countries.

Ben received his B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Bucknell University, which included a semester of study in Perth, Western Australia. During his time at Bucknell Ben made his first of many trips to Honduras which inspired him to further pursue water and sanitation issues in developing countries.  Ben went on to receive his M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California – Davis focusing on water quality, drinking water and wastewater treatment. While at UC Davis, Ben spent a month in rural Uganda working on sustainable drinking water and sanitation solutions.  Before joining Global Brigades, Ben participated in a wide range of research projects investigating the effect of microorganisms on arsenic concentration in groundwater, small water system treatment techniques, anaerobic digestion of food waste, and evaporation effects of development in watersheds.

Leonel Quinteros

Director of Technology

Global Brigades USA

Leonel Quinteros

Leonel is the Director of Technology for Global Brigades, overseeing the website development of online tools used by donors and volunteers.
Leonel first began programming in 1999, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. In 2001, while still in university, he started working in various software development positions. In 2011, after several office-based positions, Leonel joined Global Brigades, giving him the opportunity to manage a team of other developers while working remotely.
Today, Leonel lives in Uruguay, near the sea, so every time he needs a rest from the computer, he can get in the water for surfing, sailing or swimming.
Danielle Cavendish

Manager of Volunteer Engagement

Global Brigades USA

Danielle Cavendish

Danielle first got involved with Global Brigades in January 2014 as a Public Health Brigades volunteer. On her first brigade, she fell in love with Global Brigades’ interdisciplinary approach to international development. After completing her degree, Danielle joined the Global Brigades team as a Chapter Advisor. During her two years living and working in Nicaragua, she was able to explore the intersection of community development and volunteer empowerment as she supported brigade planning, chapter growth initiatives, and Global Brigades’ volunteer engagement programs.  In August 2016, Danielle relocated stateside where she currently manages the Chapter Advising team and leads Global Brigades’ volunteer growth and retention strategies.

Danielle completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University where she received a B.S. in Human Physiology with a concentration in Public Health. Outside of her work with Global Brigades, Danielle enjoys spending time outdoors, taking runs along the lakefront, and frequenting her favorite local bookstore.

Daniel Klingelhoets

People Operations Coordinator

Global Brigades USA

Daniel Klingelhoets

Daniel joined the Global Brigades team as a Honduras Program Associate in June 2016. During his undergraduate career, Daniel got to know Global Brigades through a partner organization and participated on three Medical Brigades to Nicaragua with Marquette University. With the foundation of Global Brigades stemming from Marquette University roots, the natural alignment for Daniel to join the Global Brigades team was a no-brainer. In addition to his work with in-country program teams and volunteers from around the world, Daniel brings marketing and communications experience from previous roles. In June 2017 he transitioned to his current role as People Operations Coordinator, working to offer Human Resources support to Global Brigades’ international teams.

In May 2016, Daniel received a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resources and Marketing, with a minor in Spanish for the Professions from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to Global Brigades, Daniel ran a small start-up and worked closely with student entrepreneurs and local small businesses to build their brands. When he’s not engaging with staff and volunteers, or looking for creative ways to define #GB365, you can find him out-and-about with his camera, exploring Honduras, or sipping on a hot beverage in a cafe.

Maura Riordon

Medications Coordinator

Global Brigades USA

Maura Riordon

Maura was first introduced to Global Brigades while studying at Mount Allison University (MTA). She volunteered on MTA’s first Medical Brigade to Honduras in February 2009 and continued to brigade with MTA as an interpreter until she started working for the organization. In September 2015, she moved to Panama City to work as a Global Health Program Associate. She worked there for 9 months and then transferred to Honduras in June 2016 to work as a Program Associate out of the Tegucigalpa, Honduras, office and was the Medical-Dental Team Champion, which included helping with the Vision Screening Station. On June 1, 2017, Maura transitioned into a new role as Medications Coordinator and now works on procuring medications and supplies for the programming countries.
Maura received her B.A. with a double major in French Studies and Hispanic Studies from MTA in May 2010, her Honours B.A. with a specialization in French-Spanish-English translation from the University of Ottawa in June 2013, and her General Interpreting Graduate Diploma from York University in October 2015. Prior to working with Global Brigades, Maura worked for the Embassy of Peru in Ottawa, Ontario, and at the Language Technologies Research Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, where she translated, revised, and edited numerous documents, helped to organize events, and created website content. In her free time, Maura enjoys baking, salsa dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Alexa Boldt

Communications Associate

Global Brigades USA

Alexa Boldt

Alexa Boldt is a global citizen who acts locally, wherever she is, with boldness and kindness. She joined Global Brigades as a Program Associate in Honduras in 2014, and with a capacity for team encouragement and leadership she later took on the Program Associate Manager role. She lived in Central America until 2016, and now serves as the stateside Communications Associate. In this role, Alexa acts as Global Brigades’ central storyteller and ensures all internal and external stakeholders are well-informed. Her drive to tell Global Brigades’ stories stems from the joy that comes from celebrating programmatic accomplishments with community members, staff, and volunteers.

Alexa received a B.A in Communications and a minor in Multimedia from California Lutheran University. Prior to her work with Global Brigades, she dedicated time to volunteer with non-profit organizations in Kenya, the Dominican Republic, and along the West Coast of the USA. In addition to her work with Global Brigades, Alexa is a yoga instructor and advocate for a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Annie Otfinoski

Alumni Marketing Program Associate

Global Brigades USA, Nicaragua

Annie Otfinoski

Annie was first introduced to Global Brigades as an undergraduate student when she attended a Medical and Public Health Brigade to Honduras in 2013. In her role as Marketing Associate her main focus is creating a robust Alumni Network. Annie is passionate about re-connecting with alumni and empowering them to continue their impact in their post-collegiate life.

Annie graduated from DePaul University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a minor in Sociology. After working in grant development for a medical education company in Chicago, Annie moved to Nicaragua May of 2017 to work for Global Brigades on the international team. When she is not empowering alumni she can be found exploring the beaches in Nicaragua and eating pupusas at the local market.

Philomena Panagoulias

Empowered 100 Project Coordinator

Global Brigades USA

Philomena Panagoulias

Philomena joined Global Brigades in July 2015 as a Program Associate in Honduras. She previously participated in an Environmental Brigade and a Human Rights Brigade in Panama.

As a Program Associate, Philomena specialized in the Public Health and Community Health Worker Programs but also worked with the Business Program on social enterprise projects within communities. With these programs, Philomena has worked to orchestrate ​several professional brigades and conferences for community leadership.

In her current position, Philomena coordinates program activities in a strategic project to empower 100 rural Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Panamanian communities to permanently rise out of poverty.

In May 2015, Philomena received her B.A. in philosophy and political science from Loyola University Chicago.

Ben Case

Chapter Advisor

Global Brigades USA

Ben Case

Ben Case first got involved as a brigade volunteer in 2012, and officially joined the team as a Chapter Advisor in 2014. In the time spent working closely with volunteers and the organization, Ben became increasing interested in growth and volunteer retention and its role in programming. After some time out of the Chapter Advisor role, Ben returned to empower Global Brigades chapters and their volunteers in growing the global social-responsibility movement they embody.

Ben is a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in History and a minor in Biochemistry. He is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health from the George Washington University, part-time, to expand his skills and knowledge in global health and development. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Geoffrey Mercene

Chapter Advisor

Global Brigades USA

Geoffrey Mercene

Geoffrey first became involved as a Medical Brigade volunteer back when the CUNY Macaulay Honors College’s Global Brigades chapter was founded in 2011. Inspired by Global Brigades’ holistic approach to tackling global health challenges during his first Medical Brigade to Panama in 2012, he led his chapter for the next 3 years under various leadership capacities. After graduating in 2015, Geoffrey joined the Chapter Advisor team and then the Program Associate team in Nicaragua, where he focused on student empowerment, on-ground programming, community development. He has moved back to Brooklyn, New York and is now back again with the Chapter Advising team, this time to support large-scale initiatives within the organization and to be involved with chapter development, growth, and retention strategies.

Geoffrey graduated CUNY Macaulay Honors College and CUNY Brooklyn College with a B.S. degree in Health and Nutrition Sciences. He aspires to open and manage a health community center and clinic in the future, where he and other passionate healthcare professionals can serve and support marginalized populations. He enjoys exploring new restaurants with friends, gets involved with activist work, and holds a strong love for pandas.

Erika Amador

Accountant

Global Brigades USA

Erika Amador

Erika joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2014 as an accountant assistant providing accounting and financial support for the accounting process making transfers, processing refunds, posting manual transaction on dashboard ans helping with accounting reports. Starting in 2017, Erika is taking responsibility in the Canada and United Kingdom accounting process.

Erika received her Accountant degree from the Autonomous National University of Honduras in 2014 and a English Diploma from The National Pedagogical University in 2015. Prior to joining Global Brigades, Erika worked as accounting assistant for a chemical factory. Erika was always interested in working with a company like Global Brigades, which helps people in need.

Claudia Corrales

Accountant

Global Brigades USA

Claudia Corrales

Claudia came to the organization through a friend who shared an available opportunity with her, she joined Global Brigades on January 1, 2017 as an accountant for Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Her previous experience was always in the accounting, administrative and human resources areas. She has a degree in accounting and is currently studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Ceutec in Honduras, her main interests are to finish this degree and English studies which she started this year.

Karen Fonseca

Accountant

Global Brigades USA

Karen Fonseca

Karen learned about Global Brigades through a friend and currently works as an accountant, managing the bookkeeping for Global Brigades Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. She earned a Secretary degree at a young age and then in 2010, received her Bachelors Degree in Public Accounting and Finance.

Karen has experience working with several companies, mostly in administration. In the future, she would like to obtain a Masters of Human Resources and complete her English studies.

Martin Alzua

Website Developer

Global Brigades USA

Martin Alzua

Martin joined Global Brigades in 2013 as a QA engineer. He is responsible for ensuring the operation quality of the online volunteering platform. Before joining Global Brigades, he was involved in projects for Microsoft, Sabre, and other companies.

Martin has received education in information technologies for both programming and quality assurance.

Martin was born and raised in Argentina. In his free time, he likes to play music, sing and play futbol!

Azeema Fatima

Technical Support

Global Brigades USA

Azeema Fatima

In love with all life everywhere, student of computer science and an eager learner, I always had a passion for helping others any way I could. Using my skill set of tech based work that I was learning and being absolutely mind-blowingly fascinated with the good work being done by people all over the world, I always wanted to join an organization which could provide me an opportunity to utilize my skills for the good.

In stepped Global Brigades, big time! GB provided me with an opportunity of my dreams, working alongside the best teams in the world, doing absolutely wonderful soul-fulfilling work. Be it helping the volunteers with their tech based issues, or working alongside the GB family, I keep on growing and every single day proves to be an opportunity to learn something new something wonderful and also be able to feel awesome inside, all the while doing what I love doing and helping others in whatever way I can in this amazing organization determined to make this world a better place, one day at a time. This, for me, is the best feeling in the world!

Honduras Team

Dr. Jenny Najera

Medical Brigades Director

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Jenny Najera

Dr. Nájera joined Global Brigades in the Winter of 2006. Her first Medical Brigade was as a volunteer translating for Doctors. That same year, she then began to work as a temporary employee assisting with Medical Brigades.

In November 2010, she was promoted to the Medical Brigades Program Lead, in charge of programming and logistics. She also started establishing relationships with health authorities and developing protocols of safety and security for Global Brigades’ volunteers.

Prior to joining Global Brigades as a permanent employee, Dr. Nájera worked for the Ministry of Health and a Private Clinic as an attending doctor and for 1 year was the official doctor of Honduran Delegation in international events.

Dr. Nájera received her degree as a Medical Doctor in 2005 from the National University of Honduras. She has 2 years of residency in Pediatrics and has participated in several forums and symposiums of vector transmitted diseases (Dengue- Malaria-Chikunguyia and Zika), as well as in various national and international congresses. Dr. Nájera is currently pursuing her Masters in Epidemiology at the Central American Technological University.

Dr. Rosario Girón

CHW Program Manager

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Rosario Girón

Dr. Girón joined Global Brigades in 2010 as a temporary medical doctor for Medical Brigades in Honduras. In 2015, she was promoted as the lead for Global Brigades Honduras’ Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Referral Programs. She was responsible for sourcing donations to assist with patient referral cases, as well as training community volunteers in chronic diseases and first aid for the Community Health Workers program. Due to increasing responsibility with both programs, Dr. Girón now solely focuses on the CHW program. Dr. Girón also participated in Global Brigades’ first Surgical Brigade in South Honduras.

Dr. Girón received her diploma as a Medical Doctor from the National University of Honduras. She then worked with the Government’s health center for 10 years, where she was in charge of their STD clinic.

Dr. Gladys Turcios

Patient Referral Program Manager

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Gladys Turcios

Dr. Turcios was born in Tegucigalpa where she currently lives. She studied at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras where she graduated on April 2014 as a Medical Doctor.

Dr. Turcios joined Global Brigades on February 2016 as a Program Lead for the Referral Program. The Patient Referral program sources donations to assists patients, identified during Medical Brigades, with procedures and surgeries. Dr. Turcios is also working on the development of Global Brigades’ Surgical program, which which will assist referral patients, as well as other patients from communities near Hospital de Ojojona, where the Surgical Brigades will take place.

Dr. Luisa Castejón

Pharmacy Manager

Global Brigades Honduras

Dr. Luisa Castejón

Luisa started with Global Brigades in December 2007, a few months after graduating from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), as the first Pharmacist to accompany medical brigades. It was a challenge for her to start completely from scratch, but gradually she has added new procedures to properly dispense medications. Luisa currently works as the pharmacy lead and is in charge of all pharmacists working on medical brigades in Honduras.

From a young age, Luisa knew she wanted to study pharmacy. As a child, she would visit the hospital and admire the doctors and women health workers and knew that one day, she would be one of them. Shortly after graduation, she interviewed with Global Brigades and realized that the position was her dream job. On every brigade, she has been able to serve fellow Hondurans from the most neglected communities while enjoying Honduras’ beautiful scenery.

Ophelia Swanson

Honduras PA Manager

Global Brigades USA

Ophelia Swanson

Ophelia became part of the Global Brigades family in 2012 when she helped found the Medical Brigades Chapter at Central Michigan University. She was also the Coordinator for Marketing and Outreach for CMU’s chapter as it began to expand into other programs. In her last year at Central Michigan, Ophelia led the school’s first Public Health Brigade.

Originally from Elgin, Illinois, Ophelia graduated from Central Michigan in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science. Six weeks after graduating, she moved to Estelí, Nicaragua, to join the International Office as a Chapter Advisor. In January 2016, Ophelia moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to become a Health Program Associate, working closely with the Medical Team. Apart from engaging students in their brigade planning, Ophelia enjoys working with the Medical Team to promote and improve the Surgical Brigades and Patient Referral Programs. She has since transitioned into the Program Associate Manager position in Honduras. When not at the office, Ophelia plays guitar and enjoys exploring new cafés around the city.

Casandra Huff

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Casandra Huff

Cassie joined the Program Associates in Honduras in April of 2017. Cassie first became involved as a volunteer during her undergraduate career at the University of Kentucky. She participated in Medical, Dental and Public Health brigades in Honduras. In the summer of 2014, Cassie participated in the Global Health Internship in Nicaragua. Her interest and admiration for Global Brigades grew tremendously after spending time learning about the development teams and how Global Brigades runs internally. After, her time in the internship, she became the president of the Public Health chapter at her university and lead a Public Health Brigade. Upon graduation, her passion for international development and Global Brigades lead her to applying for the Program Associate position.

In December of 2016, Cassie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with a minor in German from the University of Kentucky. Originally, Cassie originally planned on a career as a Dentist, however her passion for Global Brigades and international health and development lead her to put that dream on hold and make the move from Kentucky to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. When she is not working, you can find her at a cafe, exploring honduras, or doing yoga. She also enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family when not working or on brigade    

Nicole Jollimore

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Nicole Jollimore

Nicole joins us from the small fishing town of Hubbards, Nova Scotia. Graduating from Mount Allison University in 2015 with an honours degree in Psychology, and a minor in Biology, she developed her passion for global health and development while working with the Global Brigades Chapters at Mount Allison. She participated in four Public Health Brigades, acting as the Chapter President for three years and taking on the role Education Chair in her final year. Nicole officially joined the Global Brigades team in June 2015 as a Chapter Advisor in Estelí, Nicaragua. Her experience in this role further solidified her passion for Global Brigades’ holistic model and highlighted the tremendous impact of empowerment.

Fulfilling her dream of working as a Program Associate in Honduras, Nicole now collaborates with volunteers, community leaders and local programming teams to work towards sustainable community development. Nicole is very passionate about ensuring volunteers have the opportunity to reflect and learn through their experience on brigade. As the Education Champion, she is currently working on the educational materials that are offered by Global Brigades.  Nicole’s experiences with Global Brigades have illustrated the critical need to ensure that anyone who chooses to volunteer abroad does so with a responsible mindset, the ability to think critically and with cultural competence. It is her hope that all volunteers leave Honduras understanding the great responsibility they have in the future as global leaders.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys playing soccer, watercolor painting, and playing with her kitten Maya. In the future, she aspires to pursue a career in medicine with the goal of improving access to healthcare in underserved populations.

Maggie Mandt

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Maggie Mandt

Maggie joined Global Brigades in February of 2017 as a Program Associate based in Honduras. Maggie found out about Global Brigades through a friend, researched the organization, and determined that Global Brigades was directly aligned with her passions and gifts. Maggie is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Finance at a private university in Tegucigalpa called UNITEC, The Central American Technological University. She is passionate about working alongside other cultures and has a heart for the people of Honduras.

Maggie received her B.A. in International Business from Auburn University and graduated December of 2015. Prior to working at Global Brigades, Maggie worked in financial advising in Birmingham, Alabama for a year, and specifically focused on retirement savings. Although the financial landscape in Honduras is vastly different, Maggie is interested in the financial culture of Hondurans as compared to that of Americans. Maggie is passionate about empowerment through education, and she firmly believes that Hondurans and Americans alike need to understand their full potential and break the boundaries that limit them. Maggie is excited about Global Brigade’s model and is passionate about working alongside the team in Honduras as well as the various volunteers that brigade each year. Maggie enjoys cooking, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time with family when she is not on brigade, in class, or working with the local team in Tegucigalpa.  

Tess Niehoff

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Tess Niehoff

Tess joined Global Brigades as a Program Associate in June of 2017. Global Brigades was suggested to Tess while she volunteered as a field engineer constructing pedestrian bridges in rural Panama. Prior to Global Brigades, Tess graduated from University of Maryland as a Civil Engineer with a minor in Spanish Language and Business Cultures. Post graduation, Tess worked for two years as a field engineer on the Dulles Metrorail Silverline Project, the largest ongoing construction project in the United States. Pursuing an interest in international development and transportation systems, Tess pursued a one year fellowship with Bridges to Prosperity to combine her love of building, helping others, and learning the Spanish language. Wanting to stay in the Central American region, Tess was immediately drawn to the holistic model of Global Brigades, and how it sought to empower each community. When she is not in the office or on brigade, you can find Tess running or hiking at La Tigra National Park, baking in her apartment, reading a good book, or trying to teach herself new facets of engineering.

Meghan Smith

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Meghan Smith

Meghan joined the Honduras Program Associate team in June of 2017. Meghan was first introduced to Global Brigades during her time as an undergraduate student at Penn State. She has participated as a volunteer on a total of three Medical, Dental, Public Health, and Water brigades in Honduras and Panama. Meghan was also an active executive board member on the Penn State campus for the Medical chapter. Her interest and commitment to Global Brigades and its Holistic Model stemmed from her first brigade experience in Honduras in May of 2015, where she was able to experience the impact of the development programs and cultural exchange with the people of Honduras. Since then, her on campus involvement and overall support of Global Brigades increased greatly and led her to apply for the Program Associate position during her senior year.

In May of 2017, Meghan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a focus in Biological Sciences and Health Professions from Penn State University. Meghan has had lifelong goals of becoming a medical doctor, however her plans evolved as her passion for global, sustainable development grew, thus leading to her move from Rochester, NY to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Now, her goals are to eventually participate in the global health and development movement as a licensed physician. When Meghan is not working, she loves to take advantage of her new environment in Honduras by exploring the city, being outdoors, and meeting new people. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, doing yoga, and cooking.  

Maddison Staszkiewicz

Honduras Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Maddison Staszkiewicz

Maddison joined the Honduras Program Associate team in June of 2017. Though Maddison did not have experience with Global Brigades prior to joining the team, she heard about the organization through friends at other universities and had kept her eye on Global Brigades ever since. With an academic background in health and global issues, she greatly identified with Global Brigades’ holistic model and was excited to join the team and move to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

In May of 2017, Maddison graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish, minors in Psychology and Medical Humanities, and a Global Connections Certificate. Prior to working with Global Brigades, Maddison was a Public Health Intern at World Relief where she worked with resettled refugees to assist them in achieving their health and economic self-sufficiency goals. Maddison has always felt drawn to global health issues and is excited to continue following that path. When she is not working, Maddison loves to try new recipes, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

Elijah LaSota

Honduras M&E Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Elijah LaSota

Elijah joined our team of Program Associates in Honduras in June of 2016. He first became involved as a volunteer during his first year studying at Penn State. Elijah held various leadership positions at Penn State, including Campus Chairperson, and participated in a total of 7 brigades in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ghana, working with the Medical, Dental, Public Health, Water, Architecture, Environmental, and Business programs. In the summer of 2014, Elijah participated in the Global Health Internship in Honduras. His interest in the PA position stemmed from developing relationships with our Honduran programming teams and an interest in contributing to their work.

Prior to working with Global Brigades, Elijah received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Spanish. He was originally interested in pursuing a career in medicine as a physician. However, through his extensive involvement in Global Brigades, Elijah identified with our model for integrated health and economic development programs and his passions became more deeply rooted in healthcare access and microfinance. When he’s not working with our Business team or using his experience to help shape that of other volunteers, Elijah enjoys cooking, exercise, exploring Honduras, and catching up with friends, family, and his dogs.

Ghana Team

Benson Adjei

Country Representative

Ghana

Benson Adjei

Benson has been part of Global Brigades since 2015 when he joined the Ghana team as Operations Manager. He later moved on to become the Country Manager responsible for a small in-country team that worked to ensure that GBs impact and presence in our partner communities were sustained for 2015 and 2016 when we had very limited brigades going to Ghana and we were working through partnerships with local public and private organizations.

Benson has more than 14 years of development work experience with economic empowerment, social entrepreneurship and international volunteers’ management as his areas of expertise. Prior to joining Global Brigades, Benson had worked with Ghana’s National Board for Small Scale Industries, Rural Enterprises Program and Think Impact as Country Manger for Ghana. Benson has a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, he is an alumni of the German International Development Training Organization; GIZ and a trained Kaizen Consultant by the Japanese International Development Co-operation Agency (JICA).

Through his leadership for the Ghana team, a sustainable model for the medical program that hinges on a strong partnership with existing health facilities of the Ministry of Health in the Ekumfi District of Ghana has been created and it is offering a unique experience to volunteers that travel to Ghana.

Dr. Cornelius Normeshie

Medical Brigades Manager

Global Brigades Ghana

Dr. Cornelius Normeshie

Dr. Cornelius Normeshie, is an alumnus of the University of Ghana Medical School. He joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2012 as a medical officer and subsequently became the medical program lead in charge of planning, assessing, implementing and monitoring all medical brigade activities.He has been committed to not only providing high medical care but passionate about promulgating public health measures including strengthening partnerships that will improve the health of populations in deprived communities.

Dr. Cornelius is an adaptable and responsible person with tremendous leadership skills having led the medical students association of Ghana in various capacities. He has also participated in several global health conferences across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Currently, he lives in Accra with his wife and daughter. He loves reading, watching soccer and playing chess.

William Offei

Economic Development Manager

Global Brigades Ghana

William Offei

William joined Global Brigades in the summer of 2011 as the lead for the Microfinance program.

Presently, Willy is the Economic Development Manager in Ghana and works with four community banks and four social Enterprises. With the new medical model currently running in Ghana, he also supports the Medical team with operations and logistics.

William received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics and received his MBA in Finance from the University of Cape Coast. Prior to joining Global Brigades, William worked as the branch processing officer of Barclays Bank Ghana.

William is married, has a son and lives in Takoradi. He loves reading and creating social entrepreneurs.

Robert McManus

Ghana Program Associate

Global Brigades USA

Robert McManus

Robert joined the Program Associates in Honduras in June of 2016. Robert found out about Global Brigades through participating as a group leader in a Microfinance Brigade in the community of El Jute in March of the same year. During his experience in Honduras the programming, staff interaction, and overall passion for development made it an easy decision to apply to join the Global Brigades family.

Prior to working with Global Brigades, Robert received a BA in Public Health from the College of Charleston. He also worked for Project Okurase based in Ghana focused on empowering communities through educational infrastructure. In December of 2016, Robert transitioned into the role of project manager of Ghana to reopen the program for volunteers. Robert is passionate about successful project implementation,empowering local communities members,and opening volunteers  minds to the developing world.

Germany Board of Directors

Ciara Baumgärtner

President

GB Germany e.V.

Ciara Baumgärtner

Ciara is studying International Economics and Development at the University of Bayreuth. She joined the Global Brigades BAyreuth University Group in 2014 and took over the role as Bayreuths chairperson.

In September 2015, she joined a Public Health Brigade in Nicaragua. In January she became part of the GB Germany Board as the Campus Chair representative .As of January 2017 she is the President of GB Germany.

Isabelle Plegge

Vice President

Medical Student, University of Münster

Isabelle Plegge

Isabelle Plegge is studying Medicine at the University of Münster. Global Brigades provided her a first insight into volunteering in developing countries.

Isabelle joined Global Brigades in 2013 and helped the University Chapter of Münster to establish. She took part in Münsters’s first Water and Public Health Brigade in Ghana and in the Münster’s Public Health Brigade in March 2015. After being Campus Chair Representative of the university groups in Germany in 2015, she got elected as Vice President for the following year.

Lisa Becker

Finance Manager

Masters Student, University of Münster

Lisa Becker

Lisa is responsible for the finances of Global Brigades Germany e. V. and in doing so oversees all treasury processes.

Lisa finished her Bachelor studies in Business Administration (B.Sc) in summer 2014. Since then, she is studying economics at Master degree, both at the University of Münster. There, she became a member of Global Brigades and joined the Public Health Brigade to Nicaragua in September 2015.

After she had managed the finances of Global Brigades Münster for half a year, she was elected as the finance manager of Global Brigades Germany e. V. in December 2015.

Cornelia Mesmer

Communication Manager

GB Germany e.V.

Cornelia Mesmer

Cornelia is the communication manager. Among other responsibilities, she is in charge of implementing GB’s corporate identity on a national level, creating German marketing materials as well as sending out the GBG e.V. newsletter.

Cornelia Mesmer completed the Bachelor degree program Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster and is now Environmental Sciences (MSc.) in Vienna, Austria. After school, Cornelia did a voluntary service in Costa Rica where she worked in the field of environment. She joined Global Brigades in fall 2014 and participated in a Public Health Brigade in March 2015. After being Vice President in 2015, she got elected as communication responsible of Global Brigades Germany e.V. for 2016.

Constanze Bauer

Campus Chair Representative

GB Germany e.V.

Constanze Bauer

Constanze is Campus Chair Representative. She is the link between the Board and the University Clubs.
Friends of her founded the University Club in Aachen, this way she got to know Global Brigades.

In 2016, she joined a Water-Public Health Brigade in Nicaragua. From then onward she wanted to get more involved!

In December 2016, Constanze became part of the Global Brigades Germany’s Board of Directors.

Canada Board of Directors

Chelan Darough

President

Customer Experience Specialist, Tesla

Chelan Darough

Chelan began her journey with Global Brigades in 2013 and has since participated in Business and Public Health brigades in Honduras. From the beginning, she was inspired by the empowerment and connection that Global Brigades communicates and implements through all its work. Since 2015, Chelan has been a Board member with the Canadian Board of Directors as a Director at Large, the Director of Communications, and now the President. She continues to stay involved with Global Brigades by also participating in Global Brigades conferences and summer programs.
Chelan graduated in June 2015 with a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in Marketing, from the University of Calgary. She is based out of Calgary, Alberta.
Mario Jones

Director of Finance

Research Assistant, Horizon Health Network

Mario Jones

Mario’s leadership in Global Brigades began in 2012 when he was appointed Travel Coordinator of the six chapters at Mount Allison University. During his tenure, Mario travelled to Honduras on three occasions taking part in Microfinance, Medical-Dental, and Architecture brigades most often as a translator. Alongside the remarkable Mount Allison executive team, Mario had strong involvement in hosting the 2014 Canada-Wide Exchange, engaging students and GB staff in critical discussion around international development in the context of the work of Global Brigades. In July 2014, Mario was voted in as the new Director of Finance for Global Brigades Canada and in August 2014 attended the Student Leadership Conference in Boston. Mario continues to develop initiatives and policies within GB Canada to empower Canadian students as well as support Global Brigades as a whole.

Mario holds a Bachelor of Science degree (biochemistry) from Mount Allison University.

Nadine Narain

Director of Education

Master's Candidate, Occupational Therapy

Nadine Narain

Nadine became involved with Global Brigades in 2013 when she participated in the first of her four brigades to Honduras. She co-founded the University of Toronto Global Brigades chapter and served as president as well as campus chairperson. She was strongly involved in hosting the first Central Canada Student Leadership Conference in 2016 that engaged attendees in critical reflection on international development, responsible volunteering and the contribution of Global Brigades. In the same year, she led an initiative to provide rehabilitation care to patients and contributed to the planning of the first Community Health Worker Conference in Honduras. She also helped to develop workbooks for Community Health Workers on rehabilitation care.
Nadine is inspired by the holistic approach that Global Brigades takes to collaboratively work with communities in becoming self-sufficient. In October 2016, Nadine was voted in as the new Director-at-Large for Global Brigades Canada. She is excited to use this position to empower Canadian volunteers while fostering collaboration to support the continuous success of Global Brigades both within Canada and worldwide.
Nadine holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in human biology and psychology and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto.
Erika Maxwell

Director of Communications

Graduate Student, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Erika Maxwell

Erika became involved with Global Brigades in 2012 at Mount Allison University. Throughout her time at Mount Allison, Erika participated in a Medical/Dental Brigade and a Public Health Brigade in Honduras. She also participated in a Global Health and Sustainability Institute in Nicaragua in 2015. Through her experiences with Global Brigades, she has come to believe in the organization’s mission and vision, specifically that equality of life can be improved through a holistic, collaborative, and sustainable approach to development work. In October 2016, Erika was voted in as the Director of Communications for Global Brigades Canada.

Erika holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mount Allison University and a Master of Science in Community Health from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Brett Holloway

Director of External Relations

Clinical Kinesiologist, Definitions Health and Wellness

Brett Holloway

Brett is a newly employed Clinical Kinesiologist with Definitions Health and Wellness and is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland where he pursued both a BSc of Kinesiology and a Masters of Public Health. Currently, his role as a Kinesiologist involves the development of rehabilitation exercise programs which aid in the prevention of further injury and the promotion of strengthened areas weakened as a result of the recovery process.

Additionally, Brett has been involved with Global Brigades since his third year at Memorial University of Newfoundland and has served on both Medical/Dental and Public Health Brigades to Honduras. After serving in leadership positions at the Memorial Chapter for 2 years, Brett is now serving his second term as Director of External Relations with the Canadian Board of Directors.

Brett hopes to combine his passions for Rural Medicine, Global Health and Exercise Science by pursuing an MD program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Kirsten Weagle

Director at Large

Medical Student, Dalhousie University

Kirsten Weagle

Kirsten first became involved with Global Brigades when she participated in Mount Allison University’s Medical/Dental Brigades in Honduras in 2012. She then served on the Mount Allison Chapter Executive in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she helped the Mount Allison team host the East Coast GB Exchange, and participated in the Student Leadership Conference in Boston. Kirsten is inspired by Global Brigades’ ‘holistic model’ and commitment to engaging in critical reflection of its international development work.  In August 2017, Kirsten was voted in as a Director at Large for Global Brigades Canada, and is looking forward to helping GB’s sustainable development movement grow across the country.

Kirsten holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mount Allison University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Health & Social Justice from King’s College London. She is currently studying Medicine at Dalhousie University.

Alysha Roberts

Director at Large

Medical Doctorate Student, Dalhousie University

Alysha Roberts

Alysha joined Global Brigades in the fall of 2012 as a volunteer with Medical Brigades at Acadia University. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she held roles on the Executive Board for Acadia as an Education Chair, Water Brigade President, and Campus Chairperson. In June 2016, Alysha joined the GB Nicaragua team as a Program Associate, where she prepared students for their brigades and developed program content for Medical Brigades to improve the student, physician, and patient experience. In her role as Director at Large, she hopes to continue fostering sustainable growth in Global Brigades Chapters across Canada.

Alysha holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specializing in Neuroscience, from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She is currently pursuing her Medical Doctorate at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.