Since graduating from Dartmouth College in 1992 I have focused my career on two areas of service: managing humanitarian programs in underdeveloped countries of the world and managing horse ranches in the American West. At times I have been fortunate to combine my desire to serve two of the world's most vulnerable populations in one job.
I began my career in humanitarian service while still a sophomore at Dartmouth College. I applied for and received a Tucker Fellowship from Dartmouth to work in Calcutta with Mother Teresa. I worked daily in her orphanages attending to the needs of severely malnourished and developmentally stunted children who were found abandoned on the streets of Calcutta. As I walked to the orphanage each day, I would pass hundreds of "untouchables" lining up for care in Dr. Jack Preger's leprosy clinic. I could not continue to pass by these desperate people without offering to help. I was trained by the Doctors to bandage lepers and dispense prescriptions and worked there happily every afternoon after my morning work at Mother Theresa's orphanage was completed.
Immediately after graduating from Dartmouth in 1993, I left for South Africa to join World Teach, a Harvard based program designed to teach English and work with youth using soccer as the medium. At that time, South Africa was still under apartheid and sports were the only way out of the townships. In this sports development project, I was working with Xhosa speaking children with very little English comprehension, often no shoes, and in a very politically unstable township. Chris Hani was assassinated during my stay and the townships erupted into riots and murders. World Teach pulled us out and canceled the project.
Not wanting to leave my work in Africa, I traveled to Kenya and found work with the Joint Voluntary Agency (US Refugee Resettlement Program). I worked in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea, Ghana, and Liberia. I was Casework Supervisor for the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Burundi) and Regional Coordinator for West Africa. I worked closely with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) flying in on their planes, and often working out of their bases in the refugee camps. In West Africa, however, I would sometimes need to set up temporary offices. I worked closely with UNHCR and IOM (International Organization for Migration) to process refugees, prepare cases which involved extensive interviews, arrange medical exams, and schedule final interviews with the US Immigration officers. In addition, I taught ESL immersion classes for refugees accepted for placement in the USA through the IOM. I also conducted HIV counseling for those medically excluded from the program based on positive HIV test results. I lived in remote, dangerous refugee camps where I often slept in tents with sandbags stacked around, so if shooting occurred in the night, I wouldn't be hit. I traveled in armed convoys to prevent kidnappings and theft of UN vehicles.
For the past seven years I have been the CAS coordinator (Creativity, Action and Service) at the Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona. The CAS program, the community service section of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, was informal and haphazard during its initial phase before I assumed the directorship. I utilized Managebac software to document students' reflections and work. I started a comprehensive menu of service opportunities by establishing food banks, humane society work, and mentoring programs.
I also serve as the Director of the Millennium Development Goals program at Verde Valley School. The humanitarian work of this program centers around the poorest of the poor on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona and the humble people of Kamangilira, Mangochi and Blantyre in Malawi, Africa.
Each year, the Hopi "Coats for Kids" project donates hundreds of new winter coats to the Hopi children who are about to struggle through the harsh winter without warm clothing. We also collect and donate food for the winter for over 150 Hopi Elders and their families.
We travel to Malawi, Africa every year to help build school buildings, tutor students, distribute mosquito nets to combat malaria, and train villagers in small animal husbandry practices to augment food supplies. In coordination with the Lions Club International we dispense 2900 pairs of free eyeglasses to vision-impaired Malawians.
Director of All Humanitarian and Community Service Programs. Director of the Equestrian Program.
Total management responsibility for all ranch activities and livestock.
Responsible for all livestock supervision and equestrian activities.
Duties included the collection of stallions and artificial insemination of brood mares, preparation of cooled semen for shipping, foaling and foal care.
Graduated with honors: Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Won the ICYRA Women's Nationals (Sailing) in 1992
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