Bud Philbrook, JD
St. Paul, MN
Bud directs the organization‘s internal and external business and is Chairman of the Board. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs, and a Juris Doctor (Law). He has served as Deputy Undersecretary for USDA, as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a government affairs consultant for Rural Ventures Corporation, and was in private law practice for 12 years. Bud has led dozens of Global Volunteers teams over 30 years.
St. Paul, MN
Michele manages the organization‘s marketing strategy and external messages. She earned a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies/International Communications and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Before joining the staff in 1990, she worked as a public relations consultant, and held communications manager positions at various departments in Minnesota State Government, and in non-profit organizations. Michele also has led over 50 Global Volunteers teams.
Sam Hanson, JD
Sam is a shareholder in the firm of Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, and a member of the firm‘s board of directors. After serving on the Minnesota Court of Appeals for two years and the Minnesota Supreme Court for five years, he rejoined Briggs™ Business Litigation Section and Energy Law Group, and is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. He is a former litigation section head and firm president. Sam practices principally in the areas of arbitration and mediation, complex civil litigation, appellate law and public utility regulation.
Hilton Head Island, SC
Sue consults with corporations, governments and non-profits in participatory approaches to organization development, operational planning, transition management, management development and organization analysis. She earned a Bachelor‘s Degree in Business Administration and an Masters in Organization Development at Pepperdine University. Sue is a founding member of Minnesota Worldwide Women, Minnesota Facilitator’s Network (MFN), International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and MSOD Alumni Network. Sue has been a volunteer or team leader on more than a dozen Global Volunteers programs.
Elk River, MN
Todd is President of International Business Development Company, an import-export firm, and writes for Rossiske Vesti, a Russian political newspaper and offers commentary for Rusya-Al Youm, the Russian Arabic Television channel for the Middle East. He has taught urban affairs, political science, international relations, political philosophy, political campaign management, leadership, organizational development and public administration and sociology at the university level, and has lectured at universities in Russia, China, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Todd has led and participated on Global Volunteers Service Programs in Jamaica and the USA.
Katie E. Ohotto
Katie earned a Bachelor’s of Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Minnesota and has spent the last fifteen years working at General Mills in multiple assignments both domestically and internationally with field assignments in Brazil, Switzerland, and Canada. Katie has been a passionate supporter of Global Volunteers for many years: a seven time program participant (including India, Ghana, Peru and Poland and the USA), an advisory board member for the St. Lucia Project, a co-chair of the 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration, a FOX News Global Volunteer of the Month, and the President of the first Minnesota Encore Team. Additionally, Katie has volunteer experiences in Morocco and Russia. To maintain her well-being, Katie regularly practices yoga and teaches courses as a certified instructor at Bikram Yoga College of India in Minneapolis.
Los Angeles, CA
Keith is an attorney currently working as a part-time Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Santa Monica, California. He retired in 2010 from full-time work with the City after 25 years with it’s Rent Control Board. He received a Bachelor’s degree in political science at SUNY College at Buffalo and completed law school in Fullerton, California. Keith began his association with Global Volunteers in 1998 as a volunteer on a team in Puglia, Italy. Since then he has participated in 15 other Global Volunteer programs all over the world, most of them with his partner of 25 years, Timothy Cunniff.
Brooklyn Park, MN
Dean is a retired secondary school administrator of 35 years who received his Bachelor‘s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Minneosta, and his Education Special Degree from the University of St. Thomas. He is an avid community volunteer through his church, a local low income housing organization and in the community mediation program. Dean has traveled to over 50 countries, served in the Peace Corps (65-67), and served on four Global Volunteer Programs with his wife, Carol, of 49 years.
Bill is a former CEO of Fallon Worldwide, one of the world‘s most respected advertising agencies, and is currently CEO of No Fences Brand Consulting where he works with agencies and clients on brand-building projects. After investigating Global Volunteers’ worldwide work, Bill offered to help expand our global reach. He presented the concept of The St. Lucia Project to the Board in 2010, and has managed online marketing strategies introducing this ambitous program broadly to the global public. He participated on the initial St. Lucia Project exploration trip in 2011, and continues advising staff on volunteer outreach and engagement for St. Lucia.
Dr. Carol Conzelman
Carol is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she is the Associate Director for the Global Studies Academic Program and Faculty-in-Residence for the Sustainability and Social Innovation Academic Program. She conducts ethnographic research and directs a summer Study Abroad program in the Yungas of Bolivia, and teaches courses on Latin America, globalization, democracy, development, drug policy, immigration, and community engagement. Carol first volunteered with Global Volunteers in Costa Rica in 1994, and she completed her first Volunteer Team Leader Training the next year in McAllen, TX. She has been a Volunteer Team Leader since 1995 in Jamaica, Ecuador, Italy, Tanzania, Ireland, and Cuba.
Cottage Grove, MN
Ron served on the Global Volunteers board first in the 1990s, completed Global Volunteers Team Leader Training, and has led teams to Russia, Ukraine and St Lucia. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, with a Masters Degree in public administration from Harvard University. He served in the submarine force, in several national security positions, as a Congressional staff officer, a transportation policy officer in the Carter and Reagan administrations, and vice president at Burlington Northern Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
Denise is a Marketing Director at CEB, a best practice insight and technology company. Denise’s professional background includes over 20 years of high-tech marketing experience, including positions at Red Hat, Adobe and AOL. Her roles have been focused around lead generation and new product launches for software, hardware, and mobile games. In addition, she worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer at AOL, before returning to marketing. Denise has been a supporter of Global Volunteers for many years, joining the Cook Islands Program in 2005, and St. Lucia in 2015. Denise served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra 2011-2014, and volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity.
Palm Springs, CA
Joe has over 30 years of senior healthcare experience as a Psychologist and in executive administration. He most recently has worked for Tenet Healthcare in both Corporate Compliance and Education. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Masters and PH.D in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in pediatric psychology, from the University of Kansas. Joe’s international volunteer work with Global Volunteers and Habitat for Humanity has taken him to Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Ghana, Malawi, Mongolia, Romania, Senegal and Tanzania.
Dorota manages operations and preparations for service programs led by our Country Managers worldwide. For five years, Dorota volunteered as an an interpreter for Global Volunteers‘ Poland teams. In 2000, she joined the staff full-time as Poland Country Manager, and in 2007, was promoted to Associate Director of Operations. She was promoted to her current position in 2011 and continues to lead teams to Poland as well as to other countries as needed. She has a Master’s Degree in English language linguistics and a degree in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Dorota was named Staff Person of the Year in 2001 and 2004, and Staff Person of the Decade in 2010.
Hu Di oversees operations and preparations for service programs in St. Lucia, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Vietnam and the U.S.A. She also manages our relationships with educational institutions. Born and raised in Xi‘an, China, Hu Di first served Global Volunteers as a volunteer English translator in 2004. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as Assistant China Country Manager and was promoted to China Country Manager and Associate Director of International Operations for Africa and Asia Pacific. She was named Staff Person of the Month in February 2007, and later that year, presented with the Staff Person of the Year award. She led over 50 teams of volunteers until 2009, when she moved to Washington, D.C. to earn a Master’s Degree in International Development Management. Before re-joining our staff in 2013, Hu Di worked for two years at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Andrew manages operations, program logistics, host communications, team formation and volunteer information for service programs in St. Lucia, Cuba, Italy, Portugal and the United States, coordinates Global Volunteer’s Earth Box support worldwide, and leads volunteer teams when needed. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Communications from the University of Minnesota, and has served in Cuba, St. Lucia, China, Jamaica, Poland, Mississippi, West Virginia, and the Blackfeet and Crow Indian Reservations in Montana with Global Volunteers.
Alli manages all details for each volunteer’s pre-departure preparation, and administers the reporting and evaluation process after each service program. Alli earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan-Ann Harbor and a Master’s Degree in International Development Practice from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She volunteered in Brazil and Nepal before joining Global Volunteers, and served at Cornercopia Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota, where she was responsible for promoting awareness and experience around urban, organic agriculture.
Since 1994, Julie has responded to prospective and Encore volunteer requests, questions and recommendations, and monitored service program developments. She shares her extensive history with Global Volunteers through recommendations on strategic direction and volunteer relations. Julie has a Bachelor‘s Degree in Media Communications and Marketing, and has worked in specialized reporting, writing, event coordination and public relations positions. She’s served on 18 service programs worldwide, and was named Staff Person of the Year in 2010.
Diane manages all aspects of the daily activities of and motivates Global Volunteers’ outstanding team of volunteer coordinators. Before joining the staff in 1997, she held executive and management positions in the resort and hospitality industries in Florida and Mississippi. Diane has led 14 teams to Tanzania, India, Vietnam, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Montana, Ghana, South Africa, Greece and Brazil.
Michelle counsels volunteers to select service programs that match their skills and interests. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing and International Business and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin. She studied in Spain and Mexico, and has travelled widely in Europe and Latin America. She has led Global Volunteers teams in Ecuador, St. Lucia and also led a Cuba NOW! People-to-People group. She lives and works in Argentina.
Cynthia counsels volunteers to select service programs which match their skills and interest. Before joining Global Volunteers, Cynthia worked as a language learning consultant and a sales manager at various retail outlets. As a playwright from Twin Cities area, her work has been performed through out the Midwest and she continues to teach seminars in historical playwriting. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota and has traveled to Southern France, England, Wales and the Caribbean.
Vicki counsels volunteers to select service programs which match their skills and interest. Before joining Global Volunteers, Vicki worked in wholesale and retail sales and was a gourmet food broker for almost 30 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Resources and Consumer Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has traveled worldwide: to countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America.
Heidi offers assistance to prospective volunteers in selecting service programs that best match their skill-sets and special interests. Before joining Global Volunteers, Heidi worked in sales, marketing, and relationship management for a not-for-profit in the health and safety education arena. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of North Dakota.
Patty works with Encore! volunteers on outreach and awareness building for Global Volunteers. She supports volunteers‘ service program presentations, special events, participation at travel and educational fairs, and other promotions. Patty has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, a professional background in real estate sales and marketing, and has been a volunteer and board member for local non-profit organizations.
Dana engages Global Volunteers’ Encore volunteers in social media, personal presentations, special projects, and helps develop visual content strategies and video campaigns for online marketing. With a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and nutrition, and fluency in Spanish and Swahili, Dana is well-versed in inter-cultural affairs. She loves international travel and learning, and has served with Global Volunteers in Chennai, India.
Rachel manages our accounting processes, works with our auditor, and ensures that program budgets and expenses are properly recorded. Rachel worked in cash and accrual accounting in the private sector before joining Global Volunteers. She has both an MBA in accounting and a Master’s Degree in accounting and financial management. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington.
Sherry responds to incoming communications, processes applications and requests for information, manages office logistics and building maintenance, and assists with projects in the accounting and volunteer preparation functions. With more than 20 years of human resources, payroll, accounting and general administrative experience with Boston Health Care Systems, the National Marrow Donor Program/BeTheMatch and on the Maplewood City Council, Sherry is uniquely qualified to oversee the needs of staff in our busy home office!
Adam is responsible for web development and management, media design, and in-house video production. Adam also serves as on-site IT systems support for our local offices. Adam has spent over a decade working in technical support and systems management in the print media world. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 2006, he began to become more involved with web and visual media, focusing primarily in web development.
Linda develops outreach strategies to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and manages the in-country activities for LGBT groups on our service programs. Linda started her Global Volunteers career as a volunteer in Vietnam, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Mississippi. She later became the first Country Manager in China. Following her role in China, Linda became the Director of New Program Development, and helped start programs in the Cook Islands, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Romania. Linda has lead over 30 teams for Global Volunteers and has traveled to 40 countries around the world.
Kevin works on specialized information system projects as they come up. He earned a Bachelor of Physics with Distinction at the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. The majority of his career has been in software development, primarily in operating systems and in backup and computer storage utility programs.
Jake oversees the development, expansion and maintenance of our corporate database, and responds to technology needs across Global Volunteers‘ staff locations worldwide. Focusing on network functions and security, Jake is responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operation of Global Volunteer’s vital information systems and upgrading staff IT equipment. Jake is finishing a degree in Business, and has served on Global Volunteers teams in Costa Rica, China, Jamaica and Russia.
Bao Li Wang
"Bao Li" completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at Northwestern University of Political Science & Law in Xi’an in July 2001. She was a local Chinese volunteer with our program and was hired by the Sino American Society as its representative in July 2001. She has worked with every team of volunteers since that time. In May 2005, Bao Li was hired as the Assistant China Country Manager, and was promoted to Country Manager in 2009.
James is a New Zealand-born Cook Islander, and leads Global Volunteers service programs year around. He has worked at both elementary and high school levels as a Physical Education teacher and teacher of Maori. He has also contracted to the New Zealand Ministry of Education to develop Maori resources, and as a Pacific Island Education Advisor.
Debi was born and raised in New Zealand and moved to the Cook Islands with her family in 2002 so their children would be exposed to their Cook Islands heritage. Before joining Global Volunteers staff, she worked for the Cook Islands Ministry of Education as the Health and Physical Well-being curriculum developer. She is a health and physical education lecturer for the University of Waikato, and is currently completing her doctorate on youth sexuality.
Nia Salas brings a host of knowledge and skills in international development, volunteer program management, communication, and marketing from her experience of working in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Caribbean, Perú, USA, and Canada over the past ten years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Business and Communication. Nia is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is also fluent in French and currently studying Portuguese. Previously she worked for Global Volunteers as Costa Rica Country Manager from 2007 to 2012. During her tenure, she maintained high program evaluation scores and demonstrated her strong dedication to our work in Costa Rica and around the globe. She also stepped in when needed to support the marketing department. To those of us who have worked with Nia before, she is known to be professional, intelligent, efficient, dedicated, warm and passionate. Nia traveled to Cuba in 2009-2011 on exploratory visits that led to the start of the People-to-People program in Cuba.
Maggie manages our service programs in Calderón, Ecuador and in Monteverde, Costa Rica. She also manages our service program blogs. Maggie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota, for which she studied development in Costa Rica and Ecuador. A native of Minnesota, Maggie has resided in Quito, Ecuador since her college years. Before joining the Global Volunteers staff, Maggie worked as an English teacher and translator in Ecuador.
Samantha was born and brought up in the south of England and graduated from a London school of performing arts with honors.She spent 10 years traveling the world with various dance groups. Her last group took her to Crete in Greece, where she met her husband of 16 years. They now have five children. Samantha volunteers to help mentally and physically handicapped children in her hometown.
Stephen Raja Chinnappan
Stephen was born and raised in Bangalore, and now lives near Chennai in the suburb of Porur. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in commerce, and before becoming Country Manager, he served as our on-site consultant in India for almost a year. Stephen owns a tour business in Chennai, which he runs when teams are not on-site.
When Sheeba married India Country Manager Stephen Raja Chinnappan, Global Volunteers gained a nurturing and intelligent cultural consultant. Like a "first lady" to an American president, Sheeba cheerfully took on many coordination tasks and made our volunteers feel at home in Chennai. In 2008, we formally hired her as our Program Assistant. Sheeba has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and a nursing diploma.
Barnabas ensures the safety and comfort of Global Volunteers‘ teams at our guest house in Chennai, India. Before joining the India staff in 2004, Barnabas worked as a security guard at Ramachandra hospital in Chennai. As is customary in his country, he uses his father’s name, not his formal name, as his common name.
Rani prepares nutritious and flavorful traditional meals for volunteers at Global Volunteers’ guest house in Chennai. After lovingly cooking for her family of origin, and later her husband and children for over 30 years, in 2003, at the time she was widowed, Rani accepted a staff position with Global Volunteers.
Daniel has lived most of his life in Peru, but also spent significant time in the US. He earned his BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College in New York and worked as an intern at the US House of Representatives in Washington DC. He has managed many groups and individuals in a variety of settings and has engaged volunteers on community development projects. He’s deeply committed to the development process. Before joining Global Volunteers, Daniel was a professor at Universidad SEL in Lima.
Maru is an International Affairs Major from the American University of Paris, France. She has lived in eight different countries and speaks four languages. She is half Peruvian and half Venezuelan. She completed her internships with UN Geneva and the UN Refugee Agency. Prior to joining Global Volunteers, she worked for more than 10 years as an ESL teacher. Her biggest passion is helping others and taking care of her 10 y/o daughter.
Mihaela began working for Global Volunteers as a consultant in 1989. In 2000, she joined the staff full-time as the Romania country manager. A former teacher, Mihaela earned her degree in Bucharest, studying Romanian and world literature. A native Romanian, Mihaela and Dan married in 2004, and work together while raising their daughter, Dahlia. She was named Staff Person of the Year in 2006.
Barladian by birth, Dan grew up in the same city and went to school there. He assists Mihaela with her photography and Internet needs, and with the children at the Tutova Clinic. Dan worked as a metrologist for 17 years at the Ballbearing factory in Barlad, one of the fewest of the kind in Romania, and of the biggest in Eastern Europe. He is currently studying to become a social worker.
Constanta (Coca) Ghincenau joined Global Volunteers in 2007 to provide continuity of care for the children we serve. She has lived all her life in Tutova, near Barlad. Coca nurtures the special needs children at Barlad‘s municipal hospital in between service programs and works with volunteers throughout the year. An exemplary caregiver, she’s always patient, smiling and kind - loving the children like her own.
Chemida handles the day-to-day logistics and volunteer management of The St. Lucia Project. Formerly teacher and acting principal at Anse la Raye Primary School, Chemida has lent support to volunteer teams since Global Volunteers’ partnership in Anse la Raye began in 2012. Born and raised in St. Lucia, Chemida has dedicated over 20 years to educating the children of Anse la Raye. She received her associate degree in Teacher Education and Education Administration from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia. In 2011, she graduated magna cum laude from New York City College of Technology, with a Bachelor’s degree in Teachers Technology Education.
Lucy Girard is the Director Reaching Children‘s Potential (RCP). Lucy was born and grew up in St. Lucia. Lucy started working with children and families since the inception of the original Roving Caregivers Program in St. Lucia in 2004. She received professional training in early childhood development throughout the years. In her director position, Lucy oversees the RCP program and work with four caregivers to manage home visits, monthly parents meetings, Parents Meet Parents (PMP), Parent’s Cooperative and the EarthBoxes Project. She is also responsible for reporting and program evaluation.
Abna (Roselia) Stephen
Abna is a mother and RCP Caregiver in Anse la Raye, St. Lucia. She‘s earned a certificate from the University of the West Indies for completing their Early Childhood Education course. In 2006, she completed training in the international Roving Caregivers Program, and began working for that program in 2007. In the previous five years, she worked for Kids’ Step Early Childhood Development Center in Anse la Raye. She joined Global Volunteers’ staff in 2012.
Danielle is a mother and RCP Caregiver in Anse la Raye, St. Lucia. She‘s an advocate with the Anse la Raye Anti-Domestic Violence and Advocacy Group, and is currently earning her Early Childhood Development certificate from the University of the West Indies. She worked for the international Roving Caregivers Program for 8 years before joining Global Volunteers’ staff in 2012.
Schinell is a mother and RCP Caregiver in Anse la Raye, St. Lucia. She earned a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the University of the West Indies, and worked for 9 years at Kids‘ Step Early Childhood Development Center and the Paddinton Fun House. She worked for the international Roving Caregivers Program for 8 years before joining Global Volunteers’ staff in 2012. She’s the secretary for the board of the Foundations Sports and Cultural Club, and a floor representative for the Anse-La-Raye Youth and Sports Council.
Shana is a mother and RCP Caregiver in Anse la Raye, St. Lucia. In 2006, she completed training in the international Roving Caregivers Program, and began working for that program in 2007. She‘s studied Early Childhood Education at the National Research and Development Foundation (N.R.D.F), and hopes to complete that course in 2016. She’s also studied Mathematics at the post-secondary level. She joined Global Volunteers’ staff in 2012.
Zarana Noeline Augustin
Zarana Noeline Augustin is an RCP mother, and helps coordinate our St. Lucia Earthbox Program. She trains mothers in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program how to plant, harvest and maintain earthbox household gardens. Tessa routinely monitors the earthboxes’ produce, and collaborates with RCP families on improvements and upgrades. She also coaches the Anse la Raye under-17 girls’ netball team.
Natasha (Tessa) Donovon
Natasha (Tessa) Donovon is an RCP mother, and helps coordinate our St. Lucia Earthbox Program. She trains mothers in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program how to plant, harvest and maintain earthbox household gardens. Tessa routinely monitors the earthboxes’ produce, and collaborates with RCP families on improvements and upgrades. She previously worked in hotel housekeeping.
Born and educated in the UK, Sue moved to St. Lucia in 2005, marrying her St. Lucian husband in 2010. She‘s part of the local community, serves as President of the local Vendors and Water Taxi association, and is well-known for her charity work in the local community. She previously managed the lodging we now lease as our "home base," and oversees the facilities and staff, ensuring volunteers’ safety and comfort, and introducing them to the St. Lucian culture.
Before becoming Global Volunteers‘ country manager, Edward served for 21 years as master and department head at Pommern Secondary School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Kenya Highlands Evangelical College and a diploma from Marangu Teachers College before he began his teaching career. He studied English and teaching methodologies in Leeds, Britain and completed Mafinga National Service Camp in 1984.
Before joining our staff, Mohamed was a guide at the State Travel Service, a park ranger at Ngorogoro Conservation Authority Area and a conservation education specialist. In 1996, he was hired as a driver for Global Volunteers teams, and became a program assistant in 2009. He completed training in Minnesota in 2009.
James safely transports Global Volunteers teams from the Dar es Salaam airport through Iringa and on to our host villages in Global Volunteers‘ four-wheel drive vehicles. He’s a trained "Class E" driver for Pomerini Secondary School, and joined our staff as a driver in 1997.
Mama Tony (Nesia Tengelakwi)
As a lifelong resident of Pommern, Mama Tony has known Global Volunteers since we began working in the village in 1986. She was hired in 1992 as Cook and Housekeeper of the Global Volunteers guest house, and delights volunteers with her healthy, traditional meals. As is the custom in Tanzania, Mama Tony takes her name after the youngest of her sons, which is how she’s fondly known by all.
Lindsey first served in 2005 on Global Volunteers‘ Peru Service Program while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of New Mexico. After "instantly falling in love with her experience and Global Volunteers," she completed team leader training in 2006, and led her first team to Pelican Rapids, MN in 2007. She currently resides in Chicago, IL where she continues her growth in service working for an early childhood education non-profit organization.
Pam first served on Global Volunteer’s Turkey Program in 1997, and followed the next year in China. She completed Global Volunteers Team Leader Training, and began leading teams in 2000. She has lead just under 50 teams to nearly all our partner communities. Pam earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work, and has been in private practice doing long-term psychotherapy for more than 40 years. She has served on boards for abused children, counseled patients with HIV, and participated in early research on death and dying. With all this, she says her " best job in the whole world is being a grandmother to my five grandchildren...ages 5 to 16."
Barb DeGroot worked for ten years as media relations manager for Global Volunteers and led teams in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Italy, South Africa, Vietnam and the United States. She has also served on Global Volunteers program in Greece, Poland, Romania and China. A native Minnesotan, she received a Bachelor‘s Degree in Latin American Area Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in strategic communications. She currently is a Public Relations Specialist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Gail first participated on a Global Volunteers Tanzania Service Program in 1990. "I was doing contract work at that time," she recalled. "I wanted to do something meaninful, and that program exceeded my expectations. She served on a Poland Service Program, completed Global Volunteers Team Leader Training, and has led more than 15 teams to Poland, India, Greece, Tanzania, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Montana, Hawaii and Oklahoma. Gail is a marketing and capital consultant and a Realtor in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Dr. Carol Conzelman
After serving with Global Volunteers for the first time in Costa Rica in 1994, Carol was so impressed with the Philosophy of Service that she completed Team Leader Training the next summer. Since then, she has lead volunteer teams on service programs in Jamaica, Italy, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Ireland and Cuba. She also serves on the Global Volunteers Board of Directors. Carol teaches cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, serves as the Associate Director of the Global Studies Academic Program, and brings students to Bolivia each summer for a Study Abroad course.
Kristina Herman Hill
Kristina was a volunteer coordinator with Global Volunteers from 2002 to 2008. She was fortunate to participate on service programs in Minnesota, Ghana, Hungary, China, Poland, and Tanzania, and has led teams in Quito, Ecuador in 2010 and 2011, and a Cuba Now! program in 2013. Having taught English on many of these programs, she discovered a love of teaching, which led to her decision to pursue a new career as an English as a Second Language teacher. Kristina says she now has the “best of both worlds” because having her summers off as a teacher allows her to serve as a Volunteer Team Leader.
Amy‘s first service program in Malungeni, South Africa cemented her commitment to Global Volunteers: "To have a front row seat in the life of the people of Malungeni was a priviledge! How else would you, in the first few hours in South Africa, be sitting in someone’s house, sharing a cold beverage with a family that was so pleased to see you that they couldn‘t stop smiling, or talking about their country!" Since then, she’s completed team leader training and led a team to Costa Rica in 2012. Amy was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She owns two restaurants and works as a business consultant for a local non-profit - teaching business skills to entrepreneurs. She underwrites microloans and works alongside her clients to help ensure their success.
Michelle first participated on a Global Volunteers Portugal Service program in 2009. Since then she has volunteered in South Africa, Italy, and St. Lucia, and completed Team Leader training in 2012. Michelle has been self-employed for 21 years as a Licensed Massage Practitioner. She has served as a Massage Board member for the Washington State Department of Health and was a Site Review Team Leader for COMTA (Commissions on Massage Therapy Accreditation). She currently resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Cindy first participated on a Global Volunteers service program in Mississippi, USA in 1997. She subsequently completed Global Volunteers’ Team Leader Training, and has led teams in South Florida, West Virginia, Minnesota, Montana, Costa Rica, and Poland. She was born in upstate New York, raised in Minnesota, schooled in Wisconsin, and now resides and works in Orlando, Florida. Cindy holds a Dual Masters’ Degree in Human Resources and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Drama.
A native Texan, Ann first participated on Global Volunteers‘ teams in Greece and Spain in 1999. Thereafter, she completed Global Volunteers’ Team Leader Training, and served as our country manager and team leader in China in 2000, and in Mexico in 2005-2006 and has also led teams in Peru, Costa Rica, the Cook Islands, Greece, Italy, Australia and the United States. Now retired after 32 years as a corporate public relations professional, she is feeding her passion for learning about cultures around the world, including in the U.S.
Patty first participated on a Global Volunteers team in Ghana in 2008 and loved her experience so much that she returned to Ghana with her son in 2010. Later that same year, Patty completed Global Volunteers Team Leader Training and offered her coaching services to country managers. Patty leads McCartan Consulting and is a certified business coach with extensive global human resources executive experience. She has a number of professional certifications, serves on not-for-profit boards and is a graduate of Stonehill College, North Easton, MA.
Kathy Mace Skinner
Kathy first joined a Global Volunteers service program in Vietnam in 1995, and completed team leader training in Mississippi shortly thereafter. This, and a serious interest in developing cultures solidified her commitment to peace building through Global Volunteers. She has since lead over 20 teams worldwide, and has participated internationally with Rotary International. Kathy’s career has spanned positions as a teacher, mediator, lawyer and magistrate – the latter from which she recently retired. She divides her time living on an acreage in Iowa and a beach house in Mexico.
Sue participated on her first Global Volunteers program in 1989 to Guatemala and completed Team Leader Training in 1994. Sue has led teams to Mexico, Costa Rica, Mississippi, India, and Ireland, and served on 13 others programs. She has a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts, a Degree in Travel Planning, and an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. Sue has worked in the hospitality, tourism and health care industries.
As a former staff member, Jim led over 50 teams to nine host countries during his 12-year career at Global Volunteers. He served 3 1/2 years as our China Country Manager, and as a volunteer team leader to the Cook Islands, Poland, and Vietnam, and also joined teams in India, Minnesota, Texas and Mississippi. Jim had a career in human and economic development, working in both public and private organizations. He has managed a Subcommittee for the US Congress, and recently helped lead efforts to expand U.S. federal support for international volunteer service. He currently works in Washington D.C. for Congressman Nick Nolan.
Joe first joined a Global Volunteers service program to Guatemala in 1991. He completed Global Volunteers Team Leader Training in 1993, and has since led more than 50 teams worldwide. Joe earned an MBA and built a highly successful ground water and water purification business. He sold the company and now serves as General Manager so he can spend more time with two beautiful grandchildren, volunteer as an ESL tutor, and continue as a “big brother” to the same “little brother” he’s had for 20 years with "Big Brothers, Big Sisters."
Phyllis learned about Global Volunteers on the NBC Today Show in 2003, and immediately became entranced with our English teaching program in southern rural Italy. She volunteered that same year, and soon after completed Global Volunteers‘ Team Leader Training. She has since led 15 teams to Italy as well as to China, Costa Rica, Montana, Portugal, and South Africa. Phyllis holds a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education, and is a certified health professional, practicing for over 25 years in radiation oncology. She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, William. Her favorite place to visit is Italy!
Judy first joined a Global Volunteers service program to Jamaica in 1995 and "caught the volunteer vacation bug." She completed our extensive Team Leader Training in Minnesota in 1997, and has since led volunteers on service programs in Texas, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and the Cook Islands. She lives in Vermont - where she works with Discovery Map International.
Warren served on the Global Volunteers board, completed Global Volunteers Team Leader Training, and has led more than 70 teams on service programs in nearly all of Global Volunteers‘ partner communities. He retired as a senior Colonel in the U.S. Army after more than 30 years of service; with two years as a combat leader in Vietnam; eleven years as a negotiator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); and as Chief of Joint Strategy, Forces Command in Operation Desert Storm. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education, is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and NATO School, and is fluent in Greek, Vietnamese and Italian.