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Executive Director: Jennifer Garmon
LMSW, Washington University

Senior Program & Operations Manager: Lauren West
B.A. International Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Program Manager: Shaina Holm
M.A., Conflict Transformation (Concentration in Youth Program Leadership), SIT Graduate Institute
B.A., Marketing (Certificate in International Business), Texas A&M University

Program Manager: Mariel Sanchez
M.A., Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
B.A., Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin

Program Staff

Program Coordinator: Abbie Drozek-Fitzwater
at Las Americas Newcomer School
B.A., English/Creative Writing & Classics/Latin, Ohio University

Program Coordinator: Krstina Roberts
at Jane Long Academy
B.A., International Studies, Southern Methodist University

Program Coordinator: Rasha Issa
at Paul Revere Middle School
B.A., English Literature, Damascus University

Program Assistant: Shifa Abuzaid
at Westbury and Wisdom High Schools
B.A., Political Science, University of Houston Honors College


AmeriCorps VISTA

Resource Developer: Bashir Bakhtiari
M.S., Criminal Justice, Florida International University
B.A., Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

Volunteer Coordinator: Michelle Jarest
B.S., Biology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs



President: Sayli Kulkarni
Technology Director
Xpediant Solutions

Vice President: Melany Vargas
Principal Consultant
Wood Mackenzie

Secretary: Ali Palacios Donnelly
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Palacios Murphy, LLC

Treasurer: Glen Lowenstein
Terrain Solutions Inc.

Mark Brasher
Vinson & Elkins LLP

Ahmed Abdulmajeed
MasterWord Services

Vinay Bachireddy
Partner at 34 Pine Capital
Chairman/CFO of HRO Resources

Meredith Steele Kottler 
The Kinkaid School

Giovanna Carollo Carter
Principal of the Duncan Family Office

Renee F. Stern
Cornerstone Consulting Group, Inc.

Christina Lagos Triantaphyllis
Chief Officer of Public Policy & Strategic Initiatives
Collaborative for Children

Lisa Hopkins
Senior Marketing Consultant
Stacy E. Burke P.C.



Shirin Herman
Academic Trainer
Houston Independent School District

Rajen Mahagaokar
Vice President
Riverstone Holdings LLC

Alex Triantaphyllis
Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Rakhee Bhattacharya-Das
Head of Strategic Intelligence and Innovation
Invesco Ltd.

Stephen Dictor
Energy Solutions Lead

Robert H. Etnyre, Jr. 
Royston Rayzor