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Our Team

Working at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship, international education and global development, Global Citizen Year has built a team of inspiring, mission-driven professionals. Together our dedicated staff, board, and advisory council are unleashing the potential of the next generation of global leaders and laying the foundation for the broader bridge year movement.

Abby Falik - Founder & CEO

Abigail Falik is the founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, and an award-winning social entrepreneur.
Falik is driven by the conviction that talent is universal, but opportunity is not.
Prior to founding Global Citizen Year, Falik applied her entrepreneurial instincts to innovative educational initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. She was an early team member at College Track, an organization focused on ensuring college success for low-income students, as well as a strategic advisor to Room to Read, an organization that helps build literacy skills in Africa and Asia. During her tenure at NetAid (later acquired by Mercy Corps), she designed and launched a flagship initiative to engage U.S. high school students in the fight to end global poverty.
A recognized expert on social innovation and the changing landscape of education, Falik has been featured in Forbes, NPR, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In 2016, Fast Company named her one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, and for her achievements as a social entrepreneur, she has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, a MindTrust Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur. She currently serves on the advisory boards of World Learning, Teach for All and the Harvard Business School.
She received a B.A. in international relations and an M.A. in international comparative education from Stanford University. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Abby Falik - Founder & CEO

Anand Sadana - Team Leader, India

After high school Anand studied Nautical Science at Training Ship Rahaman. Soon after his course he realized that his real passion lay with working with people and not machines. Since then he has spent a lot of time traveling around India working with various organizations to gain experience and deeper insight into the kind of work he really wanted to do with people. His realization is that he is most interested in helping people become more conscious of themselves and the world we are in. He was part of a team called Initiatives of Change For Life (IFL) which was started by Initiatives of Change, India to address the increasing need for Ethical and Conscious Living. Anand has immense facilitation experience working with communities and schools around India. He believes that whatever he has learned in his life is from the people he has met at different stages of his life who have been his source of learning and expanding himself for this world and life. What he is really passionate about are Humans and he strongly believes that all we need is to come back to our own selves in order to come together for this world. Anand is also a keen cyclist and footballer.

Anand Sadana - Team Leader, India

Aparna Kothary - Manager, Admissions

As Admissions Manager, Aparna leads the application, selection, and on-boarding process for Global Citizen Year.

Aparna has worked in the non-profit sector for over six years and has contributed to organizations such as Atlas Corps, Semester at Sea, and South Asian Americans Leading Together. (SAALT) She has worked on program development, operations, and has a passion for helping organizations implement technological solutions that will allow them to be more effective.

Aparna holds a B.S. in International Business and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management from the University of Maryland.

Favorite quote?

Ubuntu – “A person is a person through other persons.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Aparna Kothary - Manager, Admissions

Archana Rao - Country Director, India

Archana Rao has spent over 8 years at Faber and Faber, UK creating and building markets for multiple publishing houses in 27 countries in the Middle East and Far East. For the last two and half years, Archana has been doing grassroots development work in India at Grampari, the rural and ecology centre of Initiatives of Change, India. She led a water management project, working to provide clean drinking water as well as facilitating responsible water usage in local communities. Alongside this role, Archana has been working closely with several diverse groups of young, international interns and scholars, creating programs that facilitate their journeys in finding ways through which they can make authentic social impact through personal change.

Archana has an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK and a BA in Economics from Ithaca College, NY, USA. She is addicted to books.

Archana Rao - Country Director, India

Barker Carlock - Alumnus, Global Citizen Year

Barker Carlock is an engineer, artist, and strategist that holds a strong interest in social impact ventures and global development as they relate to the energy sector. He believes in the importance of book matching purpose-driven intent with quantitive appraisal.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, he was a Global Citizen Year fellow in Senegal from 2012-2013. Barker is a recent graduate from Lafayette College where he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Honors. Through his time there, he interned with companies like ExxonMobil and Tesla Motors as well as gleaned an array of non-profit, start-up, and academic research experience. In his last year in school, Barker worked with some of his peers to start a bioplastics company—Gel Labs. Today, Barker is living in Oakland and working in the technology space before he continues further into his career.

Barker Carlock - Alumnus, Global Citizen Year

Belisa Rathunde - Risk Management Coordinator, Brazil

As the Risk Management Coordinator in Brazil, Belisa Rathunde manages and fosters local partnerships, performs daily administrative tasks, and provides support and guidance to her cohort of Fellows. Belisa’s background in Psychology and Pedagogy, as well as her extensive experience working in social and environmental projects throughout American countries, affords her a comprehensive mentorship towards fellows’ challenges of encountering diverse cultural, familiar and apprenticeship environments.

Belisa was born and raised in Brazil. Her passion for different cultures led her to her first experience abroad at the age of 16; a one-year stay as an exchange student in the US. After college, she spent nearly 4 years living and working as a volunteer in 10 countries in South and North America. Her work was focused on fostering community development, education, sustainability, and leadership empowerment in organizations including the Frontiers Foundation (amidst Northern Canada Indians), the Permaculture Institute (Brazilian Amazon), Ecovillages in Colombia, and Waldorf schools in Ecuador. Upon returning to her home city, Belisa sought to bridge the skills she acquired abroad with local challenges by working as a teacher and coach in poverty-stricken communities.

Belisa holds a BA in Psychology from the Tuiuti University of Paranga.

Favorite Quote?

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Belisa Rathunde - Risk Management Coordinator, Brazil

Belkis Goulart - Team Leader, Brazil

As a Team Leader, Belkis is responsible for supporting Fellows throughout their bridge year in Brazil. Belkis leads and coaches a cohort of Fellows, manages local homestays and partners, and supports leadership training development.

Ever since childhood, Belkis has had an appreciation for cross-cultural interactions and environments. Belkis was born and raised in Brazil. She studied Graphic Design and has been involved with arts her whole life. After living in the U.S. for two years, she became an English teacher in Brazil and moved on to coordinate one of the biggest English schools in country.

Belkis holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná.

Favorite Quote?

“The essence of all Beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Belkis Goulart - Team Leader, Brazil

Brittany Collins-Rogers - Office Manager/ Bookkeeper

As Office Manager/ Bookkeeper Brittany is responsible for maintaining the Oakland office environment, staff on boarding, providing HR support and performing all bookkeeping tasks.

In high school Brittany worked with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) where she traveled to Ghana, West Africa, collaborated with local scientists and installed solar panels in the rural villages for an alternate way of living. Prior to working for Global Citizen Year Brittany was appointed to the Emery Unified School District School Board as the youngest Trustee, where she advocated for public education in her alma mater high school and local community.

Brittany holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Monterey Bay.

Favorite Quote?

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” –Maya Angelou

Brittany Collins-Rogers - Office Manager/ Bookkeeper

Carl F. Muñana - Fmr. CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Carl has dedicated his professional life to international investment banking, social impact investing and development finance. Most recently he served as CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the multilateral private sector investment banking affiliate of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.

Early in his career he was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. where he was Head of Investment Banking for Mexico and Senior Risk Officer for Latin America. He also designed an innovative social investment strategy for the firm.

Carl later focused on innovations in the fields of social and development finance. He was an investor, strategy consultant, and board member to companies, foundations and academia primarily in Europe, the United States and Latin America. He has served on several international corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Oxfam America, Voxiva, Microvest, Ashoka (Spain), and Emzingo. He is a co-founder of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University and on the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame.

Carl has degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Between degrees he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Carl F. Muñana - Fmr. CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Carolina Salazar Daza - Team Leader, Ecuador

Originally from Ibarra, a Hub City in the North of Ecuador Carolina has lived abroad in several countries within the past 10 years including: Canada, USA, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Colombia. Previous to working with Global Citizen Year Carolina studied abroad as a UWC fellow attending Pearson College in Canada. Carolina holds a B.A. in Human Ecology and a MSc. in International Development.

Carolina loves bicycles; therefore, one of her favorite quotes is, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. – Albert Einstein

Carolina Salazar Daza - Team Leader, Ecuador

Catharine Bond Hill - Ithaka S+R Managing Director

As managing director, Catharine (“Cappy”) Bond Hill leads Ithaka S+R’s research and consulting initiatives to broaden access to higher education, reduce costs, and improve student outcomes.

A noted economist whose work focuses on higher education affordability and access, Cappy joined Ithaka S+R in September, 2016. She oversees Ithaka S+R’s two program areas, working to help the higher education, library, and scholarly communication communities adapt to the technological and economic context of the 21st century.

From 2006 to 2016, Cappy served as the 10th president of Vassar College. Under her leadership, Vassar reinstated need-blind admissions and replaced loans with grants in financial aid for low-income families. In 2015 the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, awarded Vassar the inaugural million-dollar prize for Equity in Educational Excellence for its efforts to expand access and support to students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. While at Vassar, Cappy also established a first-of-its-kind veterans admission partnership with the Posse Foundation, with Vassar enrolling its first eleven veterans as freshmen in 2013.

Prior to her Vassar presidency, Cappy was the provost of Williams College, where she had chief academic and financial officer responsibilities. She originally joined the economics faculty at Williams in 1985. From 1994-1997, Cappy lived in the Republic of Zambia, working in the Ministry of Finance and with the Bank of Zambia.

Cappy serves on the board of the Yale-NUS College and is an alumni fellow to the Yale Corporation.

Cappy graduated from Williams College, earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at Brasenose College, Oxford University. She completed her doctorate in economics at Yale University.

Catharine Bond Hill - Ithaka S+R Managing Director

Chris Eyre - Partner Emeritus, Legacy Venture

Chris Eyre has been deeply involved in technology investing for over 40 years. He was one of the early venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and was a founding partner of Merrill Pickard Anderson & Eyre (MPAE), the pioneering venture firm that evolved from Bank of America in the 70’s. MPAE built a remarkable investment record and Chris’s partners later went on to form Benchmark Capital and Foundation Capital. Chris has served on numerous private and public boards and has been an eyewitness to the revolution in entrepreneurship and venture capital in Silicon Valley.

Chris joined Legacy Venture as a Managing Director in 2001. Legacy is a unique venture capital firm currently managing over $1.5 billion of commitments with a mission of amplifying the size and effectiveness of philanthropy. Each Legacy investor directs all distributions (principle and gains) to non-profit causes of their choosing. Over 600 members have become a well-connected peer to peer learning community, helping each other to become more effective as grant makers to well over 5000 organizations throughout the world.

In addition to his venture capital career, Chris has devoted significant time to family, philanthropic and church service, as well as personal investing. He has worked extensively with youth in a teaching, coaching and counseling role. He served for five years as the lay minister for a large congregation of his church and three years presiding over its Toronto Mission. He was an inaugural member of TPW West, and has served on the boards and advised numerous non-profit organizations including American Leadership Forum, Benetech, Global Citizen Year, IDEO.org, and the National Advisory Council of the Marriott School of Business. Chris recently moved to emeritus status within Legacy, allowing even more time for personal philanthropy, impact investing, and family.

Chris holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.S. from Utah State University. He and his wife, Hedy, have five children and a still growing portfolio of 18 grandchildren.

Chris Eyre - Partner Emeritus, Legacy Venture

Chrislaine De Souza - Team Leader, Brazil

As a Team Leader in Brazil, Chrislaine supports and manages fellows in the city of Florianópolis. Chris coaches an leads a cohort of Fellows during their bridge year in Brazil, she also supports local partners and host families helping to create the best cross cultural experience to all.

Chris always had a interest for the third sector, she worked 10 years for International and Brazilian non-profit organizations in the area of environment and health. She is passionate about communities and believes in the strength they have to make a better world.

Chris holds a bachelor degree in Social Communications by the Federal University of Parana and a post graduation degree in Marketing. Currently she is doing a post graduation course in Sustainability.

Chrislaine De Souza - Team Leader, Brazil

David Omenn - VP, Development

As Vice President of Development, David is responsible for developing resources and partnerships to fuel Global Citizen Year’s financial engine.

Before joining Global Citizen Year, David spent a decade at Teach For America. As an elementary school science teacher in Houston, David was named a national finalist for the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. He then joined the organization’s staff, pioneering the recruitment of graduate students and leading math/science recruitment strategy. While overseeing campus recruitment in the western US, David’s team grew the number of admitted teachers by 77%. He managed the team’s human resources function, its approach to leadership development, and long-term strategic planning, while also building high-level external relationships with university presidents and chancellors.

A Seattle native and University of Michigan alumnus, David is an Eagle Scout and a six-time marathoner.

David Omenn - VP, Development

Denis Hill - Director, Global Program

As Global Program Director, Denis ensures that our Fellow and Staff training are meeting the highest quality standards. Denis is responsible for designing and disseminating the core curriculum, training the Program Staff to facilitate the Fellow experience, executing the US-based components of the Program Cycle, and developing tools and systems to monitor program quality and impact, all while keeping an eye to scale.

Denis comes to Global Citizen Year after 7+ years with Teach for America in Baltimore. At TFA, Baltimore, Denis wore many hats – beginning as a Core Member and quickly taking on leadership roles as a Manager and, then, Director of Teaching & Learning where he oversaw 280 Core Members. Denis is a teacher at heart, and has a deep passion for ensuring access to high quality, immersive, and transformative educational experiences to kids of all backgrounds. His curricular focus, most recently, has been on culturally responsive teaching, family partnership, and data-driven instruction.

Denis holds a M.A. in Secondary Education & Teaching from John Hopkins University and a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of the Pacific.

Denis Hill - Director, Global Program

Diana Quintero - Team Leader, Ecuador

As a Team Leader, Diana manages and supports a cohort of fellows in the Southern Region of Ecuador; Diana is also responsible for the management of homestays, local partners and apprenticeships throughout the different communities in the province of Azuay, Ecuador.

Diana is an Ecuador native. From a very young age she found a passion for other cultures, languages and learning. In 2005 Diana participated in a international exchange program to France where she learned not only a new language but found her love for travel. Diana has a passion for teaching. She was given the opportunity to be a lecturer at a university in Ecuador and that experience reassured her of the importance of education in the world.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from the Universidad Internacional SEK in Ecuador and a Master’s degree in Tourism Leadership in the field of Tourism Development from The University of Queensland, Australia.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney

Diana Quintero - Team Leader, Ecuador

Doug Bozick - Director, Finance & Operations

As Manager of Operations and Finance, Doug is responsible for maintaining accurate records and controls over Global Citizen Year’s finances. This includes overseeing the bookkeeper, performing month and year-end close, preparing budgets and financial modeling. Doug will also play a key role assisting with Human Resources, IT, and other operational functions.

Doug brings a diverse finance and accounting background mainly in large for-profit companies. Most recently, he served as Finance Manager at Clorox where he created financial reporting tools and systems in their Latin American operations. Prior to that, Doug worked in a number of different finance roles supporting sales, marketing and manufacturing departments at Chiron, a pioneering Bay Area BioTech company.

Doug’s career started out with a stint in public accounting with Ernst & Young in Cleveland, Ohio and then as an accounting manager with a small firm in Lesotho, Southern Africa, so he understands the challenges of operating in developing countries.

Doug holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Why do you do what you do?

I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and went directly to college in the Midwest after high school. I had never been outside North America until a semester abroad during my junior year of college. That semester changed my life and ever since then I have had a thirst for other cultures and other places. I have now travelled and lived in over 70 different countries – and counting!

Doug Bozick - Director, Finance & Operations

Elikem Tomety Archer - VP, Programs

As VP of Programs, Elikem is responsible for providing the strategic vision and operational oversight to ensure program growth, consistency and quality globally.

 

Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Elikem led Amercares global program work in the Middle East, Asia, Eurasia and Africa and oversaw program strategy development and implementation in about 30 countries delivering over $100 million of aid annually. Before that Elikem was Manager of Programs and New Business at Aid to Artisans where she led a team in developing a 10-year strategic plan for their work in Africa. She also has experience in public policy and strategic management consulting with the Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago.

 

In 2014 she was named one of Fairfield County’s top executives under 40 and received the Fairfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award. She currently serves on the Board of Vennue Foundation – a startup social enterprise committed to improving pharmacy services and healthcare in the developing world.

 

Elikem holds a Master’s degree in International Development & Social Change from Clark University and a BA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Alameda with her husband and two boys.

 

Favorite Quote:

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

Leonardo da Vinci

Elikem Tomety Archer - VP, Programs

Elise Collins - Senior Team Leader, India

Originally from Australia, Elise has been living and working in India (Kolkata and Mumbai) for the past 5 years, and has also lived in the UK, Thailand and Sri Lanka. As Head of Programs at Innovaid Advisory Services, Elise played an integral role in advising The Global Fund on their donor strategy in an Indian context as well as developing and managing a flagship Music Therapy program between Australia and India. She also facilitated a global internship program for international students seeking social sector experience in India. Elise holds an undergraduate degree in Development Studies from the University of Adelaide and a masters degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from Australian National University. Elise has a working proficiency in Hindi, is a practitioner of reiki and facilitates regular nature connection workshops across diverse groups.

Elise Collins - Senior Team Leader, India

Emmy Highsmith - Director, Marketing Operations

As the Recruitment & Alumni Engagement Manager, Emmy Highsmith focuses on the bookends of the Global Citizen Year fellow cycle, recruitment and alumni relations. Her goal is to ensure Global Citizen Year recruits a diverse group of young leaders for each cohort, and keeps them engaged and supported after program completion.

Prior to joining the Global Citizen Year team, Emmy worked as the Senior Manager of Customer Relations at Revolution Foods for over five years.

Emmy holds a B.A. in American Studies (with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies), from San Francisco State University.

 

Emmy Highsmith - Director, Marketing Operations

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