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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

Program & Risk Management Coordinator, 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

Program & Risk Management Coordinator, India

Ann MacDougall

President, Encore.org

Ann MacDougall has had a long career spanning both legal and operating roles, and working both in the US and Europe. She was Chief Operating Officer of Acumen Fund, a global venture capital fund focused on goods and services for low-income customers. Ann oversaw Acumen’s worldwide operations, strategy and expansion. Before joining Acumen, she was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she rose through the ranks to become General Counsel of PwC US and a member of the Management Committee. During her 17 years at PwC, Ann also spent five years in Paris as Global Deputy General Counsel.

In 2013, Ann was a Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, a year-long program to prepare experienced executives to take on new challenges in the social sector. She currently sits on the board of the Audit Committee of the Lycée Français de New York, the Advisory Boards of Equality Now and the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.

Ann holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Ann MacDougall

President, Encore.org

Antonio J. Lucio

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, HP

Antonio Lucio is the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at HP. As CMO, Antonio leads the global marketing organization, including branding, demand generation, strategic events and global communications for one of the world’s most valuable brands.

He has more than 25 years of global marketing and brand management experience. Prior to joining HP, he spent eight years at Visa, most recently as Global Chief Marketing and Communication officer, responsible for the design and implementation of all global brand & product marketing platforms and corporate communications. Antonio helped guide Visa through their IPO, and created the company’s first-ever global positioning and brand identity system. Antonio has held marketing leadership and innovation roles at some of the world’s most successful consumer packaged goods companies, including PepsiCo Inc., Kraft General Foods, RJR Foods International, and Procter & Gamble.

He earned a B.A. in history from Louisiana State University. He was born in Spain, raised in Puerto Rico, and currently resides in San Francisco. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Antonio is based in Palo Alto, California.

Antonio J. Lucio

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, HP

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

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

Carl F. Munana

Fmr. CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation

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

In his early career Carl rose to Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. where his responsibilities included being Head of Investment Banking for Mexico, Global Head of the Commitments Office and Senior Risk Officer for Latin America. He capped his 17 years at Morgan by designing an innovative social investment strategy for the firm.

His second career focused on the challenges and innovations in the fields of social and development finance. This included acting as an investor, strategy consultant, and board member to companies, foundations and academia primarily in Europe, the United States and Latin America.

He has helped establish and served on several international corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Voxiva Inc., the Microvest Funds and the Spanish affiliate of Ashoka. Recently, he was a co-founder of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University.

Carl earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Between degrees he served in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Carl F. Munana

Fmr. CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation

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

Doug Bozick

Manager, Operations & Finance

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

Manager, Operations & Finance

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

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

Team Leader, India

Emmy Highsmith

Manager, Recruitment & Alumni Engagement

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

Manager, Recruitment & Alumni Engagement

Erin Fiorini

Team Leader, Ecuador

As a Team Leader in Ecuador, Erin is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Canar and Azuay provinces during their bridge year. Erin coaches a cohort of Fellows, arranges home stays with families and apprenticeships with organizations within these two provinces. She leads training development seminars for Fellows and local partners.

Before joining Global Citizen Year Erin worked in Oaxaca, Mexico assisting local chefs to give cooking classes. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador promoting and implementing agro-ecological practices. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona with her MA in Latin American Studies and completed an internship with the Bureau of Applied Research and Anthropology examining food security and food sovereignty in the Southern Arizona region.

Erin can often be found running along one of the many rios in Cuenca or taking pictures.

Erin Fiorini

Team Leader, Ecuador

Erin Lewellen

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Erin is responsible for executing the vision and strategy of Global Citizen Year in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Erin served as VP of School Partnerships for Revolution Foods where she led the expansion of Revolution Foods from 5 schools to over 1,200 nationwide. Prior to Revolution Foods, she served as the Bay Area Director for Playworks. Erin was instrumental in expanding this small, Bay Area organization into one that now partners with over 350 public schools nationwide. For the past 12 years, she has simultaneously served as the Head Varsity Coach of the girls’ basketball team at Emery High School and is also the Board Chair for Oakland Leaf, a non-profit dedicated to empowering Oakland youth in their search for social justice.

Previously, Erin worked for NICRO Women’s Support Centre in South Africa developing and implementing a policy that worked to prevent gender-based violence in major school districts.

Erin holds a B.A. from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.

Favorite quote:

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

Erin Lewellen

Chief Operating Officer

Eugenia Sandoval

Office Manager, Ecuador

As the Office Manager of Ecuador and Risk Management coordinator, Eugenia provides support in overlooking administrative tasks and providing support in logistics.

Eugenia spent part of her childhood in the US. She attended high school and got married in Ecuador. After having her daughters she moved back to the US where they lived for 12 years. Her daughters currently attend college in Georgia.

Eugenia highly values cultural diversity and is a firm believer that cultural exchange is necessary to reach worldwide mutual understanding. During the periods of time that she lived in the States, she was a board member and close collaborator of the Ecuadorian Association of Georgia, which was founded by her parents in 1973 and was the first organized immigrant association in the state. She and her family have actively participated in cultural activities like Latin folkloric dance presentations around the state and helped organize frequent events in order to teach, preserve and propagate Ecuadorian and Latin culture and traditions.

In Ecuador, she worked as Sales Manager in the export flower business. In the US, she obtained experience in different industries as Account Executive and Customer Service Manager. She also worked close to the immigrant community of Georgia by providing services as a Medical Interpreter for low-income Spanish speaking patients. Most recently before moving to Ecuador she found her way into the non-profit world when working for a Fair Trade Non-profit Ecuadorian organization based in Atlanta that helps around 350 Ecuadorian artisans overcome poverty and exploitation from the industry by being the vessel to export handmade sustainable crafts to the US. She moved back to Ecuador over a year ago and joined the Global Citizen Year family. She feels that her work and effort now make a real difference and impact on peoples lives and that her professional and life experience can be of more service and support to her team members and fellows.

Eugenia Sandoval

Office Manager, Ecuador

Hassana Hedrick Diallo

Team Leader, Senegal

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

Hassana Hedrick Diallo was born in the rural community of Dindefelo, in southeastern Senegal, and lived there until the age of 10, when he was adopted by Peace Corps Volunteers who had served in his village. He returned with them to the States, where he learned English and attended at The Maret School in Washington, D.C. before going on to graduate from Olympia High School in Washington State. Throughout his time in the U.S., he returned every year or two to Senegal, never losing his native languages or his connection with Senegalese culture. After graduating from college, he worked in two positions in Washington state government, focused on customer relations and training. In 2008, a year after his father returned to Senegal to become the Peace Corps Country Director, he also returned to Senegal to start a new venture, focused on the agricultural supply chain, which now employs 6 people. While doing this, he also worked with and mentored several Peace Corps Volunteers in the Kedougou region.

Previously, Hassana also worked for Malaria No More, educating the Senegalese population on malaria and its preventions. He was the Malaria Education Coordinator in the Senegal Office and was charged with recruiting and schools to incorporate a malaria education curriculum to students and with overseeing its implementation.

Hassana has traveled throughout West Africa and some parts of Europe and is fluent in English, French, Pulaar and Wolof. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Washington state with a focus on business management and entrepreneurship.

Hassana Hedrick Diallo

Team Leader, Senegal

Isabela Coelho

Country Director, Brazil

As Brazil Country Director, Isabela leads the Brazil team, manages the in-country program to guarantee a high quality experience for Fellows, and fosters a valuable exchange for local partners and communities.

Isabela was born and raised in Brazil, but developed her passion creating cultural and educational bridges between Brazil, the U.S., and around the world through her own experiences studying and working abroad. Over the last 17 years, Isabela has enjoyed a diverse and varied career in performing arts, experiential education, and social entrepreneurship.

Her unique experience range from performing with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Wise Fool and Teatro de Los Sentidos, contributing to community-oriented projects with underserved youth through the Miami Performing Arts Center, Sister-City Project in Nicaragua and the UNESCO Universal Cultural Forum in Mexico, to leading the Brazil Program for the experiential educational company Where There Be Dragons as the Brazil Course Director.

One of her bold achievements was to combine her work in the arts and environmental education to found and lead the Organization of Permaculture and Art – OPA in Bahia, Brazil.

Isabela holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado.

Favorite quote?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama.

Isabela Coelho

Country Director, Brazil

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