Our Team

Thinking Beyond Borders' team is comprised of exceptional educators who are deeply committed to providing transformational learning and growth through our gap year programs and impact fellowships. Collectively, we are determined not just to help each of our students find the purpose and direction they need to build a fulfilling life, but also to help them understand how they can create meaningful impact on critical global and local issues.

US Staff

Thinking Beyond Borders is fortunate to have a talented and committed USA staff to offer support to students, family, and the Program Leaders. Their tireless work helps to ensure the program safety, quality, and success for TBB’s gap year students.

Stephen Barnes, President

Stephen has been involved with Thinking Beyond Borders in one form or another since 2008, when he worked with TBB's founders to set up the first TBB program site in Ecuador during his time working for Fundación Yanapuma. Inspired by his work alongside TBB students in the field, Stephen joined TBB as a Program Leader on the Global Gap Year program in 2009 and began to hone his skills as a facilitator and educator. Following a brief stint back in his native UK, Stephen joined the US team in 2011 as Program Director, leading the expansion of TBB's programming from one Global Gap Year per year to multiple Global Gap Year and semester programs each year. As President, Stephen now oversees all aspects of TBB's programming and operations. Stephen holds a BA in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University, and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Nora Falvey, Program Director

Nora studied in France twice while in college and then moved there to teach upon graduating. It was then that she first discovered her love of teaching. She soon, however, put teaching aside as a hobby and pursued a career in international business, the area of her collegiate studies. She continues to pull useful insight from her experience working in large multi-national corporations but left the field to pursue a MA degree in Education from The University of Puerto Rico.

She has since worked for a few international education programs, taught in the Philadelphia public school system, and worked in healthcare reform education. Nora was a program leader for TBB for two global gap years and the Asia semester. She credits TBB with, among many other things, making her a better person. She is ecstatic to be working for the organization in a new capacity.

After living most of her life on the beach, Nora still never takes a day by the ocean for granted. She loves being outdoors, spending uninterrupted time ruminating ways in which we might better care for one another and our environment.

Scott Ingram, Recruitment Director

Traveling around Southeast Asia during and after university, Scott saw a world vastly different from the Colorado town he called home. He followed his interest in cross-cultural experiences to a semester at the University of Vietnam-Hanoi, and a BA in Japanese and Asian Studies in 2004 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He immediately jumped headlong into a teaching position with the JET Program where he taught at a high school in Nagasaki, Japan for three years where he discovered a passion for teaching.

In 2008, Scott pursued his interest in international development by entering Tokyo’s Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies. There he had the opportunity to study with a broad multi-cultural student body and obtain his MA in International Relations with a focus on Development Anthropology. His thesis examined how international NGOs can better apply local cultural values and norms in the Philippines to improve the outcomes of environmental conservation projects for all parties.

Working with Thinking Beyond Borders, Scott combines his interests in teaching, travel, and development to aid students in becoming agents of positive change. He served for two years as a Program Leader for the Global Gap Year program before joining the US staff as the Recruitment Director.

Jaci Wamber TBB Gap Year Programs Leader

Jaci Wamberg, Recruitment Manager

A Midwesterner at heart, Jaci has also found homes in Vermont, the Philippines, and New York. Naturally drawn to the teaching profession, Jaci studied elementary education and anthropology in her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. Weaving these two disciplines together, Jaci studied abroad in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, and for the first time was exposed and completely immersed in experiential learning environments. She continues to believe that these critical study abroad experiences have and continue to shape her personal and professional life.

Post undergrad, Jaci joined the United States Peace Corps and taught English at a tertiary institution in the Philippines. Her time there expanded Jaci's belief that access to quality education is fundamental to the development of any society. Soon after returning from the Philippines, Jaci continued exploring the dynamic relationship between education and development at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied International Educational Development. During this time she continued to expand her teaching methodologies in a preK classroom, in addition to working at the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, a humanitarian non-profit.

Jaci finds her happiness in family, friends, cooking, and yoga. Jaci is thrilled to be returning as a Program Leader for the Asia Gap Semester after leading two Global Gap Year programs. She is excited to continue to be part of providing a space for students to critically analyze and challenge the complex nature of global issues.

Gary Robinson, Psychological Consultant

Gary has dedicated himself for over 30 years to helping college-aged students to maximize their potential and overcome barriers to learning. His clinical specialties have included stress management, mood and anxiety disorders and life coaching/mentoring. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

After completing his graduate work in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, Gary was hired to work for the Semester at Sea program, mentoring students as they visited eleven countries on this around-the- world shipboard voyage of discovery. For Gary, Semester at Sea cemented his interest in intercultural learning and he found applications for this interest in his subsequent positions including a stint as a Foreign Student Advisor at Keystone College in Pennsylvania.

Gary has served in a variety of professional counseling roles in several university and college settings and currently holds the post of Director of Counseling at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. At Hartwick, he helps students during study abroad experiences to negotiate the numerous challenges they face as they confront cultural environments different than their own. He is licensed as a mental health counselor in two states and is board certified nationally. In 2016 he was appointed for a 3-year term to the International Committee of the American Counseling Association.

Gary finds his consulting work with TBB to be a perfect environment to ply his skills by training, advising, and supporting TBB’s Program Leaders in their work with students. As an advocate for cultural immersion and a true believer in the life-changing impact overseas travel and education can have on young adults, Gary has found no better program than TBB for gap year students. Strongly influenced by his work with TBB, Gary recently joined with two other licensed therapists to form P3 Mental Health Advisors. “P3” now assists a growing list of Gap Year and Experiential Education programs both domestically and abroad.

Program Leaders

Thinking Beyond Borders' Program Leaders bring an outstanding array of skills, knowledge, and experience to their work educating TBB students. Strong program management skills, diverse educational backgrounds, impressive teaching experiences, and extensive international travel make each of these individuals a powerful addition to our programs for gap year students.

Global Gap Year

Patrick McMurdo, Program Leader

A Pacific Northwest native, Patrick grew up daydreaming and building forts. An alumnus from the University of Oregon and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, Patrick played collegiate lacrosse and studied Spanish, psychology, and earned a masters in international education management.

Patrick is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine 2010/12) and for the past six years has worked in youth development in ten different countries including the US. He is fluent in Spanish and Russian, is a Wilderness First Responder, and is an avid backpacker and rock climber. Patrick is passionate about education and wants to use traveling as a tool to foster new consciousness in students, especially around issues in power, globalization, and intercultural relationships. His mission is to (co)create learning contexts in which students empower themselves and ultimately become responsible for their own learning. This prepares them for college, and life.

Peter Seilheimer, Program Leader

Peter’s wanderlust and interest in international education stems directly (according to his mother at least) from a desire to satisfy his “utter loquaciousness”. Inquisitive, affable, and collaborative from a young age, Peter found the English language and its 400 million native speakers far too small a pool of potential conversationalists. So, he began studying German at the age of 12. Language, and the connections it enables one to make with others, was the catalyst that propelled Peter to leave Houston, Texas in search of other horizons, perspectives, and syntax structures.

Peter’s first abroad experience was actually in the Northern Woods of Minnesota at Waldsee, an immersive German-language summer camp run by Concordia Language Villages, where he later became a counselor and teacher. Later, while studying at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Peter had the privilege of living and learning for an academic year in Munich, Germany. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in German, Russian, and Gender Studies, Peter taught English with the Fulbright Commission in rural Austria, where he reveled in the subtle nuances of the many regional dialects.

Peter returned to Portland to teach pre/k and elementary-aged learners at the German International School for three years before pursuing his Master’s degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. Peter graduated from the International Education Management program with a concentration in Teaching Foreign Languages. He is grateful for the opportunity to be a TBB Global Gap Year Program Leader and to learn with and from the students, program leaders, and international community partners.

Julia Jones, Program Leader

California’s central coast will always be home for Julia, where she was raised on a farm in the rural Santa Ynez Valley. Julia sought out opportunities for international travel and cultural immersion after graduating high school, becoming part of TBB’s Global Gap Year class of 2012. Julia received her Bachelor of Arts in international relations and entrepreneurship & emerging enterprises from Syracuse University, in Upstate New York. While at Syracuse, Julia participated in several clubs and organizations, held two internships focused on international education and local refugee communities, and worked at a local coffee shop.

After her first year at Syracuse, she participated in a social entrepreneurship program in Rwanda with ThinkImpact Institute. She spent an independent semester traveling through Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Guatemala, as well as a semester studying in Rio de Janeiro. While in Rio, Julia taught English and worked for a community reporting non-profit focused on bringing visibility to favela community voices in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. She profiled community organizers, evictions, police violence, and human rights violations. This experience in Rio prompted her senior thesis focused on the sustainable aspects of self-built, informal favelas--and how similar informal environments can in fact offer solutions to rapid urbanization, environmental degradation, resource depletion and lack of affordable housing.

Julia is honored and excited to serve as a Global Gap Year Program Leader this year. She is thrilled to continue her exploration of social justice, global issues, and deeper cultural understanding alongside students.

Asia Gap Semester

Jaci Wamber TBB Gap Year Programs Leader

Jaci Wamberg, Program Leader

A Midwesterner at heart, Jaci has also found homes in Vermont, the Philippines, and New York. Naturally drawn to the teaching profession, Jaci studied elementary education and anthropology in her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. Weaving these two disciplines together, Jaci studied abroad in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, and for the first time was exposed and completely immersed in experiential learning environments. She continues to believe that these critical study abroad experiences have and continue to shape her personal and professional life.

Post undergrad, Jaci joined the United States Peace Corps and taught English at a tertiary institution in the Philippines. Her time there expanded Jaci's belief that access to quality education is fundamental to the development of any society. Soon after returning from the Philippines, Jaci continued exploring the dynamic relationship between education and development at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied International Educational Development. During this time she continued to expand her teaching methodologies in a preK classroom, in addition to working at the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, a humanitarian non-profit.

Jaci finds her happiness in family, friends, cooking, and yoga. Jaci is thrilled to be returning as a Program Leader for the Asia Gap Semester after leading two Global Gap Year programs. She is excited to continue to be part of providing a space for students to critically analyze and challenge the complex nature of global issues.

Zander Rounds TBB Gap Year Programs Leader

Zander Rounds, Program Leader

Zander has long been motivated by a desire to scale what sociologist Arlie Hochschild refers to as “empathy walls,” which demarcate the worldviews of people and groups from different circumstances. Looking back, he credits his experience as a gap year student with Thinking Beyond Borders’ second cohort in 2010 with planting and watering the seeds of this desire.

At Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Zander became obsessed with overcoming the empathy walls dividing people from China and African countries, as Sino-Africa relations gained in international prominence. Following graduation in 2014, he sought to facilitate collaboration and understanding in this space, in China as a Fulbright scholar focused on African students at Chinese universities, and later in Kenya, as a researcher and advocate working with Chinese contractors, entrepreneurs, and workers.

While traveling and living across China and Africa, Zander arrived at his personal mission: to inspire young people to become more empathetic, questioning, and aware of global issues. He is humbled and excited to have the privilege to lead and learn with a group of Asia Gap Semester students.

Latin America Gap Semester

Isaac Galef-Brown TBB Gap Year Programs Leader

Isaac Galef-Brown, Program Leader

Having spent four years teaching in public elementary schools in and around my hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts I realize that I am the product of more than simply extraordinary teachers and schools, but also from some incredible experiences traveling abroad with family, friends, and on solo ventures. For all that a good teacher can do within a well-funded and supported classroom, students benefit so much from traveling, getting hands on experience, meeting people that are entirely different from them, and then returning home to reflect on how the experience changes the way they see the world. This return to home has always been my favorite aspect of traveling, because I always return with questions that challenge my personal values and lifestyle, but also those of the society I live in. Traveling is the best form of education I’ve ever had, and I’m sure my mental picture of how I fit in with the world would be different without it.

Whenever the chance has risen to work with and learn from people that are different from me, I take it. This has ranged from working with students of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent in a Spanish-English Dual-Language classroom in Boston, to studying abroad in Spain, to doing research in a Bolivian silver mine, to working with special needs students on the way to getting a Masters Degree in Elementary and Special Education, to traveling the world and seeing sights outside of my own bubble.

Kelly Sanders TBB Gap Year Programs Leader

Kelly Sanders, Program Leader

Kelly graduated from North Carolina State University in 2011 with a B.A. in International Studies/International Relations. During her time at NC State, she had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Santander, Spain. This began a love for living abroad and learning Spanish. After graduation, she completed two years of AmeriCorps service in Chapel Hill, NC working with newly resettled refugees with a literacy center. Her AmeriCorps experience helped facilitate a cultural exchange within the United States, and inspired a new career path in International Education.

In 2014, Kelly moved to Guatemala City to work with a Guatemalan women's cooperative, Unidas Para Vivir Mejor, as the English Program Coordinator. She created English curriculum for a primary school and provided training for English teachers. She completed her M.A. in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland in 2017. She was a Graduate Coordinator with the office of Leadership and Community Service Learning at UMD. She worked with undergraduate students to help facilitate their leadership in various service-learning programs. She staff-advised Alternative Break experiences, conducted international research in Cuba, and worked as an instructor with the Global Communities program. Kelly is passionate about sharing transformative international experiences with students and is excited to begin this next chapter with TBB.

Summer Impact Fellowships

Abby Hardgrove Thinking Beyond Borders

Abby Hardgrove, Faculty

Abby grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. As an undergraduate, she studied psychology and planned to pursue an academic career as a teacher-scholar of child and family development. A trip to the eye doctor derailed her domestic career plans and launched her interest in international development. While waiting for an eye exam she picked up a copy of Reader’s Digest that featured Angelina Jolie’s work with the United Nations and with refugees. Bartering ensued at the reception desk, where she promised to return for an annual check-up in exchange for lifting the magazine from the premises. Article read, and mind buzzing with questions about the implications for children who grow up in situations of forced displacement, Abby conducted her master’s research with Liberian refugees living in Ghana. She went on to pursue a DPhil (PhD) in International Development at the University of Oxford, where she turned her attention to the topic of conflict and ex-combatant reintegration. Her ethnographic research looked at the life chances and trajectories of former child and youth soldiers who fought in the civil war in Liberia. She completed her thesis, Life after Guns, in 2012. Since then she has continued to research and write about the social and economic limitations and possibilities that affect the lives of young people around the world.

Abby came to Thinking Beyond Borders with a love for travel, adventure, and critical reflection about persisting, global inequalities and social justice. She believes that the best way to learn about something is to experience it first-hand, and that effective, sustainable change is the product of much experience, reflection, and empathy. Abby served as a Program Leader for Thinking Beyond Borders' Global Gap Year and Asia Gap Semester. She is excited to bring her enjoyment of learning, teaching, and mentoring into a dynamic, shared experience on the Summer Impact Fellowships.


As a team, the founders of Thinking Beyond Borders endeavored to create educational programs for gap year students that would develop the skills and capacities shared by great agents of social change. Their combined experience and expertise made it possible to launch ambitious programs and build an independent non-profit organization.

Robin Pendoley, Founder & President

All roads in Robin’s life lead to co-founding Thinking Beyond Borders. Born and raised near San Francisco, he discovered at an early age that youth can affect the disparities and challenges of our world. Robin also learned the need to truly understand a problem and oneself before proactive changes can be made. He sees Thinking Beyond Borders as the actualization of those lessons.

Robin equipped himself by earning a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has lived and worked abroad extensively, both as a student and educator. Robin committed eight years to public schools in Los Angeles and Boston. He served as a teacher, administrator, coach, and college access program administrator.

Robin's blog posts on education and social change have been featured on Forbes, Ashoka, and Innovation Excellence. He also served for three years as the Co-Director of the Colloquium for the Common Good at Opportunity Collaboration, a global poverty conference for sector leaders. Today, he helps shape the US gap year market as both the Co-Director of the USA Gap Year Fairs and as a Board Member for the American Gap Association.

Chris Stakich, Founder

Chris has lived with a passion for community service and international travel almost his entire life. While growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Chris was the president of his high school community service organization, worked for the United Way, and traveled to the Dominican Republic during his senior year to help build a hospital. During his four years at Harvard University, Chris grasped the importance of perspective and dedicated valuable time to experiencing the world. He studied abroad in Australia and traveled throughout Europe while earning an economics degree, playing on the Crimson varsity football team, and holding a part time job. After graduating college, Chris accepted a position as the Business Development Director for Rustic Pathways, an international education, community service, and adventure travel company. In 2007 Chris co-founded Thinking Beyond Borders with Robin Pendoley and Sandy Cooper. Thinking Beyond Borders is a cultivated dream for Chris, integrating education and international travel, providing service to communities in need, and mindfully developing future leaders who embody broad perspective and global compassion. Currently, Chris serves as the Chairman of the Board for Thinking Beyond Borders and also as the President of Operations for Rustic Pathways.

Sandy Cooper, Founder

Sandy's deep determination to contribute proactively to society began in middle school. After volunteering at a nursing home in her hometown of Gloucester, Massachusetts, she worked with the YMCA through high school and college to develop children’s self-esteem and social skills. While earning an honors degree from Skidmore College, Sandy studied abroad and taught conversational English at La Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, Spain.

Following her growing passion for educating and traveling, Sandy spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati. As a teacher, Sandy designed culturally appropriate curriculum to teach language and math skills to junior secondary school students. Her students’ performances on national exams surpassed all previous classes.

With new understanding for the needs of developing communities and the importance of informed leadership, Sandy became a Team Leader for AmeriCorps*NCCC upon her return to the US. Through her diligent and creative guidance, Sandy’s team of 9 Corps Members completed various service projects, including the supervision of 1500 volunteers in gutting the homes of hundreds of Hurricane Katrina victims.

Managing her team challenged Sandy to hone her conflict resolution and business organization skills. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management through American Humanics. These many years of volunteerism, community service leadership, and formal study both abroad and within the United States endow Sandy with a focused and powerful vision for Thinking Beyond Borders.


Thinking Beyond Borders works with a wide array of partners abroad. These incredible organizations are crucial to ensuring the quality, educational outreach, and recruitment of exceptional students for TBB's gap year programs.

Cross-Cultural Solutions has has placed over 35,000 volunteers in its sites around the world over the last two decades. CCS believes that through meaningful volunteer service we can build relationships and connections that are essential components to increased tolerance and global awareness.

The Experiment in International Living (EIL Ecuador) is a non-profit organization established in Ecuador in 1977 to encourage intercultural exchange among persons of different cultures, religions and ages. By making it possible for persons of different nationalities to live and learn together, we contribute to mutual understanding, respect and peace among peoples of the world.


The Thinking Beyond Borders gap year curriculum for all of its programs has been developed and refined with the support of a highly qualified group of advisors. With broad ranging expertise, these individuals have brought insight with regard to curricular content, delivery, and assessment. Their work in collaboration with the Thinking Beyond Borders staff ensures that each student has a powerful learning experience during the course of the program.

Eleanor Duckworth, Curriculum Advisor

Eleanor Duckworth is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of several books including The Having of Wonderful Ideas: And Other Essays on Teaching and Learning and “Tell Me More”: Listening to Learners Explain. A former student and translator of Jean Piaget, she grounds her work in Piaget and Inhelder’s insights into the nature and development of understanding and in their research method, which she has developed as a teaching/research approach, Critical Exploration in the Classroom. She seeks to bring a Freirean approach to any classroom, valuing the learners’ experience and insights. Her interest is in the experiences of teaching and learning of people of all ages, both in and out of schools. Duckworth is a former elementary school teacher and has worked in curriculum development, teacher education, and program evaluation in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and her native Canada. She is a coordinator for Cambridge United for Justice with Peace, and is a performing modern dancer.

Amanda Frost, Curriculum Advisor

Once Mandy Frost’s children were raised, which she realizes now is never a completed job, she needed to make full use of the dynamic changes happening in South Africa after years of feeling powerless. Her experience in various bookkeeping and labour management jobs gave her the admin skills needed to develop an NGO. Her passion for human rights and human development, defined by the Montessori education method, gave her the faith and sensitivity needed to work in a highly politicized milieu.

Mandy was appointed, in 2003, as coordinator of what was intended to be a planning body monitoring local HIV & AIDS projects and identifying needs. Three months of local networking revealed that there were no projects to monitor, but the needs were clear. She got clearance from the NGO governing body and started initiating and implementing projects that were in line with the national strategic plan for HIV in South Africa. Two of their biggest projects, Bitou Community Home-based Care/Hospice and Invicta House Womens’ Shelter, are firmly established and integrated with other services. The Plettaid Foundation employs 35 people, has achieved membership of Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA and has a dream to build and run a grassroots hospice to support home-based care.

Sam Mitchell, Curriculum Advisor

Sam Mitchell passed away in the Fall of 2011. His belief in, contributions to, and support of TBB were fundamental to the formation of our programs. He was truly a friend. In celebration of his life and work, Thinking Beyond Borders created the Sam Mitchell Scholarship, awarded to a deserving TBB student each year.

Sam Mitchell received his PhD in Asian History at the University of Hawaii, where he was an East-West Center fellow. While undertaking language training in Hindi, Urdu, and Nepali, he lived in Pakistan for one year, Nepal for three and India for four. Sam lived in Yunnan Province, China for 16 years. Dr. Mitchell served as Academic Director of the School for International Training Nepal program from 1990-93 and was a visiting assistant professor of East Asian History at Western Washington University during the 2001-2002 academic year. He helped to curate an exhibition of his photographs, as well as clothing, cultural artifacts, and music from the ethnic minority groups of Northwest Yunnan entitled, “Yunnan: Enchanting Region of Ethnic Diversity” on display at the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii during February and March of 2004. Sam and his wife, Lu Yuan, created and initiated the Chinese Culture and Ethnic Minorities Program for what is now SIT Study Abroad, based in Brattleboro Vermont, in 1994. They resided in Kunming ever since.

Under the auspices of the Center for Cultural Learning and Development Sam facilitated cultural and Traditional Chinese Medicine programs for various universities, colleges from throughout the United States, including the gap year program, Thinking Beyond Borders. He was an avid hiker, snorkeler and photographer.

Joshua Muldavin, Curriculum Advisor

Dr. Joshua Muldavin has a long and distinguished record as a researcher and teacher concerning his interests in globalization, China, Japan, and Asia, policy analysis, rural development, international aid, agriculture and food, climate change, political economy, and political ecology. He has completed thirty years of field research, primarily in rural China, as well as in Japan, Nepal, India, Russia, Hungary, northern Europe, Cuba, and Mexico.

He was Chair and Director of International Development Studies at UCLA from 1994-2001. He was a Resident Research Fellow with the East West Center's Program on Environment in 2003, Visiting Scientist at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Research and Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu from 2006-2008, Visiting Professor at China Agricultural University from 2007-2008, Visiting Scholar at Sophia University in Tokyo 2006-2010, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the China Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, as well as the Executive Director of the Action 2030 Institute, a small policy think tank.

While at UCLA he won the Distinguished Teaching Award, and was also given the Eby Award as the best teacher of the year. He is a frequent contributor to international news reporting on China and Asia, including for the BBC, International Herald Tribune, South China Morning Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. At the annual meetings of the AAG in Washington, D.C., he was given the Award for Media Achievement of the Association of American Geographers for 2010 for his long-term efforts to bridge the gap between academic research and public awareness on key contemporary global issues. He is currently Professor of Geography at Sarah Lawrence College.

Manda Parikh, Curriculum Advisor

Dr. Manda Parikh earned a Masters in Economics at Gujarat University and a Ph.D. in Economics at M.S. University, Baroda. Her career pursuits reflect her deep commitment to the people and communities in and around the city of Ahmedabad, India. Currently, Dr. Parikh is the Director of the Rural Development and Management Institute at Ahmedabad, specializing in rural area research, training, and extension; the Director of Pranava Industrial Services Pvt. Ltd., a professional consultancy firm specializing in market, financial, and pre-investment studies with international operations; and the Director of International Programs for the Indian Association of Experiment in International Living. Additionally, she serves as a Trustee of the Indian Society For Population Education, the Indian Society for Community Education, Yuvak Vikas Trust, and Green Serve India Ltd. Through these diverse professional opportunities, Dr. Parikh works to empower urban and rural communities with education, sound and just economic practice, and conscious engagement. She draws inspiration from the work and writing of Mohandas K. Gandhi and his vision of a diverse, peaceful, and sustainable India.

Sherman Teichman, Curriculum Advisor

Sherman Teichman is the inaugural Executive Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. The programs under his direction include Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC), a rigorous interdisciplinary program for analysis of global issues and active citizenship; the Tufts Initiative for Leadership and International Perspective centered in Hong Kong and Beijing; [EXPOSURE], a photojournalism, documentary studies and human rights initiative and a range of global immersive education student initiated research projects.

A lecturer in the arts and social sciences at Tufts since 1984, Mr. Teichman was a former fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a faculty member at Boston University and Emerson College. As a journalist, he was a Peabody Award-winning foreign policy analyst for National Public Radio, WBUR, in Boston and a social science editor of the Boston Review. An adviser on counterterrorism and long-range strategic planning for the Israeli government, Mr. Teichman was also active with Amnesty International in the former Soviet Union and Central America. He was educated at the United States Naval Academy, The Johns Hopkins University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Chicago's Committees on International Relations and Social Thought.

An Olympic saber fencer, Mr. Teichman is currently the Tufts University saber fencing coach. He previously coached fencing at Boston University, the University of Chicago and Harvard University. TBB is fortunate to work with Mr. Teichman and the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. With similar core values and program goals, it is an organizational relationship with great potential for future developments.