Elizabeth Berges lived in Norton, Zimbabwe from 2002-2003 while working as an Educational Consultant to Tsungirirai Orphan Care Centre. She fundraised enough money to build and stock a library for the centre, where she focused most of her energy during her time in Zimbabwe. She also wrote and managed a grant from UNICEF to strengthen youth groups, and created a monitoring and evaluation tool called “Station Day” that has been highlighted by Catholic Relief Services as a best practice. Upon returning to the United States, she and Arden O’Donnell founded Coalition for Courage in an effort to continue the work that was begun in Zimbabwe. She attended Mount Holyoke College for her undergraduate years and then Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Master’s degree, where she focused on adolescent risk and resilience.
Arden O’Donnell became involved with Tsungirirai in 2001 as a volunteer when she spent 6 months working to strengthen the Home Based Care Team and advocating for HIV testing in Zimbabwe. She returned to Tsungirirai in 2002-2003 and served as Capacity Building Consultant providing administrative, fundraising, and program development support. Arden has worked for over a decade in Southern Africa focusing on HIV and orphan care. She co- founded Coalition for Courage in 2003 and continues to work for the betterment of the agency and these children. Arden received her undergrad degree from Mount Holyoke, her Masters in Public Health from BU and a Masters in Social Work from Smith. She currently works in the field of Palliative Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Amy Scobie-Carroll traveled to Zimbabwe 7 years ago as one of the first U.S. volunteers to work at Tsungirirai. While in Zimbabwe, she established a sustainable health tracking system for the children, contributed to the development of the preschool curriculum, and provided basic AIDS prevention education to children. Amy brings years of experience working for non-profit organizations and for social and political causes. She has been involved in AIDS prevention, minority rights, and LGBT activism. Amy earned her MSW at Portland State University in 2004 and was awarded an AmeriCorps scholarship for her work in local schools. Since graduating in 2004, Amy has worked as an individual, group, and family therapist. She is interested in applying energy healing modalities to her work with clients. She is currently the Director of the Day Treatment Program at Laurel Hill Inn where she works with women in recovery from eating disorders.
Mary Karlin has a background as a legal assistant in the commercial real estate and corporate fields, working extensively on land acquisitions, business start-ups, and mergers and acquisitions at the Devine and Millimet Law Firm in Manchester NH from 1983 to 1988. In 1988 Mary entered the doctoral program in political science at Brandeis University in Waltham MA, and received her doctoral degree in May of 2002. Mary’s major fields of study were International Relations and Comparative Political Systems, with an emphasis on national security. Her doctoral dissertation addresses the role of the Russian oil industry in the post -Soviet Russian transition. Mary has a BA in Russian Studies from Colgate University. She lives in Deerfield, NH with her husband Jeffrey and their two daughters.Arden, pictured with one of our C4C scholars and Vitalis, program director in Zimbabwe.
Bethany Sager is a fifth grade teacher Dale Street School in Medfield, MA. Dale Street School is an upper elementary school for around 500 fourth and fifth graders. Bethany has been organizing these activities/ experiences to benefit children in Zimbabwe since Liz and Arden’s first trip. Each November the Dale Street community raises money through their Hunger Awareness activities. The first year Dale Street raised approximately $700 for food aid and each year they’ve raised more, with over $5,000 raised in 2007. Bethany accompanied Liz on the 2007 trip to Tsungirirai. Bethany is a 1996 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her Master’s of Education in 2001from Framingham State College.
Taryn Vian is Assistant Professor of International Health at Boston University School of Public Health, where she teaches courses in health care management and good governance. Taryn has worked in 25 countries conducting cost studies, evaluating health projects, and designing management improvement initiatives. Her current work takes her to southern Africa frequently, working on a Kellogg Foundation grant to Transform District Hospitals in Lesotho. From 1993-1995, Taryn lived in Manila, Philippines where she directed a decentralized child health and family planning project. She served as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for Kwiheed, a U.S. non-profit which supports a large microcredit program benefiting poor women in Cameroon. Taryn is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and has a BA in Philosophy from Colgate University, and an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently enrolled in the University Professors’ doctoral program at BU. She had her husband have two teenage daughters.
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