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2015-2016 Project Managers

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Caroline Miller

Caroline learned to skate and ski when upon learning to walk, and played ice hockey for 15 years before hanging up the skates (although she misses playing hockey more than anything). She also played field hockey for many years, and after coming home from Cusco she returned to her old middle school to coach girls aged 10-13. Winter 2015/16 she will be pursuing her passion for skiing and working as a ski instructor at Deer Valley in Utah, while also working for the Sundance Film Festival. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Screenwriting and hopes to attend school in Los Angeles or NYC.

Hometown

Cranston, Rhode Island

Education

Scripps College, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Long Saturdays and Sundays spent at Laggart Cafe, walking home from Virgen through the Temple of the Moon, and of course all my chicas dinámicas.


Larkin Sheldon

Larkin grew up playing as many sports as she could fit into her schedule. She rowed crew in high school and continued to play recreational soccer. After GSW Larkin returned to Seattle, WA and took a job at a content marketing agency. While she misses Cusco dearly, she’s excited to be with friends and family and rediscover the natural resources and beauty of the PNW.

Hometown

Bainbridge Island, WA

Education

Scripps College, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Walking around Cusco; The values and laid-back lifestyle of the Andean people; Going to the market and utilizing the variety of Andean produce; Tari; and above all, hugs and laughs from the Chicas Dinámicas and watching them get excited about sports.

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2014-2015 Project Managers

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Carly Williams

Carly has fallen in love with ultimate frisbee and dedicates much of her free time to playing. She was on the varsity lacrosse team in college and has always loved running.

Carly now lives in Boston, MA and works on the client success team with Panorama Education, an education technology startup that aims to radically improve K-12 student outcomes by helping educators collect and act on meaningful data.

Hometown

Damariscotta, Maine

Education

University of Rochester, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Picarrones, tasty doughnuts sold on the streets of Cusco; and copious hugs from the girls.

Alexandra Philbrick

Ali juggled as many sports as she could handle until college. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University on a volleyball scholarship and still plays as much as she can.

Hometown

Lanham, Maryland

Education

Farleigh Dickinson University, B.S.
Monterey Institute for International Studies, M.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

The love from the girls and day hikes around Cusco on the weekends.

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2013-2014 Project Managers

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Kaitlyn Le Baudour

Kaitlyn grew up playing soccer and captained her college team to the NCAA DIII National Championship game her senior year of college. Since graduating, she has dedicated most of her training to rock climbing.

Kaitlyn lives in Davis, CA where she and her husband are both pursuing their graduate degrees in International Agriculture Development, which they hope to one day use to bring sustainable job opportunities to rural farmers in Cusco.

Hometown

Santa Rosa, CA

Education

Wheaton College, B.A.; UC Davis, M.A. International Agriculture Development
and M.S. Soil Science

What she misses most about Cusco

How our chicas could brighten up any day with their excited smiles and shining eyes as well as backpacking through Andes and learning about the mountain communities that shared their mountains with her.

Kat Narvaez

Kat grew up outside of Philadelphia playing nearly every sport that her school offered – soccer, lacrosse, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, and swimming. Her passion now lies with yoga.
Kat continued to live in Cusco with her dog Nahla after her time as a PM ended, and recently opened up a new yoga studio in San Blas called The Yoga Room.

Hometown

Philadelphia, PA

Education

Tufts University, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Plot twist – she is still here!

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2012-2013 Project Managers

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Kelly Jacobs

Growing up, Kelly was an avid sports player with competitive club soccer games on the weekend and varsity running and basketball during the week. She carried her passion for athletics with her to UVA where she was active in supporting organizations like Grassroot Soccer and Alternative Spring Break through sports fundraisers.
After leaving Peru, Kelly moved to DC in 2013 and began working in marketing and communications for a technology and management consulting firm. She volunteers at the Employment Justice Center to help keep up her Spanish, a DC organization that provides free legal advice to low-income residents.

Hometown

Roanoke, VA

Education

University of Virginia, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Spending time with all the chicas (and puppies!) during class, and tasty rocoto sauce.

Jesse Curran

Jessie’s youth was filled with sport and the outdoors. She was involved in ski racing, basketball, soccer and tennis, and has since had the privilege of coaching her old Middle School Girls’ basketball team. Most recently, her dedication to sports revolves around cheering on the UVA Men’s Basketball team.

After GSW, Jessie moved to San Francisco where she manages the production side of a raw juice company.

Hometown

Ketchum, ID

Education

University of Virginia, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Living among the clouds, beautiful views of the mountains everywhere you look, Juanito’s sandwiches, being the adored “Profesitas” and the constant adventure of trying to board the combis with our arms full of jerseys and balls.

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Kristin Collins

Kristin was a coxswain on the women’s crew team throughout high school and during her first year of college. She delights in the memory of winning the Head of the Charles with her freshman boat at Yale.

Kristin returned to Washington, DC to work with youth in after-school mentorship programs. As of 2015, she is on her way to becoming an elementary school teacher through Urban Teacher Center.

Hometown

Newport Beach, CA

Education

Yale University, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Bandaging scraped knees, playing volleyball at Los Nogales, and seeing the girls learn and grow.

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2011-2012 Project Managers

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Megan Connolly

Megan fell in love with field hockey when she was introduced to the sport in 6th grade. She went on to play field hockey for the Kenyon College Ladies in Gambier, OH.

After Cusco, Megan moved to Denver, CO and graduated with a MSW and a 200hr Yoga Teacher certification in 2014. She now serves as the Bilingual Therapist at The Blue Bench, a non-profit which provides comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence. In her free time, Megan is an avid yogi, hiker, and gardener.

Hometown

Houston, Texas

Education

Kenyon College, B.A. in Social Justice,
MSW Social Work with Latinos Certificate

What she misses most about Cusco

First and foremost, Megan misses coaching and connecting with GSW’s students! Secondly, she misses day-to-day life in Cusco including going to the market, interacting with locals, and day trips to the Sacred Valley.

Liya Assefa

Liya ran varsity cross country and track at Yale. Growing up, she played soccer, ran cross country and track, and also dabbled in softball and basketball.

Liya moved to London to pursue her Master’s in the control of infectious diseases. After her studies, she stayed at the university to work as a research assistant in infectious disease epidemiology. She will be starting medical school this upcoming fall and hopes to further pursue global health work with a career as a physician.

Hometown

Milwaukee, WI

Education

Yale University, B.A., London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, M.Sc.

What she loves most about Cusco

The enthusiasm and energy of our students, fresh avocados, hiking and running in the hills, aji de gallina, speaking Spanish daily, and so much more.

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2010-2011 Project Managers

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Briana Spence

In high school, Briana played varsity soccer, lacrosse, and also participated in varsity track & field and ski team. Currently, Briana is the assistant coach for Varsity Lacrosse at Woburn High School in Woburn, MA and is a member of a co-ed soccer team and ski team.

Upon return to the States, Briana started teaching 7th grade Spanish and French at the Kennedy Middle School in Woburn, MA. Briana loves to share her experiences from GSW with her American Spanish students, and she continues to travel in her time off.

Hometown

Hollis, NH

Education

Providence College, B.A.
Fitchburg State Universitiy, M.Ed.

What she misses most about Cusco

Working outside every day with the most curious and loveable students and speaking Spanish every day with them. Also Jack’s breakfast!

Margie Hatch

Margie was a three sport varsity athlete in high school – soccer, basketball, and volleyball – and later led Dickinson College’s women’s volleyball team as a spiker and blocker.

Margie returned to D.C. to work as a new media and Spanish language consultant with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth and the DC Advocacy Partners.

Hometown

Washington, DC

Education

Dickinson College, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

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Jamie Gow

Jamie loves running and was a member of the Women’s Division I Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Bucknell.
Jamie has a background in program design, monitoring and implementation through her experiences with GSW as well as UNICEF. She works for USAID as an advisor to the Center of Excellence on Children in Adversity.

Hometown

Education

Bucknell University, B.A.
George Washington University, MPH

What she misses most about Cusco

2009-2010 Project Managers

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Kim Friedland

Kim loves road biking, backpacking, kayaking, and yoga.

She now lives in San Francisco and works with Google’s Chrome Team. Since GSW she’s also been trained as a massage therapist, as a wilderness instructor through the Northwest Outward Bound School, and is currently working towards her skydiving A license. Prior to joining Google Kim worked for Kiva, a San Francisco-based microfinance organization.

Hometown

Oakland, CA

Education

UCLA, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Our GSW girls! Also, alfajores from Buen Pastor bakery.

Lauren Sonderegger

Lauren is currently an avid runner, swimmer and hiker. She played club water polo in college.

Lauren attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and graduated in 2015. She is now pursuing residency in Family Medicine at Swedish Cherry Hill in Seattle, WA. True to her time with GSW, she continues to be interested in preventive health and issues surrounding nutrition and fitness among underserved populations, such as food insecurity and obesity. She hopes to one day work as a family doctor in a small US town serving Latin-American populations, as well as in community-based, preventive health projects abroad.

Hometown

Berkeley, CA

Education

Yale University, B.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Peru’s morning culture–The incredible amount of bustle and life on the streets at 6:30am!

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2008-2009 Project Managers

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Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer was the tallest person in her class throughout most of grade school, which meant she spent a lot of time playing basketball and volleyball. Concurrently, she grew to love dance and yoga as a form of self-expression (and to help her with stretching!). She worked her way through her undergraduate career at Georgetown, teaching fitness classes (mostly spinning) and serving as a brand ambassador for Lululemon.

She has since moved to San Francisco where she does lots of yoga and daily walks with her dog. Jennifer now runs the Marketing Department at a technology company where she has helped grow the team from 4 to 280 people.

Hometown

Fullerton, CA

Education

Georgetown University School of Business, B.S.

What she misses most about Cusco

The cultural vibrancy and the breathtaking landscape.

Elise Boyson

Elise played club softball and enjoyed running around the national monuments as an undergraduate. She is an avid skier, hiker and bicyclist.

Elise now lives in Portland, Maine and manages volunteer programs for Preble Street, a social services agency dedicated to empowering individuals experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty. She often helps solve language barrier problems for the Spanish speaking population accessing services at Preble Street.

Hometown

Portland, ME

Education

George Washington University, B.A.
Monterey Institute for International Studies, M.A.

What she misses most about Cusco

Delicious, fresh & affordable food; being surrounded by mountains all the time; meeting interesting travelers from around the world; and of course, shouts and giggles of glee from the girls during class!

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Alex Behles

Alex played field hockey in high school and currently does hot yoga regularly to “get the bad out”.

After returning to the US, Alex entered an intensive Copywriting Program in Atlanta, GA before moving to Santa Monica, California to work in Marketing & Advertising Copywriting at Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

Hometown

Winnetka, IL

Education

George Washington University, B.A.; Creative Circus Copywriting Program

What she misses most about Cusco

Hikes to Sacsayhuaman; juices from the fruit market and watching the girls play together and challenge each other.

2007-2008 Project Managers

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Sara Schwartz

After GSW, Sara moved back to her hometown of Philadelphia where she got her MSW and currently works with underserved Latino youth and families.

Hometown

Philadelphia, PA

Education

New York University, B.A.
University of Pennsylvania, MSW

What she misses most about Cusco

Waking up to the most incredible view each morning, tamales in the Plaza, and going to the playground with the girls!

Claire Laver

Claire returned to Philadephia to work as the Executive Director of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund before transitioning to a role as the Chief Operating Officer with a construction company.

Education

University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

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2006-2007 Project Managers

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Sarah Hansen

Growing up, Sarah played basketball and ran track, but she discovered her love of rowing in high school. Sarah rowed competitively for 6 years – 3 years in high school for Saugatuck Rowing Club and 3 years at Georgetown University as a member of the women’s heavyweight squad.

Post-GSW, Sarah joined Open Society Foundations (OSF) in October 2007 as a Program Assistant for the Human Rights Initiatives (HRI). She now serves as HRI’s Officer for Grant Making. Sarah lives in New York City with her husband, David, son, Gabriel, and her dog, Ande, who she adopted while living in Peru.

Hometown

Stratford, CT

Education

Georgetown University, B.A., School of Foreign Service
George Washington University, M.A., International Education

What she misses most about Cusco

Sarah misses working outside all day, every day and seeing the excited, smiling faces of her students! And the tamale lady in the Plaza…

Jane Hendrick

Jane moved to NYC to work in media and communications. She worked as the Senior Manager of Product Marketing and Business Development at Gerson Lehrman Group for several years before transitioning into a role as a Summer Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. She also volunteers with PowerPlay, an organization based in New York City whose mission, like that of GSW, is to educate and empower women through sports.

Jane has served as the Director of Communications on the GirlSportWorks Board of Directors since 2009.

Education

Georgetown University, B.A.

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2005-2006 Project Managers

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Carrie Golden

Carrie’s passion for athletics, which include running, cycling, yoga, and ultimate frisbee, have always kept her busy.

After GSW, Carrie pursued her joint J.D. and M.A. in International Development. She has since started her own company, Golden Ethos [goldenethos.org].Through Golden Ethos, she continues to pursue international and community development work. Her portfolio includes projects which focus on good governance, civic engagement, economic development and trade, girls’ development, education, and health, making her the perfect candidate to serve as GSW’s Managing Director.

Hometown

Barnstable, MA

Education

University of Pennsylvania, B.A
University of Denver, J.D. and M.A. in International Development.

What she misses most about Cusco

The mountains

Gillian Cassell-Stiga

Gillian is a civil rights attorney in New York City where she also provides legal, policy, and strategic counsel to start-ups and social enterprises. She presently serves on the board of the Learn About Multimedia Project. After working with GSW in Peru, Gillian continued to work in international economic development and human rights. She received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Gillian is also an avid soccer player and fan, and currently serves on the board of Soccer Without Borders.

Education

University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Economics
Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

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2004-2005 Project Managers

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Samantha Burnham

After her time in Cusco, Sam decided to apply her developed Spanish skills to perform public health research for the Harvard School of Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She then studied Health Care System Design at Patch Adams’ Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia where she collaborated with fellow students to create the Superhero Training Academy after-school program. She joined the Vascular Surgery Department and assisted in the outpatient clinic of the University of Vermont before moving to Rochester to study pediatric nurse practitioning. She has since worked at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester, and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Throughout all of these adventures, Sam continues to stay in touch with several Peruvian friends.

Hometown

Sharon, VT

Education

Dartmouth College, B.A.
University of Rochester, MSN as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

What she misses most about Cusco

The students; the Peruvian culture; and the empanadas.