Alexis Chouery is a Ballard native and is excited to serve as a Co-Vice President of the board this year. She graduated from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington where she obtained her B.A. in International Studies and minored in European Studies. Currently she works at F5 networks in operations. Some of her favorite travel memories include traveling to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and backpacking in the Olympics. She has also traveled to Norway, France, Japan, Egypt, Italy, and Mexico and wants to keep adding to the list. Her favorite international topics of conversation include refugee issues, family-work-life balance, and global gender policy. She speaks conversational French and loves trying to speak Norwegian. In her spare time she follows the Seattle Sounders as a season ticket holder, as well as taking long road-bike rides, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and running in Discovery Park.
Amy Lutterloh is a Sales Operations Specialist at F5 Networks. She supports the Federal Department of Defense sales team with logisitics of their sales which includes spending much of her day in Salesforce. Prior to F5, she was a Global Classroom Program Coordinator at the World Affairs Council where she planned and implemented teacher professional development and youth leadership programs focused on global topics. Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington and enjoys learning about international affairs. Amy previously worked at Starbucks, volunteered with the YWCA of Pierce County, and interned for Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. When she is not reading books on global topics, she enjoys running, exploring the outdoors, eating cheese, and spending time with friends and family.
Brooke Loughrin is an Associate Communications Analyst (Social Impact) in Deloitte’s Digital Business and Strategy Practice. Brooke received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in 2014, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science. During her undergraduate career, she was appointed by Ambassador Susan E. Rice to serve as the first-ever U.S. Youth Delegate on the United Nations. In her current role, she is responsible for assisting with key strategic initiatives, platforms, and campaigns for a variety of high-profile non-profit and business clients interested in international development, global health, education, and philanthropy. In addition to her role on the YPIN Board, she is also a 2015-2016 World Affairs Council Fellow. In her spare time, you can find Brooke hiking in the North Cascades, biking on the Burke-Gilman Trail, or at CorePower Yoga in Ballard.
Ariel Irene Delaney is a Global Health/International development practitioner with five years of
experience in various sectors including livelihoods, food security, and sexual and reproductive health. Ariel’s career has brought her to many destinations including: Ethiopia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, Kenya, and Somalia. Ariel is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and has a Master’s Degree in sustainable international development from the Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University. She is fluent in Spanish with extensive knowledge of Shila (North African Berber Dialect), and passable knowledge of Somali, Moroccan Arabic (Darija) and French. In her downtime she enjoys hiking/running, reading, cooking and eating. The next big adventure will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in early 2016 with her best friend.
Megan Hanna is currently an ESL Instructor at A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in German from the University of Tennessee where she also started the university’s Model United Nations team. She was selected to participate in the Transatlantic Summer Academy held at the Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn, where she sharpened her understanding of US-German relations, the EU, and NATO. She holds a Master’s degree in International Studies with a regional concentration in the post-Soviet space from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She’s taught in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. In Germany, as an intern with the Aspen Institute Berlin, she had the opportunity to work on pressing issues related to civil society within Iran and Syria. She is passionate about engaging in public diplomacy and finding common ground. In her spare time, you can find her hosting international travelers, volunteering, or catching up on current events. She loves music and is a huge fan of community radio.
Winona Rennick is a Seattle native who has worked and volunteered in the local nonprofit sector for over 5 years. Her interest in poverty alleviation and social justice has motivated her to work in public service, and she currently works in development at The Max Foundation, a global health organization that provides access to treatment and support to people living with cancer in low and middle income countries. Winona studied abroad in Germany and in Austria, and tries to keep up her language skills by practicing German and French whenever she can. Her educational background includes a BA in European Studies and German, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Development from the University of Washington. Outside of work, she loves to do yoga, experiment in the kitchen, and to explore the world around her, whether on a local hike or a far-flung adventure.
Alexandra Doyle currently works at the YMCA as an Assistant Program Director, teaching and encouraging kids to investigate their part in the global community. She also currently works as a freelance photographer specializing in lifestyle, wedding, and travel photography. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Comparative History of Ideas with a focus on human rights, and with minors in International Studies and Anthropology. She has since spent time in Southeast Asia, Cuba, and Seattle volunteering and researching these issues. Before attending university, Alexandra held a volunteer program coordinator position in Bangalore, India. What started as a chance to learn about another culture quickly evolved as she saw not only the vibrance of the people but also their struggle for access to public health essentials and equal education opportunities. She knew then that her career would focus on international youth development. As a new member of the YPIN board, her focus is to host events that educate young professionals about what they can do to help ensure the health and well-being of people everywhere.
Alex Blood is a Process Manager for American Express. He focuses on ensuring ‘dots are connected’ between Merchants. Partners, and American Express to ensure everything from card swipe to Digital Wallet (Apple Pay, Android Pay) transactions work. Previous to his recent arrival in Seattle, Alex lived in New York City and Phoenix, Arizona. Alex holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.S. in Computer Science from James Madison University. Outside of work, Alex is focused on triathlon training and exploring the Pacific NW. He is also excited to continue learning about the world and meeting amazing people through YPIN.
Jensine Isip is a Washington native that has had the pleasure of calling Seattle her home for the past decade. She graduated from the University of Washington with a double BA in Economics and International Studies, during which time she was chosen as a Fullbright-Hays Scholar to study in the Philippines. Upon graduation, she crossed the Pacific and began teaching English through South Korea’s EPIK program at an all-girls middle school. Afterwards, she decided to postpone her return to the US and instead backpacked her way through the chai-laden backstreets of Delhi, deep water-soloed off the cliffs of Hat Rai Leh, trekked through mountainous Sa Pa, and proceeded onwards to the monkey sanctuaries on Borneo. Since then, Jensine attempts to regularly add to her collection of passport stamps. She is a proud supporter of anything Seattle/PNW-related such as the Huskies and the Sounders, yet you can find her obsessing over the Premier League tables as well. In her spare time, she enjoys watching international films on Netflix, scheduling the next Classpass adventure, catching up on the latest K-Pop, playing with her cat, and eating her way through Seattle.
Porsche Landon is passionate about all things global-minded. She is a Pacific Northwest Native, returning to Seattle after nearly 10 years away. Porsche has worked in many diverse roles including with foreign governments as well as a mix of domestic and international NGO’s spanning 3 continents. Porsche currently works at The Boeing Company in Supplier Management as a Procurement Analyst. Before joining Boeing, Porsche worked at a large international non-profit assisting their strategic planning team to bring water sanitation methods to Africa Porsche earned her BA in Law at Western Washington University and recently earned her Master’s Degree at the School of International Relations at the University of California, San Diego, with a focus in International Economics and Business in Latin America. Porsche is fluent in Spanish and loves learning about new cultures. In her free time she enjoys doing anything outdoors, drinking coffee, trying new recipes, reading the news, bikram yoga and, of course, traveling.
Suzanna Parikh currently works as a Consultant at Hitachi Consulting in Seattle. Previously, she interned with international companies, including Amazon and Wunderman, while studying at the University of Washington. She graduated in 2013 with a BA in Business Administration and a Certificate of International Studies in Business. While in school, she co-founded the Girl in Yellow Foundation, a non-profit which provides scholarships for young girls in rural India to attend school, and continues to be involved as an advisor. After graduating, she spent four months in India and Nepal – teaching English in India with Global Vision International, living in a monastery in Nepal, taking yoga classes, and eating way too much street food. As a Seattle native, she loves the Pacific Northwest, but also uses any excuse to travel and practice her (very basic) Hindi and French. When she isn’t traveling, you can find her trying new cuisines and taking classes to learn new styles of dance around Seattle.
Sara Veltkamp is a communication professional who is passionate about working with clients who tackle tough issues and creatively use resources to improve lives in both the U.S. and worldwide. With Minerva Strategies, Sara takes a lead role in national and international media outreach, content gathering and generation, strategic planning, and other activities. In addition, she has led the development of several website builds, and spearheads the social media strategy and implementation for multiple clients. Sara joined the Minerva team after establishing and staffing the first-ever communication position at Global Washington, a statewide membership organization of nonprofits, academic institutions, foundations, and businesses working in international development and global health. For approximately 20 months, Sara lived in pre-war Syria teaching English, increasing the communication capacity of a local microfinance nonprofit focused on Syria’s unemployed youth, and further developing her Arabic language proficiency. Sara loves a challenge and is obsessed with learning new things, from digging into current debates on international and domestic issues, to digital media and storytelling, to studying languages like Amharic, French, or Farsi in her free time. She applies her strong curiosity to all communication challenges. Sara completed her MA in Development Studies with distinction at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington.
Rochelle Moore joined YPIN as a board member in August 2016. Her work in the non-profit sector has spanned over a decade helping homeless and mentally ill adults and their families. She was the first mental health court liaison in Snohomish County and then went on to develop clinical programs as the Director of Clinical Support
Services. She also served on the board of the Snohomish County Community Service Action Council. For the past two years, Rochelle has managed a housing program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her volunteer as a Family Mentor through the International Rescue Committee for the past year continues to shape interest in immigration and refugee issues. Rochelle became interested in international affairs and policy in developing countries as a way to understand her own immigrant experience in the context of a global society. Rochelle is originally from Belize and has lived in Seattle for ten years. She completed her graduate studies at Antioch University-Seattle focusing on Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State.
Jennifer Way currently works in Washington state politics as an administrative professional for longtime Washington Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen and previously for Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Her work focuses on communications, international relations, and economic development. Most recently she joined the state Senate rostrum for the 2016 legislative session. At the end of September Jennifer will be transferring her executive and legislative experience over to the judicial branch of government working with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts legislative team. While earning her two bachelor’s degrees in communications and German, with a minor in international studies from Western Washington University in 2013, she eventually found herself at the University of Bern, Switzerland studying the English lexical choices of Swiss German speakers during her study abroad. Over the summer Jennifer participated in the Center for Women and Democracy Leadership Institute and is a new board member of the Young Professionals International Network supporting the Flagship Events committee. Although an Olympia native, Jennifer’s spare time is spent traveling the world and learning new languages hoping to add to her list of German and French. Her latest adventure was to Patagonia, Chile and Argentina where she stood the closest she ever has been to Antarctica and was even able to watch the penguins migrate.
Zuha Hassan grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is passionate about bringing awareness to global and local issues. She currently works as a Communications Project Manager at Microsoft promoting Technical Evangelism and Development. Prior to this she worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly 6 years. During her
tenure with the Gates Foundation, she worked specifically on the transparency initiative within the charitable sector as the Lead Research Analyst. In addition, she was responsible for managing large scale reporting projects which were adopted and used by Bill & Melinda Gates. Zuha’s role was vital in determining how foundation resources would be distributed globally. She also worked closely with partners across multiple teams in order to plan future project funding. Her efforts were critical in the foundations efforts to fight major global issues including, but not limited to poverty, maternal/child health, HIV, polio, and malaria. While studying Sociology during undergrad she developed a passion for social justice and began focusing on providing assistance to those in her community. She frequently volunteers at various NPO’s in the region, has been a member of the Junior League of Seattle, and has been a volunteer at local domestic violence shelters. She has also hosted a number of fundraising events centered around helping the homeless population and youth of Seattle and volunteers her time in homeless shelters around the city and works directly with women and children in need. Zuha was born in Dubai and moved to Seattle, WA at a young age. This cultural experience, along with her other travels throughout the world, have played an enormous role in her ideals, principles, and work ethic. As a longtime Pacific Northwest resident, she is passionate about the culture, food, and history of Seattle and its surrounding regions. In addition to English, Zuha is fully fluent in Hindi and Urdu. In her free time, Zuha enjoys traveling the world, learning about new cultures, watching documentaries, and loves supporting local Seattle/PNW businesses.
Warren Jones has a true passion for promoting cross-cultural exchange of all types. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 2009, he spent several years in Japan, primarily working through the JET Programme as a coordinator in Hiroshima City’s International Peace Promotion Department. Following his return from abroad, he continued US-Japan relations work within the non-profit realm, organizing numerous educationally focused exchange programs for the youth. He currently works as a Program Assistant for International & English Programs at the UW, specializing in student services. Warren is a native of New Orleans but has proudly called Seattle home since early 2014. In his personal time he stays active through a variety of sports, and often likes to go to live shows to support the local music scene.
Nina Boe is a Montana-born, otherwise Seattle native, attending public schools in West Seattle before studying at the University of Washington for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a second in Eastern European Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is an avid language lover, and speaks Spanish, Bosnian, Portuguese, and conversational Turkish, with her next sights on Hindi and Arabic. Her favorite travel memories range from Bosnia-Herzegovina, to Kenya, to the two years she lived in Brazil. She currently works at Starbucks as she returns to the University of Washington for a Master’s in Public Administration. Aside from YPIN, she also serves on the board of Kids4Peace, and has various other volunteer positions. In her spare time, she is a photographer, loves music from around the world, and has secret plans to learn how to DJ.
Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa now works in
edTech and leads customer engagement and market strategy efforts to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.
Nicole Shermer is a native of Wenatchee, Washington, who recently graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in International Studies. She currently works at the Jackson School of International Studies as the Program Coordinator for the Middle East Studies Center, and she also interns at the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest. At both Wenatchee Valley College and University of Washington, Nicole gained extensive advocacy and organizing experience as a Campus Leader for the ONE Campaign, an organization focused on fighting extreme poverty and preventable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. She also interned for ONE in Washington, D.C. Nicole studied abroad in Spain and has also visited Peru, Vietnam, Mexico, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, and the U.K. She speaks Spanish and would love to keep traveling the world to explore her interests in sustainable economic development, education, and women’s rights. You can find her outside hiking and skiing at Mission Ridge Ski Area, where she was an alpine instructor for three years, or inside curled up with a warm drink and a good show on Netflix.
Select photos courtesy of Allie Doyle Photography and Nina Boe.