Officers & Board of Directors
Mark Stanley, Founder and CEO
Mark Stanley began his career in volunteer work in the mid-1990s, where he volunteered in Northern Virginia. During his time in Virginia, he worked with a primarily Hispanic population, and there learned to speak Spanish. As he learned more about the stories of different immigrants, he became inspired to travel to Latin America and explore the different cultures for himself.
He attended university at the University of Louisville, where he graduated with a degree in Anthropology in 2004. He later continued his volunteering experience in Cusco, Peru. While in Peru he worked with farmers and small business owners to develop markets for selling their goods; he was also involved with building some school houses. It was in Peru that he met his wife, Becky. After their volunteer program, Mark and Becky backpacked together through South and Central America. When they returned to the United States, they founded Volunteers Around the World in 2006.
Mark is the CEO and Director of Volunteers Around the World. He enjoys working with the team leaders, doctors and in-country staff to bring much needed services to different communities around the world. In 2006, Mark began working for Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company. In 2012, he founded Elite Administration, a company that deals with administering Colonial Insurance products for sales managers all around the Northeast United States. He is also on the Board of Directors for VAW. In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
Rebecca Stanley, Founder and CFO
Becky grew up in central New Jersey. She graduated from Kean University with a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After graduating, she decided to volunteer abroad in Cusco, Peru where she worked with abused and battered women.
It was on this trip that she met her husband, Mark. After their volunteer program, Mark and Becky backpacked together through South and Central America. When they returned to the United States, they founded Volunteers Around the World. Becky is the CFO and Director of Volunteers Around the World. She helps plan, direct and coordinate operational activities. She also devises strategies and policies to ensure VAW meets its goals. Becky is also on the Board of Directors for VAW. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Briana Pinto-Sherlock, Chief Operating Officer
Briana Pinto-Sherlock has worked with Volunteers Around the World since 2009 and currently serves as a Chief Operating Officer. She became involved with VAW at UC Berkeley as a volunteer and helped develop the Nutritional Security and Water Filter Outreach Projects. Since then, she has worked with VAW as a Team Leader, Site Coordinator, Team Development Coordinator and Chief Operating Officer.
Briana grew up in Northern California and attended university at UC Berkeley. She graduated from Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Spanish and Portuguese Literature. Briana has had the opportunity to travel and live abroad in several capacities, ranging from building houses in Tijuana, Mexico to hiking up to glaciers in Ushuaia, Argentina to studying abroad in Santiago, Chile. She currently resides in Pichilemu, Chile, but travels frequently to California.
Nicole Arguedas Nieri, VP of Operations
My name is Nicole Arguedas and I work with VAW as the Vice President of Operations as well as the Perú Site Coordinator. I also work as an independent consultant in communication, marketing and corporate social responsibility. I grew up in Ica (where the Huacachina Oasis is) and I’m living in Cusco now, a place that has me head over heels.
What I love the most about working with VAW is the dynamic work with very committed people who have a great sense of service. I always tell the teams: It’s not only that we provide medical attention and free medicine to people in need, but that we show them we care about them. Both of these are very more important aspects of our work: touching not only bodies but also souls!
Katie Dreiling, Senior VP of Global Marketing
Katie Dreiling graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Spanish. She has over 10 years of experience in business development, fundraising, and marketing. Prior to her involvement with VAW, she served as the campaign finance director for a United States Senator and United States Governor leading their fundraising efforts.
For the past six years, she has been with Colonial Life, a voluntary benefits company, serving in several capacities focused on the national broker market, and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of National Broker Partners. Katie serves as the SVP of Global Marketing for VAW(Volunteers Around the World) and continues to be a consultant on fundraising and marketing initiatives.
Dr. Scott Kasteler, MD, Director
Dr. Kasteler is a Board Certified Dermatologist since 1995, having received training at the University of Utah, University of Arizona, and the University of Louisville. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Louisville and has a private practice in Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.
Dr. Kasteler is a member of several medical societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology. He has published in several medical journals, including JAMA. He lectures regularly on various medical subjects both nationally and internationally. In his office and at the University, he participates in the education of medical students, dermatology residents and residents in other specialties. Dr. Kasteler is married and has five children and one grandchild.
Dr. Paul McAllister, DMD, Director
Dr. McAllister graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University, after which he completed four years of dental education at Oregon Health & Science University, receiving a doctoral degree in dental medicine (DMD). After dental school, he furthered his training, completing a 30 month residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to become an orthodontic specialist.
Dr. McAllister has practiced orthodontics since 2010, and maintains dental licenses in Arkansas and Nebraska.
Dr. McAllister and Mr. Stanley first became acquainted as they volunteered together, full-time from 1996 to 1998. They worked closely together, serving and teaching among the Hispanic population in Northern Virginia. During their service together they learned to speak fluent Spanish, and to appreciate the cultures and traditions of various Central and South American countries. Dr. McAllister is honored to help Volunteers Around the World achieve its mission to improve the standard of living for some of the world’s poorest communities.
David Liberman, DMD, Dental Advisor
David Liberman has been involved with VAW since his sophomore year of college. He helped start University of Southern California’s first medical chapter in 2012. He noticed the imperative need for dental care in some of the countries and was instrumental in creating VAW’s dental outreach program. This program now expands to multiple countries and services thousands of patients each year. It focuses on sustainable dental care and education to underserved communities.
David has graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2019 and is currently serving as a Captain in the United States Army, offering dental care to the American Soldiers that fight to keep our country safe. David has a true passion for global health and continues to work with VAW to better the organization and make it a powerhouse to help serve many communities abroad. He loves to mentor undergraduate students to better prepare them for medical and dental school.
Arush Lal, Global Health Advisor
Arush Lal was the founding Team Leader for the Georgia Tech chapter, helping lead 70 students to provide medical care and health education across four LMICs and eventually serving as a Team Development Coordinator and VAW’s first Global Health Advisor.
Arush has policy, advocacy, and research experience in primary health care and community workforce capacity-building, emergency preparedness and response policy (including integrating health information systems to control the DRC Ebola outbreak), and resilient health systems governance and financing at the national and global levels. He has supported health systems strengthening and rights-based development initiatives with organizations including the U.S. Office for Global Affairs (HHS/OS/OGA), IntraHealth International, and The Task Force for Global Health. Arush recently completed an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women in Global Health and the WHO Youth Hub, and has been nominated as a WHO/UNICEF Primary Health Care Young Leader, Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, and Emerging Voices for Global Health Fellow.