About Us

Officers & Board of Directors

Mark Stanley, Founder and CEO

VAW Global

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.

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Rebecca Stanley, Founder and CFO

VAW Global

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.

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Briana Pinto-Sherlock, Chief Operating Officer

VAW Global

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.

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Nicole Arguedas Nieri, VP of Operations

VAW Global

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!

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Katie Dreiling, Senior VP of Global Marketing

VAW Global

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.

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Dr. Scott Kasteler, MD, Director

VAW Global

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.

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Dr. Paul McAllister, DMD, Director

VAW Global

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.

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David Liberman, Dental Consultant

VAW Global

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 is currently a dental student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. He will graduate in 2019 with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and serve as a dentist in the United States Army, treating 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 also loves to mentor undergraduate students to better prepare them for medical and dental school. 

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Arush Lal, Global Health Consultant

VAW Global

Hi, I’m Arush Lal, a Global Policy and Advocacy Associate at IntraHealth International and a Fellow with the Global Health Corps. Prior to this, I helped found Volunteers Around the World – Georgia Tech, where I helped lead 70 students to four developing countries, providing over 1,600 patients with critical medications and health education.

I will soon be headed to London,UK, as a Rotary Global Fellow to complete an MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics.

I’m passionate about improving the performance of frontline health workers and strengthening the health systems in which they work. This has lead me to amazing opportunities like advocating to Congress and the U.S. Administration to address gaps in access to health workers in low- and middle-income countries, engaging WHO/UN and other multilateral institutions to train, support, and protect health workers, and participating in coalitions and events to ensure health workforce and systems perspectives are incorporated into policies and programs worldwide.

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January 18, 2018

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