About Us

Outreach Support Staff

Alexander Mills, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global
I have always had a humanitarian view on life trying to equalise the inequality in the world. This drive to do good in the world prompted me to join up with VAW Cambodia, here I was able to provide medicine and medical services to those in need. It was while shadowing a doctor with chickens running under my feet when I truly realised my life would not be fulfilled unless I continued this work.

When I’m not doing work for VAW, I am either doing research at UNSW or studying towards a neuroscience degree at The University of Sydney. I hope during my time as Team Development Coordinator, I can contribute to the impact helping those in impoverished areas.

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Arush Lal, Team Development Coordinator

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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Chini Sheth, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hi! My name is Chini Sheth and I’m a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, currently pursuing a joint career as a physician assistant and in public health. Prior to graduation, I worked with VAW for two years and was the team lead for UGA’s medical outreach chapter during the 2017-2018 school year.

Working with Volunteers Around the World was the most rewarding and eye-opening experience I had during my undergraduate years and I’m truly grateful to continue working with VAW as a new Team Development Coordinator. I look forward to this year and am excited to support VAW as it brings together passionate individuals who want to make a difference in the world.

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Crystal Duong, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hi! My name is Crystal. I graduated from VCU with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in May 2017. Prior to graduating, I was the President and Team Leader for the pilot medical outreach team traveling to Vietnam. I hope to help students around the globe build team skills and leadership. In my spare time, I enjoy trying new things and going to concerts. I’m excited to see where this opportunity takes me!

Dassine Belaid, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

My name is Dassine and I’m from the beautiful Montreal, Canada. I’m also a bit from everywhere I lived, Algeria (my origins), Canada, France, USA and lately all over the world since I decided to be 100% nomad and live in my carry-on for the last year and half. I love traveling, connecting with people/cultures/countries and learning new languages. I’m a computer engineer, freelancer who always tried to balance her virtual life with meaningful causes. I’m grateful to be part of VAW as a TDC.

Emily Dimond, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Emily joined the VAW team as a Team Development Coordinator in 2018. She was born and raised in California, and received her B.S. in Applied Nutrition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduation she worked as a Community Health Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator for the United States Peace Corps in Paraguay from 2015 – 2018. Her experience in Paraguay cultivated her passion for international development work, leadership, and travel.  She is excited support VAW’s commitment to empowering volunteers, staff, and community members involved.

Estephani Caillaux, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello! I’m Estephani, I’m from Cusco and I’m a jewelry designer and maker. I firmly believe that the world is full of good people and if everyone comes together they can change the world, and VAW is proof of this. I started at VAW almost 2 years ago as an Outreach Assitant at the Cusco, Peru site and now I will be joining the VAW Global team as a Team Development Coordinator.

During my life, I always try to balance humanitarian activity and any other work I have been doing. VAW allows me do this; on the way, it has allowed me to help people in ways I could not have done alone. These days, I am luck enough to share my time doing the things that I love the most: traveling, designing and making jewelry, and helping volunteers to help those who need it most.

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Iván Pinto-Sherlock, Team Development Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator

VAW Global

Iván Pinto-Sherlock is from Santiago, Chile. He first officially became involved with Volunteers Around the World in 2014, when he helped set up the site in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Iván works with VAW to develop teams on campus and prepare them for their Outreach trips, help found new Outreach sites and in clinics as a translator and rotating Site Manager.

Iván studies Biology with an emphasis in Natural Resources at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. Additionally, Iván is interested in Public Health. In his free time, Iván enjoys running, watching fútbol, and traveling.

Having grown up in Chile and seeing how important access (or lack thereof) to health care is, Iván is very excited to be part of Volunteers Around the World’s mission to bring medical care, dental care and education to underserved communities around the world.

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Kelsey Wolf-Cloud, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Kelsey started as a Team Development Coordinator in 2018. She is from California but currently lives in Puerto Natales, Chile with her husband and daughter. Kelsey graduated in 2010 from Chico State University in California with a degree in Latin American Studies. In her free time, she likes to play with her dogs and enjoys her life out in the country.

Kendall Beltran, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello! My name is Kendall and I am a Senior at Virginia Tech. I am currently majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Medicine and Society, and plan to pursue a career in the medical field. I have been involved with Volunteers Around the World (VAW) since 2015 when I joined my chapters first medical outreach trip to Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

The following year I was given the opportunity to become the Team Leader of our chapter and led a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to lead another trip, but I continued my involvement in my chapter as the President.  As President I have worked hard to combine VAW’s motto,  “Volunteer your time. Donate your energy.”, and Virginia Tech’s motto, “UT Prosim (That I May Serve)”, by initiating a volunteering program associated with our local community of Blacksburg. This program allows for past, current, and future trip members to work as a collective group to make a difference in their community which will hopefully cross over when volunteering abroad. I am extremely excited to introduce more people to this remarkable organization and the experiences that follow.

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Kylie Adamec, Team Leader

VAW Global

Hi, my name is Kylie and I’m a senior at Loyola University Chicago.  I have been involved with VAW for three years now volunteering in Albania followed by transitioning to become the Team Leader of the Chicago chapter.   Since then, I have been working to grow the chapter while having the chance to lead teams to Cambodia and Peru.  I’m excited to continue working with VAW as a TDC to share the organization with even more volunteers and universities.

I have a passion for global health and in particular healthcare for underserved populations and women.  I hope to utilize all of my experiences including those with VAW to one day have my own career to improve healthcare and education standards for women around the world.  In the mean time, I’m looking forward to continuing my education, traveling to more countries, and meeting new people for good food!

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Laurie Clark, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello! My name is Laurie. I recently graduated SUNY Albany with a Bachelor’s in Biology and am pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant. I have volunteered with VAW on two medical outreach trips to the Dominican Republic and was the Team Leader for two teams.

I am very excited to continue working with VAW as a Team Development Coordinator who can now be a guide to new Team Leaders. I cannot wait to watch VAW grow and to be a part of expanding VAW to more universities.

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Mackenzie Kubik, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello, my name is Mackenzie! I’m a current senior at Rice University in Houston, Texas majoring in Chemistry, Latin American Studies, and Policy Studies with a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. Last year I served as a Team Lead for Rice’s chapter of VAW and have participated in VAW trips in both Panama and Peru. I’m excited to be working as a Team Development Coordinator this year and hope to engage students in the same incredible experiences I’ve had with VAW!

May Kabiri, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Maygol (May) began her time with VAW as an undergraduate at the University of Southern California. She traveled as a volunteer to the Dominican Republic in May 2013 and led a team of volunteers to Panama in May 2014. May graduated this past May from USC, and is currently living and working in Southern California.

Meca Sánchez, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global
I am a designer from Lima; but I live in the great city of the Incas, Cusco. Since I discovered volunteer work years ago my life changed, my heart is happier and my soul is richer. Trying to make the world a better place is one of my goals in life. I believe if we all try to help little by little eventually things will change for good, so I am happy to be part of VAW

Traveling is what I love most, my eyes have seen beautiful places around the world and I want to keep seeing more. I love yoga, running, painting, and creating everything in general.
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Michelle Drewien, Web & Product Designer

VAW Global

Michelle is the web and product designer for Volunteers Around the World and a myriad other companies. She designed the beautiful website you are currently enjoying, and has developed many other creative projects for VAW including flyers, banners and cards.

Noelia Nuñez, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello there, I’m Noelia! I’m an anthropologist and photographer from Lima, Peru. A while ago, I moved to Cusco looking for new experiences and a change of scenery and I couldn’t have asked for anything better than what I had. By lucky chance, I ended up as an Outreach Assistant at VAW Peru in Cusco and it changed my life! 

I learned a lot about working with a humanitarian organization, working with people from other countries and cultures, and, most importantly, helping people that are in need for a bit of extra aid with health care. Undoubtedly, working with VAW and all the volunteers, doctors, dentists and teammates has been a unique experience in my life and I hope to help others have the same experience!!

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Nusi Rahman, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello there! My name is Nusrat but I prefer to be called Nusi (New-See). I am currently pursuing my Masters in Counseling in Clinical Psychology. My goal is to eventually get a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D) in the future and work in student affairs and as a Clinical Psychologist.

I am a devoted humanitarian and take advantage of every opportunity I get to give back to the community and help people in need. I attended SUNY Old Westbury’s first VAW trip to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2014. The trip was the most unforgettable experience. Following that year I became the Team Leader of Old Westbury in 2015 and my team and I returned to DR in the summer  of 2016. I enjoyed being a part of VAW as both a volunteer and a Team Leader and now I am exited to share my experience by passing it on to future Team Leaders and volunteers.

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Resham Gehani, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello! My name is Resham Gehani and I am a current Graduate Student, pursuing my Masters in Healthcare Administration. I graduated from The University of Georgia in May of 2017 with my Bachelors of Science in Biology. I started the Dental Outreach Chapter at UGA and was the Team Leader for a trip to Peru in 2016 and Dominican Republic in 2017. 

Working with Volunteers Around the World was the highlight of my undergraduate career and I am so glad to still be working with this organization. I am currently the Team Development Coordinator for multiple teams and I thoroughly enjoy working with all my Team Leaders and helping them make a difference in the world. I plan to stay involved with this organization and the healthcare field in the future because I am extremely passionate about helping others and making a difference.

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Shandra Perkins, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Shandra currently lives in Orlando, FL and is originally from North Carolina. She loves the mountains! She also enjoys photography, especially outdoor photos. She has one daughter who loves to play softball and has found a way to play year-round rather than only in the spring.

Shandra graduated with business administration degrees from Florida Southern College and University of North Carolina (MBA). She is a member at Real Life Christian Church and is part of the children’s ministry there. She previously worked at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, FL.

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Shruti Ravindramurthy, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

My name is Shruti Ravindramurthy and I am a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, I majored in Integrative Biology and minored in South and Southeast Asian Studies. Throughout my time at Berkeley I was interested in the healthcare field and I was a Co-Team Leader for our VAW Dental Outreach Chapter.

I am so excited to be helping other Team Leaders build new teams as a Team Development Coordinator for VAW. I had a wonderful experience doing outreach abroad and my goal is to help provide undergraduate students from other universities with the opportunity to have an experience as fulfilling as mine. Aside from working with VAW, I love exploring new cities, experiencing new food adventures, shopping, and hanging out with friends!

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Tammie Kelley, Office Manager

VAW Global

To say I am a child of the South is an understatement.  I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama;  lived in East Tennessee for 23 years, where we raised our son;  and, moved to South Carolina in 2015 with a new opportunity for my husband.

I went to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a major in Music Education.  I did not graduate, however, had some wonderful experiences, including studying under Bob Burrows, who, at that time, was a writer/publisher of Christian Church music.

I have worked in the accounting/administrative field for most of my career.  I worked for the Alabama Department of Revenue for eight years as a Department Secretary under the Director of all the Revenue Field Offices in Alabama;  and then, the Alabama Department of Agriculture as a Procurement Officer for eight years.  I left the Alabama Department of Agriculture to move our family to East Tennessee.

I worked for Cherokee Textiles as the Secretary for all Administrative Staff except for the President of the company;  worked in the University of Tennessee Financial Aid Office, Co-owned a business with my husband, and worked as the Office Manager/Business Manager for KJ Development for eleven years.  After I left KJ Development, I worked as the Accounting Assistant for the CFO of BrakeQuip, LLC based in Alcoa, Tennessee.  I left BrakeQuip to follow my husband with his job opportunities.  I went to work for Genesis Healthcare as a Regional ROC (Rehab Office Coordinator) which included creating/maintaining spreadsheets, weekly auditing of reports and other duties for 93 facilities within our Region.  During this time, I spent nine weeks in Clemson, South Carolina as an Interim Director of Rehab while the Director was on maternity leave.  I traveled a good bit during my career with Genesis Healthcare but was laid off in January 2016 when Genesis had company-wide layoffs.

I was blessed to be hired by VAW in February 2016 as the Office Manager and was asked to take on the HR duties in March.  My policy has always been that my door is always open and I will do whatever I can to help our people out.  If I don’t know an answer, I will make sure I get the answer for them.

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Yuantong (Rachel) Li, China Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hi! My name is Yuantong (Rachel) Li and I am a freshman at University of Pittsburgh studying Biological Sciences on pre-dental track. I am from Beijing, China. I am a member of Dental Science Club at Pitt and I love the activities that they provide us. I learned about VAW through the Pitt Dental Club.

I am excited to go on trips with VAW as well as organizing a team of Chinese students to the countries in need of medical and dental outreach. I became passionate about doing volunteering abroad since I last volunteered in Sri Lanka. I want to use my skill of speaking both Mandarin and English to accomplish more and I am thankful that VAW provides me this opportunity!

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