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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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!

Darcy Schoffstall, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

My name is Darcy, I am originally from Missouri. Though I am from the Midwest I have called Alaska home for the past 6 years and absolutely love it here! I am a student pursuing a degree in the dental field at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

I currently make my living here in Alaska working as a dental assistant which I thoroughly enjoy. I am excited to work with VAW because of the unique opportunities it provides to both students and communities around the globe. In my free time, you can find me hiking, biking, kayaking, or checking out the best brunch spots Anchorage has to offer!

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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.

Doug Murray, VP of Social Media

VAW Global

For much of his life, Doug has mixed working in the media with his love of travel. He has created content (print, radio, TV) for major media outlets around the world and visited more than 50 countries. He’s lived in Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico and Ireland.

In 2007, he worked as a journalism trainer in Ghana with Journalists for Human Rights. Over the past several years, he has witnessed VAW operations in Guatemala first hand and in 2015 joined up as a TDC for Canada and the UK.

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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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Ethan Cooper, Marketing Coordinator

VAW Global

Hi Everyone! I’m here to share the experience of VAW with the world and tell incredible stories of its volunteers. I’m a 2013 Graduate of SUNY Buffalo – with a B.A. in Communication. I’ve come to VAW after working with another non-profit Young Life, and i’m truly passionate about making the world a better place!

I have a love for Creativity and Art, and am very thankful to share that with y’all. When not in my office you can find me out adventuring! I love new experiences and discovering new things in food, music, art, travel, and sports.

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Iván Pinto-Sherlock, Team Development 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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Jelissa Washington, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello, my name is Jelissa Washington and I am a Biochemistry major with a minor in Nanoscience. The reason why I decided to start a chapter at Hampton was due to the fact that I am extremely passionate about global health.

 I searched for days trying to find an organization that allowed me to make a difference in the world, and then I found V.A.W. V.A.W is an organization that has Panama as one of their program sites and being part Panamanian I knew it was the first place I wanted to help. This is part of the reason why our first trip in 2016 will be to Panama. I look forward to future trips with the organization and hope to make the biggest difference around the world as I possibly can.
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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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Kerry Williamson, Controller

VAW Global

Kerry Williamson has joined the VAW team in April 2016 as their Controller. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Humanities and a BS in Accountancy. During college, she studied abroad in Italy and France while backpacking around Europe during her summers learning different languages and local cultures. Currently, Kerry has over 10 years of experience as a corporate accountant with a focus on financial and cost accounting.

Kerry’s mission as a Controller is to support VAW by working to fulfill their accounting needs in order for the organization to have continual growth with their multi-faceted contributions to communities and economical development goals through their many projects.

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Luis Perez Nuñez, Team Development Coordinator & Outreach Assistant

VAW Global

Hello,
My name is Luis and I work with VAW as an Outreach Assistant and Team Development Coordinator. I live in Perú where I was born in the amazing city of Cusco and raised in the capitol Lima. I work as an Anthropologist, through which i’ve had the opportunity to travel and work all over the country of Perú, before joining VAW. During those years working in the many different places of my country created an enormous bond between myself, the local community, and culture of Perú . Through these experiences I developed a huge compassion for the people, especially those ones who need most.

Working with Volunteers Around the World has continued to help grow my compassion and pushed me to improve and develop my personal career. I really enjoy getting to work with students, and the opportunities I get to make bonds & connections with people from a different countries & cultures. That working together, and sharing activities and experiences helps to grow those relationships. I am thankful for these experiences, and the good we get to do through them.

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Massiel Gonzalez, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1985. Since childhood, I have always had an inclination towards the arts, the enjoyment of nature and the outdoors, and an attitude of service towards others. I studied architecture and I always knew that my artistic, human, and adventurous side would lead me to work on challenging projects of human reach. My parents inculcated my brothers and I to work hard, fight for our dreams, be grateful to God and society; and always seek to live for experiences that help us grow as people and reinforce our values ​​as human beings.

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.

Monsi Portillo, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

I began my work with VAW as President and Team Leader of the first medical outreach team at the University of Southern California. I traveled with the USC chapter to Guatemala in 2012 and the Dominican Republic in 2013. My experiences with VAW sparked my interest in global and public health and solidified my commitment to bringing medicine and health care equity to those in need.

In addition to my role as TDC for VAW, I am a Health Educator at a community health center, where I provide education and care coordination services to patients with chronic disease. My work drives me to help patients get engaged in their care and ultimately improve their health outcomes.

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Nicole Hadjisofocli, Team Development Coordinator

VAW Global

I moved to the United States from a small European island called Cyprus about 4 years ago to pursue higher education. I recently graduated from The Ohio State University with my BS in psychology. In my spare time I love being active. I’ve been rock climbing for about 3 years now and I love being in the gym or outdoors moving. I also love to cook!

I started the Ohio State U Medical chapter my freshman year and I can honestly say it was my favorite part of college. The whole process of setting it up and later on watching it grow to what it is today makes me tremendously proud. Knowing that there is a collective group of your peers striving to make this world a better place makes all the hard work worth it. That’s why I wanted to become a Team Development Coordinator; so I could help other leaders through this great process.

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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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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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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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Thomas Hunter, Senior Team Development Coordinator & Art Outreach Coordinator

VAW Global

Hello, my name is Thomas Hunter. I am excited to be on board with VAW for the New Art Outreach Program. I have an Associates in Photography and a BA in Art. I have always wanted to see the world and its beauty. I came along with Mark in 2014 to photograph the site in Guatemala and was moved at the wonderful work they at VAW do for the people.

It gave me the idea to help Beautify the Schools and share the joys that Art can bring. When I am not working with VAW I am Photographing for my business, Teaching Classes at our Local Library, and spending time with my Wife and three sons.

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