Outreach Support Staff
Doug Murray, VP of Social Media
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.
Ethan Cooper, Marketing Coordinator
Hi Everyone! I’m Ethan, and my mission is to help 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 trying new things in food, music, art, travel, and sports.
Iván Pinto-Sherlock, Team Development Coordinator
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.
Kerry Williamson, Controller
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.
May Kabiri, Team Development Coordinator
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
Michelle Drewien, Web & Product Designer
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
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.
Nicole Hadjisofocli, Team Development Coordinator
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.
Nusi Rahman, Team Development Coordinator
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.
Renee Ramsey, Team Development Coordinator
Renee began working with Volunteers Around the World as a volunteer at Sacramento State. She traveled to Peru in 2015 and the Dominican Republic in 2016 on Medical Outreach trips which sparked her interest in providing care to underserved populations. As a Team Development Coordinator she hopes to connect as many college students as possible with VAW and help them find their calling in the health field.
In addition to her work with VAW, Renee works as a Registered Nurse at a community hospital in Southern California. She is passionate about preventative health and hopes to make an impact on the health of local and global communities. On her free time she enjoys being outdoors, gardening and cooking.
Tammie Kelley, Office Manager
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.
Thomas Hunter, Senior Team Development Coordinator & Art Outreach Coordinator
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.