Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Email: email@example.com Skype: willyoppenheim Phone: uk: +44 (0) 7869.684.083; us: 203.554.0350
Willy came up with the initial idea for Omprakash after serving as a volunteer English teacher at the Louisiana-Himalaya Association (LHA) in northern India in the autumn of 2004. He then attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he completed a self-designed major in religion, education, and anthropology. Willy is pursuing a career as an educator and enjoys rock climbing, telemark skiing, playing guitar, and baking bread. In 2009, he received a Rhodes Scholarship and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education at Oxford University. Willy sits as President of the Board of Directors and remains involved with all operations of Omprakash.
Chief Outreach Officer
Before joining the Omprakash team, Lacey volunteered with Omprakash Partner Helping Hands, where she spent 8 months developing an ecological kindergarten and curriculum. Originally from Washington, Lacey now lives and works in San Francisco, California. A graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, she has experience teaching middle school students with special needs and is particularly talented at community organizing. She is an avid runner, biker, hiker and backpacker.
Chief Operations Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: OmprakashInfo
Joanna was raised in Southern California and currently lives in Massachusetts. She began working in the non-profit sector in 2006 with a focus on arts and education, and joined the Omprakash team in 2010 to support operations and administration. She graduated from Bowdoin College with an interdisciplinary degree in Art History and Visual Arts with a minor concentration in French. In her parallel life, Joanna is an art conservation technician.
Anoop spent his youth growing up in Canada, Syria, Scotland, and the US. He attended Northwestern University where he studied Environmental Engineering. After graduating, he helped support two Omprakash Partners, LHA and Deep Jyoti. Anoop is interested in supporting Partners from a public health perspective. He is currently a graduate student studying Public Health at Tulane University and hopes to attend medical school.
Alex is a trumpeter of "critical volunteerism", or the understanding of a volunteer experience through a political-historical lens. He began with Omprakash as a member of the founding team of partner Taller de Paz in Bogotá, Colombia. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. He continues to be involved with Omprakash as a mentor for the EdGE program.
EdGE Program Coordinator
Steve likes to be framed by mountains, as in the Amne Machin range where he taught, the Akwapim-Togo range where he assisted a mobile clinic, the Heklugjá fissure where he farmed, the Piemonte Alps where he couchsurfed, and the Blue Ridge where he continues to take refuge from the Williamsburg, Virginia lowlands. He graduated from the College of William & Mary having majored in Marketing and Environmental Science. Steve hopes to pursue graduate studies that will preface a life of simul-solving environmental, public health, and cultural dignification challenges one mountain-shadowed village at a time, and writing.
University Relations Coordinator
Amara volunteered in Potrero, Costa Rica with Abriendo Mentes in the summer of 2012 where she worked on curriculum development and also taught English classes to adults. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but has happily moved to the Midwest and lives in Bloomington, Indiana where she is a doctoral student in Language Education. When she is not working, she is looking for ways to travel or training for her next marathon.
After graduating with a degree in Geography from Queen's University, Robin spent 1.5 years traveling throughout Latin America. Robin was introduced to Omprakash during her travels and enjoyed the opportunity to visit a number of its Partners. She joined the Omprakash Team as an EdGE Mentor in early 2013. Robin is pursuing her interest in the dynamics of community-based development and environmental management through graduate work in Community and Environmental Planning at the University of Toronto.
Vance Walstra is a freelance archaeologist and a former Omprakash volunteer. Originally from New England, Vance graduated from the University of Montana before relocating to Portland, Oregon. In 2008, Vance was awarded an Omprakash Volunteer Grant to work with Helping Hands, an education and environmentally-focused Partner in Cusco, Peru. During that trip, he also traveled throughout Peru, introducing new non-profit Partners to the Omprakash network.
Chris's first experience in global volunteerism was providing disaster relief for hurricane victims in Honduras after the devastation of Hurricane Michele. In 2012, Chris joined Omprakash, volunteering his services as a Certified Public Accountant. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and William & Mary, and he is currently employed at a CPA firm in the Washington D.C. area. Not-for-profit organizations are one of his key focuses professionally. His interests include hiking, snowboarding, and enjoying nature.
University Relations Strategy Intern
Radha is a Political Science and World Religions student at McGill University with a minor concentration in Law and Society. She is a strong advocate for youth engagement in both politics and the non-profit sector. In 2011, Radha received an Omprakash Volunteer Grant that helped her travel to India and work for a month with a Partner, after which she had the opportunity to travel. She is now working to expand Omprakash's presence at the university level.
Ellen is a loving mother of five children, a committed supporter of multiple community-based educational organizations, a lifelong runner, an avid golfer, and a reckless skier. She provides the bedrock for financial operations at Omprakash and thrives most when managing logistical and organizational tasks that would drive most people crazy.
Communications Intern & University Outreach Coordinator
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Geoff holds a degree in Economics & International Relations from Cornell College, Iowa. After studying and interning abroad in Uruguay, Guatemala, and India, Geoff joined the team to enrich the Omprakash blog and assist in university outreach. His interest areas include economic development, human trafficking, and corruption. While Geoff worked in India, he worked to develop informational materials for members of parliament, notably the Lokpal Bill. His anti-corruption work was the product of a longstanding academic interest in the field.
Kate grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Visual Arts. After spending several winters in Utah skiing and traveling in the summer, she migrated to Seattle to pursue a career in graphic design with a focus in web design. She joined Omprakash in 2012 to help create a new interface and give the Omprakash website a much-needed facelift. In her spare time, Kate dabbles in writing, baking and playing in the mountains.