Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

Adelia DeMarsico

Adelia DeMarsico
M.S. Candidate

My name is Adelia and I am a South Florida native.  As an enthusiast for Latin America, I majored in Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Florida and have spent significant time in Latin America traveling, teaching English, and interning. Before moving to New Orleans to pursue my post graduate degree in International Development, I worked as a middle school Spanish teacher.  Through this experience, my passion for children and education became apparent to me.

Hilary Nicole Zainab

Doctoral Student
Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin is a Management Analyst with the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  She currently serves as a Board of Director and Operational Coordinator for the Standby Task Force where she provides crisis informatics and mapping services to organizations such as UNOCHA, MSF, NetHope and others responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Alexander Coles

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Alexander Coles is a Full Professor of Geography and Environmental Science at Florida State University, Panama Canal Campus. He is a Land Use and GIS Specialist. Before joining the FSU-Panama, he taught Geography-related seminars and courses at the Departments of Geography and Global Health at the University of South Florida (USF).

Sarah Lionel

Doctoral Student

I am Sarah Lionel from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.  I just recently concluded my employment with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency in Barbados. There I worked managing projects and provided disaster preparedness and response support. My various roles with the Agency allowed me to work with 18 Caribbean countries and various development partners including USAID OFDA, US SOUTHCOM, the Government of Italy, DFID, Australian Aid, CIDA and the European Union etc.

Nathan Morrow

Nathan Morrow
Associate Research Professor

Nathan Morrow has nearly 20 years of international research and work experience with issues of food security, child wellbeing and humanitarian response. He began giving courses at the Payson Center in 2006 and has taught a number of classes over the years for the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a regular food security studies Global Development Summer Institute in Italy. He is the primary author and principal investigator for the forthcoming United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Handbook for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Li Li

Alumna, PhD, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Environmental specialist with expertise in international development and environmental science. Professional experience in operating air quality monitoring instruments, as well as managing and promoting air quality monitoring cooperation between countries. Excellent research and cross-cultural communication skills. Fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

Taylor Passman

Alumnus, M.S., UNRWA: Gaza

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones, Tulane Payson Center
Alumna, M.S., Fundación Paraguaya

In November 2014, I joined fellow Paysonite, Martin Burt's Fundación Paraguaya as a Project Coordinator where I will be writing grants and managing grant-based projects.  I received my B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in international relations from Tulane University.  As a Payson graduate student, I worked as the Program Coordinator at the Center for Inter-American Policy (CIPR) and Research at Tulane University.

Jessica H. Ports

Jessica Ports
Doctoral Student

Jessica is currently a PhD Candidate at the Payson Center, with dissertation research focusing on applications of information & communication technologies (ICTs) for disaster response and humanitarian aid. Research interests include ICTs for international development, the role of technology and social media in humanitarian response operations, leveraging ICTs for disaster resilience, disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean Basin, international humanitarian law, conflict and development. Since fall of 2011 Jessica has taught the IDEV4100: ICT4D course at the Payson Center. Jessica has been involved with the American Red Cross for more than 13 years, during which time she has served as a volunteer coordinator, disaster instructor, hurricane shelter manager, government/EOC liaison, international humanitarian law instructor, international tracing specialist, and health & safety instructor. Jessica lives in New Orleans with her fiance and their dog (Maya) and cat (Dexter).

Rummanul Ferdous

Rummanul Ferdous
Alumnus, M.S.

Hello everyone, my name is Rummanul Ferdous and I am from Bangladesh. I am an alumnus MS student in International Development at Payson Center, Tulane University. I was an early participant of the Panama Field Work Experience Program.

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