Non-Profit Organizational Management

Toni Akinyemi

Alumna LLM in Law & Development

Sonita Singh

Sonita Singh
Doctoral Student

Evaluation Specialist currently evaluating international, federal, state and city projects in:

  • Criminal Justice and Correctional Research
  • Child Survival and Early Childhood Development
  • HIV, specific to Prenatal Exposure
  • Co-occurring Disorders (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Illnesses)
  • Health Systems Research in West Africa (Gambia) 

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Development, Logistics, Execution and Analysis

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.

Sydney Gray

M.S. Candidate

My passion lies at the intersection of women and water and I spend every minute I can with Mama Maji, a New Orleans-based nonprofit dedicated to using water to empower women.

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.

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.

Susan Lightfoot Schempf

Susan Lightfoot Schempf
M.S. Candidate

Susan Lightfoot is a community food systems development professional with 15 years of hands-on experience in food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and youth development programming. After co-founding and directing the Noyo Food Forest, a 501c3 non-profit organization based in rural northern California, Susan designed and implemented an innovative regional Farm to Fork program to increase smallholder farmers' income and improve school feeding programs in the region.

Ophir Haberer

Ophir Haberer
Alumnus, B.A., research assistant at Can Tho University, Mekong Delta

Ophir Haberer is an undergraduate alumnus of Tulane University and Founder/Project Coordinator of the Tulane Hope Gardens Project, an outlet to engage students in urban gardening and sustainable living.

Ophir and his many social activisim projects were the subject of a Paysonite profile in the April 7, 2014 edition of the Payson Center, eNewsletter, The Monitor.

Shane Israel Ipatas

Shane Israel Ipatas
Alumnus, M.S., Irelya Human Development Association

Shane Israel Ipatas is a Class of 2014 alumnus with an MS in International Development at the Tulane Law School of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics (Banking and Finance) from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

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).

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