Project Management

Lauren Messina

M.S. Candidate

I currently live in Chicago, where I am starting the program as a distance-based student for my first two semesters before moving to New Orleans in 2016.

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.

Susan Webber

Alumna, M.S., Peace Corps

Susan Webber works in the Office of the CFO at the Peace Corps in Washington, DC as a systems analyst. Currently, she is working on a project to re-architect a financial application that is deployed at all overseas Posts. Her longer term goal is to work for a development agency that is focused primarily on finding solutions for energy poverty (e.g. efficient cookstoves, micro-grid technologies). While at the Payson Center, Susan's studies focused primarily on development issues in Africa, particularly Kenya.

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.

Lawliss Turner

Lawliss Turner
Doctoral Student

I'm a native of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, I wanted to come home and help play a part in the recovery efforts. I took a job at the Louisiana Department of Economic Development in the state capital where my main function was to attract large scale investment and job development. Thereafter, I took a job at the City of New Orleans, Office of Community and Economic Development. In this position, I was the lead project manager for the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, which was a $14 million private/CDBG investment in grocery stores in established food deserts in the New Orleans.

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