In 2008, the world's problems were simple, and so was our solution: sell donuts at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati for $1 each and give the money to a nonprofit organization that provided solar cooking supplies in Darfur. As our organization grew in size and complexity, so did our understanding of geopolitical crises and the many ways in which they affect the lives of human beings just like us around the globe. By working and growing alongside Concordia Humana, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from more wonderful people than I can conveniently name.
That said, I've had a number of powerful experiences outside of Concordia Humana that have given me great insight into areas of both leadership and the business of running a nonprofit. I spent the summer of 2012 in India as a part of Cornell University's service-learning program with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, where I learned the ins-and-outs of responsible nonprofit accounting. Currently, I analyze the effects of economic shocks on labor markets for the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, long-distance running, conducting sometimes-successful culinary experiments, and proclaiming every April that "this'll be the year for the Reds."
I'm eternally grateful to be a part of Concordia Humana and to have these experiences shape my life. Long live CH!
Chief Operations Officer
My role as COO of Concordia Humana can only be described as diverse - from driving to grocery stores around Cincinnati in the early morning collecting donated pastries for the first Donuts for Darfur sale to filing for incorporation and 501(c)(3) tax exemption, to working to design and assemble a reliable solar-powered well.
I recieved a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, where I had the opportunity to travel on and lead undergraduate service trips to install solar lighting and vaccine refrigeration in Haramaya, Ethiopia. My firsthand experience with the impacts of energy, particularly renewable energy, on the developing world led to CH's current PowerUp Ethiopia effort, which aims to bring sustainable development to Ethiopia through a solar-powered well at a rural primary school near Haramaya.
I'm currently a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, where I work to develop new energy storage and conversion technologies (like batteries and solar cells) with the Energy Materials Center at Cornell and Prof. Uli Wiesner. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and cooking.
Chief Media Officer
After a few years of point-of-sale volunteering for Donuts for Darfur as a student at St. Xavier High School I officially joined Concordia Humana in the spring of 2010. Now, as a doctoral student of biostatistics at the University of Minnesota, I manage the intellectual property and publicity of the organization. It's wonderful to participate in a venture that has such immediate and significant results.
Chief Developmental Officer, Head of Fundraising
For years I was just another volunteer for Concordia Humana selling bakery items to help out with Darfuri refugees. I eventually founded the Cincinnati Catholic Churches chapter and quickly found that I wanted to do anything I could to help out others. Despite dutifully dealing donuts during deity deigning, I found far further fulfillment finding future philanthropic features. Alliteration aside, I was a consultant to the board for a few months before Danny left for a unique internship working in hands on volunteerism in India upon which I was given the position of CEO for his sabbatical. When he returned I was given the job of working on and forming new ways for our organization to raise funds and make sure we were finding the most pertinent needs to aid.
Iíve studied accounting, volunteerism, computer science, fine arts and multiple foreign languages while majoring in Zoology with a plan to pursue medical school; which is to say Iíve learned too much about many things to know much about anything. Besides helping out in social justice, I enjoy Ultimate Frisbee, playing guitar and cooking. Help us help the world! Thank you!
Chief Developmental Officer, Head of Sponsorship
Fundraising and stewardship is about telling a story to convey the passion and the idea of a people. I thrive on that aspect. And even more so when the need is immediate in times of humanitarian crisis.
Being with Concordia Humana, I am afforded the opportunity to have an international reach and impact with matters that can push the needle on changing the world. And while that may be a lofty goal, it's what I think about when it comes to making our projects a success.
Prior to being the Chief Development Officer with CH, I have worked for 4.5 years in development; most recently in higher ed development focusing on multi-channel fundraising strategy and on marketing colatteral- I am excited to dive into the international spread of CH.