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Our Team

Our Team

Using vision and compassion to help others help themselves


Board of Directors



Advisory Board

Dr. Annie Sparrow

Dr. Annie Sparrow

Advisor on Programming and Partnerships

Annie Sparrow, a pediatrician and public health expert, is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Program at the Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai in New York. Her extensive public health work has taken her to Afghanistan, Chad, Sudan, Kenya and Somalia. Since 2012, her focus has been on the humanitarian and human rights catastrophe in Syria. She has published widely on the public health crisis and has travelled repeatedly to the Syrian border to document the health crisis and to train Syrian doctors in critical care and infectious disease.

Rashin Khosravibavandpouri

Rashin Khosravibavandpouri

Advisor

Internally displaced during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, Rashin Khosravibavandpouri moved to the United States in 2006 and received her Masters degree in International Relations from Suffolk University. She has a network of contacts in the Middle East from her time reporting in the region. She is conversational in Kurdish and Arabic, as well as fluent in Farsi. Rashin works as a Director at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of MetroBoston, where she enjoys advocating for people with disabilities. In 2019, Rashin received the Gerry Wright Direct Service Employee of the Year award of excellence from the Providers' Council.

Gabrielle Goodfellow

Gabrielle Goodfellow

Advisor on Post-Conflict Operations

Gabrielle Goodfellow is an international law and development expert with over 15 years of experience. Her early career was spent with IOM - The UN Migration Agency in Haiti and Afghanistan tackling at-risk community stabilization and refugee reintegration issues.  As a consultant for clients in the extractive and energy industries over the past decade, Gabrielle assessed social impacts and supported compliance with international social safeguard standards. Her assessments informed World Bank and IFC-financed projects. Gabrielle is now the Director for Projects and Partnerships at One Drop, a private foundation focused on global water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, an LL.M. in International Public Law from the University of Kent, and an MBA from Concordia University.

Dr. Marianne Lindahl Allen

Dr. Marianne Lindahl Allen

Advisor on Development and Planning

Marianne Lindahl-Allen is the co-founder of LEAS Lab, providing remote lab instruction to young adults. Previously, she was a lab instructor at Harvard Medical School’s MEDScience Simulation Lab for high school students. Marianne holds a PhD in Biomedicine from King’s College London and a MSc in Molecular Medicine. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School where she published numerous papers in high impact peer reviewed journals. Marianne has a strong passion for humanitarian aid and has spent time working for the Red Cross in Japan.



Staff

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill

President and Executive Director

Jennifer Hill founded RPI, where she serves as President and Executive Director. Jennifer has strengthened and managed international humanitarian programs for refugees and IDPs since 2001. Prior to RPI, she was based in Sudan, Chechnya/Russia, Haiti, Geneva, Romania, and Kosovo with IOM - The United Nations Migration Agency and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). She has also served Health Equity International (St. Boniface Haiti Foundation) and taught International Human Rights at the graduate level. Jennifer holds a M.Ed. from Harvard University, where she focused on refugee education, and a B.S. summa cum laude in International Studies and Government from Colby College. Jennifer is a new member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council. She is driven to aid people in acute crisis and enjoys organizing relief efforts together with the remarkable communities we serve.

Ronald Vigue

Ronald Vigue

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

RPI welcomes Ronald Vigue as Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. Ronald brings 15 years of fundraising experience, during which he's raised millions for the humanitarian sector. Most notably, he was Director of Corporate Relations for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts where he routinely closed 6- and 7-figure partnerships to help those affected by disaster. Ron has a passion for international aid work and believes strongly in RPI's mission. He began his fundraising career in the Arts, where he received formal training at Boston University and awards from the American Music Center, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and others. He lives on the North Shore of Boston with his wife Anu and his 3-year-old son Henry.



Volunteers and Interns

Dan Goldan

Dan Goldan

Program & Logistic Support

Dan is a Romanian humanitarian worker who has volunteered with RPI since April 2022. He helps RPI purchase evacuation vehicles, food aid, shelter supplies (beds, linens, winter blankets, flashlights) and other urgent relief items in Romania and transports them into Ukraine. RPI director Jennifer Hill and Dan Goldan have made the Issaccea-Orlivka ferry crossing into southern Ukraine multiple times over the past year rushing supplies to border tents, displaced orphans, children with disabilities, other highly vulnerable groups, and RPI community partners in the Odessa and Kherson regions. Dan also volunteers for the Romanian NGO "Magic Association" and recently received an award for driving a cumulative of 200,000km to bring pediatric cancer patients to medical centers. We are grateful to Dan for his service.

Dr. Corina Popa

Dr. Corina Popa

Program Support

A Romanian pediatrician, Dr. Corina Popa is mother to one of the first surrogate newborns evacuated from war-torn Ukraine in March 2022. Corina now assists RPI's Jennifer Hill to urgently identify medical equipment in Romania for RPI's purchase and cross-border delivery to war-affected Ukrainian children's and maternity hospitals. Corina is a pediatric doctor at the Children's Clinical Emergency Hospital of Brasov, Romania. She has presented at national and international events and specializes in Pediatric Pneumology and Allergology, as well as Clinical Immunology. Corina has a passion for children and charity work.

Iryna Piotrowska

Iryna Piotrowska

Development and Program Support

Iryna, half Polish half Ukrainian, grew up in Ukraine. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Warsaw. Additionally she finished the European Academy of Diplomacy with the International Institutions major. Working as Program Manager at Google, she is passionate about improving processes, finding solutions to problems, and making things happen. Iryna lived in 5 countries and always promoted Ukrainian culture and language through organization of Ukrainian meet-ups and events. Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine she has been collecting humanitarian aid and sending it to Ukraine and participating in locally organized awareness events.

Deema H. Darwish

Deema H. Darwish

Program Support

A qualified engineer from Syria, Deema H. Darwish moved to Gaziantep, Turkey early on in the Syrian war. She has worked tirelessly to help Syrian refugees locate shelter, education, and healthcare. Deema founded the Ulfah House Initiative, setting up a collective shelter and livelihoods program for Syrian widows and children. RPI supported Ulfah House to identify and subsidize urban housing rentals for newly arrived Syrian refugees, with Deema leading implementation. She has since resettled with her family to the United Kingdom. Deema now volunteers remotely for RPI's self-reliance initiative with local partners, traveling to/from the Turkish-Syrian border to bring beautiful refugee-made products to the international market.

Rasha Isa

Rasha Isa

Development and Program Support

Rasha Isa studied English Literature in Damascus University, Syria. Rasha has many years of experience in interpretation and teaching languages. She has advocated for women’s rights since 2005 and has served women who experienced gender-based violence in Syria. Rasha is also a strong advocate for refugees’ rights and refugee children’s right to education. Rasha has worked with refugee women and children in Syria, Turkey, and the US. She has been working in refugee education programs in the US for 4 years serving students in tutoring and after-school programs, in addition to educating and supporting refugee families to navigate the US school system and engage with their community.

Skyler Hoffman

Skyler Hoffman

Development and Program Support

Skyler is a student at Babson College. He has volunteered in the past with the Quick Response Team at Casa Base in Greece that taught refugee girls skills and hosted social cohesion activities. He also has experience volunteering with Art4humanity on refugee assistance and other organizations as an Eagle Scout.

Camille Neidhardt

Camille Neidhardt

Child Protection Intern

Camille assists RPI with desk research, among other programming support related to child protection and displacement. Camille has previously interned with UNRWA in Jordan, the International Social Service in Geneva, and the Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women in Vietnam. Camille is pursuing her Masters in International Affairs and Development, with a concentration in Peace Studies, from the Université Paris Dauphine & PSL Paris Sciences et Lettres. She is passionate about the nexus between grassroots humanitarian work and improved child protection, and holds a particular interest in the Middle East.

Jessica Childs

Jessica Childs

Development and Program Support

Jessica has a B.A. from Earlham College with a double major in Politics and International Studies and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She has volunteered with Save The Children in the Zaatari camp of Jordan, conducting interviews with families to evaluate their refugee status eligibility. Jessica also developed an independent initiative implemented with a team of Jordanian volunteers, which facilitated access to humanitarian aid for nearly 100 Syrian refugee families in northern Jordan. Having previously worked at the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, Jessica is currently employed by Experian Data Quality

Victoria Vautier

Victoria Vautier

Development and Program Support

Victoria (Vicky) graduated from Law School at Buenos Aires University in 2009. During her senior year, Victoria worked as a paralegal at Borrajo, Sabato & Associates and was part of the Buenos Aires University Legal Aid program. She has also worked at Mercer Argentina as a Health and Benefit Consultant. Vicky has a Dual Masters degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Suffolk University, with a concentration in International Relations and Nonprofit Administration. She also enjoys assisting nonprofits serving the immigrant and refugee community in Greater Boston.

Victoria Zimmermann

Victoria Zimmermann

Communications and Media Support

Victoria has a passion for working with underserved and at-risk communities. She has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Human Rights from Trinity College in Connecticut. As part of her 3-year independent study project, she planned and facilitated an arts-based group supporting the societal reintegration of formerly incarcerated women with Community Partners in Action Resettlement House Program. Victoria has also interned with The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston.

Tony Dowers

Tony Dowers

Graphic Design

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