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Board of Directors
Jennifer (Zimmermann) Hill
Founder and Executive Director
Jennifer (Zimmermann) Hill founded Refugee Protection International, where she serves as Executive Director. Jennifer has advised on, coordinated, and managed international humanitarian programs for conflict displaced persons since 2001. She has been based in Sudan, Chechnya/Russia, Haiti, and Kosovo with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). She has also worked at the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, an NGO focused on public health and development in southern Haiti. Jennifer has substantial grant-writing experience and has taught International Human Rights at the graduate level. She holds a M.Ed. from Harvard University, where she focused on refugee education, as well as a B.S. in International Studies and Government from Colby College, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Nadine Walicki spent 11 years working at the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) in Geneva, Switzerland. She most recently served as their Senior Strategic Advisor for Development, focusing globally on internal displacement in the development context, including in urban areas. Nadine has researched and published on internal displacement for the past decade with IDMC and IOM. She has acted as the IDMC focal point on durable solutions to displacement. During her time at IDMC she has covered protracted internal displacement in the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia due to conflict, disasters, urban renewal and natural hazard mitigation measures. Nadine currently freelances for multiple aid agencies, including the NRC, UNHCR, and the ICRC.
Board Director & Secretary
Eliza Petrow works in public health, educational and philanthropic advising and has focused her career on health and educational development in sub-Saharan Africa and rural China. With a Masters Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, Eliza is a Senior Advisor to both the New York-based JC Flowers Foundation and Boston-based World Education. In 2008 Eliza founded and continues to lead PATS, a non-profit that supports HIV-positive children living in rural China. She is also the Founder and CEO of Bolster, a consulting firm that advises Chinese coming to New England for education. She is a member of NEID- New England International Donors, and is a Board member of the Watertown Community Foundation.
Board Director & Treasurer
Courtney has served the nonprofit community in several capacities, most recently as Management Consultant/Program Advisor for Capital Sisters International, a non-profit microfinance investment fund. She has also been an associate at Acumen Fund, a leading international non-profit impact investment fund, and a member of the Board of Directors at Marshall Direct Fund, a non-profit providing education for children and economic empowerment for women in Pakistan. Courtney is currently a Project/Implementation Manager II at Essette, a subsidiary of HMS and was previously an associate at KRG Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm.
Dr. Annie Sparrow
Advisor on Syria and Turkey
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 in the last two years, to document the health crisis and to train Syrian doctors in critical care and infectious disease.
Advisor on Humanitarian Operations
Fenneke Pak has worked for multiple international NGOs in the field of humanitarian aid and logistics. She most recently worked with Medecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors without Borders in Amsterdam as their Program Manager for the (global) Supply Improvement Plan.
Advisor on Operations and Protection
As an international law and development expert with over 10 years of experience in complex environments, Gabrielle Goodfellow’s professional background spans both non-profit and private consultancy sectors. Gabrielle spent several years with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Haiti and Afghanistan tackling migration management, human trafficking and refugee reintegration issues. More recently, she has been working with global clients in the extractive, energy and transportation infrastructure sectors to assess humanitarian and human rights impacts and address social acceptability challenges. Her assessments inform World Bank and IFC projects. Gabrielle has a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University, a Masters (LL.M.) in International Public Law from Kent University in the UK, and is completing an MBA at Concordia University in Canada.
Dr. Marianne Lindahl Allen
Advisor on Development and Planning
Dr Marianne Lindahl-Allen holds a PhD in Biomedicine from King’s College London and a MSc in Molecular Medicine. Most recently she completed a 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.
Gregory J. McLaughlin, MS, CFP®
Advisor on Business Planning
Greg McLaughlin is a Financial Consultant with Centinel Financial Group, LLC. Greg has a CFP, a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Bentley University, and a Master of Science with a major in personal financial planning. Greg advises businesses, individuals, and families in financial needs analysis, investment management, and charitable giving strategies, among other areas. In 2011, Greg was awarded the South Shore Stars 40 Under 40 Award. He was named a 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager for the fourth consecutive year, and he has also qualified as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, considered the premier association for financial professionals.
Programming Support for Syria and Turkey
Wafaa is a Syrian graduate student at Brandeis University pursuing a Dual Masters Degree in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution. Prior to moving to the United States in mid-2013, Wafaa volunteered with NGOs in Syria, including but not limited to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, for more than 5 years, advancing social development programs that promoted advocacy on behalf of refugees and enhanced skills in non-violent negotiation, leadership and resilience among local citizens, including adults and children with trauma. Wafaa is passionate about improving the situation of refugees as she is a firm believer that being a refugee is not a choice.
Programming Support for Jordan and Development
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
Development and Operational Support for Iraq
Rashin Khosravi 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.
Development and Administrative Support
Victoria Vautier was born and raised in Argentina. She 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. After graduation, she worked at Mercer Argentina as a Health and Benefit Consultant. She has completed a Dual Masters degree program in Political Science and Public Administration at Suffolk University, with a concentration in International Relations and Nonprofit Administration.
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