Last month, five new Program Coordinators were hired at EdVenture Partners (EVP), continuing a growth pattern with expanding industry–education programs that EVP manages. The new hires completed training in Orlando, Florida, and have already begun the spring term as of this month.
Each Program Coordinator oversees up to 25 schools around the world, acting as EVP’s primary point of contact with faculty advisors and their student teams. This term, Program Coordinators will be managing teams registered with a third run of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge (domestic schools), as well as Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism (domestic schools) and Peer to Peer: Facebook Global Digital Challenge (international schools), now in their fifth consecutive terms.
EdVenture Partners welcomes each of these new hires to the team:
Cassandra (Cassie) graduated from Marquette University in 2015 with a dual degree in Spanish Language and International Affairs. During her time at Marquette, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and attained fluency in the Spanish language. Cassie is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public policy at DePaul University. She joins EVP after gaining experience as a program assistant at an education-focused nonprofit. In her free time, you can find Cassie traveling or spending time with her Swiss Mountain dog puppy, Stanley.
Eric graduated magna cum laude from Elon University with a dual degree in business administration and sport and event management. After living in Northern Virginia, and Raleigh, North Carolina, his passion for service led him to humanitarian work in over four continents, including Africa where he is now leading several EVP programs. He transitioned from sales to ministry when a position opened up at a local church as a youth director. During this time he led service trips and mentored local youth. In his free time, Eric enjoys getting outside by hiking or mountain biking — and as an avid sports fan, he also loves watching anything on ESPN.
Livia is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in advertising and public relations. While at RIT, she performed a variety of freelance advertising, PR and marketing work, and helped create a program on campus called RIT Food Share, which earned her the university’s Ethics and Communications award. Livia is an EVP program alumna with the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism program, for which her team “It’s Time: #EXOut” took first place at the U.S. Department of State international competition. Given her role as Co-CEO of the team, she has received several honors with their ongoing work, including serving as keynote speaker at the Cleveland State University’s Countering Violent Extremism conference, speaker at RIT’s International Education Week, and she was presented with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s 2016 “Fight Against Online Hate” Award. In her free time, Livia plays soccer, loves the outdoors and is passionate about nature and environmental activism.
Mary received her Master of Fine Arts in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Before joining EVP, Mary worked for eight years in non-profit arts administration at both The Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago. In addition to her work in the fine arts, she has also worked in freelance documentary film for PBS, Al Jazeera America, and Kartemquin Films. Mary is the recipient of the Community Artist Assistance Grant and the Illinois Arts Council Grant. She is also a Kartemquin Film Lab graduate whose films have screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Sabrena is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She has worked in public administration as well as data analytics. While in high school and college, Sabrena was a member and leader within the Kiwanis International organization working with Key Club International and Circle K International. Her interest in learning about other cultures and service to others pairs well with her new role at EVP where she will be overseeing schools in Europe, Africa and Asia. She looks forward to working with students and faculty, and watching their initiatives make an impact on the world.
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