Christina’s involvement with non-profits began as she pursued her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. While a student, she volunteered with a domestic violence organization and went on to spend 8 years working with women and children homeless due to domestic violence. In 2009, Christina received a Masters in Public Management from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. During graduate school, she interned at the World Health Organization, which later led her to volunteer at a health center in rural Nicaragua. She spent 2 years working with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Prior to assuming the Nicaragua Country Director role, Christina worked as a Research and Evaluation Associate for Safe Horizon, a victim’s services non-profit in New York.
Austin Fowler, Site Coordinator
Seattle University, Washington
As site coordinator for MPI Nicaragua, Austin supports the site’s growing programming and impact while leading our team of program directors in the realization of MPI's mission, vision and goals. Austin first became interested in nonprofit work and international development when he lived in Ecuador from 2005 – 2006 and saw unmet needs that he knew didn’t need to exist. Since then, Austin has received a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University in 2014, and gained 6 years of nonprofit experience along the way. His most recent role was with a large hunger-relief organization in Seattle, Washington, sourcing millions of pounds of donated food from manufacturers, farmers, and distributors. Austin and his wife Kelsie have always planned on transitioning into international nonprofit and education work, and they are thrilled to be in beautiful Nicaragua.
Dana Hanley, Senior Program Director
Clark University '14, Community Development and Planning
Dana is from Cumberland, Maine and graduated with her B.A. in International Development from Clark University in 2013. That same summer, she came to Nicaragua for the first time to work with MPI as a short-term volunteer. During her time in Nicaragua, she fell in love with the communities that Manna Project serves and became intrigued by the organization's holistic approach to development. After completing her M.A. in Community Development & Planning in 2014, she returned to Nicaragua as a Program Director. After a year of serving through MPI's educational and business development programs, Dana began her second year with MPI as a Senior Program Director. In her current role, Dana provides on-site and organizational support to MPI.
Nancy Shattuck, Country Director
Washington State University
Nancy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Volunteer Coordinator in Ecuador from 1999-2001 after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Sciences.Upon her return to Washington State, Nancy worked as a Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocate at a local shelter and then later for over ten years in the prosecutor’s office.In her free time she became involved in her local community as a fitness instructor, holding certifications as a Group Fitness Instructor, Zumba, and CrossFit.Nancy, her husband, their two children, her mother, and their dog returned to live in Ecuador in December 2014. Nancy loves the country of Ecuador and all it has to offer!
Carley Clement, Senior Program Director
New York University '14, Spanish, Latin American Literatures and Cultures
Carley is a New Yorker at heart, growing up in Rochester and moving to New York City to attend college. She studied at NYU where she majored in Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures and completed a thesis on the presentation of Pope Francis in the Argentine press. After studying abroad in Buenos Aires and working for a summer at a non-profit in Medellín, Colombia, she was excited to get back to Latin America after graduation, and Manna Project seemed to be the perfect fit. Carley currently provides on-site and organizational support to MPI, and hopes to continue working on international development projects in Latin America in the future, building bridges between the Latin America and the United States.
Martha Lee, Senior Program Director
University of Pennsylvania '12, History (Diplomatic)
Martha is from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History (Diplomatic) in 2012. Through her past professional and volunteer experiences, Martha has developed a strong interest in the social sector, specifically, matters addressing women and girls' access and development. Before joining Manna Project, she worked as a Marketing Manager for Memunatu Magazine, a nonprofit startup aimed at promoting literacy, leadership, and empowerment for teenage girls in West Africa. Martha is in her second year in Nicaragua where she leads programs for women and girls. Martha plans to pursue a career in public policy after her time with Manna Project.
Shanelle D'Alessio, Senior Program Director
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill '15, Biology and Psychology
Shanelle is from East Lyme, Connecticut. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015 with a double major in Biology and Psychology. While at UNC, Shanelle volunteered in the emergency department at Duke Regional Hospital and led a children’s tutoring program through UNC's Habitat for Humanity campus chapter. After spending the summer of 2013 teaching English and shadowing physicians in the Azores Islands, Shanelle developed a strong interest in global health and service. Shanelle admires Manna Project’s holistic approach to sustainable development and enjoys forming meaningful relationships with community members and improving her Spanish. After her time in Nicaragua, Shanelle plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Daniel Lewis, Senior Program Director
Colorado College '15, Biochemistry
Dan was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended college at Colorado College, where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry. Dan chose to work in Nicaragua because he wanted to be involved with Manna Project's holistic approach and work in the medical clinics in Cedro Gálan and Villa Guadalupe. As a Senior Program Director, Dan is also working with MPI's partner organization Lacrosse the Nations. After Manna Project, Dan plans to attend medical school.