University of Virginia '17, Finance and Management
Annie Borgeson grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey about 30 minutes outside New York City. She graduated in May 2017 from the University of Virginia with a degree in Finance & Management and a minor in Psychology. After being involved in a club on campus that fundraised for health and education programs throughout Nicaragua and traveling there three times, she knew she wanted to serve with a nonprofit long term in a Latin American country. She is excited to learn, grow, and create relationships with Manna's community in Ecuador. In her free time, Annie enjoys being outdoors- swimming, kayaking, hiking (you name it!), listening to live music, and spending time with family & friends.
Rachel Isaacs, Program Director
University of Virginia '17, Psychology and Art History
Rachel grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Art History. Rachel has volunteered extensively both in and outside of the United States, and feels passionately about education and community development as a means for creating sustainable change. She knew that she wanted to work for an international nonprofit after college and was drawn to MPI in Ecuador after backpacking through South America and falling in love with both the landscape and the people that inhabit it. In Rachel’s spare time she enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and traveling, and eventually is looking to pursue her Masters in Social Work and Public Health.
Erin Sanislo, Program Director
Belmont University '17, Spanish and Corporate Communication
Erin grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated in December of 2017 from Belmont University with degrees in Spanish and Corporate Communication. After transformative study abroad experiences in Spain and Argentina, Erin realized her desire to use her Spanish skills in the contexts of service and community development. Erin was drawn to MPI Ecuador because of the opportunities to serve in a library and form close connections to the local community. Her hobbies include backpacking, traveling, and playing guitar. Upon return to the United States, Erin plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish. She is interested in learning about Ecuadorian culture to incorporate into her teaching pedagogy as a future Spanish teacher.
Jennifer Jones, Program Director
Villanova University '17, Psychology
Jennifer grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Villanova University in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. She had taken Spanish in school so during her spring semester junior year she decided to study abroad in Spain. It was a great experience and she learned she had a love for learning about other cultures and wanted to continue improving her Spanish. After graduating Jennifer didn’t know what she wanted to do so decided to take a gap year. She choose Manna Project because in addition to being able to improve her Spanish she loved the idea that with the holistic approach she will be working in different fields and exposed to far more.
Arthur Rempel, Program Director
University of Pennsylvania '16, Chemical Engineering
Born in São Paulo, Brasil, Arthur experienced a nomadic childhood and grew up in the likes of Germany, Italy, Japan and Thailand before setting sail to Philadelphia, PA. He earned a BSE in Chemical Engineering ('16) and an MSE in Systems Engineering ('17) from the University of Pennsylvania, at which point he realized that his true passions lay in the non-profit realm. Arthur's aspirations from his MPI experience are twofold; he hopes to fuel his desire to travel all the corners of our gorgeous planet, and to use this as the beginning of a career in international aid. He is also a certified yoga instructor, and loves to spread peace using this majestic art.
Benedicte Crudgington, Program Director
Wake Forest University ’16, Health and Exercise Science and Psychology
Benedicte is from Washington D.C., and graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Health and Exercise Science. After graduating in 2016, she moved back to Washington D.C. and worked as an EMT on an ambulance and as an ER technician in an emergency department. Benedicte has traveled through out Central America and chose to work for MPI to continue to develop her language skills and to experience working in the non-profit sector. Outside of work, Benedicte enjoys running, reading, and cooking and hopes to pursue a career in medicine after her time with MPI.
Andrew Hoy, Program Director
Penn State '17, Political Science
Andrew is from Stone Harbor, New Jersey. He graduated from Penn State in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2015, Andrew was a Summer Intern with Manna Project International in Nicaragua. It was during this internship that Andrew first developed his passion for both Latin America and non-profit work. While at school, Andrew developed a passion for working with kids after being a part of Big Brothers Big Big Sisters and seeing the impact positive role models can have on children as they grow. Andrew is excited to be back in Nicaragua to build relationships in the community and explore the country and culture he was first exposed to two years ago.
Carol Pengshung, Program Director
Whitman College '14, BBMB
Carol is from Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Whitman College in 2014 with a degree in BBMB (biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology). After college, Carol worked as a clinic medical scribe and in a neurosurgery lab. She volunteered with Manna Project in 2012 and was impressed by their holistic approach to development and their partnerships with the community. Her experience with Manna Project inspired her to return sometime after graduating college to continue working in community development. After her time in Nicaragua, she hopes to enter the medical field to help those who are disadvantaged access the healthcare they need.
Jaclyn Nicklas, Program Director
University of South Carolina '17, Biology
Jaclyn is from Charleston, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Throughout college she shadowed doctors and worked in hospitals, which sparked a love of healthcare and medicine. Her passion for working in Latin America developed through a study abroad trip to Mexico to study endangered sea turtles. She chose to work with Manna Project to learn from the culture and time spent in the medical clinics. Jaclyn hopes this experience will enhance her desire to pursue a career in healthcare and attend medical school.
Madeleine O’Leary, Program Director
University of South Carolina ‘17, Biology and Chemistry
Madeleine is from Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of South Carolina in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science of Biology and Chemistry. As a premedical student in college, she traveled to Panama for a service learning trip where she developed a passion for culture and working with underserved communities. Since then she has continued working with patients and physicians in clinical settings. Because of these experiences, she chose to work with Manna Project to be further exposed to cultural differences and develop her Spanish communication skills. Madeleine plans to attend medical school after her time with Manna Project.
Matt Regueiro, Program Director
Franklin & Marshall College '17, Spanish
Matt is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2017, where he was a Spanish major and played intercollegiate soccer. In college, he was involved in service-learning trips to Honduras and South Africa and also participated in a public health study abroad in Santiago, Chile. Matt joined MPI Nicaragua for the opportunity to work with a unique nonprofit and meet others who are enthusiastic about community development. He is excited to be exploring Nicaragua, meeting its people and developing life-long ties. He is passionate about global and rural healthcare and plans to attend medical school after Manna. In addition to sports, Matt likes photography, hiking, and traveling.
Meredith Rector, Program Director
Elmira College '17, International Studies and Spanish
Meredith is from Corning, New York and graduated from Elmira College in 2017 with degrees in International Studies and Spanish and a minor in Political Science. Meredith spent two weeks in Nicaragua in May of 2016 and was determined to return after that trip. After going to college 20 miles from home, Meredith is excited to break out and have this new experience with such a great organization. She sees this position as a stepping stone towards a career working towards sustainable development in the non-profit sector.
Susan Hyman, Program Director
UNC Chapel Hill '17, Global Studies
Susan was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Spanish. Throughout college, she worked at various summer camps and after school programs, where she developed a passion for youth development. She chose to work with Manna Project for a variety of reasons, including pursuing her interest in nonprofit work, improving her Spanish fluency, and contributing to the deep community values of the organization.