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.
Caitlin Carlton, Program Director
Biola University '10, Intercultural Studies
Caitlin grew up in Lodi, located in the central valley of California. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, and had the opportunity to volunteer in Kenya and Nigeria during that time. After working at the headquarters of an international relief and development organization for two years, Caitlin decided to apply for a field position and found Manna. She is looking forward to contributing her years of experience working with non-profits during her time as a Program Director, and is excited to gain experience managing and operating programs directly. In the future, Caitlin plans to support development projects that empower and sustain communities long-term with an organization like MPI.
Francesca Piccone, Program Director
University of Delaware '16, Environmental Studies
Francesca grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA. In 2016, she graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from University of Delaware. Francesca is passionate about environmentalism, social justice, and making the world livable for everybody! For these reasons, and the opportunity to develop her professional skills and work in the non-profit sector, Francesca applied to be a Program Director for MPI in Ecuador. She is very excited to teach as she learns and learn as she teaches.
Joey Schenosky, Program Director
Northeastern University '18, International Affairs and Economics
Joey was born in New York City and was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently a senior at Northeastern University, located in Boston, Massachusetts. He is majoring in International Affairs and Economics and minoring in Spanish, and will be graduating in May of 2018. Joey wanted to work for MPI in Ecuador because he is very interested in the development field, especially when it comes to childhood education, and because he is interested in learning more about how an international NGO functions. He also wanted to work in Ecuador because he hopes to improve his Spanish speaking skills. After graduation, Joey plans to work for an NGO In either the U.S. or South America.
Mike DePinto, Program Director
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo '15, Civil Engineering
Mike is a civil engineer who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in July 2015. He wanted to work in Ecuador both to get back into international nonprofits and to improve his Spanish. In college he was a member of Engineers Without Boarders, where he had the opportunity to lead a team to Malawi, Africa for a project. It was an amazing experience and since then he has been wanting to move his career towards that field of work. In the future he would like to continue to work with international organizations focused on sustainable development around the world.
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.
Rob Kasemodel, Program Director
Colorado College '15, Neuroscience
Rob grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs in May 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in neuroscience. After getting into medical school, Rob decided that he wanted to defer matriculation for a year to spend time learning about Ecuadorian culture and developing his Spanish skills before starting his career in medicine. He found Manna Project's holistic approach to community development particularly impressive and decided to apply as a Program Director. In his free time, Rob enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, mountain biking, and learning about natural science.
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.