Natik’s board, responsible for oversight of the organization, meets virtually every quarter to evaluate and approve Natik’s major programmatic and administrative actions. From an initial group of founders, the Board has been expanded to include a highly qualified set of individuals from a variety of backgrounds in development, engineering, health, medicine, finance, government, and more.
Current Board Members
Ian joined the Natik board in 2014. He first worked with Natik in 2006 as part of a joint effort between Natik and the American Friends Service Committee to support the community of Santiago Atitlán following a devastating mudslide that displaced thousands. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors, in addition to supporting Natik’s programmatic work in Guatemala. He is currently studying Religion, Ethics, and Politics at Harvard Divinity School. His past work in international development and social justice advocacy included expanding access to justice for women in East Africa, advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ land rights throughout the world’s forests, and promotion of civil society capacity development, conflict resolution, and migrants’ rights in Latin America.
Roisin worked with Natik in Chiapas as a fellow from August 2012 to June 2013, funded by the Steve Reifenberg Traveling Fellowship from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Roisin’s fellowship consisted of conducting qualitative interviews of program participants, supporting the Veredas microloan program, spearheading an e-commerce artisan marketing project, and helping to coordinate Natik’s rebranding. Roisin received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University in May 2012 and currently works at the City Bar Justice Center as coordinator of the organization’s foreclosure prevention project.
Sarah joined the Natik board in 2011, after four years working on marketing and graphic design projects such as our annual alternative giving catalog, website redesign, and custom embroidery designs for Just Apparel. She continues to work on the catalog and website, as well as monitoring and evaluations and our recent rebranding process.
Sarah is a Ph.D. student in Urban Planning and Development at the USC Price School of Public Policy. She received her Master of Planning from USC in 2011. Before moving to Los Angeles for graduate school, Sarah worked at an architecture and planning firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied art history and English at Carleton College in Minnesota. Claremont, California is Sarah’s hometown, but she has also lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and Bielefeld, Germany.
Sarah studies housing and neighborhood change, with a focus on the demographic forces that shape the housing market. She is especially interested in the filtering process of households moving into and out of housing and how that can contribute to neighborhood decline or revitalization. She uses methods from demography, urban economics, geography, and sociology in her research.
Vicki joined the Natik Board of Directors in 2016, after participating in a service-learning
trip to Santiago Atitlán in 2014. Vicki joined the faculty of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Portland State University (PSU) in 2000, after a decade working in community-based organizations focused on domestic violence prevention and reproductive health. In her professional role, Vicki designs and teaches community-based and experiential courses both at PSU and in correctional facilities, and she serves as a faculty support and assessment specialist in PSU’s general education program. Vicki writes and publishes scholarly work on community-based learning, community-university partnerships, and participatory pedagogies, as well as poetry and creative nonfiction.
Ippolita di Paola
Ippolita di Paola received her Bachelor of Arts in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Peace and Conflict studies at Haverford College in Pennsylvania after receiving her Associate of Arts degree at 18 from Bard High School Early College in New York City. She received her Master of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and security at the New School in New York City.
Ippolita discovered her passion for Latin America and social justice when she started working in Guatemala in 2005 with Natik (then IHF), and is thankful to still be connected to the people and able to make an impact. In Guatemala, she worked with the International Humanitarian Foundation on reconstruction projects in the aftermath of landslides during Hurricane Stan, helping start the scholarship and handicraft programs that have grown and evolved today under Natik.
For the last five years Ippolita has worked as the Latin America regional coordinator at Waterkeeper Alliance, connecting and supporting over 30 grassroots organizations in their defense of the human right to clean water, with extensive fieldwork in Colombia and Mexico. She brings that same passion to health and wellness, and is also a personal trainer and group fitness coach in New York City.
Libby began working with Natik in 2015 as a volunteer in Chiapas. After working for two weeks over the summer, Libby was excited to continue work with Natik as a board member focusing on fundraising. While in Zinacantán she worked with Mujeres Sembrando la Vida on designing products for the global market; and researched the creative economy in Mexico as part of her Master’s degree in Arts Management. Libby became passionate about Latin American textiles and craft art while traveling in Guatemala and Mexico.
Libby is the Visitor & Operations Specialist at the American University Museum in Washington, DC. She received a BA in International Relations from American University with a specialization in Environmental Policy and completed her MA in Arts Management from American University in 2015.
Rebecca joined the board in 2009 and is excited to become more involved with Natik. Rebecca received a BA with a major in Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish from Dartmouth College in 2003. She then went on to get an MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in anthropology from Brown University. Rebecca is currently a Lecturer at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Development, Globalization, and Illicit Networks. Prior to the Korbel School, she was a Lecturer in the Social Studies department at Harvard University. Her research and volunteer work have taken her to Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. She has also taught courses in Latin American studies at Dartmouth College and previously served as a faculty fellow for Dartmouth’s Tucker Foundation’s alternative spring break trip to the Dominican Republic. She is excited about establishing connections between her research, teaching, and work with Natik and helping develop more opportunities for university and postgraduate students to connect with Natik’s partner communities.
Rebecca has long been a friend of Natik since attending Dartmouth with founders Dave Morse and Amish Parashar, but became more involved while conducting her dissertation fieldwork on the Mexico-Guatemala border. With her husband and former board member, Dan, she spearheaded a partnership that connected a community of returned Guatemalan refugees (Dos Ceibas) with Natik to help the community fundraise for a community center. While in Chiapas, Mexico, Rebecca and Dan also helped initiate the partnership between Brown students and NGOs and activists in Chiapas. She looks forward to continuing to work with students, partner communities, donors, and the board. She currently lives in Denver with her husband Dan, daughter Lanie, and dog Oscar.
Engineer, academic, entrepreneur, and inventor – Amish Parashar is a founder of the IHF, as well its former Board President. In addition to founding NeoVention, LLC, a medical technology development company based in New Hampshire, Amish has been an invited lecturer at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and UC San Diego, as well as various professional conferences and seminars. He currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for UCSD’s CONNECT program, which aims to foster entrepreneurship in the San Diego area.
Amish holds a BA in Engineering Sciences and a BE in Biomedical Engineering from Dartmouth College, as well as an MSc in Public Health from the University of London. He also received a Post-Graduate Diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for his work at the University of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Amish has published works on topics as diverse as venture creation and cardiac surgery, and he holds several patents (granted and pending) for public safety devices and medical and surgical technologies.
Past Board Members
Brooke Pike, Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Anna Bramfeld, Amanda Flayer, Daniel Galemba, Trevor Jensen, Nat Lippert, Kevin McAndrew, David Morse, Gail Nystrom, Jesse Rokicki Parashar, Rebecca Perkins, Kathleen Reeder, Kristen Stelljes