Natik’s board is responsible for oversight of the organization, and meets virtually every quarter to evaluate and approve Natik’s major programmatic and administrative actions. All Directors actively participate on one or more of Natik’s committees, thus forming an integral part of Natik’s operational capacity.
Current Board Members
Ian Ramsey-North, Chair
Roisin Duffy-Gideon, Vice Chair
Paul Linz, Treasurer
Sarah Mawhorter, Secretary
Ippolita di Paola
Amish Parashar, Founder
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 then worked at the City Bar Justice Center as coordinator of the organization’s foreclosure prevention project Roisin then worked at the City Bar Justice Center as coordinator of the organization’s foreclosure prevention and homeless benefits projects and is currently a student at the University of Chicago Law School.
Paul is currently serving as Executive Director of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity based in Warrenton, VA. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Cal-State Los Angeles and an M.B.A from Auburn University. He worked at Xerox Corporation from 1983 until his retirement in 2012 where he held a wide variety of management assignments in Finance, Strategy & Planning, Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Product launch and Support. Paul has been a volunteer with Natik since the fall of 2008 providing financial guidance and overseeing the financial records and reporting.
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.
Kyle joined the Natik board in 2014 after two years as Natik’s “blog guy”. His techie and writing skills quickly made him the go-to for site and social media questions. His life experience includes being an EMT and freelance writing. He is currently works as a grant writer for a New Hampshire non profit. He lives in Boston.
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 and product marketing. 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 Analyst of Special Projects, Contracts, and Risk Management at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA. 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. 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.
Deborah joined the board in 2017, after years of being an informal advisor to the Executive Director. She was born in Texas and has lived full time in Chiapas, México since 1987, so her bi-cultural perspective is an important contribution to Natik. Since 2002, She has been a Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, School of Languages. Her areas of academic interest include Main Currents in Education, Design of Programs, Didactics of reading and writing in the classroom, Methodology for preschool and primary, Psycholinguistics, Educational Technology, Senior Seminar, Academic writing, Evaluation Design, and Observation of teaching practice. Her extensive experience in all aspects of education and administration includes leadership in diplomas and training workshops for teachers and managers, Coordination of Educational Leadership Workshops, Pedagogical Advisor, and Instructor in Technology. Her non-profit experience includes board governance, project development and finance, as well as participation on many different types of committees.
Bruce joined the Natik board in the spring of 2017. He graduated nearly 100 years ago from Middlebury College with a BA in Spanish and is a certified public school Spanish instructor. He has worked extensively with students with immigration and programs to combat systemic poverty, both physical and educational. His involvement with Natik was an organic process of developing student Spanish language class curriculum, with the idea of helping those who cannot help themselves through US student-initiated sponsorship of the Santiago Scholarship program. He believes strongly in the wisdom of “not giving them fish, but to teaching them how to fish”. Bruce is working on a replicable curriculum that can be shared with Spanish teachers in the US who are interested in partnering with the Santiago Scholarship program.
Addison earned a BA in Anthropology with a Spanish language focus from Antioch College in 2017. She spent six months in Chiapas for her final co-op, working as a marketing intern for Mujeres Sembrando la Vida.. Through her relationships with weavers and her deep love of textiles, Addison has remained involved with searching for sales opportunities in the US, and joined the board in 2017. She sees her work with the cooperative, as a form of economic justice, and believes cross cultural connections are central to understanding the globalized world. Addison will be spending the next year teaching English in Spain before continuing onto a graduate program.
David began working with Natik during the summer of 2016 as the photography/videography intern. During his internship, he was able to gain first-hand experience with Natik’s partners and projects in both Chiapas and Sanitago Atitlán and developed a desire to remain involved with Natik after the conclusion of his internship. He joined the Natik board in 2017. David recently graduated with a BA in International Studies and a BA in Spanish from the University of Denver. He plans to spend a gap year teaching English in Latin America before continuing on to graduate school.
Bill joined the Natik board in 2017, after several months as a strategy and integration advisor to the executive director. After thirteen years of active and highly honored duty in the military, Bill retired to civilian life and obtained his MBA in an Executive Program with a specialization in Strategy and Leadership. Since 2015, he has worked with Amazon as Operations Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Logistics. The summary on his resume perfectly expresses the skills and passion that he brings to the Natik team: Results oriented and experienced in leading cross-functional teams in fast-paced and fluid environments. Driven by a passion to gather and develop great people, create efficient processes, and identify effective technologies to deliver innovative solutions and drive long-term results.
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