Anita Jeannette Smart, Executive Director
Anita took on the role of Executive Director of Natik on September 1, 2010. Anita was born in Brazil, grew up in New England, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in International Relations. Since 1987, Anita and her partner Manuel Oca have created an alternative, off-the-grid lifestyle surrounded by 25-acres of second-growth jungle, permaculture-style native edible and medicinal plants, and tropical fruit orchards in Palenque, Chiapas. Since 2008, they have hosted the production of plant-based medicinal remedies for local use.
Our dedicated, professional volunteers provide valuable administrative support so Natik can continue supporting our international partners with a minimum of administrative overhead, thus channeling more money directly to our international partner organizations.
Paul McAnnally-Linz, Accountant
Paul McAnnally-Linz provides financial guidance and assists with financial control systems for Natik. Paul 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. In addition Paul is a member of the Executive Board for San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and Treasurer for YouInspire.
Kitt Karhohs, Monitoring and Evaluation
Kitt has extensive experience in project management, marketing and client relations in the government, non-profit and private sectors. She describes herself as a results-driven manager with the skills and experience to achieve high quality results in a fast-paced environment. She enjoys building long-term relationships and connecting with people.
Adam Small, Legal Advice
Adam reviews all our legal documents to assure we are in line with the letter and spirit of the laws that govern our operations. He is an attorney at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston.
Jenn Miller is Natik’s Guatemala Project Coordination fellow, living and working in Santiago Atitlan since July 2014. Jenn has worked in the non-profit world for ten years, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in immigration and migration, and a Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. Jenn has worked extensively in the areas of program development and administration, community organizing and advocacy, and international social work. Most recently, Jenn held the position of Immigrant Family Resource Program Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago.
Devin is completing his Masters of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. As part of his studies, he focused on sustainable project design with an emphasis in monitoring and evaluation. He worked at the Experiment in International Living recruiting group leaders for summer abroad programs for high school students, and led a group to Argentina. Devin has also worked with immigrants and refugees in Houston, TX and various service organizations in planning and implementing projects throughout southern Idaho. His fellowship with Natik begins in Fall 2013 and focuses on monitoring and evaluation.
Brooke Pike & Elliot Williams
Brooke and Elliot have been integrating into the Natik team since January 2012, taking leadership roles on several projects. Originally working from the US, they moved to Chiapas in July 2012.
Brooke has a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her capstone paper was “The Effects of Project Planning and Design on Sustainability.” She most recently was a Project Manager with an energy conservation organization in Wisconsin and was a Program Coordinator and Field Representative with the same company. She has also worked in the field of administration and accounting with Habitat for Humanity. Her Latin American experience includes working on program design and analysis for a community project in Nicaragua. Brooke’s Fellowship with Natik during 2012 is to help us identify and consolidate our administrative and organizational strengths so we can build toward long-term sustainability.
Elliot has a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. His stateside resume includes being an Economic Support Specialist in Wisconsin and working on an asset-based community development project with AmeriCorps in the Chicago area. He has an interesting variety of experience tutoring, supervising and directing youth educational/ experiential programs. His Latin American experience includes working at the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia and being an English teacher in Costa Rica. His fellowship with Natik during 2012 is to help us structure multi-level, study/internship programs that interface with the experiential/academic learning expectations of students, professors and young professionals.