Each pair of 2Seeds Project Coordinators is assigned a team mentor. Mentors are established professionals with leadership experience in a variety of fields, including business, government, nonprofit management, and academia. Mentors provide support, guidance, and perspective to their Project Coordinator teams throughout the project term. They serve as a resource for the PCs to improve their effectiveness as individuals and as a team! If you’re interested in serving as a mentor in the future, contact us here!
2Seeds role: Mentor Coordinator
Mentor History: Korogwe (’11-12), Bungu (’12-13), Masoko (’13-14), and Kwakiliga (’13-14),
Mentor Coordinator (’14-15)
Current Profession: International Agricultural Development Consultant
Area(s) of Expertise: Program management; international agricultural development; proposal development; strategic planning; cold chain and post-harvest development
Stephanie currently serves as a consultant for several international, agricultural, and local NGOs and organizations. She is an avid volunteer with numerous local and international NGOs and entities focusing on international development, poverty alleviation & food security, and community development. Stephanie and her husband, Aaron, own and manage three businesses in the Bryan/College Station area in Texas: Paddock Lane; The Tipsy Turtle; and The Proudest Monkey Bar & Grille. They are in the process of opening a fourth restaurant named All the King’s Men. Stephanie’s previous professional positions include Director of African
Initiatives for Texas A&M University; Assistant Director of Foreign Operations for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture; and Director of International Programs for the Global Cold Chain Alliance/World Food Logistics Organization. Stephanie holds a BS degree in Agricultural Leadership & Development (focus on international development in Indonesia) and a Masters in Public Service & Administration (emphasis areas nonprofit leadership and management; international development; diplomacy). Stephanie and Aaron have a 2-year-old son, Kai, and a 6-month-old daughter, Marley.
Mentoring: Magoma-Kijango team
Mentor History: Magoma-Kijango (’14-15)
Current Profession: Farm Manager & Instructor, Stonehill College
Area(s) of Expertise: Sustainable Agriculture
Bridget currently works at Stonehill College where she manages The Farm at Stonehill and teaches courses in Environmental Science, Food Politics, Food Justice and Sustainable Agriculture. Her passion for international food security and sustainable agriculture first took root when she studied in Kenya as a college student. This experience inspired her to study food access issues and to learn how to farm. She brings to 2Seeds the wish to share her passion for sustainable agriculture and to support and to learn from the Project Coordinators as they address income and food security issues faced within their communities. Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Bridget earned her B.S. from Queen’s University in Canada and her M.P.S. from Cornell University.
Mentoring: Tabora team
Mentor History: New in 2015
Current Profession: Human Resource and Development Student at Texas A&M
Area(s) of Expertise: Internal Audit and International Development
Catherine has almost 20 years of experience working in various roles within nonprofits, domestically and internationally. In 1994, with a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, Catherine began her career as a social worker. In 2001, she earned an MBA from Rollins College in Florida.
Currently, Catherine studies Human Resource and Development at Texas A&M. Prior to returning to school, she served as Senior Administrator for Community Services at Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc., where she had overall responsibility for providing leadership across a 165-person community services division. Her programs included Women Infants and Children, Head Start, housing programs, case management, Meals on Wheels, and Individual Development Accounts. Previously, she served as Director for Financial and Strategic Planning for World Vision United States International Programs Group, where she provided leadership across the division for all operational, financial, and strategic planning including incorporation of long-term WVUS strategy, scorecard and policy development, and all budget, analysis, reporting, and special projects. Catherine became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2011. With an emphasis on internal audit, controls, and programmatic outcomes, Catherine has worked in Guatemala, Ghana, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Bulgaria, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Bosnia, Albania, Liberia, Senegal, Haiti, Thailand, Switzerland, and Malaysia.
Mentoring: Lutindi team
Mentor History: Bombo Majimoto (’13-14), Lutindi (’14-15)
Current Profession: Consultant in Healthcare Quality
Area(s) of Expertise: Healthcare & business
Heidi is an independent consultant in the healthcare quality arena, providing content and clinical expertise on many issues including quality improvement, workflow redesign, health information technology, and performance measurement.
She previously served as the Vice President of Performance Measures at the National Quality Forum (NQF) and as the Director of PCPI Operations for Clinical Performance Evaluation at the American Medical Association (AMA). Ms. Bossley currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia and received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and her Master of Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
Mentoring: Bombo Majimoto team
Mentor History: New in 2015
Current Profession: Full-time Mother and Community Activist
Area(s) of Expertise: Environmental Consulting
Kate is a full-time mother and community activist currently living in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia with her husband and three daughters. Her volunteer efforts have most recently funded a children’s library in their Saudi Arabia community, and brought youth together from three Middle Eastern countries to provide aid and hope to the beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain. Kate has a background in environmental consulting with expertise in due diligence requirements for property transactions and regulatory compliance in the western United States. She holds a BS degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from the University of Utah. From involvement in the first commuter rail line development in Utah to teaching her child to read, Kate thrives on seeing both large and small-scale endeavors evolve and benefit individuals, families and communities. She brings to 2Seeds an expertise in sustainability, first-hand experience of challenges that face the developing world, and a passion for being actively engaged as a global citizen.
Mentoring: Magoma-Kwata team
Mentor History: New in 2015
Current Profession: Associate Director for Program Development at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture
Area(s) of Expertise: International Development
Keith has over fifteen years of experience working in various sectors of the international development arena, both in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as Associate Director for Program Development at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture within the Texas A&M University System where he has overall responsibility for new business development. Previously he served as the Institute’s Assistant Director for Administration and Finance. With an emphasis on food security programs primarily in conflict and post-conflict countries, in recent years this has included projects in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Panama, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Uzbekistan.
He is a member of InsideNGO, the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), the World Affairs Council of Houston, and Amnesty International. He also serves on the advisory board of Empower Dreams, a Dallas, TX-based non-profit that works alongside successful, time-proven, efficiently run, local organizations in developing countries.
Keith completed an MA degree focused on international development, as well as an MS degree in international management, from the University of Denver. His graduate research focused on the application of continuous quality improvement tools to the operations of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in post-conflict countries with a regional focus at the time on Southeastern Europe and the Newly Independent States. He has worked and traveled in 50 countries and 44 of the 50 U.S. states.
Mentoring: Kwakiliga team
Mentor History: New in 2015
Current Profession: Political/Economic Officer, Dhahran Consulate General, Office of the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, United States Department of State
Area(s) of Expertise: International Relations and Conflict Management
Miles is a State Department foreign service officer currently serving as the economic and energy officer at U.S. Consulate Dhahran in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. In this capacity, Miles is responsible for strengthening U.S.-Saudi economic ties, producing energy and economic analyses, and promoting opportunities for U.S. companies. Previously, he served as a political officer in the Iran Regional Presence Office at U.S. Consulate Dubai and as a Persian-speaking consular officer at U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia. Before joining the State Department, Miles worked as a special assistant in the Utah Governor’s Office. Miles holds a B.A. in international relations from Brigham Young University and a M.A. in conflict management, international economics, and emerging markets from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has extensive volunteer experience working on economic development, youth leadership, and humanitarian relief issues throughout the former Soviet Union and Middle East.
Mentoring: Masoko team
Mentor History: New in 2015
2Seeds History: Masoko Project Coordinator (’13-14),
Current Profession: IT Strategy and Transformation Manager, Accenture
Area(s) of Expertise: Industries – Telecom, Products, Financial | Frameworks: IT
Operating Model, High Performance Banking, PMBoK® and UML®
Monique currently works as IT Strategy Manager for Accenture in São Paulo, Brazil. She graduated in Information System, post-graduated in Software Engineering and has a PMP Certification with the Project Management Institute (PMI). From 2013 to 2015 she took a sabbatical period to pursue a dream: traveling around the world. Monique visited several countries to gain different perspectives and learn from different cultures. During that year, she joined 2Seeds Network as a Project Coordinator for the Masoko Project. Monique is curious, enthusiastic and positive. She hopes that her experience with 2Seeds in Tanzania, knowledge of project management, and high-energy contribute to her new role as a 2Seeds mentor. Monique recently joined Copenhagen Business School and is preparing herself to embrace a new challenge in Brazil: establish an organization of Social Entrepreneurship. In her words: “My work in Tanzania inspired me to keep pursuing my goal of making the world a better place.”
Mentoring: Kijungumoto team
Mentor History: Lutindi (’13-14), Kijungumoto (’14-15)
Current Profession: Associate Director, The International Office, Northwestern University
Areas of Expertise: Educational Immigration Regulation, Intercultural Communication & Program Development
Nick currently works at The International Office at Northwestern University. His work focuses on government regulations related to international student and scholar immigration and providing supportive programming to these populations. Previously, he worked at NAFSA: Association of International Educators in Washington, DC, where he focused on federal grant administration and the other elements of international education. Nick was born and raised in Idaho and currently lives in Chicago, IL.
Mentoring: Bungu team
Mentor History: Tabora (’12-13 and ’13-14), Masoko (’14-15)
Current Profession: International Business Director, Savage Services Corporation
Area(s) of Expertise: Accounting, Budgeting, Management Training
Shawn is currently an international business director for Savage Services Corporation. His current responsibilities include financial analysis, new project development, and management training. Shawn holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. Shawn brings leadership experience from his time spent working with KPMG in San Francisco where he was involved with many of the world’s leading financial companies. Shawn has eagerly served in volunteer youth and young adult mentor roles within community organizations for over fifteen years. Shawn provides an optimistic point of view and an enthusiastic passion for helping others become their best self. Shawn and his family live in Khobar, Saudi Arabia where he has spent the past year starting up a new division for Savage and assisting his lovely wife, Kate, as they help their three daughters, Hadlie, Kennedy, and Nora reach their true potential.