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About Us

Outreach Support Staff

Alyssa Lacap

Team Development Coordinator

My name is Alyssa Lacap, and I am one of the VAW Team Development Coordinators. I am currently working to receive my B.S. in Biology at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. I was first introduced to VAW through the team being formed on my campus in 2020. I was able to join the board of our club, and we worked hard to build and train a team of interns in the midst of the pandemic. After finally going on our outreach trip to Guatemala at the beginning of 2022, I realized how much of an impact VAW makes with all the work that it does, so I decided I wanted to get more involved! Fortunately, I have been able to get involved with the organization on many different levels: Intern, Team Leader, Ambassador, and now, Team Development Coordinator. I am excited to work with everyone and make a difference!

Dalia Alam

Team Development Coordinator
Hello!! My name is Dalia Alam and I joined VAW as an intern 3 years ago my sophomore year of college. My trip was cancelled due to covid and I had the opportunity to go to Guatemala my junior year of college. I continued by being a team leader in Peru this past June and am excited to be a team development coordinator this year. I just recently graduated from San Diego State University and majored in Interdisciplinary Studies in three departments being: Biology, Public Health, and Child Development. I was able to establish VAW as a club at my university and lead the first trip with the club established. VAW has given me the opportunity to gain experience and help those in need which is something that has always been a passion of mine. I am honored to continue to be working for this organization and I cannot wait to see it continue to grow!

Estephani Caillaux

Team Development Coordinator
VAW Global

Hello! I’m Estephani, I’m from Cusco and I’m a jewelry designer and maker. I firmly believe that the world is full of good people and if everyone comes together they can change the world, and VAW is proof of this. I started at VAW almost 2 years ago as an Outreach Assitant at the Cusco, Peru site and now I will be joining the VAW Global team as a Team Development Coordinator.

During my life, I always try to balance humanitarian activity and any other work I have been doing. VAW allows me do this; on the way, it has allowed me to help people in ways I could not have done alone. These days, I am luck enough to share my time doing the things that I love the most: traveling, designing and making jewelry, and helping volunteers to help those who need it most.

Gilana Gizachew

Team Development Coordinator

Hello, My name is GIGI! I recently graduated from George Mason University on a pre-dental track. Currently I am in my gap year so i’m super excited to get a chance to travel and volunteer more!

Karabuning Kupradit

Team Development Coordinator

Hello! My name is Karabuning Kupradit. I started working with VAW since I was in freshman year of my college career. I major in Biology with concentration in Human Biology and minor in Chemistry. I’m attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I’m a team leader, founder, and president of VAW Global Health Alliances Medical Chapter at my school. I’m preparing for the upcoming Guatemala winter 2022 trip. I’m passionate and dedicated to help underserved populations in my area. VAW helps make my goals come true, to bring equitable access to health care around the world. I’m very excited to take on a team development coordinator position and help team leaders and interns organize their trips and pursue their passion!

Kelly Murphy

Team Development Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kelly. I recently graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. I now work as a Clinical Research Assistant on a labor and delivery floor. During my time at OSU, I was a member of the Medical Outreach Chapter and I served on leadership for the organization for three years. My VAW trip to Peru confirmed my goal to enter the healthcare field and work with medically underserved communities. I am excited to work as a Team Development Coordinator and to help organize teams of individuals who are passionate about helping others in need.

Kevin Gonzalez

Team Development Coordinator

Hello, my name is Kevin Gonzalez, I am 27 years old, I live in San pedro La laguna, Guatemala since I was born. I really like helping people, making them feel that if they need something I am there for them.

I have been working with VAW  these last few months as Outreach Assistant (OA) and it has been a few months of a lot of learning and knowing that I can support many people, now I am a TDC with VAW hoping to meet many people with the same passion that I have for learning and helping.

Also I am studying medicine, which has been my passion since I was little, to be able to help everyone I can one day.

Malieka Rehman

Team Development Coordinator
VAW Global

Hi! My name is Malieka. I recently graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Biology. Prior to graduation, I started the Dental Outreach Chapter at GMU and was team leader for a trip to the Dominican Republic in August 2019. I’m excited to work with VAW as a Team Development Coordinator and guide new Team Leaders!

May Kabiri

Team Development Coordinator
VAW Global

Maygol (May) began her time with VAW as an undergraduate at the University of Southern California. She traveled as a volunteer to the Dominican Republic in May 2013 and led a team of volunteers to Panama in May 2014. May graduated this past May from USC, and is currently living and working in Southern California.

Michelle Cuadra

Team Development Coordinator

Hi! My name is Michelle and I am from Miami, FL. I graduated from the University of Florida in the summer of 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. During my time at UF, I was the treasurer of the Medical Outreach Chapter for one year. The following year, I became the president of the organization on campus and the Team Leader of the chapter. I held this position for two years. I am proud to say that I was able to plan and attend the first medical outreach trip representing the University of Florida. In the summer of 2022, nineteen interns and I traveled to Cusco, Peru where we were able to treat 361 patients! My time in Peru surpassed all my expectations. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a Team Leader and I am excited to move forward to my new position as Team Development Coordinator.

Michelle Drewien

Web & Product Designer
VAW Global

Michelle is the web and product designer for Volunteers Around the World and a myriad other companies. She designed the beautiful website you are currently enjoying, and has developed many other creative projects for VAW including flyers, banners and cards.

Noelia Nuñez

Team Development Coordinator
VAW Global

Hello there, I’m Noelia! I’m an anthropologist and photographer from Lima, Peru. A while ago, I moved to Cusco looking for new experiences and a change of scenery and I couldn’t have asked for anything better than what I had. By lucky chance, I ended up as an Outreach Assistant at VAW Peru in Cusco and it changed my life! 

I learned a lot about working with a humanitarian organization, working with people from other countries and cultures, and, most importantly, helping people that are in need for a bit of extra aid with health care. Undoubtedly, working with VAW and all the volunteers, doctors, dentists and teammates has been a unique experience in my life and I hope to help others have the same experience!!

Nina Hilt

Team Development Coordinator

Hi! My name is Nina. I recently graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in Health Care Management. I am now pursuing my Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Butler University. I served as a medical outreach intern for VAW one year then I quickly discovered I wanted to be a leader. I continued as a team leader for the past two years. I am excited to work as a Team Development Coordinator to guide new team leaders in their role and to inspire others to learn & serve around the world!

Resham Gehani

Team Development Coordinator
VAW Global

Hello! My name is Resham Gehani and I am a current Graduate Student, pursuing my Masters in Healthcare Administration. I graduated from The University of Georgia in May of 2017 with my Bachelors of Science in Biology. I started the Dental Outreach Chapter at UGA and was the Team Leader for a trip to Peru in 2016 and Dominican Republic in 2017. 

Working with Volunteers Around the World was the highlight of my undergraduate career and I am so glad to still be working with this organization. I am currently the Team Development Coordinator for multiple teams and I thoroughly enjoy working with all my Team Leaders and helping them make a difference in the world. I plan to stay involved with this organization and the healthcare field in the future because I am extremely passionate about helping others and making a difference.

Shandra Perkins

Team Development Coordinator
VAW Global

Shandra currently lives in Orlando, FL and is originally from North Carolina. She loves the mountains! She also enjoys photography, especially outdoor photos. She has one daughter who loves to play softball and has found a way to play year-round rather than only in the spring.

Shandra graduated with business administration degrees from Florida Southern College and University of North Carolina (MBA). She is a member at Real Life Christian Church and is part of the children’s ministry there. She previously worked at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, FL.

Shelly Chummar

Team Development Coordinator

Hi! My name is Shelly Chummar! I am in my last year of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Georgia. I went on my first trip with Volunteers Around the World Global Health Alliances the Summer of 2021 to Guatemala serving as the Team Leader for UGA’s Medical Outreach Team. I also led two teams in the Summer of 2022 to Peru. Serving others through VAW has been something that has changed my life experiences completely, and it has made me realize how important the work that we do is. I am beyond excited to serve in my role as Team Development Coordinator to assist others in discovering how much this organization can change your life.

Yesasvini Devabhaktuni

Team Development Coordinator

My name is Yesasvini Devabhaktuni and I have been working with this organization since 2018. It has helped me so much in helping me gain new skills as well as helping me navigate what career path I want to take. Involvement in this organization is what helped me decide my desire to work in public health. I am currently getting my MPH and I’m working as a clinical research coordinator at a children’s hospital. No matter how many responsibilities get added on to my plate, I see VAW Global as something that will continue to stay a constant. I love feeling like I am truly making a difference in the world through these mission trips. I look forward to seeing what new lesson this role brings for me!

Yuantong (Rachel) Li

China Team Development Coordinator
VAW Global

Hi! My name is Yuantong (Rachel) Li and I am a freshman at University of Pittsburgh studying Biological Sciences on pre-dental track. I am from Beijing, China. I am a member of Dental Science Club at Pitt and I love the activities that they provide us. I learned about VAW through the Pitt Dental Club.

I am excited to go on trips with VAW as well as organizing a team of Chinese students to the countries in need of medical and dental outreach. I became passionate about doing volunteering abroad since I last volunteered in Sri Lanka. I want to use my skill of speaking both Mandarin and English to accomplish more and I am thankful that VAW provides me this opportunity!