Volunteer Team

GDPC proudly engages a diverse team of volunteers who bring unique skills and experience to strengthen our work. Our volunteer roles include:

  • Graphic Design: creating infographics, illustrations, photographs, flyers, and other visual elements for the website and GDPC program support.
  • Content Creation: researching and writing stories and sourcing quality content to share on our website and social media.
  • Applied Research: providing short-term in-depth analysis based on interviews, focus groups, and desk research to support evidence base and program management.
  • Digital Tool Testing: ensuring quality digital tools by identifying and testing bugs, and validating new features and functionality for apps and other digital tools.
  • Website Support: optimizing the website using technical skills in WordPress, SEO, desk research, and marketing.
  • Data Analysis: unearthing findings based on data from user interactions and other program information to ensure accurate reporting and inform program decision-making.
  • Virtual Events: supporting GDPC conferences, training, and events in the virtual space through harnessing technology and events experience.

Meet Our Volunteers

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Arina Zanin

Digital Tool Testing
Arina is a digital tool testing volunteer at GDPC focused on expanding Salesforce utilization. Outside of her Red Cross responsibilities, she has 6 years experience in banking, finance and operations. Arina holds a BS in accounting and economics from Binghamton University.

Joey Zhang

Graphic Design
I am a Product Designer, working on Design System for digital products, as my day job. After work, I enjoy volunteering at American Red Cross as a Graphic Designer to help others in the way that I can and at my best. I believe every little help counts to make a big impact for a better world!

Shruti Shah

Graphic Design
Having studied Engineering and Management, I have briefly worked in different verticals like software development, sales and marketing for different industries. Lately I started exploring my artistic side and since then have been making digital illustrations and animated explainer videos. I am very glad I could contribute in these challenging times by designing characters for the Covid-19 Kids Kit.

Larisa Karlovich

Digital Tool Testing
Life-long information technologist with focus on risk and security. Excited to be part of American Red Cross volunteer team and applying my skills and experience to its mission. Originally from Ukraine. Passionate about travel and exploring other cultures. Love spending time with kids and seeing life through their eyes.

Julian Lagier

Data Analytics
Julian believes the world can be explained with numbers. With a BS in Finance, several big data projects, many certificates, and countless self-teaching hours, he developed a keen eye for analysis and a passion for storytelling with data. He abides by the fact that informed decisions are a key factor in the success of any contemporary organization.

Aaron Aliu

Digital Tool Testing & Data Analysis
Aaron supports coordination and dissemination of digital programs of the GDPC, most notably the Universal App Program. Aaron serves as the primary point of contact for national social partners for UAP. Originally from Uganda, he possesses an impressive resume in digital technology design thinking, including experience in developing data infrastructure software solutions and solving large, complex data problems in the process of building and determining digital solutions.
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Tara Pascual Eskander

Applied Research
Tara (she/her) is a capacity building specialist and life long learner with 15 years of experience in the public sector. She holds an MPH in International Health and Development and has previously worked on disaster response and anti-hunger issues as well as supported start-ups, academic institutions, advocacy groups, and non-profits with aspects of program planning and evaluation. She believes firmly in participatory centered approaches and community action to solve systemic challenges, and is excited to support GDPC in their applied research endeavors.
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Nesrine Aouinti

Knowledge Management
Nesrine provides support to GDPC for knowledge management, research and learning needs both at NHQ and in the field. Nesrine has four years of experience within for-profit and nonprofit organizations and holds a BA in French Language, Literature, and Civilization from the Faculty of Humanities of Tunis, Tunisia. She is passionate about knowledge, open governance, transparency, and furthering democracy.

Lindsey Tyler

Graphic Design
Lindsey is a Graphic Designer and Photographer who brings over 15 years experience to the GDPC team. She currently works in corporate communications for a Fortune 50 company and is passionate about nature, animals, house plants, and key lime pie.
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Karyn Zielinski

Website Support
I am a marketing communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare. I provide strategic management of the digital landscape, including website evolution, SEO, and the visitor’s journey. I have a passion for website development and content/asset creation. I am excited to support the work of the Red Cross as a member of the Global Disaster Preparedness Center website team.
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Ekaterina Burtseva

Applied Research
Ekaterina is from Kemerovo, Siberia, Russia, and has been fortunate to live and work across different countries and cultures, primarily in Armenia, Germany, Russia, and the US. She is deeply passionate about human rights, sustainability, and gender equality. She currently works as a Data Analyst and before worked in research, and education. Ekaterina holds a BA from Bennington College in Economics and Public Action, focusing on international development and French. She is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Maya Rao

Social Media
Maya is currently a rising senior high school student in southeastern Pennsylvania. In her future, she is interested in studying business and marketing, sustainability, and possibly fashion design. Outside of the Red Cross, she also runs Art for Hearts, an in-school organization that delivers cards and crafts to local senior centers and hospitals.

Melissa Holland

Applied Research
Melissa is a Program Manager with four years of experience, two of which were spent working in rural Rwanda. She has a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology and a Post Grad in International Development Project Management. Melissa enjoys meeting new people, playing team sports, trying new foods and traveling!
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Mira Adam

Content Contributor
Mira is a native bilingual speaker of English and Arabic, and holds an MA in Communications & Political Science and BA English from University of Pennsylvania. She has 16+ years' experience as a content creator: writer, editor, researcher, interpreter & translator. She has expertise in social media, digital content, communications, and journalism. She has been a Researcher & Tour Guide Volunteer at the Archives Department for two years.
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Laura Maraldo

Virtual Event Planning
Laura joined the GDPC as a virtual events volunteer in support of the planning and execution of early warning systems global workshops and training sessions. She assists in the facilitation of Preparedness Team meetings, market and competitive analysis studies, and GDPC engagement activities and events. Her background includes 15 years of project management and executive coordination and administration experience. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Louisville.

Katarzyna Mazur

Website Support
With a background in mathematics and previous experience in corporate banking, I work as a marketing & website coordinator for a non-profit organization. In my free time, I enjoy walking, swimming, hiking, reading. I am very excited to join the Global Disaster Preparedness Center team.

Raechel Olson

Digital Tool Testing
Raechel is a Business Process Analyst who enjoys finding a better way to save people time, eliminate pain points, and enhance customer experience. She is passionate about living generously and enjoys serving as a digital tool tester for the GDPC.
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Farid Ghalili

PrepareCenter Team Lead
Farid has a BS degree in Compute Sc. and Information Technology from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has worked in the IT sector for over 30 yrs. 15 of which has been as a C-Level executive. Farid also founded his own Business Coaching co. helping over 100 businesses. Farid has travelled extensively with Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity where he was involved in several humanitarian initiatives. He currently is very active in volunteer leadership positions in Georgia Region where he resides as well as Lead positions with ISD initiatives.

Angelina Nachimuthu

Website Support & Maintenance
Angelina joined Red Cross as a volunteer in 2015 and has supported mass care (feeding, sheltering, and case work) and communication teams. Professionally, she brings over 20 years of experience in product-related content design and development. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct professor at a local community college. Angelina holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad, India, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about enhancing the user experience of her various projects' target audiences.
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Momchil Silvestrov

Visual Communication Team Lead
Momchil provides support to GDPC as Visual Communication Team Lead. He is a marketing communications expert with over 10 years of experience working for corporate clients in advertising agency. Momchil holds MA degree in Communications and Brand Management from New Bulgarian University. He is passionate about sustainability, program design and loves to travel. Momchil is excited to imply his project management skills within the GDPC to support innovation and learning in disaster preparedness.
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