Dear VOF Correspondents!
Hello out there! It has been such a pleasure to read your posts and hear about the amazing accomplishments of this courageous group.
I want to briefly introduce myself....I am the new Program Manager for VOF 2010! Currently, I am working on a part-time consulting basis until the program starts up again this coming spring. During this interim period, I will be focused on fund-raising and Scott will continue to do a fantastic job managing the day to day needs and activities of VOF--so please, continue to direct your program questions to him for the time being and I will chime in where needed.
I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the World Pulse team and VOF. I have been following World Pulse for 5 years, ever since I heard Jensine speak at an event in Portland, Oregon, USA. I was impressed and moved by Jensine's vision and goals from the beginning, and she and the WP team have done an amazing job growing WP into what it is today. It is my hope that I can help contribute what skills and passion I have to make WP and VOF the best they can be.
For the last eight years I have been working in the humanitarian aid and community development sector. Most recently I worked for Mercy Corps in Burma on post-cyclone recovery in the delta. I have also worked in Afghanistan, India, and Thailand. I have specialized in Program Management, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Gender and Development. At Mercy Corps, I focused on increasing the gender lens and gender programing throughout the organization. I am thrilled to be working for WP, with its focus on empowering women to raise our voices and create solutions that work for us and our communities.
I am currently based in Spain, but spend as much time in Oregon (where I am from) as I can!
Again, I want to tell you how impressed I am by your writing and your accomplishments. Thank you for making the pilot VOF program such a success!
I want to give a special thanks to Scott and Janice who are doing a great job of nurturing VOF! I am looking forward to taking VOF into 2010 with our amazing team.