Entries by Maggie Bjorklund

Episode #34 Storyteller

Our storyteller in Episode 34 is:   Rebecca Parlakian Rebecca Parlakian serves as Senior Director of Programs at ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit focused on promoting the healthy development of children from birth to three, where she directs a portfolio of federally- and privately-funded projects related to healthy child development and high quality teaching […]

Episode #33 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 33 are:   Samantha Pinakoulaki Samantha was born and brought up in the south of England and graduated from a London school of performing arts with honors. She spent ten years traveling the world with various dance groups. Her last group took her to Crete in Greece, where she met her […]

Episode #32 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 32 are:   Peggy Cope Peggy Cope is a mother of four who lives in northern California. She served in Greece with Global Volunteers in 2017. She studied Interior Design. She loves gardening, good friends, food, and the beach. Abby Raeder Abby has six decades behind her. She has compiled a […]

Episode #31 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 31 are:   Bud Philbrook Bud Philbrook is co-founder and CEO of Global Volunteers. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs, and a Juris Doctor (Law). He has served as Deputy Undersecretary for USDA, as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Assistant […]

Episode #30 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 30 are:   Julia Torres Julia came from a family of teachers and is currently in her thirteenth year teaching. She is an AP Language Arts Teacher. Originally from San Diego, she now lives in Denver. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s of […]

Episode #28 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 28 are:   Tristen Robole Tristen Robole attended high school in Amery, Wisconsin and will now be attending college at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He is planning on studying business administration, with a minor in communications or education. Tristen volunteered for three weeks in Rarotonga, Cook Islands in 2017. […]

Episode #29 Storytellers

Our storyteller in Episode 29 is:   Emily Johansen Emily is a holistic health practitioner and nutrition teacher in San Diego, California. Emily participated in her first service program this summer in Tanzania and fell in love with the experience and Global Volunteers Philosophy of Service. She not only plans to return to Ipalamwa but […]

Episode #27 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 27 are:   Mindy Lull Mindy holds a B.A. in anthropology with minors in both biology and chemistry from St. John Fisher College. She earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Penn State University College of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Lull has been teaching at St. John Fisher College since 2010 and […]

Episode #26 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 26 are:   Carol Conzelman Carol is a culture anthropologist at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is the Associate Director for the Global Studies Academic Program, Faculty-in-Residence for the Sustainability and Social Innovation Academic Program, and directs a summer study abroad program in the Yungas of Bolivia. Carol serves on the […]

Episode #1 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 1 are:   Bishop Dr. Owdenberg Mdegella The ninth child in a family of 16, the future bishop was a shepherd in his home village of Ipalamwa, Tanzania until he was 12. When ordained in 1987, he was the youngest Lutheran Bishop in the world. He completed courses for his Ph.D. […]

Episode #2 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 2 are:   Kate Solis Silva Kate is the Associate Director of Development and part of the Resource Development team for Chicago Lights. She is also the mentorship co-chair of the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago. As a volunteer to Ecuador and Mexico, she believes assisting under-served communities locally and abroad […]

Episode #3 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 3 are:   Jeff Rogo Jeff, a retired real estate professional, joined his first Global Volunteers team in 2003, seeking solace in service after the death of his wife. He discovered that teaching conversational English in Puglia, Italy launched his healing journey. Since then, he’s become a Global Volunteers team leader […]

Episode #6 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 6 are:   Mike Tormey Mike is a second-year student double-majoring in Civil Engineering and Economics and a Resident Assistant and Scholar at Northwestern University. He and Elisa (below) were co-leaders for a 2017 alternative spring break to Cuba with Global Volunteers. As a campus tour guide, he promotes the university […]

Episode #7 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 7 are:   Cindy Murray Cindy is a producer of special events and corporate programs at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She’s served on 20 Global Volunteers programs since 1997 in the USA and abroad as both a volunteer and a team leader. She has a dual Master’s Degree in Development […]

Episode #9 Storytellers

Our storytellers in Episode 9 are:   Joe Dunn Joe’s Global Volunteering passion is Africa – Ghana and Tanzania. Joe also has served with Habitat for Humanity in Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Ghana, Malawi, Mongolia, Romania, and Senegal. He has over 30 years of senior healthcare experience as a Psychologist and in executive administration. He holds […]