Our storytellers in Episode 27 are:
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 her current laboratory research focuses on the effects of environmental toxins on the brain. She is a member of the Reaching Children’s Advisory Committee and chairs the RCP Clinic subcommittee. She has served with Global Volunteers in Montana, Tanzania, and Peru, and has also organized students to serve on Global Volunteers programs.
Joan Thomas is a retired attorney, originally from Canada but now living in San Diego, California. Joan’s interests include her children and grandchildren, teaching senior yoga, and traveling internationally. She loves opportunities to both travel and give back, which led to her involvement with Global Volunteers. As served in India and Tanzania.
Chemida handles the day-to-day logistics and volunteer management of our St. Lucia program. Formerly teacher and acting principal at Anse la Raye Primary School, Chemida has lent support to volunteer teams since Global Volunteers’ partnership in Anse la Raye began in 2012. Born and raised in St. Lucia, Chemida has dedicated over 20 years to educating the children of Anse la Raye. She received her associate degree in Teacher Education and Education Administration from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia. In 2011, she graduated magna cum laude from New York City College of Technology, with a Bachelor’s degree in Teachers Technology Education.
Lynn, a recently retired sales manager at Florida Trend, attributes her passion for Greece to her father, who was born in Crete and immigrated to the U.S. when he was seven. That’s the primary reason she chose a Global Volunteers program to Crete in 2013, and has returned twice since. Most recently, Lynn served on our Cuba program. Read more about Lynn’s service in Greece here.
Winfrida Mshindo was born and raised in the town of Iringa, and earned her degree from Tengeru Institute of Community Development in Arusha with a concentration in Participatory Project Planning Management. Before joining Global Volunteers staff on the Tanzania Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project, Winfrida was a Community Development Office for the Iringa District Council.