Past Volunteers

Volunteers are an instrumental part of Equity for Children’s successes. Since its founding, volunteers and work study students have organized events, video interviews, photography, site postings, research and countless other tasks. Recent volunteers include:

Melissa Palomo ’16

Melissa is an MA candidate at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School, with a concentration in development. She is currently working with the International Rescue Committee conducting research on refugee resettlement in the United States. Melissa received a BA in Sociology at Moravian College, where she had the opportunity to live and study in three different countries: Spain, South Africa, and China. In South Africa and China, Melissa conducted both public and private sector work. In South Africa, she observed health care clinics in Cape Town. Later, she worked in China in the private sector with Indiana’s Economic Development Corporation. All experiences have grounded Melissa’s interest in development with a focus on children and youth.

Linda Cadavid ’13
Linda is currently pursuing her MA in International Affairs from The New School for Public Engagement. Linda has a MA degree in Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist from Herbert Lehman College in New York. She has extensive background in Early Childhood Development and adolescents as she has worked as a bilingual speech and language pathologist for over 10 years. Linda did her International Field Program with The New School in Guatemala in 2009 where she worked with Mayan artisan women assisting them to design a sustainable business model. She completed a six-month internship at the Early Childhood Development Unit at UNICEF in 2011 and coordinated the Global Masters Training of ECD in Emergency, 2011.

Keyona Forbes ’12
Keyona recently received her MA in International Affairs from The New School for Public Engagement. She received a BA in International Affairs from Agnes Scott College. While studying abroad in India, Keyona conducted research on special education and integration. She continued her interest in children’s disability rights as an intern at Rehabilitation International. Keyona is a member of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education and a youth representative for the Working Group on Education at UNICEF.

Katherine Radke ’13
Katherine Radke is currently pursuing her MA in International Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement. Her areas of interest include adolescence, gender, and health. Prior to beginning her studies, she worked for Gender and Development for Cambodia, a NGO located in Phnom Penh. She is currently an intern with The Huairou Commission working primarily with their AIDS Campaign.

Dennis Rainaldi ’11
Dennis Rainaldi obtained a MA in International Affairs from The New School of Public Engagement. He has volunteered as a photographer for Equity for Children, most recently including our March 2012 event with UNICEF on “Children in an Urban World.”  Thus far in 2012, Dennis has sold pictures to National Geographic, Time Inc. Magazine, Nike and others.  Later this year, Dennis will be traveling to Kenya, Tanzania, and Haiti to take photographs.  In Haiti, he will be documenting the orphanages throughout the devastated area’s and the international efforts to provide aid to the children there.

Additional Volunteers: James Foley ’13, Kara Patrick ’13, Melvilin ‘Mel’ Rodriguez ’12, Palwasha Sharwani ’13

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