Jamil Omar Falconí Aguirre, born in Quito, Ecuador, has a degree in Computer Science. For the past two years, he has been working as a consultant at The Inter-American Development Bank on the Office of External Relation's Digital Media team, where he manages software projects and provides support for technological innovation, such as iPhone/ Android apps, GIS maps and more. In Ecuador, he ran his own software company, where he created projects with new technologies such as Kinect Hand Tracking. In 2007, he was a national finalist for the Imagine Cup for an innovative project for people with disabilities. He studied computer science at the Escuela Politécnica del Ejército in Ecuador and graduated with honors, and was recognized by the Ecuadorian government. Jamil says he is looking forward to improving his entrepreneurial and managing skills with courses in this program.
Katie Boothroyd received her B.A. in English from Hillsdale College in Michigan. As a student, she founded the Hillsdale Reading Program through the local school system and served as the vice president of the communications honorary, Lambda Pi Eta. Following her graduation, Katie interned with Shared Hope International, researching domestic human trafficking. From there, she successfully managed several Godiva stores before honing her sales and marketing experience at CBS Radio. Katie recently completed outreach work with the Roma population in Bulgaria and Romania and volunteers locally for the Kennedy Center. She is currently the Director of Communications at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter in Washington, D.C.
Matt Bush is currently the Maryland reporter for WAMU-FM in Washington DC. It's the NPR-affiliate for the nation's capital, which is licensed to American University. Prior to joining WAMU in 2008, he worked at WMAL-AM also in Washington DC. From 2004 to 2006, he was the news bureau chief for Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, PA. His responsibilities there included managing more than 10 news and traffic reporters, maintaining relations with more than 100 affiliate stations, as well as on-air anchoring and reporting. Matt is a 2002 graduate of Point Park College in downtown Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Bethesda.
Megan Kelly is an undergraduate academic advisor in the School of International Service at American University. Megan is a proud alumna of American University and the BA program in International Studies. Before coming to work at American, she worked with the International Rescue Committee, an international non-profit which helps to resettle refugees in the US. Megan handled publicity, events, website content, and presentations for the Charlottesville, Virginia office. She has a background in facilitation, particularly with young people on the issues of social justice and conflict resolution. She spent a year working in Ireland at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation outside of Dublin. While there she ran workshops with high school students from the Dublin area, as well as from Northern Ireland and the border counties, on topics ranging from social justice to leadership skills. She hopes to continue her work building bridges between members of diverse communities.
Recently graduating Cum Laude and as a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda from Mary Baldwin College, I have been working for the past two years at Relayfoods.com where we are virtually changing the way people interact with and purchase their groceries, while also connecting them to the local food movement. After assisting in piloting the company's retention program, I was promoted to the Customer Happiness Manager where I have been learning to apply my undergraduate degree in Anthropology to the business world. Recently relocated to the DC area, I am stepping into a new role as the first Tier 2 Support, Customer Happiness Team Member. Throughout my time as the manager of Customer Happiness, I was able to assist in the restructuring of the software tools used by the department to increase the wow factor that we deliver on a day-to-day basis, implemented a handbook and training videos, and assisted in growing the team to match the company's volume. I'm continually amazed and excited for the way we are changing people's lives through education about where their food comes and am excited to continue my growth in the area.
Storm Smith is a Digital Media Technician specializing in Marketing at Communications and Public Relations at Gallaudet University. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University as well. She produced one of her notable works -a Gallaudet commercial that was shown during ABC Family's Switched at Birth twice. Another notable work was an exclusive web story on Scientific Director and cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Laura Pettito. She also produced a renewed recruitment webinar for the Honors Program at Gallaudet. During her career she did well known creative freelance work in films, sports and entertainment on the side. Storm's passion is building a bridge between the hearing and deaf community through marketing, media and technology. Because of her contribution to the community, she has been awarded and recognized by the city mayor and the city of Los Angeles.
Jessica R. Towhey is an accomplished communications professional with more than a decade of experience developing and implementing short- and long-term communications strategies. She was the communications point-person for a dozen political campaigns, including a number of top-tier U.S. House and U.S. Senate races. She has also worked as a senior communications advisor on Capitol Hill to a number of leading Members of Congress. Jessica moved into the private sector in 2011 and, earlier this year, opened her own strategic communications consulting firm, 2ee Communications, in which she works with clients to prepare for and engage in intensive media situations. Prior to her work in political campaigns, Jessica was a newspaper reporter at daily papers in Northern California and Annapolis, Md. A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Jessica now calls Glover Park home. She earned her Bachelor's in English from The Catholic University of America.
Jenny is an artist and recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and a minor in Business. Currently working as a principle designer at Norasack Design, an award-winning graphic design studio, she specializes in designing strong, simple, and distinctive visual compositions that capture her client's ideas and needs. She is passionate about building and connecting ideas with innovation and intent to bring creativity which resonates. Jenny strives to challenge the way people consider and exchange art through inventive design and media.