Dr. Vanessa E. Beary is currently an Education Entrepreneur at 1776, a global incubator. From 2014 until early 2016, she served as Senior Advisor on Youth Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Department of State and spearheaded the design of the Department's Resilient, Entrepreneurial, and Dynamic Youth (READY) Initiative. She holds a Doctor of Education from Harvard University, a Master of Education from Harvard University, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelors of Arts with honors from Brown University. Vanessa currently serves as President of Harvard Alumni for Education Shared Interest Group, as well as Vice President of Harvard Club of Washington, DC.
Nell O'Donnell, Vice President
Eleanor (Nell) O'Donnell Weberis a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an education consultant. She has over ten years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, international non-governmental organizations, and schools. Her particular areas of interest include the impact of parental beliefs on their children’s education, early childhood care and education, emergent literacy and numeracy, global education, and curriculum development. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and French from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA.
Matthew Williams holds a B.A. in Education from Berea College and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His passion to provide access to quality education for all is evident throughout his career and currently holds the position of Director of Education at WorldTeach where he works to support volunteer teachers within 16 countries. His experiences at various levels of education has helped to inform his practice in policy, research, and program development.
Michi Ferreol | Director of Marketing and Communications
Michi Ferreol graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 2015 with High Honors in Sociology and a teaching license through the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP). Growing up in the Philippines, Michi received a Filipino scholarship to the International School Manila, where she first noticed the stark contrast between schooling experiences. Since then, her professional life has been devoted to equalizing access to quality education for all students. In 2012, she founded CAMP Philippines, a student-run non-profit organization that provides Filipino students with the support and guidance they need to apply to international universities, regardless of their socioeconomic background. She has also worked with KIPP NYC and Boston Public Schools. Currently, Michi is part of the Management Development Program at Curriculum Associates Inc., an education technology company based in North Billerica, MA. Her interests and experience lie at the intersection of education, innovation, policy and business, and she hopes to one day start a chain of low-cost schools in the Philippines, her home country.
Lakita Edwards serves as a specialist with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations and bringing the arts to all Americans. As a specialist she manages the grants portfolio for both visual arts and media arts projects serving K-12. Prior to her work with the NEA, Lakita was an education specialist for the National Park Service. Lakita received her bachelor’s degree in art history and psychology from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and her master’s degree in arts education from Harvard University.
Rufina K. Park, Director of International Engagement
Rufina Kyung Eun Park is the Paul Reynolds Post-Graduate Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where she researches creativity and software education and helps develop an Asian Studies curriculum. Previously she has worked with organizations such as the World Bank, the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, and the Global Ideas Institute at the University of Toronto. Rufina is particularly interested in quality and equity in education in the 21st century and innovative practices in education research. She is also passionate about design, social innovation, and youth mentorship. She holds a master's degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University, and graduated with high distinction from Trinity College, University of Toronto with a dual concentration in Asia Pacific Studies and International Relations.
Taylor Chapman | Chapter Co-Chair, NYC & Director of Programming
Taylor Chapman leads the Local Ops team at Remind, a education technology company providing a free tool for educators to safely text-message students and families. Before joining Remind, he was a leader in McKinsey & Company’s Education practice and a Public Sector Fellow in McKinsey’s DC office. Prior to earning a Master in Public Policy degree at Harvard Kennedy School, Taylor was a public school teacher four years. He taught for two years at a high-poverty school in Charlotte, NC with Teach for America and for two years in Kumamoto, Japan with the JET Program. Taylor currently serves as NY lead and Director of Programming of Harvard Alumni for Education Shared Interest Group.
Bettina Dembek | Chapter Co-Chair, Washington D.C.
Bettina Dembek graduated from HGSE in 2001 with an EdM in International Education Policy.
Bettina is still very actively involved in the Harvard community as the co-President of the HAEd SIG for DC and she also leads the International Education Policy Alumni network.
Her work and life has taken her to six continents as an educator, environmentalist, and community advocate. Bettina worked with the Aborigines in Northern Australia to empower them to seek ownership over their children’s education and deal with the Uranium mines infringing on their territory; she helped corporations in leadership and staff capacity training, worked with the National Science Foundation and USAID to create effective communities of practice, and has authored and led the development of many curricula and learning environments online and face-to-face around the world on a range of subjects.
Bettina believes that effective education is the key to changed attitudes and practices and thus crucial in shaping the future world we want to live in. Bettina seeks to bring her experience and attitude to the HAEd SIG in DC and wants to connect like-minded alumni from all the schools of Harvard for cross-sectoral discussions that will inform practice and lead to action.
Nathaniel Dunigan | Chapter Co-Chair, Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr. Nathaniel Dunigan has spent his career on the Continent—at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and scholarship—working with national teams to create sustainable initiatives in education, HIV/AIDS care, and psychology. He is Chief Executive Officer at AidChild.org, the first organization to have provided free anti-retroviral therapy to children in Uganda. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education, Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Psychology from the University of San Diego where he is the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership. Dr. Dunigan is the author of “We Are Not Mahogany: An exploration of the social construction of masculinity in the Ugandan context,” and of “We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life.”
Dr. Julian Atim | Chapter Co-Chair, Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr. Julian J Atimis the Project Manager for the Malaria Control Culture Project at Malaria Consortium where she oversaw the design and execution of a communication campaign that increased mosquito net use and won the 2015 African Excellence Award under the change communication category. Julian a physician with nine years of experience in managing nation-wide public health programs in malaria, HIV and reproductive health through public and private health facilities, and communities. Her specific core competence areas include: strategic planning, health policy, grants and project management, organizational development, supply chain management, and health services marketing. Before joining Malaria consortium, Dr. Atim served as a Programme Manager at Uganda Health Marketing Group where she coordinated delivery of quality integrated services through the private health sector, and community. She also spearheaded the development and execution of innovative national behavioural change campaigns such as the Test and treat campaign focusing on increasing demand for appropriate and prompt diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Dr Atim is the recipient of the 2006 Health and Human Rights Award given by Physicians for Human Rights at their 20th anniversary celebrations. Dr. Atim earned a medical degree from Makerere University Kampala and a Master in Public Health from Harvard University through funding from the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship.
Jane Yu is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Co-President of the Harvard Alumni for Education San Francisco Chapter. Jane's interests lie in the intersection of education and technology with a focus on public/private partnerships, new school models, and innovative technology tools that meet the needs of traditionally underserved student populations. She currently serves as the Director of College Partnerships for Raise.me, an education technology company in partnership with the White House's Reach Higher Initiative that is focused on expanding access to higher education by improving the impact of financial aid. Previously, Jane served as the Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy at AltSchool, a network of K-8 schools focused on technology-enabled personalized learning. Before transitioning into education technology, Jane gleaned years of traditional technology experience working in Partnerships for Samsung's Global Innovation Center, and in Marketing for Google's US and Asia-Pacific regions.
Ali is currently the Director of Continuous Improvement at Student Success Network (SSN), a New York-based nonprofit which aims to connecting education and youth development organizations around improving student social and emotional learning. Prior to joining SSN, she taught high school science with Teach for America in her hometown of Atlanta, GA and later joined Accenture as a Management Consultant. She graduated from Harvard College in 2011 and was a proud member of the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.
Serena Fan | Chapter Co-Chair, Greater China
Serena Fan is the founder and CEO of the Hong Kong Children's Discovery Museum. She also consults with schools and families on topics related to teacher development, curriculum development and family engagement. Serena specializes in Early Childhood Education, having taught in the classroom in both Cambridge, MA and Hong Kong. She also spent three years in Beijing, managing kindergartens across China. Serena graduated magna cum laude in Child Development and International Relations from Tufts University and holds an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, concentrating in Technology, Innovation and Education. She currently serves as a Board Director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.
Lisa Qin | Chapter Co-Chair, Greater China
Lisa Qin works for UNICEF China in education and is a former attorney and educator. She practiced corporate law for several years before focusing on education, and has taught students and teachers in Australia and China and consulted to the Asian Development Bank.
Lisa is passionate about improving outcomes for children through education and bringing people together through cross-cultural engagement, having studied and worked in five countries. She helped organize the China Education Symposium at Harvard and the Australia China Youth Dialogue, and holds a BComm/LLB (ANU), MTeach (UniMelb) and Ed.M (International Education Policy) (Harvard).
Felicia Kamriani | Chapter Co-Chair, Washington D.C.
Felicia Kamriani is an instructional designer and graphic artist passionate about global education, empowering people with art and technology, informal learning and closing the gender gap in STEM education. She has created online lessons, courses, and trainings for Harvard University, MIT and the University of San Francisco. She is the creator of Felittle People, stick figure art with empowering messages for kids and a co-author of App Inventor 2 Essentials, an introductory book to mobile app design. She is an avid TEDx Organizer having curated 11 events in 3 different cities including TEDxSantaMonica, TEDxHGSE and TEDxJamaicaPlain. Felicia holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard University, an M.A. in Gender in Education from Stanford University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Emily Pope aims to leverage educational technology to increase the reach and impact of education for underserved communities. Currently, she manages online educational programs at Harvard Medical School’s Office of Global and Continuing Education.
Emily has five years of experience in adult and higher education. She was a lecturer at Ataturk University with the Fulbright Commission and has also served as a teacher and advisor to refugee students in the US, Turkey, and Egypt. Emily holds a BA in Philosophy and International Development from Calvin College and an Ed M in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.