Molly Abbruzzese, President
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Amigos! I was a volunteer with the Seattle Chapter in 1982 and 1983, giving vaccinations and building latrines, respectively, in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. I am grateful to Amigos for inspiring my career path – I studied global health and development, volunteered with the Peace Corps in Ecuador, and have now come full circle, working in Vaccine Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What I love the most about Amigos is how it empowers youth – and I am super proud that my daughter will be a participant in 2017! Email me at email@example.com
Janet Robinson, Treasurer
Janet is the mother of a veteran volunteer who went to Mexico in 2014. Janet is a strong believer in international education and foreign language learning. Her children have all attended Spanish immersion public schools in Seattle and spent vacations visiting a sister school in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Janet has been a Girl Scout leader as well as the Treasurer for Elementary School PTSA. She graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University. Reach Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Branigan, Training Director
Erin’s career path was informed by her early experiences in foreign language learning (French and Spanish) and international travel and service. As a French major in college, she was able to spend two years studying and working in southwestern France. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, pursued a degree in Public Health, and worked for two years in Mali, West Africa. Erin went on to work with tuberculosis control projects in Honduras, Peru and Cambodia. Her current work at the University of Washington in global HIV prevention, care and treatment, along with further language study in Portuguese, has allowed her to manage projects in Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola and Haiti. She feels passionately about promoting the transformative experience of intercultural learning to young people. Connect with Erin at email@example.com.
Abigail Korn, Secretary and Assistant Training Director
A native Tucsonan, Abi volunteered with AMIGOS in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2007 and in Cocle, Panama in 2008. Abi developed a deep passion for youth leadership and international development, leading her to get her BA in International Studies and an MPH in Global Health. She has worked in Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, and Chile, and now works as a consultant on health systems strengthening projects in Latin America. Contact her about training, where to find an amigos document and Latin markets around Seattle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Mitcham, Parent Coordinator
Hello, I was first introduced to Amigos three years ago when my son Josh took me to an information night session. Josh was an Amigos participant and spent 7 weeks in Oaxaca in the summer of 2015. I loved how great the preparation and training were throughout the program, how much his Amigo’s Summer meant to Josh, and the friendships he maintains from Amigos even today. We both wanted to stay involved in supporting Amigos and joined the Seattle Chapter Board shortly thereafter. Josh has since moved on to Cal Poly and I currently serve as the Parent Coordinator on the board. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any and all questions or concerns you have as a parent. A scientist by training, my day job involves research and development of cancer and infectious disease biological medicines. For fun, I’m generally to be found at home on our little farm, traveling with my husband Bill, Josh, and our high school daughter, Jessica, or at the barn with my horse, Ellie.
Lilia Fannin, General Board Member
Hola! I was a 1977 Seattle Chapter Amigos volunteer in Nicaragua where I gave polio and DPT/Tetanus vaccinations in the San Miguelito area. I love how Amigos participants have amazing life changing experiences. I’m an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and glaucoma surgery. Please contact me with any Amigos questions: If I don’t have the answer, I’ll try my best to get it for you.
Coco Hart, General Board Member
Coco went to Peréz Zeledón, Costa Rica last summer (2016) as a participant with Amigos. It truly was an experience that has shaped her perspective regarding the importance of youth leadership and cultural immersion. She is a junior at Shorecrest High School, an active member of her community, and hopes to stay involved with Amigos throughout her lifetime. In her spare time, Coco is a ballerina, enjoys playing tennis and is an avid reader.