Courtney Ward was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. Her undergraduate degree was completed in Rock Island, Illinois at Augustana College in 2009. She majored in political science, emphasizing international relations and minored in sociology. Following graduation, she entered the Peace Corps and served as a forestry extension agent volunteer in rural Zambia from 2010-2012. Her work in Mpika, Zambia focused on improved agro-forestry techniques, permaculture gardening, female empowerment, and HIV education and prevention. Courtney is now serving as the first year graduate assistant in the International Development Studies program at Ohio University, and serves as the program's representative on the Graduate Student Senate. She plans to focus her development studies in environmental issues and social sciences.
Cristine Orillosa-Thurber is originally from the Phillipines, but has lived in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Cyprus. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2006 majoring in biology at Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley in California. She then went on to earn a Masters in Social Work from Loma Linda University in 2008. Cristine spent two years working for the children and family services of Alameda County in Oakland, California. She is now in her final year of the International Development Studies program at Ohio University and serves as the second year graduate assistant. Her focus within the program is gender and education, and her capstone project is a grant proposal for ADRA International. She is working for ADRA’s country office in Nepal and writing a grant that would fund a community project dedicated to youth education in sexual and reproductive health. After completing her studies at Ohio University, Cristine hopes to continue working in the gender sector of development abroad.
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