Meet the Former Staff and Executive Committee
Members of The WiderNet Project


WiderNet would like to recognize and thank the people who have made contributions to the eGranary. Many features of the eGranary that are presently in use are the past contributions of these staff members, interns and volunteers. Unless otherwise noted, the profiles are from when they worked or volunteered at WiderNet.

Picture unavailable Mary  Abboud   
Publicity & Communications
Mary has more than 20 years professional experience in public relations, communications and marketing, mostly working for the University of Iowa. She received her Master’s Degree in Journalism from the UI in 1991. She has served as director of the UI Office of Health Science Relations and as assistant director of the UI Tippie College of Business Executive MBA program. Her work for The WiderNet Project involves publicity and communication efforts to increase awareness and support of “the awesome and outstanding WiderNet Project that is making the world a better place."

Picture unavailable Gilad  Aharoni   
Database Volunteer
Gilad is a volunteer at the WiderNet Project. He is doing database programming.

Picture unavailable Salih  Akbunar  MS
ASP/SQL Programmer
Salih received MS degrees in Economics and Statistics at the University of Iowa and is an engineering graduate student.

Picture unavailable Osama  Ali   
Sudanese/Arabic Language Portal Volunteer
Ali is a volunteer from Sudan who is working on a Sudanaese/Arabic Language Portal.

Picture unavailable Preethi  Ambati   
Volunteer Programmer
Preethi is an amazing ASP/SQL programmer at the WiderNet Project. This is her second time working with us, as she left once to pursue a Graduate Assistantship at The University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Alba  Anderson   
Volunteer Coordinator
Alba is a Volunteer Coordinator. She is a Secondary Education major with a minor in Spanish and Psychology. She has worked as a substitute teacher in the Ottumwa Community Schools as well as a Library Assistant and an IHCC Success Center staff person.

Picture unavailable Bob  Arens  Ph.D.
Technician Assistant
Bob is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at teh University of Iowa, specializing in Natural Language Processing. He joined WiderNet in May 2006 to help upgrade the eGranary search engine and continues to assist in its development.

Picture unavailable Grace  Arnold   
Project Assistant
Grace is a junior at West High School. She began babysitting for Cliff's kids three years ago and eventually began working at WiderNet. She is excited about the opportunity to gain computer experience. She is not sure of her plans after high school.

Picture unavailable Danny  Arnold   
Program Manager
Danny is a Program Manager for The WiderNet Project and currently in the Masters of City and Regional Planning program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Danny studied History at Wheaton College, IL, and has since worked in Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo and Congo Initiative.

Picture unavailable Ruhee  Arora   
Librarian Intern
Ruhee is an Intern at The WiderNet Project doing librarianship work.

Picture unavailable Ritu  Arya   
Java Programmer
Ritu is a graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa and a Bachelor's degree in Statistics from University of Delhi, India. She joined The WiderNet Project in October 2006. She wants to gain as much experience as she can while working with databases and scripting languages.

Picture unavailable Virapandita  Baccam  MIS
Technician
Vira is currently an MIS student at the College of Business at the University of Iowa. Vira started in 2004 as an intern and is currently employed as a technician at The WiderNet Project. Vira attained his Associate's degree in 2002, and will receive his Bachelor's in December 2005. Vira mainly works with developing protocols for the eGranary server configuration under Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and several Linux distributions. He has gained experience in user administration through the use of Active Directory and Samba.

Picture unavailable Charlotte  Baldwin  M.A.
Librarian I
Charlotte is a Librarian I at WiderNet who will be overseeing the librarians for the Global Disability Rights Library. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in History. She earned an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa in 2008. She has been a Librarian at Cornell College, and a mainframe applications programmer.

Picture unavailable Erika  Barber   
Domestic eGranary Consultant
Erika is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa and is currently participating in the development of an eGranary portal for prison populations.

Picture unavailable Neda  Barrett   
Office Manager
Neda holds a Master's in business with a major in management from Sweden. She moved to Iowa City in April and started working for The WiderNet Project in July 2006.

Picture unavailable Matthew  Bartlett   
Project Clerk
 

Picture unavailable Nick  Batterson   
Programmer/Technician
Nick is a student at The University of Iowa who is doing some programming and computer technician work for WiderNet.

Picture unavailable Nissa  Beeler   
Project Clerk
Nissa is a senior at the University of Iowa, majoring in German, International Studies and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She has been with The WiderNet Project since February 2004.

Picture unavailable Conrad  Bendixen   
Graduate Assistant
Conrad is a Graduate Assistant at WiderNet and a student at the University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Sharon  Benzoni   
Volunteer Coordinator
Sharon is senior at the University of Iowa, working on her Bachelor's degree in environmental biology, with a minor in linguistics. She is trying to figure out what to do with rest of her life and is leaning toward the public health fields. But she may just run off and become a poet and surfer. If you have any other suggestions, please e-mail her. She has been working with The WiderNet Project since March 2006. She has a hodgepodge of experience in working with student groups and non-profits over the last four and a half years.

Picture unavailable Brent  Berends   
Computer Technician
Brent is a computer technician at The WiderNet Project who performs many tasks including fixing and maintaining office computers, installation, documentation and content management.

Picture unavailable Rebecca  Berg  BS
Digital Librarian
Rebecca is a Librarian working on the Ponseti portal and the Zambian Nursing portal. She is in the Graduate program of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa and has worked at both the Waterloo Public Library and the Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa.

Picture unavailable Kate  Berry   
Volunteer Librarian
Kate volunteer librarian at WiderNet. She is also an English Major at The University of Iowa who hopes to attend the School of Library and Information Science soon. She's originally from Williamsburg, IA.

Picture unavailable Jason  Bertram   
Programmer
Jason is working as a Database Programmer at The WiderNet Project. He is also an Informatics major at the University of Iowa who will finish his undergraduate degree this fall. He worked with WiderNet on several database projects before becoming a staff member.

Picture unavailable Weipeng  Bian   
Volunteer Programmer
 

Picture unavailable Suzanne  Biekart  MA
Publicity Assistant
Suzanne, a Dutch native, holds a Master's degree in drama. After working as a theater production manager and being responsible for the internal and external communication for a public health service, she left The Netherlands and is currently living in Iowa City. Suzanne is looking forward to learning more about public relations and helping out with all other interesting projects at The WiderNet Project. -- Suzanne left WiderNet to pursue her next adventure, motherhood. WiderNet sends its congratulations.

Picture unavailable Oduntan  Bode   
Database Developer
Oduntan holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics and is pursuing an additional Master's degree in Management Information Sciences. At The WiderNet Project, he is designing databases and gathering information resources for decision makers.

Picture unavailable Samantha  Bouwers   
Digital Librarian
Samantha is a Digital Librarian at the WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Aaron  Brandt   
Graphic Designer
 

Picture unavailable Anthony  Browne   
eGranary Programmer
Tony obtained a degree in Computer Science in December 2005 and has been a programmer at WiderNet since January 2005. His focus is on the proxy-server component of the eGranary, the eGranary update service, the eGranary digital library search engine, the eGranary configuration interface, and general programming at WiderNet. He intends to gain valuable experience developing large-scale software projects at WiderNet.

Picture unavailable Calvin  Bryant   
Computer Refurbishment Volunteer
Calvin is volunteering testing and assembling computers.

Picture unavailable Melissa  Buttner   
Alliance Coordinator
 

Picture unavailable Megan  Carberry  BA
Publicity Assistant
Megan completed a summer internship at The WiderNet Project as a Publicity Assistant and now is our lead Publicity staff person. She graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, with a B.A. in English. Megan is a native of the small town of Winfield, Iowa. She is interested in working with NGOs and non-profits on environmental and human rights issues. Megan enjoys reading, writing and being in the ocean especially scuba diving, which she hopes she can integrate into a future career.

Picture unavailable Courtney  Caviness   
Project Assistant
Courtney is currently studying within the field of mass communications at the University of Iowa. Her current position is Communications and Publicity Assistant with The WiderNet Project. Courtney has a substantial background in graphics and Web design and hopes to gain further knowledge in both the areas of Web page design and public relations.

Picture unavailable Karen  Chappell  MA
Project Administrator
Karen Chappell has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Foreign Affairs/Overseas Operations from the East-West Center in Hawaii and has studied at both Cambridge University in England and Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. She has experience as a university administrator and as an arts administrator, having worked as a Program Consultant at the University of Minnesota, an Assistant Dean of Women at USC, Associate Director of The Center for International and Comparative Studies at the University of Iowa, and as head of several arts organizations across the country. She and her husband were most recently in New York City where she was a Development Director and a Development Consultant for several arts organizations. She is also a potter.

Picture unavailable Pengyu  Chen   
Computer Refurbishment Volunteer
Pengyu Chen is a volunteer at The WiderNet Project to gain more knowledge about computers, and he is currently getting computer-testing experience.

Picture unavailable George  Chen   
Technician
Yuan "George" Chen is a Technician at the WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Tarun  Chougule   
Computer Technician
 

Picture unavailable Angela  Christiansen   
Project Assistant
 

Picture unavailable Brett  Christiansen   
Database Programmer
Brett is a senior at the University of Iowa. He is currently enrolled in the Tippie College of Business and is majoring in Management Information Sciences. When he is not 'scraping' sites, he is often doing odd jobs around the office such as working on the Web site or with the database. He has been with The WiderNet Project since June 2006.

Picture unavailable Jorge  Cividanes   
Technician
Jorge is a student at the University who will be assisting us with organizing a computer lab for Ethiopia.

Picture unavailable Tracy  Collins  BFA
Office Manager
Tracy is an Iowa native and graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.F.A. in dance. After spending six years performing with several dance companies in the Chicago area, Tracy returned to the Hawkeye State. She has since worked for several state and local non-profit organizations coordinating events, public relations and fundraising. Tracy enjoys the opportunity to serve people around the world as part of The WiderNet Project team. -- Tracy left WiderNet to pursue her next adventure, motherhood. WiderNet sends its congratulations.

Picture unavailable Megan  Conley   
Digital Librarian
Megan is a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), is working as a Reference Assistant in the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and will be a teaching assistant next fall for School of Library. She's a Librarian at WiderNet

Picture unavailable Patrick  Connolly   
Volunteer
 

Picture unavailable Zhe  Cui   
Volunteer
Zhe Li is a Volunteer at the WiderNet Project and student at the University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Claire  Cullis   
Publicity Intern
 

Picture unavailable Katharine  Dale   
Content Coordinator
Kate holds a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in Anthropology, both from the University of Iowa. Her experience lies in research and reference, with an emphasis on Special Libraries. She began working for The WiderNet Project in March 2005. Her current focus is on eGranary content and in working with volunteer librarians to improve the resource database Web interface so that contributors from around the world can assist in the future development of the eGranary.

Picture unavailable Dianne  Daniels  MA
Program Manager
As a Program Manager at WiderNet, Dianne brings a background of international work and volunteer experience. With a Masters of International Studies from North Carolina State University, she developed a program of nonprofit education for Mogilev (Belarus) State University, where she taught American History. She also completed a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke University, a BA in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, and Senior Certified Grants Specialist Training. Additionally, Dianne served as the executive director of Prison MATCH (Mothers And Their CHildren) of NC, Inc, and has taught high school social studies.

Picture unavailable Stephen  Danielson   
Computer Technician
Stephen is a Technician at the WiderNet Project and junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Computer Engineering. He enjoys extreme sports, hang gliding, motorcycling and anything nerdy. His future plans include traveling and owning his own business.

Picture unavailable Michelle  Darcy   
Course Developer
Misha holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing and speaking. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Eastern Europe, she has more than four years of teaching experience in various subjects including ESL, biology, math, business writing and teaching methodology. Currently, she is working with UI Prof. Jim Giblin to develop an eGranary course on Environmental History in Africa.

Picture unavailable Ben  Dattilo   
Computer Refurbishment Volunteer
Ben is an engineering student. He has his own business taking apart and building up computers during the summer. At The WiderNet Project, he has been doing great work helping the tech team.

Picture unavailable Andrew  Dehner   
Videographer
Andrew is a film student at the University of Iowa. He is currently organizing The WiderNet Project's cache of video footage into a video. In his free time, he enjoys shooting rubber bands across the office and emptying the candy dish.

Picture unavailable Xili  Deng   
Finance/Database Programmer
Xili is a student at The University of Iowa. She is creating some finance database applications for WiderNet.

Picture unavailable Siana  Djambazka   
Project Clerk
Siana is from Sofia, Bulgaria, and is pursuing a B.S. in finance and a minor in Spanish at the University of Iowa. She is helping with organizational tasks for the WiderNet Project, including its database, website and inventory. She also handles all questions and donations. One of her goals is to update the project's business plan as part of an independent study for her degree.

Picture unavailable Sarah  Dorpinghaus  MLIS
Digital Librarian
Sarah is a Librarian at The WiderNet Project for the summer of 2009. She graduated in May from the Graduate Program in the School of Library and Information Science, focusing on Special Collections, Digital Libraries, and Ethics of Information Organization. Previously, Sarah taught World History and A.P. European History at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids.

Picture unavailable Francis  Dube   
Course Developer
Francis is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Iowa and is currently working on his dissertation. The title of his dissertation is “Cross-border movements, Disease ecology, and Public Health: Institutional Responses to disease and the history of Public Health in central Mozambique and south-eastern Zimbabwe, 1900-1990.” His interests are in Modern African History, South Asian Environment and Health in Global Perspective, and History Occupational and Environmental Health. He joined The WiderNet Project in the fall of 2005.

Picture unavailable Zakir  Durumeric   
Systems Administration and Development
Zakir is currently a project assistant at The WiderNet Project who primarily works with systems administration and development. He started working at The WiderNet Project in 2003 as a junior at City High School with over seven years of experience in Web development and computer hardware.

Picture unavailable Jeff  Ebbing   
Fundraising Volunteer
Jeff is a student at The University of Iowa who is volunteering for WiderNet. He's assisting with fundraising and learning to write a grant proposal.

Picture unavailable Chris  Ehrman   
Ponseti Portal Developer
Chris is a School of Library and Information Science graduate student. He is helping to create a portal for the eGranary Digital Library about the Ponseti method of treating clubfoot.

Picture unavailable Hannah  Emmerson   
Publicity Intern
Hannah is a Public Relations Intern at WiderNet and a student at The University of Iowa pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Art as well as a minor in French.

Picture unavailable Lindsay  Erger   
Publicity Intern
Lindsay is a senior at the University of Iowa studying English and Communication Studies. Outside of school and WiderNet Lindsay holds a variety of campus leadership roles, including her position as Vice President of Marketing and fouding member of Student in Advertising, and Campus Events Director for the 2009 Homecoming Council. In the future Lindsay hopes to continue working with non-profit organizations. -- Lindsay left to take another job. WiderNet sends its congratulations.

Picture unavailable Christopher  Eveleigh   
Program Manager, Partnerships and Alliances
Chris is a software industry professional with over 10 years experience creating and implementing product tactics, strategy and communication. He has facilitated and finalized numerous partnerships and created product requirements based on customer and market need. His focus at WiderNet is developing partnerships and alliances that will help evolve the project from being grant-funded to being self-sustaining.

Picture unavailable Fang  Fang   
Project Assistant
 

Picture unavailable Kim  Femling   
Project Intern
 

Picture unavailable Jason  Fisher   
Project Intern
Jason is a May 2003 graduate of the University of Iowa where he majored in Management Information Systems. He hopes to gain important database development skills and experience while working with The WiderNet Project that will prepare him for future endeavors.

Picture unavailable Hamzata  Fofana   
Database Programmer
Hamzata is a Database Programmer at the WiderNet Project. Hamzata left WiderNet for an internship.

Picture unavailable Kevin  Fox  BA
Volunteer Digital Librarian
Kevin is a volunteer digital librarian at WiderNet. He graduated from Elon University with a degree in professional writing in 2010. He is currently a student at the University of North Carolina pursuing his Master's degree in library science and graduating in 2014. He hopes to one day work in an academic library.

Picture unavailable Holly  Fox   
Public Relations
Holly is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is also working to obtain an International Business Certificate. She started working with The WiderNet Project in the spring of 2006. She hopes to gain experience in the field of public relations.

Picture unavailable Kim  Francis   
Program Coordinator
Kim graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in anthropology. She has been working as program coordinator of The WiderNet Project since March of 2002, but has been working for the University of Iowa since 1999. Prior to working at the University, she worked in the travel industry.

Picture unavailable Kristin  Franklin  BA
Publicity Volunteer
Kristin is a volunteer with Public Relations and Marketing. She graduated in December with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Iowa where she was also involved with the Dance Marathon as an Intern. -- Kristin left for the PeaceCorps. WiderNet sends its congratulations.

Picture unavailable Brigid  Freymuller   
Digital Librarian
Brigid is a Digital Librarian and coordinator of various content specialists for the Global Disability Rights Library. Also a student at the University of Iowa, she is a History and Classical Language major who has worked as a Research Assistant in Political Science on the Hawkeye Poll for the past three years.

Picture unavailable Tyler  Geurink   
Project Assistant
 

Picture unavailable Geoffrey  Gimse   
Librarian/Programmer
Geoff is a programmer at the WiderNet Project. Currently, he is working to update our public Web site. -- Geoff has left to focus on finishing his studies at the University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Ellen  Gogerty   
Project Clerk
Ellen is currently a student at the University of Iowa majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in global resources and the environment and a minor in Japanese. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and has a passion for traveling all around the world. After graduation she hopes to maybe spend several years with the Peace Corps and earn her Masters in environmental studies.

Picture unavailable Sunday  Goshit   
 
 

Picture unavailable Josh  Greenwood   
Clerk
 

Picture unavailable Britton  Grim   
Technician
Britton is a second-year student at the University of Iowa. He began working with the project in the spring semester of 2004. From creating workstations from spare parts to fixing problems with e-mail, he has received much experience working at The WiderNet Project. Britton has studied many foreign languages and hopes that a major in French language translation and International Business (combined with his IT experience) will open up many doors in the future.

Picture unavailable Ryan  Guffy   
Partnerships Assistant
Ryan is an senior undergraduate student majoring in Economics and International Business. He is originally from Ames, Iowa, and is a transfer student from Iowa State University. He is unsure about his plans following graduation, but knows he would like to leave Iowa. Ryan likes to travel and exercise.

Picture unavailable Sachin  Gupta  B.Tech.
Programmer
Sachin is a Java programmer at The WiderNet Project. He is an MBA student at the University of Iowa's College of Business. Previously he worked at Infosys Technologies, Ltd., in Bangalore, India, for British Telecom for four years as a Program Analyst and Software Engineer.

Picture unavailable Rachael  Haesemeyer   
Publicity Intern
Rachael is a marketing major at the University of Iowa. She is a Public Relations intern here at WiderNet and handles publicity work. Outside of WiderNet she is a DJ at KRUI and hosts the radio show UI Sound. Rachael left WiderNet to pursue a marketing internship in Minneapolis.

Picture unavailable Lauren  Haldeman   
Publicity Volunteer
Lauren is a volunteer helping WiderNet with Web site conversion.

Picture unavailable Brittany  Hall  B.A.
GDRL Librarian
Brittany graduated with a degree in International Studies in May of 2010 and is considering graduate school. She has a strange addiction to the foreign pop stars like Bi-Rain and Ayumi Hamasaki, and in her spare time, she writes musicals and romance novels, and plays Dungeons and Dragons. -- Brittany passed away on December 17, 2010. WiderNet sends condolences to her friends and family. She will be missed.

Picture unavailable Teela  Hammell   
Librarian and Content Developer
Teela is a Library and Content Editor who will be a senior at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2008. Teela is majoring in Journalism and International Studies with an emphasis on Human Rights and African Studies. She is planning on joining the Peace Corps after college, then getting her master's and pursuing a career in the human rights sector of a non-profit organization and maybe doing some freelance travel writing along the way. Teela loves reading, writing, playing sand volleyball and spending as much time as she can with her awesome family and friends. -- Teela left to study abroad in Spain. WiderNet sends its congratulations.

Picture unavailable Matthew  Haxton   
Volunteer Librarian
Matt is as volunteer librarian working on a Nutrition portal at WiderNet while awaiting deployment with the PeaceCorps.

Picture unavailable Lisa  Herrmann   
Project Assistant
Lisa is a student at the University of Iowa. She is a Computer Science major and hopes her experience working for The WiderNet Project gives her valuable computer knowledge that will improve her marketability after graduating.

Picture unavailable Serrieh  Hijazi   
Operations Manager
Serrieh (rhymes with "Maria") brings over seven years of experience and expertise in the management of nonprofit and private entities. At The WiderNet Project she manages the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including human resources, budgeting, eGranary projects, and information technology. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency, develops and directs programs designed to meet the needs of the agency, vendors, staff and supporters. Serrieh holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Degree in Human Resource Management with a concentration in non-profit structure and policies.

Picture unavailable Nura  Hill   
Office Manager
Nura is the Office Manager at The WiderNet Project. She is currently in the university transfer program at Durham Technical College and plans to receive her Bachelors in Global Studies with a focus on economic development at UNC.

Picture unavailable Tyler  Hoffman   
Database Programmer
Tyler is a Database Programmer at the WiderNet Project and student at the University of Iowa. -- Tyler has left to pursue a double major at the UI.

Picture unavailable Rex  Honey   
Executive Committee Member
Rex Honey is Chair of the Human Rights Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and Secretary of the International Geographical Union's Commission on Geography and Public Administration. -- Mr. Honey was an Executive Committee Member until he passed away on October 23, 2010. WiderNet sends condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

Picture unavailable Kazuko  Horiuchi   
Project Intern
 

Picture unavailable Alek  Ismayilov   
Technician
Alek is a junior at the University of Iowa, majoring in Management Information Systems. He thinks The WiderNet Project is a great start for his career and by working here he hopes to gain enough knowledge and experience in the IT field which is so important to have after graduation.

Picture unavailable Solomon  Jatta   
Gambia Portal Volunteer
Solomon is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Iowa who will be working on development of a Gambian public health portal at WiderNet.

Picture unavailable Casse  Jensen  BA
Project Assistant
Casse graduated from the University of Iowa in August 2008 with a BA in Religious Studies. After her husband, Thomas, finishes his studies, she is considering traveling or returning to her hometown of Muscatine, Iowa, and continuing in the administrative support field there.

Picture unavailable Andrew  Jones   
Technician
 

Picture unavailable Janina  Kamm   
Survey Development Assistant
Janina is a senior in English and Psychology at the University of Iowa who has interned for the last three summers with Monogram Market Research and Advertising in Chicago. She has been involved with Internet surveys and questionnaire development, which is very helpful in her position as Survey Developer Assistant of The WiderNet Project's new quality control study.

Picture unavailable Brian  Keen   
Database Programmer
 

Picture unavailable Stuart  Kershaw   
Web Development Volunteer
Stuart is an English major at the University of Iowa. He joined The WiderNet Project in the fall of 2007. He enjoys reading, writing, and walking his dog. He hopes to someday become a gypsy guitar player. Stuart designs departmental web sites for the University of Iowa. He looks forward to learning the more complicated aspects of development and helping out in any way that he can.

Picture unavailable Amy  Kersten   
Volunteer Technical Writer
Amy has a degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University and experience in programming, technical support and education. She telecommutes from her home in eastern Iowa, working on technical documentation and other aspects of client support.

Picture unavailable Ozgen  Kilic   
Database Engineer
Ozgen is a graduate student in industrial engineering. He received his Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering in Istanbul and is planning to get his master's degree in May 2008. He is currently revamping The WiderNet Project's databases and building applications for WiderNet staff.

Picture unavailable Youngwan  Kim  MA
Partnerships and Fundraising Manager
Youngwan is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Iowa. Holding a Master's degree from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in international development and NGO management, he has completed an internship with UNICEF and worked with various international NGOs.

Picture unavailable Sue  Kim   
Volunteer Clerk
Sue is a volunteer clerk with WiderNet. She is currently a student at the College of Wooster getting her Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and graduating in 2016. She hopes to build a career in the technological field concentrating on Computer Generated Imagery.

Picture unavailable Brandt  Kinzle  Marketing
Technician Assistant
 

Picture unavailable Jason  Knight   
Volunteer
 

Picture unavailable Ji Woon  Ko   
Gerontology Volunteer
Ji Woon is a student at the University of Iowa who is volunteering for WiderNet to work on the Geronotology portal.

Picture unavailable Jonathan  Kohls   
Computer Technician
Jonathan is a Computer Technician at the WiderNet Project. He is experienced with Linux system administration, has done computer network troubleshooting and security as well as programming and audio, graphic and video creation and editing. -- Jon has left to start in another UI department.

Picture unavailable Jennifer  Korwan   
Partnerships Manager
Jenny is the Partnerships Manager at the WiderNet Project. She received both her undergraduate and graduate education in the field of social work at the University of Georgia. She has spent some time working internationally with nonprofits in Kenya and Italy. Now, settled back in the US, Jenny enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, reading, and cooking a good meal.

Picture unavailable Adam  Kurth   
Computer Technician
Adam is a Ph.D. student in Political Science and comes to The WiderNet Project after serving as the technology coordinator at Scattergood Friends School.

Picture unavailable Amanda  Kusek   
Publicity
Amanda graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School in the spring of 2006. Born in Northfield, Massachusetts, she is now a freshman at the UI majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.

Picture unavailable Angela  Lak   
Field Associate
Angela is a Field Associate for the eGranary in Uganda. She is a qualified Software engineer and holds an Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering from Aptech Worldwide, Kampala, Uganda. Angela is no stranger to computer technology in particular the egranary digital library, having spent some time as a computer technician has taught her the importance of an electronic library to a community. Passionate about the egranay and its possibilities, She provides excellent services that help to acquire, maintain, advice and assist to ensure proper utilization of the facility.

Picture unavailable Nicole  Lebo   
Volunteer Coordinator
 

Picture unavailable Shaun  Leong   
Content Volunteer
Shaun is a student at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, who is volunteering remotely.

Picture unavailable Zhuqing  Li   
Volunteer
Jenny is an intern at the WiderNet Project and student at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, IA.

Picture unavailable Lin  Lin   
Database Programmer
Lin is a database programmer from China and holds a degree in Actuarial Science

Picture unavailable Kathrina  Litchfield   
Digital Librarian
Kathrina received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1997. She is currently a graduate student in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, specializing in prison librarianship. She works in promoting literacy interventions for prison populations, and is currently engaged in a study of prison book groups.

Picture unavailable Li  Liu  MS
SQL and PHP Programmer
Li is an SQL and PHP programmer for The WiderNet Project. He has been a Senior Database Architect for Bank of America and Verizon as well as a Software Engineer and Software Developer for several other firms both in the US and China. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a B.S. in Mechanics from Peking University, China.

Picture unavailable Shu  Liu   
Programmer
 

Picture unavailable Saweda  Liverpool-Tasie   
Graduate Assistant
Saweda is originally from Sierra Leone, but has spent the greater part of her life in Nigeria. She is presently a graduate student at the University of Iowa pursuing a dual Masters degree in Third World Development Support and Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on economic development. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics from the University of Jos, Nigeria. Her present area of interest is in technology, communication and development from a gendered perspective. She worked with Cliff for a year in Nigeria in 1998, where her interest in technology and development was stirred. Working with The WiderNet Project, she hopes to develop some information technology skills and also be practically involved with projects on digitalization in Africa.

Picture unavailable Sherry  Lochhaas  BA, MLIS
Chief Digital Librarian
Sherry received her BA in Philosophy & Religion from Truman State University in 2009. She graduated from the University of Iowa with her Master's degree in Library and Information Science in 2011. Sherry worked remotely for The WiderNet Project in Ulm, Germany for a year, and now works remotely from Berkeley, California. She's been with WiderNet since December 2009.

Picture unavailable Nathan  Lothamer   
Librarian
Nathan is a student at The University of Iowa working for an Informatics degree in Human-Computer Interaction. At WiderNet, he is creating tutorials for using Moodle on the eGranary.

Picture unavailable Carolina  Madrid   
Area Librarian/Content Editor
 

Picture unavailable Arindam  Majumdar   
Programmer
Andy is a Java Programmer. He has six years of industry experience in IT services working with Oracle Financial Services Software and JP Morgan Chase and Co. in Tokyo, New York and Houston. Currently, he is a graduate student in the MBA program at the University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Miranda  Manigold   
Publicity Coordinator
Miranda came to the University of Iowa from Southwest Michigan and is a junior majoring in Interdepartmental Studies. Miranda worked for Mid-West Family Broadcasting, a local radio station in Michigan, for over eight years and worked her way up to an Account Executive in Sales and Marketing. With Miranda’s desire to further her career, she returned to school to finish her Bachelor’s degree. Miranda has a passion for marketing and hopes to continue in this field after graduation.

Picture unavailable Nathaniel  Marra   
Project Assistant
Nathan is pursuing degrees is Russian and Global studies. He is also interested in the field of computers and technology and uses that in assistance to The WiderNet Project. Nathan hopes to eventually go to graduate school and study in a joint international studies and law program.

Picture unavailable Carrie  Marsh   
Clerk
 

Picture unavailable Maria  Martin   
Graphic Designer
 

Picture unavailable Yury  Maryan   
Technician Assistant
Yury is a junior at the University of Iowa, working on his Bachelor's degree in neurobiology. He hopes to attend medical school and become an anesthesiologist. He has been with The WiderNet Project since November 2005.

Picture unavailable Ian  Mason   
Programmer
Ian is a technology consultant at Cornell College and plans on starting the graduate program in Informatics at The University of Iowa this fall.

Picture unavailable Rachel  McCartney  MLIS
Librarian and Volunteer
Rachel is a transfer student from Delta College in Michigan. She worked at WiderNet as the Head Librarian while finishing her undergraduate degree in philosophy and is currently volunteering here as part of a project for her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at the University of Iowa. -- Rachel left to take a job in Michigan. WiderNet sends it congratulations.

Picture unavailable Joe  McCorkle   
Network Administrator
Joe is originally from the Quad Cities and is currently a senior at the University of Iowa completing his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree, dual-majoring in Finance and Marketing. Joe is looking very forward to graduating in December of 2008. He brings eight years of experience working at John Deere in Information Technology.

Picture unavailable Andrew   McGrean   
Portal Developer
Andrew is an economics major who is working for The WiderNet Project on an eGranary portal about economics in developing countries with Michael Smith.

Picture unavailable Joseph  McKinley  MM
Programmer
Joseph is a volunteer SQL and PHP database programmer at WiderNet. He has an Bachelor's in Music from the University of Iowa and Master's in Music from the New England Conservatory. He is currently an applicant for the Master's program in Library Science.

Picture unavailable Juli  McLoone  MA
Digital Librarian
Juli is a Librarian at The WiderNet Project for the summer of 2009. She graduated from the University of Iowa in May with an M.A. in Library and Information Science and a Certificate of Book Studies, with a focus on Special Collections and cultural resource management. She also has an M.A. in Anthropology from the UI and previously studied landscape aesthetics and sense of place in the context of sustainable development in southern Mexico. -- Juli left to take a new job in Texas. WiderNet sends its congratulations.

Picture unavailable Macy  McMakin  BA
Digital Librarian
Macy is a first year Library and Information Science student at The University of Iowa and is originally from Grand Saline, Texas. She graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 2011 with her Bachelor’s Degree in History and is working at WiderNet as a Digital Librarian.

Picture unavailable Jennifer  Mills   
Project Clerk
Jennifer is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in entrepreneurship for performing arts. After graduation, she hopes to own a dance studio or work with a theater company. She started at The WiderNet Project in the fall of 2005 and hopes to gain experience in computers as well as entrepreneurship to help her career.

Picture unavailable Jane  Monson  MA
Digital Librarian
Jane began at WiderNet as a SLIS Fellow doing an IMLS project in the fall of 2008. Now she is working as a Digital Librarian for WiderNet's Intel project.

Picture unavailable Angela  Murillo   
SLIS Fellow
Angela is a SLIS Fellow who will be doing an IMLS project with The WiderNet Project for the fall of 2008.

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Picture unavailable Matt  Neely  AS
Computer Technician
Matt is a Computer Technician at the WiderNet Project after working at University Surplus.

Picture unavailable Dat  Nguyen   
Computer Technician
Dat works with WiderNet in computer maintenance involving documentation, installation and configurations. His parting words: "I joined WiderNet...and have learned many things...So I want to thank all of you for the opportunity to work together, and for teaching me something about this business. Things are rolling here at WiderNet Project and I wish you the best for a very bright future!"

Picture unavailable Uyen  Nguyen   
Database Programming Intern
Uyen is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in Management Information Systems. She is currently doing an Academic Internship at WiderNet.

Picture unavailable Addisu  Nibret   
Programmer
Addisu is working as a Java Programmer this summer. Originally from Ethiopia, he is a graduate student in Computer Science at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and is doing his Curricular Practical Training with The WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Tom  Nicknish   
Computer Technician
Tom is working on upgrading our email system.

Picture unavailable LavanyaLatha  Nivarthi   
Course Developer
Lavanya is a graduate student in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Iowa's College of Education. She hopes working at The WiderNet Project will help her gain knowledge about technology in teaching. Prior to working with The WiderNet Project, Lavanya taught Management Information Systems in India.

Picture unavailable Ntokozo  Nzama   
Volunteer
Ntokozo is a student at the University of Iowa and volunteer at The WiderNet Project working on a project for South Africa.

Picture unavailable Emily  Obert  AA
COEP Volunteer
Emily is a Partnerships volunteer at The WiderNet Project. She is a junior at the University of Iowa with a Sociology major and Philosophy minor. Before beginning at the University, she was a Leap Teacher in the Iowa City School system and also worked at Kirkwood Community College with the Work Place Learning Connection.

Picture unavailable Florin  Oprescu   
Graduate Assistant
Florin is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health. He has seven years of experience with NGOs and holds an MPH degree from the University of Iowa. For him, The WiderNet Project is the perfect place to combine his strong interests in global public health and information technology. His activities include health-related material selection and collection, curriculum development, strategic planning and grant writing.

Picture unavailable Elena  Osinskaya   
Project Intern
Elena is a graduate student in Library and Information Science specializing in Special libraries. During the summer of 2003, she worked primarily with the eGranary Library gathering medical and information science resources.

Picture unavailable Brent  Palmer  MLIS
Volunteer Program Engineer
Brent got his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Kalamazoo College. During his time at Kalamazoo, he also spent nine months in Dakar, Senegal, on foreign study. After college, he had several adventures including teaching English in Japan and hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Since then, he has obtained a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He primarily works on the eGranary project helping to design and build the next version of the digital Library.

Picture unavailable Saurav  Pandit   
Java Programmer
 

Picture unavailable Sean  Patin   
Volunteer
Sean is an International Studies and Economics major. He is working with Partnerships. His backgrounds includes sub-Saharan Africa and India where there are organizations and projects trying to achieve large-scale connectivity.

Picture unavailable Nick  Patten  BS
Public Relations
Nick graduated from Iowa State University in 2011 with a BS in Sociology and International Studies. He grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, and previously worked at the Iowa State Daily as a copy chief.

Picture unavailable Bonnie  Pedersen   
Project Assistant
Bonnie is studying Biology, Global Health Studies and French. She became interested in The WiderNet Project in order to gain computer and international work experience. Her interest in Africa grew after a medical project the summer of 2000 in Kenya and a public health and research project in The Gambia the summer of 2001. Her future plans may include a career in the medical field with an international focus.

Picture unavailable Allison  Peeters   
Project Clerk
Allison graduated from Wilton, Iowa, a small town 30 minutes east of Iowa City. She is now a freshman at the University of Iowa and is a pre-business major.

Picture unavailable Jarod  Peters   
Computer Technician
 

Picture unavailable Tomeka  Petersen  MSW
Partnerships Coordinator
Tomeka is working on Partnerships at the WiderNet Project. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an MSW from Simmons College. She has over ten years of experience working in the US and abroad empowering the lives of less privileged children and families. She served in the Peace Corps in Kenya from 2001 to 2003 and served as a volunteer Life Skills facilitator with Global Camps, South Africa, in 2004. Tomeka lived and worked in Eldoret, Kenya, from 2005 to 2008 assisting in the design and implementation of a food security and OVC program within the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), a comprehensive HIV/AIDS care system offering care to tens of thousands of HIV-infected people living in western Kenya.

Picture unavailable Diane  Peterson  MS
Portal Content Librarian
Diane joined WiderNet during the fall of 2009 as a Gerontology Fellow working on a Gerontology portal for the eGranary Digital Library. She holds a Master's degree in both Health Informatics and Biochemistry as well as a BS in Physiology. She has worked for many years in these fields including research, clinical medicine and computers.

Picture unavailable Amy  Poague  MS
Volunteer Librarian
Amy has a B.A in English from the University of Iowa and a MS. in Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is excited to work on a poetry portal for WiderNet.

Picture unavailable Brennan  Prisk   
GDRL Librarian Intern
Brennan is a Librarian at the WiderNet Project. He began as a volunteer through AmeriCorps working on the Global Disability Rights Library. He is also a history major at the University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Jayant  Raj  BE
Java Programmer
Jayant is a Java Programmer at WiderNet. He has six years of experience in Web-based application development and business analysis in organisations such as HSBC and Wipro Technologies. Currently, he is a graduate student in the MBA program at the University of Iowa. His undergraduate degree is in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune in Pune, India.

Picture unavailable Pushpalata  Rajpal   
Technical Volunteer
Pushpa has a Masters Degree in Business Administration with experience working as a Quality Analyst and Accounting Executive at home in India. While pursuing a certification in Java and database administration, she would like to expand her knowledge and skill set while effectively utilizing her experience. With The WiderNet Project she plans on utilizing her time in contributing to the well-planned efforts of making technology available to the remote corners of the world. On the other hand, she likes to travel and explore the beauty of the planet we are on.

Picture unavailable Anil  Ramchandani   
Database Programmer
Anil is a Graduate Student in the School of Business. He designed a database for Capmark Financial Group and is also experienced in installing hardware, such as RAM, CMOS, CD players and more, which is very helpful to The WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Rebecca  Ramsey  BA
Digital Library Fellow
Rebecca is a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science and an IMLS Digital Library Fellow at the University of Iowa. Her background is in music education, information technology and religious studies. She is creating an internet forum that will facilitate communication among eGranary users.

Picture unavailable Janielle  Rollins   
Clerk
Janielle is a Clerk at WiderNet and student at The University of Iowa. She just transferred from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, but is originally from Ames, Iowa. She is currently majoring in Accounting and Economics.

Picture unavailable Megan  Roth   
Publicity
Megan joined The WiderNet Project to help with strategic communication in June 2007. She is currently a student at the University of Iowa, where she studies both Journalism & Mass Communication and International Studies.

Picture unavailable Jose  Ruiz  BA
Digital Librarian
Jose is a Graduate student at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. In addition to his position as a Digital Librarian at the WiderNet Project, Jose also works as a Reference and Instruction Assistant at the Iowa City Public Library.

Picture unavailable Abbie  Sawyer   
Staff Writer
Abbie graduated in May 2006 with degrees in Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Spanish. Her background includes video production and writing for media and print organizations. Since joining the WiderNet staff in May 2006, she has assisted with grants, technical and business writing.

Picture unavailable Michael  Schmitz   
Executive Committee Member
Mike Schmitz was a student employee of the WiderNet Project from 2000 to 2003. After graduating with a Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa, Mike made two trips with Cliff to Nigeria and Ghana to train African university computer technicians. After working for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City and London, England for three years, Mike returned to Iowa City and has been working on the business he founded, Knowledge Meridian. Knowledge Meridian specializes in Web sites and information systems for all sizes of non-profits and businesses. Recently he returned as an executive committee member.

Picture unavailable Thomas  Sciano   
Computer Technician
Tommy is a Computer Technician at the WiderNet Project and student at The University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Shawn  Sebastian   
Partnerships Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Shawn is originally from Ames, Iowa, and is currently a senior at the University of Iowa completing his degree in English and Religion. He has spent the last 2 ½ years working in India with The Best Practices Foundation, an NGO that conducts research and documentation in development with special focus on gender, governance and livelihoods. He has worked in rural villages in India and has had experience in natural resource management, rural entrepreneurship development, microfinance and education. Shawn looks forward to being part of The WiderNet Project team and working toward its mission.

Picture unavailable Sarah  Shebek   
Publicity Intern
Sarah does not go to the University of Iowa, although she is from Iowa City. She is a journalism major attending Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Sarah is excited to be working for WiderNet this summer and give it the exposure it needs to have an even better chance of reaching the information poor worldwide. After graduation, she hopes to do something related to her major while working for a non-profit organization.

Picture unavailable Steve  Shredl   
COEP Volunteer
Steve is a student at The University of Iowa who is volunteering to assist with the Corrections Offline Education Platform.

Picture unavailable Sonia  Silva   
Area Librarian
 

Picture unavailable Manikaran  Singh   
Computer Technician
 

Picture unavailable Sergio  Sixto   
Volunteer Computer Technician
Sergio is a returning volunteer who works refurbishing computers and cleaning hard drives so they can be used in computer labs. He also helps to organize our donation storage room.

Picture unavailable Michael  Smith   
Portal Developer
Michael is a political science major who is working with The WiderNet Project on an eGranary portal about economics in developing countries with Andrew McGrean.

Picture unavailable Neena  Stephen   
Development Coordinator
Neena recently graduated from The University of Iowa with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and an emphasis in Global Health Studies. She has a variety of experience working with non-profit agencies and is very excited to work with The WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Yu  Su   
Content Librarian
Yu Su is an eLibrarian working for The WiderNet Project and also assists director Cliff Missen with his summer course at The University of Iowa. Yu Su is an Education and Administration major in her Junior year at the University of Iowa.

Picture unavailable Darlene  Syuma  B.S.
Digital Librarian
Darlene has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and is currently working toward her Master's degree in Library and Information Science. She has been a part of several library projects in the past including working for the University of Oklahoma Health & Sciences Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma and doing medical outreach for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Picture unavailable Catherine  Szulyk   
Programmer
 

Picture unavailable Hulisani  Takalani   
Volunteer
Hulisani is a student at the University of Iowa and volunteer at The WiderNet Project working on a project for South Africa. -- Hulisani left to return to South Africa.

Picture unavailable Anne  Talbot   
Database Volunteer
Anne is pursuing a major in MIS, a Japanese minor and an International Business Certificate. As a volunteer, she will be learning, researching and helping with database management. She credits Sarah Zdenek for anything she learned during high school.

Picture unavailable Mazin  Talha   
Technician Assistant
Mazin is currently a Computer Science student at the University of Iowa. Mazin started in the summer of 2005 as a volunteer and now works as a general technician at The WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Kristen  Tammen  BA
Digital Librarian
Kristen received her degree in Religious Studies and Anthropology from the University of Iowa in 2010. She has been casting her digital librarian net wider and wider since January of 2012, and recently began working remotely, soon to be relocating to Denver, Colorado.

Picture unavailable Kuy  Tang   
Volunteer Java Programmer
Kuy is a volunteer Java Programmer working on eGranary utilities and rewriting some of the code. He is also a West High student who has worked with WiderNet as a volunteer since he was in middle school.

Picture unavailable Canan  Tapia  BS
Web Database Developer
Canan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. She started working at The WiderNet Project as a database developer intern during the spring semester of 2003. Now she continues working at WiderNet doing database programming while she hopes to gain more valuable computer knowledge and experience in the computer and information science field.

Picture unavailable Angelika  Taylor   
Publicity Volunteer
Angelika Taylor is a Senior in Communications at the University of Iowa and Public Relations Volunteer at The WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable John  Taylor  BA
Graphic Designer
John is the Graphic Designer at WiderNet. He is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Art.

Picture unavailable Claudia  Taylor   
Digital Librarian
Claudia is a sophomore at The University of Iowa majoring in communication. She has plans to go to law school after graduation. She is a Librarian at the WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Jordan  Thomas   
Computer Technician
Jordan is a computer technician at The WiderNet Project and junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English and Creative Writing. He has worked at CompUSA setting up and selling computers.

Picture unavailable Colin  Thompson   
Intern
Colin is an Intern at the WiderNet Project and student at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, IA.

Picture unavailable Lindsey  Tinnell   
Project Clerk
Lindsey is a freshman at the University of Iowa. She started working at The WiderNet Project in the spring semester of 2005. She does the basic tasks that need to get done from day to day and recently started small public relations tasks. Lindsey is double majoring in English and Journalism with a minor in Women's Studies. She plans on becoming an editor of a women's magazine and hopes that by working here that she will gain a broader knowledge of computers and computer skills and gain experience working in PR.

Picture unavailable David  Tokuhisa   
Computer Technician/Volunteer
Dave is a computer technician at The WiderNet Project after having volunteer for us loading cargo containers. He has degrees in Biology and Computer Science and has worked many years for both Rockwell and Fiserv.

Picture unavailable Carolyn  Turney  MA IR
Public Relations Assistant
Carolyn received her Master’s degree in International Relations at George Mason University. After lending her hand to a plethora of organizations - the U.S. State Department, The Green Belt Movement, City of Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability, Stop Hunger Now - she now brings her experience in community outreach, fundraising and communications to WiderNet’s marketing department.

Picture unavailable James  Tyler   
Project Clerk
Jamie is a sophomore at the University of Iowa. He started working with The WiderNet Project near the end of the spring semester of 2004 as part of a his work study. As a clerk, he does anything that needs to get done from moment to moment from making copies to updating the eGranary Digital Library. He is a Religious Studies major who plans to attend Seminary after college and also an aspiring writer.

Picture unavailable Kylie  VanZee   
Public Relations Assistant
Kylie is a freshman at the University of Iowa majoring in Studio Art. She has worked extensively with the Adobe suite, which will be very helpful for our Publicity staff.

Picture unavailable Valli  Varanasi   
Programmer
Valli began as a volunteer programmer and is now staff.

Picture unavailable Sanchita  Vivekshankar   
Volunteer Librarian
Sanchita is a volunteer librarian who recently graduated from Visvesvaray Technological University in Karnataka, India, with a degree in Electronics. She will be with WiderNet through the fall while her husband finishes his degree at the UI.

Picture unavailable Annah  Vollstedt   
Intern
Annah is an UI intern at The WiderNet Project. Before joining The WiderNet Project, she actually was part of a Siouxland Tanzania Educational and Medical Ministries' (STEMM) service project that set up an eGranary in Tanzania.

Picture unavailable Courtney  Walters   
Content Librarian
Courtney is a graduate student of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. She worked during the 2007-2008 school year to create an Injury Prevention portal for the eGranary. She now volunteers by cataloging resources for the eGranary remotely.

Picture unavailable Minglu  Wang  MA
SLIS Fellow
Minglu is the new School of Library and Information Science Fellow for the Spring 2009 semester. She came to the University of Iowa as a graduate student in Sociology from Dalian, China, but transferred to Library Science last year and is currently working on her Master's Degree.

Picture unavailable Yanhong  Wang   
Librarian
Yanhong is a Librarian at The WiderNet Project. She graduate this spring with a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Iowa and received her undergraduated degree in English Literature from Tianjin Normal University in Tianjin, China.

Picture unavailable Corey  Webster  BSIS, AAS
Web Database Programmer
Corey received his Information Science degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 2013 and his Computer IT degree from DTCC. As a programming technician at Widernet, Corey handles website database maintenance. He is a long time resident of the Triangle area and hopes to stay close as he continues his education.

Picture unavailable Ryan  Wells   
Project Assistant
Ryan is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies in the College of Education, with interests in International Education and Educational Technology. He is working primarily on the eGranary Digital Library for The WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Henry  Wertz   
Linux/Ubuntu Programmer
Henry is exploring whether a Linux/Ubuntu eGranary is possible.

Picture unavailable Mary  White  MS
Graduate Assistant
Mary is spearheading partnership work with a group in Alabama that will focus on creating a Zambian portal. She is a Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa College of Public Health who has previously volunteered with The WiderNet Project.

Picture unavailable Matthew  Wilhite   
Project Clerk
Matthew is currently finishing his first year in the Master's Program at the University of Iowa's Religious Studies department. He is currently studying Chinese Buddhism during the Ming Dynasty, in particular he is studying Pure Land - Chan syncretism.

Picture unavailable Maxwell  Willard   
Computer Refurbishment Volunteer
Max is probably The WiderNet Project's youngest volunteer at age 13.

Picture unavailable Kimberley  Willyard   
Volunteer Coordinator
Kim is The WiderNet Project's Volunteer Coordinator. She is also a junior in Anthropology/Psychology at the University of Iowa and worked last summer coordinating a foreign exchange program for Youth for Understanding of Des Moines.

Picture unavailable Katherine  Wilson  BA
Digital Librarian
Katherine is a Global Disability Rights Library librarian at the WiderNet. She graduated from UNI with a B.A. in Art Education with an emphasis in Art History. Katherine is currently working toward her Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. Katherine has left to begin a new job at The University of Iowa's museum.

Picture unavailable Peter  Yohe   
Technical Support
Peter is one of the technical assistants for WiderNet and the eGranary Digital Library. He also is one of the trainers at WiderNet for eGranary related projects, having traveled twice to Nigeria to conduct server management training.

Picture unavailable Ping  Yu   
Database Programmer
 

Picture unavailable Sarah  Zdenek   
K-12 Portal Developer
Sarah is a long time Iowan who just began her MLS studies this summer. She has spent the last five years teaching high school. The opportunity to work with the eGranary Digital Library brought her to Iowa City specifically, and she is looking forward to learning much and helping more.

Picture unavailable Tim  Zhang   
Intern
Yuxuan "Tim" is a student at The University of Iowa who is doing a volunteer independent study with WiderNet to assist with accounting.

Picture unavailable Tegan  Zimmerman   
Public Relations Assistant
Tegan is currently a student at the University of Iowa majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Mass Communication. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in public relations and work as a PR agent for a firm. When she has free time, she enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.