Staff

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    Courtney Banayad

    Senior Foundation Partnerships Manager

    Courtney's passion for promoting human rights brought her to Global Greengrants Fund in August 2011. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund, Courtney was involved in the anti-human trafficking movement in Colorado, U.S. foreign diplomacy in Finland, and humanitarian assistance & disaster relief in Texas. She holds an M.A. in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver and bachelor’s degrees in Ethnic Studies and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Courtney serves on the board of directors at the YWCA of Boulder County and Community Food Share.

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    Megan Begley

    Giving Network Manager

    Megan manages the Global Giving Network, a donor initiative of Global Greengrants that aims to provide a unique donor community for individual supporters. She has seven years of experience working for environmental nonprofits in fundraising and administration. Her passion for conservation started as a young child camping, hiking, and cross country skiing in her native Minnesota. Her interest in international projects stems from volunteering in Mexico during high school and college. Prior to working in nonprofits, Megan was a professional photographer specializing in weddings and events. She has a B.A. in biology from Westmont College and a photography diploma from Brooks Institute of Photography. In her spare time, she runs a local volunteer program that redistributes donated food from a local grocery store to people in need. She also stays busy keeping up with her two energetic boys, ages 9 and 2.

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    Jan Combs

    Director of Finance and Operations

    Jan joined Global Greengrants Fund in April 2011 with over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, Jan served as President and CEO of Boulder College of Massage Therapy, a not-for-profit founded in 1975, having been promoted from her role as Vice President for Business and Finance in 2005. She was Associate Director of Administration/CFO at Colorado Chautauqua Association upon her arrival in Boulder. Jan’s first foray into the nonprofit world was as Director of Finance at a large not-for-profit organization in Illinois which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. Jan served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Boulder County 2007 – 2009. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University.

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    Dana Dallavale

    Donor Relationship Manager

    Dana works on the individual giving team and focuses on providing information and resources for our major gift donors. She came to the field of international development because she enjoyed intercultural relationships which she discovered mentoring newly arrived refugees and tutoring immigrants in Chicago and Denver. Through Loyola University Chicago, she lived in Rome for a year and worked with an Italian social justice nonprofit. Dana has a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver in nonprofit administration and served in the Peace Corps in Panama. Before joining Global Greengrants, she did volunteer management and corporate relations for an international organization based in her native Minnesota that built infrastructure in and shipped medical supplies to Bolivia. She and her Panamanian dog enjoy camping, running, and lounging in the Colorado sun.

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    Allison R. Davis

    Deputy Director of Programs

    Allison comes to Global Greengrants Fund with a decade of experience in research, planning, and evaluation at international organizations. Most recently, she worked for Oxfam America in Boston, where she led efforts to evaluate the impact of program and advocacy strategies in various countries around the world. She has also worked on environmental change and local responses at the Bureau of Research in Applied Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She spent more than a year living in rural Senegal studying remittances and locally driven development. Allison will defend her PhD in 2014 and holds an M.A. from the University of Arizona and a B.A. from Colorado College.

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    Olenka Dubchak

    Executive Assistant

    Born in Ukraine, Olenka became passionate about environmental preservation and human rights after seeing the devastating effects of Chernobyl and degradation of the land from the heavy use of agricultural chemicals. She got her M.B.A. in Global Social Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University, focusing on aiding global businesses to establish and implement social and environmental sustainability initiatives. Olenka cofounded a social enterprise, MayanTerra, and worked in Guatemala with rural farmers to test soil and raise awareness of agro-ecological alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilizers. She also assisted Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP in developing a fundraising strategy and launching a crowd-sourcing campaign to support native seed banks and plant biodiversity. Olenka is passionate about promoting sustainability and connecting resources to needs, she volunteers at Sustainable Living Fair, Sustainable Opportunities Summit, and Colorado Sustainability Conference. In her free time, Olenka loves to hike, read, garden, and play board games.

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    Dona Hittinger

    Office Manager

    Dona came to Global Greengrants Fund in November 2011 with 10+ years experience in non-profits. Her recent experience being in the higher education arena as the Bursar at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Dona is a registered Massage Therapist in the state of Colorado and a Reiki Master practitioner. At BCMT she participated in a fund raising event to send 12 therapists to India to teach Tibetan refugees a skill to advance them in the community and to assist in the healing process of their loved ones. She hopes to return to India and volunteer in the children’s village. She also spent the last 6 years teaching at BCMT in the Communications and Career Development departments.

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    Kotrina Keichline

    Grants Associate

    Before joining Global Greengrants Fund, Kotrina worked, interned, and volunteered in several non-profit settings, usually in capacities that involved helping people gain access to services or education and managing technology. Kotrina has traveled and studied in Costa Rica, Bangladesh, and India, and, along the way, has found a strong passion for grassroots movements, environmental justice, and human rights. She moved to Colorado in 2005 and earned B.A.s in International Studies and Applied Computing, as well as an M.A. in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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    Sahana Khanal

    Accountant

    With over 10 years of accounting experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, Sahana keeps all of our books in order and funds flowing to the grassroots. Prior to joining the Global Greengrants Fund staff, she provided accounting training to more than 100 non-governmental organizations in Nepal, where she was born and raised. Sahana has an M.A. in Business Administration from Tribhuban University.

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    Peter Kostishack

    Director of Programs

    Peter has worked for many years supporting communities and indigenous organizations in defense of their rights, territories, and natural resources. Prior to coming to Global Greengrants Fund, he coordinated the Amazon Alliance, a coalition of indigenous and non-governmental organizations protecting the Amazon Basin. He has also been a community mapper, researcher, blogger, activist against mega projects, and consultant to funders and organizations on how to partner with indigenous peoples’ organizations. Peter has an MESc in Social Ecology and Community Development from Yale University and a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.

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    Greg Miller

    Donor Advised Fund Manager

    Greg came to Global Greengrants after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. While there, he taught English in secondary schools and served as a Volunteer Leader, assisting volunteers throughout the country. Greg’s passion for the environment and support of local communities began in Mongolia and has found a home in Global Greengrants. He earned B.A.s in history and music while attending the University of Colorado and is currently spending his free time studying for a Master's in Intercultural and International Communications at the University of Denver.

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    Ursula Miniszewski

    Philanthropic Partnerships Manager

    Ursula joins Global Greengrants Fund with experience working on human rights issues in Africa, Latin America, and Europe, and several years of work in internationally focused non-profits based in the United States advocating for girl’s education, women’s rights, and access to safe water. Ursula is very excited to bring this mix of experience to an organization that supports environmental and social justice. She also brings experience from the private and non-profit sectors in proposal and grant writing and resource development to her position as Philanthropic Partnerships Manager. Ursula holds a M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver and a B.A. in History from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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    Katy Neusteter

    Senior Communications Manager

    Katy is a content expert who has crafted marketing communications for nonprofits, travel destinations, and natural-health brands. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund, she spent ten years as a magazine editor, covering the arts, the outdoor industry, health, and conservation. Katy is passionate about clean rivers, bicycles, high heels, and good stories. She holds a bachelors in film from Northwestern University.

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    Ramey Newell

    Development Associate

    Ramey joins the Global Greengrants team from a diverse background, including running her own business, photography, marketing and graphic design; nonprofit fundraising; finance; and legal assisting. Her role within Global Greengrants is similarly diverse and includes providing support to the fundraising team, assisting with communications and outreach, maintaining donor records, and producing reports. She earned a B.F.A. in photography and journalism from New Mexico State University. Ramey has both lived and traveled extensively overseas, and is excited to bring her international interests to her work with Global Greengrants. In her spare time at home, she plays tennis, hikes with her three dogs, and climbs the many rocks and mountains of Colorado and beyond.

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    Dana Perry

    Senior Grants Manager

    With 800 grants going out to almost 100 countries every year, overseeing and systematizing the process is no small task. Thankfully, we have Dana to keep things organized. She and the Grants Management team are a crucial link between the Boulder office and the groups we support. Outside of the office, you'll probably find her adventuring through the Colorado mountains, likely with a pair of skis on her feet. Dana has an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations-affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica, an M.A. in International Affairs from American University and a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University.

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    Terry Odendahl, Ph.D.

    Executive Director and CEO

    Our fearless and determined leader, Terry joined Global Greengrants Fund at the start of 2009 and has pushed us to new heights every day since. Her vision and leadership have grown out of her three decades of experience in philanthropy, including stints teaching, writing, and organizing. Previously, Terry served as President of the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. She has also been Executive Director of two women’s funds, the Business and Professional Women's Foundation and the Women's Foundation of Colorado, and Program Director at the Santa Fe Community and Wyss Foundations. For a decade in the 1990s, she served as Executive Director of the National Network of Grantmakers where she led a campaign to increase foundation payout. In 2004-5 she was Neilsen Chair in Philanthropy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. She served on the faculties of Yale University’s Program on Nonprofit Organizations and the University of California, San Diego Women’s Studies Program.

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    Justine Reed

    Associate Director

    Justine grew up exploring the back roads and wild places of the Sierra Nevada in a VW bus with her family. This experience eventually led her to a degree in forestry from the University of California at Berkeley. Justine’s career path has spanned the nonprofit sector: She has worked on health and social issues such as heart disease, AIDS, and domestic violence. In 2006, she began working on climate change and energy efficiency when she joined the staff at Rocky Mountain Institute. Justine brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience to Global Greengrants Fund, where she is thrilled to combine her commitment to human services and the environment. She continues to express her love of the Earth through hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family at their cabin in the woods.

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    Kim Jessen Roberson

    Director of Philanthropy

    Kim is leading the expansion of Global Greengrants Fund’s corporate strategy, while also managing a portfolio of large foundation donors. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund in 2010, Kim’s development experience included raising funds for a community school in Costa Rica, a global microfinance network, and the American Cancer Society. Kim has a M.A. in International Development from George Washington University and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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    Francesco Sangiorgi

    Technology Support Coordinator

    Francesco was born in Varese, Italy and raised in the foothills of the Alps. His early appreciation for nature has developed throughout his life into a passion for hiking, climbing, and exploration of the outdoors. Francesco earned his B.A. in Philosophy, with an emphasis on Political Philosophy, from Bologna University in Bologna, Italy. In 2006 Francesco relocated from Italy to the United States, and arrived in Colorado in 2007. He worked as a database manager for a small internet media company for five years before joining Global Greengrants Fund as Technology Support Coordinator in 2012.