Meet Our Team!

Aneta Dudeńko, Outreach & Development Coordinator

After earning her Bachelor's Degree in International Business, Aneta decided that she should do something unusual and spontaneous before starting down the path of a longterm career - something that could help her appreciate life as more precious than the daily grind can make it seem. That's why she started to follow her dreams by connecting her interests with voluntary service.

With Slavic roots, speaking Polish, English and Spanish, a passion for extreme sports and new adventures, Aneta decided to travel to and discover the country of Peru. She began by helping the local community with several social development programs while at the same time taking the opportunity to discover its customs, traditions and mystique culture. That venture widened her horizons and cementer her desire to be involved in philantrophy. She constantly seeks new opportunities to explore, bearing in mind that only by dedicating and giving of herself may she achieve a sustainable, lasting impact. That’s why she's just started another adventure of her life – 6 monthly EVS in Aurora Organization in Vic, Spain – trying to share her passion with local youngsters by showing them thousands of advantageous that the voluntary service brings .

"I realized that I need to find a way to join the skills and experience I've worked to achieve and do something valuable that will give back, and bring a smile to others as well as to the one on my face!"

Anil Menon, M.D., Medical Advisor

Dr. Menon is currently practicing emergency medicine and aerospace medicine with an interest in technology, telemedicine, wilderness medicine, and disaster care. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with highest honors in neurobiology, studied language in India the following year, and began medical school at Stanford University.  At Stanford he earned an MS in mechanical engineering, completed his MD, and continued with a residence in emergency medicine and a fellowship in wilderness medicine.

His work in remote medicine took him to Mount Everest base camp and Haiti's general hospital 4 days after the earthquake. Currently, he is working at Memorial Hermann Hospital, completed a fellowship in aerospace medicine at UTMB/NASA, and began working in Star City, Russia to support NASA operations. In addition, he is a Major in the Oregon Air National Guard and has deployed to Afghanistan with the 129th Rescue Squadron in 2009 and for Critical Care Air Transport in 2012.

David Lee, Director of Programs/Lead Web Design

I believe in volunteering as the nonpareil educational opportunity that allows us to invest in and share the best, most creative elements of ourselves while exploring and learning about different cultures and regions, to constantly expand our understanding and appreciation of the sheer diversity of the human experience, and ultimately facilitate the realization and respect of our similarities and empathetic responsibility to our fellow human beings.

As an RPCV I had the privilege to serve as a computer and education volunteer in Ghana from 2007 to 2009, and as the Communications Officer for the GARD Center in Antigua in 2010. I then worked at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. as an IT and Program Specialist. I now handle program development and volunteer support for Volunteer Global as the Director of Programs.

Gene L. Dowell, M.D., Executive Consultant

Gene is a retired Naval medical officer with over thirty years of experience and specialties in Family Practice and Aerospace Medicine.

With a lifelong interest in the exploration and discovery, in 2004 he accepted a postition as one of the primary care physicians assigned to support NASA Mission Control and the International Space Station, for which he regularly travels to Russia and Kazakhstan to support hazardous astronaut training and Soyuz launch/landing activities.

Gene is also a certified SCUBA diver, sailor and pilot. An avid traveler himself, he is extremely ensthusiastic to assist in the mission and goals of Volunteer Global to place willing and able volunteers with programs in need.

Jamie Watterson, Media Consultant

Jamie is a designer from down under (New Zealand) who aspires to become more. She believes that volunteering whilst you travel is a brilliant way to enmesh yourself in local culture and learn about this big thing called life - there is no experience quite like it. In the words of Mahatma Ghandi:

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

Jamie has spent the past two years teaching in the busy and bustling city of Kobe, Japan, and is now living in Manchester, England. She aims to expand Volunteer Global's online media presence, and find more aspiring volunteers to bring into the fold and begin changing their lives.

Karen Chin, Volunteer Support Coordinator

Karen Chin holds a Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane University in Tropical Medicine and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa from 2006 to 2008.

She is the Funding and Volunteer Support Coordinator for Volunteer Global. As Funding and Volunteer Support Coordinator, she is responsible for finding funds to help support various aspects of Volunteer Global and to assist prospective and current volunteers in their questions and volunteer placement. She also works as an Epidemiologist for the American Indian tribes in Montana and Wyoming. Her area of focus is in infectious disease and emergency preparedness.

As someone who has traveled to many places in the world and had the honor of volunteering in Africa, she is very excited to support future volunteers in their quest to perform humanitarian assistance while immersing themselves in a culture very different from their own. Karen currently lives in Montana and enjoys hiking through the state’s natural beauty and horseback riding.