Staff

Amelie Doyle

Amelie first set foot on the Latin American continent as an exchange student in Montevideo, Uruguay 6 years ago and fell in love with the region and its people. Her career in the development sector started when she volunteered in Buenos Aires, Argentina at an equality and justice NGO where she worked on a project dedicated to providing vulnerable communities with information and access to their rights. After completing her bachelors degree in Spanish and Political Science, Amelie spent two and a half years in Medellin, Colombia where she started off as an English teacher at Federico Ozanam high school and was later chosen to implement the ministry of education’s bilingual strategy “Colombia Bilingue” in the region of Antioquia. In this role, she oversaw the successful implementation of the programme in twelve schools and managed a team of twenty international volunteers each semester. After her Colombian adventures, Amelie dived back into the world of education earning herself a masters degree in International Development at the the University of Amsterdam. During this time, Amelie carried out a research period of three months which culminated in a thesis focusing on bilingual education strategies for quality education in Latin America. Since graduating from her masters degree, Amelie worked for Education International, a global Education trade union federation in Brussels, Belgium where she was a consultant and researcher for the solidarity and development unit.

Amelie was brought up bilingual and considers herself to be a global citizen. Originally from Ireland, she spent most of her childhood in Brussels, and adult life in Latin America. Needless to say, she considers all these places to be her home!

In-Country Director

Monique Turner Lopez

Monique Turner-Lopez is a seasoned administrator with over thirty years of experience in non-profit sector both in the United States and Latin America.

She has designed, implemented, and overseen multi-site agencies and programs focusing on family support services, education, positive youth development, financial counseling/education, and workforce development services for non-profit organizations located in her home state of Connecticut, in Washington, D.C. and in Columbus, Georgia.

Prior to working in the non-profit sector in the United States, Monique’s career began in international development. In such, she was the US based liaison on several educational projects focusing on Honduras, as well as other countries in Latin America and the countries of Pakistan, Spain, and South Africa. Monique is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in the Dominican Republic.

Under her leadership, Monique has raised over 10 million dollars in fund development efforts for various non-profit organizations. She has also been a consultant to several nonprofit organizations on matters such as program development, fundraising, governance, capacity building, diversity sensitivity training, and strategic planning.

Monique holds a Master’s Degree in Human Service Administration from Springfield College and a BS degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Over the last eighteen years, she has served on several nonprofit boards of directors in which she held the executive committee positions of board chair, board secretary, and personnel committee chair.

Monique lives in Trinity, Florida with her husband, Frank and their two children, Emmari and Emani. During her free time, Monique enjoys spending time with family, traveling, exploring local cultural sites, and crafting when her occasional creativity bug bites.

Chief Executive Officer