Silbi Kelly Stainton is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she
earned a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy focusing on International Security Studies and International Negotiation and Conflict Management. Her areas of focus include counter-terrorism, Middle Eastern studies, and Southwest Asia. She cross-enrolled at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she studied non-state threats to international security and leadership. Her thesis, which began prior to 9/11, focused on the U.S. management of the war on terror. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado where she majored in International Affairs and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1998, also focusing on counter-terrorism. Her work background includes recent volunteer work and fellowship with the Aspen Institute, a position in business development for Bechtel Corporation, and several other involvements in local, charitable causes. Ms. Stainton is mother to two small children.
Jodi has been working with MDF since 2009. She is a graduate of the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies from the University of Denver where she earned a Masters degree in International Development. Her areas of focus included global health, youth livelihood, and economic development. Her masters studies included a three month child labor reduction project in Bolivia. She has worked and lived in the Middle East, South America, and Southeast Asia. Jodi’s background includes work in the public and private education sector, and extensive experience with nonprofits, foundations, government contractors and USAID on international and community development issues. Jodi is a former teacher, volunteer of Aspen Institute, and also a mom.
Program Manager in Pakistan
Liaqet Ali has been working with MDF since April 2009. He is in charge of managing operations at the MDF schools, helps recruit staff, heads admissions, works closely with teachers, helps staff with their work plans, and meets with parents. Liaqet has a degree in Journalism and possesses extensive project management experience having conducted PM training at Syscomp and as Marketing Executive at the Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering. He has traveled extensively in Pakistan. He is proficient in English, Urdu, and Punjabi languages.
Ms. Rubina Dewan
Director Vocational Training and Market Linkages, Pakistan
Ms. Dewan has 10 years of experience in the development sector with a focus in women’s empowerment via economic growth. She has worked for value chain analysis/assessment in major subsectors of Pakistan including Bangles, Milk, Embroidery and Seedlings. Ruby has extensive experience in business development services and value chain development through small business start up. She has facilitated women Sales Agents in market survey & research at nationally and internationally. Ruby works closely with key partners and local communities in order to engage them with market linkages.
Donor Relations Manager
Wendy has a BS in Business/Marketing Education from Auburn University. She has over 18 years of experience in business development, advisory and Chairperson roles for not-for-profit organizations in South Carolina, Florida and Colorado. For the past seven years Wendy has advised Challenge Aspen (“CA”), an 18 year old nationally renowned disabilities program and its sister organization Challenge America, a program specific to the recreational and life ‘needs’ of disabled military veterans and their families. For the past four years Ms. Groover has also acted as Chairperson for the Annual Vince Gill / Amy Grant fund raising gala for both Challenge Aspen and Challenge America. Wendy continues as a year round advisor for key promotions, fund raising and growth opportunities. Wendy believes in the power of educating women in Pakistan to achieve a positive future. She believes academics and life skills are the best weapon for facilitating progress and growth .
Meegan is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies where she earned a Masters degree in International Trade, Investment andDevelopment Policy Studies. Her areas of focus include agricultural economic development, poverty alleviation and global climate change. Through her work with various international non-profits, Meegan has worked on clean energy initiatives in China, rural economic development in Cambodia and impact investing opportunities in Mexico. She speaks French, Italian and Spanish and volunteers at The Aspen Institute. She received her Bachelors degree in International Studies from Middlebury College.
Teachers & staff in Pakistan: MDF works with 12 teachers and several other staff. We keep their names and associated photos off our website intentionally for security purposes