World Neighbors’ staff include five U.S.-based employees and 46 employees in the field who are predominantly from the countries where they work. Approximately 50 local partner organizations help train thousands of volunteers and leaders in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Kate Schecter, Ph.D.
Kate Schecter, Ph.D., joined WN as President and CEO in June, 2014. In her previous position, she worked for the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) for 14 years. As a Senior Program Officer at AIHA, she had responsibility for managing health partnerships throughout Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). She also managed a blood safety program in Ukraine, Central Asia and Cambodia from 2012- 2014. In the early 2000’s she managed a program on the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Ukraine and numerous pilot sites in Russia and Central Asia.
Through her work with over 35 partnerships addressing primary healthcare, chronic disease management, hospital management, maternal/child health, Tuberculosis, blood safety and HIV/AIDS, she has extensive experience successfully implementing AIHA’s health partnership model.
Before joining AIHA, Dr. Schecter worked as a consultant for the World Bank for three years (1997-2000), specializing in healthcare reform and child welfare issues in Eurasia and CEE. She taught political science at Tel Aviv University in Israel for a year (1992) and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for four years (1993-1997).
She has written extensively about the Soviet socialized healthcare system and was a principal investigator for the Carnegie Corporation’s Russia Initiative where she researched the issue of social cohesion in Russia. She is the co-editor and co-author of Social Capital and Social Cohesion in Post-Soviet Russia (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), author of a chapter in Russia’s Torn Safety Nets: Health and Social Welfare in Post-Communist Russia (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), and an entry on Chernobyl for Scribner’s Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004, (2006). She also has made three documentary films for PBS about the Former Soviet Union. Dr. Schecter holds a Ph.D in political science from Columbia University in New York and an M.A. in Soviet studies from Harvard University.
Accounting and Office Manager
As the Accounting and Office Manager for World Neighbors Jenifer oversees the international accounting for the organization and also manages day-to-day operations of World Neighbors headquarters. Jenifer has experience in corporate and not-for-profit accounting and holds a degree in business management from the University of Oklahoma.
Major Gifts Officer
Shelly Crynes joined World Neighbors in May of 2018 and brings with her 18 years of experience in annual giving campaigns, grant administration, event coordination and planned giving. For the past nine years Shelly worked in fundraising for the Oklahoma Historical Society. Shelly has a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Geography and Latin American Area Studies Certification, as well as a M.A. in International Relations, both from Oklahoma State University.
Regional Director for South Asia
Srijana Karki leads World Neighbors office and programs in Nepal and India as the Regional Director for South Asia.
Srijana brings over 13 years of experience to World Neighbors in leading and managing projects and programs in the development field. She has worked for various organizations holding different portfolios as team leader, consultant, trainer, facilitator, assistant manager, program coordinator and program officer.
Prior to joining World Neighbors in 2012, Srijana worked for Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs, a national non-government organization in Nepal; Training for Employment Project, a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Nepal; Butwal Power Company, a pioneering and leading hydro-power company with over 300 staff members; and Alliance Nepal for Social Mobilization, a consulting firm working in the field of training. In addition, Srijana has extensive experience with major clients in research, project and program design, planning, implementation and facilitation.
Srijana holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Chris Macoloo, Ph.D.
Regional Director for Africa
As Regional Director for Africa, Chris develops and manages the area programs and represents World Neighbors in East and West Africa through strategic networking, partnership and collaboration.
Prior to joining World Neighbors in 2003, he served as a consultant for many development organizations on diverse issues such as program evaluation and organizational capacity assessments. Chris also worked for five years in Kenya as a program officer and deputy country director for SNV/Netherlands Development Organization. Before that he had worked for two years as a program officer for Intermediate Technology Development Group, an international development agency with headquarters in the United Kingdom, where he was responsible for shelter policy and programs in Kenya.
Chris brings to World Neighbors over seven years of professional development experience in a multi-cultural environment of international non-governmental organizations, as well as over ten years of university teaching, research and publication at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University in urban geography and planning. He is a Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society.
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
As Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Lionel Vigil represents World Neighbors and provides program management and leadership support in four countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti and Peru.
Before joining World Neighbors in 2012, Lionel worked for several international development organizations. Lionel began his career in international development as a volunteer at the Casa Latino Americana in London, UK, after completing his university degree in midwifery. Lionel was a senior education specialist in the South American office at the Stromme Foundation. He served as the national coordinator for the program Inclusive Creative Industries: an innovative strategy for poverty alleviation in Peru at The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Lionel holds a university degree in education as well as a master’s degree in development studies, specializing in population and development from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Regional Director for Southeast Asia
Edd Wright joined World Neighbors as the Regional Director for Southeast Asia in December 2012. He manages World Neighbors programs in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, focusing on climate change adaptation and sustainable agriculture.
Prior to this, Edd worked for a number of years in South Sudan with the U.S. non-government organization Private Agencies Collaborating Together (PACT). He served as program manager with PACT on a large USAID governance program and on a multi-donor initiative Water for Recovery and Peace Program. Edd has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme, International Development Law Organization, World Vision International and Peace Brigades International, all in Indonesia.
With over eight years of international development experience, Edd brings to World Neighbors a wealth of knowledge and skills in human rights law, project management, program development, community development and civil society strengthening.