Welcome, Spring 2019 Volunteers!
This semester we are excited to welcome five new volunteers, as well as to welcome back returning volunteers Dani, Stephanie, Jim, Kat, and Karen! Read on to learn about the newest additions to the Olancho Aid family.
Gloria Flores, Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Tutor
Greetings and salutations, I’m Gloria Flores from Reno Nevada. I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching movies. I may be more on the quiet side of the spectrum but I enjoy meeting new people and learning about new cultures. My dream is to travel the world so I can see and experience everything life has to offer. Then hopefully when all is said and done, I can look back and say I made a difference and really helped someone; even if it is in the smallest way possible.
Natalie Gray, High School Science Lab Coordinator
Greetings to you, My name is Natalie. I love cats! I love animals in general. In addition to this, I enjoy reading, learning, traveling and cooking for my family. After many years in the lab I started teaching and enjoyed it. I graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas first with my Bachelor of Science in Biology and second with a Master of Science in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. My current hope is to pursue a Doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry, where I will explore natural products for treatment of mental diseases. I look forward to learning and growing from the people I encounter and the places I see in Honduras.
Caroline Kennedy, 1st Grade Teaching Assistant
Hello, my name is Caroline. I am from Arizona, however I was raised for most of my childhood in the suburbs of Chicago. I am currently a Junior at the University of Arizona studying Retail and Consumer Sciences and Business Administration. During my free time outside of school I love to color or be outside running, hiking, or swimming. I also enjoy listening to music and cooking new foods. I learned from a young age that giving back to others and sharing the gifts we are given is what we are called to do. I am very excited to learn and help the community in volunteering with Olancho Aid in Juticalpa teaching English.
Nathan Machiorlatti, Maintenance Specialist & Technical Drawing Teacher
My name is Nathan, and I’m from Grand Rapids, MI. I studied at Michigan Technological University and graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. I have been involved with various community service projects while in Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I enjoy international travel, learning about different cultures, and discovering new foods. I’m excited to be involved with Olancho Aid Foundation offering my background, and service to the community of Juticalpa, Honduras.
Darrel Vandeveld, Human Resources and Policy Specialist
I grew up in San Diego, and received my BA from the University of California, San Diego, and my law degree from the University of California, San Francisco. I practiced law for thirty years, and have traveled widely. I’ve served in several non-profit boards of directors, as well as an elected member of my local school board.