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Avery Louise Bang

CEO

Avery believes that every person has a right to safe access—and she has built an innovative, scalable approach to act on that belief. Since joining B2P as a volunteer in 2006, Bang has developed a team of leaders and game changers who, in partnership with isolated communities around the world,...
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Abbie Noriega

Development Director

Abbie believes that all people should have access to education, employment, and basic healthcare, and that bridges have the power to provide that access to thousands of isolated communities throughout the world. As Development Director, Abbie works with Bridges to Prosperity’s contributing...
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Ann Cannella

Controller

Ann is passionate about improving the human condition. She believes that safe access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity is essential and should be made available to all. Inspired by the simplicity of bridges providing this much needed access, Ann joined Bridges to Prosperity. A...
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Alan Kreisa

Alan Kreisa, PE

Director of Engineering

Alan grew up in Virginia and completed a BS in Civil Engineering at the a University of Virginia. After a couple years in a bridge design office, he returned to school and received a MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas. Moving to Colorado to start working as a bridge...
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Holly Bartelt

Staff Engineer

Holly grew up in Huntingburg, Indiana and attended college at the University of Southern Indiana where she graduated with a BS in Engineering.  While at USI she also competed in cross country and track. For three years before joining Bridges to Prosperity, Holly worked as a bridge engineer at a...
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Kirsten Joranlien

Development & Communications Coordinator

Kirsten grew up in Wisconsin and earned a BA in Global Studies from UW Milwaukee, focusing her education on cultural anthropology, foreign language, global security issues and sustainability.  During college she studied abroad in Spain and interned in Nicaragua, where she gained experience working...
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Ethan Gingerich

University Coordinator

Ethan Gingerich graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in civil engineering and a focus on structures meanwhile leading a B2P Chapter team in Nicaragua. In addition to his staff position with B2P, Ethan currently works with Johann Zimmermann – a professional engineer in...
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Alex Albu

Operations Fellow

Alex grew up in West Virginia and completed a BA in Political Economy at UC Berkeley. After graduating and working in Denver for several years, he worked in Brazil and then spent time traveling across South America. After returning to the United States, Alex completed a BS in Biology at MSU Denver...
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Alissa Smith

RiNo Pedestrian Bridge Campaign Manager

Alissa is a storyteller, both by passion and by trade. She is excited to be joining the Bridges for Prosperity team, and to tell the story of the people and communities the organization partners with. Alissa believes deeply in B2P's commitment to linking isolated communities with the most elemental...
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Robyn Long

Grants Administrator

Robyn is a native of Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She transplanted to Virginia in 2005 with her husband, Brian, where she raises her two children, Carter and Allyson. Robyn graduated from Washington State University with a BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Robyn began her...
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Garrett Behringer

Headquarters Support Intern

Garrett was a student when he first worked with B2P in 2012. He was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work on site at the Chari Chari project in Bolivia. After graduating from Colorado State University with a B.A. in English, he wished to do more work for B2P and has been coming into the...
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Brandon Johnson

Programs Director, Program Manager, Nicaragua

Brandon is from a suburb of Portland, Oregon.  After receiving a BS in Civil Engineering, Brandon attended Oregon State University and performed research repairing concrete bridges while earning an MS in Civil Engineering. After school, Brandon moved to Denver, Colorado to climb mountains, run...
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Jake Moriarty

Program Manager, Panama

Jake was born and raised in Watertown, Connecticut.  He graduated from Green Mountain College with a BS in Public Policy and Human Sciences.  Throughout University he spent several summers in Guatemala volunteering with humanitarian organizations to provide education and medical care to...
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Tyler Welsh

Program Manager, Haiti

Tyler is from Blacksburg, a southwestern town in Virginia, where he enjoyed outdoor activities of all kinds. He earned a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2011. There are many experiences that helped Tyler to develop his passion for service, including inner city mission trips,...
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Brooke Segerberg

Brooke Segerberg

Program Manager, Rwanda

Brooke is a traveler, adventurer, craft beer enthusiast and hopeful polyglot. Born and raised in Vail, Colorado, she grew up skiing, snowboarding, biking, rock climbing and doing pretty much all things mountain related (in fact, her last name Segerberg means “victory mountain” in Swedish)....
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Frances Fierst, PMP

Program Manager, Philippines

Frances is a Coloradan at heart but she can't stay in one place long enough to really call anyplace home right now.  She grew up in Minnesota and did her undergraduate in mechanical engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee. After college she served as a US Army officer in Germany before...
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Katie Lovvorn

Program Coordinator, Nicaragua

Katie is originally from Colorado, but has spent most of her life in California.  She graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and a M.A. degree in Political Science.  During graduate school she began her career in the International Development world; working for a variety of...
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Hernán Ayala Tejada

Program Engineer, Bolivia

In the last ten years, Hernán has worked at the Department level in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Supervising the management and design of several projects. Giving him the skills to work on a more personal level, and the desire to assist in the development and progress of Bolivians. He is a professional...
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Evariste Mushakashatsi

Technical Supervisor, Rwanda

Evariste Mushakashatsi was born in 1989 in the southen province of Rwanda where he grew up with 3 sisters and a brother. Evariste studied in Rwanda and in secondary school took classes in construction at the Ecole Technique Officielle Gitarama. Evariste won a scholarship to pursue his university...
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Ramón Esteban Merlos Palma

Senior Construction Manager, Nicaragua

B2P's Construction Manager has proudly been a part of the growth and development of the organization during its time in Nicaragua. Esteban's many years of construction projects has given him life experience in the construction of schools, rural and urban housing, footbridges, cobble stone roads and...
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Salvador Iván Villareyna Vilchez

Construction Manager, Nicaragua

Iván has 11 years of construction experience, 3 of those years are with B2P.  He has proudly worked on 10 bridges, a few of which are Santa Lucia, San José de Pire, Ducuale Grande, and Las Papayas. He dedicates his spare time to his family, personal work, and...
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José Omar Polanco Sanchez

Construction Manager, Nicaragua

José, or better known as Chepe has a total of 8 years of experiece working in bridge construction, 4 of which are with B2P.  Chepe was born in the department of Matagalpa, northern Nicaragua.  When he is not working on bridge sites, he is spending valuable time with his family and playing...
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Clemente Guarachi

Construction Manager, Bolivia

Clemente Guarachi was born and raised in the department of La Paz, Bolivia. He is married and has two daughters attending university and a younger son in high school. Clemente worked for many years weaving fabrics in clothing factories. About 15 years ago, Clemente started working as a mason and is...
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Joaquin Andres Chacin Barragan

Program Coordinator, Bolivia

Joaquin was born in Venezuela, Bolivian by mother. He is living in Bolivia for more than 20 years. He is a lawyer by profession with experience in legal and administrative assistance in development projects. He loves to work in a team and he always looks for a positive change. He is motivated...
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Damascene Ntaganira

Construction Manager, Rwanda

Damascene Ntaganira was born in 1977 in the southern province of Rwanda where he grew up with 4 brothers and 1 sister. Now he is married with 4 girls. He attended primary school in Rwanda and he studied construction and carpentry for three years at Maranatha Technical School in the Democratic...
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Etienne Mutebutsi

Construction Manager, Rwanda

Etienne Mutebutsi was born in 1989 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where he grew up with seven brothers and sisters.  Etienne came to Rwanda in 2004 where he continued his secondary school at École Technique Officielle Gitarama.  Etienne performed well and won a scholarship to...
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Neil Lane

Field Engineer, Bolivia

Neil has a degree in Environmental Engineering and post graduate studies in Engineering for Development. He has 7 years experience working as a civil engineering in the water/wastewater industry, both in the UK and the Middle East. After several trips traveling around Bolivia and seeing a need for...
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Carlos Alfredo Palma Rivera

Construction Manager, Nicaragua

Carlos was born and raised in the City of Condega, Department of Estelí, Nicaragua. He has been with B2P since 2012, and has managed projects in Nicaragua and Panama. He has more than 10 years of construction experience. Carlos is an avid baseball fan and player, enjoys working in construction,...
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Caroline Williams

Field Intern, Nicaragua

Caroline is from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and recently received her B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University. Her interest in international development began in 2013 when she took a month-long Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) study abroad course in Nepal. This is...
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