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aziz el madi

Aziz El Madi has been the Executive Director of Volunteer Morocco since 2008.  He was born and raised in Morocco and moved to the United States almost 20 years ago and became a citizen.  He is on the Chemistry Faculty of Salem State University and associated with several other colleges in the Boston area.  He has degrees from Colleges and Universities in Morocco, France and the United States. 

His leadership of Volunteer Morocco is innovative and currently serves as a catalyst for global collaboration that proactively provides support for under-served people of Morocco as well as providing U.S college students and health care professionals with pathways to global volunteerism and service learning.  Through his leadership Volunteer Morocco, has expanded vm's initial offering of providing healthcare to the rural communities to include increasing access to education, micro-enterprises to create sustainable resources for the villages and research in water quality and its effect on the residents of those communities.


KRISTA VERSTEEG

Krista joined Volunteer Morocco in 2017 as the Director of Research/Grants Coordinator. Krista recently finished her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology with a focus on Infectious Diseases. She is excited to help with the many active VM programs by securing necessary funding. She has previously participated in a VM service learning trip and spends her free time traveling, cooking, running half marathons, and hiking with her dog.  


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Elizabeth joined Volunteer Morocco in 2012 as the Business Administrator and has over 20 years of administrative experience.  She is responsible for the accounting, budgets, report writing, web creation and maintenance as well as all the infamous “other” tasks as assigned. Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Accounting with a Minor in Public Administration.  During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, reading, sewing, and seeing new places. Despite loving New England and Boston, Elizabeth looks forward to retiring in warm, sunny Morocco!


CARLA CROMWELL

Carla joined Volunteer Morocco as an intern in 2015 and became the Director of Program Development in 2016. She has a BS in Mental Health & Human Services and anMS in Adult and Higher Education, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Adult Learning and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Culturally Responsive Practices in Education & Human Development. Carla’s background lends well to her ability to help with planning and coordination of VM’s activities.  Carla has accompanied VM to Morocco and is very well versed with all aspects of our program. In her spare time Carla volunteers within her community providing advocacy efforts by identifying healthcare, prescription medications, and other resources for uninsured/under-insured individuals and families. She is a huge hockey fan and enjoys attending AHL and NHL games


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HASSNA LACHGUER

Hassna has been working with Volunteer Morocco since 2014 and is our Global Health Director in Morocco.  Her mission is public relations with government authorities and various organizations. She recruits volunteer health professionals, collects the medicines needed to set up a mobile pharmacy, and supervises students participating in the program.  She obtained her Doctor of pharmacy from REIMS College of Pharmacy (France) in 2010.. She has owned her own pharmacy since 2012 and is a member of the board of the Union of Pharmacists in Agadir (Organization including more than 400 pharmacists). As a member of Social activities ‘pharmacists Commission in Agadir, she participates in developing the program of activities to be carried out during the year.. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She enjoys traveling to other countries and learning about the people, their traditions and customs


 

Thomas Sapienza

Thomas is Volunteer Morocco's Research Assistant/Field Coordinator. Studying for his Master’s in Pharmaceutical chemistry, Thomas is also a supplemental instructor for Organic chemistry at MCPHS, and works part time in a busy high end Boston restaurant. He first joined Volunteer Morocco in 2015 and returned in 2016 to assume his current role.  Thomas demonstrates a practiced level of professionalism and maturity in all his work.  As a person who has to oversee many different situations, his balanced perspective and adaptability has made him an invaluable leader on our team.  Thomas is here to make sure your thoughtful proposals have a correspondingly successful transition into action. 


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Omar elmadi

Omar is Volunteer Morocco’s Field Coordinator.  He was born, raised and lives in Agadir Morocco.  His familiarity with the region makes him invaluable in facilitating the activities that need to be ready to accept the participants of the Service Learning trips. He has developed a vast number of skills in the areas of technical, commercial, administrative, human resources, recruiting and site monitoring which are necessary for planning the when, where and how to transport and house participants, as well as making sure the necessary arrangements have been made with those in the villages to accommodate not only the participants, doctors and pharmacists but also the persons attending the clinics. He has developed a rigorous personality, calm, confident and easy to adapt.  Omar received his Baccalaureate in 1992 in experimental sciences and then a diploma in 1994 from the Institute of Applied Technologies as a Commercial Electronics Technician. Omar enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports with his sons.