Who We Are

There is no one “type” of person you would encounter in MANOS. Each of us has different academic interests and personal skills that have brought us to the team; our diversity is ultimately what make our team as strong as it is. What we share, though, is a commitment to the work that we do as part of MANOS.

Meet the current members of MANOS:


Bio PictureAriel Cadby-Spicer ’18

Arlington, Virginia
Member since Fall 2014
Psychology Major, Marketing Minor
I joined MANOS because I am interested in Community Psychology and patterns of organization that increase community capacity.
Outside of MANOS: Ariel is in a social sorority and a tutor. She also just got back from studying abroad in Spain!

 


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Alexandria, Virginia
Member since Fall 2014
Undeclared Major
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w to think critically about the actions we take. Being a part of such a diverse, hardworking team has been an unforgettable experience in my time at W&M.
Outside of MANOS: Erika is a member of the Filipino American Student Association (FASA).


amar.jpg Amar Kakirde ’18

Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Member since Fall 2014
International Relations Major / Finance Major
MANOS has been the defining experience of my time at college so far. It’s driven me to think harder and more critically about international development. Beyond the development sphere, the constant discussion on the nature of leadership and community has been applicable
in every endeavor I undertaken. 
Outside of MANOS: In his words, “I’m currently taking a semester away from college, and I’m learning how to cook. Not particularly well, though.” 


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Member since Fall 2015
Government, Economics, & Sociology Interdisciplinary Major
MANOS has given me a look into community development as well as the challenges faced by communities and those trying to help them that I would otherwise have seen.
Outside of MANOS: Ben is Vice-President of a social fraternity and is engaged in research in the William and Mary Govt. Department.


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Jioni Tuck ’19

Washington, D.C.
Member since Fall 2015
Government Major, Public Health Minor
MANOS has taught me 
a lot about sociological research methods and the importance of community engagement when practicing international development.
Outside of MANOS: Jioni is a Research Assistant for the Center for African Development, on the executive board of VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, and a member of the Women’s Rugby Team.

 


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Maggie Gutmann ’19

Queens, New York
Member since Spring 2016
Hispanic Studies Major
MANOS has been an eye-opening experience for me and has piqued my interest in research, sociology, and international development. 
Outside of MANOS: Maggie is part of a social sorority, enjoy going on walks, and reading.


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Veronica Silva ’19

Oakton, Virginia
Member since Spring 2016
International Relations Major
MANOS has truly introduced me to the concept of community-based participatory research, and what that model can look like in the real world, but it has also challenged me to look beyond traditional notions of service or volunteerism to help me realize my passions for sustainability and community partnerships. This team of diverse, intelligent, and caring peers has been an integral part of the my first year at William and Mary.
Outside of MANOS: Veronica is an Orientation Aide, a member of Students for University Advancement, and plays on the Club Tennis team.


IMG_1644Hannah Ferster ’19

Rockville, Maryland

Member since Fall 2016

Sociology Major, Public Health Minor

MANOS has deepened my understanding of and commitment to social change internationally, and the vital role of empowerment and equal partnership in making that change happen. 

Outside of MANOS: Hannah is on the executive board of VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood and is a Confidential Advocate at the Haven. She also enjoys reading, outdoor adventures, and finding dogs in CW.


Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 12.23.47 AM.pngCait Macias ’20

Boca Raton, Florida
Member since Fall 2016

Government and Sociology Double Major

MANOS has given me new experiences abroad and taught me so much about the research process. The team’s passion for learning and positive intentions continue to inspire me. 

Outside of MANOS: Cait is the VP of the Freshman Honor Societies ALD/PES at WM. Off campus she is a coordinator and chair for Montessori Model United Nations an NGO dedicated to educating young minds about current global issues. In my free time Cait loves to be active and cook!


IMG_9441Laura Schwartz ’20

Washington, D.C.
Member since Fall 2016
Undeclared Major
MANOS has taught me to think critically about international development and the implications of my actions. I have learned to be wary of voluntourism, and that fostering partnerships with marginalized communities is essential in promoting sustainable development. It has been a privilege working alongside such a diverse group of passionate, intelligent, and caring students.
Outside of MANOS: Laura is involved in Young Democrats. She loves to play soccer, watch Frontline documentaries, and travel and learn about new cultures.


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Maura Finn ’20

Alexandria, Virginia
Member since Spring 2017
Latin American Studies and Environmental Policy

I wanted to actually do something at William and Mary and make a long term change and MANOS lets students partner with a community to actually do that. 
Outside of MANOS: Maura runs for the Competitive Club Running Team and am a member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)!

 


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Sofia Kellogg ’20

Leesburg, Virginia
Member since Spring 2017
Government and Hispanic Studies

MANOS is an amazing opportunity to actually do research in the field and work with a community. My knowledge of issues in international development has grown tremendously, and I look forward to continue working with such an amazing group of people. Outside of MANOS: Sofia is a social sorority and a member of the TribeTHON team.


IMG_20170910_223833_415Aria Troupe ’20

Rifle, Colorado
Member since Spring 2017
International Relations and Data Science

Through MANOS, I’ve learned the importance of social justice and community empowerment to sustainable development and how to critically approach sociological research.
Outside of MANOS:Co-President of the Student Partnership for Aid and International Development, Secretary for my social sorority, play club volleyball, and a member of the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Steering Committee for William & Mary.


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Ethan Harrison ’19

Los Angeles, CA
Member since Spring 2017
Economics

MANOS is unique as a student organization. It provides the normal benefits associated with student clubs, yet also provides the opportunity to assist and implement programs in-country. The opportunity to be part of a development-focused project and implement in-country is in itself a tremendously rewarding opportunity. But it is the hospitality widespread among the Nicaraguan people that provides a truly unique experience.
Outside of MANOS: Ethan works a research assistant on AidData’s TUFF team. He is also a Junior Project Manager for the Center for African Development (CAD) on CAD’s mobile phone project currently underway in Tanzania.


Our academic advisor is Professor David Aday.

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