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:

 

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Sarah Martin ’17

Boston, Massachusetts
Member since Fall 2013
Global Health Major
MANOS has provided me with a valuable opportunity as a Global Health major to learn about community development and ethics in a way that can’t necessarily be grasped from being in a classroom. It has shaped the way that I think about and engage with the world around me, which is something that will be valuable far into my career path.
Outside of MANOS: Sarah is a research assistant at AidData, a member of a social sorority, and loves to run and be outdoors! She also has an obsession with animals, especially pigs. 

 

 

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Diya Uthappa ’17

East Brunswick, New Jersey
Member since Fall 2013
Neuroscience Major

MANOS has been one of the most rewarding things I have been a part of during my time at the College. 
I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such talented people and for the experience that has greatly shaped my understanding of social implications of health.
Outside of MANOS: Diya an orientation aide, who loves welcoming new members of the Tribe!

 

 

 

 

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Samyu Jothishankar ’17

Herndon, Virginia
Member since Fall 2014
Biochemistry Major
MANOS has defined my college experience and has driven me to think more critically about international development and how I engage with my environment. I feel privileged to be a part of this team and am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with some of the most thoughtful, talented individuals I have ever met.
Outside of MANOS: Samyu is involved with public health research and conference development. She can often be found napping and crawling, not hiking, up the mountain.

 

 

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Ariel Cadby-Spicer ’18

Arlington, Virginia
Member since Fall 2014
Undeclared Major
Through MANOS, I have gained a stronger understanding of my actions and their implications and have become more aware of the importance of thinking beyond my intentions.
Outside of MANOS: Ariel is a Teaching Fellow for the Sharpe Scholars Program and a Resident Assistant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erika Jaimes ’18

Alexandria, Virginia
Member since Fall 2014
Undeclared Major
MANOS has taught me how 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).

 

 

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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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Reid Fennerty ’18

Falls Church, Virginia
Member since Fall 2015
Economics Major / International Relations Major
MANOS has deepened my understanding for the need for effective arbitration between Non-Governmental Organizations and marginalized communities like Chaguite. MANOS’s role as the arbiter in Chaguite ensures effective and efficient work can be carried out within the community even after MANOS has left the community. We try to empower the community to the best of our abilities by relating to them as partners in sustainable development rather than as beneficiaries.
Outside of MANOS: Reid a member of the William and Mary Rowing Club and is an employee at the William & Mary Sadler Center. He loves travel, hiking, language learning, most activities to do with the outdoors, and almost every movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

 

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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 Government 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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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.

Hannah 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.

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Cait Macias ’20

Boca Raton, Florida
Member since Fall 2016

Government and Sociology Double Major

MANOS has given me the opportunity to be a part of a family dedicated to research and improving the lives of community members we work along side with. I feel so privileged to be part of a team who is so driven to learn and make a difference.
Outside of MANOS: Cait is a leader at MMUN. In her free time she enjoys going on adventures, working out, and cooking healthy meals.

 

 

Laura 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.

Our academic advisor is Professor David Aday.