— Chicago native who has lived and worked in Germany since 1992.
–I worked for many years in the theater (acting, directing, teaching) and doing voice-over work. I now work as a translator at Universität Hamburg (that’s correct, we don’t officially translate it!) and as head of the center for the Diploma in Translation certificate awarded by the Chartered Institute of Linguists. I also teach the exam preparation class for this, which is how I met Andreas. I do regular pro bono work as a translator for the International Campaign for Tibet Deutschland.
— I have no developmental aid background and little experience or knowledge of the regions we are supporting. However, I do a lot of volunteer work in my local community and co-founded a neighborhood initiative to bring people together around various issues facing our district, from the integration of refugees into our local schools and supplying local kindergartens with books from our district library to organizing district tours on foot to foster neighborhood communication and awareness.
–Finally, a possible point of interest (makes for good small-talk, anyway, at social events): I live in a car-free community dedicated to green living and communal decision-making and use of resources.
So, that’s me and I am looking forward to getting to know you all better and learning more about our joint venture.