We were sad to see four amazing board members end their terms in June. Nicole Murad, Jim Hooton, John Ricotta and Carmela Weber dedicated 23 combined years of board service and helped take Intercambio to another level!
We’re excited to welcome 3 new board members, who bring experience relevant to our strategic plan focus to accelerate the scaled adoption of the Intercambio model and increase sustainability.
Silvia Solís is an evaluations and cross-cultural expert who works at JVA consulting and has served on our program committee. Juan Pelaéz is a level 7 Intercambio student who started a software engineering company and is donating his time to help us develop Intercambio’s first ever App! Arnie Jacobson is an Intercambio volunteer who led six focus groups last year with his wife Vicky, and they are among the best in the world at working on messaging.
Maria Stepanyan, Executive Director for the Center for People with Disabilities, also joined the Board recently. Jonathan Munro took over as the new Board Chair, replacing Matt McKinney who did an amazing job during his tenure.
Yoli Chavez joined the staff working part-time at the Longmont office, where we continue to see huge demand for classes.
The summer we have had an amazing group of interns. Kathryn is a PIIE intern from CU who is creating and piloting new evaluations for students and teachers here and for our national partners. Elena is a Fulbright Scholar, originally from Russia, with lots of ESL teaching experience. She is working on the teacher books for the new curriculum. Arik and Naomi are creative wonders from Workforce Boulder County who are working on design for the new curriculum. McKynzie is a student at Yale creating English lessons that focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Thousands of hours of their time is costing Intercambio around $4,000 total, it provides great experience for them, and they are saving our lives with their amazing work J.