Tuqa has extensive work experience in nonprofit, technology and education sectors. After serving two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she recently began her career in educational technology. Growing up in a family of educators has increased her drive to advocate and inspire through her career and volunteerism. Tuqa graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a BA in Public Relations and is currently pursuing her Masters in Information Systems at Touro College.
Courtney currently leads WonderSeed’s grant team while living and working in Chicago. She spent three years working in direct service before undertaking a role as a sponsored programs project manager, where she has raised over $40 million of funding for various public health organizations. Courtney is a graduate of Indiana University, and when not at work, you can find her jogging along Lake Michigan or experimenting in the kitchen.
Salwa Sidi Ammi is a former diplomat and political counselor. She has more than seven years of experience in administration, writing, research, reporting, coordination, and government relations from working for her country’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has aspired to work in the non-profit sector because it aligns with her passion for grant writing, fundraising, and dedication to helping others live better lives. Salwa Sidi Ammi holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in communication and a master’s degree in international studies and diplomacy. She speaks four languages and enjoys movies, photography, and traveling.
Olga Miočević is a PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. She has a background in research on stress physiology, adolescent development, incarcerated and maltreated adolescents, and innovative methods of measuring salivary hormones. Olga teaches human sexuality to college-aged youth, and is passionate about using scientific understanding of adolescence and emerging adulthood in her classroom. She believes that providing youth with appropriate information empowers them to create their own responsible, healthy trajectories. Volunteering with WonderSeed allows Olga to help bridge the gap between research and positive change in communities across the US by writing grants for innovative, meaningful programs for underserved youth.
During my career as a professional track and field athlete and scholar at the University of Connecticut, I obtained my Masters degree in Communications in 2017 and was one of the first female members of UCONN Collective Uplift, an organization formed for the holistic development of student-athletes of color. During this time, I dedicated my time and research to understanding the media representation and psychology of female athletes of color. After obtaining my Masters degree, I moved to the state of Florida where I continued my career as a professional athlete and started my career as an author with SPRINT DREAMS, my adult contemporary novel with a young adult crossover appeal. The story, set to release in 2020, is about a collegiate athlete striving to become All-American while stumbling over personal obstacles. As a volunteer grant writer for The WonderSeed Foundation and a member of Romance Writers of America, The International Women’s Writing Guild and Golden Crown Literary Society, I intend to use my writing abilities to address social issues regarding members of misrepresented or underrepresented groups.
Stephanie is a volunteer UX designer for The WonderSeed Foundation and a senior at Ohio University. She is leading the design team to redesign and maintain the Foundation’s website and assisting with the design for the mobile app. Majoring in MIS, business analytics, and marketing, Stephanie hopes to become a full-time user experience designer after graduating in May 2020.
As a Data Scientist, she uses analytics to boost our fundraising efforts, measure and monitor the impact of their activities by building predictive models. She discovers insights, patterns and crucial decision-making processes based on the data in the market with the help of programming languages like python and R. She holds an industry experience of 6 years having worked as Oracle Techno functional Consultant atSanmina with a Bachelor’s in computer science and a Micro Degree in Data Science.
Akshaya is a volunteer designer at the WonderSeed Foundation. They are responsible for designing Wiz and creating the preliminary prototypes for WonderSeed's mobile app. An aspiring UX designer, Akshaya is passionate about empowering people with technology. In their free time, Akshaya enjoys drawing and writing.
My name is Douglas Smallwood. I am a UX designer based out of Virginia. Currently, I am enrolled at Colorado Technical University finishing my degree Fall of 2019. My degree study is Information Technology with a focus on Web Development. I have worked for several small start up companies and brands that help shape my experience as a UX designer after 10 plus years of graphic design and photography experience. My skills have helped me gain the opportunity to take on special projects and work with notable people in the entertainment industry. I am honored to be a part of the team here at WonderSeed.