Kevin has spent the last 18 years working on social inclusion, state accountability and minority rights promotion in over 30 countries across Africa, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and South Asia. He currently serves as the Deputy Director for the International Research and Exchanges Board’s (IREX) Communities and Governance Unit and is based out of Washington D.C. Kevin’s clients have included the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State. Kevin’s work with other international organizations includes Partners for Democratic Change, World Learning and TetraTech DPK. His interest in and support of STS International and its mission to transform education and school health in developing countries stems from formative experiences early in his career managing youth service-learning programs in Watsonville and Santa Cruz counties in California and as a Peace Corps Urban Youth Development Specialist working with at-risk youth in Costa Rica.
Kevin holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a BA in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Katherine Young joined the STS Board in August 2014. She currently works as a Junior Analyst at EMC Research, a polling and public opinion research firm based in Oakland.
Katherine has had an interest in education for at-risk and international youth throughout her career. After working extensively with foreign students at a private language school, she became a tutor for English language learners in the San Dieguito Unified School District. She also spent a summer in New Orleans interning with Reconcile New Orleans, a nonprofit providing distressed youth with the life skills and culinary training necessary for entry into the workforce. Most recently, she spent almost two years as a grantwriter and development manager for a Bay Area organization promoting financial literacy and business skills for local students.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications and a Masters in Pacific and International Affairs, both from the University of California, San Diego. Her graduate research focused on development and foreign policy; specifically, the effectiveness of government and NGO programs in sustainably alleviating poverty for program participants. She also has a strong understanding of California education policy, and has conducted professional research on best practices to improve educational achievement for K-12th grade youth. Katherine has studied French for more than 3 years and is excited to bring her passion for education and language to the STS Board.
Dr. Helen Boyle
Helen N. Boyle, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of International and Comparative Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Center for International Studies in Education Research and Development (CISERD) at FSU’s Learning Systems Institute. Her research explores the evolving role that Islamic educational institutions in North and West Africa and the Middle East are playing in advancing national and international development goals vis a vis education and literacy. She is currently working on a project to explore the role of Qur’anic memorization in facilitating early grade reading skills in Arabic, in Morocco. Dr. Boyle has over 20 years of experience as a senior technical advisor on international education and development projects focused on teacher training, early grade reading and literacy, program monitoring and evaluation and Islamic education; she has worked in or managed education projects in Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Haiti, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, DRC, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
She holds a doctorate in Comparative and Social Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on International Development Education and a minor in anthropology. Her doctoral dissertation, funded through a Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship, is an ethnographic study of the phenomenon of Quranic preschools in the town of Chefchouan, Morocco. Her dissertation received the Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Dissertation from the Comparative and International Education Society in 2001 and formed the basis of her book, Quranic Schools: Agents of Preservation and Change. She has also published articles on Islamic education in refereed journals such as the Comparative Education Review and The Review of Faith in International Affairs and acted as a guest reviewer for article and book submissions from Sage Open and Palgrave. She is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society, the American Anthropological Association and the Middle East Studies Association. She teaches Education in Islamic Societies, Design and Management of International Development Education Projects and Schooling in Developing Countries.
Mark Hoffman, CPA, CPCM
Mark has over thirty years of hands-on experience in financial management and administration for domestic and international awards funded by the US Government. He has held a number of positions, all related to his passion for organizational excellence through strategic planning, accounting integrity, Federal procurement compliance, transparency, and dedication. Mark has extensive background as a Controller, Contracts Administrator, CFO, Management Consultant (international big four CPA firm), Project Manager, and NonFederal Auditor for USAID. Mark was based in Nairobi for four years where he was dedicated to various development projects funded by USAID.
Mark is active as an independent consultant, providing advice, including expert witness testimony, in Federal procurement regulations, cost accounting, contract administration, proposal strategies, and financial management.
Mark is a frequent continuing education instructor, volunteering his time to teach courses for the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), state CPA organizations, local business chambers, and other groups.
Laura Stahl joined the STS board in 2012. She currently serves as the Director of Institute Operations for Teach For America’s training institute for new teachers in New York. In this role, she hires/trains/supports a team of thirty individuals as well as plans all of the operations that support an intensive summer training program for 700 new teachers and 150 staff each summer.
Laura has always had a passion for marginalized populations, especially children. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Linfield College and began her professional experience as a classroom teacher in Oregon. She was then accepted to be a corps member in Teach For America (TFA), a career path that would lead her to work and travel extensively throughout the country. Ms. Stahl first started out teaching early childhood special education in a very rural community outside of New Orleans. During the summers, Ms. Stahl also trained new TFA teachers in Houston.
She then moved from New Orleans to Boston to join Teach For America’s recruitment team where she recruited college students all across the country to be a part of the program and impact student’s lives in low income communities. Ms. Stahl completed her MBA at the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University with a focus on Children/Youth/Family policy.
Prior to returning to Teach For America, Laura worked on the development team of a research/advocacy organization focused on the needs of children called Children Now. In addition to reading and traveling, Laura also spends her time being active in her church, leading on another nonprofit board, and working part-time for the San Francisco 49ers.
Kevin brings extensive international development experience, both in terms of field-based implementation and technical expertise in the areas of youth engagement, democracy promotion, community engagement, and civil society strengthening. He has 20 years of international development experience in program implementation, management, oversight, and operations for long-term projects for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), inter-governmental organizations, and volunteer organizations in Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and North America.
Kevin currently works for Tetra Tech ARD, a for-profit consulting firm based in Burlington, Vermont. He is an Associate in the Democracy and Governance Sector where he provides technical oversight of field-based projects and supports all aspects of new business development with USAID, including proposal strategy development and activity development. He currently serves as Senior Technical Advisor/Manager for the USAID Albania Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) which is working both at the national policy level and at the local level to promote acceptance of the principles of decentralized governance, and to disseminate and institutionalize practical and effective methods and techniques for municipal management.
Kevin has worked as a Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Project Officer/Community Organizer, Project Manager, and is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Lezha, Albania. He holds an M.A. in Sustainable Development (focus on Development Management) from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. His international geographic experience includes work in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Macedonia, Namibia, Nepal, Montenegro, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia.
Alex Pompe works to bring appropriate technology (both novel and legacy) to developing countries anywhere in the world and fights to make sure the benefits outweigh the negatives. Alex is currently a Growth Lead at Premise Data where he manages user analytics and operations. The Premise user network contributes millions of observations across economic, infrastructure, government services, and health sectors yielding novel data insights to improve decision making. Premise is based in San Francisco, with user networks in over 40 countries across Latin America, Africa, MENA, and Asia.
Previously Alex was a Senior Technical Advisor at IREX managing business development for their Center for Collaborative Technology. He also lead their ICT4D consulting portfolio, serving NGO and government clients across Africa and SE Asia. Prior to this he was country director for the IREX Namibia office leading an education technology project with the Namibia Ministry of Education funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Prior to his time in Namibia, Alex was the Chief Information Officer of the IREX Ukraine office working on the Bibliomist project – part of the Global Libraries initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before IREX, Alex worked as a campus coordinator for the Peace Corps and taught undergraduate astronomy courses at the University of Michigan. He served as an IT and education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Namibia from 2006 to 2008.
Alex holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, and an MS from the University of Michigan.