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AIESEC Life Team and Board of Directors

AIESEC Life Team


Daniele Waldrop Lea
Executive Director
Daniele Waldrop Lea is an AIESEC alumna from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She held positions at the local committee from 1989-1992, including LCP and was a member of the National Training Team 91-92. High points of her time in AIESEC include attending ENALDS ’90 in Yugoslavia and again as a trainer in Turkey in ’92. Her traineeship took her to the Philippines in 1993. Daniele has since enjoyed time as a corporate meeting planner, then jumped fields and spent the last 19 years in telecommunications consulting both in the US and UK. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband Patrick Lea, an AIESEC alumnus from SMU 1989-91, and their three children. Email Daniele.




 
Heather Blahnik
Program Manager
Heather hails originally from AIESEC Madison and has enjoyed an amazing AIESEC career, serving as LCP of AIESEC Madison, as Vice President and Member Committee President of AIESEC US, and also as President of AIESEC International.  She now resides in Seattle, Washington with husband and AIESEC alumnus Pedro Gabriel Huerta Aguirre (AIESEC Germany President, 1996-7, PAI, 1997-8) and their three children. Heather recently returned to the US after living for 9 years in Mexico and Spain, where she worked as a brand manager for Cadbury. She is responsible for the content of the AIESEC Life newsletter and website.  Email Heather.


 
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Social Media Manager
 

                      


     
Amanda Stowers Lavino
Director of Member Information
  Amanda Stowers Lavino started her AIESEC career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She held a variety of positions at AIESEC Madison, including LCP, and then went on to become Member Committee VP with AIESEC United States. Thanks to AIESEC, she jumped into an international career. Most recently, Amanda has worked for the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland where she ran the operations team for Executive MBA programs in the US, Tunisia, Switzerland, and China. Since the birth of her son, Amanda has focused her attention at home and joined the AIESEC Life Team. She handles reaching out to alumni and helping with the membership drive. Amanda lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Email Amanda
 
Kris Stafie
Program Manager

Kris Stafie recently joined the AIESEC Life team as Alumni Insider Program Manager. She went to University of Washington where she joined AIESEC Seattle and was LCP and then Regional Director for AIESEC US representing the western region. After graduating, she worked at AIESEC US and through an alumni, started her career at MasterCard.  After MasterCard she worked for Fiserv and then in 2000 changed jobs to work for Citibank, where she is presently a Vice President and Sr. Project Manager in the corporate bank. She is also currently in school to become a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Kris enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters exploring Seattle or traveling to Mexico, Hawaii or Romania where her husband is from.  Kris will be working with our alumni and growing the Alumni Insider Program which develops career opportunities for AIESEC alumni. Email Kris

 
Henry Bautista
Bookkeeper

Henry is partner and founder of Accimetric, S.C. a consulting firm that helps medium size international and national organizations to improve key business processes. He is a certified internal auditor (CIA) with global experience in many sectors, in many countries in the Americas and Europe.

For 21 years he served in global firms such as Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG and Arthur Andersen in Mexico / Argentina in their practices of Assurance and Advisory Business Processes. Similarly, he served local professional firms as: Despacho AF & Asociados in Mexico City and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Henry obtained the degree of Bachelor of Accounting and Auditing at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the National University Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Additionally, Henry attended the Diploma in Finance at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon.  Email Henry.


 

Officers

Allen Kone
Secretary

Allen was involved in AIESEC Yale in the mid-1960s, went on two internships abroad, and served as co-chairman of the Alumni Society of AIESEC US in the 1970s. Allen is active with AIESEC Life in New York City and also serves on the Board of Advisors for AIESEC Yale. A lawyer by training, Allen’s AIESEC experiences landed him his first real job in the International Banking Department of Bankers Trust Company and he now has his own law firm at which he works on a part-time basis.


Daniel Hermansson
Treasurer

 

Daniel joined AIESEC in Nottingham, UK and served as a Vice President of the LC in 2005/2006 and on the National Outgoing Exchange Support team the year after. After graduation he did a trainee-ship in Tunisia in 2008 and during his Master's degree was part of the group working to set-up LCs in Boston at Brandeis, Tufts and Harvard. Daniel is a manager at the management consultancy Oliver Wyman. He works primarily within the financial services industry, leading projects on topics related to Insurance and Finance & Risk for large private or public institutions. A native of Sweden, Daniel and his wife have been living in New York, NY for the last two years.


Board of Directors


Jeff Popiel, Chairman
President & CEO, Geotech Environmental Equipment

Jeff Popiel is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Geotech Environmental Equipment Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of environmental groundwater sampling, monitoring and remediation equipment. Prior to his work with Geotech, Jeff was a Director for AIESEC International 95-96, served on the National Staff of AIESEC United States as VP and President from 93-95, and was involved at the local committee at the University of Colorado between 1990 and 1993.

 
Sarah Endline
Founder and Chief Rioter, sweetriot


Sarah founded and runs sweetriot, a socially responsible company that makes tasty chocolates. Prior to founding sweetriot, Sarah worked at Yahoo! on launching products, developing brand positioning, building customer communication plans, and creating loyalty strategies. She also served on Yahoo!’s corporate charitable giving board, led in MBA recruiting at Harvard, and created a corporate wide initiative to support women’s career advancement at the firm. Sarah has also worked at The World Bank, Microsoft, and NFTE. Sarah has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BBA from The University of Michigan.  Sarah became involved in AIESEC at the University of Michigan where she served as LCP before taking on the roles of Vice President and President of AIESEC US. Sarah is a Business Sponsor of AIESEC Life.

 


 

Patrick Evans
Senior Vice President, UBS Wealth Management


Patrick Evans has been a Senior Vice President for UBS Wealth Management for the past 16 years. He is the co-founder of WTC Investment Group in Houston, Texas. WTC specializes in financial planning for high net worth individuals and their families. In concert with planning, his team of Advisors develops customized investment portfolios for clients globally. Patrick's investment career began in 1993 as a Market Maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. A veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Patrick served eight years in the US Naval Reserve. He began his AIESEC career in 1989 and held a variety of positions at AIESEC LSU, including LCP and was a member of the National Training Team '91-'93. Patrick serves as a Board member for AIESEC Houston and enjoys supporting LSU through various leadership positions in Texas. He resides with his two children, Santana and Sultan, both future AIESECers.

 
Paul Hamill
Marketing Manager, UPS


Paul is currently Marketing Manager at UPS Global Forwarding.  His career at UPS has included the launch of Express services in 17 countries, key initiatives in Global Revenue Management, Product Marketing, and eCommerce solutions, with assignments in Europe and Asia.  Paul was a member of AIESEC Miami in Oxford, Ohio where he was involved in Sales and Marketing, coordinated the 27th National Conference, and was a delegate to International Congress.  After traineeships in Sweden and Hong Kong, he earned his MBA at Columbia Business School with a concentration in Finance and Operations Management.  Paul has been active with AIESEC as a Board member of AIESEC-Georgia Tech for 20 years, and is part of an AIESEC-Miami alumni network helping with the re-establishment of that LC. Together with fellow AIESEC-Miami alum and UPSer Anna Wilcke in Brussels, Paul supports AIESEC by taking 20+ trainees since 2011. Paul lives in Atlanta with his wife WeiJie and son Paul.

 

Andrew Lewis
Partner, KPMG, LLP

 

Andrew Lewis is a partner at KPMG LLP, and works in the public sector audit practice in Washington, DC.  KPMG LLP is one of the world’s largest public accounting firms, and provides audit, tax, and advisory services to its clients.  Andrew is a senior fellow in KPMG’s Government Institute, and has written several research articles and professional publications on a variety of topics, such as digital auditing, human capital management, and government fiscal transparency.  Andrew is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, and teaches a government accounting course in the Masters of Accountancy program.  Andrew was a member of AIESEC GW (now AIESEC DC), and served in roles at the local committee, as a regional leader of incoming and outgoing exchange, and as a member of the organizing committee of the 1996 winter national conference in Washington, DC.   He continued his AIESEC journey as a long-standing member of the board of advisors of AIESEC DC, is a past treasurer of AIESEC Life, and is a member of AIESEC Life’s Founders Circle.


Karen Raiti Thigpen
Past President, AIESEC Life

 

Karen Raiti Thigpen began her AIESEC journey at the University of Michigan in 1992. Highlights of her time in AIESEC include serving on the AIESEC US staff in 1996-7, organizing the AIESEC US 40th Anniversary Gala, and taking a traineeship to Poland. She has since enjoyed a career in sales and marketing, most notably with Mary Kay Cosmetics, and currently resides in Orlando, Florida with alumnus husband Jonathan and their four children. She is delighted to be able to return to her AIESEC roots and contribute to the alumni legacy.

 

Mark Tomkins
President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest

Mark Tomkins has spent over 20 years in various roles in international consulting and economic development, the last 10 of those at the GACC Midwest. GACC Midwest combines elements of a trade commission, a membership association, and a professional consultancy. The organization is an integral part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad with 130 offices in 90 countries around the globe. His tenure there has included building a leading consulting organization supporting bilateral trade & investment. He also created GACC’s Skills Initiative and ICATT program to expand the German dual education model of workforce development to the US, which has received international recognition including being featured in the Wall Street Journal. Mark joined AIESEC at Northwestern University, was a member of the National Training Team, was Exchange Regional Development Assistant, received the National Sales Award, took an AIESEC traineeship in Germany, and was a member of many OCs including, EUROC’93 in Slovenia, IC’94 in Barcelona and was OCP of Winter National Conference in Chicago. Mark is a long-standing member and former Chair of the AIESEC Northwestern Board of Advisors.


Michelle Lévesque
International Finance and Accounting

Michelle Lévesque has spent over 25 years in various international finance and accounting roles.  Most recently she was with Marriott International for close to nine years.  Before that, she spent 10 years in the international television industry working for companies ranging from Discovery to E! as well as Universal and Sony Studios.  Prior to that she worked in the spirits & wine and consulting industries.  Michelle joined AIESEC at Arizona State University where she received her BS in Finance.  After graduation she worked as the VP Finance for both the US National Committee 87-88 and AIESEC International 88-89.  She did an internship in South Africa after which she returned to the US and received her Masters of International Management (M.I.M) from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. She was the recipient of the AIESEC scholarship during those studies. Michelle currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.


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