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AIESEC Life Team and Board of Directors

AIESEC Life Team

Maggie Gisel
Executive Director
Maggie Gisel graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she was active with the local committee as VP Marketing and LCP. She served as NCEC with AIESEC U.S. from 1988-89. She had a six-month traineeship in Bangkok, Thailand. Maggie moved to Hong Kong and was a Director with The Economist Conferences for five years. When she returned to the U.S., she began an 11-year career with Walt Disney Animation Studios where she worked in production management and communications. She then joined a small, independent film studio, producing documentary films and collaborating on animation books. Maggie lives in Long Beach, CA with her Canadian husband and two daughters. Email Maggie.

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.

Nancy Gamble
Program Manager
Nancy Gamble is founder and president of Hire Profile Inc., a WBENC certified woman-owned business. Nancy's background in the creative world includes work at some of the industry's best-known agencies including BBDO, Team One and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Nancy has a degree in Business Administration from CSU Long Beach and was active in AIESEC which led to a traineeship in London conducting UK college career fairs before starting her career in advertising. Nancy came to Atlanta from L.A. in 1995 to open the creative division of MacTemps (now Aquent) where she led their creative staffing team until launching Hire Profile in 2003. She was named a Top 25 Entrepreneur Awards "One to Watch" by Catalyst Magazine in 2007. Nancy actively supports the creative community through participation in trade organizations and most recently was on the board of BMA Atlanta. Nancy is a Northpoint Community Church volunteer for their MoneyWise program. She and lives in Alpharetta, GA with her husband, Lee. Email Nancy.

Junmo Lee
Social Media Manager

Junmo Lee recently joined the AIESEC Life team as Social Media Manager. Lee went to the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was involved with the local committee as an officer from 1991 - 93. After college Lee joined U S WEST, a regional bell operating company, with their research and development team for new products and marketing. His last position was with Intel where he managed a team supporting multiple domestic and international corporations deploying and maintaining cloud based service for network security. After 20+ years of working for both startups and establish corporations, Lee quit the desk job to pursue photography full time, where he works as a portrait photographer. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado and is married with two children.  Email Junmo.

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

Henry Bautista is Senior Manager for KPMG Mexico. He is based in Monterrey helping international and national companies through internal audit, risk and compliance services.

Henry is an AIESEC Alumnus from the Dominican Republic and he served to AIESEC during the 90s as LC Finance Director, LCP, NC Finance Director and as NCP 1996-97. He represented his country at several international events as AMCO 1995 at Canada, IC 1996 at Poland, IPM 1997 at Argentina and other regional events.

Henry joined to AIESEClife activities when he was in 18 months exchange program at Chicago during 2010-2011 and he has been volunteering as long distance bookkeeper of AIESEClife since January 2016.  Email Henry.



Nick Long

Nicholas (Nick) Long is partner with Reed Smith LLP in Chicago. He was recently named as Reed Smith's new Practice Management Partner with responsibility for a wide variety of client and internal initiatives. Throughout his career, he has had extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisition transactions, commercial contracts and general corporate matters, in addition to work with trade associations and other non-profit entities. Nick was involved with AIESEC Madison in the mid-1990s.

Daniel Hermansson


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.

Predrag Cvetkovski
Senior Vice President, Citibank N.A.

Predrag is a Senior Vice President at Citibank, responsible for the Bank-wide analytics and the governance of Enterprise Operations & Technology. Prior to Citi, he patented solutions based on machine-learning and big-data analytics for the Wealth Management and the Islamic Finance industry, and in addition he has automated multiple processes for data collection, analysis and distribution for Thomson Reuters. Predrag was an AIESEC Life New York City Alumni Chair 2013-2015, Vice President for Information Systems & Technology for the 50th Anniversary of AIESEC in Macedonia, WestCo 2003 and Career Days 2002. Back in 2006, while he was in Poland for an AIESEC internship with Reuters, he raised and realized over 60 internships as an Exchange Manager, enabling students and young graduates worldwide to start their career within the global information industry.

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.
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.


Michelle Lévesque
International Finance and Accounting

Michelle Lévesque has spent over 25 years in various international finance and accounting roles.  She is currently consulting for the International Organization for Migration, the UN agency for migration, at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to moving to the multilateral humanitarian sector in 2017, she spent close to 9 years with Marriott International, 10 years in the international television industry working for companies ranging from Discovery to E! as well as Universal and Sony Studios and 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 still lives the life of an AIESECer and currently resides in Luty, Switzerland with one of her former AI colleagues from Argentina.

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, and past treasurer of AIESEC Life.

Peter Stewart
President, Cyviz Americas

Peter is the current President for Cyviz Americas, responsible for North American operations.  He has 20 years of experience in strategy, alliances, global sales, and marketing. Previously he was with collaboration software leader PGi where he oversaw alliances and global collaboration services.  He holds 10 patents in collaboration technology as the lead inventor of iMeet™. He held positions in product management at Sprint-Nextel and was a Principal IT Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Peter hails from AIESEC Georgia Tech, and graduate school at Emory.  He was previously a member of the AIESEC US BOD.  Peter lives in Atlanta with his wife and 2 children.


Karen Raiti Thigpen
Past President, AIESEC Life


Karen Raiti Thigpen currently serves as the Director of the Residential Property Management Division for Stockworth Realty, a concierge real estate brokerage in Orlando, Florida. She 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 also served as AIESEC Life's President & Executive Director from 2011-2015.


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.


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