Acting Executive Director
Sarah Bodley joined EWI as Operations Manager in 2016. She previously served as Executive Director of Doug Varone and Dancers (DOVA, Inc.), a world-renowned modern dance company based in New York City. Sarah began her work with Doug Varone in May of 2006 and subsequently played integral roles in the creation of new programming for DOVA, including the introduction of the Winter Intensive and Stripped Series in 2009-10, and the formation of the Junior Board in 2013.
Since 2013, she has also had the pleasure of working as a consultant for nonprofits including the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, Women’s Education Project, and Community Development International.
A former professional modern dancer, Sarah has worked extensively in arts administration, for the Connecticut Dance Theatre, the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT, the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College and at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. As a dancer, she has had the pleasure of working with NOA Dance, The Pharmacy Project, The Median Movement, and other independent creators. Sarah earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College. Her personal objective is to leverage her nonprofit arts leadership skills and passion for sustainability, to provide operational support for organizations seeking to enhance systems and frameworks for sustainability, equality, and justice.
Regional Program Director
Originally from Romania, Alexandra came to the United States in 2012 to pursue her dream since childhood, to live and study in the big apple, New York. She studied at the Spanish American Institute in New York City and after moved to Alexandria, Virginia.
Alexandra has been an integral part of EWI’s growth and development over the past four years. She has played many parts here, from volunteer to intern to student to Program Manager to her latest role as Regional Program Director. Her experience in these various positions gives her a deep understanding of the nuances of EWI, and allows her to respond to the needs of our clients with agility and grace. As a manager, Alex cares deeply about her staff and works hard to provide a good balance of direction and freedom to innovate.
Alexandra is a graduate of Babes- Bolyai University in Cluj- Napoca, Romania, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and later her Master of Arts degree in Advertising. Her passion for being engaged with the work of a non-profit organization started when she was in college. She managed the Strategic Planning Department of her student marketing organization, ASM (Association of Marketing Students), which included training and team building. Her experience with the organization left a strong impression on her and developed her leadership skills.
Alexandra likes spending her free time out in nature with her family and her dog, Cooper. She also loves cooking as well as decorating and organizing her home.
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Deborah V. Rogers
Development Advisor Consultant
Deborah has been a resident of the D.C. Metro area since 1976, earning her JD cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and garnering over 20 years experience as an attorney specializing in antitrust, litigation, major transactions and business counseling at both a major D.C. law firm and a multinational corporation.
In 2006, Deborah obtained her Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from American University. Since then, she has worked as a development consultant and grant writer for several arts organizations and served as Board president and Chair of the Development Committee for Theater Alliance in Washington, DC.
In November 2014, Deborah joined the EWI team as the volunteer grant writer. In January 2015, while continuing as a grant writer, Deborah expanded her involvement with EWI to become a development consultant and serve in the role of Grants Manager.
Lead ETS and GMB Entrepreneurship Trainer
Sharmila Karamchandani, an Indian-born artist and graphic designer has a passion for working in arts education and community non-profits. Sharmila encountered Empowered Women International in Fall of 2006 when she moved to the area after receiving her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.She attended the Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS), which helped her to market herself as an artist and largely credits the organization for her successful career in the US. Since then she has worked at EWI in various capacities including a volunteer, mentor, graphic designer and trainer and was honored with the Creativity and Commitment award in 2008 for her extraordinary service to EWI. Currently she is the Lead Trainer for the ETS program.
Sharmila always wanted to be an educator. She is a full time professor at The Art Institute of Washington—Dulles and has received several awards for teaching and leadership since 2007. She is also an artist and works in mediums such as painting, jewelry design, photography, calligraphy, henna painting, mixed media collages, and fiber arts. Sharmila’s ultimate goal is to open up her own art school and she is actively working towards making it happen. She truly believes that without undergoing the ETS program she would not have dared to dream of this venture. EWI has has given her the confidence, the tools and a huge network of support to turn her dream into a reality.
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Laura Starr Levengard
GMB Entrepreneurship Trainer
Laura Starr Levengard is operating two businesses. She is the President of Starpower Fitness and a partner with the boutique event planning firm We Plan – You Party. She is a serial entrepreneur having started and run five different successful businesses in the last 20 years. Laura has many national certifications in the fitness industry allowing her to “teach the teachers”. She is very active in the Montgomery County, MD community with many volunteer jobs including past president of Women Business Owners of Montgomery County. Most recently, Laura has worked with EWI first as a presenter, then mentor and now as an EWI Entrepreneurship Trainer. Laura is an alumna of Leadership Montgomery Class of 2010 and has ideas for at least another dozen businesses! Laura is a lifetime county resident and has two sons.
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ETS Entrepreneurship Trainer
Brittany Noetzel fell in love with small business entrepreneurship when she accidentally found herself running a boutique in DC and US sales for Amani ya Juu—an African women’s economic empowerment organization. After a few years in nonprofit marketing and community relations, she took on leadership as Amani’s US Country Director, launching their first US retail location and managing a national distribution network. She later applied her expertise as Director of Operations managing scaling efforts for Community Ladders, a financial planning social enterprise serving low and middle income markets.
Brittany now consults with DC-based entrepreneurs launching and growing businesses including local retail, creative services, and manufacturing. She coaches visionaries through marketing, strategic management, and operations planning. After her initial experience as a mentor with ETS in the fall of 2014, she stepped into the role of trainer in the spring of 2015.
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Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Abida has four years of diversified experience in the developing as well as in the developed world in nonprofit sector. Her expertise includes planning, monitoring, evaluation, accountability, research, report writing and knowledge management. She earns a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan. Abida has worked with host communities, internally dislocated people as well as with refugees, in both development and emergency contexts. Previously, she has worked with Sarhad Rural Support Program and Danish Refugee Council in Pakistan. Through these experiences, she has acquired strong monitoring and evaluations skills, which are applicable across different thematic areas. Abida joined Empowered Women International in May 2016, under the Atlas Corps fellowship program and the US States department’s Emerging Global Leaders Initiative. She is responsible for developing and implementing the monitoring and evaluation strategy of the organization and analysis the impact of the organization. Abida helps EWI with updating existing methods for collecting and analyzing data on clients and impact. She works directly with Program Managers as well as clients to measure and assess the outcomes and outputs of each program. She is passionate about women’s empowerment, economic development, and promotion of Civil Society Organizations.
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