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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 Manager
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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Herndon Program & Outreach Associate
Since last year Malak has developed extensive knowledge and experience in managing effective outreach and communication strategies with external partners. Has worked as a program officer in a non profit organization increased her academic background as a strategy planner and public policy maker.
Malak has seven years of professional experience in diplomacy, protocols, administrative and finance working with the Diplomatic Corp, Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Yemen, advocacy and lobbying as a passion towards human rights specifically women rights. In addition she is skilled in negotiations, diplomatic ceremonial and protocol. Malak has done her post graduation in Public Affairs from Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris / Sciences Po, Paris, France, and this empowered her with techniques of research methods. She is originally form Yemen, where she received her Bachelors degree in Political Science from Sana’a University. She is a dedicated and passionate professional with good academic background and international experience working in government and non profit organizations. She has knowledge of Arabic, English, Basic French & Basic Hindi.
Her passion as a woman is to always take the first step. Malak believes that inside each and every one of us is a champion and leader. Women can always be ahead of men or be besides men, but never behind them taking a back seat.
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Rockville Programs, Monitoring & Evaluation Fellow
Anastasia Megid has 7 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a MA in International Relations and minor in Foreign Languages from the Omsk State University in Russia. Anastasia is training and capacity building specialist with professional experience in program management civil society empowerment, leadership development, community building, and sustainability. While working as project manager and coordinator for Social Project for Transgender People “LAVERNA” – an initiative that she has launched in Siberia, Anastasia has helped to build and develop the capacity of transgender communities in Siberia and has worked on women’s empowerment in the region ensuring access of marginalized communities to professional, leadership, safety and economic support and development. Previously, Anastasia worked with community-based human rights organizations to advance human rights education and advocate for the rights of LGBTQI individuals and raise awareness about the discrimination and hate crimes in the country. Anastasia has worked as a coordinator in Siberia for American Councils for International Education promoting and strengthening youth leadership development and civil society empowerment in Siberia region. She has vast experience in coordinating regional projects, developing and conducting regional and international training with different international stakeholders, such as US Embassy, European Youth Center, TGEU, UN Women, IGLYO, and ILGA-Europe. Through these experiences, Anastasia developed strong coordination and project development and implementation skills. Anastasia has a strong passion for women’s rights, peace and conflict resolution and community building and leadership development.
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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.
You can contact Laura through email at firstname.lastname@example.org