Meet the Team
Jodi is the Executive Director at Colleagues, having joined the organization in 2016 following nearly two decades in international development work, with a focus on human rights and social justice. She has organized and led many international exchanges, both to and from North America. Hailing from Canada, Jodi has a degree in Human Biology, with a focus on health in the developing world, from Stanford University. She has visited some 20 countries, both through her work and general interest in cultural immersion and exchange.
Melody joined Colleagues International in July 2018. Since beginning work in community development and professional fundraising, Melody has built strong multifaceted relationships surrounding the nonprofit community. She has worked with more than 200 partners, donors, groups, foundations and supporters - to address their most pressing challenges, including strategies for data evaluation, sustainability, program management, board engagement, and grant writing. Melody has an MPH degree and is cofounder of Bike the Zoo.
Rachael is new to Colleagues International, joining the team in May 2019. She recently completed her MA in Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University in December 2018 - her second degree in this field. During her graduate program, she focused on migrant and religious minorities in North Africa, travelling to Morocco to study Arabic and complete research in the field. Throughout her time at university, she was involved in multiple artistic, intercultural, and event-coordinating organizations.
Jill Manske, President
Anna Popkova, Vice President
Michael Mortlock, Treasurer
Daniela Schroeter, Secretary
Host and Hospitality
Chair: Mary Baggerman
Co-chairs: Judy Huth & Jerry Potratz
Co-chairs: Thomas Kostrzewa & Eric Zahrai
Program and Administration
Chair: Daniela Schroeter