Our Team

Partners

Timothy Nourse

President
 

Timothy seeks to accelerate economic development and empower local communities through his work at Making Cents. He has over 25 years of experience in coalition building, program management, local capacity development, and technical service delivery. Tim is an expert in financial inclusion, having managed both nation-wide financial sector development projects as well as programs focused on strengthening financial institutions. Most recently, he has worked on developing digital financial services across the Middle East. At Making Cents, Tim serves as President, building partnerships, managing overall operations, advancing the company-wide strategic plan, and supporting the company’s financial services portfolio. In his free time, Tim promotes the local food movement through support to his family’s 300 year-old farm.

Tijana Dabic

Vice President,
Business Development

Tijana has 18 years of international development experience focused on capturing and pursuing new business. She has managed business development and proposal teams that have generated more than $1.7 billion in new funding from US Government agencies, foundations, corporations, and multilateral and bilateral donors. At Making Cents, she designs and executes the company’s business development strategy and cultivates relationships with clients and partners. When she is not working, Tijana enjoys watching unhealthy amounts of Serbian TV, frets over human extinction at the hands of AI-powered robots, and dreams that one day (before the said extinction) she will be able to afford a Tesla.  

Susan Masse

Vice President,
Project Delivery

Susan brings more than 20 years of experience managing international development projects, with expertise in project implementation, financial management, and contract compliance. She has managed projects funded by USAID, other bilateral donors, and foundations and served as key personnel on projects valued at greater than $350 million cumulatively. Prior to joining Making Cents, Susan worked on USAID human capital development initiatives at the Public Health Institute and the Centre for Development and Population Activities. At Making Cents, Susan leads the Project Delivery Unit, responsible for the sound, effective, and client-focused implementation of the company’s portfolio of projects. In her not-so-free time, Susan enjoys hiking with her energetic family, cooking off script, and always cheering for the Red Sox, especially when they play the Yankees.

Dr. Christy Olenik

Vice President,
Technical Services

Christy is a youth programming and monitoring and evaluation expert with more than 25 years of experience working on youth projects in the U.S. and internationally. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with international organizations, local NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral donors to build the field of positive youth development. At Making Cents, she oversees the company’s technical services across all practice areas: economic opportunities; women’s empowerment; youth development; and monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. After working on her own meditation practice for more than 20 years, Christy recently became a certified meditation instructor.

Hillary Proctor

Senior
Technical Advisor

Hillary brings more than 15 years of experience developing rural livelihoods and building the capacity of local partner organizations. She has worked on value chain development, youth savings and lending, and eco-tourism projects throughout West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, including many conflict and post-conflict environments. During her near-decade overseas, she served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. At Making Cents, Hillary leads the economic opportunity practice, supporting market systems development, inclusive livelihoods, and rural development projects through assessments, program design, curriculum development, and capacity building. Hillary lives on a cattle ranch in Wyoming where she ‘practices what she preaches’ by living and working agri-business and rural livelihoods development.

Partners

Timothy NourseTimothy seeks to accelerate economic development and empower local communities through his work at Making Cents. He has over 25 years of experience in coalition building, program management, local capacity development, and technical service delivery. Tim is an expert in financial inclusion, having managed both nation-wide financial sector development projects as well as programs focused on strengthening financial institutions. Most recently, he has worked on developing digital financial services across the Middle East. At Making Cents, Tim serves as President, building partnerships, managing overall operations, advancing the company-wide strategic plan, and supporting the company’s financial services portfolio. In his free time, Tim promotes the local food movement through support to his family’s 300 year-old farm.
Tijana DabicTijana has 18 years of international development experience focused on capturing and pursuing new business. She has managed business development and proposal teams that have generated more than $1.7 billion in new funding from US Government agencies, foundations, corporations, and multilateral and bilateral donors. At Making Cents, she designs and executes the company’s business development strategy and cultivates relationships with clients and partners. When she is not working, Tijana enjoys watching unhealthy amounts of Serbian TV, frets over human extinction at the hands of AI-powered robots, and dreams that one day (before the said extinction) she will be able to afford a Tesla.
Susan MasseSusan brings more than 20 years of experience managing international development projects, with expertise in project implementation, financial management, and contract compliance. She has managed projects funded by USAID, other bilateral donors, and foundations and served as key personnel on projects valued at greater than $350 million cumulatively. Prior to joining Making Cents, Susan worked on USAID human capital development initiatives at the Public Health Institute and the Centre for Development and Population Activities. At Making Cents, Susan leads the Project Delivery Unit, responsible for the sound, effective, and client-focused implementation of the company’s portfolio of projects. In her not-so-free time, Susan enjoys hiking with her energetic family, cooking off script, and always cheering for the Red Sox, especially when they play the Yankees.
Dr. Christy OlenikChristy is a youth programming and monitoring and evaluation expert with more than 25 years of experience working on youth projects in the US and internationally. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with international organizations, local NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral donors to build the field of positive youth development. At Making Cents, she oversees the company’s technical services across all practice areas: economic opportunities; women’s empowerment; youth development; and monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. After working on her own meditation practice for more than 20 years, Christy recently became a certified meditation instructor.
Dr. Hillary ProctorHillary brings more than 15 years of experience developing rural livelihoods and building the capacity of local partner organizations. She has worked on value chain development, youth savings and lending, and eco-tourism projects throughout West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, including many conflict and post-conflict environments. During her near-decade overseas, she served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. At Making Cents, Hillary leads the economic opportunity practice, supporting market systems development, inclusive livelihoods, and rural development projects through assessments, program design, curriculum development, and capacity building. Hillary lives on a cattle ranch in Wyoming where she ‘practices what she preaches’ by living and working agri-business and rural livelihoods development.

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Temi Alabi

Associate, Project Delivery

Temi is a budding international development professional with an interest in equitable development.  Before joining Making Cents, she had worked in research analysis, fundraising, and administrative support roles for non-profit and development consulting organizations in Nigeria, Ghana, and New York City. At Making Cents, she supports the Project Delivery team in managing the company’s project portfolio around the world. In her spare time, Temi enjoys working on her own fashion startup, supporting two Nigerian youth NGOs, traveling, and cooking.

Anne Bitga

Director, Project Delivery

Anne brings more than a decade of experience in international development, serving in a variety of roles focused on program design, research and assessments, curriculum development and training, capacity building, and project management. She has designed customized project strategies and technical assistance approaches for youth livelihoods, financial inclusion, agriculture, and workforce development projects, working in collaboration with local partners in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. At Making Cents, Anne guides effective and compliant project execution, provides standards for quality assurance for all project-level deliverables, and oversees implementation and further refinement of our project management systems. When she’s not working, Anne enjoys spending time with her infant son, going on hikes with her dog, and road-tripping to see family and friends.

Maria Brindlmayer

Senior Knowledge Management Specialist

Maria is a trained economist and knowledge management expert recognized for developing and deploying high-impact KM systems and processes for public and private sector clients, including USAID, DFID, the European Commission, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since 2013, she has also served on the Secretariat for the Building Evidence in Education (BE2) donor working group. At Making Cents, Maria works on the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, leading the project’s online platforms and knowledge management activities. In her free time, Maria is a fan of classical music and enjoys singing in a choir.

Eva Cantrell

Director, Communications

Eva is an accomplished communications professional with over 15 years of experience developing and implementing print, online, and in-person communications strategies and materials for U.S. and international audiences. She was responsible for brand management and digital media for multi-million-dollar global development organizations, such as Pathfinder International, Digital Green, Plan International USA, and the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). As Director of Communications at Making Cents, Eva drives and executes the company’s internal and external communications priorities and strategies.

Delight Dzansi

Operations Associate

Delight is a 2020 graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, holding a BA in Economics. As the Operations Associate, Delight provides administrative support to the Finance and Operations team. During her free time, Delight enjoys working on her business, watching anime, and reading manga.

Dania Fawaz

Youth Development Specialist

Dania is an art psychotherapist with 10 years of experience working with local and international non-profits. She brings a strong technical expertise in mental health and psychosocial support as well as a background in leading holistic programs for marginalized communities. Her work has focused on the individual and community impacts of trauma and leveraging community-based mechanisms for recovery. At Making Cents, Dania implements projects in youth development, with an emphasis on psychosocial services, mental health, social-emotional learning, resilience, trauma-informed care, and safeguarding and protection. In her free time, Dania enjoys making art, pottery, and coffee (but isn’t any good at coffee art).

Dr. Diane Gardsbane

Chief of Party, Collective Action to Reduce Gender-based Violence (CARE-GBV)

Diane is an applied feminist anthropologist who brings more than 30 years of experience in ethnographic and rapid assessment qualitative research and evaluation, gender analysis, and gender integration across sectors. Her research and practice include the role of social norms, policy, and practice in advancing gender equality. Prior to joining Making Cents, Diane led projects focused on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls as well as other forms of gender-based violence, funded by USAID and other bilateral and multilateral agencies. At Making Cents, she manages USAID’s flagship project focused on reducing gender-based violence. Diane worked across Africa, as well as in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East, and lived in Uganda, Kenya, eSwatini, and Jamaica.

Leah Goldmann

Specialist, Gender-Based Violence and Knowledge Management

Leah has over 8 years of experience in gender and development, violence against women and girls prevention and response, reproductive justice, and adolescent and children’s rights. She has worked with Raising Voices, Uganda’s Ministry of Health, Save the Children, and the International Center for Research on Women, among other national and international organizations. At Making Cents, Leah supports the CARE-GBV project and serves as the gender lead on multiple other projects. She is on the constant lookout for book recommendations, hiking adventures, collaborative efforts to promote full gender equality, and opportunities to talk about her cat, Zelda.

Alexandria Gordon

Associate, Project Delivery

Alexandria is an international development professional with experience in youth leadership facilitation and in research on state-sanctioned violence and human rights atrocities. Prior to Making Cents, Alexandria served as an HIV/AIDS and Adolescent Health Volunteer with U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho. At Making Cents, Alexandria supports activities under USAID’s YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation contract. Alexandria is passionate about traveling, live music, and social justice.

Thomas Laferriere

Manager, Project Delivery

Thomas is an international development professional with ten years’ experience of grassroots, HQ, and field-based program implementation in youth development, democracy and governance, and educational exchanges. He has experience across global contexts, including Eastern Europe, MENA, and South-East Africa. At Making Cents, Thomas is responsible for managing youth and gender-focused projects in the Project Delivery portfolio. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova.

Michael McRae

Manager, Operations

Michael is a Human Resources and Operations professional with 10 years of program management, operations, human resources, and administration experience. Over the course of his career, he has worked for several small and large domestic non-profits. At Making Cents, Michael is responsible for the company’s operations, which includes managing human resources, issuing RFP/Qs for specific services, IT, facilities management, and staff training. In his free time, Michael likes to cook and bake. 

Trufena Ogol

Manager, Project Delivery

Trufena has over nine years’ experience in technology and management consulting, international development, and social entrepreneurship and innovation. She has worked on projects in Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States for organizations such as PwC, EcoZoom East Africa, Innovations in Healthcare – Duke University, and Randstad USA. At Making Cents, Trufena applies her wealth of experience to deliver diverse projects for USAID. In her free time, Trufena enjoys the outdoors, attending a variety of events ranging from musical to theatrical, reading interesting literature, and keeping fit, and she hopes to, one day, get back to the basketball court regularly.

Dr. Chelsea Pallatino

Research, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist

Chelsea brings more than a decade of research and project management experience in the U.S. and abroad related to gender and development. Her primary areas of expertise include gender equity, women’s empowerment, reproductive health, and gender-based violence. Prior to joining Making Cents, Chelsea worked with the United Nations Development Programme on their Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) initiative and served as a Commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission under the Office of the Mayor. At Making Cents, she is responsible for guiding qualitative and quantitative research activities and program design, implementation, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination that integrates strengths-based approaches. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys running and hiking.

Katie Pons

Knowledge Management and Online Communities Manager

Katie is a development professional who specializes in knowledge management and gender justice. She has experience designing, implementing, and monitoring projects in complex international environments. At Making Cents, Katie supports the updated design, refresh, and development of USAID’s YouthLead.org and YouthPower.org platforms, including the intentional curation of content and support for sectoral communities of practice. In her free time, Katie enjoys camping, playing and hosting trivia, and watching the latest docuseries.

Kea Profitt

Director, Finance and Operations

Kea is an experienced finance manager with a long record overseeing financial and accounting operations for small businesses working with the U.S. Government. She is skilled in all aspects of financial management, ensuring accurate tracking, monitoring, and reporting of all financial data. Her experience includes reviewing systems, policies, and tools to maintain best practices in financial management and accounting and to make recommendations on needed improvements. In her role at Making Cents, Kea ensures the efficient operations of organizational systems, procedures, and policies and manages accounting practices and procedures. Kea loves spending time with her family, listening to music, and traveling.

Gloria Schultz

Senior Associate, Communications

Gloria is an award-winning filmmaker and experienced communication professional who has served as a content producer for international, governmental, and non-government agencies. She has an extensive portfolio ranging from videos and graphic design, to social media and website content management. In 2018, she collaborated with Israeli and Palestinian farmers to develop solutions towards environmental peacebuilding in the West Bank. At Making Cents, Gloria oversees corporate and project-related digital communication, including social media, website content, and online campaigns. Outside of work, Gloria is a RYT200 certified yoga instructor who enjoys spending time in nature and living a low-waste lifestyle.

Christie Scott

Project Director, YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation

Christie is a seasoned international development professional who brings more than 20 years of experience improving the lives of the world’s at-risk youth and children. Christie has a background in youth development, education, and workforce development, in multifaceted programs and in an array of global regions. At Making Cents, she leads the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, ensuring proper oversight and high-quality project deliverables.   

Rafael Serrano

Grants Manager

Rafael is a contracts, finance and project management professional experienced in international development. His background includes health and infrastructure, government contracts and procurement, grants, business operations, financial management, budget development, and international economic growth projects. Rafael has focused his career on international development, but his experience includes NGOs, the U.S. Government, United Nations agencies (UNDP, PAHO/WHO), and global international development organizations. As the Grants Manager at Making Cents, Rafael is responsible for the overall management of grants under contract. His current portfolio is focused on democracy, human rights, and governance in Latin America and gender-based violence globally. Rafael is a native Spanish speaker, he enjoys playing guitar, traveling, and motorcycles.

Cole Simko

Senior Associate, Communications

Cole has cross-sectoral experience in international development, with a background in program management, operations, and capacity building. His professional interests include education initiatives, creating inclusive environments, and community building. At Making Cents, Cole leads coordination and provides event management for conferences, seminars, and convenings delivered through in-person and virtual platforms. In his free time, Cole enjoys photography, exploring museums, and all things coffee.

Sarah Sladen

Advisor, Youth Engagement

Sarah brings to her role more than 15 years of experience in international program management, implementation, and coalition building. She has a background in workforce development, education, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution. At Making Cents, Sarah oversees the Youth Economic Opportunities Network strategy and innovation and leads youth engagement efforts under the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project

Emily Whitfield Stupak

Manager, Business Development

Emily is a business development professional with seven years of experience in international development. Prior to Making Cents, Emily has worked in various roles in the industry, serving as strategic communications specialist, project start-up specialist, and business development manager for both for-profit and non-profit international development organizations. At Making Cents, Emily coordinates proposal development efforts for funding opportunities with USAID and other donors. In her spare time, Emily enjoys mountain biking and hiking.

Lindsey Woolf

Director, Project Delivery

Lindsey is an international development project management professional and youth organizing specialist with over ten years of experience leading and managing youth-focused projects and initiatives. Prior to Making Cents, Lindsey led and facilitated multiple youth-led organizations, movements, and campaigns and developed youth leadership programming and trainings. At Making Cents, Lindsey serves as Deputy Director, Operations for the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, supporting operational activities under core tasks and all buy-in activities.

Natasha Zena

Communications Manager

Natasha is an emerging leader in digital media, recognized by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists for her contributions in this space. She is the founding partner of Lioness, the first online news company for female entrepreneurs, which was acquired by Innovation Women in 2020. At Making Cents, Natasha leads external communications, digital content creation, and hosts The PYD Lab, a USAID-powered podcast delivered through the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project. When she is not talking about startups and advocating for female founders, Natasha enjoys writing short fiction.