WISER International welcomes two new team members

The past few months have held tremendous global upheaval. Here at WISER, students and staff have adjusted to a remote learning curriculum, and they are looking forward to the day when they’ll be back on campus to learn and grow together. But amid the disruptive changes brought by COVID-19, we’re happy to announce a very joyful change in WISER International’s leadership!

This month, WISER International has hired two incredible change-makers to our senior leadership team. Michelle Gherardi comes to us as our new Operations Manager, and Emily Dake is joining us as our new Development Manager.

Michelle has nearly 20 years of experience in non-profit operations and fiscal development. She holds a Master of Public Administration from West Chester University where she is currently pursuing her doctorate in the same field and focusing her research on policies that impact motherhood and maternal activism. Michelle also holds a BA from the Harvard University Extension School and an Associate’s Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College, both of which are in the field of International Relations. Michelle’s personal, professional, and academic pursuits bring people together to intentionally engage in educational and motivational dialogue about social justice issues to develop effective strategies that actively champion and protect human rights.

Emily Dake has a decade of experience in nonprofit operations and development, and currently runs a successful grant writing consulting business for community-based organizations in New York City and the Hudson Valley. She will soon receive her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, where she has also been engaged in development initiatives. In addition to development, Emily specializes in qualitative analysis, the social determinants of health, and accessible program planning and implementation. Emily brings to the table a wide range of skills, including nuanced internal and external communications, creative and energetic staff management, exceptional writing and editing, and a clear and demonstrated passion for social justice. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College, and has received domestic violence training from CONNECT Training Institute as well as Rape Crisis Advocacy certification from Bellevue Hospital Department of Social Work. She now calls Asheville, NC home with her 8-year-old rescue pup Petey.

We know that Michelle and Emily will bring energy and expertise to our work. We are so glad to have them on the WISER Team!

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