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Stephanie B. BenjaminStephanie B. Benjamin earned her bachelor's degree in art history and art studio at Tulane University in New Orleans and continued her education at Northwestern University, studying psychology and biology.  She is working on her master's degree in counseling psychology and art therapy at The Adler School of Professional Psychology, and through her internship at The Center for Global Initiatives she is working to help ameliorate inequalities in global healthcare.  She is currently applying to PhD programs in cognitive psychology to pursue her research interest in sensory perception and she plans on being a professor one day.



Donald Bernovich IIOriginally from North Pekin, Illinois, Donald has traveled and worked in a number of different locations.  For the past five years he lived in Rapid City, South Dakota where he worked as a Work-Life Consultant at Ellsworth Air Force Base.  Prior to this he lived in Malaysia were he worked as a volunteer English instructor and a counselor for a year.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine University in 1997 and his Masters of Science degree from Capella University in psychology in 2005.  Donald is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology located in Chicago, Illinois. 



John FedorynBorn and raised in Chicago, John Fedoryn grew up the son of a tavern owner. Until the age of ten, John lived near the Logan Square neighborhood in the apartment above the neighborhood tavern, appropriately enough named "Poor John's." After moving to the northwest side of the city, John went to high school at Loyola Academy and later to college at the University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana receiving a B.A. in History. He has worked in various roles at a prominent suburban newspaper in various roles in the classifieds and pre-press departments. He also can also relate to the famous Weird Al Yankovic song having lost on Jeopardy in 1998. While working full-time, John completed his Master's Degree in Library Science in 2005 and is currently employed as a librarian at a college in the southwest suburbs. In 2010, John decided to pursue a second master's degree and is currently enrolled in Adler School of Professional Psychology pursuing an MA in Organizational and Counseling Psychology. As part of the program, John assists CGI as a part of his Community Service Practicum.



Natalia GuevaraBorn and raised in Argentina, Natalia has now lived in the U.S. for over twenty years and is currently a translation student at the University of California, San Diego extension, enrolled in the "Specialized Certificate in Translation (Spanish/English)" program. She speaks, reads, and writes both English and Spanish at a native, college educated level. She is also in the process of learning a third language, Italian, and has even spent six months of the past year in Italy studying it. Natalia has also recently obtained a certification on medical interpretation and sight translation from the Southern California School of Interpretation. Her earlier university studies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas included classes in chemistry, physics, microbiology, cellular biology, organic chemistry and genetics. Her passion for the languages and sciences is never ending and she is busy with her current studies and building her translation business, focusing on biochemical and medical translating. She also enjoys doing volunteer translations for non-profit organizations specializing in health care and children's rights. Natalia is also a member of the American Translators Association.



Annie Khan, MA

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Annie Khan migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1994. She completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Toronto in Neuroscience and Psychology. She earned her Master's of Arts in Counseling Psychology at The Adler School of Professional Psychology and is currently working on her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She worked at the Center for Global Initiatives as a contributing author on the New Humanitarian book project. Her interests include humanitarian work, international research, and diversity issues.



Valeria Levit

Valeria Levit was born in Ukraine and grew up in the Crimean Peninsula. Growing up in the family of doctors, Valeria was heading for a route of excellence in education and was accepted into an academy for musically talented children at the age of seven. At the age of thirteen, she transferred to the Medical Lyceum, preparing to study medical and biological sciences with the goal to attend medical school. However, after finishing one year at Lyceum, Valeria immigrated with her family to Chicago, Illinois. Valeria was on the Deans' list each semester at Loyola and graduated with major in psychology and minor in pre-medicine. During her undergraduate studies, Valeria volunteered at a hospital and several not-for-profit organizations. It did not take her long to realize that she has a passion for studying the human mind. In 2007, Valeria was accepted to the Adler School of Professional Psychology.


During her first year in the graduate school, Valeria fulfilled her community service practicum at the Center for Global Initiatives, which is dedicated to fighting health disparities in various communities around the world. At the age of twenty-two, Valeria is a second year student at Adler and is greatly interested in the mind/body aspect of psychology. Valeria is a member of Golden Key Honors Society and American Psychological Association. Currently she resides in Morton Grove, Illinois with her family.



Nicole Nelson-Sease

Nicole Nelson-Sease is originally from Iowa, where she attended Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA. She graduated with a double major in both Art and Psychology in hopes of becoming an art therapist. She planned on attending graduate school, but felt she needed some experience in her field before returning back to school. For the four years after graduation she worked at a youth home with troubled adolescents in the community as well as in the residential facility. She is currently working on her Masters in Art Therapy at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Nicole hopes to eventually work with children in a hospital setting as an art therapist, with a focus on play therapy. She is currently working with Dr. Stout through her Community Service Practicum on improving the Center for Global Initiatives.



Myron Panchuck, MA


Myron Panchuk completed his B.S. degree in psychology and philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago in 1976. In 1982 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Chicago Diocese of Ukrainian Catholics and has actively served this community for over twenty years. His professional work includes designing and facilitating retreats and conferences for clergy and laity, professional development, conflict resolution and social advocacy. He is a co-founder and member of Starving For Color, a humanitarian organization which provides baby formula for orphans in Ukraine. Myron is currently a M.A. in counseling graduate student at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and assisted Dr. Chris Stout at the Center for Global Initiatives with the authorship and editing of The New Humanitarians series. He is also a member of Chicago Sister Cities International. He intends to continue his studies and pursue a doctorate in depth psychology.



Kira Redig

Kira Redig graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, earning her bachelor's degree in Fashion Design. She is combing her interests in psychology and emotional expression of art by working on her master's degree in counseling psychology and art therapy, at the Adler School for Professional Psychology. Through Kira's community service practicum she is working to publicize the efforts of the Center. In the future, she plans to pursue her interest in practicing art therapy with at risk adolescents.



Jillian Richardson

Jillian Richardson graduated from Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois, earning her bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She is combing her interest in psychology and experience with terminal patients by working on her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Primary Care, at the Adler School for Professional Psychology. Through Jillian's community service practicum she is working to publicize the efforts of the Center. In the future, she plans to pursue her interest in practicing death, dying, and bereavement therapy with terminally ill patients.




Patrick SavaianoPatrick Savaiano is currently enrolled in the doctoral (PsyD.) program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 with a B.A. in History and Spanish, and has since worked in marketing, real estate, and as a musician. During the summer of 2003, Patrick had the rewarding experience of traveling to Costa Rica by himself to work with Habitat for Humanity. This and similar experiences led Patrick to an interest in the social sciences and helping professions.While he still works hard as a musician, Patrick decided in 2006 to pursue a career in clinical psychology. In the fall of 2007, as part of ASPP's Community Service Practicum, Patrick worked under Dr. Chris E. Stout at the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI). He became an integral member of a team of students and professionals that ultimately put together a book project entitled The New Humanitarans: Innovations, Inspirations, and Blueprints for Visionaries. In the future, Patrick plans to support Dr. Stout and CGI's efforts to help the less fortunate and underserved populations throughout the world.




Vicka Vanderspek


Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Vicka Vanderspek graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BSc in Psychology and is currently working on a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Through her community service practicum at The Center for Global Initiatives she is working as an integral member of the CGI team, developing fundraising opportunities, exploring the creative and technical aspects of turning The New Humanitarians into a documentary film, and promoting CGI's mission to increase access to healthcare and decrease global health disparities, one patient at a time. Vicka's professional interests include global health and psychopathology, and hopes to someday practice, teach, and research psychology while continuing to take part in global humanitarian work.