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Leadership

Dr. David Vader
Dr. David Vader

Director of the Collaboratory and Professor of Engineering

Dr. David Vader

Director of the Collaboratory and Professor of Engineering

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David grew up in Montgomery County, MD with his parents and three sisters. He is a fourth generation only son, third generation handball player, and second generation educator/administrator. David met Ariela, his wife, in high school chemistry class. They were married in 1981, and their children are Emily, Daniel, and Nathan. He received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering. For five years David worked in IBM’s Advanced Thermal Laboratory in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he co-authored numerous US Patents and other invention disclosures on cooling technologies for electronic packages. He came to Messiah College in 1993 and was Chairperson of the Department of Engineering from 1997 to 2004. In 1999-2001, he was the Clarence Hottel Chair of Engineering at Messiah College, a two-year endowed scholarship chair that enabled him to develop international service-learning opportunities with his students. The Technology Council of Pennsylvania named him co-winner with Dr. Donald Pratt of the 2001 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year Award for co-founding the Collaboratory. In 2001 he received the Dr. Robert and Marilyn Smith Award for outstanding teaching, and in 2002 and 2007 the Barnabas Award for service leadership, both from Messiah College. With his students he has developed and implemented technologies in support of Christian missions and development work. He has also written and made presentations on service-learning as a means of developing professional excellence in students and mentoring them toward lives of servant-leadership. David is especially thankful for the opportunity he has at Messiah College to prepare Christian students to love God and share the Gospel of Jesus by using their academics and professional abilities to serve others, especially those suffering poverty and persecution.

Rodney Green
Rodney Green

Program Manager of the Collaboratory and Adjunct Professor of Economic Development

Rodney Green

Program Manager of the Collaboratory and Adjunct Professor of Economic Development

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Rodney Green was raised in Michigan, USA and has a BSc in Education degree from Central Michigan University in the USA, with a major in History, and minors in English/Religion. He taught History, English, and Philosophy and Ethics in the UK and Mexico for a total of two years. Rodney enjoyed building community within the classroom and empowering students, and decided to expand his skills to the contexts of poverty, exploitation, and community development. He served as an intern for community development initiatives in Ecuador for two months, took a job as the manager of a Community Centre in the UK for two years, and began studying for his MSc in Global Development Management. With a desire to do more to help the plight of vulnerable girls sold into the sex trade in India, Rodney moved with his wife to India in 2011 to take the post of Program Associate - Advancement and Communications with an anti-trafficking organization. For 1.5 years, Rodney assisted in the direction of an award-winning documentary, fostered inter-organizational partnerships, spearheaded communications/advancement, and inputted into strategic development. In December 2012, Rodney took the post of Program Manager for the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Messiah College. For his MSc dissertation, published by the Slavery Today Journal in July 2014, Rodney conducted a research project on cooperative/coordination relationships between organizations engaged in rehabilitation strategies with sex trafficking survivors in India. Participating organizations included the European Commission, Tearfund, Rescue Foundation, and International Justice Mission. Rodney enjoys traveling, writing, rock-climbing, reading, hiking, sports, and good films. Rodney has been married to his wife Diana for five years. He speaks fluent Spanish, and basic conversational Hindi.

Shannon Walker

Administrative Assistant and Logistics Advisor to the Collaboratory

Shannon Walker

Administrative Assistant and Logistics Advisor to the Collaboratory

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Shannon joined the Collaboratory team in 2013 and, in addition to serving as the Administrative Assistant, also works as the Collaboratory logistics advisor. In this capacity, she oversees the logistics and finances of Collaboratory site team trips. Shannon perpetuates a life of service at the Collaboratory. Ministering as a music evangelist with her husband for 15 years in the U.S. and abroad, the Walkers partnered with World Serve International drilling wells in Africa, raising awareness of water deprivation, and encouraging churches to assist with well-drilling. They also assisted African communities through building projects, such as churches and health facilities. 

Elizabeth Bashore
Elizabeth Bashore

Student Director of the Collaboratory

Elizabeth Bashore

Student Director of the Collaboratory

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Elizabeth joined the Collaboratory in the spring of her first year at Messiah as a member of the Africa WASH and Disabilities Study (AWDS), a project that works with World Vision to ensure that water resources and sanitation facilities are available to persons with disabilities. Since joining, she has had the opportunity to travel as a member of two site teams with AWDS, one in January 2014 to Ghana and the other in August 2014 to Kenya. Elizabeth serves as the Student Director and works in parallel with the executive director, Dr. David Vader, to help oversee the leadership development, project management, and discipleship programming of the Collaboratory. She appreciates the unique opportunity that the Collaboratory offers students to integrate their faith and academic discipline while working with and learning from professionals and partners in their field of study. A native of the Harrisburg area, Elizabeth will graduate in the spring of 2016 with a degree in engineering.

Rukshani Perera

Student Program Manager

Rukshani Perera

Student Program Manager

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Rukshani is an international student from Sri Lanka and a senior marketing major at Messiah with minors in studio art and sustainability. Her journey with the Collaboratory began in the fall of her sophomore year when she joined the Opportunities in Business and Educational Development (OBED) project which sought to increase the business acumen of Myanmar refugees in Malaysia. Rukshani now serves as the Student Program Manager where she shares leadership of the advancement team with Rodney Green and helps to oversee the operations, marketing, and fundraising efforts of the Collaboratory. Her interest in the Collaboratory stems from the fact that all of the projects in the organization work towards empowering the poor and seeking justice both in the local community and around the world.