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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.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

Student Director

Dylan Thomas

Student Director

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Dylan joined the Micro-Economic Development Group (now Economic Empowerment Group (EEG)) of the Collaboratory in Fall 2011. During his first year he assisted in the preparations of the Summer 2012 CSLA (Community Savings and Loan Association) site team trip to Zambia. At the end of his first year he was asked to serve as Group Leader for the 2012-2013 academic year. During this time, while also serving a a Resident Assistant in Witmer Hall, Dylan was challenged and stretched in new ways which resulted in a significant amount of growth. In Spring 2012 Dylan was recruited and hired for the Assistant Student Directorship of the Collaboratory. He now serves as Student Director.

Dylan believes that students, although young, must be given reverence for their abilities and innate strengths. He believes that encouragement is one of the most powerful tools a leader has in their utility to build up and help transform their followers.

Elizabeth Bashore
Elizabeth Bashore

Assistant Student Director

Elizabeth Bashore

Assistant Student Director

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Elizabeth joined the Collaboratory in the spring of 2013 and soon began attending AWDS meetings, a project within the disability resources group. She appreciates the unique opportunity that the Collaboratory offers students to integrate their academic discipline with a service project tailored to meet a specific need. Elizabeth had the opportunity to travel to Ghana with a site team from the AWDS project in January of 2014. While there, the team worked with local villages and World Vision Ghana staff members to modify two hand pump superstructures and construct two latrines making both disability-friendly.