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Leadership

Douglas Flemmens

Interim Director of the Collaboratory

Douglas Flemmens

Interim Director of the Collaboratory

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Dereck Plante

Engineering Projects Manager of the Collaboratory

Dereck Plante

Engineering Projects Manager of the Collaboratory

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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
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. In addition to serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Collaboratory office, she also works as the Collaboratory logistics advisor where she oversees the coordination and fundraising efforts of Collaboratory site team trips. Shannon perpetuates a life of service at the Collaboratory. Ministering as a music evangelist with her husband Kris for 15 years in the U.S. and abroad, the Walkers partnered with Worldserve 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. 

Damaris Gehman

Student Director of the Collaboratory

Damaris Gehman

Student Director of the Collaboratory

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Jessica Kline

Assistant Student Director of the Collaboratory

Jessica Kline

Assistant Student Director of the Collaboratory

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Jacob Clemens

Student Program Manager

Jacob Clemens

Student Program Manager

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