TEAM HOSTL

 

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Caroline Fish, LMSW, JD

 

 

Co-Founder, Story Editor, Board President

Caroline is a New York-based social work and legal professional with a passion for storytelling, advocacy, social justice, and human rights. Her educational background is in psychology (B.A), international development (M.S.W), and international law (J.D.); her specialized training and experience is in working with vulnerable populations, at-risk youth, and communities on issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and human trafficking. She has tackled these topics in nonprofit and government agencies in North Carolina, Missouri, rural Maine, Paris, France, and, now, New York. Projects she has led in the past include two community art campaigns against gender-based violence, a federal human trafficking case manager certification program, a documentary on campus sexual assault, and multi-national research project involving over forty human rights activists in four countries. HOSTL is the first ongoing, community, storytelling project that she has been a part of since its founding.

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Dessa Somerside, MPH, MSW

 

 

Story Editor, Board Vice President

Dessa applies her background in systems dynamics to critically evaluate and develop solutions to social issues. She has worked in child welfare, maternal and child health and nutrition, and economic and social development in over ten countries. Dessa moved back to St. Louis after working for the UN World Food Programme as an International Leland Hunger Fellow in Cambodia. She is now the Director of Quality Systems for Project Peanut Butter, which produces a life-saving therapeutic food product for malnourished children in Africa. Dessa received her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University, and Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013.

   CHRIS FERRARA    VOLUNTEER OUTREACH COORDINATOR AND PROGRAM MANAGER  Chris has contributed to HOSTL as a project planner, volunteer coordinator, and project manager. He brings many years of experience as a Project And Operations Director in businesses and non-profits. He has worked as an Operations Director at NAVTEQ, a global digital mapping firm, and is now focusing on entrepreneurial interests that combine location-based data and philanthropy. Accentuating his degree in Management from Purdue University, he led 15 disaster relief group trips to Joplin, MO, Moore, OK, and Tom’s River, NJ. Seeing another opportunity to organize volunteers, Chris’ involvement with HOSTL began through discerning an opportunity shown in a photostory about the  Reese Family Renovation . His passion is to help see St. Louis grow by helping others value each other as they are. Chris helped program manage the book project for the first phase and plans to provide more assistance again towards the end of the project.

CHRIS FERRARA

VOLUNTEER OUTREACH COORDINATOR AND PROGRAM MANAGER

Chris has contributed to HOSTL as a project planner, volunteer coordinator, and project manager. He brings many years of experience as a Project And Operations Director in businesses and non-profits. He has worked as an Operations Director at NAVTEQ, a global digital mapping firm, and is now focusing on entrepreneurial interests that combine location-based data and philanthropy. Accentuating his degree in Management from Purdue University, he led 15 disaster relief group trips to Joplin, MO, Moore, OK, and Tom’s River, NJ. Seeing another opportunity to organize volunteers, Chris’ involvement with HOSTL began through discerning an opportunity shown in a photostory about the Reese Family Renovation. His passion is to help see St. Louis grow by helping others value each other as they are. Chris helped program manage the book project for the first phase and plans to provide more assistance again towards the end of the project.