At ITD our staff members are our most critical resource, ensuring that our programs are expertly promoted, organized, and implemented; and enhancing participants’ program experience through direct support during stateside and overseas programs.  Our years of combined experience in education, training, community development and cross-cultural exchange gives us the ability to create meaningful and often transformative learning environments. Because of the rich and diverse backgrounds of our staff we are able to offer high quality programming in Spanish and French.   In addition, we are able to tap into an extensive network of academics and professionals that join us for specific projects and contribute their expertise.

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Mark Protti
Executive Director

Mark brings more than two decades of international education and training experience to his position as Executive Director at ITD. He has served in this role since 2003 and has overseen the development and implementation of grants and programs totaling millions of dollars and reaching thousands of participants. Prior to joining ITD, Mark served as director of training at Heifer International, where he oversaw training in more than 30 countries around the world. In addition, he has worked in the capacity of project director, trainer, education advisor, facilitator or evaluator for several international development organizations, including USAID, the Organization of American States and the United Nations. Mark is fluent in Spanish and has worked in several Latin American countries including serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. Mark holds a doctorate in International Education from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management from SUNY Syracuse.

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Edgardo Rothkegel
Financial Director

Edgardo serves as ITD’s financial director. He is responsible for organizational financial management and accounting. He handles a wide range of matters of organizational importance, including financial planning, budget management, reporting and procurement. He has been at ITD since 1988 and in his capacity has provided thousands of ITD participants a range of both administrative and programmatic support. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. Edgardo grew up in Guatemala and the US, and is a native Spanish speaker.

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Katie Lazdowski
Program Director

Katie began her work with ITD as a consultant before beginning full time in 2019. She oversees programming for all of ITD’s work, from civic engagement with Moroccan professionals, to pedagogy with global educators, to leadership with youth programs. Katie designs and implements curricula, training, logistical management, and program evaluation. She draws on over two decades of international education, training, and consultancy experience. After teaching French to middle and high school students for multiple years, she and her husband moved to Mali where they served in the Peace Corps. Katie holds a PhD in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in teaching foreign languages from Simmons College. Katie enjoys running, time with her family, and baking.

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Stephen Sadlier
Program Manager

A recent addition to ITD, Stephen Sadlier holds a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts and has two decades experience with international exchanges, with the Experiment in International Living, American Councils, Fulbright, UGrad and English Language Programs. He has guest edited for British Journal of Sociology of Education and was author of the book ‘Movements on the Streets and in Schools: State Repression, Neoliberal Reforms, and Oaxaca Teacher Counter-pedagogies.

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Yanara Barriga
Administrative Manager

Yanara has been working for ITD since the beginning of 2017. She studies Public Health and Biostatistics at the University of Massachusetts with a focus on community development projects in relation to health. She is from Ecuador and lived in Honduras for a few years. Yanara has previously assisted ITD as a program assistant and helped with all aspects of program implementation from transportation and logistics to inquiring about the well-being of the participants. Currently, Yanara serves as ITD’s Office Manager, and is responsible for managing ITD’s financial records, overseeing the organization and scheduling of events, and ensuring overall smooth office operations.

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Imtashal Tariq
Development Manager

Imtashal Tariq serves as the development manager at ITD, where she leads and executes fundraising efforts for the organization. Prior to joining ITD, Imtashal oversaw the development function of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a nont-for-profit providing arts education in systemically under-resourced public schools and communities across New York City. She values social justice and has extensive experience as a teacher. Imtashal is a first-generation college graduate who holds an MPhil from University of Cambridge, and is a Diversity Fellow at the American Political Science Association. During her off time Imtashal loves to travel and immersing herself in other cultures. She also enjoys shoe shopping and learning how to compost.

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Jesse Eisenheim
Media and Information Technology Specialist

Jesse has been a valuable member of ITD since 2020, beginning as a Website Developer and later expanding his responsibilities to include the roles of Information Technology Specialist and Social Media Coordinator. He offers a wealth of technical experience in areas including network management, database administration, website development, graphic design, and IT security. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University, and in addition has dedicated much of his life to the IT world, bringing a passion for technology to all of his work. A native of Philadelphia and Upstate New York, Jesse also spent a year in France, serving as an Assistant d’Anglais in the Paris Banlieue while living in the city.