Founded in 2008, Few for Change began as a few students studying in Panama through the School for International Training. 



Alyson Dagang

Dr. Alyson Dagang is the academic director of the School for International Training (SIT) Panama program, the program through which many of the Few for Change members first were introduced to Panama and the Ngäbe-Buglé. She has worked on numerous projects in Panama with focuses that include gender, agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, community development, environmental education, and conservation. 

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Abby works as a legal analyst in Huntington, New York, where she is gaining practical experience before attending law school. She spent her Fall 2014 semester in Panama with the School for International Training. The following spring, she contacted Few for Change and pitched an idea that evolved over the next 15 months into a 3-week film and photo documentation project in the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca. 

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Amy Lamb

Amy is the Environmental Reviewer for the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau, and reviews projects statewide for impacts to rare plant species and exemplary natural communities.  Previously, she worked at Martin Forestry Consulting, LLC, where she wrote forest stewardship plans, did GIS mapping, and a variety of field work.

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Ariadne Prior-Grosch, Vice-President

Ariadne manages the communication with the Panama-based volunteer staff including all of the logistics involving the scholarship application process, annual ceremony, disbursement of funds, and scholar support. Ariadne is the Science Department lead at the Academy For Software Engineering, a public high school in New York City where she teaches AP Biology, Environmental Science and Spanish and advises 14 male senior students.

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Brooks Winner, Secretary

Brooks is a founding member of Few for Change and has worked to grow the organization since its founding in January 2009. In his day job, Brooks is the Community Energy Associate at the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine.

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Katie Clay, President

Unlike most of the members of Few for Change, I never had the opportunity to visit the Ngobe-Bugle comarca.  Shortly after my group arrived in Panama, there was an outbreak of swine flu in the comarca and our trip had to be canceled.  

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Sofia Siegel

Sofia is fundraising manager for the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, a non-profit community theatre located in Santa Monica, California. Prior to joining The Morgan-Wixson, she was the Development Associate for Ceres, a sustainability advocacy non-profit in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Tim Soo, Treasurer

Tim is fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania with a future career in emergency medicine. Prior to this, he spent three years in New York, active in health start-ups and music technology.

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Ramón Pineda

Ramón is an Agricultural Field Technician for the Fundación Nuestra Señora del Camino (Our Lady of the Way Foundation) providing agricultural trainings and workshops to his fellow Ngäbe in different communities across his home district of Nole Duima in the Comarca.

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Doris Gallardo

Doris is a community leader in the town of Quebrada Guabo. As the former president of the Ngäbe women's association ASMUNG (Asociación de Mujeres Ngäbe-Buglé) she has worked to empower, organize, educate and improve the quality of life for women and their families in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé.

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Agripina Sandoya

Agripina lives in the community of Hato Chamí where she is a homemaker and mother to her 3 children, including FFC scholar Kevin. Agripina has helped FFC improve communication with students and their families in the remote mountainous communities in the Jädeberi township.

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Rebecca is Program Manager for the Midtown Greenway Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to an urban bikeway and pedestrian corridor through the heart of Minneapolis, MN.

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Lily Perkins-High


I studied abroad in Panama with SIT during my junior year at Oberlin College. The twenty-four hours we spent on the Comarca Ngobe-Bugle were some of my most memorable from the entire trip.

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I first visited the Comarca as an SIT Panama student in the Fall of 2007. Intrigued by what I saw and wanting to understand better the area, I returned to the area during school vacations for the next year and a half to research how national and international “home garden betterment” projects were impacting planting practices. 

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