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 contract management paralegal in Waltham, MA, 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. She now continues that work as part of the Communications Board.

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Amy Lamb, Secretary

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 Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science and Spanish.

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Brooks Winner

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 a Community Development Officer at the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine.

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Katie Clay, President

Katie is the Program Director for a Medicaid program at Hudson River HealthCare, a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Hudson Valley and Long Island, NY.  Prior to her current role, Katie was an Americorps volunteer at Hudson River HealthCare, coordinating Spanish speaking programming at one of the health center sites.  

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Tim Soo, Treasurer

Tim is an emergency medicine resident physician in Brooklyn. Previously, he attended medical school in Philadelphia and worked in New York, active in health start-ups and music technology. 

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Tara Beattie, Education Access Fellow

Tara is in her final year of pursuing her B.S. in Natural Resources Ecology at the University of Vermont. After graduation, she hopes to focus on environmental and social justice issues in her community. Tara studied abroad with SIT in Panama in the spring of 2019, and did her independent research project in the Ngäbe-Buglé comarca.

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Sam neally

Sam is in the final year of her B.A. at Mount Holyoke College. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish with a certificate in Culture, Health, and Science. She is interested in using her scientific background to influence policy in environmental health.

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Nora sawyer

Nora Sawyer is in her final year pursuing her bachelors’ degree in Anthropology at the University of Oregon. 
She studied abroad in Panama with SIT in 2017, conducting an independent study project in the Chiriquí researching the impact of hydroelectric dams on the local communities.

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Advisory Board


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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Bailey studied abroad in Panama with the School for International Training during the Fall 2014 semester. While there, she worked with lobster fishermen in the Comarca Guna Yala and since then has continued to work on projects related to sustainable livelihoods development and education.

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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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