Jean Baumgardner, MSN, FNP
Co-Founder, President of the Executive Board
Jean Baumgardner has a wide variety of nonprofit and international experience, ranging from volunteer work in Ecuador, El Salvador, and Honduras, to nonprofit management with St. Vincent de Paul in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group of Seattle.
Jean’s background is in healthcare, with a special interest in immigrant and refugee health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University and her Master of Nursing from Seattle University. Jean works as a Family Nurse Practitioner and recently left her work with immigrant and refugees at the International Community Health Services (ICHS) Clinic in Seattle to join her husband in Missoula, Montana for his Family Medicine Residency, where she will continue working with underserved populations at Partnership Community Health Center. Jean received the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Vatican II Service to the Missions Award and recently received Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences Alumni Service award.
Jean lived in Talanga, Honduras, along with Carolyn and four fellow Passionist volunteers, from 2009 – 2010 and together with the Honduran community founded the Comedor Infantil Talanga. Since leaving Honduras in 2010, she has dreamed of starting The Solidarity Project as a way to continue to stand with the efforts, ideas, and people of Honduras as they seek to create lasting changes in their communities.
Chanel Marin, MPH
Co-Founder, Vice-President, Board Co-Chair of External Relations and Operations Committee
Chanel has an impressive career in research, community engagement, and partnership development. She has extensive experience working in the areas of gender-based violence, nutrition, child protection and youth development. Chanel’s involvement with The Solidarity Project (TSP) began in 2010 when she served as a Passionist Volunteer in Talanga, Honduras, working closely with the Comedor Infantil Talanga Honduras and rural communities in the Francisco Morazan region. She graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University in 2016 where she deepened her skill-set in grassroots community engagement and advocacy, interagency partnership development, capacity building and the practical application of quantitative and qualitative research to inform humanitarian and development programming.
Chanel applies her research expertise, project management background, and M&E practice as the Co-Chair of the External Relations and Operations Committee. She currently works in South Sudan as a humanitarian researcher, having most recently conducted a multi-sector third party monitoring exercise of one of the largest humanitarian funding streams in the country.
Lauren O’Neill, MPA
Co-Founder, Board Co-Chair External Relations and Operations Committee
Lauren brings close to 10 years of experience partnering with grassroots leadership initiatives, designing participatory development programs and managing alliances and partnerships across public, private and government entities. Lauren’s body of work focuses on creating programmatic interventions and opportunities for youths, women and vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Her career in international and participatory development began when Lauren served as a Passionist Volunteer International in Kingston, Jamaica. She later continued her work at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Honduras where she managed a large international volunteer community and founded the Community Outreach department, which serves 35 communities within the surrounding area of Tegucigalpa. Lauren currently works at a Social Innovation Lab where she helps develop strategic partnerships and programs that aim to create life changing financial, health, and education products and services for Women in Latin America. In 2016, Lauren received her Master in International Management and Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Lauren has also worked as a diligent advocate for Central American Asylum seekers in Brooklyn, New York where she also resides.
Carolyn Neuhaus, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Board Chair of Finance and Internal Affairs Committee
Dr. Carolyn Neuhaus is a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, a nonprofit research organization that promotes scholarship and public engagement on bioethical issues. Carolyn applies her philosophical training to ethical challenges in clinical care, biomedical research, and health policy. Carolyn frequently writes in both academic journals and popular media.
Carolyn lived in Talanga, Honduras, along with Jean Baumgardner and four fellow Passionist volunteers, from 2009-2010. During this time, Carolyn, colleagues, and Honduras collaborators co-founded Comedor Infantil Talanga. The Solidarity Project was borne out of a need to provide sustainable infrastructure to continue to support Comedor Infantil Talanga and other grassroots projects in the region near Talanga. She has been involved in The Solidarity Project since its idea in 2010, to its founding in 2015, to its continued growth today.
Carolyn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Georgetown University, and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She lives in New York with her husband, Sean Neuhaus.
Matthew Price, MPA
Board Chair of Fund Development and Marketing Committee
Matthew Price currently manages a $3 million dollar multi-state mentoring program for Catholic Charities USA serving 800 youth who are at-risk for entering the juvenile justice system. His responsibilities include grant compliance, risk management, training, program evaluation, reporting, system development, and grant writing.
Matthew was a Passionist Volunteer in Honduras from 2007 to 2008 and in 2009, worked with CEPUDO, a Honduran NGO, to provide food staples to Comedor Infantil Talanga Honduras. In 2016, Matthew consulted with The Solidarity Project, helping the board of directors create their mission, vision, and values as well as a work plan for 2017. Matthew graduated with a Master in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University in 2017, specializing in barriers that nonprofit boards face when creating a diverse and inclusive culture. Matthew enjoys hiking with his wife, Jess, and honing his negotiating skills with his 3 year old daughter, Kadence.
Rosaria Trichilo brings a diverse collection of experience to the board ranging from community organizing, education, grant writing and management, to data visualization analysis, synthesis and dissemination. Rosaria’s involvement with The Solidarity Project began in 2010 when she served as a Passionist Volunteer International in Talanga, Honduras during the infancy of the project.
In 2016, she received her Master in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. Rosaria currently works for the Louisiana State Department of Health as a coordinator for the CDC sponsored pregnancy risk surveillance system where she works to collect, analyze and disseminate statewide data to determine risk factors that impact maternal and child health within Louisiana. Her professional interests include health equity and disparities, reproductive health, and interagency partnerships in the interest of improved community health, especially for women and children. In her free time she enjoys volunteering in New Orleans, where she lives, by helping to rebuild homes for victims of natural disasters and working for housing equity.
Heather Ferguson is an associate with Linksbridge, a social purpose consulting firm located in Seattle, Washington. Through her work, Heather is engaged with a variety of global health topics including healthcare workforce development, polio post-eradication strategy development, and vaccine demand forecasting. She seeks to find creative solutions to complicated problems and to clearly communicate them with many different stakeholders. Heather has a strong background in project management, strategy development, and global health.
In 2016, Heather received her master’s in public health from Yale University with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health. While at Yale, Heather deepened her understanding of global health work through a multi-month research project in India. As the newest member of The Solidarity Project board, Heather brings a fresh perspective on the organizations operations, mission, vision, and values.
Gloria Marina Artiaga Raudales, B.A. Psychology
Gloria Artiaga serves as the Project Director, leading on-the-ground operations in Honduras for The Solidarity Project. In this role, she implements and oversees The Solidarity Project’s current project, Mesa Comunitaria, a community micro-granting program, mobilizing community leaders across three different rural and peri-urban regions of Honduras to mobilize communities to enact their visions for positive social change. Gloria’s role is central to The Solidarity Project’s work and she is responsible for providing the support, training, and resources to make these visions a reality.
Gloria brings close ten years of experience in community participatory development in Honduras. She began her work as a community leader and organizer in her home community of El Tule, a small village in the municipality of Cedros, Honduras. In 2010, she partnered with community leader, Yony Raudales and Board member Lauren O’Neill to found (Amigos de la Educación), a scholarship program to support education for rural youth in middle school, high school, and college to address the need in her community for increased access to education. Most recently, Gloria partnered with The Solidarity Project to implement a Youth Leadership Development program with ADLE students to develop student leadership and social-emotional skills to optimize the benefits of their education and to equip them to confront challenges in their lives and communities.
Gloria graduated with a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. She believes in the power of investing in local community leaders as the best way to create positive, lasting change in Honduras. The Solidarity Project is thrilled to have Gloria on our team!