Staff and Consultants

Lamia Sadek, Managing Director
Lamia studied business management and information technology as an undergraduate, then obtained a Masters in Training and Development from North Carolina State University.  She is finishing up a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology. Lamia started her career in business development and finance, but after working as a regional finance manager for a large for-profit corporation, decided to pursue her true passion and work in the non-profit sector.

She has worked in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirartes (UAE), the Sudanese border, Australia, Gaza, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom (UK). Most recently, Lamia served as country director with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) based in Birmingham, UK. Previously, Lamia worked with Plan International where she designed economic empowerment programs, with a gender equity cross-cutting theme, for the most marginalized groups residing in informal settlements (slum areas) in North Africa. Prior to that, she worked with the Education for Employment Foundation as programs manager where she helped design capacity building programs for under- privileged youths with the help of the business sector. In 2010, Lamia was among an international humanitarian delegation to Gaza.

Kathryn DodgsonKathryn Dodgson, Editor
Kathryn worked for many years at Harvard University, first as managing editor of publications at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, then at the Center for the Study of World Religions, and, from 2009 to 2013, as director of communications at Harvard Divinity School. Since then, she has been working as a freelance editor. She was born and raised in Assam, India, the daughter of medical missionaries. She has a BA from Smith College and an MA from Bryn Mawr College, both in history. Her first memory of Jane Addams is from first grade, when she read the biography by Jean Brown Wagoner in the Childhood of Famous Americans series.

Ariane Blondin, Membership Coordinator
Ariane joined the WILPF's Boston office during the fall of 2014. Raised in France, she also lived in Morocco. Sensitive to international issues, she has a background in business as well as education. She is enthusiastic about WILPF's mission, and wishes to make the world a better place. She lives in Somerville, MA with her husband and two children.

Patty Freeman-Lynde, Bookkeeper
Patty holds a master's degree in social work and has worked in non-profit administration. She has several years experience working with homeless families and people in poverty in Athens, Georgia. She recently moved to the Boston area to be near her younger daughter, who is an immigration lawyer. In the late 1970s, she worked for several years at the United Nations, particularly the International Year of the Child NGO office, where she first heard about WILPF. She has been an activist for peace, the environment, and women's rights since childhood. Her favorite places to travel are the south of France, where she lived for a year as a high school student, and the north of Spain.

Glenn Ruga, IT Consultant and Web Communications Specialist
Glenn Ruga is an award-winning graphic designer and communications professional with more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofit, education, and corporate clients including International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Physicians for Human Rights, Institute for Health Policy, and dozens of others. Glenn is founder and director of the Social Documentary Network, which has featured 1800 online exhibitions by 1300 photographers from all corners of the globe. He was a founding member and president of the Massachusetts-based international development and advocacy organization, the Center for Balkan Development (1994-2008). He has an MA from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1981) in social thought and political economy and an MFA from Syracuse University (1990) in graphic and advertising design.


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