Thanks to this program it became possible for me to discover spirit, soul and mind of this country. I have seen many examples of what human beings should be in an ideal world.
Ukraine Disability participant

ITD's executive director is responsible for finding appropriate grant advertisements to respond to, developing or supporting the development of excellent proposals, directing or supporting programs that stimulate, motivate and benefit participants and the communities they serve, communicating well with sponsors, setting organizational policy and keeping the organization viable, and helping create an atmosphere of goodwill and an environment for learning.

Executive Director: Mark Protti

Mark brings more than two decades of international education and training experience to his position as executive director at ITD. 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.

 Financial Director: Edgardo Rothkegel

Edgardo grew up in Guatemala and the US, and is a native Spanish speaker. At ITD he is responsible for day-to-day accounting activities, including account management.  He also maintains our computer systems and vans.  Since 1988 Edgardo has also served as Cultural and Administrative Coordinator on our programs.   In these capacities, he arranges ground transportation, distributes allowances, oversees program budgets, and escorts on cultural outings.  Edgardo leads cultural and programmatic excursions to cities in the U.S. and abroad.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.  


Senior Office Manager: Kaye Dougan

Kaye speaks fluent Spanish and regularly visits her relatives in Guatemala.  Since 1991 Kaye has been responsible for providing administrative and secretarial support to ITD central office staff, including correspondence, assembling grant proposals, directing phone calls, information retrieval, screening mail, and office-related financial accounts.  Kaye also acts as Program Secretary on ITD grant projects, and assists with visa and passport applications.  She also arranges participants' international and domestic air fare, hotels, program materials, and health coverage and care.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts.


Media and Program Director: Abril Navarro

Abril holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. Abril is ITD's webmaster and is responsible for "virtual program components". During programs, Abril coordinates participants' community service appointments and assists participants with programmatic needs, including driving and escorting on technical and cultural excursions. She also conducts English classes for our Spanish-speaking participants. Abril is a native Spanish speaker and a certified interpreter, and she regularly provides written and spoken translation.