The members of the executive board take on the tasks of planning TQP's summer educational program through recruitment, marketing, fundraising, community outreach, educational planning, and donation coordination.


Megan Zabik


Megan is a senior majoring in International Studies and Spanish.  She has traveled with The Quito Project twice and has taken on the roles of being a tutor and a director for UM while in Quito. Her favorite part of The Quito Project is the people she has met through this experience both at UM and in Quito. Some of her other interests include soccer, music, movies, and traveling.

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Emmanuel Solis


Emmanuel is a senior majoring in Latinx and Communication Studies with a minor in LGBTQ & Sexuality Studies. He joined The Quito Project due to his interest in empowering Latino communities not just here in the United States but also in Latin America because as a Latino student, he feels necessary to give back to his community.  In his free time he loves listening to podcasts, procrastinating, and napping (the usual).

Zack SAfadi

Vice president

Zack is a junior studying Computer Sciences and Spanish. He traveled to Quito in the summer of 2018 and his favorite part of the experience was forming connections and friendships with the Ecuadorian tutors and the kids at the camp through art activities and lots of time spent at the park. In his free time, Zack loves learning new languages, playing video games, spending time with his dog, and playing soccer and basketball. He isn’t quite sure what he wants to do after graduating, but working in a space with a global perspective and outreach is very important to him.

Nick farrugia

director of outreach & recruitment

Nick is a senior majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Art & Design.  He traveled to Quito during the summer of 2018 and his favorite part of the experience was working and teaching the kids.  Specifically, working on math with the kids, teaching them how to dance, and playing soccer with them at the park.  In the future, he plans to pursue a graduates degree in hospital epidemiology.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, playing soccer, listening to music, traveling and making clothes.

Francesca Romano

Director of Local & International Volunteering

Francesca is a senior majoring in Architecture and minoring in Art & Design and Gender, Race, & Nation Studies. She traveled to Quito in summer 2018. Her favorite part of TQP was inventing math games with the kids, making art projects, and playing with the kids. In her free time, she loves drawing, listening to Hiatus Kaiyote, and sleeping. When graduating, Francesca would want to work with sustainable design.

Amy muñoz

co-director of finance

Amy is a junior interested in studying Public Policy. She traveled down to Quito in the summer of 2018. Her favorite part about The Quito Project was the new friendships she built with the other tutors -- both from Michigan and USFQ -- and the students in the program. 


Adam Udovich

Co-Director of finance

Adam is a senior majoring in Computer Science.  His favorite part of The Quito Project was seeing another part of the world and learning about the people there.  Some of his other interests include reading, listening to music, and learning about new technologies.

Katie Ortiz-tenesca

co-director of finance

Katie is a senior studying Education and hoping to minor in business. She is passionate about reforming educational curriculum and bridging the gap in educational inequality. She is actually Ecuadorian and her favorite part of the experience was being able to visit her country for the first time while teaching and building trusting relationships with the kids. In her free time, Katie loves to dance, write and eat hot Cheetos.


Co-Director of Local and International Volunteering

Avery Sandstrum is a sophomore studying Comparative Literature and International Studies. She traveled to Ecuador in 2019 and taught an extracurricular music class, so she got to work with a wide range of ages. Her favorite part was getting to know the unique personalities of all the campers and traveling around Ecuador with the TQP tutors. In her undergraduate career and beyond, Avery is focused on sustainable development and a broad cross-cultural education.

Mark Castaneda

Co-Director of Marketing

Mark is a junior studying Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment. He traveled with TQP in 2019, and it was his first time in Ecuador. He was especially excited to work with kids for the first time and learn from his Ecuadorian co-tutors. He is passionate about the social responsibilities and efforts of large organizations such as corporations, especially in regards to sustainability. In his free time he likes to read, hike, and cook with friends.


The University of Michigan

David Devries

Emilio Flores

Olivia Hauserman

Kelly Delgado

Nora Kuo

Mark Castaneda

Caroline Touzeau

Avery Sandstrum

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Camila Carpio

Claudia Polo

Maria Paula Marroquín

Mae Caicedo

Sarah Guevara

Paulo Yánez



Alana Rodriguez

The University of michigan

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Alana Rodriguez is the UM faculty adviser for The Quito Project as well as the Academic Program Specialist for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She also teaches the 3-credit "Learning through Global Partnerships" course for returning TQP students. She has degrees from San Diego State University and el Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health in Latin America, especially Cuba and Mexico. Her favorite part of participating in The Quito Project is having the privilege of collaborating with such wonderful students and partners at UM and USFQ.


DOLO Lasso

universidad SAn Francisco de Quito

Department of Education

María Dolores Lasso (Dolo) is a USFQ’s Education teacher for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She obtained her PhD degree in Education at New Mexico State University, her dissertation focuses on educational leadership and teacher education. She obtained her Masters degree in Education from Boston University and an Elementary Education undergraduate degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She has been a teacher in Ecuador for more than two decades, focusing on teacher education and educational improvement during the last decade. She is currently the providing academic advice and continuous improvement and innovation advice as curriculum expert to all the different academic areas at USFQ. She has been the appointed Faculty Advisor for The Quito Project, a community outreach project lead by student volunteering efforts in collaboration with University of Michigan since 2013.

Want to be apart of the team? Apply to be a TQP tutor this summer!