Hema Dias Abeygunawardena (M.Ed. 1989)

Hema Abeygunawardena passed away in July 2004

Her obituary can be found Here.


Hema was a teacher and an educator in her home country of Sri Lanka before coming to CIE. She earned an M.Ed. from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1980 which focused on the participation of girls and women in formal and nonformal education programs in the Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka.


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Basha Vianne Hicks (Ed.D. 1986)

Basha Hicks passed away in February 2017
Her obituary can be found Here.


Before coming to CIE Basha was a PCV in Venezuela where she did field work and helped with management, designing and developing trails for the Guatopo National Park.


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James M. Dawson Jr. (1986-1992)

James Dawson passed away in December 2003
His obituary can be found Here.


Before coming to CIE, ‘JD’ as he liked to be called, was a civil rights activist fighting injustice in America and a union organizer fighting for the rights of blue-collar workers.


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M. S. Vijay Kumar (Ed.D. 1986)

After leaving CIE Vijay spent 5 years at the University of Maine at Machias where he taught classes, introduced technology into the curriculum, and helped launch Maine’s statewide interactive telecommunications system.  He then moved to Mount Holyoke College where he directed academic computing, including some programs for the five-college consortium.


In 1996 he took a position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, initially as Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, then as Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Computing. 


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Mbuyi M. Mutala (M.Ed. 1986; M.Ph. 2001)

After completing his M.Ed. at CIE in 1986 Mutala went back to Zaire and worked as IEC/Training Coordinator for two major USAID-funded public health projects working on Nutrition Improvement and Basic Rural Health. He advocated for the use of non-formal and adult education methods and techniques in community health education.


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Grant Suhm (Ed.D. 1996)

After finishing their course work at CIE in 1990 Grant and Marisa Suhm spent six years in Micronesia, working as faculty members at the College of Micronesia where Grant was the Founder and Director of the Department of Agriculture. Grant also worked as the Training Director for Peace Corps in Micronesia and later in Ecuador and Sri Lanka.


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Nanette Brey Magnani (Ed.D. 1986)

After finishing at CIE I soon went to work as World Education's Director of Training Services for five years in the early nineties with David Kahler (Downloads a pdf file) and John Comings. I then took a break and did some consulting work in nonprofit board development. 


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Ana Eligia Murcia (M.Ed. 1986)

After leaving CIE, Eligia worked for World Education in Kenya.

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Hassan Farah Warfa (M.Ed. 1988)

I have been involved in education, primarily in middle schools, high schools and colleges, since the early 1980s: in Africa, Canada and here in the United States. I was one of the founding teachers of the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. I served as a member of the instructional team and a teacher for multilingual classes.


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Sumon K. Tuladhar (Ed.D. 1994)

Sumon is currently working as an Equity Specialist with British Council/ADB Nepal and is responsible for ensuring equity in the School Sector Development Plan of the government of Nepal.


Previously she worked as the Nepal Team Leader for the project “Youth and Uncertainty: Marginalised Young People's Strategies in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations in Ethiopia and Nepal,” funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the Department for International Development (DFID) Poverty Fund. (2016 to 2019).


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