Senior Experts

Hillary Proctor

Director, Technical Services

Hillary is experienced in developing rural livelihoods and focuses on building the capacity of project partners. At Making Cents, Hillary works with the technical team to provide assistance to agriculture, youth and microfinance projects through assessments, curriculum development and capacity building trainings. Previous to her joining the team, she worked on value chain, youth savings and lending and eco-tourism projects throughout West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in conflict and post-conflict environments. Hillary has consulted with Making Cents´ projects since 2008. She served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia.

Diane Gardsbane, Ph.D.

Chief of Party, Collective Action to Reduce Gender-based Violence (CARE-GBV)

Diane is an applied feminist anthropologist with a focus on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls, as well as other forms of GBV. Her research and practice include the role of social norms, policy, and practice in advancing gender equality. She brings to Making Cents more than 30 years of experience in ethnographic and rapid assessment qualitative research and evaluation, gender analysis, and gender integration across sectors. Prior to joining Making Cents, Diane led projects funded by USAID, UN agencies, the World Bank, and U.S. Department of State. She also  lived in Uganda, Kenya, Swaziland/eSwatini, and Jamaica, and, worked across Africa, as well as in Europe, East Asia, and parts of the Middle East. 

Christie Scott

Project Director, Youth Power2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE) 

Christie is a dedicated international development professional specializing in improving the lives of the world’s at-risk children. She brings a wealth of experience in youth development, education, and the management of complex, multi-sector programs as well as her expertise in fundraising, capacity-building, and program coordination between domestic and international offices. Christie has a proven record of success in multifaceted programs in an array of global regions. As project director for YP2LE, she provides technical assistance and project management oversight to the activity. 

Paul Bell

Senior Advisor, Youth, Entrepreunership, and Conflict

Paul is a senior expert in entrepreneurship, conflict, CVE, livelihoods, and community development. He has significant experience managing large-scale, high-impact projects, including as Chief of Party on two $100+ million projects funded by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as Director of The World Bank/IFC business training project at Kabul University. At Making Cents, Paul leads assessments and builds technical and organizational capacity of local organizations around the world. Prior to working internationally, he owned successful small businesses and mentored and trained at-risk youth in some of London’s toughest inner-city districts. As founder of the International Development Angels investment group, Paul is also Lead Investor and Financial Advisor to Shelf.io a major KM software-as-service start-up based in the US.

Maria Brindlmayer

Senior Knowledge Management Specialist

Maria serves as Senior Knowledge Management (KM) Specialist for the USAID-funded YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, leading the project’s online platforms and knowledge management activities. Since 2013, she has also served on the Secretariat for the Building Evidence in Education (BE2) donor working group. Maria is a trained economist and KM expert recognized for developing and deploying high-impact KM systems and processes for public and private sector clients, including USAID, DFID, the European Commission, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In her free time, Maria is a fan of classical music and enjoys singing in a choir.

Lindsey Woolf

Director, Projects

Lindsey is an international development project management professional and youth organizing specialist with over ten years of experience leading and managing youth-focused projects and initiatives. She served as the Project Manager for USAID YouthPower Learning for over five years and since 2019 serves as Deputy Director, Operations for USAID YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE). Prior to Making Cents, Lindsey led and facilitated multiple youth-led organizations, movements, and campaigns and developed youth leadership programming and trainings.

Sarah Sladen

Director, Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network)

Sarah brings to her role more than 15 years of experience in international program management, implementation, and coalition building. She has a background in workforce development, education, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution. Sarah oversees the YEO Network’s strategy and innovation as well as key initiatives to advance the field, including the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. More recently, she has been leading youth engagement efforts under the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project

Eva Cantrell

Director, Communications 

Eva is an accomplished communications professional with over 15 years of experience developing and implementing print, online, and in-person communications strategies and materials for U.S. and international audiences. She was responsible for brand management and digital media for multi-million-dollar global development organizations, such as Pathfinder International, Digital Green, Plan International USA, and the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). As Director of Communications at Making Cents, Eva drives and executes the company’s internal and external communications priorities and strategies. 

Chelsea Pallatino, Ph.D.

Research, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist

Chelsea brings over ten years of research and project management experience in the U.S. and abroad related to gender and development. Her primary areas of expertise include gender equity, women’s empowerment, and gender-based violence. At Making Cents, she is responsible for guiding qualitative and quantitative research activities and program design, implementation, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination that integrates community-based participatory approaches. Prior to joining Making Cents, Chelsea worked with the United Nations Development Programme on their Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) initiative and served as a Commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission under the Office of the Mayor.

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