Who we are (CERESAV USA)

Our Board


cropped bio photoDr. Angie Vredeveld is the President and Director of CERESAV USA.  She is a clinical psychologist and founder of Immigration Psychology Services, Inc. She has worked extensively with trauma survivors and has traveled as a psychologist to South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda.  She began working with acid attack survivors in 2014, after meeting an acid attack survivor in Uganda whom she later helped get to the US for a series of reconstructive plastic surgeries.  Dr. Vredeveld obtained her BA from Miami University and PsyD from Indiana State University.



20150516_173603Hanifa Nakiryowa is the Vice President of CERESAV USA.  Hanifa is currently a H. J. Heinz fellow in the Master of International Development program at University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA.)  Her work focuses on addressing gender-related challenges facing women and children in institutionally oppressive societies.  Prior to joining GSPIA, Hanifa completed a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Nairobi under the Collaborative Master’s Program sponsored by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).



Ellen GallowayEllen Galloway is the Grants Coordinator for CERESAV USA.  She has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Cincinnati and works as an editor for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  In addition, she has worked in Sierra Leone and Rwanda as a public health writer-editor.  She writes and edits documents and serves as the grants coordinator for CERESAV USA.




Talon bio picTalon Billow is the Marketing Coordinator for CERESAV USA. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and International Business from the University of Cincinnati and lives and works in Rochester, New York. She has been lucky to travel all around the world, from Russia and the Baltics to Brazil and Guatemala. These travels have afforded her a love and respect for people who have very different backgrounds and stories. Talon helps manage CERESAV USA’s Etsy page and helps coordinate fundraising and event planning.  Talon also provides training to acid attack survivors in marketing their crafts for sale in international markets.




Will & Molly Finneytown front yardWill Wagner is the Public Relations Coordinator for CERESAV USA.  He has a masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati.  Will first got involved with Ceresav when the organization was looking for bands to play for their fundraiser.  Since then, he has continued to perform music for their cause, as well as help spread awareness through social media, fundraisers, and online petitioning.  Will helped lead CERESAV’s change.org petition calling for Uganda’s president to pass an acid attack bill into law.




Our Team


GeorgeDr. George Vredeveld is the Treasurer of CERESAV USA.  He was the founder and director emeritus of the Economics Center for Education and Research and Professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati.  His research has focused on regional economic development, including the effects of education and the quality of the labor market.  He is currently a research associate at Varna Free University (Bulgaria) and an advisory board member of the European Leadership University.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University.


CarlaCarla Walker is the Digital Content Coordinator for CERESAV USA.  Carla is the President & CEO of think BIG strategies,llc.  Carla is a native Cincinnatian but has worked with leaders and organizations from around the world to help them structure strategic plans for growth and manage key initiatives that make an impact on communities. Her multi-disciplined background includes consulting or directing more than 140 campaigns, serving in three Mayoral Administrations, working for a state Legislature Senate caucus, and establishing a national network of volunteers for a global poverty alleviation non-profit. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard and a Masters in Environmental Engineering Science from the University of Florida.  Find Carla on LinkedIn