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Sidney S. Chiang, Graphic Design Coordinator

Sid was born in the city of Taipei on the island of Taiwan 1958 and is the oldest of three children.  His father left
the family in 1964 to complete his engineering degree at the University of Alabama.  In 1969, the entire family
immigrated to Dearbon Michigan where father, James, was employed as an electrical engineer at Ford Motor
Company.  Sid graduated from Center for Creative studies in Detroit Michigan in 1985 with a BFA in  Transportation Design.  He was employed at Ford Design Center, Dearborn Michigan.  In 2000, he left Ford to join GM's  Advanced Design Staff in Warren Michigan.  In 2011, he tok on a new position with the Volvo Truck Group in Greensboro NC as the new Mack Cheif Designer.  Sid has 28 years esperience in Automotive Design as well Graphic and Industrial Desing.  He is married and is the father of two boys.  Contact Sid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jonathan Kenner, Web Developer

Jonathan Kenner was born in Detroit and raised in the Metro Detroit area. He attended Southfield Public Schools and graduated from Southfield Lathrup Senior High. Jonathan enjoyed a variety of extracurricular activities during his school years including basketball, baseball, chess club and orchestra as a violinist. Jonathan chose Wilberforce University to pursue studies in Computer Information Systems.  As a student at Wilberforce, Jonathan was a member of the Student African American Brotherhood Organization, The Male Think Tank Program and the Peer Mentor Program for Middle School Students. Jonathan also served as an advisor, mentor and tutor in the Wilberforce Step UP summer program. Jonathan graduated from Wilberforce University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in May of 2011. He has held employment positions in the areas of sales, marketing and computer systems. He is now a resident of Atlanta, Georgia. Contact Jonathan Kenner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2009-2010 Intern Staff

Amber Sansbury, Program Administrator

Amber Sansbury is a proud native of Columbus, Georgia. She graduates this fall from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies; the degree focused in Arabic, Islam, cultural and socio-political networks in the region, and colonialism. During college, Amber has been the GSU Presidential Scholar with the Middle East Institute. Amber was a part of GSU’s prestigious 2007-2008 Model Arab League team and won Outstanding Delegation and Honorable Mention awards, working with her teammate on the Social Affairs committee. Amber recently returned from an academic year abroad as a National Security Education Program Boren scholar at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. In addition, Amber has served as a GSU resident assistant and camp counselor; after four summers of camp counseling, Amber acted as the Activities Director for Camp JOY this summer. She enjoys enriching the lives of students and is excited about her Georgia Close-Up opportunity. Amber looks forward to emphasizing a global focus for Georgia youth and hopes to impart the vitality of civic leadership fueled by educated voices. Amber plans to begin graduate school studying Political Science in Fall 2010; she will investigate the use of violence by political dissident movements and terrorist groups, considering the utilization or nonuse of violent force by governing powers in reaction. In the future, she aspires to serve in various foreign policy institutions and Congress. Her ultimate goal is to represent Georgia well as a United States senator. Contact Amber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Aishwarya Nekalapudi, Web Designer

Aishwarya was born in Hyderabad, India. She is pursuing her Masters degree in the field of Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University. She is an active member of International Students Association at Southern Poly. She appreciates the work of Georgia Close Up and wants to contribute her part in bringing awareness in the society especially students, who are the future wealth of the nation. Aishwarya believes that with the combination of her experience and education she can take our information systems into a new direction and give a fresh look which would grab the attention of everyone, educate and make a difference in society.


Nathalie D.Rodriguez, Graphic Design Coordinator

Nathalie works as a Coordinator in our graphics design. She manages creation and re-designs: contracts, banners, flyer's, brochures, letters and all kind of the Georgia Close Up institutional papers and videos. Nathalie also has experience teaching seminars and courses about designs, communications and leaderships. She was born in Cordoba, Argentina. On December 2009, Nathalie received her degree in Professional Journalism from "Colegio Universitario de Periodismo Obispo Trejo y Sanabria" College. In her country she is also a volunteer in Press and Communication Department of a civil foundation calls "Pueblo Pirata" and works for an event planning organization called Olivermoon. Nathalie likes designing and she is progressing with new assignments every day. She believes that everything in communications needs a great design to transmit a better understanding of a message. Nathalie hopes to help and join different cultures and experiences of life in the Georgia Close Up Conferences. Most of all, she wants to transmit to young people the magnificent of understanding humanitarian and environmental problems, so that they see the significances of their part. Contact Nathalie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Xuange Liu, Graphic Design Coordinator

Xuange serves as our Graphics design Coordinator for Georgia Close Up. She was born in Beijing, China. She is currently a senior at Southern Polytechnic State University and will graduate at the end of this year. She will also receive a B.F.A in English from North China University in Technology. Xuange served as secretary in NUCT-SPSU program, a graphic design tutor in college, and a interpreter during her two years in the United States. Xuange has passion in education and loves to work with students. She is committed to utilize her talents to create fresh and energetic program documents and websites. She hopes that her design is able to inspire our young participants. Xuange is glad to share her understanding of how studying public policy can change young person's life through a chinese perspective. Xuange is currently pursuing a Master degree in Education. In the future, she aspires to serve as a high school teacher or a professor in an institution. Contact Xuange at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Qian Sun, Information System Analyst
Qian serves as our Information System Analyst for Georgia Close Up. He will graduate at the end of this year, with one bachelor degree in Computer Science and Technology from Northeast Normal University, China, and another in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University, GA. Qian is currently pursuing master degree in Information System. At Southern Polytechnic State University, Qian was on Dean’s List and was elected to member of Alaph Chi, which is the national college honor society for the top ten percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students. At Northeast Normal University, he gained a Social Practice Scholarship and was selected as “Campus Representative,” by conducting big campus events with sponsors. In his spare time, Qian engages in volunteering in different programs or organizations, such as, Chinese Friendship Association at Southern Polytechnic State University, “NUCT-SPSU Program” at Southern Polytechnic State University. He is committed to utilize his skills in programming languages to set up a fresh Email system and maintain our website, so that our program can better address public policy issues to youths. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..