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2008-2009 Intern Staff

Anyie Li, Program Administrator
Anyie serves as a Program Administrator for Georgia Close Up. She was born in Seattle, Washington. Graduating from the University of Washington in 2008, she earned a B.A. in International Studies. She also minored in Human Rights and Law, Societies, and Justice. She has also served as the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education. Anyie is passionate about international education and cross-cultural exchange. Anyie was an Assistant Youth Counselor to the International Rescue Committee. She is committed to promoting international understanding and hopes to inspire youth to exercise their rights and be engaged in the democratic process through the Georgia Close Up Foundation.

Marian Ward, Program Administrator
Marian serves as a Program Administrator for Georgia Close Up. She was born in Augusta, Georgia. Marian earned a B.A. in Biology from Fort Calley University. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Walden University. She has been a Federal Officer since 2000. She is CPR and First Aid Certified. From 1998 to 2000, she was a high school and college tutor and counselor. Marian believes the most important aspect of international studies is the pursuit of an understanding of the multiple fields that are involved in global issues. She is committed to create an environment where this learning can take place, and it is empowering to know that this knowledge is crucial to addressing contemporary global issues.

Maria Black, Graphics Coordinator
Maria serves as the Graphics Coordinator for Georgia Close Up. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta Campus. Maria will receive a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in June of 2009. She lives in the Metro-Atlanta area with her husband of four years and her two beautiful daughters. Maria has a strong belief that graphic design should serve to educate others. She is committed to utilizing her talents to inform others about important and vital programs in our society such as the Georgia Close Up Foundation.

Ash Blankenship, Public Affairs Administrator

Ash serves as a Public Affairs Administrator for Georgia Close Up. A recent transplant to Atlanta, he previously lived in Poughkeepsie, NY where he worked as a Team Lead for Xerox Corporation. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Empire State College and is a member of the Young Democrats of New York and the American Political Science Association. An avid runner, writer and photographer, Ash enjoys simple things in life and has a passion for people. Ash understands the value of America's youth and their effect on state and federal Government and is happy to be engaged with an organization that shares these values.

Lucile Chneiweiss, Student Participant Coordinator

Born in 1988 in France, Lucile Chneiweiss is a 3rd year student of Public Policy in the course of a 5 years Masters program towards a Masters in Public Affairs; or Master en Affaire Publique at Sciences Po Paris (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris). As a French student, Lucile entered Sciences Po after her Baccalaureate in 2006, stayed for two years in Sciences Po then spent one year in the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta GA (2008-2009). Lucile has been majoring in Public Policy at Georgia Tech, and followed several environment oriented courses that helped her forge some expertise in the domain of environmental concerns. In 2007-2008, she worked as a Parliamentary Assistant for a French Member of Parliament (Arnaud Montebourg, PS, Saone et Loire) at the Assemblee nationale where she experienced firsthand the legislative process, concerns, research, and parliamentary work. She is a volunteer at Georgia Close Up where she helped organizing the Youth Environmental Conference and establishing contact between the association and high school volunteers, and at LaAmistad where she helps middle school pupils with their afterschool homework and study.