|Shaima Shahbaz, Communications Director
A native of the Denver area, Shaima Shahbaz has a background in international development. In 2008 she volunteered as a project manager for the nonprofit Afghans4Tomorrow in Afghanistan and was inspired to continue her studies at the U.N. University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. With an M.A. in Responsible Management she then worked with the nonprofit BeadforLife doing research and project management in rural Uganda. As Communications Director for INTERLINK, she enjoys managing marketing initiatives, helping develop policies and procedures, and supporting fellow directors in their effort to implement the curriculum and INTERLINK’s mission.
|Allison Kerr, Project Manager
Allison (Alli) is native to Eastern Iowa and has strong roots in the Quad Cities. She graduated from St. Ambrose University in May 2017 and gained experience working with international students while working at the Center for International Education at SAU. She has volunteered two years of AmeriCorps service working with at-risk youth in the Quad Cities. This experience, as well as her studies at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, London, have sparked Alli’s passion for culture and service. Alli appreciates INTERLINK’s unique, holistic approach to education and its dedication to their students’ success beyond the INTERLINK program.
|Monique Cooper, Comptroller
Monique Cooper has been in the accounting field for over 25 years. As a child, her family immigrated to the Denver area from the Netherlands. English is her second language. She earned her accounting certificate at Barnes Business College. While living in Southern California for 18 years she did the accounting for a personal injury attorney, cost accounting for a manufacturing company that produced nutritional supplements, and also in the auto repair industry. She returned to Denver in 2005 and worked as comptroller and office manager/overseas liaison for a clothing designer whose goods were manufactured in China and New Zealand. By joining the INTERLINK team she is able to continue to embrace the cultural diversity she experienced within her own family and in other accounting positions.