Hello! My name is Heyab-Mariam Ogbasion, and I’m currently serving in a large community on the outskirts of Errachidia. Although originally from Memphis, Tennessee, I also call Washington, DC home. I’m a first generation Eritrean-American, and growing up in the US with this identity has motivated me to be active in my community, specifically on issues of gender empowerment and equality.
I hold a Bachelor’s in Finance & International Business and more recently a Master’s in Organizational Development, so it is safe to call me a data and analytics geek! With that being said, I am super excited to collaborate with PCVs, Moroccan counterparts, and PC staff as Training and Reporting Officer. I’m confident of Staj 98 and the passion and expertise each of us brings towards GAD related work.
Katie bercegeay, Vice-Chair
Greetings! I'm Katie Bercegeay, originally from the Cajun heartland in south Louisiana by way of central Virginia. I'm now serving in a small, charming mountain town an hour from Fes.
I have a Bachelor's degree in English as well as a Master's in International Studies with a concentration on humanitarianism. Prior to Peace Corps, I worked in stateside refugee resettlement coordinating volunteers, donations, and external relations. I also have experience teaching English to international students at the pre-university level. For much of my life, I have been inspired by women and men alike who have done incredible GAD work in both large-scale and everyday capacities. Now as a member of the Peace Corps Morocco GAD committee, I am constantly inspired by the GAD work being done by my fellow PCVs and Moroccan counterparts, friends, and students.
YOUNG KWON, Coordinating Officer
Hello! My name is Young! I live and serve in a small town an hour from Marrakesh. I recently graduated from the University of Missouri with B.J. in strategic communication and B.A. in international peace studies. Through working with various marginalized communities throughout my college years, I have learned to constantly challenge my thoughts and beliefs.
As a Korean American woman who grew up both in the states and in Korea, exploring gender dynamics in different spaces and women's empowerment have been a big part of my own identity development. That is why I am excited to be a member of GAD committee.
Abbie olson, Media Coordinator
Hello! I’m Abbie, and I currently hang my hat in a small northwestern community outside of Larache. I received a bachelor’s in Biology in 2016, and found myself working a series of odd jobs until the start of my Peace Corps service (think: anything from lifeguarding and tutoring, to breeding fruit flies for a genetics lab). I’m a first generation college graduate, and a strong advocate for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)—a part of me that I strive to meld into my service on a daily basis. With the help of the GAD team, I hope to develop toolkits that will make STEM opportunities more accessible for all Moroccan youth—especially marginalized groups like girls and Amazigh peoples—and I’m eager to see what we can accomplish together.