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University Scholarships for Rural Development

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is an informal group of trusted advisors that provide Help Educate with expert advice on an ad hoc basis. Our Advisory Committee is made up of the following distinguished individuals:

John Kuehnle
John Kuehnle, Founder

John Kuehnle is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is currently serving in Zambia, where he manages projects aimed at building local public health systems. John founded Help Educate in 2003 while serving as a Community Health Promoter with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, and has been on the Advisory Board since 2014. He has a B.A. in history from Skidmore College and MPH and MBA degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

Matt Kelley
Matt Kelley

Matt Kelley is the Director of User Experience at Blue State Digital, an international marketing agency. At BSD, Matt has worked with a diverse group of clients to build websites, create content, and manage advocacy campaigns. These clients include Doctors Without Borders, The Global Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, Google, the United States Holocaust Museum, London's Museum of Natural History, and many others. 

Before BSD, Matt managed online communications at the Innocence Project, an advocacy organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions in the U.S. He has also worked as a journalist and film producer and spent two years managing ecolodges in Ecuador. He holds a degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and is a former member of Help Educate's Board of Directors.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two sons.

Annie Bacon
Annie Bacon

Annie grew up in rural Northern California. She first traveled to Nicaragua in 1994 with Seeds of Learning to help build a school in La Remonta (a small community outside of Ciudad Dario, Matagalpa). She spent time abroad in college, working with Seeds of Learning as an intern in Nicaragua as well. In 1999, when Annie graduated from college, she became the Seeds of Learning Program Coordinator and split her time between Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the US. Later she became the Program Coordinator, Director, and six years ago, SOL's Executive Director.

She believes strongly in the power of education to alleviate poverty, and allow us all to realize our full potential. She also believes in the importance of cross-cultural education, in which people from the global North and global South have the chance to work together on a constructive project, while confronting the realities, limitations, and privileges of their lives.

She has a bachelors of arts in Political Science with Concentrations in Latin American and Peace and Conflict Studies from Swarthmore College. She is a former member of Help Educate's board.