Alyssa O'Connor

A long-time menstrual cup user, Alyssa recognized the potential of these little silicone products back in College where she competed as an NCAA Division-1 Track and Field Athlete. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society, Alyssa focused her efforts on empowering women around the world. Her mission to forward Gender Equity has taken many forms over the years, from conservation to coaching, to clinical work and even holistic medicine. In 2014 she worked for CIEE as a teacher in Thailand, conducting English and Health classes for over six months. 

Her extensive experiences and passions have now coalesced to bring the "Ruby in the Rift" project to life. With the help of CWA, Alyssa has secured a partnership with Ruby Life Limited that will donate 200 menstrual cups to young girls living in rural Western Kenya. These cups will be delivered via educational workshops that Alyssa and her team will conduct over the course of three months. Designed by Alyssa, these educational workshops will help teach young girls about their bodies, about how to use the Ruby Cup properly, and most importantly, about how to be an empowered young woman in the 21st century.   


Andrew joseph arnold iii

Andrew started working with Cross World Africa back in 2011, while still a member of Cornell University's Track and Field team. He went on to graduate with Honors in Anthropology from Cornell, and then became an Explorer for the National Geographic Society. His research focused on the Athletic Culture embedded in Western Kenya's Highlands.

More recently, Andrew has been able to combine his passion for East Africa with CWA's mission in curbing inequality in the region. Andrew served as a project manager for the foundation's 2016 campaign, and is now the Assistant Director of operations. 

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rei thompson

Rei Thompson is Quality Assurance Director at ElderChoice, Inc., a Licensed Home Care Services Agency providing personal care services to the disabled and elderly in Central New York. Previously, Rei worked as researcher for a Syracuse-based education evaluation research firm and as academic advisor in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy and Management and a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Princeton University. Rei has served as a Board member of Cross World Africa since its inception in 2008. 



TEREsa craft

Teresa Craft is a Cross World Africa volunteer. After teaching hard science in Durango for 10 years, Teresa brings brains and experience to the project. She is committed to teaching in the field in Kenya for six weeks this winter. Hailing from Chicago, Teresa earned a degree in Physics from Western Illinois University. On top of teaching, she started and coached her high school's FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team. She now lives in Colorado with her partner and her two dogs,  and she enjoys roaming the desert in her spare time.