Our Team



Lisa Purdy, President and CEO lisa@cipusa.org
Ms. Lisa Purdy has worked at Council of International Programs USA (CIPUSA) for 17 years and has served as CEO and President of CIPUSA for the past 13 years. Under her leadership, CIPUSA has grown to an organization with five affiliate offices around the country that creates professional training opportunities and programs for over 300 people annually from countries around the world. Ms. Purdy has designed and managed programs funded by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency of International Development, Congressional earmarks, World Learning and Soros/Open Society Institute, as well as those funded by private institutions and individual donors. She has cultivated and developed cooperative partnerships with universities, foundations and nongovernmental organizations from around the world. These partnerships have involved the creation of workforce development strategies, women’s leadership, criminal justice systems, schools of social welfare, children’s development services, small business development and most recently mediation through the arts. Ms. Purdy has traveled to over 20 countries and has extensive experience in working with Ethiopia, Egypt, Turkey and South Korea.
Libby Ellis, Development Director and potential Director of the U.S. - Russian University Project
Ms. Ellis has worked for CIPUSA for the past eight years in some capacity.  Currently Ms. Ellis researches and develops grant programs for CIPUSA.  With over 30 years of experience in grant writing, monitoring and evaluating grant programs she brings a wealth of knowledge in program development and grants management to CIPUSA.  Ms. Ellis has worked for Oberlin College and various nonprofit organizations as a grant writer, planning specialist and fundraiser.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Ellis established her own 501 (c ) (3) providing housing for the homeless. 
Kate Windle Cohen, Director of Programs kate@cipusa.org
Ms. Windle joined CIPUSA in May 2006 as Director of Programs. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Marietta College and a M.A. in Community Counseling from John Carroll University. Her international experience includes working with people from all over the world. She has traveled extensively in the U.K., Israel, Turkey & Canada.  Kate currently administers the Russian Peer-to-Peer Program with Volgograd State Pedagogical University and John Carroll University.

Melissa Zwick, Program and Communications Coordinator melissa@cipusa.org 
Ms. Zwick joined CIPUSA in September 2012.  She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature from Franklin & Marshall College.  She toured Ecuador on a four-month Culture and Development program, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia, and lived in China as a WorldTeach Volunteer for four years.  Melissa currently administers all of CIPUSA’s Open World Programs.
Lindsey Walsh, Marketing Manager lindsey@cipusa.org
Ms. Walsh joined CIPUSA in June 2014.   She holds a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Florida.  She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.  As a student, she visited Spain, Southern France, and Italy with EF Educational Tours.  Lindsey currently works part-time managing all marketing efforts for CIPUSA.
Accounts receivable and Accounts payable questions should be emailed to finance@cipusa.org.  

Paul B. Klein, CIPUSA Field Agent klein.paul3@gmail.com
Mr. Klein serves as liaison between CIPUSA headquarters and host training sites in the western and southern United States, conducting site visits and ensuring the quality of our programs.  He has an extensive background as an international workforce development specialist. 
Claudia Williams, East Coast Field Agent cywill@att.net
Dr. Williams LCSW - R holds a PhD in International Education from New York University.  She is CIPUSA's NGO Representative for the United Nations Economic and Social Council.  She is an alumna of the CIF Exchange Program in Finland.

Katie Burke, China Field Agent cipusa@hotmail.com
Ms. Burke earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Decision Information Sciences from the University of Florida and her international MBA from Purdue University (Hannover, Germany campus).  She has lived in or traveled to over 30 countries throughout Europe, East Asia, Central America, Africa, and the Middle East for work or volunteerism.
Yvonne M. Kolibash, Consultant
Ms. Kolibash joined CIPUSA in March 2008 on a part-time basis after working extensively in international operations for database creation organizations. Ms. Kolibash holds a B.S. in chemistry with additional graduate courses in business and physical theoretical chemistry. She has worked with multiple international organizations and has lived in the U.K. and traveled in Europe and the Caribbean. 
Claudette LaMelle, MSW, CIP NGO Representative
Ms. LaMelle is a graduate of the Columbia School of Social Work.
Evan Rosenberg, MA(Ed.), CIP NGO Representative
Mr. Rosenberg is a graduate of New York University. 

Doris Schnepf, Volunteer
Mrs. Schnepf has served as our office volunteer for the past 17 years.