Evelin Bermudez | President

Evelin Bermudez is a founding member and manages SIVO. She has twenty-five years’ experience and training in project design and management, including monitoring and evaluation methodologies in micro- finance, education, cultural resources management, social development and youth development projects. She made a career in international development working at the World Bank and various United Nations Agencies before relocating to Switzerland in 2003. She is the co-founder of the Swiss Skills Academy, a social enterprise providing skills upgrading courses. Since 2012, she has been a member of the City of Lucerne’s Integration Commission, providing advice on integration policy issues. She is passionate about integration, gender diversity in the work place and creating opportunities for women to return to work.

Team Members

Julia Zlatanova | VP Business Development & Promotion

Julia Zlatanova is an independent award-winning marketing communications consultant with a successful track record and 7 years in strategic communications and integrated marketing solutions in international environment, spanning the fields of public relations, advertising, brand communications, social media, content management and CSR. She holds thorough expertise both in the corporate and NGO sector, having worked for top-tier global brands and Fortune 500 companies, as well as in support of social causes such as women’s empowerment, breast cancer prevention and the fight against domestic violence. Believing in the power of brand ambassadors, she specializes in designing communication solutions which attract, engage and inspire.

Natalie Messerli | VP Programme Operations

Natalie moved to Switzerland from the United States of America in August 2017. She studied human biology and holds a master’s degree in public health. Natalie has developed programs for adolescent health in Belize and women’s health in India. She has contributed to various policy and program evaluation projects focused on the impact systems have on key population groups. In addition, Natalie has received national award recognition for the implementation of a collective impact framework that fostered cross-sector collaboration as well as led to increased access and utilization of services. She has dedicated herself to various volunteer initiatives throughout her life and is excited to support local initiatives in Switzerland.

Sara Bresnahan | Project Manager, Mentoring Programme

Sara Bresnahan moved to Luzern in January with her soon to be husband. Sara is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. Sara has her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees and is grateful for the joy and inspiration the social work field has brought to her life. Prior to moving to Luzern, Sara worked as a child and family therapist in a variety of community based settings. Sara enjoys daily yoga practice, outdoor activities, and slowing down to take in the beauty of this life.

LIDIJA HIRSL | Website Manager

Was born and raised in Serbia. Graduated at The Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics in Novi Sad, Serbia. Worked for 17 years in Serbia and Canada as an Oracle programmer. Currently working on specializing in Web Design. She lives in Switzerland for 7 years now, married and a mother of two.


Alessandra Godderidge is a Marketing & Sales professional with over 10 years of international experience, she studied Business Administration in Mexico City and holds a Master of Business Administration. For Alessandra, volunteering has always been among her interests, which she never formally did until moving to Lucerne and joining SIVO in October 2017.

Founding Board

Evelin Bermudez

Charlie Hartmann
Board Member

Ruby Kursfeld-Quesada
Board Member

Armin Kursfeld-Quesada
Board Member

Daniel Waldvogel
Board Member