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.
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.
Jocelyn Ruiz-Schmidle | Project Manager, Mentoring Programme
Jocelyn Ruiz Schmidle is an HR professional with vast experience in learning and development. She has worked in five countries for different companies such as Coca Cola, Schindler and now Johnson & Johnson. She is passionate about creating digital learning and helping people develop new skills. Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her daughter and discovering Switzerland.
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 | PROGRAMME MANAGER, CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
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.
CASSANDRA MONTOYA | CONTENT SPECIALIST
Born in the United States and raised in Mexico, Cassandra Montoya moved to Switzerland in 2013 to pursue her studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration, with a specialization in International Management and Economics, and is currently doing a Master in Health Sciences, majoring in Health Economics and Health Policy. Cassandra has actively contributed to academic interdisciplinary events as well as participated in diverse volunteering programs back in the United States. She appreciates working in dynamic environments, solving challenges and giving back to the community.