Staff Directory


Dr. Charles Aanenson, CEO:  aanenson@peacewindsamerica.org

Dr. Charles Aanenson is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Peace Winds America. He brings over 35 years of experience in the field of international aid and development. Serving in numerous leadership positions throughout Asia and Eastern Europe, Chuck has carried out projects involving governments (national and local), NGOs, militaries, and the private sector. He recently coordinated the two largest assistance policies and programs of the U.S. and Japan Governments, addressing areas such as disaster relief, health, and education. His experience in disaster mitigation extends from designing and implementing disaster readiness and response training programs to coordinating on-site relief. Chuck earned his PhD in public administration from Indiana University.


Penny Carothers, Development and Program Support Specialist: carothers@peacewindsamerica.org

Penny supports fundraising and programs at PWA. Penny brings a background in non-profit management and communication, having served both as a board and staff member with several international non-profits based in the Seattle area. She holds an M.P.A. from the University of Washington with a concentration in international relief and development and a B.A. in history from Reed College.


Patrick Hurley, Program Officer: hurley@peacewindsamerica.org

Patrick Hurley is a Program Officer helping to develop and implement disaster preparedness, response, and recovery projects in Asia Pacific. Patrick is an attorney and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he focused his studies on international human rights law. He has worked with various Human Rights NGOs in different countries and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Southeast Asia. He later transitioned to working and training in the field of emergency management, including with FEMA and the American Red Cross. He has a background in nonprofit operations and administration, including as an Executive Director.


John Sanders, Vietnam Field Officer: sanders@peacewindsamerica.org 

John Sanders manages our field office in Hai Phong, Vietnam; where he launched the Sister Cities disaster preparedness initiative aimed at improving private sector disaster resilience through business continuity planning. With over 25 years of leadership experience in both business operations and human resources development, John brings a unique and valuable perspective to PWA. In addition to his passion for developing individuals and teams, John has a deep and long-lasting commitment to Non-Profits, having served in multiple organizations ranging from volunteer to board president. John received his B.S. in business from the University of New Mexico.


Mari Poorman, Project Officer: poorman@peacewindsamerica.org

Mari Poorman joined Peace Winds America as a Project Officer, and brings extensive private sector experience in international project management and business development, with a focus on the U.S. and Japan. Mari has implemented and managed various relief and recovery programs in Japan, the Philippines, and Nepal partnering with NGOs and local governments. She has served and led civil-military humanitarian assistance program partnering the U.S. and Japan (Palau and Japan) and with the UN and NATO in the Balkans (Macedonia). During 2014-15, Mari lead a Peace Winds team targeting development and humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. She holds a B.S. in public relations from the University of Utah. [Mari is presently on temporary leave from PWA.]


Tuan Ha, Field Officer: tuan.ha@peacewindsamerica.org

Tuan Ha serves as the Field Officer for the Vietnam – US Disaster Preparedness Initiative at the Hai Phong field office. Mr. Ha is a PhD candidate in agricultural systems management at the University of Adelaide. He previously obtained an M.Sc. at the University of Queensland, Australia, and has done consultancy work for Oxfam America, the Spanish Red Cross, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.


Rosa Gimson, Research and Program Support Intern: gimson@peacewindsamerica.org

Rosa serves as the Research and Program Support Intern at Peace Winds America. She is currently an MPA candidate at the University of Washington, where she is studying international development and non-profit management. She has a background in homelessness and addiction services, program development, and immigration research. She holds a B.A. from Linfield College, where she studied Anthropology and Spanish.

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Internships: If you are interested in an internship opportunity, please submit your resume and a cover letter describing your specific areas of interest to info@peacewindsamerica.org.


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