Our Program Coordinators

NNIC Program Coordinators

Irin Mannan

1. Are you a Reno native?

I have lived in Reno for the last 10 years, I moved here in 2001. Before that, I lived in New York and before NY I lived in Bangladesh. My family and I moved to the US in 1997 and lived in NY city until moving to Reno.

2. How long have you been working for the NNIC?

I’ve been with the NNIC for one and half years.

3. What is your job title at the NNIC?

International Visitor Leadership Program Coordinator, or IVLP coordinator

4. What do you find most rewarding about working for the NNIC?

The people. The people that I work with on a regular basis, and all the various people I meet through IVLP and other international programs is what’s most rewarding to me. I learn a lot from the visitors as they learn as lot from the programs- it’s a give and take experience. And my co workers are amazing and beautiful people who I have the pleasure of working with every day.

5. Why do you feel the Reno community needs an organization such as the NNIC?

Our goal is to spread citizen diplomacy, which is the idea that every person has the ability and responsibility to shape foreign relations. We do not live in an isolated Country, or even an isolated state or city. Globalization is everywhere and everyday it’s more and more important that people become more internationally and globally aware. The NNIC connects people from abroad and over seas with local Reno citizens. NNIC helps create a more internationally diverse Reno.

6. Why do you feel the Reno community needs your program specifically?

IVLP in particular, helps connect individuals in Reno with individuals from all over the world. The International Visitor program invites professionals from abroad to come to the US and learn from American professionals about various topics. It allows an average american, who may have never traveled outside of the US, to connect with and learn from an international visitor, as well as the visitor benefiting from these exchanges.

7. How do you feel the Reno community can best utilize an organization such as the NNIC? Your program?

We offer many different services that connect individuals abroad with individuals in America. People in Reno can find out more about our programs and get involved and take full advantage of all the things we offer.

8. If you could describe the NNIC in three words, what would they be?

eccentric, eclectic people.

9. If you could describe Reno in three words, what would they be?

eccentric, eclectic people.

10. What do you like most about living in Reno?

We have Lake Tahoe and Black Rock desert!

Natasha Majewski

1. Are you a Reno native?

no but been here off and on for 11 years

2. How long have you been working for the NNIC?

in total time, about 4 years

3. What is your job title at the NNIC?

Educational Outreach Coordinator

4. What do you find most rewarding about working for the NNIC?

The people

5. Why do you feel the Reno community needs an organization such as the NNIC?

Reno has so many hidden jewels of international understanding and I think that it is our job, in part, to help bring those to light for the greater public

6. Why do you feel the Reno community needs your program specifically?

Learning other languages and about cultures, especailly at a young age, may change the trajectory of how a child thinks leading to how they interact and change the world as an adult

7. How do you feel the Reno community can best utilize an organization such as the NNIC? Your program?

Be part of it!

8. If you could describe the NNIC in three words, what would they be?

Quirky, friendly, creative

9. If you could describe Reno in three words, what would they be?

weird, personal, changing

10. What do you like most about living in Reno?

The people, the mountains, the ability to connect to all different communities in a very personal way

 

Marc Oakley

1. Are you a Reno native?

YES

2. How long have you been working for the NNIC?

SINCE AUGUST 23RD 2011

3. What is your job title at the NNIC?

LANGUAGE BANK COORDINATOR

4. What do you find most rewarding about working for the NNIC?

THE LANGUAGE BANK PROVIDES THE COMMUNITY WITH INTERPRETERS AND TRANSLATORS, WHO PROVIDE A VOICE FOR SOMEONE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE NOT BE HEARD IN THIS SOCIETY. BEING PART OF THAT IS REWARDING.

5. Why do you feel the Reno community needs an organization such as the NNIC?

THE NNIC IS A CONDUIT OF DIVERSITY, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT RENO ALWAYS NEEDS A STEADY STREAM OF.

6. Why do you feel the Reno community needs your program specifically?

READ #4

7. How do you feel the Reno community can best utilize an organization such as the NNIC? Your program?

RECOGNIZE THAT THE NNIC PROVIDES THE COMMUNITY WITH UNIQUE AND NECESSARY SERVICES

8. If you could describe the NNIC in three words, what would they be?

PURPOSE-DIVERSITY-HEART

9. If you could describe Reno in three words, what would they be?

SUN-24 HRS-MOUNTAINS

10. What do you like most about living in Reno?

THE BLUE SKY & SUNNY DAYS

 

Corazon Padilla

1. Are you a Reno native?

Yes. My family and I moved from the Philippines when I was still in pull-ups. I went to school here, from kindergarten up to college!

2. How long have you been working for the NNIC?

Almost 3 years.

3. What is your job title at the NNIC?

International Visitor Program Coordinator.

4. What do you find most rewarding about working for the NNIC?

Our office encounters a handful of diverse individuals on nearly a daily basis. We work with international visitors, local professionals, students and other members of the community. It’s great to hear stories from them about how their interaction with one another has changed their perspectives and lives for the better. I also couldn’t ask for better colleagues–they’re simply amazing people.

5. Why do you feel the Reno community needs an organization such as the NNIC?

In general, it’s easy for us as Americans to forget how connected we are to the rest of the world because of our geographical location and also our strong presence in the global community. (Afterall, it’s easier for Americans to travel abroad when many international cities cater to English speakers.) Sometimes the media does not help either, often portraying different countries and cultures in one light and separating us even more from the global community. This is where NNIC steps in. We provide members in our community the opportunity to meet with international visitors and learn for themselves what it’s really like on the other side of the world. Similarly, the international visitors who come here learn about American life and culture. In doing this, we hope to break the stereotypes and misconceptions that we have of one another on a global scale. We also hope to show our community that it actually that difficult to be internationally aware and to help build international relations–all one needs is an open mind and open heart!

6. Why do you feel the Reno community needs your program specifically?

I work on several programs–International Visitor Leadership Program, Open World, Community Connections and the Algeria Youth Leadership Program. Although each program has different objectives, they all have one component in common: trying to find mutual ground between our culture and that of our visitors. Anything that helps improve relationships and promote understanding is always needed in any community.

7. How do you feel the Reno community can best utilize an organization such as the NNIC? Your program?

NNIC helps facilitate international exchange both professionally and culturally. Really anyone from the community has the opportunity to meet with their professional counterparts–or simply people they are interested in learning more about!

8. If you could describe the NNIC in three words, what would they be?

eclectic, exciting, passionate

9. If you could describe Reno in three words, what would they be?

friendly, relaxed, quirky

10. What do you like most about living in Reno?

Reno isn’t too small or too big–it’s easy to get around, and we’re close to great places for adventure: Lake Tahoe, desert and the Bay area!

 

Hope Loudon

1. Are you a Reno native?

Yes

2. How long have you been working for the NNIC?

I’ve been volunteering with The NNIC since March, but I officially started working at The NNIC in August.

3. What is your job title at the NNIC?

Language Bank Assistant

4. What do you find most rewarding about working for the NNIC?

I find it gratifying that my work helps people to communicate with one another. I also like participating in The NNIC’s educational events and diplomacy projects. I feel like I’m helping to make the world a better place.

5. Why do you feel the Reno community needs an organization such as the NNIC?

Globalization is the way of the future. Consequently, it is important for all of us to place emphasis on International education and opportunities. The NNIC is important because it is one of the only local resources where such education and opportunities can be found.

6. Why do you feel the Reno community needs your program specifically?

My program helps people to live, work, and fully participate in our community regardless of their English skills.

7. How do you feel the Reno community can best utilize an organization such as the NNIC? Your program?

Our community can best utilize The NNIC by acknowledging its importance, learning about what it has to offer and getting involved with its many programs. Members of our community can best utilize my program by becoming interpreters or translators, or by coming to us with their interpretation and translation business.

8. If you could describe the NNIC in three words, what would they be?

Anomalous, Spectacular, Cult-like

9. If you could describe Reno in three words, what would they be?

Small, Unpredictable, Preposterous

10. What do you like most about living in Reno?

I like having access to businesses that are open 24 hours.