Elise Verdooner has been a Teaching Associate at Columbia University School of Social Work since 2019. She was previously the Executive Director of TEEEM, an international nonprofit focused on health, education, and economic empowerment initiatives, where she did work in Ethiopia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cambodia, Mongolia, Slovakia, and Peru. Before joining TEEEM, she completed her Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University with a focus on social enterprise administration and international social work and her Bachelor’s in Social Work at the University of Vermont. Elise served in the Peace Corps and lived in Botswana for two years where she worked in a primary school as a youth development volunteer and focused her efforts on organizational capacity building, HIV prevention and outreach, and gender equality initiatives. Elise is a member of National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) New York City Chapter and the Immigration and Global Social Work Committee. She is a member of the Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) and was the 2019 recipient of the NSWM Mark Moses Distinguished Fellowship Award, which is presented annually to one exemplary practitioner or academic working in the field of social work management. She publishes and presents on topics of international development and teaching with technology.