Staff Biographies



Tania Vitvitsky
Project Director

Ken Mackler
Comptroller

Colin McCullough
Book Program Manager

Kimberly Bartlett
Program Manager

Rafael Morales, Jr.,
Warehouse Staff

Ray Gillespie
Program Officer

Bill Hantzis
Warehouse Staff

Ford Davidson
Student Intern

John Tepedino
Press and Program Development Officer

Tania Vitvitsky
Project Director
tania@sabre.org

Tania Vitvitsky joined Sabre Foundation in 1990 as Project Officer, Scientific Assistance Project. Since 1991 as Project Director, she was responsible for developing book and journal donation programs throughout the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and Mongolia. Currently, she is overseeing the expansion of programs to Cuba and Africa (Algeria, Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, South Africa and Tanzania).

Tania also initiated Sabre's Internet projects, including electronic publishing and Information Technology Workshops,a customized, "hands-on" training program for professionals from developing/transitional countries. She brings to Sabre many years experience in community and program development, state government service, community relations, and business.

Board and volunteer activities have included: current board member -- Sabre-Svitlo Foundation, Lviv, Ukraine; former Chairperson -- Friends of Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; former member -- Jewish/Ukrainian Dialogue Group; founding member -- Ukrainian Professionals Association (Boston); and member -- Friends Committee, the Wang Center, Boston.

Tania graduated with a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and has continued with course work at Lesley College Graduate School, Radcliffe College Seminars, and at the Lowell Institute School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Colin McCullough
Book Program Manager
colin@sabre.org

Colin McCullough, a native of N. Ireland, graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Stirling (in Scotland) in 1985; and with an M.Sc in English from the University of Edinburgh in 1987.

Following graduation, Colin was employed as Communications Manager at the Edinburgh office of Bookspeed, the largest book distribution company in Scotland. In addition to writing and producing the company's catalogs, he acted as their principal liaison with the publishing industry and developed their role as a library supplier. Additionally, he has worked as a free-lance editor and proofreader, both in Scotland and the US.

Following relocation to the US at the end of 1992, Colin joined Sabre Foundation as Program Officer. He is charged with overseeing Sabre's book donation programs worldwide, and his responsibilities include: acquisition of book donations from both US and European publishers; management of Sabre's inventory database and its Massachusetts warehouse facility; administration of special book purchase projects; coordination with US and overseas partners for the selection, preparation and distribution of donated books; and grant writing and reporting.



John Tepedino
Press and Program Development Officer
john@sabre.org

John Tepedino joined Sabre in June 2000 as Press and Program Development Officer. His primary responsibilities include public relations, specifically communicating with Sabre's supporters, the press and public at large, and assisting Sabre's efforts to maintain and expand its current programs.

John is a former campaign manager and legislative staffer for Congressman Rick Lazio of New York. He is a 1995 graduate of Harvard University, where he studied government.



Ken Mackler
Comptroller
ken@sabre.org

Ken Mackler joined Sabre Foundation in January 1994 on a part-time basis as financial controller. Ken has been helping small businesses with financial and computer issues since 1988 and has extensive experience in business operations, financial and administrative functions in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

Ken has earned a MBA from Bentley College (12/88) with a concentration in finance; a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University (6/85); and an Associates in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.



Kimberly Bartlett
Program Manager
kim@sabre.org

Kimberly Bartlett began working with Sabre's Library and Information Technology Services program in 1998. As the Program Manager, Kimberly is responsible for marketing Sabre's Internet training services, maintaining relationships with sponsor and collaborating organizations, researching the demands of trainees in the field of Information Technology and handling the day-to-day operations of the program.

Kimberly's previous experiences working in the field of international education include managing a student homestay and study program for World Learning in Boston. She spent a year teaching at the Pedagogical Institute, a university which trains teachers, in Kiev, Ukraine; Kimberly also teaches adult education and ESL classes in the Boston area. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and a M.A. in International Development Studies from The George Washington University. In both degree programs, Kimberly concentrated her studies on the Central and East European countries and the former Soviet republics. To that end, she studied in Warsaw and Ukraine and traveled throughout the region.



Ray Gillespie
Program Officer
ray@sabre.org

Ray Gillespie, a native of Scotland, graduated in 1983 from Napier University in Edinburgh with a BSc in Biological Sciences. On graduating, Ray worked as a Research Microbiologist in the Department of Brewing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Ray then spent a number of years working as a professional jazz musician and composer in both the UK and the USA, and also obtained an MA in Teaching at Kent State University in Ohio. Since 1994 Ray has worked in the information technology field specializing in database design and development. He has worked as a database developer and analyst for EMI Music, Tetley GB and the UK marketing services company Motivforce plc. In 1997, Ray obtained an MSc in Information Management from the University of Lancaster Management School. As part of this degree, Ray spent a further six months at EMI Music on a project to integrate legacy databases at the EMI Music Archive into a global database system.

Ray started working for Sabre as Program Officer in November 1999. His responsibilities include: development and support of the book inventory database and related systems; computer training; coordination with partner organizations for the selection, preparation and distribution of donated books; and oversight of warehouse, book inventory and shipment logistics.



Ford Davidson
Student Intern

Ford Davidson, student intern and Harvard junior from Seattle, joined Sabre in September 1998. Ford has previously worked on political campaigns, and has served as a page in the U.S. Senate. At Sabre, his tasks include database design and development, data entry, on-line research and general office work.


Sabre Foundation Home