Nicki Talbot, Manager, Community Development
Nicki moved to KAUST in 2013 from Dubai and transferred into Community Life when it was formed in Jan 2017 as Manager, Community Engagement. Nicki lives at KAUST with her husband, Anthony. Nicki has a Masters in Strategic HR and two grown up sons who live in the UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Tully, Community Development Specialist Sam relocated from Dublin, Ireland and has lived at KAUST for two years with her husband, two children and Loki the dog. Sam has a passion for health, wellness and coaching, is a trained nutrition and lifestyle coach and has a qualification in Youth Coaching. email@example.com
Sook Choi (Manda Tran), Community Development Specialist Manda relocated to KAUST from Australia in Sept 2019 has previously been an event organizer and community volunteer. She lives at KAUST with her husband and two children. The family has previously lived in Australia, USA, Mozambique and Malaysia— truly global citizens! Manda speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Malay. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Dudley, Community Development Specialist Mark moved to KAUST in August 2019 with his wife and two young daughters. Mark has spent most of his life in East Africa and was living in Uganda before coming to KAUST, where he undertook a number of projects in the community. Mark speaks English and some French and Swahili. email@example.com
Hannah O'Callaghan, Community Development Specialist Hannah has lived at KAUST with her husband and three children since 2016. Hannah has a Masters in Public Health/Health Promotion and before coming to KAUST, she worked as a Community Worker in Northern Ireland delivering healthy lifestyle programs. She is also an English Language teacher at KAUST. Hannah speaks English and Cantonese. firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Bowery, Community Development Specialist Geoff came to KAUST in 2019 and has recently had a little boy. Before moving to Saudi Arabia, Geoff served in the British Army for 22 years and has lived in England, Scotland, Germany and Cyprus. He enjoys a wide range of sports and his focus will be on health and wellness programs, and also working with the teens in our community. Geoff speaks English, Spanish and a little bit of Arabic. email@example.com
Samagi (Sami) Villalba, Community Development Specialist Sami has lived at KAUST since 2016 - she arrived at KAUST with her husband and one child and her son was born at KAUST. Originally from Venezuela, Sami has a Masters in Strategic Marketing and, since coming to KAUST, has worked in the Museum and volunteered to support during Ramadan and the Commencement ceremony. Sami speaks Spanish and English. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Norseth, English Language Program Lead Dan is originally from Oregon in the US. He has taught English in the US, in Thailand, for Saudi Aramco and now at KAUST. He lives here at KAUST with his wife (who is a teacher in TKS) and one of his three sons, who is in Grade 10. His other two sons are in Canada and Switzerland.
WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
KAUST Neighborhood Reps or new community member 'buddies' - want to represent your neighborhood and share information with your neighbors, or want to be a friend to a new family in the KAUST community? Become a Neighborhood Representative and/or community buddy!
Community Volunteers - whether you want to offer a couple of hours per week to help out at the Thrift Shop or would like to enhance your skills, knowledge and CV by undertaking an Internship, we will be launching the KAUST Volunteer Program in 2020.
Focus Groups/Working Groups - developing our parks, playgrounds and outdoor spaces, understanding our KAUST culture, developing our Community Library as a central element of our neighborhood and creating more cultural programming in the Community Theater and Community Art Gallery—we want your skills, knowledge and input to make these ideas a reality.
Community Life @ KAUST - regular community get-togethers to hear your views and discuss topics that matter to all of us...