Meet the Team at Wells Mountain Initiative

Jordyn Wells

Co-founder and Executive Director

As WMI’s Managing Director, Jordyn oversees the day-to-day execution of the WMI’s vision, development of internal operational systems and planning and implementation of new programming.

Previously, Jordyn worked for Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a Kenya-based NGO, from 2011-2016, most recently as the Chief Program Officer, where she led the design and implementation of SHOFCO’s operational, financial, and evaluation systems. Prior to SHOFCO, Jordyn served as the Chief Program Officer at  As’s Chief Program Officer, Jordyn provided young people with the funds and training to start and grow their own community projects and nonprofit organizations.

Jordyn has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Bard College and a MSW, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and International Social Welfare, from Columbia University


Nicole Schmitz

Assistant Director

Nicole is responsible for developing and managing in-country local leadership and professional development opportunities for all WMI Scholars. She also provides support to our growing number of WMI Graduate Scholars.

Since 2013, Nicole has served in numerous roles to expand the WMI Fellowship network, Community Development Grant program, Scholar Ambassador program, Global Advisory Board, and Scholar Review Board. She also leads the planning and logistical coordination of Dream Big Conferences and the WMI Academy. 

Nicole earned her BS in International Business from Champlain College.  Her international experiences began as a Rotary International Exchange Student in Poland and continued with university studies in Scotland and Costa Rica. She has been a member of development trips in Tanzania and also a United Nations Development Programme sponsored project in El Salvador. Nicole currently works remotely from Florida.


Khushbu Srivastava

Development Strategist 

Khushbu leads WMI’s fund development strategy, fundraising efforts, Board Relations, and also works to enhance communication strategies.

Khushbu has expertise in international development, gender and human rights and has worked across 15 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. She is adept at positioning and amplying social jutsice issues in order to elevate community voices to diverse stakeholders for maximum funding and policy impact. She has led fundraising and policy efforts for organizations included the NYC Department of Health, United Nations Women, CARE International and the Ford Foundation.

Khushbu graduated with distinction from Wellesley College and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is fluent in French, Urdu and Hindi. She lives with her partner and children in New York City.


Lisa McLaughlin Wyncoop

Student Scholar Coordinator

Lisa manages our scholarship program, where she’s responsible for all communication with the Student Scholars and with assisting them in their academics and community service.

She has worked extensively with international students at the secondary and tertiary education levels. A former associate professor at Columbia University in New York City, she has taught English language skills to international students and refugees living in the United States, as well as teaching English as a foreign language in Spain. When not taking care of her family’s farm and assorted barnyard animals or volunteering in her community, she likes to read, garden and spend time with her husband and two teenage sons.

She graduated from Boston College with a double major in English and Philosophy and has a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from St. Michael’s College.


Johnson Abuto

Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Johnson is responsible for the design and pilot testing of our survey instruments, as well as managing the creation and ongoing oversight of our M&E database. 

Johnson, a WMI Graduate Scholar, has over six years’ experience in information technology and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Prior to joining WMI, Johnson worked for Carolina For Kibera as a youth coordinator and for Shining Hope for Communities as the M&E coordinator and system administrator. 

Johnson has a Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation and is currently completing a BA in Business and Information Technology from Nazarene University. Johnson is based full-time in Nairobi.


Justine Jackson

Admin & Communications Coordinator

Justine provides administrative support to WMI’s programs and is in charge of designing and creating our communication materials. 

Prior to joining WMI, Justine has worked both in the nonprofit sector as a Learning Coordinator at Northlands Job Corps and a School Director for a Ghana-based trade school, and in the arts sector as an Events Coordinator in NYC,  the Director of a commercial gallery and Founder of Little Horse Arts, youth theatre and arts programming. When not working for WMI, Justine co-owns and co-manages Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes, Vermont.

Justine has a BA in International Studies from Middlebury College.