TAPS International Team

 

Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll
 

Bonnie Carroll is the President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the surviving spouse of Army Brigadier General Tom Carroll, and a retired USAF Reserve Officer. She is a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, United Kingdom, Turkey, Australia, Canada, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine building programs for military surviving families since 2003.

 
Fatma Megrahi
Fatma Megrahi
 

Fatma Megrahi is the director of the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa programs for TAPS. She is Turkish and Libyan, growing up the daughter of a Diplomat and speaking English, Turkish and Arabic. She was raised in Libya, resides in Istanbul, and was educated in New York while her father was posted at the United Nations.

 
Augustine Achu
Augustine Achu
 

Augustine is a doctoral student of Political Science at Howard University, Washington D.C.; he holds two master’s degrees in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and International Relations and Diplomacy from American University’s School of International Service and Imo State University in Nigeria, respectively. He specializes in international relations and politics, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and autonomous recovery, with regional interest in Africa. Augustine is also a United States Marine reservist. At TAPS International, Augustine manages the Africa program, and is also the Curator of the Shared Studios portal at TAPS HQ. Washington, D.C.

 
Bushra Farkish
Bushra Farkish
 

Bushra Farkish manages the TAPS programs in Afghanistan. Born in Afghanistan, Bushra, her husband and her son came to the United States in 2021. Bushra speaks both Farsi and English, and received her Masters in Business from the American University of Afghanistan. She has worked with TAPS International for many years and provided care to surviving families for several years, and is a passionate advocate for the families of deceased military members.

 
Audri Beugelsdijk
Audri Beugelsdijk
 

Audri Beugelsdijk is the Vice President of Survivor Services for TAPS and leads training programs for TAPS International. She has traveled to Ukraine, Turkey, Iraq to model best practices for all TAPS global programs. Audri has also lived in Japan and traveled extensively. She is a Navy veteran and the surviving wife of Jason Springer (USN).

 
Kyle Harper
Kyle Harper
 

Kyle Harper is the surviving fiancée of Army Staff Sergeant Michael Hullender who was killed in combat in 2007. Kyle came to TAPS in 2008 and has developed both domestic and international grief recovery programs. She has traveled with TAPS to Afghanistan, Ukraine and Israel to build programs and strengthen partnerships. She holds a master's degree in women's studies from the George Washington University.

 
Diana Hosford
Diana Hosford
 

Diana Roday Hosford is the Vice President of Sports & Entertainment for TAPS. She oversees International Strategic Partnerships for TAPS in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Diana has developed events, partnerships and opportunities for the message and mission of TAPS to be shared on a global platform.

 
Bayar Baraway
Bayar Baraway
 

Bayar Baraway leads logistics for TAPS in Iraq. He speaks both English and Kurdish, and has homes in Nashville and Erbil. As a Soldier, he has supported the United States as a translator.

 
Salma Seraj
Salma Seraj
 

Salma Seraj is an Afghan-American and a descendant of nine generations of Kings of Afghanistan. She is the granddaughter of King Habibullah (1901-1919), and niece of the late King Amanullah (1919-1929). During the coup d’etat in Afghanistan she fled with her family to Germany and then settled in the United States. She received her education in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Great Britain and speaks English, Farsi, Urdu and Italian.

 
Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
 

Paul Meyer is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and he served 34 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. His assignments included Commander of the USAF Test Pilot School and Vice Commander and Inspector General of the USAF Test Center. Paul is now a pilot for United Airlines with over 13,000 hours of flight time worldwide. He joined TAPS International in 2018 as an advisor, to honor aviators who have died in military service.

 
Khazar Fatemi
Khazar Fatemi
 

Khazar Fatemi was born in Iran and belongs to the Kurdish ethnicity. When she was just a year old her family had to flee Iran and live as refugees in Afghanistan. At the age of eight, they fled again, this time to Sweden where they have lived ever since. Khazar speaks four languages and has a wide range of experience covering international news. She has done documentary work with TAPS in United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Afghanistan and her own documentary, "Where My Heart Beats", which tells the extraordinary story of her return to Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years.

 
Gary Szabo
Gary Szabo
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
 

Gary Szabo has over 24 years of military service, serving on the staffs of the Office of Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Guard Bureau, and HQ USAF. He supports initiatives with private and international partners and peer-to-peer coordination with Middle Eastern embassies and consulates in Washington, D.C.

 
Rayanne Hunter
Rayanne Hunter
 

Rayanne Hunter is a Mind-Body Nutrition Coach, yoga instructor and advocate of outdoor therapy who has studied extensively in India, working with those who have experienced trauma. She specializes in grief, anxiety, and post traumatic stress, and uses her techniques gained from a variety of training backgrounds including body movement, yoga, meditation, reiki, modern shaman techniques, women's circles, outdoor therapy, mind/body work, and nutrition. She grew up in a military family, served in the Army National Guard and is the surviving spouse of US Army Staff Sergeant Wesley Hunter.

 
Ece Lara Tas
Ece Lara Tas
 

Ece Lara Tas is an intern with a focus on the innovative concept for economic empowerment of women in areas of conflict through the design and construction of an innovative, sustainable women’s center. She is currently studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business Economics at Purdue University, and has been recognized on the Dean’s List and Semester Honors. She teaches math and science to children with autism as well as collaborating with Women In Engineering at Purdue University to create a safer environment for women in STEM. She was raised in Turkey by her mother who worked with the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. She speaks Turkish, English and French.

 
Fahim Hashimi
Fahim Hashimi
 

Fahim Hashimi provides support to TAPS programs in Afghanistan. He has 14 years of experience working in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was the bridge between the Afghan National Defense Forces and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, helping Afghan military members develop skills to support their missions. In 2013 he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Kabul University and he is fluent in four languages - English, Dari, Farsi, and Pashto. A Cisco Certified Network Associate, he has worked in the telecommunications sector since arriving in the United States in 2018.

 
Nicole Reggiani
Nicole Reggiani
 

Nicole Reggiani is pursuing her Master's Degree in International Relations. She holds her Degree in Political Science - International Studies from the Facoltà di Scienze Plitiche Cesare Alfieri in Firenze Italy with her thesis being done in Middle East-Western World Oil Relations between 1960 and 2003. Nicole is fluent in Italian and English, and proficient in Spanish and Russian. Her work with TAPS focuses on the development of programs for families of military deceased in Italy and Eastern Europe.