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.

 
Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith
Colonel, USA (Ret)
 

Joseph (José) Smith was born in England and raised in Spain, and speaks English, Spanish and French. He graduated from Dillard University with a bachelor’s degree and from Baylor University with a master’s degree in International Relations (Western European Studies). He has served in overseas assignments in Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East as a Military Intelligence Officer, retiring as a U.S. Army Colonel after serving for over 28 years.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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).

 
Salma Seraj
Salma Seraj
 

Salma Seraj directs programs in Afghanistan, assisting the widows and children of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces in Kabul. She is 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.

 
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.

 
Bushra Farkish
Bushra Farkish
 

Bushra Farkish manages the TAPS program in Kabul, Afghanistan, training widows in vocational skills, providing economic and educational opportunities, and connecting surviving spouses of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces with resources. Bushra speaks both Farsi and English, and is pursuing her Masters in Business from the American University of Afghanistan. She has worked with TAPS and provided care to surviving families for several years, and is a passionate advocate for the families of deceased military members.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Pablo Piedra
Pablo Piedra
 

Pablo Piedra is the videographer for TAPS, having deployed overseas capturing compelling images of war and conflict but also hope and healing. He is a veteran of the United States Army and is originally from Costa Rica.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Augustine Achu
Augustine Achu
 

Augustine is a double master’s degree holder 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 conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding and international politics, with a regional interest on Africa. Augustine conducts research on topical issues for the International Program at TAPS and is also the Curator of the new SharedStudios portal at TAPS headquarters.

 
Olivia Nelson
Olivia Nelson
 

Olivia Nelson is a junior at Brigham Young University-Idaho, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Economics. She is an active member of her university’s International Studies Honor Society (Sigma Iota Rho). Being born in Germany has allowed her the opportunity to travel since a young age. To date, she has traveled to twelve European and Asian countries and 21 states within the United States.

 
Colleen Shuford
Colleen Shuford
 

Colleen Shuford is a rising senior double majoring in Chinese and International Studies at the University of Mississippi. She has studied in China the past two summers and is fluent in Chinese. She has been active in Huruma International Ministries, a charitable organization her parents founded, which serves the needs of orphans in Kenya.