Staff

Jeremy Gaskill is MAC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  He has extensive experience in program management and development and has worked on projects in the U. S., Africa, and Asia.  Prior to joining MAC, he served as Program Director for the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and, more recently, as Deputy Director for the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Community Service.  His introduction to Georgia came in 2004 when he served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zestaponi.  Jeremy holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University in New York City.  Contact information:  jeremy@macgeorgia.org.

 

Jeanne Brady is an occupational therapist who has been with MAC since January 2014.  She received her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in December 2012.  For over ten years, while living in the United States and abroad, her work in various clinical settings included hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and elementary schools. She also has experience in home health.  Dr. Brady provided occupational therapy services to people of all ages, ranging from infants to the elderly, with a variety of illnesses and/or injuries.  During a period when she was part of an early intervention program in the U. S., she worked with infants and children.  At MAC she trains occupational therapists, as well as providing direct services to children and adults with special needs.  Contact information:  jeanne.brady@macgeorgia.org.

 

Tamar Chorbachidze had her first MAC experience as a student in MAC’s practical application course at Tbilisi State University in 2014.  Later she worked with MAC as a tester, helping the team to norm the TONI4 before becoming a full member in April 2016.  Before joining MAC Tamar worked as a trainer for Justice of Georgia, as well as a practitioner at the Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology.  She participated in training courses such as Effective Communication and Training for Trainers, among others.  During her student years she volunteered both in Georgia and in other countries.  She also participated in international European trainings related to children with special needs and their adaptations to society.  Tamar graduated from Tbilisi State University with a degree in Psychology.  As part of MAC she now conducts training and development for teachers, parents and other service providers.  Contact Information: tatu.chorbachidze@macgeorgia.org.

 

Nino Chumburidze is an occupational therapist with a degree from Tbilisi State University.  She has been with MAC since January 2011 as an occupational therapist and is involved in MAC's trainings as a Trainer  and in the assessment of people of all ages and with a variety of illnesses and/or injuries.  She also supervises teachers, caregivers, and families.  Before MAC Ms. Chumburidze worked as an occupational therapist in an inclusive employment pilot program, in a day-care center program, and with war-traumatized refugee communities in a psycho-social rehabilitation and support program.  Contact information:  nino.chumburidze@macgeorgia.org.

 

 

Elene Gelashvili joined the MAC team as its Financial Officer in 2014.  A graduate of the Georgian Pedagogical University in Tbilisi, she possesses more than seven years of accounting and program management experience.  Well versed in both nonprofit and private sectors, Elene’s past employers include Booz Allen Hamilton, Action Against Hunger (ACF), and the Community Building Center.  Contact information:  elene.gelashvili@macgeorgia.org.

 

 

Temo Gigauri is a graduate of the American University for the Humanities, with a Bachelors Degree in International Law and Diplomacy.  In 2009 he joined the International Organization  for Migration diplomatic mission to Georgia and worked with several projects.  In 2013 he joined MAC as Administrative Manager.  Contact information:  temo.gigauri@macgeorgia.org.

 

Tornike Goguadze joined MAC as an Administrative Assistant in March 2016.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences from Tbilisi State University and is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Information Systems.  Prior to MAC, Tornike worked and volunteered with a variety of Non-Governmental Organizations around Tbilisi.  Contact information: tornike.goguadze@macgeorgia.org.

 

Ana Gurgenidze is an occupational therapist.  Joining MAC in 2016, she holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from Tbilisi State University and a master’s degree in Social Psychiatry from Ilia State University.  Prior to joining MAC, Ana worked with the Neurodevelopment Center where she served as a rehabilitation specialist.  Contact Info:  ana.gurgenidze@macgeorgia.org.

 

Diana Janashia is a Family and Community Services Coordinator.  She received her Master's Degree from the University of Missouri in the United States.  She has held managerial positions in both non-profit and private sectors.  In rural areas of Georgia, she worked with small communities on grassroots advocacy and raising awareness among children, youth, and parents.  Before joining MAC in 2015, she was a day care center coordinator for children with special needs in Kutaisi, Samtredia, and Terjola.  Her passion is to educate and support families who have special needs children.  She has one child who has been diagnosed with ASD. Contact Information: diana.janashia@macgeorgia.org.

 

Tamar Kevkhishvili is a clinical psychologist and a Ph.D. student at Tbilisi State University.  She came to MAC in March 2014 and is involved in the training of local school teachers.  Her working experience includes stints in the fields of organizational psychology (HRM), effective communication, conflict management and stress management.  She also was part of a research project on children with special needs.  Contact information:  Tamar.kevkhishvili@macgeorgia.org.

 

Nino Lomidze is a clinical neuropsychologist with a masters degree from Tbilisi State University.  For three years she has been training and supervising teachers and directors and evaluating children with special needs for MAC.  She has also worked at a boarding school as a teacher, as a social worker for a juvenile justice support service with juvenile probationers and worked with juveniles who are in prison.  She trained first year students in Learning to Learn modules at the Agricultural University of Georgia.  In the United States, she trained in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Special Education Department.  Contact information:  nino.lomidze@macgeorgia.org.

 

Nino Margvelashvili holds a master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology (Tbilisi State University, Georgia) and Special Needs Education (University of Oslo, Norway). She has been working as a neuropsychologist in the Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology since 2012. Her work experience includes neuropsychological evaluation of children and adults of different special needs, including epilepsy, learning disabilities, language impairment; and 1:1 rehabilitation sessions with children. A trainer for the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, her work has facilitated the implementation of inclusive education across the nine regions of Georgia.  Nino joined MAC as a 1:1 Specialist in 2014. She is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter.  Contact information:  ninomargvela@gmail.com.

 

Nino Mikaia is a psychologist and holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration.  Since 2008 she has been working with children with disabilities and special educational needs, as well as with their parents (both biological and foster families) and child-related specialists.  She was actively involved in the process of deinstitutionalization, development of alternative care and prevention services.  One of her main responsibilities was designing and conducting various training modules for families, teachers and caregivers.  She also has experience in project management.  She joined MAC in 2016.  Contact information:  nino.mikaia@macgeorgia.org.

 

 

Tatia Mtchedlishvili is a neuropsychologist and Ph.D. student at Tbilisi State University.  She joined MAC in September 2012. In 2014, Tatia was trained in the United States at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Special Education Department.  At MAC she provides ongoing training for teachers, parents and caregivers.  She also does psycho-educational evaluations under the supervision of Dr. Cathy McLain.  Since August 2014 she has supervised the special education program at QSI International School of Tbilisi.  Contact information:  tatia.mtchedlishvili@macgeorgia.org.

 

Tamta Saamishviliᅠis a clinical psychologist and Ph.D. student at Tbilisi State University.  Starting her professional career under the supervision of Dr. Cathy McLain, Tamta has since worked for various local and international organizations including Children of Georgia, World Vision and Save the Children.  She has also worked with Georgia's Ministry of Education and Science, where she served as an expert monitor over various projects.ᅠ Ms. Saamishvili's experience spans a variety of contexts, including special needs children, children living in institutions and foster families, internally displaced children and children involved in child custody disputes.  She has extensive experience in training and supervising biological and foster parents as well as child-related specialists.ᅠ Since 2013 Ms. Saamishvili has been a guest lecturer at Tbilisi State University and University of Georgia.  She joined MACᅠas a 1:1 specialist in 2014.ᅠ Contact information:  tamta.saamishvili@gmail.com.

 

Helma Sokhadze is a social pedagogic aid worker from the Netherlands.  Long experienced with working with persons with special needs, Helma has worked within multiple contexts including the public education system, outpatient care and inpatient clinical care.  After more than 13 years of work in the Netherlands, Helma used her experience in Ukraine where she worked as a Psychiatric Nurse. After moving to Georgia, Helma was employed as an office manager and an import/export manager before returning to the field. She joined MAC as an educational support specialist in October of 2014. Helma is a mother of three children, the oldest of which has special needs.  Contact information:  helma-sokhadze@grg.qsi.org.

 

Tamar Tatishvili is a clinical neuropsychologist and Ph.D. student at Tbilisi State University.  She has worked for MAC since 2008, evaluating children with disabilities and training and supervising teachers, directors and care givers.  Before MAC she was involved in the development of the GABSI, an adaptive scale used in Georgia.  Ms. Tatishvili has experience working with internally-displaced persons and in a private school.  Since 2013 she has been a lecturer at Tbilisi State University.  She was trained in the United States at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Special Education Department.  Contact information:  tamar.tatishvili@macgeorgia.org.

 

Nika Zibzibadze has served with MAC as a program assistant / interpreter since March 2016 and is currently pursuing his degree at the Caucasus School of Business.  Before joining MAC he worked for the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) as a Projects Development Manager.  A graduate of Dzevri Public School, Nika remains actively involved in regional programs supported by MAC.  Nika possesses various field-related international experience:  In 2013, he attended the conference on Human Rights at the UN in New York.  He is also an alumnus of Savannah State University’s exchange program, where he studied during the fall of 2015.  Nika is a beneficiary of the McLain Association for Children’s scholarship program.  Contact information:   nikacsb@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Cathy McLain holds a Psy.D. in educational psychology.  She has been a school psychologist, as well as a coordinator and trainer for programs related to sexual assault, domestic violence, drug abuse, trafficking and street children in the U. S., Tanzania, Croatia and the Caucasus countries.  In Georgia she is a founding member of the McLain Association for Children and the Children of Georgia.  Her personal passion is to create programs that enable a better quality of life for special needs and other vulnerable children in the rural areas of Georgia.

 

 

Roy Southworth is cofounder of MAC and an economist.  Prior to his involvement with MAC, he was the country director for the World Bank office in Georgia.  He was also active in numerous other World Bank assignments and with other organizations in Africa, Europe and Asia.  Currently retired, he is focusing on advocacy, capacity building and microfinancing.

 

 

Rezo Chinchaladze was trained as an engineer.  He worked for World Vision and Save the Children as a project manager and was Director of MAC from its inception in 2008 until 2014.  Most recently he is dedicating his time to developing rural programs in Western Georgia.

 

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