Meet the Staff

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Cliff Missen


Cliff Missen has over 25 years professional experience in computers, networking, multimedia design, and applications development. At the WiderNet Project, he combines this with his long-term interest in international development. His first visit to Africa was with a medical team in 1982, and he continues to teach and promote appropriate water well drilling technology through the U.S. non–profit organization Wellspring Africa. “I want to see the day when African technicians – so steeped in understanding of ICT technology – bend and twist these tools to create appropriate and affordable communications systems for the most rural villages in Africa.”

Seamus Holland
Seamus is a junior at UNC studying computer science and philosophy. As an android developer for WiderNet, he is working on a mobile implementation of the eGranary software.”

Carmen Silva

Carmen Silva is a sophomore at UNC majoring in Information Science with a minor in Computer Science. She is also the social media manager for the Carolina Irish Dance Association and in her free time she loves to hang out/travel with friends.

Samantha Huffman
Prison Library Researcher
Samantha is a senior double majoring in Peace, War, and Defense and Sociology. As a prison library researcher, Samantha focuses on finding ways to improve prison education through the COEP. She plans to attend law school in the fall of 2019. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, lift weights, and be outdoors

Catherine Baker

Prison Library Researcher
Catherine is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in psychology and religious studies with a concentration in Jewish studies, and hopes to go into clinical psychology.

Jamari Cortez
Jamari is a senior from Staten Island, New York double majoring in Information Science and Communications with a concentration in media and technology. He is the former president of the Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and enjoys writing and playing video games in his free time.

Varun Srivastava
Varun Srivastava is a current sophomore at UNC studying Computer Science and Business. As a Java and Android developer for WiderNet, he helps develop a mobile implementation of the eGranary library. Raised in Boston, he spends his free time watching the Celtics or playing basketball.

Damola Ajao


Damola is a volunteer programmer working on the catalog index and involved in upgrading the current version of the software. He is working towards a degree in Information Science. He also enjoys reading comics.

Whitney Hughes        Graduate Assistant

Whitney Hughes is a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is focusing on public libraries and outreach.

Sayan Dutta

Sayan is a freshman at UNC studying Computer Science and Chemistry. As a Java programmer at WiderNet he works on the backend of the eGranary. In his free time he enjoys music and video games.

Meet the past staff here