Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.


Senior Leadership

Our Board is developed to ensure that there are many different types of expertise to ensure our programs are run properly. 











David Dressler

David Dressler
Co-founder and President of Tender Greens

Board Member

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Leila De Bruyne
Founder and Executive Director of Flying Kites

Advisory Board Member


Sharon Napier
Chief Executive Officer of Partners + Napier

Advisory Board Member

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Jonathan Schwandt
President and CEO of Rehema Home

Advisory Board Member



Max Friedman
Co-founder and CEO of Givebutter

Advisory Board Member

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Chris Tarantino
CEO of Epicenter Media & Training

Advisory Board Member

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Ben Patrzalek

Advisory Board Member

Chris Harris

Chris Harris
Accountant at RDHB

Advisory Board Member


Ground Team

Our amazing team of volunteers makes the day-to-day operations and long-term operations possible.


President and Founder

As an 10-year-old I had the opportunity to visit Kenya on safari, but when I arrived I was shocked by the lack of available medical care and the normalcy of poverty that was all too familiar for these people. Privately, our tour guide would explain the shortfalls of the Kenyan government and expressed the importance of a good education. He showed me that my citizenship gives me a unique opportunity to have an effect on my own government and positively affect those outside of our borders. I believe that this influence and power to effect change lies within us and we have the freedom and ability to decide how we will use it.


Country Manager, Kenya

David has worked as a safari guide for over twenty years and has deep connections with many tribes across the Kenyan country. David has been working as a volunteer and as a concerned father with Mpopong Primary School for more than seven years. He understands the needs of the school, the students, and the staff. His close relationship with the village people and the staff at school provides an essential bridge to communication with the community.

Eric Oporto

Chief Operating Officer

I remember waking up one morning and thinking about the impact education has on my life. All the choices I’m given and the doors that are open because I was born in a country that makes education accessible. Accessible to the point where there are levels of difficulty for the same class such as AP and IB; where colleges are not required to accept everyone because they assume they’ll get accepted elsewhere; a country where education is not a privilege, but a right. But why keep this right reserved to developed countries when there are millions of children in underdeveloped areas with the potential to become the next Steve Jobs or the next teacher that inspires millions? I believe that Humans for Education has the passion and ability to create a paradigm shift in education from being a privilege to a universal human right. I’m enthralled at being a part of something much larger than myself. It is both a humbling and ecstatic experience and I look forward to seeing real changes in people’s lives and hope to carry the knowledge into everything I do.

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Chadia Bedetse

Fundraising Coordinator

Growing up in Burundi, I have seen firsthand what the lack of education can do to a community. I want to make education accessible to every little boy and little girl around the world. It is through education that society grows. I am excited to join Humans for Education and I look forward to combining my love for humanitarianism and finance together.


Communications and Social Media

Creativity stems from a love of people, place & desire to communicate. Working for Humans for Education is a unique experience that I am humbled to be a part of. Not only is this organization addressing immediate issues in African schools, they are laying down the foundation for these schools to thrive for years to come. Children deserve the right to know and understand the world around them and deserve an equal opportunity at life just like everyone else. Organizations like Humans for Education who take the time to research, develop, and execute a plan to keep these schools profitable, safe, and healthy are vital if we are ever going to make a difference in underdeveloped countries. As a Communication major, I am passionate about marketing and advertising and what drew me to this opportunity was the fact that I get to utilize those skills while helping spread awareness about this amazing cause.

Ninoshka Fernandes

Fundraising Coordinator

While growing up in India, my mom used to sponsor food for the kids at a local orphanage on my birthday every year. Ever since then, I think I had a passion for helping children. I believe that education and healthcare should be a basic human right. Fostering students' academic goals and personal growth can help them develop into independent, resilient, and responsible individuals. When I heard Daphne give a presentation at our departmental retreat on Humans for Education, I thought this was a wonderful opportunity for me to help out with. Humans for education’s programs would help replace poor educational and economic outcomes with academic success and social well-being in places like Kenya. As a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management, I hope to bring my skills to this organization and help raise money and spread awareness for this wonderful cause!




Roxy Dias

Communications and Social Media

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Every person should be granted an education and other necessary resources of survival. No one should be robbed of a childhood as they face the alternative of an education. No fourteen year old girl should be married off and have children. A boy half my age shouldn’t be working until his fingers bleed for cents an hour. No one should have to face these vulnerabilities due to the lack of an education. An education ensures a future for a person, and every child is entitled to this future. This organization is here to provide children in Africa with the life they deserve to live. I live a life in which my opportunities are limitless, and every child should have this opportunity at birth. After I read, I am Malala, my aspect on an education changed completely. Malala Yousafzai is a brave and brilliant advocate for education, who taught me the value of an education. I also have heard and read stories of other girls living in developing countries fighting for an education, and fighting for a life. I will never go through what these children have had to face, and I am eternally thankful for that. I am fully aware there are children begging God for a life like mine, which is why I must use this opportunity to change their future. If people such as Malala who’s life was threatened drove up the courage to continue fighting for the education of children everywhere, I know I am more than capable of making the same fight. Humans for Education is saving lives and changing the world. This is a golden opportunity to give people access to what they deserve, and serve others, and I hope to help with this mission with my talents, dedication and skills. It’s time to make the world a better place.


Design Team

A group of inspired individuals that want to change the world through their art.


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