About Us

 

 

Erin Zaikis is the Founder of Sundara. Raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, she graduated from the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.  Erin has lived in India, Thailand, Israel and New York before making the Bay Area her home.

She is an avid rap fan, blogs about Asian desserts and hangs out with her cockapoo Yoshi in her free time. Her favorite part of working at Sundara is feeling connected to people around the world who are trying to make their communities healthier and safer.

She has been recognized by the Huffington Post, ONE, CNN, BBC and the Clean India campaign and has spoken at universities and conferences across the US and Canada, including a Tedx talk.

Erin Zaikis  Sundara Founder and Head of Operations

Erin Zaikis 
Sundara Founder and Head of Operations

 
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Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Soap and hand washing education attracted me because of its simplicity. It’s low cost, low technology and incredibly effective. I hope more people can understand the importance of this basic necessity for children all over the world.

-Erin Zaikis

 

Michelle Fusco is the Executive Director of Sundara. Originally from Toronto, Canada she comes to Sundara with a Postgraduate degree in International Development and an Honours BA in Global Studies and Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 She brings 8 years of experience in nonprofits and international development, having previously worked in South Africa, El Salvador, and Nepal. The highlight of her time with Sundara is spending time with our hygiene ambassadors on the ground. She has spent 5+ months at our India and Uganda operations combined, deepening her connection to and understanding of the complex issues faced in each community.

Michelle enjoys rollerblading, lifting heavy objects at the gym, and soaking up the sun any chance she gets.

Michelle Fusco Executive Director

Michelle Fusco
Executive Director

 

Meet our team

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KENNETH DESOUZA
India Operations

Kenneth Desouza is the Director of Sundara India. Based out of Mumbai, Kenneth comes to Sundara with decades of experience in Indian non-profits. He has spearheaded the inauguration of all 3 soap recycling workshops in India and oversee daily operations in the field. Kenneth communicates with high level partners nationally and internationally to expand and strengthen Sundara’s impact within each community and across India. 

VISMITA RAO BARRETTO
Project Officer India

Vismita graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. Her extroverted personality shines as she coordinates with 30+ hospitality partners across India and interacts with our Hygiene Ambassadors in Kalwa, Ashte, and Pune on a daily basis to collect quantitative and qualitative data-- helping us to provide you with ongoing updates straight from the field.

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WIN THUYA
Myanmar Operations

Win Thuya is the Director of Sundara Myanmar and is based out of Yangon. Growing up in a small village himself give Thuya a deep rooted understanding of the health and educational issues Sundara tackles within these marginalized communities. His passion for sustainability continues to shine outside of his work with Sundara as the founder of Bagan’s first charitable library and literacy center.

HTAR HTAR
Project Office Myanmar

After many years of teaching, she realized that most schools across Myanmar completely lack access to soap and knowledge of proper hygiene practices. This recognition, plus her experience in the education sector, drives her passion towards helping marginalized communities in need with Sundara. On her spare time, Htar Htar enjoys travelling across Myanmar and making friends with out-of-towner’s who are looking to explore the beautiful country.

 
 
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AUDREY BEAULIEU
Development Consultant for Sundara

Based in Toronto, Audrey is a registered nurse with 8+ years of experience. Prior to joining Sundara, she worked on a WASH project in Bangalore, India, which triggered her passion for hygiene and sanitation projects abroad. Audrey currently works remotely for Sundara from Central African Republic, where she’s working with Doctors Without Borders to provide vital immunizations to hundreds of children in need.  

 

Our Ambassadors

 

"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women."
-Kofi Annan

 
 

Indian Ambassadors

 
 
 

Myanmar Ambassadors

 
 

Board Members

 

Anna Konstantinova
Julianne Ungar
Van Hoang
Renu Hermon

Avinash Gadok
Shaziah Singh
Hitha Palepu Narasimhan
Elizabeth Dukes Vanderkaay
Jesse Kornbluth

Cecilio Velasco
Debra Caplan
Stefanie Marriot
Aditya Pittie