Emily graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2008 with a BS Accounting degree. She served as the president of the Marians Service Organization duringher college career, an organization whose main focus is service to women and children. Following college, she took a position as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked in non-public tax and audit. After three years at PwC, she joined the non-for-profit field as a senior accountant with Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school district in Los Angeles. She quickly moved up to become the Special Program and Accountability Specialist.
After over three years with Green Dot Public Schools, Emily transferred to Northern California with her husband in May of 2014. She took a temporary position helping to open the East Bay Innovation Charter School in Oakland. Once the school was up and running, she accepted a permanent position at Kaiser Permanente as a project manager working with IT Compliance metrics and reporting within the healthcare industry.
Ginger Colton - Co-Founder, Board Member
Ginger Powers grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and learned from a young age that giving of yourself through volunteering creates true and unselfish happiness. Ginger attended the University of Florida where she obtained degrees in both Global Business and International Relations. This path positioned Ginger to travel and discover the love of other cultures, and also come to an awareness of the hardships children and women endure around the world.
Professionally, Ginger has experience in marketing and project management, working for residential and commercial developers as well as running her own marketing consulting company. Ginger has volunteered for organizations close to her heart: Big Brother, Big Sister; The Arthritis Foundation; ROKPA; Cap Nepal; Tedi Bear Adoptions; Jefferson Dollars for Scholars; and Nepal Orphans Homes, among others. This journey led her to volunteer in Nepal and a familiar dream, an opportunity to make a difference, became clear. Ginger lives in New Orleans and co-founded and volunteers for Sunsar Maya while working for the region's economic development agency.
James Kearns - Co-Founder, Board Member
James Kearns was born in California and raised in South Carolina. He studied Film and Photography at the University of the Nations in Hawaii and Australia, and later began a career in real estate development and as a restaurateur. Early in his life James realized he had a deep passion for travel and people, so he spent many years traveling the world and volunteering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and YWAM.
James always had a strong desire to visit Nepal. When he arrived in 2011, he felt an overwhelming connection to the Nepali people and culture. During his time there, James volunteered at the Sahayogi Samaj Orphanage. It was there that he was moved to help the children of Nepal, to offer them the opportunity to improve their lives through education.
Jehán Seirafi - Co-Founder & Executive Director
Jehán Seirafi is a non-profit professional with extensive program and project manager experience and a focus on international development and human rights. As Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sunsar Maya, she works to provide educational opportunities to orphaned and vulnerable children in Nepal. As the Program Director for Volunteer Nepal in Kathmandu, Jehan built an international network that provided educational and medical relief to underdeveloped areas. She was responsible for the development of the program’s outreach efforts by coordinating with local NGOs and international educational institutions.
Jehan has served various organizations committed to international aid, human rights, and fighting human trafficking. Most recently, she served as the Program and Development Manager for the human rights organization, United for Iran, and sat as the Advocacy Officer of the Advocacy Committee/California Committee North of Human Rights Watch.
Kuntal Joisher - Board Member
Nisha Sitaula - ASP Teacher
Prativa Singh - Head Teacher, Jorpati
Sristi Shrestha - Head Teacher, Lalitpur
Sweta Pokharel - Operations and Partnership Manager