Meet Our Team

Senior Management Team

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Elizabeth Hausler, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO

Elizabeth is the founder and CEO of Build Change, and a pioneer in the movement to make housing safe in earthquakes and windstorms around the globe. Click to read more about Elizabeth!

Noll Tufani
COO

Noll was named Build Change’s COO in June, 2020 after 10 years of leadership in both Haiti and Nepal.  Click here to read more about Noll!

Lizzie Blaisdell Collins, S.E.
Director of Engineering

Lizzie oversees the quality and consistency of Build Change’s technical and project solutions. She has worked extensively on earthquake-resistant design and evaluation projects in high seismic regions since 2005.

Juan Caballero, Architect, PMP
Director of Programs & Partnerships, Latin America

Juan oversees Build Change’s work in Colombia and Guatemala as well as throughout Latin America as a region. He is an architect originally from Honduras, and has been with Build Change since 2012, working in the Haiti office as a Project Manager before his current role.

Tim M. Hart, P.E., S.E., LEED AP
Engineering and Design Services Director; 2020 Simpson Strong-Tie Fellow for Excellence in Engineering

Tim has 30 years of experience in structural engineering and has worked as a consultant for Build Change since 2005 on projects in six different countries. He joined the Build Change staff in 2019 as the lead for Build Change’s engineering and design services programs. As the 2020 Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellow, Tim will ensure the highest technical standards of disaster-resilient engineering across Build Change’s projects worldwide, and will educate partners and collaborators on these standards.

Jessica Stanford

Jessica Stanford
Philippines Country Director 

Jessica relocated to the Philippines in 2019 to direct Build Change’s program based in Manila. In this capacity, she oversees all activities in the Philippines, forms and maintains partnerships and tracks impacts. Other highlights of Jessica’s time with Build Change include program management in Nepal for several years and leading Build Change’s expansion in the Caribbean.

Diana Muñoz Neyra, Architect
Country Program Manager (Colombia)

Diana leads Build Change’s country program in Colombia, and is responsible for coordinating active projects in Bogotá and Medellin. She represents Build Change in-country to support the organization’s position as trusted adviser on resilience planning for housing and schools to the national government, local governments, and a diverse range of private partners.

Michelle Nicholson

Michelle Nicholson
Director of Marketing & Communications

Michelle joined the team in 2019 after more than a decade working in international development communications and as an entrepreneur.  From her base in Washington DC, she supports Build Change’s in-country and international marketing and communications needs.

Key Staff

Finance and Administration Staff

Diane Datteri

Diane Datteri, CPA
Controller

Diane has been with Build Change since August of 2017. Diane is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Master in Business Administration (MBA). She has specialized in non-profit accounting for over 25 years working in Wyoming and Colorado. Her experience includes grant financial reporting, payroll and related payroll taxes and benefits, auditing, tax return preparation and management reports. Diane has also taught courses in accounting and QuickBooks for college students.

Kailash Khadka

Kailash Khadka
Finance & Administration Manager (Nepal)

Jonalyn Bantilan
Finance & Admin Manager (Philippines)

Jonalyn is a Certified Public Accountant and is studying for her Juris Doctor in Law. She has a 19 years’ solid experience in Finance and Accounting through a range of start-ups and well-established companies.

Bianca Rios
Office Administrator

Bianca holds a degree in business and has eight years of experience in administrative as well as customer service roles. She excels in organization and works to make a positive impact through her office management and operational support of the Build Change team.

Program Management Staff

Alastair Norris

Alastair Norris
Program Manager (Nepal)

Alastair oversees Build Change’s current projects in Nepal, ensuring they meet the required deliverables while maintaining Build Change’s high standards in quality.  In addition, he is also responsible for ensuring the program meets Nepal’s need for preventative action to increase the country’s resilience.  He has an engineering degree and has worked extensively on risk modeling and financing.

Ayusha Joshi

Ayusha Joshi
Design Support Team Leader (New Construction-Nepal)

Sandeep Man Shakya

Sandeep Man Shakya
Project Manager- Retrofitting (Nepal)

Arun Kumar Sharma

Arun Kumar Sharma
Project Manager (Nepal)

Sujit Dhakal

Sujit Dhakal
Deputy Project Manager (Nepal)

Sujit has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and has previous experience with building and bridge construction alongside surveys and data collection.

Kim Acupan

Kim Acupan
Project Manager (Philippines)

Kim is responsible for the development and end-to-end management of post-disaster “build back better” and pre-disaster resilient housing and school programs in the Philippines. She is a civil engineer with a postgraduate degree in business administration.

Girlie Lopez
Project Manager, Housing Finance (Philippines)

Girlie provides project management and oversight of projects aimed towards providing access to housing finance and related services in partnership with financial service providers in the Philippines. She is a finance specialist, with specialization in banking and microfinance, gained through more than 17 years of professional experience dealing with highly diversified credit markets.

Engineering Staff

Stefano Pompei

Stefano Pompei
Project Manager-Engineer (Colombia)

Stefano graduated in 2011 and worked, as a structural engineer, in Italy, Peru, and Ecuador.  Stefano joined Build Change in 2016 and since then he has been involved in different Build Change programs, such as Nepal, Haiti, and Federated States of Micronesia.  He is responsible for implementing project work plans and trainings in Latin America.

Adriana Duque Pardo
Engineering Professional (Colombia)

Adriana works on technical resource development in Latin America, evaluates housing vulnerability, supports on structural retrofitting of housing, checks bills of quantity and construction inspection checklists, provides technical assistance to homeowners to design safe houses, supervises construction, and trains builders in disaster-resistant construction practices.

Liva Shrestha

Liva Shrestha
Lead Structural Engineer (Nepal)

Liva is responsible for controlling the quality of design information and implementation for projects in Nepal.

Dev Raj Paudel

Dev Raj Paudel
Resource Development Team Leader (Nepal)

Roel Ombao
Project Engineer (Philippines)

Roel is responsible for managing the Philippines technical team in developing resources aimed at specific audiences and partners to support disaster resilient housing. He is a civil engineer with 10 years of experience in structural engineering and project implementation in telecom and industrial projects.

Oluwaseun Okusanya
Engineering Program Associate

New Frontiers Technology (NFT) Staff

Nirmal Adhikari

Nirmal Adhikari
NFT Coding Hub Manager (Nepal)

Nirmal is responsible for developing and managing applications and coding solutions to save lives in disasters. This includes developing and managing mobile applications, providing technical assistance and AI solutions on reconstruction in Dominica, Sint Maarten, Colombia, Indonesia, Philippines and Nepal. In addition, he has been project managing the development of several mobile, web and AI-based applications, with teams of developers coming from Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Colombia. This has led him to have a greater understanding of the subtleties of developing web, mobile and AI applications for communities and homeowners in the emerging world. He has more than 5 years’ experience in developing and managing wide range of systems and applications such as web, Business Intelligence (BI), Geographic Information System (GIS) and others. He has also been teaching programming languages in different colleges for more than 3 years. He graduated from London Metropolitan University with a Bsc. Computing (Hons) degree and is a member of British Computer Society (BCS) and International Association of Engineers (IAENG).

Nicolas Ortiz Abello
NFT Roaming BIM Technologies Specialist

Nicolas leads the development of new technologies applied to post-disaster and prevention programs. His work focuses on scaling Build Change’s processes using 3D-based modeling and automation tools. He coordinates the implementation of new technologies in the Philippines, Nepal, and Colombia.