Meet Our Team
Senior Management Team
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 and Caribbean
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.
Diane Datteri, CPA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finance and Administration Staff
Finance & Administration Manager (Nepal)
Kailash has worked with Build Change as part of the Nepal senior management team for nearly 5 years. He specializes in the responsibilities of Finance, HR, Logistics and Administration Management.
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.
María Fernanda Holguín Alvarado
Finance & Admin Official (Latin America)
María Fernanda (also known as Mafe) is a professional in finance and international trade and has been working for Build Change since August of 2017. She is responsible for the Administrative, Financial and Human Resources areas of the organization in Latin America.
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
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.
Sandeep Man Shakya
Project Manager (Nepal)
Sandeep has been with Build Change for the past 5 years, working specifically on implementing retrofitting projects in different districts across Nepal. He holds a Masters Degree in Structural Engineering and has more than 10 years of experience in structural analysis and design of different kinds of structures.
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.
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.
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.
Lead SE Asia-Pacific
Liva is responsible for controlling the quality of design information and implementation for projects in the Southeast Asia-Pacific region. With 14 years of experience in the field of structural engineering, Liva has been involved in retrofit and confined masonry house designs, construction of school buildings, along with conducting research and testing program, quality control of design information, project implementation management and activities monitoring.
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.
Engineering Program Associate
After graduating from UC Davis in 2007, Oluwaseun worked as a structural engineer for Strandberg Engineering in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015, he transitioned into the humanitarian sector with All Hands and Hearts before joining Build Change in 2018. His role supports our international team of engineers to make safe construction accessible to as many people as possible.
Louise is a structural engineer, primarily focused on Build Change’s reconstruction and resilience projects in the Caribbean. She joined Build Change in 2017 after working in the UK and East Africa.
New Frontiers Technology (NFT) Staff
NFT Coding Hub Manager (Nepal)
Nirmal develops coding solutions, provides technical assistance, and manages the development of several mobile, web and AI-based applications. He has 5+ years’ experience with a wide range of systems and applications such as web, Business Intelligence (BI), and Geographic Information System (GIS) along with 3+ years’ experience teaching college programming languages courses. 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 finished his studies in civil engineering in Bogota, Colombia. He joined Build Change in 2018 to consolidate the New Frontier Technologies division, which oversees innovation for design and construction in all of the organization’s country programs. Since then, Nicolas has worked in Colombia, Philippines and Nepal leading the development of BIM tools for structural assessment, design and construction of safe houses and schools.
BIM Technologies Specialist
Allie helps develop new technologies for the New Frontiers Technology team, focusing on building information modeling and automating BIM workflows for retrofitting solutions. She has supported Build Change programs in Nepal and Colombia. She studied civil engineering and global development.