Sarah Symons, Founder and Executive Director - Sarah started HFC in 2005 with her husband John Berger. Formerly, Sarah was a composer of music for TV and film, and before that, a counselor and art teacher at Creative Arts Workshops in New York City. Author of THIS IS NO ORDINARY JOY. View Sarah's TED Talk about Living Heroically. Sarah is passionate about building relationships of love, respect and trust with vulnerable women and children, and empowering survivors to be change-makers in their families and communities. St. Augustine, FL
Paul Suit, Managing Director - Paul left a career in business management at The Body Shop to join our organization in 2009. He moved to Calcutta to establish and manage our first jewelry training programs and enjoyed 8 years of tremendous success working with our partners and empowering survivors. He has now moved his base to Chiang Rai, Thailand to establish partnerships and training programs, and continues to oversee and support our programs and team in India
Soma Seal, Jewelry Trainer and Counselor/Caseworker - In addition to her counseling, training, translation and management roles, Soma is a gifted goldsmith and jewelry designer! In her spare time, she runs House of Hope, a sewing project providing much-needed income to women in her community. Soma is passionate about making sure that all our women enjoy the freedom to express themselves. Calcutta, India
Nafiza Khatun, India Director - Nafiza has a degree in Business from Chandra Chowdury College and is passionate about commerce as a means for uplifting vulnerable women. Before coming to HFC, she worked as a community liaison, computer skills tutor, and counselor at Apne Aap and Uddami. In addition to managing our Jewelry Production Unit, Nafiza is designing a computer literacy program for us. Calcutta, India
John Berger, CFA - Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor - John brings 18 years of Wall Street business experience to the organization. He was an investment banker at Prudential Securities, Smith Barney, Schwab Capital Markets, and BB&T. John is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has extensive experience evaluating, improving, and financing business models and marketing strategies in a variety of industries.
Our work would not be possible without the dedication and brilliance of our part-time staff, volunteers and advisors, including Maura Hurley, School Sponsorship Coordinator, Sarah Annay, Photography Program Manager, Natasha Webster, Social Media Manager, Nancy Edwards, Jewelry Trainer/Designer, Felicity Denby, Jewelry Trainer/Designer and Dianna Badalament, Jewelry trainer and Training Program Creator.
Diane Davalos Beale, Board Chair - When Diane saw the documentary “The Day My God Died” in 2009 she felt that abusing the most innocent and vulnerable among us for huge profits was the most egregious injustice on the planet. Diane is President of Her Future Colorado and works with a dedicated group of people to educate and fundraise in support of our mission. Diane has run her company, Expanded Learning, for 35 years, and recently completed the first draft of a novel. Denver, CO
Peg Cafferty - Filmmaker, Screenwriter; Campaign Producer of INDIA'S DAUGHTER, a documentary film about the notorious Delhi bus rape, and numerous other films, through her company Dahooma Productions. Peg enjoys telling amazing stories through TV and film. Peg is a relationship builder, a connector, a lover of life, art and all who create it. She holds the issue of human trafficking close to her heart, and is ready to always stand up for what is right in this world. Montclair, NJ
Jeanette Pavini - Two-time Emmy Award winning consumer and investigative reporter. Producer - RealDeal Productions, Columnist - MarketWatch Jeanette made a documentary short film about Made by Survivors in 2011. Bay Area, CA
Mark Harvey - Mark Harvey is a Senior Executive with 28 years’ experience in the financial sector. Currently responsible for the Treasury Operations function at Nationwide Building Society, the world’s largest mutual fund. Mark has proven ability and track record of success in delivering high performance teams and programs of business efficiency and technology change. Since meeting our team and seeing our programs on a volunteer trip in late 2016, he is now equally focused on a more philanthropic agenda, to drive positive change for survivors and high risk women and children. Birmingham, UK.
Sarah Symons, Founding Director