Management Team

Sarah Symons, Founding 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.  St. Augustine, FL 

Kristy Whitman Norbert, Executive Director - Kristy has been working in the non profit and social science field for the past sixteen years. Kristy has worked with a variety of marginalized populations both abroad and in the States, and has a passion for developing socially conscious people and organizations. Favorite quote “If you love people, you have no time to judge them.” - Mother Theresa.  New London, CT

Paul Suit, Managing Director -  Before moving to Calcutta to work at HFC, Paul was a District Sales Manager at The Body Shop and served on their Grants Committee.  Paul is a lifelong advocate for women and animals, and is spearheading our vet nursing/animal care training program in India as well as new programs in Chiang Rai, Thailand  

Soma Seal, Program Manager and Social Work Supervisor - 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 

 Maura Hurley, Child Sponsorship Coordinator - Maura has been living and working in Kolkata for 19 years. She is committed to art, alternative education and the environment. She runs a family project - Mustard Seeds - that networks citizens with local nonprofits, which also operates a library/creative space for children in her community. Maura says that working with the dedicated HFC India team has reinvigorated her love for her adopted city. Calcutta, India 

 Nafiza Khatun, Program 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. Calcutta, India

John Berger, Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor - After an 18 year career on Wall Street, as and investment banker and institutional equity salesperson at Smith Barney, Prudential, Schwab and BB&T, John left his financial career to help found Her Future Coalition.  His expertise in business analysis and innovative structuring for survivor employment continue to enrich our programs. St. Augustine, FL   

Sarah Annay, Photography Project Manager - Sarah is a wedding and travel photographer. She designed the Vision for Empowerment Photography Project for Her Future Coalition and led training workshops for women in Calcutta in 2015 and early 2017. She is excited about the possibilities for employing vulnerable women in a field that is traditionally male-dominated in Asia. St. Augustine, FL






Board of Directors

Abby Fabiaschi, Board Chair -  
After reading Half the Sky, Abby became committed to joining the fight against human trafficking. “I believe in economic solutions to social and cultural problems, so Her Future Coalition’s focus on helping people achieve fiscal independence hooked me.” Abby resigned from her post as a high tech executive in 2012 to pursue her passion of writing. Her debut novel— I LIKED MY LIFE, St. Martin’s Press 2017— was received with starred reviews. West Hartford, CT

Diane Davalos Beale, Secretary -  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 

Kate Clark - Kate Clark is a Senior Account Supervisor in Edelman's Corporate and Public Affairs Practice in New York specializing in the Financial Services sector. With a background rooted in financial services, Kate brings a unique perspective and problem-solving attitude for her global corporate and government agency clients. New York, NY

Sarah Istel - Sarah studied Classics and Politics at Princeton and got her law degree from Harvard, writing her thesis on the injustices of the incarceration system. Sarah works at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as an attorney. Part of her work is helping women get U-VISAs. Sarah has also taught in prisons and serves as an Emerging Philanthropist for the Women in Prison Association.  New York, NY 

Maureen O'Toole -  Maureen heads the Managed Futures business within Morgan Stanley Investment Management. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2012 as head of the alternative investment intermediary sales team and moved to become a senior relationship manager focused on alternative investment business development. She has 25 years of industry experience. New York, NY

Todd Patkin - Todd cares about helping people, especially the most vulnerable among us so it was a natural fit for him to work with Her Future Coalition. After a very successful career in Todd's auto parts family business, Todd began writing books to help people learn how to live happier lives.   Boston, MA

Jeanette Pavini - Two-time Emmy Award winning consumer and investigative reporter.  Producer - RealDeal Productions, Columnist - MarketWatch. Jeanette made a documentary short film about Her Future Coalition (at that time called Made by Survivors) in 2011.  Bay Area, CA