Our Team



Alexa Pham

Co-Founder + Program Director
Alexa’s passion for humanitarian work has propelled her on adventure throughout the world for the past decade working with nonprofits from Germany to Nepal. She spearheads the grant writing, fundraising, developing RISE Workshops and other programs. She is a professional photographer takes most of the photos on this site.

photoforteamHannah Herr

Co-Founder + Director of Artisan Outreach and Product Development
Hannah is an artist and designer who received a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2009 and is set to receive her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook in 2016. She has exhibited her work in New York, London, Seattle, Mexico City, Berlin and Ulaanbaatar, and recently completed a Fulbright research grant to Mongolia to study Kazakh traditional craft. She leads the artisans outreach project to develop products with indigenous craftswomen

Kayla Gill

Kayla Gill

Volunteer Coordinator
Kayla holds a BA in community development and a passion for immigrant and refugee rights.  She’s worked in migrant worker’s rights education, financial education and foreclosure prevention for low-income minority homeowners, and as a teacher in Thailand.  

Wah Wah

Teacher + Community Mentor
Wah studied English and Karen History at Mae La refugee camp. She hopes one day the Karen people will have a free state so she can pass on her knowledge and help preserve Karen culture. Currently Wah teaches Karen literacy and history workshops.

Bow Bow

Artisan Liaison + Community Mentor
Bow is an expert  back loom weaver and fluent in Karen, English and Thai. In addition to communicating with artisans she also helps translate and facilitate workshops and does malaria prevention in several Karen villages. She is the proud mother of Amy and Natiu.

Melanie McCarthyMelanie McCarthy

Assistant director + writer
Melanie has a degrees in English, writing, and visual art. She has mentored high school age students in writing and art, taught special education English, and has volunteered teaching English and reading in the Philippines, Thailand and America. She has a passion for human rights and women’s empowerment. Melanie is our resident artist, business and creative writer, and yoga instructor.