The ASYV team is a group of dedicated and hardworking professionals, many of whom live and work at the Village. We are devoted to ensuring the security, love, education, healing, and feeding of the more than 500 children in our care. It takes a village to transform a child, and it takes a team to build a village.


Executive Leadership


Jean-Claude Nkulikiyimfura

Executive Director

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Jean-Claude (JC) has over 17 years of experience in education, marketing, government, and corporate communication. At ASYV, JC manages a diverse team of educators and care providers while building successful local and international partnerships. JC’s passion lies in Rwanda’s development and the belief that Rwanda’s success will be achieved through educated, empowered, and resilient youth. He received a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Central Arkansas before returning to Rwanda to work as a media and protocol officer in the Office of the President. He then moved to South Africa to undertake a Master’s program in International Relations. After completing his Master’s degree, JC founded XLcom, a communications agency that provided communication services to organizations including the African Development Bank. Prior to joining ASYV, JC served as the General Manager for Saatchi & Saatchi Rwanda. In 2011, he joined the ASYV staff as Village Director and was later promoted to Executive Director in 2015.


Shiri Sandler

Managing Director

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Shiri has a deep background in education, programming, and fundraising, in post-genocide communities. Previously, Shiri was the U.S. Director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Shiri directed fundraising, educational programs for North American students, and Board relations for the Center, an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. While at the Museum, she led immersive programs on dehumanization and genocide for military students, developed new ethics programs for professional school students, and taught about the Darfur genocide. Prior to joining the Museum, she was the Interim Chief of Staff at the Genocide Intervention Network, a Darfur genocide activism organization. Shiri received her M.A. in Modern European History from Brown University and her B.A. from Cornell University. Her academic research is on Soviet liberator rape of Jewish concentration camp survivors. Shiri is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.


Laure Iyaga

Village Director

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Laure joins the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village with several years of experience in project management and mental wellness. She is the Founder and Global Coordinator of Sana Initiative, which is leading the way to break stigma and raise the awareness around mental health in Rwanda, as well as Africa at large. Laure holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Project Management from Griggs University. She worked as a Project Analyst for the OTA/US Department of Treasury, before exercising her passion for mental health.

Through Sana, she hosts quarterly panel discussions that invite experts to share experiences and best practices in the presence of up to 200 participants. The conversations include, but are not limited to, mental health issues and scientifically proven restorative approaches, as well as other related issues that are usually swept under the cultural rug. She is a trailblazer in reframing how therapy is perceived locally. She is passionate about contributing to education on the essence of emotional wellness and challenging long-held traditional perspectives on mental health.

ASYV Staff Leadership

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Théoneste Bugingo

Health & Wellness Team Leader

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With 19 years of experience working in health care, Théoneste leads the ASYV clinic team of psycho-social workers, nurses, and support staff. A passionate health practitioner from an early age, Théoneste earned his A2-level certificate in general nursing studies from ESI Kirinda. After serving as head nurse and manager of a rural health center, he earned an advanced diploma, A1-level, as a mental health nurse from the former Kigali Health Institute in 2005. From 2005 to 2012, Théoneste worked as a mental health care professional at the Icyizere Psychotherapeutic Centre, established to treat genocide survivors suffering from PTSD. In 2012, Théoneste joined Agahozo-Shalom as a mental health nurse and head nurse of our Health and Wellness Center. In 2016, he was awarded a postgraduate licentiate in homeopathic medicine from the College of Practical Homeopathy – CPH/London and became Team Leader of our Health and Wellness Center.

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Deo Kabirigi

Information Technology Coordinator

Christine Icyitegetse

Director of Finance

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After studying information technology at the Adventist University of Central Africa from 2002-2005, Deo began his career as a computer teacher and Deputy Principal of Discipline at Ingenzi College, a school for genocide survivors. In 2006, he joined SOS Technical High School as a computer teacher and IT technician. Affiliated with “SOS Village d’Enfant,” the majority of students at SOS Technical High School were also orphans. Deo joined ASYV after its founding as a computer teacher, before being promoted Village IT Coordinator in 2012. In 2016, Deo was again promoted to the position of Science and Technology Coordinator. Born in Burundi, Deo first came to Rwanda after the Genocide Against the Tutsi in 1994. As a child of Rwandan refugees, Deo makes sure to find time to lend a helping hand to those most in need.

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Christine is a professional accountant with extensive experience in financial services. Christine is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics (UR-CBE). Christine joined ASYV in October of 2008 as an Accountant and was promoted to the position of Director of Finance in 2013. Prior to joining ASYV, she worked as a Finance and Business Development Specialist at Sustaining Partnerships to Enhance Rural Enterprises and Agribusiness Development (SPREAD RWANDA) from 2007 to October 2008.


Aloys Kagimbura

Academic Director

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After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Rwanda’s College of Education, Aloys began his work with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in 2009 as a Math and Instructional Enrichment teacher, before becoming Deputy Principal of the Liquidnet Family High School in 2011. In this capacity, he oversaw the teaching-learning process, designed and monitored performance indicators, analyzed grades, and organized teacher capacity building. He then went on to build the Parental Wholeness process and designed after-school program modules. In January 2017, Aloys became ASYV’s Academic Director where he leads the school as its chief administrator, managing personnel while developing and implementing academic policies and programs.

With training in teaching methodologies for at-risk and post-conflict youth from MASHAV and FHO, in Jerusalem and London respectively, and training in instrumental enrichment and the mediated learning experience from Israel’s ICELP, Aloys enjoys helping his students succeed by building confidence and a sense of stability.


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LEAP (Life Enrichment Applied Programs) Coordinator


Joie-Claire Museke

Human Resources Director

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With more than 6 years of HR experience, Joie is one of the newest employees at ASYV. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social organizational psychology, she served as a Learning and Development Officer with the Heineken Company in Lille, France; as a Performance, Learning and Development Senior Officer at Ecobank Rwanda from 2012 to 2015; and as a Head of Human Resources at AB Bank Rwanda from 2015 to 2017. Joining ASYV in March 2018 as our Human Resources Director, Joie is ready to manage human resources strategy while working to attract, develop, and retain key talent for the Village.

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Specializing in the design, management, and assessment of child protection programs, Isaie's experience includes work on behalf of internally displaced persons in Somalia and youth in Tanzania. Isaie has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and more than ten years of professional experience working with vulnerable children and young adults. Isaie joined ASYV in February 2018 as our LEAP Coordinator, and he is excited to help our students build personal resilience and cultivate hope for the future.

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Issa Jean Marie Vianney Sikubwabo

Director of Operations & Procurement

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Issa is guided, professionally and personally, by more than 12 years of experience in education and law. With an undergraduate degree in law and several years of professional teaching experience, Issa joined ASYV as a teacher at the Liquidnet Family High School in January 2010. In 2014, Issa became ASYV’s Director of Informal Education and Training. Following the completion of a Master’s degree in International Economic and Business Law in 2014, Issa took on the role of Director of Operations and Procurement.



Board of Directors


Laurie Toll Franz

ASYV Board Chair

President, Five Together Foundation

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Laurie is President of the Five Together Foundation, founded along with her siblings in 2005, to provide support to vulnerable populations. Based on the shared values of justice, equal opportunity and compassion, The Five Together Foundation supports initiatives in education and youth empowerment, food and housing security, services to families in need, and environmental and social justice.

Laurie serves in leadership roles for several non-profit organizations. She is currently serving as the Board Chair for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, and as a board member and Development Chair of InterFaithFamily. She serves on the boards of JEVS Human Services, JEVS Foundation, and RefugePoint. She also sits on the CATT Committee of the USC Shoah Foundation. Laurie graduated from the University of Delaware (B.A. in English) and currently resides in Philadelphia.

Michael DelGiacco

ASYV Board Treasurer

SVP Finance, Money Mart Financial Services

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Michael is ASYV's treasurer, having previously served on our finance committee for many years. He also helped our Founder, Anne Heyman, develop ASYV's initial financial plan. He is an experienced financial executive. Trained at General Electric before moving into the mortgage industry, he has held two CFO roles at US-based lending companies.

Jeff Schwartzman

ASYV Board Secretary

Head of Learning & Organizational Development, Liquidnet

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Jeff was hired in 2006 to build LNU, Liquidnet’s corporate university, and run learning and organizational development globally for the firm. As a member of the Liquidnet Global Talent Engagement division, he is strategically involved in all aspects of the business, primarily focused on creating a learning culture that drives business results. Jeff and his team have successfully created and implemented an ongoing industry curriculum called “Headway,” geared specifically for Liquidnet’s key customers, the buy-side head trader community. In April 2012, Jeff and his team were recognized by the Chief Learning Office Magazine as one of the top global learning organizations, ranked 32nd. Jeff has been an Adjunct Professor at New York University since 2010, teaching Transformational Leadership and Teambuilding as part of the Master’s program in Human Resources at SCPS.


Michelle Barrack

Philanthropist, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

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Michelle serves in various leadership roles at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Most recently she served as the Campaign Chair of Women’s Philanthropy. Currently she sits on several boards within Jewish Federation. She is an AIPAC Senate Club member and an active volunteer at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. Michelle is an emotional speaker and believes storytelling is the foremost way of placing a human face on those in crisis. She devotes her time helping to raise the funds necessary to help disadvantaged individuals. This work has helped define what is most important in her life; expressing thanks for the blessings, treating others with kindness and compassion, and understanding the importance of helping those with less. We as Americans have liberty in all we do. It’s up to us to change the lives of those who don’t.

Bill Bertolet

Principal and Founder, levelUP Group, LLC

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Bill Bertolet is the Principal of The levelUP Group LLC., which provides consulting services to clients in improving execution of their growth strategies. Bill joined ASYV’s Board of Directors in 2016 after being invited by his client, and ASYV’s corporate partner Liquidnet, to visit the ASYV village. After seeing first-hand the great work being done and the growth of the students, Bill was compelled to be a part of the board to support the progress being made there. Bill has been active in supporting organization that help communities, as evidenced by his 11 years in campaign positions for the United Way in New Jersey. Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University. Bill lives in Wyomissing PA, is addicted to golf and hates cats.

RAn Goshen

Chief Medical Officer, Medial EarlySign

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Ran Goshen is the founder of Eliaso Consulting Ltd. and NIXIO, both designed to promote care for cancer patients beyond current boundaries of the healthcare system. Both companies are based out of Israel. Ran joined ASYV BoD in 2013 after meeting with Anne Heyman at the village. Ran is passionate about the promotion of excellence among young people. He also embarked on a national initiative in Israel to promote and preserve excellence within specific domains of the civil service. Ran earned both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and authored over 50 peer-review scientific articles and book chapters. He is a certified gynecologist and obstetrician (Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem) and gyne-oncologist (University of Toronto). Ran lives with Nira in Tel-Aviv, Israel keeping a big smile in evidence of the empty-nest syndrome after their 5 children have all settled down at their own homes.

Kathy Harris

Human Resources & Compensation Committee Chair

Founder and Managing Director, Harris Allied

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Kathy is the Founder and Managing Director of Harris Allied, a Manhattan based Technical Recruiting Firm that helps companies find, hire, and retain exceptional talent on a full time and contract basis.

Kathy's 20 year career includes strategic recruiting for corporate growth initiatives, executive search and consulting for clients including global Fortune 500 Industry leaders and tech start ups. Kathy is frequently asked to comment on issues facing the industry including talent acquisition and retention. Her articles and comments can be found in; Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, CIO Magazine and Computerworld. She is the Head of the ASYV HR Committee and serves on the Development and MEAL Committees. She has twice served as a Co-Chair of the annual gala, Village Time and several times as a member of the Benefit Committee.

Kathy credits her philanthropic roots to her Mother, the consummate professional volunteer and advocate for women and children. Kathy received a B.S. in Psychology from Rutgers University.


Gideon Herscher

Executive Director, International Partnerships, Joint Distribution Committee

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Gideon serves as the Executive Director of International Partnerships for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He was honored and privileged to work hand in hand with the late Anne Heyman to establish ASYV. For the past 18 years, Gideon's primary focus at the JDC has been the development and implementation of programs and partnerships for vulnerable populations across the globe. Gideon holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. He resides in Haifa, together with his baby daughter, Noam.


John Hoover

Governance Committee Chair

SVP, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies; Chief Professional Officer, Chasbro Investments

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John Hoover serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and is a member of the Executive Committee. John is also the Chief Executive Officer of Chasbro Investments, an international single family office. He has founded foundations, public charities, technology firms and financial service firms. He is a Founding Board Director of 21/64 Inc. and is the member of several other Boards. Prior to joining ACBP and Chasbro, he was the Senior Vice President of the Jewish Communal Fund, one of the nation’s largest public foundations with over $1 billion in assets. He continues to be an advisor to several service organizations, businesses and families. John has a Master in Business Administration from Farleigh Dickenson University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics from the State University of New York.


Jean Kagubare

Deputry Director, Global Primary Health Care Systems

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Jean Kagubare is the Deputy Director for the Global Primary Health Care systems at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which supports innovative approaches to deliver health services to those who need it most around the world. Jean joined the ASYV Board of Directors in 2012 to continue and support the education of vulnerable children of his native country-Rwanda. Jean has over 25 years of experience which cover clinical and public health areas, especially in planning and management of public health programs in developing countries. He obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Kinshasa, an MPH degree from the University of Brussels and his PhD in health systems from the Johns Hopkins University. Jean lives in Seattle (USA) with his wife and two daughters.

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Bertrand “Kiki” Kayiranga

Founder and Managing Director, Bear LTD Consulting Firm

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Bertrand M. Kayiranga, known as KIKI is the Founder, Owner, and Managing Director of the Bear LTD Consulting Firm. He is also Member of the Rwanda Association of Architects and Council Member of the African Union of Architects. He has won many national and international competitions including 1st prize for the Rwanda Social Security Board building, currently the highest building in Rwanda, the Rwanda Revenue Authority building, the Rwanda Insurance Plaza, and many other landmark buildings in Kigali. He was also involved in many other prestigious projects including the 5 star Serena Hotel and Radisson Blue Hotel, as well as the impressive Kigali Convention Centre. KIKI graduated with a degree in Architecture from L’Institut de Bâtiment et Travaux Publics.


Jason Kotik

Finance Committee Chair

Senior Investment Manager, North American Equity team, Aberdeen Asset Management

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Jason Kotik is an investment director at Aberdeen Standard Investments, a global asset manager based in Scotland that manages over $500b, whose mission is to create suitable solutions for clients. Jason is a lead manager on the $2b Aberdeen US small cap strategy. Jason joined the Finance/Fiscal Committee in May of 2015 and subsequently the Board of Directors in late 2015. He was inspired by Laurie Franz, the Board Chair, whose dedication, passion, and hard work inspired him to want to give back and continue to learn more about the organization’s mission and goals. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and holds a Master’s in Business from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Jason lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and two children.


Christy Lamagna

Founder, Strategic Meetings & Events, SME Displays and Christy Lamagna Consulting

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Christy is at her best when gaining or sharing knowledge. An avid reader, author, coach, entrepreneur and intellectual philanthropist, Christy gets joy from meeting people, hearing their stories, finding ways to connect dots, helping others and learning at every opportunity. Her time with ASYV is one of the most rewarding aspects of her busy life which includes running Strategic Meetings & Events, the firm she founded 18 years ago, coaching, keynote speaking, teaching and playing with her dog, Roo. She is likely going to hit the million-mile mark on United during her October trip to Rwanda and can’t think of a better place to celebrate.


Jason Merrin

Young Leadership Council Chair

 Director, Hyperbolic Media

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Jason is a writer, director, animator and editor for film and television. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering for Computer Science. Jason attended the groundbreaking for The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village as the production assistant to documentary filmmaker Asaf Peri. Since then he has visited the Village more times than he can count, filming major community events, including making short films for the yearly Stand Up and Be Counted fundraiser. While there, he often leads student workshops in narrative film, as well as tutoring students in Spanish, English, Math and Physics. Jason’s hero and biggest inspiration is his mother, and he is committed to helping the causes that mattered most to her.


Seth Rosenzweig

Development Committee Chair  

Chief Executive Officer, Team IMPACT

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Seth is currently the Executive Director of Team IMPACT, a national non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children living with serious and chronic illness through the power of team. A nonprofit leader with extensive experience in organizational growth, strategic planning, fundraising and building stakeholder relationships, Seth is focused on building the organization’s reputation and program nationally. Most recently, he served as Assistant Vice President for Principal and Major gifts at Boston Children's Hospital Trust, where his team raised over $100 million per year for Hospital priorities. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of development at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where he led the organization through a strategic plan and grew the fundraising from $33 million per year to $54 million per year in 5 years. He also served as Executive Director of Development at The George Washington University, where he worked with the President to realize a $1 billion campaign for the University. Rosenzweig earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management and a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He serves the boards of Michael B. Rukin Family Foundation and Yemin Orde.


Ben Snyder

Program Committee Chair

Director of EXCEL, Noble & Greenough School

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Following twenty years as the Head of Upper School and Assistant Head, Ben is now the Director of EXCEL (Experiential and Community Engaged Learning) at the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts. Prior to his arrival as Director of Admissions at Nobles in 1989, Ben worked for a tech startup in Cambridge, MA, a small international college in California and as a development officer for another independent school. During his tenure at Nobles, Ben has led many strategic planning efforts for the school including the school’s most recent strategic plan of 2009 while overseeing and developing virtually all aspects of Nobles’ academic and co-curricular programs. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Ben continues to be a history teacher, coach, advisor and leader of student service travel opportunities that he developed to South Africa, Rwanda, Cambodia, Vietnam, India and New Orleans. Ben has also been intimately involved in the creation of two programs for low income, first generation college-bound students (Achieve and Upward Bound), both of which are closely connected to Nobles. Ben serves on the board of the Cape Eleuthera Island School and on the advisory board of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. He received his BA from Bowdoin College and his EdM. from Harvard University. Ben’s wife Sarah taught English at Nobles until 2014 and his two children - Abby (Nobles Class ’07) and David (Nobles Class ’08) - have both pursued careers in education and public service.

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Liz Stern

Former Journalist

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Liz is a former journalist, graphic artist and teacher, now a full-time artist. She is the mother of three daughters who have visited and volunteered in various ways for ASYV. Liz received a Master’s in International Affairs & Journalism from Columbia University, and a Master's in Education from Bank Street College. She is the Chair of the Life Enrichment Applied Programs (LEAP) committee, working in collaboration with the wonderful Isaie Mihigo, who coordinates this integral program in the Village.


Brian Walsh

Head of Impact, Liquidnet; Chair of the Liquidnet for Good Fund

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Brian Walsh oversees impact for Liquidnet, a New York-based fintech company. In 2007 Brian launched Liquidnet for Good, where he is responsible for accelerating sustainable global growth through the ingenuity of Liquidnet’s people and the innovation of its capital markets technology. The Liquidnet Family — a volunteer network of employees and their families — helped launch the ASYV and continues to sustain it today through regular “Race for Rwanda” fundraising events and annual employee skills-based volunteer trips.

Brian joined the ASYV Board in 2015 and also serves on the Boards for GlobalGiving, the largest nonprofit crowdfunding platform; Bridges Impact Foundation; and INCO, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs launch social and environmental startups. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and the Steering Committee for the MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT). Brian teaches a graduate seminar on financing social impact as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he graduated. Brian lives in New York City with his husband.