Meet Our Team
Director of Finance & Administration
Tim is responsible for the overall financial well-being of Build Change.
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.
Director of Education
Michael Collins ensures the quality of Build Change training for builders and homeowners, as well as building the internal technical capacity of Build Change engineers in terms of practical skills.
James Mwangi, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Excellence Fellow
James is a professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, spending a 1-year sabbatical with Build Change as the first Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Excellence Fellow from July 2017 – June 2018.
Trena ensures the HR and administrative needs of the headquarters office are met, and assists with the financial activities of Build Change.
Marketing & Development Officer
Kyla oversees Build Change’s marketing, communications, and public relations, and supports on fund development projects.
Haiti Country Director
Michael is responsible for the implementation of all Build Change programs in Haiti and also contributes to partnership development and fund development internationally.
REZO Program Manager
Ipena is responsible for the development and growth of REZO, Build Change’s affiliation and benefits program for certified builders and small block-making in Haiti. Ipena has a background in business development and capacity-building, including a focus on social enterprise development with Yunus Social Business Haiti.
UCLBP Program Manager
Impact Monitoring & Reporting Manager
Communication & Marketing Officer
Human Resources & Office Manager
Dominique has a degree in secretarial studies from Christ the King Secretarial School, a degree in Administration and a certificate in Human Resources from Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti, and a diploma in Human Resources from Stonebridge University.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Information & Reporting Manager
Samuel started at Build Change as a construction trainer and is now responsible for information management and coordinating reporting.
Training Team Leader
Robin Duval joined the technical team of Build Change in July 2011. He started as a construction trainer. His work, dynamism and skill in teaching builders, homeowners, students, teachers and government officials is a major asset. He coordinates all matters relating to training.
Gabriel joined Build Change in January 2012 as a construction trainer, before joining the Education Department. He is now Senior Trainer within the Block Manufacturing Department, where he leads the technical training sessions for blockmakers and supervises their technical support. Gabriel has strong communication skills, and he is a dynamic teacher. He takes pride in his job.
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Administration and Logistics Officer
Lead Construction Trainer
Lead Construction Trainer
Construction Trainer Supervisor
Community Outreach Officer
Community Engagement Team Leader
Werlin Jean Baptiste
Trou du Noord Builder
Jean Herode Nazaire
Kassidie Marie Phipps
Administrative Assistant, Trou du Nord
IT Help Desk Officer
Trou du Nord Support Staff
Jean Luckson Paul
Assistant Liaison Officer
Jean Lucknol Adonis
Trou du Nord Support Staff
Mediatrich Triani N.
Irma Listiani Parapat
Better Building Materials Project Manager
Laura Masmia Putri
Winda Waspada Sari
Tax & Administrative Officer
Winda graduated from English Literature (S1) of Humanities at Bung Hatta University in Padang.
Better Building Materials Technical Supervisor
Better Building Materials Technical Assistant
Ridzki Rachman Mirza Sudarbo
Better Building Materials IMR Officer
Better Building Materials Economic Development Officer
Juan Caballero, Architect, PMP
Director of Programs and Partnerships, Latin America
Juan leads the regional office in Bogota, and is in charge of projects in Colombia, Guatemala, and other regional ventures. Juan is an Architect from Honduras, and has been with Build Change since 2012, working in the Haiti office as a Project Manager before his current role.
Walter is a civil engineer from the Nueva Granada Military University, with eight years of structural design experience and post-graduate certification in project management. Walter provides management and technical support and coordinates the delivery of housing retrofits in Colombia.
Yenyfer Valero Carvajal
Yenyfer has a comprehensive understanding of the structural engineering design resources developed by Build Change for confined masonry, reinforced masonry, multi-story reinforced concrete frame, timber frame, and retrofitting solutions. She works with our team in Colombia to ensure we are giving the highest level of instruction in retrofitting techniques.
Adriana is a construction technologist and engineering student. As such she is focused on construction supervision, and lately has been collaborating on communications as well as in evaluation and retrofit design.
Lead Structural Engineer
Anna is a structural engineer with nearly ten years’ experience in various countries. She is responsible for implementation of our program in Colombia, assuring quality control of design information and construction process, the development and maintenance of relationships with local stakeholders, and the implementation of the local educational program.
After working for Build Change’s programs in Indonesia and the Philippines, Diego now serves as Lead Engineer in Latin America. He is responsible for controlling the quality of design information, technical deliverables & implementation for projects in Colombia and other locations in Latin America.
Carlos is a civil engineer, with ten years of experience in Medellin. He worked with several NGOs implementing programmers of risk management for informal neighborhoods in the city, in collaboration with local communities and authorities. He supports the engineering team in Latin America to develop retrofit projects and he is responsible for managing the relationships with homeowners and communities in terms of awareness towards seismic vulnerability and intervention on their own houses.
Ximena Pérez Hoyos
Finance and Administration Associate
Ximena is an economist and professional in Finance and international trade from Rosario University of Bogota. She is currently the Finance & Administration Associate for Latin America. Among her duties are updating accounting records, preparation of national and local taxes, creation of payment requests and purchase orders, translation of financial and technical documents for the head office, and coordination of documents and information with the Denver headquarters office.
Juliana is a civil engineer from EAFIT University in Medellin. As part of the technical team in the city, she develops retrofit projects of informal houses in Colombia and supports projects in other areas of the Latin America region. She is involved in local activities with universities, formal institutions and local communities.
Nepal Country Director
Liva is responsible for controlling the quality of design information and implementation for projects in Nepal.
Finance & Administration Manager
Human Resources Manager
Aliza has worked in various NGOs in the past decade, and has a Bachelors and Masters in Business Studies.
Manoj is responsible for designing earthquake resistant guidelines, performing material calculations, and the supervision of building construction.
Sujit has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and has previous experience with building and bridge construction alongside surveys and data collection.
Builder Trainer Team Leader
Arun Kumar Sharma
Deputy Project Manager
Community Engagement & Outreach Agent
Krishna Bandhu Aryal
Assistant Activities Coordinator
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technician
Uttam has previously worked with a team to create a mobile app used to overlap social or building specific data in a GIS system through tablet based digital geo-data collection. With a Bachelors of Geomatics Engineering, he understands how to fly, collect data and analyze images using a drone and 360 camera.
Kumari Begam Sah
Bhashkar has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering, and a keen understanding of earthquake resistant design and experience training in various districts.
Baburaja has 15+ years of extensive working experience in building houses as a builder, and now supports the development of training material including lectures, presentations, and trainer & trainee course materials.
Krishna has 25+ years of extensive working experience in building houses as a builder. He now supports the development of training material including lectures, presentations, and trainer & trainee course materials.
Amrit Bdr Tamang
Min Bahadur Tamang
Min Bahadur Tamang has worked both as a security guard in Malaysia and a carpenter in Oman. His 5 years of masonry work provides us local knowledge and customs to build upon. Masons provide the foundation to Build Change on many levels thus; he is a perfect fit as a Builder Trainer.
Community Engagement and Outreach Agent
Digamber has a Bachelors in Business Studies alongside a host of training including psychological counselling, communications, and ethics.
Mansi Karna is our Assistant Architect providing aesthetic, planning, and special design knowledge. Even though she holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, she is able to produce both structural and architectural drawings. Models and rendering knowledge will help homeowners visually see the end result.
Mithu Maya Majhi
Assistant Builder Trainer
Mithu Maya Majhi has joined our Training Team as an Assistant Builder Trainer. She has long experience with making walls and doing plaster. House painting is her added skill; she is looking forward to learning new things with Build Change.
Keshar Bahadur Khatri
Keshar Bahadur Khatri has been part of the team on a contractual basis since September of last year and is now officially Build Change’s Office Attendant. He has more than twelve years of extensive experience in supporting clerical works.
Suvashee Acharya Chhetri
Human Resources Assistant
Pratima Tamang has been part of the team on a contractual basis and is now officially a Build Change employee. Having a hot lunch lovingly cooked by Pratima with beautiful Nepali ingredients enriches the Build Change environment even more. Everyone looks forward to seeing her smile and Nepali tea each morning and afternoon
Sushila Lamichanne has been part of the team on a contractual basis and is now officially a Build Change employee. She looks after the house and keeps it spick and span. It is so nice to work in a clean environment and such a treat to get Nepali tea with her beautiful smile each morning and afternoon.
Procurement & Logistics Assistant
Philippines Country Director
Kate relocated from the Haiti office to the Philippines in 2014 to direct Build Change’s program based in Cebu City. In this capacity, she oversees all programs in the Philippines, forms and maintains partnerships and tracks impacts.
Maribel Flores Larracochea
Fund & Partnership Development Officer
Finance & Administration Officer
Carl Fosholt, P.E.
Lead Structural Engineer
Linnel possesses a thorough, comprehensive understanding of the structural engineering design resources developed by Build Change for confined masonry, reinforced masonry, timber frame, and retrofitting solutions.