Meet Our Team

Elizabeth Hausler, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO

Elizabeth is the founder of Build Change, leading on strategic direction, board development, partnerships, and building the team.

Tim Louis
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.

Michael Collins
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 Mwangi

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 Moya
Business Manager

Trena ensures the HR and administrative needs of the headquarters office are met, and assists with the financial activities of Build Change.

Kyla Gallagher
Marketing & Development Officer

Kyla oversees Build Change’s marketing, communications, and public relations, and supports on fund development projects.


Michael Gabriel
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.

Ipena Lucien
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.

Gaspard Pierrestal
UCLBP Program Manager
Elrica Metayer
Impact Monitoring & Reporting Manager
Chardeline Ganthier
Senior Engineer
Dieuvena Thelusma
Senior Accountant
Nina Bernard
Communication & Marketing Officer
Jeanne-Dominique Dimanche-Maxi
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.

Nancy Leconte
Community Outreach Coordinator
Samuel Abraham
Information & Reporting Manager

Samuel started at Build Change as a construction trainer and is now responsible for information management and coordinating reporting.

Robin Duval
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 Michelet
Senior Trainer

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.

McArthur Elisma
Zaphiya Wagnac
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Guerline Toussaint
Liaison Coordinator
Blanche Sizaret
Guerline Toussaint
Administration and Logistics Officer
Nakashima Desir
Data Officer
Nasha Gael-Bain
Lead Construction Trainer
Jean-Max Pierre
Lead Construction Trainer
Alexandra Jaboin
Zonal/Team Leader
Mardochee Duffaut
Zonal/Team Leader
Vanel Lherisse
Construction Trainer Supervisor
Danielle Cayard
Community Outreach Officer
Loubert Leger
Zonal/Team Leader
Junior Macie
Zonal/Team Leader
Lucxande Legros
Community Agent
Minouche Barony
Zonal/Team Leader
Bernard Lubin
Community Engagement Team Leader
Cherline Frederique
Community Agent
Metine Jean
Community Agent
Julbert Destin
Construction Trainer
Werlin Jean Baptiste
Trou du Noord Builder
Wismick Dorlus
Junior Trainer
Wildeleine Georges
Construction Trainer
Eventz Cyrise
Junior Trainer
Wislande Michel
Junior Accountant
Jean Herode Nazaire
Senior Trainer
Ezchiel Nazaire
Junior Trainer
Kassidie Marie Phipps
Administrative Assistant, Trou du Nord
Patrick Louis
IT Help Desk Officer
Reynald Jean
Trou du Nord Support Staff
Rony Sanon
Support Staff
Jean Luckson Paul
Support Staff
Merlove Dorestant
Assistant Liaison Officer
Jean Lucknol Adonis
Support Staff
Elcy St-Jean
Support Staff
Caroline Divet
Marcienne Previlon
Trou du Nord Support Staff
Murat Jeanty
Phavorine Mednard


Mediatrich Triani N.
Program Manager
Irma Listiani Parapat
Finance Officer
Nina Kolodziejek
Better Building Materials Project Manager
Laura Masmia Putri
Design Engineer
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
Muhammed Saleh
Better Building Materials Economic Development Officer
Renssy Sohilat
Sales Officer
Asno Rusdi
Logistic Assistant
Support Staff

Latin America

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 Cano
Project Engineer
Walter Cano

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
Staff Engineer

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 Duque
Construction Technologist

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.

Anna Pavan
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.

Diego Nacif-Hartley
Technical Consultant

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 Gomez
Project Engineer

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.

Technical Consultants:

Jose Alvarez

Luis Portillo

Eduardo Castell

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.

Mirian Rangel
Accounting Consultant
Juliana Arenas
Engineering Support

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.

Ángela Barrera
Omar Benavides
Legal Consultant


Noll Tufani
Nepal Country Director
Liva Shrestha
Lead Engineer

Liva is responsible for controlling the quality of design information and implementation for projects in Nepal.

Kailash Khadka
Finance & Administration Manager
Aliza Baidya
Human Resources Manager

Aliza has worked in various NGOs in the past decade, and has a Bachelors and Masters in Business Studies.

Manoj Sakhakarmi
Staff Engineer

Manoj is responsible for designing earthquake resistant guidelines, performing material calculations, and the supervision of building construction.

Sujit Dhakal
Staff Engineer

Sujit has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and has previous experience with building and bridge construction alongside surveys and data collection.

Anil Basnet
Project Manager
Kriti Rajkarnikar
Staff Architect
Salina Pradhan
Staff Architect
Shyam Maharjun
Builder Trainer Team Leader
Arun Kumar Sharma
Project Manager
Mobina Ghimire
Deputy Project Manager
Manish Maharjan
Community Engagement & Outreach Agent
Krishna Bandhu Aryal
Assistant Activities Coordinator
Kumari Begam Sah
Account Officer
Baburaja Maharjan
Builder Trainer

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 Maharjan
Builder Trainer

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.

Ganga Tamang
Builder Trainer
Amrit Bdr Tamang
Builder Trainer
Min Bahadur Tamang
Builder Trainer

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.

Dinesh Neupane
Construction Trainer
Digamber Pant
Community Engagement and Outreach Agent

Digamber has a Bachelors in Business Studies alongside a host of training including psychological counselling, communications, and ethics.

Kiran Shrestha
Assistant Engineer
Saugat Shrestha
Assistant Engineer
Mansi Karna
Assistant Architect

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.

Aayusha Joshi
TSC Agent
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
Office Assistant

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.

Pratima Tamang
Support Staff

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
Support Staff

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.

Pratish Shakya
Procurement & Logistics Assistant


Kate Landry
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
Irma Soledad
Finance & Administration Officer
Carl Fosholt, P.E.
Lead Structural Engineer
Linnel Ballesteros
Staff 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.