Meet The Team

LAETITIA PANCRAZI

Vice President of Client Services

Laetitia is a sustainability consultant and project manager with experience in developing environmental and fundraising strategies. She has expertise in prospect research, climate justice, carbon neutrality, as well as upskilling and governance.

 Prior to joining RHI, Laetitia was a Senior Associate at Moore Kingston Smith (UK) where she oversaw the fundraising and management strategies of cultural organisations. In April, she completed a placement at Ashford Borough Council as a Public Practice Associate. She now works at Useful Projects, a social business and employee benefit trust, as a Sustainability Consultant. Her work focuses on helping local authorities develop holistic and tangible climate action strategies.

 Laetitia holds an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from University College London and an MSc in Development Management from London School of Economics. She has a Fundraising Certificate from the Institute of Fundraising.

 Laetitia was part of an award-winning team that won the Geneva Challenge’s Bronze Award for their Micro-Farm Network project. She is a certified Prince2 practitioner, and a certified European Union GDPR practitioner.

CARMEN BITAR

Racing Upwards Fellow 2019

Carmen Bitar graduated cum laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, with a BA in Law and Society and a minor in Law.  She is the Community Associate (Parent Coordinator) in a New York City Department of Education high school, the High School of Economics and Finance. In this role, she connects with the guidance team, families and students to support academic excellence. She is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC workplace mentoring program coordinator at the school, currently overseeing 60 students matched with volunteer mentors from the corporate world. She has worked for the New York City Department of Education since 2000. She has volunteered with the New York City Bar Association for a Diversity and Inclusion event. Carmen writes, “Once I discovered the work that Robin Heller International provides, I wanted to be part of an organization that believes in expanding globally and empowers diversity. The fellowship will allow me to streamline and dedicate myself to assist with promoting equity. Being a part of RHI allows me to expand my professional goals.” She enjoys walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, taking her daughter to drum lessons and visits to museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Museum of the American Indian and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. She loves watching movies from the 80’s, listening to music and dancing to her own tune. She is fluent in Spanish.

Karla Brollier

Racing Upwards Fellow 2020

Karla Brollier is of the Yidateni Na’ Tribe of the Ahtna Athabaskan peoples, she was born and raised in Alaska where she obtained her undergraduate degree as well as an MBA.

Karla is the Founder and Director of The Climate Justice Initiative, which focuses on Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Climate Change. The Climate Justice Initiative is the first and only Indigenous led and focused climate change organization in the United States that protects both environmental and human rights, and the only Indigenous women-led and focused climate change organization in the US.

She began her career researching environmental toxicology and organizing environmentally focused campaigns, which developed into her dynamic background in climate change expertise as well as organizational strategy, building initiatives, policy and advocacy work. She has dedicated over 15 years advocating for human rights and indigenous rights on a local, national and international level. Karla is a mainstay in the climate and human rights movement in both the public and private sectors; she has spent much of her career consulting and working in emergent issues such as policy, economic models, environmental justice and has worked with the Climate Reality Project, the UN & directly with several US administrations and a multitude of international and nationally based climate change related programs and groups such as for the former VP Al Gore and the World Economic Forum. Karla has given plenary presentations at the international level including the WEF, presented at the United Nations, lectured at multiple universities, as well as facilitates and teaches workshops and classes around the globe.

 She has won multiple awards including the Female Founders Alliance 2020 Champion Awards and the 2020 Women of Color Collective in Sustainability Award. She is a current fellow as a Women’s Earth Alliance Fellowship with TNC and Earth Island Institute. She serves as a Board Director for The Alaska Native Professional Association, the Chambers of Commerce Young Professionals and serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute of the North’s Lead:North and the Governor appointee for the Natural Resources Conservation and Development Board.

Michelle Brown

Operations Specialist

Michelle Brown is an operations specialist with extensive experience in management and administration.

She has successfully supported companies, including her own brick and mortar, in the Washington DC Metropolitan area for over 20 years. Michelle has excelled in a variety of roles while working in industries as diverse as alternative energies, wild birds, and local foods.

Michelle is a unique asset to any project, program, or initiative. Her ability to play a leadership role in multifaceted situations means that she consistently gets results that improve margins, boost performances, and maximize efficiencies.

Her degree is in Education from Manchester College. She is proficient in software for Accounting (primarily Quick Books), Project Management, Office, and CRM.

MINA DEVADAS

Research Consultant

Mina has served as a non-profit executive and development officer for a range of nonprofit organizations including the Center for Public Integrity, The New School, Children’s Defense Fund, and the Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. She has worked with Robin Heller, as a colleague and consultant, since 2007. A Washington, D.C. native, Mina received her bachelor’s in fine art at Maryland Institute College of Art. She also is an end-of-life doula and hospice volunteer, and serves as a leader and advocate in this sector. She is a member of the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).

KYMBERLI DIAMOND

Creative Consultant

KD is a Web Developer and Visual Branding Strategist who is also the Founder and CEO of CSquared Creative Consulting, LLC, headquartered in Richmond, VA. She collaborates with owners of new and existing businesses across multiple sectors, to visually grow their brands while mastering the art of human-to-human communication from idea to implementation. KD holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Colorado Technical University and has worked with Robin Heller and RHI since 2016.

ADRIANA FARIAS

Development Associate

Adriana studied Economics and Political Science, and has a Masters in Development Studies from McGill University in Canada. Though born in the United States, Adriana grew up in Venezuela. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and also speaks some Italian, French, and a little bit of Arabic. Her multicultural understanding comes from her exposure to contrasting living conditions, having lived and studied in Venezuela, Egypt and Italy before moving to Canada. Her international background has given her professional experience a greater sense of purpose. With experience in consulting, market research, and strategic planning for government and non-profit organizations in North America and Europe, Adriana has the ability to identify alignment opportunities and develop fundraising strategies. She currently works at Operation Smile.

NATALIE GRANDISON

Inaugural Racing Upwards Fellow 2018

Natalie joined the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation as the Director of Engineering Initiatives in 2018. In this role, she manages the Foundation’s signature academic program, the A. James Clark Scholars Program, which has now been established at 11 campuses nationwide. Through an investment of over $200 million the Clark Scholars Program supports first-generation and underrepresented students with financial need who exhibit strong academic and leadership potential at some of the nation’s top engineering schools. Natalie also manages the Foundation’s multi-year investment of nearly $220 million to the University of Maryland.

Natalie previously served as the Director of External Relations in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, where she focused on development, corporate and public relations, external outreach, and communications. Prior to that, Natalie worked in development at George Washington University, City Year Washington, DC, and New York University.

Natalie served as President of the Board of Directors for the Congressional Chorus from 2018 – 2020, where she is also a singer and dancer. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband.

JACKIE HRYNCEWICH

Consultant

Jackie is a Development Officer at the University of Baltimore where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management. She is passionate about philanthropy and public service. Most recently she helped raise funds for St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Center for Public Integrity, and Jewish Recovery Houses. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland Chapter. She started working with Robin Heller in 2013.

MICHELLE KANNAN

Racing Upwards Fellow 2018

Michelle Kannan is the Major Gifts Officer for the Eastern Region at Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence. In her role, she oversees the fundraising for the Eastern States, focusing primarily on high dollar contributions. Prior to joining the team at Giffords, Michelle was the Director of Development at Year Up National Capital Region. Michelle is passionate about work that centers around empowering communities of color through a variety of means including education, workforce development and voting. Michelle is a graduate of Furman University and received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys vocal performance, theater and spending time with her dog, Otis.

Hana Mandikova

Inaugural Fellow, IncuBetter

Hana has been working with non-profit organisations for 15 years, first in programmes and moving to development and philanthropy more than a decade ago. She is a passionate relationship builder always exploring ways to make the hard work of soliciting funds more fulfilling and satisfying. She worked with grass-root, start-up and international charities and NGOs on both sides of the Atlantic. Her expertise is primarily in fundraising strategies, international fundraising and mentoring and coaching. Hana has founded MonkeyMind Solutions earlier this year with the aim to explore a different, more mindful, way of soliciting funds for worthy causes. Hana is currently based in London and her educational background is in Political Science. As a long-term practitioner of meditation and mindful way of living, she continually strives to bring these principles to her interactions in both personal and professional lives. Hana is very proud and honoured to be the Inaugural Fellow of IncuBetter Fellowship and hopes to use it to start a meaningful conversation and explore the concept of ‘mindful fundraising’.

MIRA PHILIPS

Development Officer

Mira has worked in research, development, and non-profit work for the last six years. In 2014, she was a Lanka Corps Fellow with the Asia Foundation, a program designed for heritage Sri Lankans to live and work in Sri Lanka. She worked for a local think tank, where she contributed to research on post-war tourism, state legitimacy, and gender and post-war economies. Owing to these experiences, in 2016, she and two friends were motivated to create Sunayra Lanka, an arts-education non-profit that develops the leadership and soft skills of Sri Lankan rural youth. Mira has also served as a consultant on gender sensitive policymaking initiatives in Sri Lanka, supported local activists advocating for transparency and accountability in relation to wartime disappearances, and worked in program support at various non-profit organizations in Canada. She has also written newspaper articles about gender, ethnicity, and development. Mira is passionate about using her expertise in research to further social justice initiatives, and she particularly endeavors to work with organizations that advance the rights of minorities. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. 

TABITHA STEEMSON

Development Associate

Tabitha studied Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, after which she moved to Jerusalem to study and volunteer. She has experience working with non-profit organisations that aim to promote Jewish-Arab relations in the Middle East, working with them both in Israel and in London. Her education in theology was central to her understanding of these issues. She was the recipient of a fellowship from the New Israel Fund in London, and continues to volunteer and organise programming for their young-professional projects. Tabitha is a keen writer and researcher, spending her free-time blogging, writing and learning how to use her skillset to make meaningful change in the world. 

Eleni Zatz Litt

Artist in Residence

Eleni Zatz Litt (EZL Studio) is a teaching artist, anthropologist and lifelong learner. A graduate of the London School of Economics (PhD, Social Anthropology) and Reed College (BA, Art History), she has spent the majority of her professional life in higher education (currently serving as Associate Provost at The New School in NYC) even as she has cultivated a lifelong creative arts practice. Along the way she has obtained Certificates in Fine Arts (Parsons School of Design) and Creative Arts Therapies (The New School). Eleni loves to make art in community, sharing her unique approach to art expression and meaning-making that incorporates poetry as well as a variety of art techniques to explore values, thoughts and feelings. She is particularly interested in the creative process as a mechanism of self-care and healing that can foster feelings of wholeness, connection and well being. Along the way she supports and encourages workshop participants to meet the inevitable obstacles that can emerge as a natural part of the creative process.  Eleni has shown her work in numerous group shows as well as a solo show in Princeton, NJ. Eleni is delighted to serve as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Robin Heller International, where she facilitates professional development workshops based on artmaking and conversation that support and honor commitments to equity and social justice.

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