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Board of directors

alissa everett

Alissa Everett
Founder and Executive Director

Alissa is an American photojournalist known for creating beautiful images in the world’s most troubled areas. She has focused on the humanity and dignity of people in places such as Darfur, Gaza, the West Bank, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Alissa co-founded Care Through Action in 2008 to bring awareness to human rights abuses neglected by the mainstream media through photography and raise funds for the subjects of her photography. She was recently featured in “O” the Oprah Magazine and Popular Photography, and in 2009 starred in “In Harm’s Way” a reality documentary show about war photographers on the CW. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and worked as an investment banker in San Francisco, CA.

Ken Harootunian

Ken Harootunian
Chairman of the Board

Ken brings to CTA his significant expertise and long history in non-profit management and development. Ken has been the Director of Development or the Director of Major Gifts for numerous high profile organizations including The Commonwealth Fund (NY, 1982-1988), Planned Parenthood of Bergen County (NJ, 1988-1990), Harootunian & Sons (NY, where he was a VP, 1990-1995), Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (SF, 1996-1999), Stanford University School of Engineering (SF, 1999-2001), and The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SF, 2001-2005). He is currently serving as the Regional Director for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s San Francisco Campus, a position he has held since 2005.

Matt Nugent

Matt Nugent
Board Development

Matt works in private equity and specializes in the retail, restaurant, and other consumer facing industries. Prior to working in PE, Matt was a management consultant in the New York office of The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.


Karen E. Lynn
Board Treasurer

Karen graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and began her accounting career in San Francisco. She has been assisting the nonprofit community with their accounting, exemption applications and tax compliance both as an accountant and as a volunteer ever since. Besides human rights issues, her interests include sustainable agriculture (she is an avid gardener) and the environment.

Allison Metcalfe

Prarthna Desai
Board Member

Prarthna is an Associate Consultant in the San Francisco office of Bain & Company. Prarthna graduated from MIT with dual S.B. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering and Political Science. She enjoys photography, the outdoors, and travel and is passionate about health care and human rights.

Allison Metcalfe

Ada Kulenovic
Board Secretary

Ada is an Associate Consultant at Triage Consulting Group where she is involved in the Social Responsibility Squad. Ada graduated from Stanford University earning a BA in International Relations and a minor in Modern Languages: French and Arabic. At Stanford Ada took a series of courses in economic development and international human rights — she is passionate about conflict management and social justice issues. Ada is excited to help promote CTA’s mission of building awareness of under-reported issues and taking action at a local level by working on fundraising efforts and assisting with the development of CTA’s social media platform.


Rui-Min Chin

Ian Clow

Ian is currently a Research Analyst focusing on Absolute Return & Credit strategies at Hall Capital Partners. Ian graduated from U.C. Berkeley with dual degrees in Business Administration and French. He loves traveling, learning new languages, music, and being outdoors. He is based in San Francisco, CA.

Rachel Rocero

Quyen Tran

Quyen works in admissions and marketing at the Wharton School in San Francisco.  She graduated from Temple University and received her BA in Asian Studies. In her free time, Quyen enjoys volunteering at various organizations, photography, travel, and sampling the array of cuisines in the bay area. She is excited to be a part of the Exposing Hope team.

Yiliu Zhang

Eddie Koai

Yiliu is a rising MIT senior pursuing a double major in Political Science and Mathematics. She is very interested in social activism and health education. She has worked with NGOs in China on workers’ rights and communities in Mexico on sanitation education. In her free time, Yiliu enjoys long distance running and good food.


Advisory board

Kathy Vizas

Kathy Vizas

Kathy spent a year as a Rotary International Fellow at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland after obtaining her biology degree from Bucknell University. She then graduated cum laude from law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Kathy served as the chief litigation attorney for a $2 billion division of Raychem as well as at Levi Strauss & Co. As General Counsel at Peregrine Systems, Inc. in San Diego, Kathy was part of a three-person turn-around team, hired to direct the floundering company through recovery from a massive fraud. In 2005 Kathy and her husband relocated back to the Berkeley, where she is active with several non-profit organizations. She enjoys playing golf, biking and traveling, as well as playing with her two exceptional dogs, Lucy and Mikey.

Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn E. Johnson served as the CEO of Health Forum for twenty-five years. She is the Co Founder of the Center for Global Service and an active consultant on global health issues. She has served on numerous Boards, including chairing the Boards of the Institute for Research on Learning and the American Society of Association Executives. She is a former W. K Kellogg Foundation Fellow. Currently, Ms. Johnson serves on Boards of the UN’s World Food Program-USA, Global Women’s Leadership Program at Santa Clara University’s Business School, the Health Technology Center, the International Leadership Association, Omni Med, and RENEW. In addition, she serves on the MedShare Western Advisory Board.