PAUSA Staff

Here are the people that make our mission possible.

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PAUSA STAFF

Our work would be impossible without this team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those in need both here at home and globally. The PAUSA Staff are committed to fighting the injustice of poverty. 

President & CEO

John Robbins

John Robbins

John is a dedicated nonprofit professional committed to achieving scalable and sustainable impact. He joined Penny Appeal USA as its second CEO in 2021.

Programs

Sa'idah Sudan

Sa’idah Sudan
Domestic Violence Projects Lead

Sa’idah Sudan has worked in a Level I Trauma Center for over 20 years, 10 years as their Certified Domestic Violence...

Shafaq Zia

Shafaq Zia
Director of Programs

Shafaq serves as the Programs Manager at Penny Appeal USA and is the driving force behind our diverse programs.

Sivia Campos

Sivia Campos
Programs Manager

Sivia Campos recently joined Penny Appeal USA at the beginning of 2021. She received her Bachelor's degree in International Affairs from the University...

Ruann Elbassyouni

Ruann Elbassyouni
Programs Coordinator

Ruann started off her career in the nonprofit sector as a development officer for PA in 2018. She then went on to launch our first #TeamOrange volunteer department in 2020, and decided to take a shift in career towards her passion for programs in 2022.

Operations

Amir Hussain

Amir Hussain
IT Architect & Systems Manager

Amir Hussain is an IT tech nerd with over 8 years of non-profit experience. With 4+ Salesforce certifications, 7500+ hours in Project Management...

Dawn Willson
Finance and Operations Controller

Simone Davis

Simone Davis
General Accountant

Simone joined Penny Appeal in 2022. She provides accounting support with more than 10 years of experience in the accounting field. Simone started in the accounting field when her father opened a business in Brazil...

Development

Hoda Lajili

Hoda Lajili
Head of Events & Partnerships

Hoda Lajili is a passionate humanitarian who is dedicated to the mission of ending poverty. She serves as the Head of Events & Partnerships.

Makke Dakhlaoui
Community and Volunteer Engagement Officer

Makke Dakhlaoui is a New York-based humanitarian & activist committed to serving the most vulnerable communities. He began his work with Penny Appeal USA in 2020 as a team orange volunteer

Serene Christian

Serene Christian
Donor Relations Manager

Serene Christian joined Penny Appeal in 2021 as a Donor Relations Specialist during Ramadan and rejoined in early 2022 as the Donor Relations Manager.

Marketing

Chancey June

Chancey June Gannett
Creative Manager

Chancey June contributes her passion for photography, filmmaking, and storytelling as a member of PAUSA’s marketing team.

Mariya Nadeem

Mariya Nadeem
Head of Marketing and Communications

Mariya has worked in the nonprofit sector for over thirteen years, with extensive experience in leadership, marketing and communications.​

Momina Tashfeen

Momina Tashfeen
Content Marketing Coordinator

Momina joined the team in 2021 as a social media intern and has called PAUSA home since then. She graduated in 2020 from The Ohio State University, with a degree in journalism...

Senna Ahmad

Senna Ahmad
Graphic Designer

Senna Ahmad joined the PAUSA team shortly after receiving her BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She offers her creative skill and passion as a tool for change...

Board of Directors

Our Board Directors commit their time, talent, and treasure to ensuring we have the right resources,  strategy and governance structure to serve our mission. Their foresight, oversight and insight enables us to serve our beneficiaries in the best manner possible. 

Shaun Ahmad
Board Chair

Shaun has been with Penny Appeal USA since the beginning and was formerly the Board Treasurer. Shaun is a businessman, investor...

Salma Kazmi
Board Member

Salma holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Wellesley College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School...

Prianka Fatima Alam
Board Member

Prianka Fatima Alam has a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and is a Deloitte Global Talent & Organizational Transformation...

Naiel Iqbal
Board Member

Naiel Iqbal is an investment professional at Tiger Global Management. He also serves on the Board of Muppies, a global...

Ahmed Abdel-Saheb
Board Treasurer

Ahmed Abdel-Saheb works in finance and volunteers with various faith-based organizations across...

Adeem Younis
Board Member

Adeem is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist. He is the founder of industry-leading...