Meet the Team
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Whitney Namm Pollack
Whitney joined Project Sunshine as the Executive Director in 2018. She has built her career over the last twenty years at the Robin Hood Foundation, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, University of Pennsylvania and 92nd Street Y. She has consulted with non-profits including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Character Lab, Riverdale Country School and The Center for Jewish History.
Before coming to Project Sunshine, she served as Interim Executive Director for EB Research Partnership, a national medical venture philanthropy. After completing this leadership role she accepted a position on their Board of Directors. She received her BA and MA from Penn and is a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women.
In her downtime, she can be found spending time with her husband and two young sons or reading fiction.
CHILDHOOD FACT: According to family lore, for years the only “vegetable” Whitney would eat was olives. Now, she eats all sorts of vegetables.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Amneet is Project Sunshine’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator. She’s passionate about bringing creative ideas to life that speak to the community. Before joining Project Sunshine, she worked in tech building marketing campaigns and strategies for a variety of audiences. She’s also been a health advocate for a non-profit organization that improves lives for those affected by rare skin conditions, like hers.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Amneet joined the theater club when she was young and landed her first role as an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Since then, she continued to be a cast member in plays until high school.
Maimuna Fadhil Adams
Chapter Leader, Project Sunshine Kenya
Maimuna is a Chapter Leader, serving in an administrative and program assistant role for the Project Sunshine Kenya team. In 2005, she joined a youth group based in Bomu Hospital as well as another with the Kenya Revenue Authorities to create awareness on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other health-related matters. In 2009, Maimuna joined Project Sunshine Kenya as a volunteer at Bomu Hospital and later in the Likoni clinic of the hospital. In 2019, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year at Project Sunshine Kenya for her hard work, devotion and 11 years of service to the program. When the program expanded to Wema clinic in April 2021, Maimuna relocated to help with both the launch and organizing events.
CHILDHOOD FACT: The last of four children, Maimuna began participating in drama roleplays as soon as she was enrolled in lower class (kindergarten) and through her high school studies.
Salesforce Administrator/IT Coordinator
Mike is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day maintenance and enhancements of Project Sunshine’s CRM, Salesforce. He is excited to work with the Project Sunshine Staff, and our many amazing Partners, do even more good with our available resources by using technology as leverage. Mike joined the Project Sunshine family in 2022. Prior to Salesforce Administration he was a commercial construction Project Manager. He managed the process of creating and improving many types of spaces like Highrise Offices, Biotech Labs, University Campuses, Conference Centers and even a parking lot Solar Array.
Mike’s Wife, 3 Children, their dog and 2 cats spend as much time as possible together. They enjoy lots of activities during all New England seasons like camping, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, swimming, skiing, ice skating, sledding, fishing and hanging out around the campfire.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Growing up, he spent a lot of time around the water, fishing, canoeing, ice skating, etc. Mike would usually closely study the native flora and fauna, get too close to the open water and fall in somehow – or at least get wet. Now that his self-control has improved, his son carries on the tradition of usually “finding the water”.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Hannah is passionate about bringing light to both the extraordinary and the mundane stories of people’s lives. Prior to Project Sunshine, Hannah served at DREAM, an education nonprofit, as the Director of Communications. Over her nine years at DREAM, she built a powerful brand narrative for the organization by highlighting authentic stories of individuals and teams. She was responsible for both internal and external communications for the organization. Most recently, she was at Praxis, a nonprofit serving entrepreneurs, managing marketing efforts around original content while supporting entrepreneurs with developing clear organizational narratives. Hannah is a proud Michigan Wolverine. She lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey.
Childhood Fact: Hannah developed her love for coffee at the age of 4 when her grandma would sneak the last sip to her every morning without her parents knowing. It was especially a treat because Hannah’s grandma would daily use 7 packets of sugar. Today, Hannah mostly drinks her coffee black but will reach for a sweet sip to honor her beloved halmuni.
Rouane joined Project Sunshine in the fall of 2019 and brings with him more than a decade of nonprofit’s best practices and operations experience in human resources, technology, and management. As our Operations Manager, Rouane leads our operations and provides high-level administrative support to our Executive Director and her team.
Rouane has a strong track record in philanthropy, with an emphasis on being a partner and a resource to the leadership team. Previously, he worked at the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) for more than a decade, most recently serving as the Office Manager. While at the NCF — a private family foundation working to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society through grantmaking in the United States and Israel — Rouane took a leading role in managing the NCF’s Ladder of Opportunity Internship Program and overseeing office administration.
Before joining NCF, Rouane was a teacher assistant at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY through an Academic Peer Instruction program, a free peer tutor initiative that helps students succeed in their courses.
Rouane graduated summa cum laude from the City College’s Groove School of Engineering in New York. He is a native of Togo, West Africa and speaks about half-dozen languages.
Pediatric Experience Coordinator
Tenzin Dickyi is our Pediatric Experiences Program Coordinator. She graduated from Colgate University with a B.A in Educational Studies and Women’s Studies where she passionately advocated for women of color. Before joining us, she was a Care Coordinator and Memorial Sloan Kettering, guiding cancer patients through their outpatient appointments. She is so excited to join Project Sunshine’s team and further the work PS is doing!
Childhood fact: Tenzin didn’t know that she spoke two different languages (English and Tibetan), until she reached Kindergarten where she was confused why no one could understand her when she spoke Tibetan.
Coordinator, Project Sunshine Israel
Ariela manages volunteers and operations abroad as the on-site program coordinator for Project Sunshine Israel. Ariela gained her expertise in early childhood development through her work in preschools and early childhood daycare programs. Since 2016, she has been using her wealth of experience managing fun-filled bedside programs at 6 medical facilities throughout Israel. She proudly continues the Project Sunshine tradition of dressing up for our patients- Ariela holds a certification in Medical Clowning from the Simchat Halev Organization. Ariela speaks four languages and loves to travel.
CHILDHOOD FACT: As a 4 year old, Ariela received a yellow Canary, named Olly. Unfortunately, she had to part from Olly about a year later when her family immigrated from Argentina to Israel.
Gregory is Project Sunshine’s Development Coordinator. He became interested in the non-profit world at a young age and even founded his own organization called “Threads to Thrive” as a high school student. He graduated from The George Washington University, before moving to Amsterdam, Netherlands to explore the intersection of sport and social impact at the Johan Cruyff Institute’s Master of Sport Management program. Most recently, Greg worked at The Over Under Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to play for youth around the country.
When he is not working, you can find Greg being constantly let down by his favorite sports teams.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Greg has never been a history buff. In fact, there is an entire family photo album dedicated to all the tourist attractions where he has been caught napping.
Director, Volunteer Engagement
Kaitlin manages Project Sunshine’s volunteer programs, working with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers across the country. Kaitlin has a passion for volunteerism and has spent her career developing sustainable volunteer programs for various organizations.
Prior to joining Project Sunshine in 2019, Kaitlin worked at the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she was responsible for driving strategy to design and implement volunteer delivery models that aligned with girl and volunteer demands, and increased membership and market share. Kaitlin also worked at NYC Service, a division of the New York City Mayor’s Office. During her time at NYC Service, she oversaw all external relationships and managed the recruitment, placement and tracking of volunteers to NYC Service initiatives. Kaitlin received her Executive Master’s in Public Administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College and her BA in Political Science from Dickinson College. In her free time, you can find Kaitlin spending time with her husband, and traveling to new and interesting places around the world.
CHILDHOOD FACT: In the eighth grade, Kaitlin won first place in physical science at the Connecticut State Science Fair for her project on Buckminsterfullerenes (aka “bucky balls”). This was her first and last serious foray into the world of science.
Cathy recently joined the Project Sunshine team in the role of Development Manager. She grew up in Surrey in the South East of England, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Studies from Aston University in Birmingham. Following graduation, she worked for Disability Challengers, a non-profit organization that provides exciting and inclusive play and leisure activities for disabled children and young people in Surrey and the South East of England. Cathy moved to New York City in 2001 and continued her career in the non-profit world, first at New York Cares, followed by Girl Scouts of the USA and now she is delighted to be a part of the Project Sunshine family!
In her spare time Cathy loves to spend time with her husband and two children, exploring the city, especially their local neighborhood of Astoria. She enjoys travelling, cooking (and eating!) delicious food, attending shows and concerts and movies. She also relishes any opportunity to cozy up with a good book and a cuppa (tea!), although the opportunities to do so are few and far between with two lively kids at home!
CHILDHOOD FACT: Cathy grew up with two sisters and a twin brother. She doesn’t really look like her twin brother, and people often think she is actually twins with her younger sister, because they look more alike, even though there are four years between them. Cathy absolutely ADORED her baby sister (and still does!), and loved taking care of her, as you can tell from her childhood picture which was taken shortly after her sister was born!
Associate Manager of Corporate Partnerships
Hansee supports the volunteer programs available for our corporate partners. Over the years, Hansee strived to understand the diverse needs of children and families within their distinct physical and mental abilities and the impact of early experiences on mental health. Her passion for non-profit work grew during her undergraduate years at the University of Central Florida as she had the opportunity to serve as president for a college chapter focused on fundraising for pediatric cancer patients and volunteering at local hospitals. In her free time, Hansee enjoys walks along the pier with a friend, cooking different cuisines, and exploring new parts of the city.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Hansee was born in Hong Kong and was partially raised in India. During her time in India, Hansee loved to put on impromptu performances for her family dancing to her favorite Bollywood songs.
Director of Pediatric Experience
Meg oversees Project Sunshine’s national programs and medical facility and nonprofit partnerships. Meg’s passion for pediatrics led her to pursue a career as a Certified Child Life Specialist, supporting patients and families both in and out of the hospital setting for over a decade.
Prior to working with Project Sunshine, Meg worked in at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Patient Experience to innovate and enhance numerous pediatric programs. At Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, Meg was the lead CCLS of the inpatient surgical unit. As a once former employee of Project Sunshine, Meg is thrilled to return to Project Sunshine yet again to further the impact and reach of its programs across the US.
Chief of Staff
Katy leads the charge as Project Sunshine’s Chief of Staff. Prior to working at Project Sunshine, Katy led girls’ education programs in the Peace Corps and large-scale volunteer programs for dozens of nonprofits in NYC. When she’s not working, you can find Katy exploring with her husband and dog or eating her way through all the dollar slice joints in the city.
CHILDHOOD FACT: An animal enthusiast from birth, Katy spent her summers as a Junior Zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo while caring for up to 8 pets at home. Her father never recovered from the “home zoo” where he resided.
Senior Manager of Digital Experience
David is responsible for overseeing and managing Project Sunshine's CRM, Salesforce. A technologist to his core, David is passionate about improving business processes through digital transformation.
David joined the Project Sunshine family in 2021 and brings with him almost two decades of experience in the Customer Service, Hospitality, Information Technology, and Business Intelligence industries. Most recently, he worked for Girl Scouts of the USA overseeing the movement-wide service delivery design for strategies impacting the overall customer experience.
When he isn't heads down working on Salesforce improvements, you'll find David in Las Vegas where he lives with his girlfriend and their two rescue pups; Malla and Hailey. He enjoys camping, hiking, off-roading, and is learning to play the guitar.
CHILDHOOD FACT: All through high school, David was a championship debater and travelled across the country competing in debate tournaments.
Associate Manager of Strategic Projects
Theresa is an integral part of the Volunteer Engagement and Pediatric Experience teams supporting the elevation and enhancement of programming and partnerships. She joins us with over a decade of experience working as a Certified Child Life Specialist and Educator. Whether teaching elementary and middle school students stateside or abroad, empowering children and families in the hospital setting, Theresa's passion has always been working with the pediatric population.
She enjoys dancing, singing, and taking long warm wagon walks in the Florida sun with her family, including her rambunctious twin toddlers!
CHILDHOOD FACT: Theresa was quite the theatrical youngster. Her mother constantly retells the story in which Theresa was hosting her daily television show on her stage in the garage, 'Theresa Explains it All', when her mom accidentally closed the garage door and shut out her pretend audience. She cried for hours that her fans missed the show. It is still a sensitive subject.
Dennis Ngui Muyanga
Manager, Project Sunshine Kenya
Dennis manages a robust, dedicated team of Project Sunshine volunteers in Kenya- a few of his volunteers have been with him since 2006! Prior to his work with Project Sunshine, Dennis was a community health worker at Bomu Hospital and an addiction counselor in an outreach center. Dennis is one of the pioneers of our Kenya program and has seen Project Sunshine through many exciting developments, including the construction of a hospital play area. Dennis’ work with Project Sunshine allows him to combine his diverse skills and experience with his passion for empowering families to have healthy lives. Dennis holds a BA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In his downtime, he enjoys reading, attending motivational talks, and having quality time with his family. He is the proud father of two daughters, Abigail and Ciela.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Dennis grew up in Kitui County, in a place known as Ikanga. He loved playing football so much at school and in the community that he was nicknamed “Kadenge,” after a famous footballer.
Chapter Leader, Project Sunshine Kenya
Kennedy Mwachala is a Chapter Leader, serving in an administrative and program assistant role for the Project Sunshine Kenya team. Kennedy began volunteering for Bomu Hospital in Mombasa in 2013 as a Community Health Worker where he gained exposure to volunteering and the value that he could provide to communities through critical health messaging. The following year, he was introduced to Project Sunshine by his sister, who is also a volunteer. He was quickly recognized for his outstanding work, winning the best volunteer of the year award in 2016. He then opened a new volunteer site at one of Bomu Hospital’s locations in Mariakani, where he led the volunteer team in establishing that new partnership.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Kennedy attended kindergarten at the age of 4 where he enjoyed playing football.
Recruitment & Recognition Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Kim is deeply committed to service and volunteerism and working towards supporting others within her community. She has served as an AmeriCorps national service member in Denver, Colorado and as a volunteer English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her passion for service has led to her work in volunteer recruitment and management where she supports individuals in connecting with their communities. Prior to Project Sunshine, Kim was the Manager of AmeriCorps at an education nonprofit where she oversaw AmeriCorps recruitment and programming. In her role, she developed programming to engage, support, and recognize AmeriCorps service members and assisted in AmeriCorps grant management, compliance, and enrollment. She is excited to be able to continue her work in engaging with volunteers at Project Sunshine. In her spare time, Kim enjoys traveling, playing board games, and tending to her house plants.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Kim was a part of the multicultural drum corps in 5th grade and played the flute for 7 years in middle school and high school band.
Chapter Leader, Project Sunshine Kenya
Florence Otieno joined Project Sunshine Kenya in 2014 as a volunteer in the clinic program but was later recommended to participate in the Healthy Living Initiative where Community Health Volunteers travel to ‘last mile’ communities to deliver special health lessons to children living with HIV who lack consistent access to healthcare. Apart from volunteering with Project Sunshine Kenya, Florence trains peers about sexual reproductive health, menstrual hygiene and life skills. She has also served as a facilitator on behavioral change intervention as part of the US-government funded DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) initiative.
CHILDHOOD FACT: As a child, Florence belonged to a music club.
Coordinator, Project Sunshine Israel
Dorin began her journey with Project Sunshine Israel in 2016 as a volunteer at Schneider Hospital and in 2019 became a chapter leader at Meir Hospital. Today she is fulfilling the role of Volunteer Coordinator.
She holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences and a master's degree in organizational consulting and prior to joining Project Sunshine came from the world of human resources and recruitment.
Dorin really likes to think outside the box and is passionate about making a significant impact and doing good for hospitalized children all across Israel.
On her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 year old son as well as theater and hikes in nature.
Childhood Fact - she attended a musical elementary school where she sang opera and even starred in a lead role!
Swabra Berek Ramadhan
Chapter Leader, Project Sunshine Kenya
Swabra is a Chapter Leader, serving in an administrative and program assistant role for the Project Sunshine Kenya team. Born in Mombasa, Kenya, Swabra is the last in a family of four. She loved reading storybooks during her high school years and later attended college to study business management for baking. She was introduced to Project Sunshine Kenya when her nephew was a patient at Bomu Hospital and became a volunteer in 2016 for both the clinic and the Healthy Living Initiative programs. In 2021, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year at Project Sunshine Kenya for her contributions and devotion to the program. Swabra is excited to see the program grow and hopes it will expand to Nairobi or elsewhere in Africa so that more children benefit from the mission.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, either baking for them or as part of a social enterprise.
CHILDHOOD FACT: During her O level education (approximately 10th grade), Swabra loved reading storybooks with funny characters.
Louise St. Rose
Program Operations Manager
Louise coordinates the shipment of craft kits and program boxes for our Sending Sunshine and Direct Service programs nationwide. Before coming to Project Sunshine, Louise worked at after-school programs throughout three boroughs of New York City. In her spare time, Louise enjoys exploring Inwood Hill park with her dog, Shiro, and listening to podcasts.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Growing up, Louise’s parents owned an ice cream store. She even had a sundae on the menu named after her – the LouLou Brownie Sundae! Although her parents sold the business, Louise followed her love of ice cream and worked at a frozen custard shop all four years of high school.
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Chloe joins Project Sunshine as our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Lehigh University where she founded a non-profit dedicated to empowering America’s youth to reclaim their civic agency through political activism. In addition, she served as the Campaign Manager for the current mayor of the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Chloe has had a mission to make the world a better place since she was young and is thrilled to be pursuing this passion at Project Sunshine.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Chloe’s favorite activity as a kid was doing backflips off anything possible. Whether it was off a set of monkey bars into the snow, off a balcony into water, or just on the grass outside her house, Chloe was upside down!
Director, International Programs
Shapari serves as the Director of International Programs, which oversees Project Sunshine’s work in Canada, Israel, and Kenya.
Prior to joining Project Sunshine, Shapari lived in Africa, Asia, and Europe working for non-profits, the public and private sectors, and the United Nations. She received her masters from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and her bachelors from Pomona College.
CHILDHOOD FACT: One year, Shapari forgot her lines at an annual recital and started laughing uncontrollably from nervousness. Eventually the audience joined in the laughter, and she didn’t complete her lines. She was never again asked to perform at the recital.
Digital Strategy Coordinator
Alexis joins Project Sunshine as the Digital Strategy Coordinator. She is passionate about crafting delightful and efficient experiences on and off the screen. She has most recently been a freelance designer, doing web and mobile design and development, marketing content, and branding for a variety of clients including startups and non-proﬁt organizations. She enjoys perfecting her morning coffee brew, dancing, reading, and watching films.
CHILDHOOD FACT: As a baby, her parents would use color coded socks to tell her apart from her identical twin sister. Though sometimes, her father would prank her mother and swap the socks.
Shana Van Valkenburg
Director, Corporate Partnerships
Shana serves as the Director of Corporate Partnerships, overseeing virtual, in office and in hospital engagement opportunities as well as strategic partnerships. She has been working with corporate and individual donors and volunteers for nearly a decade with the ultimate goal of facilitating meaningful impact. Prior to working in Nonprofit, Shana was a production coordinator in entertainment across soap operas, award shows and reality TV. In her free time, she likes to be outdoors relaxing on a beach or hiking and backpacking with her husband and dog, Pickles.
CHILDHOOD FACT: As an only child, Shana wanted a sibling so badly she told everyone at her preschool that her downstairs neighbor (and schoolmate) was her brother. She was so convincing that a teacher approached Shana’s mom to speak about her son’s progress.
Board of Directors
Meet the passionate individuals who serve on our Board.
Founder & Chairman of the Board, Project Sunshine; CEO, New Legacy
Despite his youthful persona, Joe founded Project Sunshine as a college student…many years ago. When he isn’t helping pediatric patients find their smiles, Joe spends his spare time as the CEO of New Legacy Group, an SEC registered investment advisory firm. Joe has a B.S. in Accounting from Yeshiva University and has participated in executive education programs at Harvard Business School.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Joe was an undefeated NCAA tennis player.
Chief Accessibility Officer, NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
Senior Vice President, Commercial Marketing Cloud, Salesforce
President & COO, NFP
Gerald M. Loughlin, M.D.
Founder and CEO, Leather Honey
Nonprofit Executive and Strategic Consultant
Senior Vice President, Key Bank
Bernard M. Rosof, M.D.
CEO, Quality in Healthcare Advisory Group, LLC
Founding Executive Director, Project Sunshine
Chief Operating and Financial Officer, CC Capital
CEO and Co-Founder, Silverline
Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing, Frito-Lay at PepsiCo
Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections
Tylis Family Foundation
Caryn Stoll Unger
Robin Wilpon Wachtler, MSW
Partner (retired), PwC
Senior Director of Marketing, PepsiCo
Our DEI Commitment
Project Sunshine is committed to developing and sustaining a culture within our organization that continues to assess and improve our work around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.