Ashok Sinha (Founder, Creative Director) is a New York based photographer and founded The Cartwheel Initiative after a trip to war-torn Sri Lanka in 2010. His work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, National Geographic, Lonely Planet amongst numerous other publications and exhibited in New York, London and Toronto.
Deborah Feingold (Creative Director) is an award winning photographer who for the past 35 years has photographed our most memorable pop icons from Barack Obama, Mick Jagger, Desmond Tutu to Tom Wolfe and Madonna and a few thousand other notables.
Olivier Bailliard (Program Director) currently retired, is the former president and CEO at Babolat US, subsidiary of a worldwide leader of tennis products. He has an extensive background in running companies in North America and Europe.
Board of Directors
Career International Development Professional with over 30 years of experience, mostly with the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
President and CEO, The Children’s Village andThe Center for Child Welfare Research at the Children’s Village Institute
Chris is a partner of Garson, Segal, Steinmetz, Fladgate LLP. His core experience comes from more than a decade of focusing on commercial litigation and construction law
An award-winning communications professional, Betsy Glick has built a strong track record helping nonprofit organizations such as the National World War II Memorial and Drug-Free Kids Campaign.
A founding Trustee of The Cartwheel Initiative in Sri Lanka, Parveen is a seasoned professional in the travel and hospitality industry. She is currently serves as Managing Director at United Ventures (Sri Lanka) and is a past president of the Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR).
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see Staff section above
Joe Vena is a sculptor, illustrator, animator and educator, and holds a BFA in theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. For the past decade he has worked with Children’s Museum of the Arts, where he developed and directed the Media Lab department.
Billy Fox is founder of the Kitsune Ensemble, an improvising chamber group inspired by rare facets of Japanese culture, and Blackbirds & Bullets, a sextet blending jazz improvisation with musical elements from around the world. Billy has received awards from the American Composers Forum, the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Geoff Green is a photographer based in Manhattan’s West Village and thrives on the energy and creativity of New York City. Geoff’s documentary style of work has led to a robust career and earned recognition from Photo District News, La Lettre de la Photographie, Positive Focus and the Art Directors Club.
Kathryn Humphries is a photographer, educator, and conservationist. She currently teaches at the Art School at the Educational Alliance, PS3, and the JCC Manhattan. She holds a BFA from The School of Visual Arts where she received the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement and was the BFA Commencement Speaker in 2010.
Lara Kisielewska is a serial entrepreneur. She founded a graphic design firm in 1992, a technology marketing firm in 2005, and two trade magazines. Lara has been an active 20-year member of both the NY Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild and the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, including being president and winning volunteer of the year honors from both organizations.
Sean Murray is a Manhattan-based art director for over 10 years. He began his formal training in Ringling College of Art and Design’s illustration program. Sean’s versatility as an artist and designer has given him a diverse portfolio in the publishing, fashion and film industries. His passion for branding has him currently freelancing in the NYC advertising agency circuit.
Karen Ng dedicates her time to meaningful projects that make a difference in people’s lives. She founded the LANtern (Lupus Asian Network) program at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the nation’s only psychosocial support program serving the Asian American community. For over 10 years, she has volunteered for non-profit children’s organizations, including the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families, as a founding member of the Action Council, and APEX, as a tutor and mentor for underserved youth. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Rachel Yahes has passion for using the creative arts as a healing modality. As a registered, board certified and NYS licensed art therapist, her clinical experience has included pediatrics, geriatrics, substance abuse, mental illness, individuals with terminal illness and military Veterans. Rachel is currently supervisor of recreation and creative arts therapy at a Veterans hospital in NYC.