LEE PAIVa – Founder & CEO
Lee Paiva is founder and CEO of No Means No Worldwide and creator of IMpower, a dual-gender violence prevention and intervention program. Since 2007, she has implemented her program in the six largest slums of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2013, she partnered with researchers at Stanford University to form the GBV Prevention Collaborative, which led to her co-authorship of five peer-reviewed articles about the efficacy of IMpower classes in cutting rape and pregnancy-related school dropout by 50%. She also founded Sexual Assault Survivors Anonymous for survivors ages 5 and up. She is a Mulago Rainer Arnhold Fellow and her work has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and ESPN, among others. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Makaria Reynolds – Managing Director
Makaria Reynolds is responsible for leading NMNW's operations, strategy execution, performance management, and development and organizational growth, in support of the Founder/CEO. She has 15+ years of experience working across a variety of development sectors, most recently leading a multi-country technical assistance program at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Makaria has a proven track record managing complex international development projects in the fields of HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and reproductive health. She is skilled at developing and managing effective partnerships with donor agencies including CDC, USAID, UNICEF and private foundations, and has significant experience managing multi-million dollar grant awards to success. Makaria holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, with a specialization in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies.
Leah Dozier Krumpholz – Director of Programs
Leah has nearly 15 years of experience designing, managing and evaluating youth empowerment and development initiatives across the globe. Having lived in Southern Africa for many years, Leah works fluidly across different cultures and builds strong relationships based on friendship, trust, and mutual respect. She has a comprehensive understanding of non-profit management, and has helped NMNW define a unique growth strategy, build streamlined operational structures, expand partner and donor networks, and design sustainable social impact programs. Having raised more than $22 million for youth-focused development initiatives worldwide, Leah is accomplished at both fundraising as well as managing awards to success. She is also the co-Founder of Groundswell Education, a global consulting group that has been working deeply with NMNW since 2015.
Kidist Teferi – Special Operations Coordinator
Kidist Teferi is the Special Operations Coordinator at No Means No Worldwide. Kidist brings almost 10 years of experience in event management, administration, logistics and customer service with knowledge of the day to day operations of a non-profit organization. Kidist recently worked at a sexual assault prevention organization that sought to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence against women. She also worked on the Hill as a Congressional Intern focusing on Foreign Relations issues. Originally from Ethiopia, Kidist is passionate about ending sexual violence against women in Africa and all over the world.
Kirk Friedrich – Strategic Development
Kirk Friedrich is a social entrepreneur and non-profit executive who previously served as a co-founder and Executive Director of the award winning global adolescent health NGO, Grassroot Soccer. Kirk helped to lead Grassroot Soccer over a 16-year period from startup to scale, providing comprehensive health education for more than 2 million young people in 50 countries. Kirk has been a vanguard in the field of sport-based positive youth development, and is passionate about helping organizations develop their technical and operational skills to improve the lives of young people worldwide. Kirk serves as the Board Chair for Young 1ove in Botswana and is Founder and Executive Director of Safe Roots Foundation.
Marissa Strniste – Monitoring & Evaluations Manager
Marissa Strniste is responsible for managing Monitoring & Evaluation operations at No Means No Worldwide. With over 10 years of experience in international development, she has directed participatory Monitoring & Evaluation programs for 5 years. Marissa has expertise in expanding the ability of organizations to identify and collect relevant data, evaluate impact, synthesize insights, and facilitate learning. She has worked across sectors with community-based, mission-driven organizations that focus on women's empowerment. Marissa is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in both Paraguay and Costa Rica. She holds a Masters in Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University and speaks Spanish, French, and Guaraní.
Nicholas McGinty – Male Curriculum and Training Manager
Nicholas McGinty is the Male Curriculum and Training Manager for No Means No Worldwide (NWNW). In this role, he provides training and technical assistance to partner programs across the country. Nick brings experience as a direct-practice social worker and over a decade of experience in youth engagement and education programs. In addition to his background in working with youth, Nick has served as community organizer and trainer for low-income communities, a tenant rights advocate, and a union representative. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he holds a B.A. in Psychology from UNCA and a Masters in Social Work and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. Nick and his wife are currently discovering the joys of expanding the garden, planting new flowers in the yard and figuring out how many bird feeders the yard can sustain. Nick can often be found with a graphic novel nearby, checking for new recipes, attending concerts, and trying to find the next meal that is dream worthy.
Aastha Dua - Global Master Trainer
Aastha holds an International Law degree from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. A human rights lawyer from India, Aastha is devoted to protecting women’s and children’s rights around the world. After beginning her career in corporate law, Aastha decided to transition into human rights law and since then has been part of research studies concerning low-budget private schools in India, trans-Atlantic migrants in Costa Rica and an evaluation of the Indian educational curriculum. Aastha is thrilled to be a part of and to contribute to NMNW’s mission!
Esty Pittman - Global Master Trainer
Esty Pittman holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Oral Roberts University, where her studies focused on gender issues and conflict resolution. Esty has a proud background of working with inner-city children, at-risk youth, and teenage girls through various ministries in her home state of Illinois. Esty is fiercely passionate about gender equality and is committed to a life of empowering youth to change the world. Esty is excited to begin her career with NMNW to empower and educate girls and boys to ensure a future free from violence.
Paul Cast, Jr. - Global Master Trainer
Paul Cast Jr earned a bachelor’s degree in General Studies and a minor in Emergency & Disaster Response Management from East Tennessee State University. As an undergraduate, he re-activated the collegiate fraternity Phi Beta Sigma and coordinated forums, fundraisers, and events to raise awareness of domestic violence, to combat homelessness, and to promote maternal and child health. Furthering his passion for service after graduation, Paul joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps-FEMA Corps and was a part of the first Lessons Learned Team; where he aided survivors of natural disasters. Paul then, served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Health Education Teacher and Life Skills Facilitator in the Republic of Moldova focusing on behavior change approach. In addition, he organized health campaigns,engaged youth through health club activities, and other extracurricular activities.
Jordan Cowan - Global Master Trainer
Jordan completed a B.S. in Biology at Western Oregon University. He started in public health through chronic condition management and research support before joining Peace Corps Uganda as a Community Health Volunteer. While working on HIV prevention, the increased vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women prompted him to prioritize programs addressing aspects of gender inequity. After a third year extension working with TASO Uganda
as an M&E Support Advisor he brought his experience in training, facilitating evidence based youth interventions, and program evaluation to NMNW where he is excited to see the dual gender curriculum promote male responsibility in ending gender violence.
Michael Elton, Jr. - Global Master Trainer
After witnessing extremely high levels of sexual harassment and assault firsthand, Mike is deeply committed to engaging men and boys in sexual violence prevention. Having lived in underserved, low resource areas for several years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, he is resilient, flexible, and creative. He has facilitated trainings with youth, parents, teachers, and health workers on subjects including HIV and malaria prevention, WASH, sexual reproductive health, toxic masculinity and gender-based violence. He’s worked within large international NGOs as well as directly with community leaders, and is adept at developing strong, meaningful relationships. Mike is passionate about improving gender equality, and specifically working with youth in order to increase health-seeking behaviors and decrease risks.
Fabenson Frisch - Global Master Trainer
Fabenson Frisch is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Ukraine. He taught Business at Cherkasy State Business College in Ukraine as well as conducted a wide range of workshops on Entrepreneurship, Human rights, Gender equality, and HIV/ AIDS at the local universities and Windows on America. He is passionate about serving people and positively impacting their life.
His ability to speak French, Spanish, English, Haitian Creole, Russian, Ukrainian & his appreciation for cultures and people has allowed him to build strong relationships all over the world as well as develop cross-cultural skills and cultural sensibility. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Nasar Sailab - Global Master Trainer
Nasar is a recent graduate with Honors from Texas Wesleyan University in Political Science. Nasar was born in Berlin but by the time he was one year old he was living in Pakistan with his family as refugees. Having survived childhood traumas he is intimately familiar with the reality that there is a world out there that is not safe for millions of boys and girls. Nasar has experience working with institutions such as World Learning, AIESEC, and the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington D.C. Nasar carries a desire to bring positive change in the world and an unwavering determination to make a difference through empowering boys and men to prevent violence.