Our board of directors is the backbone of our organization and is the key to our success. Their cultural diversity and years of experience contribute to the development of our programs that empower the most vulnerable and oppressed individuals in the world.

Susan Stasi
Susan Stasi

Susan Stasi, CEO, Rose Academies

Susan Stasi is the CEO of Rose Academies, a globally recognized humanitarian agency that currently works in Uganda, East Africa. She is an accomplished business professional in the fields of public health, education and technology.

Since 2014, she has developed multiple educational programs on sexual development, reproductive and neonatal health, menstrual health & hygiene, WASH, UHC and advocacy programs for the deaf and disabled.

A firm believer in collaboration and cooperative teamwork, her drive and determination have united multiple institutions of higher learning and community based partners in the development of innovative technologies designed to improve education access for the most remote and inaccessible areas in the world.

She is responsible for the development of the Rose Uganda Fellowship Program which has given young Ugandan adults the opportunity to develop career and leadership skills, while bringing healthcare knowledge into remote rural villages so that lives can be saved.

Ms. Stasi was also directly responsible for acquiring Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Rose Academies in 2019. An innovative change maker, Ms. Stasi is always pursuing new and improved ideas that address the disparities of health and welfare for impoverished women, children, deaf and disabled persons.

A graduate of San Jose State University, BA, Foreign Languages and University of California, Berkeley, Credentialed DS Career Technical Education K-12 Teacher

Sejla Avdic

Sejla Avdic, Vice President, Rose Academies

Carol Buchser

Carol Buchser, Secretary/Treasurer, Rose Academies

Carol Buchser has been Rose Academies’ Board Secretary since its founding in 2014. She has an extensive background in a diversity of sectors which include education, technology, and investor relations.

Ms. Buchser spent years teaching in the public school system that led her to a position as Associate Research Scientist at American Institutes for Research. At the Institute, she was responsible for the development of a concept of using the vocational education program as a means of advancing economic enterprise. This proposal set the standard for economic enterprise development within the vocational education program, which was eventually renamed the highly successful CTE of Career Technical Education Program. The CTE program is one of Rose Academies’ programs that encourage vocational skills development for improved economic income.

Ms. Buchser turned her skills over to the technology industry where she worked as Director of Investor Relations for five different public companies.  During that time, she also served as President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (“NIRI”).  Ms. Buchser received her Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and her Masters of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rahul Asthana

Rahul Asthana, PhD, Marketing Director, Rose Academies

Rahul Asthana has years of experience in the field of technology and currently is marketing executive at Intapp, a Silicon Valley software company.  Dr. Asthana not only brings his marketing expertise to Rose Academies, but he also has living experience of the challenges that exist in Sub Saharan low income countries.

Dr. Asthana was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Zambia before coming to the United States for his education at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles.  

Having grown up in Africa, Dr. Asthana has seen first-hand many of the problems Rose Academies addresses with its innovative and determined approach.  He is passionate about Rose Academies’ mission to better the lives of people by empowering with knowledge. 

Mandeep Khera

Mandeep Khera, Marketing, Rose Academies

Mandeep Khera has been a senior executive in Silicon Valley for over two decades in companies of various sizes offering Software/SaaS. Over the years, he has served as head of Worldwide Channel Marketing for Agari, Valimail, Arxan, Daintree Networks, LogLogic, Cenzic, and other similarly focused companies.

His expertise lies in the areas of security including web application security, network security, mobile security, and email security.  In addition, he has held key positions in Big Data, and IoT companies, including HP’s Asset Management Software business unit.

Mr. Khera is a widely respected expert on topics of security, big data, and IoT, having led multiple webinars and panel discussions on these issues.  He is the author of the award-winning inspirational book “Why?” and has given many presentations on inspirational topics. Mr. Khera is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Leading Product Development program and Northwestern University’s Executive Development Program. He holds an MBA from Santa Clara University

Alaina Lui

Alaina Lui, Marketing Communications, Rose Academies

Alaina Lui is a recent graduate from the University of Washington where she majored in Business Marketing. She currently works in Marketing Communications for a Semiconductor company and believes in the importance of information and knowledge always being easily accessible. 

Born and raised in the Silicon Valley, she has always been exposed to and is comfortable working along technological advances and a constantly changing high tech society.

As part of Rose Academies’ Board of Directors and Marketing team, she hopes to support the academy’s expansion and spread awareness about our mission of “Empowering with Knowledge” through events, social media communications, collateral and many other promotional activities. 

Kerry Gibson

Kerry Gibson, Director of Disability & Inclusion, Rose Academies

Kerry Gibson is the President of EcoCentury Technologies, a Canadian engineering and consulting firm that promotes clean technologies.  She is also the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for ZiphyCare and co-founder and Partnerships Manager for N-EAT EAT (Nutrition through Engagement and Agricultural Technologies) under Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of the Environment.

Kerry serves on multiple Boards of Directors, including Rose Academies, the Diversity Advisory Committee for the Joint Task Force of the Canadian Armed Forces and is the President of Municipal party YES Vancouver.

She currently is focused on several collaborations that address the SDG’s both locally and globally using innovative solutions applying a business lens to causation.

She is an acclaimed international speaker having presented at the United Nations and House of Commons. Her efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals in economic development, clean tech innovation, labor rights, diversity and inclusion have led to numerous awards and recognition including: the UN Women Planet 5050 Champion, Global Goodwill Ambassador, Times of Canada Award for Excellence in Innovation, Shakti Award, and the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization’s Honor Award.

Davinder Kaur

Davinder Kaur, Gender Equality, Rose Academies

Davinder Kaur was born and raised in Bradford, England and was only 14 years old when she was shown the picture of the man she would be forced to marry at the age of 18.  Her traumatic experience as a forced child bride changed her life forever. She has dedicated her life to end child marriage and is a member of multiple organizations that work towards the elimination of forced marriage, including the National Coalition to End Child Marriage, California Coalition to End Child Marriage

Ms. Kaur holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is in the process of writing her first book about her forced marriage experience.

Linda Garza

Linda Garza, Public Relations Officer, Rose Academies

Clare Ainomugisha

Clare Ainomugisha, Program Director, Rose Academies-Uganda

Ms. Ainomugisha has over 10 years of customer service, business operations and program management. She has a background in community development and journalism which are keys to her success in working in the field of NGO public relations. 

As Rose Academies-Uganda’s Program Director, she is responsible for program management, public relations, and staff coordination of our educational programs. Under her direction, she has developed our Rose Uganda Fellowship Program into a recognized provider of critical healthcare education.  

She works with high level dignitaries at the government level as well as international working partners. Her experience with the indigenous community is instrumental in programs developed to improve education and healthcare access for the rural populations of Uganda.

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