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Ada Banasik, CE
Ada Banasik is an environmental engineer with over 9 years of experience in stormwater treatment, remedial design, low-impact development, construction management, and field investigations.
In addition to being a Board Member, Ms. Banasik serves as Red Sweater Project's Programs Director, managing the volunteer and sponsorship programs, and oversees the design and implementation of Mungere's water and sanitation projects. As member of the Portland Professionals Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Ms. Banasik was involved in the design and implementation of composting toilets and rainwater harvesting projects in both Ecuador and Tanzania and currently serves as a liason between EWB and Red Sweater Project.

Ms. Banasik received her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University (2001) and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon.
Erika Bryant, MEd
Ms. Bryant is the Executive Director of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, DC. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Guinea where she served as a volunteer teacher with TEFL certfication, Erika has extensive experience working in international education with a focus in Africa.
Ms. Bryant's diverse professional career includes serving as Policy Associate with the National Youth Employment Coalition and Project Associate for the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, DC; Program Officer for Africare in Mali; and consultant to International Education and Training in Chad, working with clients such as UNICEF and the International Finance Corporation. Erika also served as Interim School Director at Mungere Secondary School in 2014.

Ms. Bryant received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College (1990) and her Masters in Education from Harvard University (1996) with a concentration in International Education.
Sarah Ford, MPH
Sarah Ford is attracted to the hands-on mission of the Red Sweater Project and its powerful fundraising potential to ultimately change and impact the lives of children in Tanzania. She has traveled extensively to developing countries and brings fundraising and programming knowledge to the Board, with over 13 years of experience in fundraising and network consulting at both the national and international level. Sarah's passion for serving the underpriviledged started at a young age and developed through her studies and work experience, her most recent work having been with Operation Smile, Inc. and ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Ms. Ford received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University (2004) where she received the Community Service Scholarship Award, and received her Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2009).
Ambassador Alan Holmer, JD
Alan F. Holmer has served as a member of the Board since 2011. He has over 45 years experience in government and the private sector and has been involved with building secondary schools in rural Tanzania for over nine years.  Previously, Holmer has served as Co-Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, as well as President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he led efforts to improve protection of intellectual property around the world.

Mr. Holmer has served as a director of multiple for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises in the U.S. and overseas, and has deep experience in strategic planning, organizational direction, and risk management.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and a Director of Breakthrough Partners, which operates in strategic regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America to identify and build indigenous leaders. 

Mr. Holmer has significant expertise in handling legal, international trade and governmental issues, having held various positions within the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department and the White House, including serving as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative with rank of Ambassador.  Holmer also served as a partner at the international law firm, Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin LLP), as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and as Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Packwood. 

Mr. Holmer earned his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center (1978) and graduated cum laude with an AB from Princeton University (1971). He is the recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award from the U.S. Treasury Department and the Yetta Rosenburg Humanitarian Award.
John Nicholson, MBA
Beginning his career in finance at LaSalle Bank, John Nicholson worked for the Treasury Department supporting cash management services for LaSalle's clientele.
Mr. Nicholson is currently the Vice President of Diversified Assets for PVS Chemicals, Inc. Prior to his role at PVS Corporate, he serves as President of PVS Transportation and Deputy Managing Director based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also serves on the PVS Board of Directors.
Mr. Nicholson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University (2005) and his MBA with a focus in family business from Kennesaw State University (2012).