Board & Staff

Horizons-6Kim Burnett
President and CEO, ex-officio Board Member

Kim has worked in the non-profit sector for over two decades, most recently as a private consultant advising national foundations on grant strategy and as a non-resident fellow with The Brookings Institution. She has served as a Program Director for the Surdna Foundation where she oversaw a $7 million annual grant portfolio and has served as the Executive Director for The Community Development Partnership Network.

Kim’s passion for Shadhika’s mission is rooted in her own life experience. Growing up, the support from her parents gave her self-confidence to pursue her dreams. Through Shadhika, she is passing on this experience so that the young women Shadhika serves gain the skills and self-confidence to achieve their dreams.



Horizons-2Susan Herzig, Chair

Susan is a professional art dealer and the co-owner of Paul M. Hertzmann Inc., dealers in fine photographs. In her previous profession as an occupational therapist, she developed a passion for education. Her work with Shadhika combines her commitment to education and her interest in India, where she has often traveled.







Horizons-3Diane Sigel, Vice Chair 

For 30-plus years, Diane served as CEO for the family business Duffle Bag, Inc.,  a small chain of retail stores dealing in camping, hunting, fishing gear, and clothing.  She knows the challenges of a woman working in a man’s world and has succeeded in establishing herself as a leader in a male-dominated field. For most of her adult life, Diane has also dedicated herself to sharing her skills and her knowledge as a mentor, advisor, sounding board, and shoulder to lean on.  She has filled these roles for friends, colleagues, and organizations from Temple Beth El in Tacoma; to local, regional, and national levels of Hadassah; to arts organizations; and to academic councils.

Diane grew up in Tacoma. She graduated from Western Washington State University/Fairhaven College with a degree in Business, joining the family business in 1977 and assuming the role of CEO shortly thereafter.


Horizons-5Aruna BellaryTreasurer

A resident of Palo Alto, California, Aruna brings solid experience in all aspects of financial management, having worked in this capacity at Oracle Corp., Sun Microsystems, and Intel Corp. She now volunteers as a mediator for the City of Palo Alto. Aruna lived in Odisha, Chennai, Mumbai, and Bangalore before moving to California in 1986. A native of India, she is delighted to bring her personal and professional experience to Shadhika.






Horizons-10Anondo StanglSecretary

The son of Juthica and Peter, Anondo is currently an Interventional Radiologist for Kaiser Permanente of Colorado. He is committed to carrying on the work of Shadhika, started by his mother and father.








Horizons-9Lisa Acree, Board Member

Lisa has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, in the areas of community development and corporate responsibility.  She has been a Shadhika volunteer since 2013.  Currently she is a full-time mom to three kids; she serves on the board of Horizons at SFFS, which provides free summer programming for kids from low-income families in the Mission District of San Francisco; and she manages the grant committee for One Sky Giving Circle, which funds domestic and international NGOs dedicated to human rights and gender equality.  She worked in the field of corporate social responsibility as chief operating officer at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); prior to that she served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, for three years, and has lived and worked in Japan and Mexico.



Horizons-11Nandita GeerdinkBoard Member

Nandita’s parents emigrated from India in 1974 and she grew up going to India as a child. She was deeply affected by the poverty children were living in and always wanted to help, even in small ways. Her parents were dedicated to raising their three girls to be compassionate, educated, independent women. Nandita joined Shadhika in part to honor her father, who passed away in 2006, and his belief in education for all girls to empower them to have choices in life. She believes that by educating these girls we can help them grow into women with the potential to achieve amazing things that we have yet to see. Now, she is committed to growing Shadhika’s donor circle in Madison, WI, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Nandita is a freelance communications consultant who works in clean tech, green building, and other sustainable services and socially responsible industries. She works with her clients to help build momentum towards decreasing carbon emissions in the built environment.


Horizons-14Janet GrayBoard Member

Janet is a partner with the Bellevue, Washington law firm of Jeppesen Gray Sakai P.S., specializing in the areas of estate planning, probate, tax, and planned charitable gifting. She has practiced law for the past 35 years and is a mother of three. Janet became involved in Shadhika when her family volunteered in Kolkata with one of Shadhika’s grantees, New Light. During her first visit to India, Janet and her family were moved by the determination of the children they met who had to overcome incredible hardships to pursue their education. Through Shadhika, Janet can support the education of girls and young women so that each can break the cycle of poverty and seek options other than forced child marriages, prostitution, and child labor. Janet believes Shadhika accomplishes tangible change one girl at a time.




Horizons-13Sreelata (Lata) MaddipatiBoard Member

During Lata’s life, her mother has been a source of inspiration and a powerful example of how educating women gives them opportunities that lift their families up. Through education, women like Lata’s mother become strong roots of support for their families and communities.  This support­­ begins addressing inequality, injustices, and traditions that work against women and their children.

Lata attended an accelerated medical school at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Her anesthesia training was completed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is an anesthesiologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.

With her colleagues, she has volunteered on surgical missions for the past 10 years in Kenya, Bolivia, Guatemala, and El Salvador. These missions are deeply rewarding and have allowed her to better understand the live’s of women around the world and the tremendous sacrifices that millions of women and families make to provide education, economic opportunity, and a safe and healthy environment for their children.


Horizons-12Juliet Page, Board Member

Juliet is a Madison, WI based philanthropy consultant for grant-seeking nonprofit organizations and private foundations. Juliet came to Madison from New Orleans, where she directed fundraising efforts for the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s $25 million Community Revitalization program and served for three years as an external advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation for its $24 million Rebuilding New Orleans Initiative.  Prior to her post-Katrina work in New Orleans, Juliet lived and worked for ten years in New York. As a mother of two small children, she brings both a personal and professional passion to her board service.






Farrah SalisburyDonor Outreach Manager

Farrah comes to us from Springfield, Missouri.  She first became passionate about international work while studying History & African Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  After living abroad in Ghana and South Korea, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Development & Global Health from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Before joining the Shadhika team, Farrah worked as a Community Manager at the American Cancer Society, where she learned that she loves working with volunteers and donors.  She also loves reading, being near the ocean, and traveling- she has visited 31 countries, including India!




Horizons-18Brittany Morrow,  Marketing & Communications Manager

Brittany just recently made the move to Denver from Indianapolis, IN. Born and raised a Hoosier, she attended college at Ball State University studying Marketing & Psychology with a minor in Sociology. It wasn’t until her college internship working for a non-profit helping women in Uganda that she learned she had a real passion for empowering women.

Brittany has now been working in the non-profit sector for over three years. After college she spent six months working with the same organization on site in Uganda and then moved to the Psi Kappa Psi Foundation as their Director of Annual Giving & Communications.

This marketing enthusiast is excited to help play a role in advancing women’s empowerment and equality in India. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, reading, and traveling.


Horizons-16Ashley Phelps,  Shadhika Volunteer

Ashley is our newest Shadhika volunteer! Ashley heard about Shadhika on Facebook and was immediately attracted to our mission. She had been looking for an organization to volunteer her time with and felt that Shadhika aligned with her passion for women empowerment, youth, and education.

Not only is Ashley involved with local Indian culture but she feels a volunteer role with Shadhika gives her the chance to help others abroad and create a long-term impact. Ashley is able to bring her experience from her professional career and passion to her volunteer role. Putting her planning skills to good use, she is collaborating with our team to plan and execute our upcoming Holi Festival of Color in Denver. We are thrilled to have her join the team this year and help us in our event efforts!



Shadhika’s Past Board Members

Juthica Stangl, Founder, Board Member Emeritus

Peter Stangl, Board Member Emeritus

Anne Garcia (2013-2016)

Kathy Weiss (2014-2016)

Monika Agarwal (2004 – 2012)

Julie Basu (2004 – 2012)

Reema Batta (2010 – 2012)

Mary Buttner (2007 – 2013)

Linda Carlson

Clifford Colvin (1999 – 2012)

Amita Dhawson (2008 – 2012)

Sree Gupta

Sharon Hofstedt

Paul Hertzmann (2014 – 2015)

Radhika Fox (2013 – 2014)

Suruchi Mohan (2010-2011)

Josetta Owen (2005-2008)

Jean Schapp (2008 – 2012)

Usha Sekar (2005 – 2012)

Maureen Sheehan (2004-2014)