The people who make Keela possible.

Meet the Team

A group of Hustlers, Creators, Empathetic and Mettlesome individuals out to change the world. We are on a mission to empower nonprofits to take the next step with smart tools and guided decision-making

Nejeed Kassam 

CEO & Founder

Nejeed is also the founder of the Better Canada Initiative, and former executive director of both End Poverty Now and Conversations for Change. He has experience working for the United Nations and the Senate of Canada. Nejeed is the author of the book High on Life (foreword written by former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien) and the co-producer of the documentary, Conversations for Change. He currently sits on a number non-profit boards. Outside of work, he is married to the most amazing woman in the world and has had a life long obsession for tennis (he was once ranked 1,746 in the world as a junior!).

Tasi Gottschlag

COO

A lover of learning… Tasi takes MIT courses, in her spare time…for fun. Want to get her attention, tell her she gets to compete by playing a game, it’s that simple. Tasi has an MBA from SFU. She built and sold her first SAAS tech start up in 2018. A true geek she is a passionate builder of businesses, loving all the moving pieces, intricate dynamics and systems that produce the results we see. In her free time, she loves to race sailboats, read inspiring business books, and play with her two amazing daughters. She adores Keela, and the bold vision that drives the team.

Wayne Uong

CTO

Wayne was born in Vietnam, grew up in Singapore, and is now settled in Canada. He assembled his first computer when he was 10. Wayne has an engineering degree from McGill and has worked as an engineer at Alcatel-Lucent and Zimmer. His experience in tech includes time with Third Core Venture Expansion and TandemLaunch. Wayne’s insight drives much of the product decisions at Keela, he is mysterious, bold and engaging and he plays a mean game of squash. In fact he plays obsessively when he is not coding… I dare you to challenge him to a game!

Hanna Dandanell

Senior Director of Revenue Operations

A problem solver at heart, she finds opportunities in combining technology, and social causes to empower non-profits to reach sustainable solutions.

Alex Gladley

Head of Global Sales

Originally hailing from the UK, Alex has also lived in both Australia and New Zealand before settling in Canada. He describes himself as a people’s person that will talk to anyone about anything – try him! If he’s not at home he’s probably out running and will watch almost any sport.

Jason Valagao

Account Executive

Jason is passionate about merging his love of the charitable world with technology. Nothing brings him more joy that helping organizations scale through the effective use of technology. When he’s not behind his desk you can find Jason in the mountains chest deep in powder, attempting to land a river monster or sleeping under the stars.

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Jay Wang

Account Executive

Jay hails from Guangdong, China and has called Vancouver, BC his home for the past 16+ years. A very analytical problem solver by nature, he claims that in an alternate universe he would have became a software engineer creating digital solutions for all of the world’s problems. When idle, you can find Jay thinking about getting his next hit of adrenaline by jumping off somewhere really high, or getting on something really fast.

Elsie Coffey

Director of Customer Care

Teller of terrible jokes, breaker of silences – like many Aussies, Elsie loves to talk! She loves travelling around to visit famous peoples’ graves which, granted, is a little strange but she does get to see the world while she’s at it! Her favourite thing to do is work with our customers, getting to know their stories and just sharing the Keela love! 

Matt Byrne

Sales Development Representative

A life filled with travel and constant moves made Matt into the human chameleon he is today. With the ability to find humor in the most mundane areas, making you laugh is a win in Matt’s books. If not on the laptop, look for Matt in his kayak, getting his groove on, or cheffing up something nice on the BBQ. A perfect day would consist of all four.

Laura Taves

Product Manager

Lover of the outdoors, Laura is always keen to adventure and explore. When she isn’t camping, snowshoeing or biking, she thrives on being around people and having a good laugh. She occasionally brings out her inner nerd by working on puzzles, playing board games and learning new excel formulas.

Nosheen Hotaki

Professional Services Specialist

Nosheen called nine other cities home before moving to Vancouver to chase the majestic mountains and the blue ocean. She is passionate about optimizing data, empowering customers, and driving greater social impact through tech and tech-enabled advocacy. In her free time, you can find Nosheen sea-kayaking in the Pacific, hiking, or reading Dostoyevsky. Nosheen is also a hobby wildlife photographer and an alumna of the Canadian Conservation Corps.

Natalie Sjosvard

Associate Product Manager

Another Brit on Canadian soil, Natalie has over a decade of fundraising experience having worked for a number of charities, and a passion to help people and organizations engage in their greatness through incredible products. Outside of work Natalie enjoys surrounding herself with dogs, exploring the great outdoors that Canada has to offer and sipping on espresso martinis.

Tarish Rajakarier

Sales Development Representative

I’m originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka. And while I do enjoy the island beaches – it is hard to imagine myself without Toronto’s fast paced lifestyle. I love the outdoors and will play almost any sport. I also love playing the drums and guitar, or drawing animals and architecture. I love trying new things and meeting new people, If you suggest something I haven’t done yet, I will most likely take you up on that offer and ask you to bring your friends along so I can meet even more people!

Stefania Bracho Liberatore

Customer Support Specialist

Stefania grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and that is where her love for non-profit organizations and her desire to help started. During her time at UBC, an undergraduate degree in Sociology drove her passion for customer support. You can find her skiing the local mountains in BC as that is her favorite thing to do in winter. Fun fact: Stefania’s favorite thing to do is to dip her fries in vanilla ice cream. 

Nicole Kolkman

Customer Support Specialist

Nicole is a firecracker who’s in constant pursuit of a proper belly laugh. She’s always whipping up new recipes to feed her friends and they return the favour by listening to her go on (and on and on…) about some obscure historical fact. Nicole’s very passionate about social justice and loves empowering non-profits to create social change from the bottom up.  

Josh Cheng

Professional Services Specialist

With a passion for learning, Josh sees every challenge as new opportunities to improve himself. When working through complex problems, he would get fully immersed in it and would often lose track of time. Outside of work, Josh enjoys spending time in the kitchen experimenting with new dishes to make and petting his super adorable cat, Sake.

Travis Kuhne

Customer Support Specialist

Travis has a passion for continuous learning, regenerative climate action, and building real solutions with great people. He studied international business management at Canadian/German universities – and continues to learn ongoingly through his side-courses & projects (business studies, permaculture, history, politics, etc). As a client success pro, he always loves connecting with customers and helping them expand their impact through technology.

Bryna Dilman

Senior Director of Growth & Marketing

Fundraising Expert

With almost 20 years of experience delivering innovative strategies and helping nonprofits deliver funding for their core mission, Bryna continues to pursue her passion for helping mission-focused organizations affect positive change. When not working, Bryna can be found spending time outdoors running, cycling, and hiking with her family.

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Meredith Gray

Senior Marketing Manager

Fundraising Expert

Meredith has always had a passion for work that makes an impact. Having spent nearly a decade working in fundraising, she loves helping nonprofits build smart fundraising strategies. When not working, Meredith can be found trying out one of Toronto’s diverse restaurants, breaking a sweat in a spin class, or researching her next travel destination.

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Stephanie Wallace

Marketing Specialist

For as long as she can remember, Stephanie has been involved in the nonprofit industry. This passion for nonprofit fundraising and helping her community led her to study Human Rights and Social Justice. Stephanie continued her studies where she completed a Post Graduate Certification in Digital and Content Marketing. This is when she found she could combine both her love of marketing and nonprofit fundraising. When not at work, you can find Stephanie walking with her dog and exploring all her city’s walking trails.

Marco Santos

Senior Full Stack Developer

Born and raised in Brazil, husband and father of 3 little angels, Marco loves challenges, teamwork and solving problems with best solutions and best practices. He likes to learn, building new technologies and applications. In his free time, he plays with his kids and family and watches Korean series with his wife.

Chelsea Bush

Digital Designer

Chelsea uses design as her creative outlet as well as an opportunity to share meaningful and engaging experiences with others. Through her work, she strives to bring a unique perspective to every new design challenge. Despite spending most of her time at the computer, Chelsea is also passionate about getting back to nature and can typically be found hiking or snowboarding within the beautiful BC mountains.

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Kimberley Hornaday

Partnerships Coordinator

Kim likes to think she has all these great hobbies like travelling, playing the piano or entering in lively philosophical debates… but if she’s being honest, as soon as work is over, she’s playing with her puppies, and before she knows it, the day is done! As one of the palest Indonesians you’ll ever see, you’ll often find her at the dog beach ruining a book with sand.

Anna Hwang

Chief of Staff

Anna left Vancouver to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree at UC Berkeley, thinking she would never return, but Canada (and Keela!) quickly won her over. Having learned four languages and been educated in four countries, Anna honed her ability to navigate diverse cultural spaces. She loves taking arguments apart, problem-solving, and thinking under pressure. A true debater at heart, Anna likes being told no…because who doesn’t enjoy a good debate?

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Susannah White

Head of Delivery

Susannah is all about the detail – she loves applying this in her role, and it totally shows in her artwork too! When she’s not sipping on a cuppa English Breakfast tea and painting pictures of mountains, you can find her enjoying live music, singing in a choir or road trippin’ across BC in her RV!

Stephanie Choi

Software Delivery Manager

“Just call me Steph”, is likely the first thing she’ll say when you meet her. Having moved to Toronto from her hometown in Vancouver to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, she now calls the “6ix” her home (much to her parent’s dismay). When Steph is not meticulously organizing Keela’s release plans, you’ll usually find her in the kitchen, cooking up something delicious for her family and friends. Rumour has it that she wants to start a cooking account on Instagram… but let’s just say she’s been saying that for a while now.

Stacy Luck

People, Culture, and HR Manager

Born and raised on the coast of BC, I’ve travelled the world but always felt the tropics of the temperate rainforests on Vancouver Island was home. Certified in HR Management, and as a Life Coach, I’ve always been curious about human behaviours. I have been in people and culture related positions for a decade and get way too much joy out of engagement survey results. When I’m not listening to people’s unique life stories, you can bet I’m either hiking, gardening, reading in a nearby coffee shop or hiding from my two tiny children. Most likely, I’m hiding from my children….

Alex Schiopu

Lead Product Designer

Set on solving any usability problem that comes his way, Alex is passionate about improving all experiences. If he isn’t busy connecting the dots of an exciting new feature, you’ll probably find him running along the seawall or somewhere up in the mountains enjoying the fresh air.

Allen Kang

Product Designer

Made in South Korea and built in Canada, Allen is a creative from birth with a passion for arts. With a variety of hobbies, Allen is a master at spending time by himself. From photography, illustration, singing, finding new music, running, and more, he is a busy bee that loves inspiring and being inspired by those around him.

Joanie Robichaud

Product Designer

Originally from Quebec City, Joanie moved to Squamish, BC after graduating a Bachelor degree in Design. As a designer and artist, she loves creating and exploring. When she is not working on designing new features for Keela, she is probably outside snowboarding, running up mountains or making natural soap!

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Tristan Marzink

Sales Development Representative

I’m a very curious person! I’m interested in a variety of different cultures and what makes each culture and individual unique. Furthermore, exploring ways to make that uniqueness a commonality.

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André Tannús

Senior Full Stack Developer

I was born in Brazil and have loved science and technology for the entirety of my life. With a background in Physics, I have always loved programming things to behave as I want them to, be it mechanical or electronic. I love coding for performance, and recently discovered I also love data processing and analytics.

José Truyol

Full-Stack Developer

Born in Venezuela, with a Colombian father and Chilean son, and now living in Vancouver, BC. I have been into computers and hardware since my earliest memory, so much so that it led me to study Electronic Engineering. But life led me to love software development more. When I’m not programming, I’m thinking about what I could program for myself or I go for a walk with my dog and my son.

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Keiner Martínez

Intermediate Full Stack Developer

I was born in Venezuela and now living in Toronto. I programmed as a hobby before until I had the opportunity to change to IT Field and become a software developer. I like solving problems, challenges, and puzzles. In my free time, I play video games online with my friends or practice lettering.

Aayush Shrestha

Full Stack Developer / Kathmandu Team Head

Aayush likes to try his hands on as many things as possible. He is always learning something unusual, mostly useless too, like mediocre magic tricks that only 5-year olds will get fooled by. He develops awesome stuff for the web by day and does stand up comedy by night. So, he has effectively no time to sleep.

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Rayjan Shakya

Quality Assurance Engineer

Rayjan has been working in software industry for quite some time and has been specializing in Quality Assurance. He received his degree in IT (Software Development) from London Metropolitan University and has held the position for QA Engineer at Keela.

Bandana Singh

Quality Assurance Manager

Bandana enjoys thinking about the edge cases and believes this helps her to acquire more insight. Decision-making skills are what she is truly passionate about. In her spare time, you can find her either relaxing by doing nothing or exploring the things she likes and says she has a bunch of to-do lists to learn. Also, she spends her time tinkering with ideas and what excites her is problem solving and decision making.

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Badal Shrestha

Quality Assurance Officer

When Badal found out that he fell off a 5-story building at just 2 years old, he realized he was destined for bigger things in life. Badal loves reading books, bike rides, writing poems and stories, short hikes, and long treks, he is a lover of nature. Badal is a Workaholic, but when he is not working, his mind is full of thoughts and crazy ideas. He loves to help people and hopes that someday he can start his own nonprofit organization.

Pawan Sunuwar

Full Stack Developer

Pawan likes to take on new challenges and keep working on himself. Other than work, he likes to scroll through new creations in art communities. When he gets a thing to work on, he grinds himself for months to learn as many things as he can on the topic. Other times, he’ll be binging on shows, or trying to read more books.

Ravi Tamang

Full Stack Developer

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Ravi is an analytical person capable of understanding situations from unique perspectives. While not busy coding, he can be found enjoying a game of Dota 2. He also likes to listen to a wide array of music to keep his mind running, his favorite being Steven Wilson’s Arriving somewhere but not here.

Suvechhaya Shrestha

Junior Full Stack Developer

Name constantly being mispronounced even by native speakers, Suvechhaya now introduces herself as Suvu. Born and raised among the temples of Patan, she finds her peace in Chariya dance, which is an ancient cultural dance form in Nepal. Suvu is a morning person and coffee is not her cup of tea. She is often mistaken as an extrovert, however, her social battery is secretly charged by Patrick (her pawsome pal). She loves watching Marvel movies but won’t give away a single spoiler, and if you are planning to hike around the city outskirts, you can always count her in.

Abinash Sharma

Quality Assurance Officer

Energetic most of the time, Abinash loves guitar, sketching, painting, and basically anything creative. He’s an extrovert and cannot stay in one place peacefully. He enjoys a basic and playful lifestyle.

Anisha Maharjan

Junior Full Stack Developer

Anisha is a creative introvert who enjoys crocheting, crafting, and anything DIY. When she’s not coding, you can find her taking some much-needed me time and diving into her new hobby of drawing mandalas.

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Rohit Dhyako

Quality Assurance Engineer

Graduated as a Computer Engineer, Rohit is focused on his career to become good Quality Assurance Engineer to assure a company with good and quality product. He is enthusiastic about the Electronics and Digital World. As he belongs from the Newari Community, he loves playing Newari instruments and listening Newari music. As he survive from the Death during his birth, he realized he was destined for bigger things in life. Beside this, He loves travelling to new places, play online games and enjoy every moments of his life.

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Asha Shah

Quality Assurance Engineer

Unless you get to know her, Asha is an introvert. She enjoys discovering her own life. She may be thin, but don’t let that fool you—she loves food. Compared to people, she feels a stronger connection to nature. She enjoys singing, dancing, rhyming, drawing, and creating memes.

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Binay Sah

Quality Assurance Engineer

I always wanted to work for social welfare. From my work experience for one of the non-profit organizations that manages the blood throughout Nepal, I’m aware of the technical and financial difficulties for such organization. Being from the technical background, I can understand the importance of technology in dealing real challenges. Inspired from one of my dearest sister, I heard about Keela as an international software tool for such non profit organization. Getting an opportunity to work for Keela was a perfect place to begin my career that not just meet my curiosity but also provide me an environment to implement my knowledge and grow further in my future career.

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Ronish Shahi

Quality Assurance Engineer

Meet Ronish. You can also call him Ronnie. Ronish is one of the friendliest guy until and unless someone knows him properly. He is always full on energy and enthusiast towards his work. When it comes to fitness, Ronish is so crazy about it and has also been into fitness for so many years. Apart from it, he likes to hang out, travel, play sports games and wants to live every moment of his life to its fullest. In his spare time, sometimes you can also see him falling into some mobile games too.

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Sabita Bhandari

Junior QA Engineer

Sabita, a person with wide smile and positive attitude had a belief in herself regarding different factors of her life. In her career, she was driven to provide the exact correspondence of those thought in reality, where she begin her QA journey. Aside from her work, she can be seen in the kitchen making delicious food (Chicken Biriyani being on top), loves trekking and exploring new places, taking photos and constantly plans to follow a diet, but couldn’t anymore due to her greedy nature.

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Safi Shrestha

Junior QA Engineer

Annyeong!!!
A social butterfly, Safi has a keen observation that lead her to start her journey as QA.
She is a big fan of BTS and enjoys watching K-dramas while she is not working. She also loves nature, travelling, hanging out with friends, exploring finance hack. Trying different cuisines especially Korean is a part of her hobby.

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Dhiraj Raut

Junior QA Engineer

Loves solving problems and creating new things. Full time meme lover who enjoys sharing them. Deep inside a very analytical person and have affections for tech and automobiles.

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Urusha KC

Junior QA Engineer

Positive, motivated and outgoing, Urusha, mostly known as Uru. As a Quality Assurance Analyst, she gives you and saves you from trouble. While not detecting errors and finding ways to improve product quality, she loves to explore new restaurants, cuisines and places. Uru is also a certified yoga trainer who pushes people to wake up at 5 AM to make them find peace and breathe. Apart from that, Uru occasionally reflects creativity, art and work of designer and artists through modeling.

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Aayush Ratna Tamrakar

Quality Assurance Engineer

Aayush is a naturally introverted but selectively extroverted person. He is outgoing and enthusiastic, and he enjoys learning new things and solving difficulties. He lives in Basantapur, Nepal, is surrounded by holy sites, and enjoys cultural activities such as Jatras. He enjoys traveling and riding his bike the most.

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Subigya Gautam

Integration Engineer

With passion for learning new things and skills every day, Subigya always has a hunger for new knowledge. You’ll find him usually around his office space, minding his own business, listening some rock and metal music and working silently. Outside of work, Subigya enjoys playing guitar, football, and watching series on his computer.

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Pemba Norsang Sherpa

Junior Full Stack Developer

Hello, my name is Pemba Sherpa. Kathmandu is where I was born and raised. I like to code, read web novels, binge watch TV shows, and play Dota 2. I also enjoy going on hike and trekking.

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Romash Acharya

Junior QA Engineer

Romash is an engineer who loves travelling and exploring new places but is afraid of cold. He likes to spend his day surrounded by friends and talking random stuffs. He is not so extrovert and neither introvert. He is interested in old music, arts and drawings.

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Alok Aryal

Junior Full Stack Developer

Hello, my name is Alok Aryal, and I consider myself to be a fun-loving individual. I enjoy taking on new challenges and overcoming them. I’ve always loved the idea of programming and aspired to be a developer since I first learned about it. I also enjoy listening to music and play variety of instruments such as the guitar, drums, and many others.

Sake Cheng

Purrrfessional Services Specialist

As the Purrrfessional Services Specialist, Sake is in charge of cheering people up with his snuggles and purrs to make sure that everyone is always in a happy place. His favorite hobbies include knocking things off the table and taking naps during the day to prepare for his 3 am zoomies.

Leia Dandanell

Head of Puplick Relations

Leia loves nothing more than saving the galaxy from its latest PR crisis. From blasting off pro-rebel press releases to hiding her identity to get the latest scoop against the Empire, this Princess of Puplick relations is sure to put the perfect spin on it.

Blue Robichaud

Chief Napping Officer

From the mountains to the office, Blue always makes sure to maintain a great work-life balance. Getting plenty of sleep during the week, Blue needs to make sure he is ready for the weekend to explore mountains, snowboard all day and sleep under the stars.

Designed to empower change

Developing purpose-built software is an important part of Keela’s culture– and that’s why every member of the Keela team has spent time in the nonprofit sector.

We have former executive directors, communications staff, volunteer managers, fundraisers, and canvassers… And that doesn’t even include all the current roles our team members hold on various nonprofit boards.

This was an important choice for us because central to everything we do here, to our philosophy, is our values of social responsibility. It is key that we don’t just prescribe a solution for nonprofits. We want to build a tool that responds to the variety of problems that challenge the sector.

In-depth look

Keela’s Team in numbers.

We asked the Keela Team would you rather…

71%

Speak all languages fluently

or

29%

Talk to all animals

104

Cups of coffee drank daily

57%

Identify as women

15

Different nationalities

93%

Of the office walks, bikes or buses to work

Passionate about making an impact?

We’re Hiring!

Keela is purpose-built for the nonprofit sector, staffed by people who care about the sector. We build tools that help nonprofit professionals raise more money, save more time, and do more good

Join us on our mission to provide all nonprofits with affordable and accessible tools.