Board of Directors & Trustees
Tiffany Cheng Nyaggah | Co-Founder
Prior to Dignitas Project, Tiffany worked at Harvard University as a researcher with the Public Education Leadership Project studying leadership and organizational change in partnership with urban school districts. Her case studies on entrepreneurial efforts in the education sector have been published in books and currently used in graduate courses in business and education at Harvard and Stanford University. She began her career as a teacher, admissions counselor, and school developer in Oakland public schools and later worked in Boston public schools. She has consulted on a number of youth-led and faith-based organizing activities promoting education equity in urban communities. Tiffany holds an Ed.M in School Development from Harvard University and a B.A. in Cultural Psychology/Education from Wellesley College.
Bobby Lee | Chairman, Co-Founder
Bobby has previously served as an executive pastor as well as a corporate executive of a manufacturing company. He is currently the founding/lead pastor of Convergence, a new church in Oakland, California. Bobby has extensive experience and education in leadership, strategy, and organization design. His passion is for leadership empowerment of the emerging generation. Bobby is pursuing an Master’s degree in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and holds an MBA from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
Dr. C. S. Sheth
Dr. Sheth is a retired medical practitioner with 40 years experience. He is now an active philanthropist focusing on health and education. He has been involved in more than twenty not-for-profit organizations and charities which include: Chairman of Spinal Injury Hospital, Kenya; Board Member of Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF); Patron of St Ann’s Gichocho Girls School, Kiambu; and Board member of Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), Kenya.
Smita is currently a Director in the International Development Advisory Services (IDAS) unit in KPMG Kenya. She has had significant consulting success working with public sector, donor agencies, private foundations and non-governmental organizations. She has contributed to the progress and achievements of programs and organizations in a variety of sectors including governance, health, land, urban development and community development. Smita is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) and a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Steve has 15 years of experience working with organizations championing child and youth development. He holds a degree in Community Development from Daystar University. Currently he is leading an initiative to transform communities by resourcing the next generation leaders.
Dr. Perry Devani
Dr. Paresh Devani joined the Dignitas board in 2014. He is a retired maxillofacial surgeon and lecturer, having practised and taught for 30 years at several hospitals. He has been actively involved with various health and education charity and philanthropy organisations and initiatives. These include Smile Train International, a children’s charity for cleft lip and palate healthcare provision in developing countries; Future Faces, which supports training of cleft heathcare professionals; rural schools such as St. Ann, St Peter and Paul schools in Kiambu; and Spinal Injury and Mathare Hospitals. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Hyderabad Cleft Society in India, based at the GSR Institute of Craniofacial Surgery, which provides free healthcare and also runs a unique on-site education initiative in the Cleft School Project, providing free education using innovative teaching methods for children with treated cleft defects.
Ms. Atia Yahya has worked in various senior positions at AON Minet Insurance Brokers and APA Insurance. She has vast management experience in the insurance industry with diverse contacts and networks. She was instrumental in setting up Health Insurance Divisions for AON and APA Insurance. She is qualified as an Associate of the Australian Insurance Institute in General Insurance with specialization in Marine/Aviation classes. Ms. Atia is currently engaged by GA Insurance Ltd as a Management Consultant to develop its Health Division. She is a member of Rotary Club of Nairobi where she has held various senior positions, undertaken numerous projects and served as its Vice President from 2016 to date. She is an active member in a number of philanthropic initiatives among them a Trustee for Friends of Spinal Injury Hospital in Nairobi. Ms. Atia also serves as a Trustee of Kenya Community Development Foundation- KCDF and Non-Executive Director and Chairperson of KCDF Investment Holding.
Monica Higgins joined the Harvard faculty in 1995 and is currently an associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) where her research and teaching focus on the areas of leadership development and organizational change. Prior to joining HGSE, she spent eleven years as a member of the faculty at Harvard Business School in the Organizational Behavior Unit. While at Harvard, Monica’s teaching has focused on the areas of leadership and organizational behavior, self-assessment and career development, entrepreneurship, and strategic human resources management. Monica lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband, Michael, and three daughters, Sarah, Rebecca, and Mikayla.
Helen Westmoreland is the Deputy Director at Flamboyan Foundation, a private family foundation focused on improving educational outcomes for students. As one of the D.C. team’s first staff members, Helen supports strategic planning and management across Flamboyan’s family engagement work, and oversees the operationalization, expansion, and sustainability of the Family Engagement Partnership, the organization’s flagship approach to building school capacity through intensive training and coaching to school leaders and educators. Before coming to Flamboyan Foundation, Helen worked for the Harvard Family Research Project, where she provided research, evaluation, and technical assistance support to non-profits, philanthropies, government agencies, and research policy organizations across the country. Prior to that, Helen coordinated student tutoring services and site evaluations for community-based afterschool programs in the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership. Helen received a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bachelor’s Degrees in Spanish and biological anthropology from Duke University.gement from Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Duke University.
Wendy Robison is an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Most recently, Wendy worked as the Director of Development Operations for Citizen Schools, where she helped design a national expansion strategy, conducted programmatic and financial sustainability assessments, and led the development of systems and operations for national and regional fundraising. Wendy’s international work focuses on issues of educational access, teacher quality, and systemic reform in Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East. For three years, she helped manage a U.S. government-funded primary education program in Afghanistan. Wendy graduated with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Religious Studies with a concentration in the Middle East and Islam from the University of Virginia. She holds an Ed.M from the International Education Policy program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.