Board of Directors

Suzanne Sinegal McGill

President and Co-Founder

Suzanne is Co-Founder and President of Rwanda Girls Initiative. Additionally, she is an Advisor to the Sinegal Family Foundation, a member of the College’s Board of Advisors at Georgetown University and has served on a number of non-profit boards including, the Foundation for Early Learning, Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Board, and St. Thomas School. She was a World Affairs Council Fellow in 2016 and was named by Goldman Sachs as one of the Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2017 at their Builders and Innovators Summit for her work with Rwanda Girls Initiative. Suzanne also devotes significant time related to her children’s schools and activities. She passionately believes education, particularly the education of women and girls, is one of the most powerful tools we have to break the cycle of poverty. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in Medina, Washington with her husband T.J. McGill and their three children.

Shalisan Foster


Shalisan is Co-Founder and VP/Treasurer of Rwanda Girls Initiative. Prior to founding RGI, Shal worked in the investment business at both Ragen MacKenzie and The Rainier Group. She has devoted time and energy as a trustee on the boards for Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association, and the Seattle Art Museum. Shal is heavily involved in her four children’s schools working on capital campaigns, development committees, annual funds and auctions. Shal has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and lives in Bellevue, WA.

Thien-Di Do

Vice President and Secretary

Di (pronounced "Zee") has a background in marketing & communications and is originally from Michigan where she worked in the automotive industry for almost 10 years. Since moving to Seattle with her husband and two children seven years ago, Di started her own consulting firm, specializing in brand management and business strategy. Passionate about children's health and wellness, she and her husband - a pediatric dentist - founded Everyone By One, an oral health initiative that raises awareness around access to care and the importance of the Age 1 visit. If Di could be granted one wish, it would be that all children would have the opportunity to be healthy and educated. Until then, she supports organizations that share that same dream. Di currently serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Thomas School in Medina, WA and is an active volunteer at her church. She holds a B.A. in English from Grand Valley State University with minors in International Business and French.

Lindsay Beck

Board Member, Treasurer

Lindsay Beck is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of NPX where she is leading the charge to transform the way the impact is financed in the nonprofit sector with her Co-Founder & Co-CEO Catarina Schwab.

Before NPX, Lindsay earned her MBA at Wharton, where she explored the disconnect between funding and impact in the nonprofit sector. The financial acumen garnered at Wharton, combined with her deep experience in the nonprofit space, inspired Lindsay to develop the Impact Security — the foundation of NPX.

Before Wharton, Lindsay founded Fertile Hope, a nonprofit organization that addressed the reproductive needs of young adult cancer patients in the U.S. With her vision and leadership, Fertile Hope positively changed the standard of care in two fields of medicine – oncology and fertility – and catalyzed the establishment of a new medical discipline coined “oncofertility.” She has co-authored a book titled 100 Questions & Answers About Cancer and Fertility, published several papers on the topic, most notably ASCO’s Fertility Preservation Guidelines, presented extensively around the world, and appeared in numerous media outlets, including the TODAY show, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and SELF magazine.

Fertile Hope was acquired by the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2009. Lindsay served as the founder of its Fertility Advisory Committee as well as led a groundbreaking initiative that convinced major insurance providers to reform healthcare benefits for cancer patients facing sterility from their treatment.

Lindsay currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, and the Rwanda Girls Initiative, where she recently helped develop and launch a novel college loan program with AtlasMara. Lindsay is also an active member of the NationSwell Council.

Lindsay earned a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in International Affairs & Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. When she is not working on NPX, she enjoys traveling the world, skiing, hiking, meditation, and the daily adventures of life with her husband and their four children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nicole Heidrick

Board Member

Nichole joined Wells Fargo in 2008 as a Wealth Advisor with The Private Bank. As a senior relationship manager, Nichole works with families and business owners on all facets related to managing their wealth. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Nichole worked at Goldman Sachs as a Private Wealth Advisor in Seattle and New York. Before becoming an advisor, Nichole held senior positions at several nonprofit organizations overseeing the areas of fundraising, grant making, and program development. She also held positions at Standard & Poor’s in the bond rating department and Cravath, Swaine & Moore in the corporate litigation group. She has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from NYU Stern School of Business.

Larissa Kaze

Board Member

Larissa was raised in Rwanda and Burundi and moved to the United States to pursue her college education. She joined Boeing in 2005 as a Financial Analyst and is currently a manager in the Fabrication core division overseeing financial performance of sites located around the world that make parts for commercial airplane models. Larissa has previous experience at Standard & Poor’s in the transparency and disclosure unit and at Delphi Automotive in supply management. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University and a Certificate in International Business. Larissa volunteers her time teaching Math and Science to elementary school students through the After School STEM Academy. She is a founding member of the African Business Development Support Group whose mission is to support Boeing business engagement in Africa and provide a platform for networking, leadership and professional development. Larissa received Imbuto Foundation’s young Rwandan achiever award in 2009 for her work reaching out to the community.

Kimberly Mecham

Board Member

Kimberly is the Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School, a leading P-8 independent school in the Seattle area. Prior to joining the world of education, Kimberly was a Senior IT Product Manager at Microsoft, where she worked on leading edge and award winning software solutions for Human Resources. She is the co-founder and past-president of the We Believe Guild, a top 10 Seattle Children's Hospital guild supporting Uncompensated Care. Kimberly has a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of the Pacific, and a certificate in Product Management from the University of Washington. Her husband Mark, and she have 3 children and live in the Seattle area.

Edward Taylor

Board Member

Dr. Edward Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington where he oversees educational opportunities that deepen and enrich the undergraduate experience. Ed is a professor in the UW’s College of Education, which he joined in 1995. His research and teaching center on moral dimensions of education and integrative education, leadership in education and social justice, and he has written, taught and presented extensively on these topics.

Ed earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and bachelors’ degrees in sociology and in psychology at Gonzaga University.

Affiliations: Gonzaga University Trustee; founding board member of Rainier Scholars; Seattle mayors Education Summit Advisory Group; serves on the boards of College Spark Washington, the Road Map Project, and Lakeside School. Nationally he is the faculty for the Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership; part of the Mind and Life Institute; 2010-2011 Fetzer Institute Fellow.