Board of Directors
Amanda has nearly a decade of experience in the specialty coffee industry, with a focus in origins. Equipped with a Master’s in Public Health, Amanda pursued her passion for coffee growing communities, promoting women’s health in Mexico, Nicaragua and Tanzania with non-profit Grounds for Health. Amanda has worked extensively with producers sourcing and exporting micro-lot coffees, and is now Latin American Representative for Falcon Coffees and lives and works in Central America.
Kasy’s visionary leadership has provided collaborative and results-driven coaching since the beginning of Project Alianza. She has over a decade of experience in Digital Marketing and Ecommerce leadership roles working with Non-Profits, Start-Ups, as well as some of the largest Consumer Packaged Goods companies worldwide. Kacy lives in Nashville, TN and is most recently the Director of Digital Marketing for the emerging Fortune 1000 company, Fleetcor Technologies based in Atlanta, GA.
Blair Hartman is an award-winning accountant from Indianapolis, Indiana, with experience spanning retail, property management, construction and nonprofit accounting. Blair’s love of tackling new challenges, helping people, and working with global nonprofits lead him to Project Alianza. He partnered with Project Alianza to develop the accounting and budgeting procedures, working to ensure that the practices were both legally and morally copacetic, and has remained on the advising team since.
Matt is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in business processes, finance, technical accounting, auditing, and internal controls. He spent time as an assurance professional at a global consulting firm, working with SEC-regulated and multinational companies, and is currently a finance controller at a large manufacturing company. Matt has always had an interest in poverty and health issues affecting vulnerable communities and enjoys using his finance and accounting skills to help non-profit organizations achieve their goals.
Rick Peyser is the Sr. Relationship Manager, Coffee & Cocoa for Lutheran World Relief, a non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice, and human suffering. Previously, he led Keurig Green Mountain’s Supply Chain Community Outreach efforts for close to 27 years. Rick has served as President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and as a member of the Board for the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International for 6 years, and currently serves as a founding board member of Food4Farmers, as well as Root Capital, The Coffee Trust, and Project Alianza. Rick co-authored “Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters”, and worked to convene The Coalition for Coffee Communities.
Oscar Quintanilla is a transportation planner working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to this, he worked evaluating urban development and infrastructure projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank and with international community development organizations in Nicaragua. Oscar has been supporting Project Alianza since 2015 as an advisor to grant applications and our school construction efforts. Oscar holds an Economics degree from Universidad Centroamericana (Managua, Nicaragua), and a Master in Urban Planning degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Christopher Schnyer is a data systems analyst based in Jupiter, Florida. Prior to entering finance, Chris had a twenty-year career in non-profit management and public policy research. He spent three years as a project manager and research associate in the health unit of the RAND Corporation, where his work focused on clinical quality and performance measurement, and five years at the Institute for Health Policy Solutions, working to expand affordable health coverage for working families in California. He also spent two years as an independent non-profit management consultant in Boston, MA.