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. Prior to joining the team at Thrive Farmers International in October of 2013, she worked closely with producers sourcing and exporting micro-lot coffees in Central America. She is now Latin American Representative for Falcon Coffees and lives and works in Central America.
Kacy has served as a board member since Project Alianza’s founding. She’s an incredible, vision arywoman who provides collaborative and result-driven coaching to our organization. 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: Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Mars Inc. Global. Kacy pairs her ability to visualize possibilities with innovative leadership to achieve bold results in both the public and private sector.
Kacy lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Ben who teaches ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). She loves spending time with her (2) fur babies Lilly and Monroe, 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. Blair graduated from Indiana University in 2010, where he studied Film Theory, Music Theory and Astronomy. He began a career in accounting after graduation, and now has seven years of corporate 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.
Mr. Hartman is a member of the Indiana Astronomical Society, Astronomical League, and The Mars Society. He loves scuba diving with his friends in his spare time and enjoys screenwriting as well as arranging music from the Baroque and Classical eras for guitar.
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. He also worked with Project Alianza as an advisor, working to strengthen accounting and finance processes to support the growing organization.
Matt earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis.
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.
Prior to his current role, 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, the world’s largest coffee trade association, as a member of the Board for the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International for 6 years, and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Food4Farmers (a NGO he co-founded), 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 - coffee companies working pre-competitively to improve the quality of life for coffee farming families.
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 development organizations in Nicaragua focusing on community development. Oscar has been supporting Project Alianza since 2015 as an advisor to grant applications and to 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 for a small financial management firm 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. He is proud to support Project Alianza and its innovative, collaborative approach to expanding access to safe, high-quality education in coffee-producing communities. Chris has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.