Welcome to Kangu!

We built Kangu because we wanted to create an easy, concrete and personal way to fund healthcare services for pregnant moms around the world.

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After safely giving birth to two healthy babies, I could not shake what I knew: that so many women around the world lack access to clean facilities and trained professionals during pregnancy and childbirth, and 800 die each day as a result. I learned that 90% of maternal deaths are entirely preventable and that there are hospitals and clinics offering life-saving care around the world. I wanted to help and I knew others would too.
We built Kangu because we wanted to create an easy, concrete and personal way to fund healthcare services for pregnant moms around the world. We hope you'll love using Kangu as much as we have loved creating it. We welcome your feedback and suggestions, so please reach out anytime at connect@kangu.org. Below, meet the team and some of our key partners!

- Casey Santiago, Founder & Chairwoman

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Casey Santiago
Founder & Chairwoman
Casey Santiago founded Kangu after working at the pioneering microfinance crowdfunding website, Kiva, and having wonderful children of her own. She also serves as the Program Director of Technology and Innovation at the Results for Development Institute. Casey began her career at Deloitte and has advised non-profits, corporations and donor agencies including Doctors without Borders, Institute for OneWorld Health, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and USAID. Casey has worked in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. She holds a BA magna cum laude from Wellesley College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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Marion Sifreu
Operations and Partnership Director
Marion Sifreu serves as the Operations Leader at Kangu, after having been part of the first Fellow Program in 2014 to work on a pilot expansion of Kangu into Latin America. She has a Master degree in Business and Management and received an important training in health care economics and policy, acquired during 8 years of working as consultant in private healthcare companies. She has been in charge of several consulting assignments in strategy, organization and operational performance to all stakeholders in the health sector (hospitals, clinics, as well as public institutions).
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Nikki Chase-Levin
Board Director
One morning over coffee, Nikki told Casey... "since I live in a house full of men I insist that all our pets are girls." Nikki lives in New York City with her husband, Dave, her two sons - enthusiastic, joyful little dudes named Max and Zach, and their 75-pound, female yellow lab - Bubbles. Prior to life in the Big Apple, Nikki received her BA in Journalism from Michigan State University. Over the course of her seventeen year career, Nikki has worked for several consumer brands including Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Sony, Morgan Stanley, Discover Card and Miller Brewing Company. Her responsibilities across these roles spanned television advertising development, marketing communications, public relations, crisis communication, and events programming.
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Kristen Kane
Board Director
Kristen Kane is a mother of two and an education entrepreneur. She helped establish Amplify, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp. focused on education technology, and served as its founding COO. Prior to that, Kristen worked at the Federal Communications Commission developing strategies for applying broadband technologies in the education, healthcare, and energy sectors. In the Bloomberg administration, Kristen served as COO of the New York City Department of Education and led the new small schools and charter school initiatives. Earlier in her career, Kristen worked in equity research at JPMorgan.  She holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale.
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Erika Mouynes
Board Director
Mrs. Erika Mouynes, is the General Legal Counsel at Fintech Advisory, Inc. since joining in October of 2013, is responsible for the full range of legal and regulatory matters affecting the company and its members. Prior to joining Fintech, Mrs. Mouynes has worked for: Shearman & Sterling LLP, the Government of Panama, and the Panama law firm Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Lee. Mrs. Mouynes holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate Law from New York University Law School, a Post Graduate Degree in Business and Finance from Stern School of Business at New York University, and holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in International Relations from Berkeley Law School at University of California, where she studied as a Fullbright Scholar. Mrs. Mouynes holds a Licenciatura en Derecho (Law Degree) from the University Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama, graduating magna cum laude, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with Emphasis in Finance from Latin-American University of Science & Technology in Panama, graduating magna cum laude.
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Maya Hardigan
Board Director
Maya Hardigan is currently the Director of Clinical Innovation at Pfizer, Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors at Kangu.org. Prior to Pfizer, Maya was a healthcare management consultant with Booz & Company. Maya’s work has primarily focused on identifying growth strategies and operational improvements for healthcare-oriented companies and managing the associated implementations. Maya received her bachelor’s degree at Duke University in Biology and Psychology, and her MBA from Columbia Business School.
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Tricia Bolender
Tricia Bolender is part of the founding team and serves as an Advisor Kangu. As Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Tricia partners with governments in low- and middle-income countries around health financing and systems improvement. Additionally, Tricia Bolender advises Fortune 500 companies, governments, multilaterals, major foundations, nonprofits, and impact investors around strategy and impact as a global health consultant. She received her BA from Harvard University, MBA and MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, and has worked in India, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
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Sarah Samarasinghe
Sarah Samarasinghe has more than 10 years in nonprofit management, development, and executive search. Her experience includes senior leadership positions at City Year New York and Beginning with Children Foundation. A seasoned fundraiser, Sarah has raised tens of millions of dollars for NYC nonprofits over the course of her career. Currently, Sarah is a candidate developer for pbr Executive Search. Sarah earned a BA from the University of Colorado and an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Washington University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two sons.
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Jessica Jackley
Jessica Jackley is the CEO and co-founder of ProFounder. She was one of the co-founders of Kiva, and was CMO of Kiva before founding ProFounder. Jessica received her MBA from Stanford. She is an educator (USC, Stanford) and speaker, with expertise in social enterprise, crowdfunding, microfinance, small business. Jessica also has extensive international experience.
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Mazeda Hossain
Mazeda Hossain is an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with experience in public health research, development and humanitarian aid work in Africa, Europe and Asia. She has a background in epidemiology and reproductive and sexual health research. Mazeda has extensive experience leading research projects among vulnerable populations (asylum seekers, trafficked women, conflict-affected) and technical expertise in designing, conducting and analyzing mixed-method impact evaluations of complex interventions. Prior to joining the LSHTM, she worked in development and humanitarian aid programs in West Africa and supported a US-based program working with women peacebuilders from conflict-affected settings.
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Dr. Veronica Ades
Veronica Ades is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine. She has served as an obstetrician-gynecologist on several Doctors Without Borders (MSF) missions, including in Irbid, Jordan, and in South Sudan. Veronica has also previously worked for one year at a rural district hospital in Uganda while doing research on malaria in pregnancy. She is originally from New York City, graduated from Wellesley College and received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. She did her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.
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Teryll Hopper
Teryll Hopper, affectionately called la Gringa, is a communications and project management consultant. Teryll helps clients across the global health, nonprofit, real estate, and technology sectors to identify their audience and figure out what to say and where to say it. Whether it’s managing a robust editorial calendar or planning the content for a major event, Teryll makes sure every detail is covered. When she’s not working with clients, you can find her running the trails inside and outside of San Francisco and planning her next international adventure.