BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder & President
Dhaarmika Coelho is an educator, philanthropist, and entrepreneur who has a great passion for children and community well-being. With a background in Elementary Education and Psychology, she chose a journey as an elementary school teacher, driven to serve children living in challenging environments. For the past 20 years, her primary focus has always been to empower her students while instilling empathy and kindness in them through practice. From the greater Seattle area, she continues her commitment to children's well-being and building a culture of kindness and compassion in schools and communities around the world. Dhaarmika is excited to inspire and show kids how their thoughts, voices, and actions can make a positive difference in our world! In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, dancing, and serving in the community.
Khushbu and her family have lived in Seattle for the past 11 years. She is a part-time Physical Therapist and mother to two young human beings. Khushbu has always been interested in what Camp Kindness Counts stands for and enjoys volunteering and helping others. The biggest reason for joining this amazing group of individuals is to give back to the community, something she and her parents do on a daily basis. Her ultimate end goal is instilling empathy, community outreach and compassion in her own family's life through volunteer work at Camp Kindness Counts.
Amanda volunteers as a board member active with CKC administration and fundraising. She spends her days as a Technical Program Manager at Microsoft, where she has been in various capacities for the past seven years. Amanda is very active in Microsoft Give campaign and continually is looking for opportunities year-round. Prior to working at Microsoft, Amanda spent time in the healthcare industry and was a US Peace Corps volunteer serving two years in Jamaica. In her spare time, she enjoys being a mom to a very active, athletic son, volunteering for various organizations, and spending time with family. She is very excited to be part of the CKC board and create an impact for children within the community.
As a mother of three daughters, Kristin is passionate about raising kind human beings. She believes that kindness is always the answer. After meeting Dhaarmika and hearing her story about how CKC came to be, Kristin knew she wanted to join the team. Kristin is originally from Las Vegas, NV, and attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Kristin and her family have lived in the Seattle area for six years now and they absolutely love it. Kristin has 15 years of experience in public accounting and is excited to serve her community as a co-treasurer for CKC. In her free time, Kristin enjoys hot yoga, reading a good book, and listening to music (and singing at the top of her lungs). Kristin also loves coffee and people!
Pratik has a deep passion for Education and launching new things. He mentored economically-challenged children as part of Teach India initiatives. Later, to make education affordable and accessible to low- and middle-income students, he launched the non-profit EduNetworking, and built a portal with free online tuition videos. Pratik used his savings to buy recorders and coordinated with NGOs in 10 cities to find volunteers to record videos. Together with the team, he added 3.5K videos for grades 6th - 12th and introduced regional language videos. To date, 2M lectures have been delivered to 60K students, saving $1.5M in tuition expense. His team also collaborated with Open Source Education, an organization supported by the Indian Government, to provide education to every strata of society. Pratik has a Bachelors of Technology from IIT Madras and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He is also an FRM-certified financial risk manager. Currently, he is working with Microsoft as a Program Manager and spends his free time reading and hiking the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
An elementary school teacher by training, Sarah has always been interested in bringing the community together, specifically in ways that will impact children and families. Sarah teaches with the Bellevue School District and has been an active community volunteer in the Greater Seattle Area. She passionately researches ways to implement kindness and compassion for others into her parenting and teaching. When she discovered Camp Kindness Counts and involved her kids in the programs it became evident through what they were learning (and living) that it was making an impact in their lives. Sarah found the experience to be unique, important, and something really special. Sarah is grateful and excited to be on the board as a Community Relations member and to have the opportunity to spread compassion, kindness, and love to and for all.
Monica Rodriguez Wilson
Program Development and Fundraising
Monica’s passion for teaching originated in experiences growing up as the youngest of nine children in a small farming community. There she witnessed the transformative power of learning in the lives of children raised within challenging economic circumstances. Her family survived poverty by picking grapes under extreme conditions in Central California. That experience fueled Monica’s conviction for teaching, one that led her to earn a Masters in Teaching degree from the University of Washington. Monica is also a National Board Certified teacher with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She has been a classroom teacher since 2005, and prior to that, she taught in after-school Spanish programs for children. Monica believes that modern education ought to encompass more than just academics and that matters of the heart must be taken seriously and nurtured in young children. She has developed and implemented a curriculum centered on social-emotional development and mindfulness that teaches children about kindness and compassion. Monica credits her mother for making a lasting impression on her life. Her mother’s wisdom and kindness are qualities that Monica continues to emulate in her daily life. In her spare time, Monica enjoys spending time with her daughter and two dogs. Monica is thrilled to be part of the Camp Kindness Counts team. She is confident that children will find empowerment and joy through small acts of kindness that will make our world a better place. It’s by giving and receiving those acts that people’s hearts are changed.
Sonal has called the Greater Seattle area home for almost 20 years. She used to work as an actuary with Safeco and currently works at Microsoft. She finds the mission of Camp Kindness Counts inspiring and values it as a channel for her to contribute to the community. Encouraging kids to find their own voice and instilling in them values of empathy and kindness is a very rewarding experience for her. In her office, she is involved with clubs focused on empowering women to achieve more. She is a very creative problem solver and loves to try new things. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, and spend time with her two teenage daughters.
Aarushi is a Junior at Eastlake High School. She is serving her first year on the Camp Kindness Counts youth committee. She joined CKC because she understands the importance of kindness and how much it can impact people’s lives. She believes that an act of kindness is never wasted. It can be as little as putting a smile on someone’s face, which will not only make the recipient’s day happy but the giver’s as well. Outside of Camp Kindness Counts and school, Aarushi enjoys taking photographs, playing guitar, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Vyakhya is a 9th grader who loves reading, baking, riding horses and robotics. She has been volunteering at Farrell-McWhirter park for the past two years and loves working with animals. She joined Camp Kindness Youth Committee because she saw how even the smallest act of kindness can impact people’s lives and she wanted to be part of spreading kindness in our world.
Nilay is a father of two who enjoys serving the youth in the community. He believes in the mission of Camp Kindness Counts and its growing importance in today’s world. He hopes to share CKC’s message by contributing his financial expertise acquired at leading technology companies such as Intel, DemandTec, and IBM. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family including mentoring his boys’ robotics team.
Kelly has always had a passion for working with children. From a young age, she tried to persuade her parents to give her a younger sibling. When this did not work, she took babysitting classes and became a mother’s helper and a neighborhood babysitter. This joy of working with children led her to pursue a career as a Pediatric Nurse. She has been a Pediatric Nurse now for over 15 years, providing compassionate care to her patients and families. She has served on several committees through her work, developing procedures and processes to benefit the patients and families, nurses, and support staff. Kelly has two young boys she chases around in her spare time. Her favorite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What lies behind us and before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Kelly is excited to be involved with Camp Kindness Counts. She believes in helping kids find the empathy and kindness that lies within them.
Pooja is a parent who is passionate about children's happiness and well-being. She has been actively involved in her school PTA for a number of years, leads well-being initiatives with Project Cornerstone, and is involved with supporting girls with Girls on the Run at her children's school. With a background in hospitality and travel, she has had the fortune to travel extensively and live in three different countries: India, Australia, and America, and in four different states within the USA. This has shaped who she is and helped her understand and build connections with wonderful people from all walks of life. She loves building community, and truly believes that it takes a village to raise a child. She loves what Camp Kindness Counts stands for and believes that the CKC programs will help parents and caring adults raise Kind kids, who are empathetic and connected to the community. Pooja finds purpose in working with an organization that values fostering kindness, strength, and happiness in children while building community. She is a quintessential soccer mom, and loves spending her spare time cooking, reading and getting together with friends and family.
Strategic Planning and Development Advisor
Kavita Shah is the kind of engineer who throws away the assembly instructions from a box of furniture before starting the building process because she likes the challenge of figuring out how to make things work on her own. Her approach makes her a perpetual kid, a forever student in the school of life — always ready to try something new at least once and incapable of ever fully growing up. In the world of grown-ups, Kavita helps develop semiconductor technology products, drive strategic technical and commercial engagements, and manage global customers at Applied Materials. At Camp Kindness Counts, her mission is to help kids cultivate positive playground interactions like sharing, caring, being respectful, and practicing determination so that the younger generation can carry these values as part of their own exciting and fulfilling lives.
Program Manager and Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
As a former member of the Girl Scouts, Kelsey has learned she loves leading and teaching the younger generations. Kelsey has been empowering kids at Camp Kindness Counts since we were founded in 2012! Currently, Kelsey helps to manage Camp Kindness Counts' camps and enrichment programs. She teaches kids to develop values that help to guide their actions and enjoy contributing to service camps, service-learning opportunities, and enrichment for families. Kelsey wants to contribute to the improvement of society through her leadership skills and collaboration with community partners. She is a kid at heart and can easily put a smile on a child’s face and heart. Kelsey is studying to become a pediatric nurse and continues to focus on children's social and emotional development at Camp Kindness Counts.
Aniyah graduated from the University of Washington in 2020 studying Psychology, Communication, and Arabic. She plans to pursue graduate work in school psychology to better understand and help underserved groups within the educational system. Aniyah continuously seeks opportunities that will equip her with the tools needed to address diversity in communities and the consequences brought upon by the pitfalls within the educational system. While working in elementary schools, she learned the value of social-emotional learning, propelling her to join the Camp Kindness Counts team. Aniyah is excited to help make the world a kinder place. In her free time, she likes to write young-adult novels. Also, she loves traveling and cross-cultural experiences.
Abi grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008 after getting her PhD in Educational Psychology at Teachers College in New York City. She has worked as a camp counselor, an instructional assistant, a research coordinator and consultant, and an elementary school teacher. She currently teaches research methodology courses at City University of Seattle and works as a freelance UW-certified editor. Abi loves volunteering on the executive board of Mead Elementary’s PTSA as the vice president, teaching martial arts, and spending time with her 2 boys. She is excited to join the Camp Kindness Counts team as a program manager for Kind World Explorers. What an amazing gift to be able to bring this curriculum to broaden minds, inspire kindness, increase family engagement, and create a world where altruism and service to the community abound.
Volunteer | email@example.com
A software engineer by profession, Aruna has always been interested in volunteering to make the world a better place, even if just by a little bit. She pursued a software career at Microsoft for close to 15 years and now actively volunteers with a few organizations in the Seattle area. Having two young boys of her own, she understands the value and impact of instilling kindness in our next generation. She met Dhaarmika, the founder of CKC, at a dance class and got interested in learning more about the organization. She started volunteering with CKC in 2020 by helping out at a youth camp, helping with data analysis and reporting, grant writing, and continues to help actively with the Youth Kindness Ambassador program.