BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Dhaarmika Coelho

Founder & President

Dhaarmika Coelho is an educator, philanthropist and entrepreneur who has a great passion for children and community well being.  She knew she wanted to focus on the social and emotional benefits of practicing kindness and strong character after researching and teaching children and adults of all ages in the US and Asia the past 17years.  With an MA in Elementary Education and BS in Psychology she chose a journey as an elementary school teacher and advocate of the Tribes Learning Community.  Dhaarmika was driven to educate children from challenging environments/communities of San Francisco and was successful at motivating and inspiring her students to persevere and practice empathy, creating a class of curious, collaborative, Kind kids.  Whether it was a reading intervention program in East Palo Alto or making learning English fun in China, her primary focus has always been to empower her students while instilling empathy and kindness in them through practice.  Now in the greater Seattle Area, she continues her commitment to children's well being and building a culture of kindness and compassion in our schools and communities. Dhaarmika is excited to inspire and show kids how their thoughts, voices and actions can make a positive difference in this world with Camp Kindness Counts!

Khusbu Vyas

Board Secretary

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.

Pratik Gupta

Board Treasurer

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 a 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 covering grade 6th till 12th and introduced regional language videos. Till 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 Govt. of India, to provide education to every strata of society. Pratik has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.Tech from IIT Madras. He is also an FRM Certified Financial Risk Manager. Currently, he is working with Microsoft as Program Manager and spends his free time reading and hiking the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Sarah Pallat

Board Community Relations

An elementary school teacher by training, Sarah has always been interested in bringing community together, specifically in ways which will impact children and families.  Sarah teaches with the Bellevue School District and has been a 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 Master 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 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 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 strive for 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. 

Jessica Torres

Event Planning and Fundraising

Jess has been a devoted elementary school teacher for 5 years and sharing the message of kindness with her students is her favorite part. She teaches mindfulness to her students every year to support their learning and emotional well-being. Jess is a member of the Positive and Productive Life Committee at her school where she works alongside teachers and administrators to strengthen social-emotional learning and maintain a positive school climate. Jess has volunteered for projects in education including chair of the Latina Youth Leadership Conference, which invites 300 middle-school Latina students to a college campus for a day of workshops on higher education and professionalism, as well as the Latina Youth Mentoring Program where she mentored at-risk, middle school Latina students. Jess holds a teaching certificate from California and Washington State, and is beginning a micro-credential in Social-Emotional learning with a special focus in cultural responsiveness. Jess believes in the power of instilling kindness and compassion in the youngest of hearts, which is why she loves being an educator and a part of Camp Kindness Counts.

ADVISORS

Kavita Shah

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 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.

Kelly Brewer

Advisor

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 2 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. 

Jessica Garcia

Advisor

Jessica Garcia is a community activist who is a passionate advocate for all children.  She has a background in Business and Computer Science. When her son started elementary school, over 7 years ago, she left the corporate world to take on an even bigger challenge: becoming involved as a full time volunteer in her son’s school and helping the school's PTA . She later became Bellevue Council PTA president, her leadership skills, creativity, enthusiasm and tenacity brought programs that helped build diverse, compassionate school communities.  Her passion as an advocate for all children has recently led her to become involved as a volunteer in various other non-profit organizations in the community that help children with special needs, low income families and equity.  At Camp Kindness Counts, she helps facilitate community partnerships that will enhance the mission of teaching empathy as an essential value that makes a positive impact in the lives of children and the communities they live in.

     OUR TEAM

Sharyn Routh

Program Manager and Educator

Sharyn has a lifelong passion for social justice, equity and inclusiveness. She has served as a public health educator in the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa and has worked in in international development consulting in Washington, DC. After completing a Master of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, she spent a year in Guinea as a Fulbright Scholar, designing and implementing a participatory research project with refugee young women. While her primary focus over the past several years has been her family, she has stayed engaged in helping create a kinder and more equitable world. She served on the Board of Directors for her childrens' co-op preschools in Bellevue and Redmond for a total of 3 years.  During the 2018-2019 school year, she led an  initiative at her son's elementary school in Sammamish to make PTSA programming inclusive of neurodiverse students, winning a gold level award of excellence from the Washington State PTA.  In addition to her MSW, Sharyn holds an MA in International Development from American University and a BA in Sociology from Grinnell College. She lives with her husband and children in Sammamish.

Kari O'Driscoll

Evaluation Manager

Kari O’Driscoll is a writer with a background in biology and medical ethics and has worked in medical and mental health settings. She is the parent of two teenage daughters. Her work has appeared in anthologies on parenting and reproductive rights as well as multiple online sites, covering topics such as social justice, parenting, food politics, and mindfulness. She is the founder of The SELF Project, an organization dedicated to enhancing the social-emotional health of adolescents and building stronger communities. 

Kelsey Owen

Content Manager and Teacher

Kelsey Owen

Content Manager and Teacher

Kelsey is the queen of Girl Scouts.  As a member of the Girl Scouts for the past 10 years she has learned she loves leading and teaching the younger generations.  She teaches kids to develop values to guide their actions and enjoys participating in camps, community helping activities and fundraisers for the organization.   She wants to contribute to the improvement of society through her leadership skills and cooperation with others.  Kelsey has been inspiring kids at Camp Kindness Counts since we were founded in 2012!  She is a kid at heart and can easily put a smile on a child’s face.  Kelsey is studying to become a pediatric nurse and continues to focus on children's social and emotional development at CKC

Thereza Howling

Thereza Howling

Outreach Coordinator

Thereza as completed the Mindful Schools program and enjoys spreading kindness and mindfulness with kids, and watching them learn to develop skills such as gratitude, compassion, empathy, and self-regulation. She believes that if children learn these skills at an early age, navigating through life will be a much more positive experience for them and those around them! She teaches yoga to children, and loves collaborating  and teaching kids with Camp Kindness Counts.

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