Executive Board

Executive Director


Kathleen Hayes

Kathleen is a senior from Wilmington, North Carolina. Being involved with S4Si since her first-year, she is thrilled to be serving as Executive Director this year. As a part of S4Si’s 2011 delegation to Zanzibar, Kathleen loved having the chance to get to know S4Si scholars ‒ their true enthusiasm for learning and great career aspirations. In 2012 Kathleen initiated the scholar enrichment fund, and she is excited to help S4Si grow in membership this year ‒ both in Chapel Hill and Zanzibar. Kathleen sees her work with S4Si as a way of helping her international peers have the wide variety of opportunities Carolina students are so fortunate to have. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys teaching tennis, volunteering with the Newman Catholic Students Center, and spending time with her friends and five older brothers.

Operations Director


Kate Matthews

Kate is a senior public policy and political science major from Williamston, North Carolina. As the Director of Operations, she plans logistics for the organization, leads recruitment and is the assistant to the Executive Director. She has had a longstanding interest in education policy and was excited to learn of S4Si’s commitment to empowerment through educational opportunity in Tanzania.




Events Directors


Amira Shehata

Amira is a senior management and society major with a double minor in Arabic and cognitive science from Advance, NC (right next to Winston-Salem). As the co-chair of events she plans and runs events like an annual talent show and auction). This will be her second year with S4SI and she loves it! She joined it last year and got to learn more about our mission to create educational opportunities for high-achieving women in the developing world which inspired her to become apart of the executive board this year. Learning about these scholars across the world is very humbling and it means a lot to be able to help them out! Outside of S4SI, Amira volunteers with the Human Rights Center and Muslim Student Association. She also loves baking and hopes one day to have her own cupcake shop!


Madiha Bhatti

Madiha is a senior serving her second year on S4Si’s executive board. She is double-majoring in English and biology and minoring in women’s studies. She hopes it will prepare her for a career in medicine, with a focus in women’s health (the English major is so she can write eloquent prescriptions.) She believes wholeheartedly in the S4Si mission of educating, enriching and empowering women in developing nations. So much so that she spent the summer in Liberia working with doctors and nurses to create empowering and compassionate conditions for women in labor, with the ultimate goal of reducing maternal mortality. Beyond S4Si, Madiha is a volunteer Doula at the UNC Women’s Hospital, an APPLES Alternative Break leader and a researcher at Duke. If she had free time she would spend it reading Game of Thrones, backpacking and crossing off some of the items on her 12 page bucket list.


Sara Shariff

Sara is a senior from Charlotte, NC. She is double-majoring in political science and global studies and minoring in Arabic. This is her first year on the executive board for S4Si. She committed to this organization because she is passionate about the opportunities that S4Si makes available to the intelligent and well-deserving scholars in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She hopes to apply what she learns now to one day start her own non-profit organization that will be based in the US and Pakistan to improve pertinent social issues (S4Si has her strongly considering helping education there.) She is a great go-to person for giving any suggestions or other feedback on how you think we at S4Si are doing.


Communications Director


Sara Kathryn Mayson

Sara Kathryn is a sophomore serving her first year as a member with S4Si. She is from Raleigh, NC and a double-major in art history and PWAD, pursuing a minor in russian culture. As someone who loves learning and is blessed to be able to continue her education, Sara Kathryn believes that giving the same opportunities to women in Zanzibar is extremely important to offer that to others as well. Beyond S4Si, Sara Kathryn is a co-chair for the Campus Steering Committee for the Arts (part of Student Government), Kappa Delta Sorority and BPSS.



Scholarships Directors


Amelia Ahern

Amelia is a senior psychology/geography double major from Durham, NC. As co-director of scholarships she communicates with scholars and mentors to make sure they have everything they need to be successful. Amelia got involved with S4Si her freshman year because of her belief that education is one of the most powerful tools to fuel change. After visiting the scholars this summer on delegation, she saw how profound the impact of S4Si is on the scholars, their families, and the community at large. Outside of S4Si, Amelia is an outreach chair in Phi Beta Chi sorority, skates on a synchronized figure skating team, and sells mattresses.



Safiyah Ismail

Safiyah is a junior environmental health science and engineering major from Cary, North Carolina. As a student in the Gillings School of Public Health and a passionate believer in S4SI, she believes that education is the key to a successful, healthy life for all. As Co-director of Scholarships, she is excited about connecting the scholars in Zanzibar to members of S4Si in Chapel Hill. She went on delegation in the summer of 2013 and is continually inspired by how passionate the scholars are about education and becoming role models in their communities. Aside from S4Si, she is a Resident Advisor in Kenan Community, a member of the Honor Court, and the founder of UNC American Sign Language club where she teaches ASL classes to her peers in order to create a more inclusive Carolina. In her free time she enjoys running half-marathons, writing parodies to popular pop songs about science and other dorky things and eating half her weight in peach rings.

Outreach Directors


Alice Huang

Alice is a sophomore mathematics and economics double major from Chapel Hill, NC. As Co-Director for Outreach, she is excited to strengthen S4Si’s relationships with the greater UNC community. Previously, Alice served as a member of S4Si’s 2013 Summer Delegation. She was inspired by the incredible stories of S4Si scholars, their love for learning, and their commitment to their communities. Beyond S4Si, Alice is also involved in Musical Empowerment and TEDxUNC.





Anvita Bhardwaj

Anvita Bhardwaj is a junior psychology major from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She decided to get involved with S4Si this year after learning a lot about the power of education in her maternal and child health class. Anvita has moved so many times that it forms a shape of a leaking hour class across North America. Through all that moving she was lucky enough to live in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic games where she skied down the men’s downhill course in a record time of 30 minutes.





Jasmine Kreig

Jasmine Kreig is a senior studying environmental science, mathematics, and art history from Seattle, Washington. As Director of Outreach she works with organisations on campus and in the community, helping to strengthen S4Si’s bonds with other organisations. Jasmine has been with S4Si since her first year, serving the past two years on the executive board as Director of Grants. S4Si is important to Jasmine because she believes in the importance of education especially in empowering young women. Besides being involved in S4Si, Jasmine is also the President of the ALMIGHTY Alpha Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. and a member of Blank Canvas Dance Company. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her cat, Lucy.

Finance Director

Genna Zimmer is a senior business major from Wilmington, NC. As finance director, she deals with S4SI’s money related issues. She chose to join S4SI because she is passionate that education is key to achieving success. She is passionate about S4SI’s mission and is beyond proud to be a member of the executive board.

Grants Director


Yuman Wu

Yuman is a Junior economics major and computer science minor from China. As the Director of Grants, she will be seeking out additional funding opportunities from federal, state and private sectors. Though grant-writing is a challenging task, Yuman is excited to learn more about S4Si and how she can best present the organization to grant-makers. Because of her interests in international culture and education, she has decided to join S4Si and meet others who share these interests. Besides working with a nonprofit in the past that combats international poverty and hunger, Yuman is also involved in financial education for low-income and homeless individuals. During her downtime, she enjoys making digital art and playing with graphic design.

Alumni Relations Director


Emma Zarriello

Emma is a junior born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont. After thumbin’ her way down to Rutherfordton, North Carolina, Emma came to UNC to double-major in Political Science and Global Studies – with a minor in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Emma is the Director of Alumni relations for S4Si and works to strengthen existing relations with UNC alumni while finding new avenues for future relationships with Carolina graduates. Although this is her first year on the S4Si team, Emma’s interests in local efforts to solve global issues led her to the non-profit because she feels confident that grassroots efforts are the key to decreasing the education gap in the developing world. She chose to work with alumni relations because she has faith in the entire Carolina community to sustain a non-profit organization driven by a global need for action. Staying connected with alumni who share a common dislike for Duke certainly doesn’t hurt either! Emma is also the Student Body Chief of Staff, Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate Law Journal and President of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, making leisure time an almost-imaginary friend. If she does have a spare moment, she enjoys pretending that she’s skilled at tennis, swooning over Don Draper on Mad Men or cooking concoctions in a dormitory kitchen that would make Gordon Ramsey run for the hills.

IT Director


Katie Marriner

Katie Marriner is a senior journalism and mass communication major with a minor in music from Wilmington, NC. Her job as Director of IT is to update the website with information about events in Chapel Hill and our scholars in Zanzibar. She believes that an education is the key to unlocking so many other doors to a better life. That is why she is passionate about S4Si’s mission of empowering women to achieve their goals through education. In addition to S4Si, she is treasurer of UNC’s chapter of the Online News Association and a member of the Marching Tar Heels. In her free time, she watches sports, builds websites and bakes with her roommates.