Our Team: Who We Are

Mission: Restore Dedicated Volunteers

These dedicated Mission: Restore volunteers make up our governing, advisory, and young professional boards and fuel our organization.

Governing Board

Kaveh Alizadeh, MD, FACS

Founder and Chairperson

Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh is a board-certified plastic surgeon and Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College. From 2000 to 2012, he was a partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, where he also served as President of the practice from 2007 to 2012. Dedicated to advancing the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Alizadeh directs the Clinical Research Division of the practice's Residency Program.

Since 2005, he has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Consumer Research Council and has held the title of Castle Connolly Top Doctor since 2010. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Alizadeh also received national recognition as a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report and was voted by patients as one of the Best Cosmetic Surgeons in the Annual Long Island Press Awards.

Dr. Alizadeh's passion is to perform volunteer plastic surgery. His volunteer work began in the Afghan refugee camps in 1993, and every year since then he has participated in volunteer missions all over the world, including Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. In 2009, Dr. Alizadeh's humanitarian volunteer work earned him the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award recorded in the United States Congressional Record.

John Nazemian


John Nazemian is Chairman of Carlyle Development Group and has over twenty-five years of experience in construction and real estate investment in the Middle East, France, and the United States. He holds a civil engineering degree (B.S.C.) from London University. He is one of the founders and principals of Carlyle Development Group, and his responsibilities include supervising the group's land-development projects in North America, evaluating investment decisions, and arranging equity capital through partnerships with local and foreign investors.

Karina Nagin

Executive Director

Karina Nagin is responsible for the daily operations and strategic vision of the organization. Before joining Mission:Restore, Ms. Nagin worked at the Clinton Global Initiative, where as the Head of Response & Resilience, she consulted corporate, philanthropic, government, and non-profit leaders on issues of disaster preparedness, response, and post-conflict reconstruction around the world. Ms. Nagin oversaw the Democratic Republic of the Congo Action Network, helping facilitate cross-sector partnerships throughout the region. She also designed LEAD, an initiative created by President Clinton to bring together high-profile leaders to collaborate and support promising university students through mentorship. Ms. Nagin holds a B.A. from Pitzer College and a Master's of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Khadija Rejto

Khadija Rejto is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Lands' End. She is responsible for sourcing, developing, and implementing strategic relationships that support Lands' End mission on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Prior to joining Lands' End, Khadija was Managing Director of Solutions International Advisors (SIA) for seven years. In that role, Khadija developed and implemented philanthropic and joint-venture projects for high-net-worth individuals and foundations. She also served on the inaugural Pinkerton Foundation, studying the changing face of immigrant communities in New York City and identifying programs serving young people in those areas.

Previously, Khadija spent the bulk of her career at the United Nations (UN) where she was a Program Officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Action in Crises. She also helped develop a coalition of non-governmental organizations and UN agencies to provide funding for humanitarian missions as well as public-private partnerships to mainstream collaborative efforts in natural disasters. Khadija is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and from 2012 to 2014, she served as the Chairman of the Board for FXB USA, the US branch of the Association of François-Xavier Bagnoud, a leading poverty alleviation organization.

Lawrence F. Flick II

Lawrence Flick is a partner at Blank Rome LLP and has built a national reputation as a leading attorney in the area of general business and corporate law. He represents some of the nation's largest financial institutions and private equity funds and serves clients in areas such as commercial lending and asset-based financing, mergers and acquisitions, securitizations and structured finance, leveraged lease transactions, and reorganizations. Mr. Flick is a frequent author and lecturer on topics of interest to the banking and finance community. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Commercial Finance Association's Education Foundation and as an instructor of their professional development programs. In 2010 he was honored by the organization with its Harry H. Chen Memorial Instructor Award of Excellence for his outstanding contributions to CFA's education programs.

Sarah Holloway

Sarah Holloway has worked in the public and nonprofit sector for more than 20 years. She is currently a full-time faculty member at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she teaches courses on nonprofit financial management and social enterprise. In addition to teaching, she runs the school's Management Specialization, a set of courses and activities that support knowledge and skill building in non-profit, for-profit, and social-enterprise management. Her areas of interest are social enterprise start ups, K-12 education, and education technology with a particular focus on urban and NYC efforts. She is founder or co-founder of seven start-up organizations, including MOUSE.org and CSNYC.org. Sarah is a member the Boards of Directors of the NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education and The Institute of Play and LIFT Investments. She is a former member of the Board of the Ft. Tryon Park Trust (NYC Parks Department), Friends of Public School 187, and the New York City Workforce Investment Board.

Advisory Board

Natasha Myles Goldstein

CFO of Micro Credit Enterprises

Natasha Goldstein is the Chief Financial Officer of MCE Social Capital, a global social investment fund focused on improving the lives of low-income women in rural areas. Since 2006, MCE has invested in 30+ developing countries and made more than $80 million of loans. Prior to joining MCE in 2013, Natasha served as Finance Director at Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise and commercial bakery providing on-the-job training to immigrant women in New York City. In 2010, Natasha founded LIFT Investments, a social enterprise focused on business development and skills training in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2010 to 2012, Natasha also worked for boutique management consulting firm ESV Strategies, where she advised nonprofits and social enterprises on their financial growth.

Earlier in her career, Natasha worked at UBS Investment Bank as a financial analyst, where she focused on multi-million and billion-dollar cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and equity transactions. Natasha is a regular public speaker on launching social ventures, impact investing, and social enterprise. Venues have included Columbia University, New York University, Women Advancing Microfinance, and various corporate and industry conferences.

Sophie Faris

Community Development for B Lab

Sophie runs East Coast community development for B Lab, the non-profit behind B Corporation Certification, Benefit Corporation Legislation, and the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). In this role, Sophie is building a community of values-driven businesses and working to benchmark their great work. Sophie joined B Lab after five years at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where she led its Commitments Department. In that capacity, she worked with companies, philanthropists, and leading non-profits to define specific high-impact projects that address global challenges, called CGI Commitments to Action. Specifically, she brokered partnerships to mobilize emergency food rations for children in the DRC, fund water-related projects in Haiti, and build the first cancer diagnostic and treatment center in East Africa.

Kevin Hong

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for Mercy Corps

Kevin is an experienced monitoring and evaluation expert and a social entrepreneur. Founded in 1979, Mercy Corps is an international humanitarian relief and development NGO working in over 40 countries around the world. Prior to Mercy Corps, Kevin has worked with a broad range of NGOs, social enterprises, and bilateral organizations such as Africare, Aravind Eye Hospitals, Carter Center Ethiopia, Innovations for Poverty Action, Proctor Foundation, Trickle Up and USAID. Most recently, Kevin was a Senior Associate at ideas42, a behavioral economics consultancy. Kevin was also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Root Alliance, a catalytic social enterprise that facilitated context-driven innovation. He holds a Master in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and graduated summa cum laude in computational and systems biology from Cornell University.

Amy G. Lehman, MD, MBA

Founder and CEO of Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic

Dr. Amy G. Lehman is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC)/WAVE. The LTFHC/WAVE is an international organization whose mission is to address the problem of healthcare access for millions of people who live in the isolated, but strategically critical Lake Tanganyika Basin/Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Dr. Lehman graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall and was chosen as their 2014 Alumni Award recipient. She received both an MD and MBA from the University of Chicago, and additionally trained in General Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center and was a Senior Fellow with the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Lehman received the 2014 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has been honored by Newsweek as one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World," and by a number of other publications for her work in the Lake Tanganyika Basin.

James Benedict

Principal with Kidd & Company

James Benedict is a partner with Kidd & Company, a leading U.S. private equity firm. He is also Chief Learning Officer for Cavendish Global, a peer-to-peer community of families focused on impact investing. James has been a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur, and a consultant to the World Bank and Japanese Ministry of Finance. James is a founding advisory board member of the Women's Investment Network (WIN). WIN is a groundbreaking philanthropic and advocacy initiative aimed at catalyzing the next wave of social investors setting out to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide. WIN is co-chaired by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dyan Summers

Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University

Dyan Summers is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in internal medicine, tropical disease, and international public health. She has a master's degree in both international public health and clinical nursing from Columbia University and a specialty in tropical disease from Johns Hopkins. She is currently pursuing her clinical doctorate at Columbia University and has fulfilled her specialization requirement by publishing in the area of emerging tropical disease. Dyan has extensive international development experience and is the founder and director of Health Share International, a non-profit organization that provides healthcare advocacy for indigenous people in the Upper Amazon. Dyan is an active fitness competitor and an avid promoter of fitness as a modality to reduce the progression of chronic illnesses.

Young Professionals Board

Mission: Restore's Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a group of emerging leaders dedicated to raising community awareness about the organization and fundraising to support the organization's medical and surgical training missions. The goal is for the YPB to grow with Mission: Restore, helping to build the financial and volunteer support networks necessary for the organization to thrive.

Mission: Restore Medical Student Chapters

The goal of the Mission: Restore Medical Student Chapters is to raise awareness about Mission: Restore among medical students so that they can become involved in volunteer medicine early in their careers.


  • Segal Family Foundation
  • Global Medical Relief Fund
  • Winthrop University Hospital
  • CURE International
  • The University of Medicine 1, Yangon
  • Columbia Entrepreneurship
  • The Center for Social Impact Strategy