May Leong, Chair
May Leong is a passionate community builder with more than 25 years experience in a variety of positions from Wall Street to Tokyo to Seattle. She is Executive Director at Donaldina Cameron House, a multi-service agency based in San Francisco’s Chinatown, serving the greater Asian American community.
For the past 13 years, May directed fundraising teams at nonprofits focused on effectively serving K-12 kids of color, homeless youth, and vulnerable seniors in the areas of education, housing and social services: Technology Access Foundation, YouthCare, Junior Achievement of Washington, The Northwest School, and Nikkei Concerns.
May was the co-founder and Executive Director of DigitalEve, the first international nonprofit for women involved with the Internet, and grew the organization to serve 31 chapters in five countries with 15,000 members, using web technology and traveling to meet personally with chapter leaders to develop strong relationships and trust.
Prior to this she worked at Xerox, The FDIC, Montgomery Securities, B. Altman’s, and The Body Shop. After earning her MA in English from San Francisco State University, she taught English as a Second Language at college and university programs in the SF Bay area, Seattle and Japan. Her business articles have been published in print and online newspapers and magazines in the United States and Japan.
Katherine Dick, Member
Katherine Dick, Spreeha’s newest board member, has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 18 years – in the capacity of consultant, development specialist and currently as Director of Grants for Junior Achievement of Washington. She has also worked on a variety of projects outside of the U.S., including the Economics Development Council and Amnesty International in Athens, Greece. She received her B.A. and M.P.A from the University of Washington.
A fervent believer in the nonprofit sector and the critical role it plays in healthy community functioning – Katherine welcomes the opportunity to contribute to Spreeha’s important and dynamic mission.
Tazin Shadid, Member
Tazin founded Spreeha in 2011 with a hope of empowering underprivileged people break the cycle of poverty. Before starting Spreeha, he founded and ran a healthcare program for five years that provides healthcare to people living in urban slums.
Outside of Spreeha, Tazin has been working for Microsoft in Program Management and User Experience roles for over six years. Tazin brings strong, compassionate user advocacy to the engineering process and thrives to bridge the gap between technology, users, and engineers. Outside his primary role, Tazin is involved in Microsoft’s diversity initiatives and most recently served as the Chair for Microsoft Asian Employee Resource Group, the largest diversity organization on campus with 17 Employee Networks and over 10,000 members.
Ferdouse Oneza, CEO
Ferdouse Oneza brings over 20 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, and team development. She guided the development of the first Spreeha Chapter in Seattle, and served as Chapter President. She also served as Director of Strategy, and volunteered at Spreeha from the beginning of its journey.
She is a community planner, and founded the Seattle based planning consulting firm, Oneza & Associates that serves communities in Washington State. She worked in both public and private planning agencies where she led teams in developing plans and strategies. Oneza led the formation of the Columbia Section of American Planning Association’s Washington Chapter. She won the prestigious Robert Burke Award from the American Planning Association, Washington Chapter for her service.
She believes that helping others is a deep-rooted instinct in human kind that empowers us all, those who need, and those who give help.