Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors is the primary governing body of the organization. The board is responsible for the overall strategy for accomplishing the organization’s mission and for the long-term sustainability of the organization itself.


Bill Zandi


Bill Zandi is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Philosophy and Social Entrepreneurship. He is also the Founder and President of Students Helping Students. Bill also served as the President of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Helping Hands Philadelphia, whose mission was to promote opportunities for those less fortunate by rehabilitating vacant and blighted properties into affordable and market-rate housing.


Mike Chawaga


Mike is a graduate of James Madison University with BBA in Marketing and the COO of Students Helping Students. He is also a Founding Partner for IDLife, which designs nutrition solutions specific to the individual.


Andrew Digioia

Board Member

Diggz graduated from Penn State University with BA in Communication Arts and Sciences. He is also the Director of the University Distribution Initiative at Students Helping Students. Diggz also works at Pathfinders Inc, a full service staffing solutions provider.


Ava Nelson Zandi

High School Club Initiative Director

Ava Nelson Zandi received a BA in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Students Helping Students, she worked for Conoco, DuPont, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, specializing in ground water protection. She also served as a consultant for the Willistown Conservation Trust, a nonprofit land trust.


Paul Getman

Board Member

Mr. Paul Getman serves as an Executive Director of Business Affairs and Strategic Planning at Moody’s Analytics, Inc. Mr. Getman is a Co-Founder of Moody’s and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Getman oversees Moody’s business affairs, marketing, strategic planning, and product development. He has over 20 years’ experience in consulting and research on economic issues. He has testified before government agencies and regularly gives speeches on the U.S. outlook for industry and trade groups, nonprofit organizations, and senior corporate management. Mr. Getman has an M.A. in Economics and completed all but the dissertation requirement of the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton school of finance and Commerce.


Carmen Ferrigno

Board Member

Carmen is the current VP, Communications and Branding, North American Region at Saint-Gobain. Responsible for all facets of internal and external communications including branding, executive positioning, crisis, and corporate social responsibility. He is also director of the Saint Gobain Foundation, the company’s $1.3 million 501 (c) 3 non-profit which funds programs related to sustainable habitat, STEM education and local community projects. Mr Ferrigno is also the former Global Communications Director, Dow Coating Materials from March 2010 to October 2011. As director, he was responsible for full range of internal, external marketing, branding, advertising and communications for a $2.6 billion global coating materials business. Carmen graduated with a Bachelors and Masters Degree at Rutgers University, and from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.