Meet Our Team

Jason Kass

Jason Kass

President & Founder (Perennial Rough Rider in Haiti, Senegal, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru)

Jason is founder and president of Toilets for People (TfP), a social business, created in 2012, that designs and manufactures composting toilets and trains NGO partners in the developing world how to install and maintain these toilets. TfP is the intersection of appropriate technology and sleek, attractive design — seeking a higher quality of life for our customers and advancing global development. TfP specializes in serving communities living in flood prone and waterlogged areas where conventional sanitation technologies like pit latrines and flush toilets fail. Jason, an environmental engineer by trade, has 15 years experience in water, sanitation and environmental cleanup. Jason has been applying his skills to international development since joining Engineers without Borders in 2006. Since then, he has worked on water and sanitation projects in Kenya, Peru, El Salvador, Senegal, Nicaragua and Haiti. Jason received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Tufts University in Environmental Engineering.

TfP’s All-Volunteer Staff

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Nechemya (Nico) Kageden

Director, Business Development & Rough Rider (19th of November, Mexico)

Nico has worked on social impact analysis at Australia’s Centre for Social Impact @ University of New South Wales and @ University of Western Australia, partnering with Australia’s largest telecom, financial and mining organizations. He has worked at three startups, and was a co-founder of Skillbridge. Nico graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania-Wharton’s Fisher Program in Management & Technology.

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Anna Klein

Creative Director, Marketing

Anna is passionate for good design and social good, and as a graphic designer she prides herself in being able to marry the two. Anna graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in architecture and is working to complete her Masters of Science in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute. While working in architecture, Anna spent three years as a team leader and project architect on the Hudson Passive Project, one of the most eco-friendly private homes in the United States. Anna lives in Manhattan where she is an avid volleyball player and a cappella singer.

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Farzad Nobar

Environmental Engineering Lead

Farzad is currently in the Wharton Executive MBA program and works as the Environmental Manager at EnTech Engineering in Manhattan. His environmental engineering expertise includes all aspects of the water cycle, wastewater management and groundwater contamination. While he is not at work, he enjoys thinking about innovative ways to provide basic sanitation to people of the developing world. Farzad received his PhD in environmental engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has a masters and undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

Jay Thrasher

Sustainability Lead & Rough Rider (Belen, Peru)

Jay is currently pursuing his masters in Earth Resource Engineering at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He has extensive experience with systems implementations in the developing world, having served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a water and sanitation engineer in the Dominican Republic. Jay has also worked for a firm based in Berkeley, California, which turns livestock manure into electricity. He is also fluent in Spanish. Jay received his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Loyola Marymount University, LA. He is a bicycle mechanic and enjoys a challenging ride.

Avromi Kanal

Health Metrics Lead & Rough Rider (Belen, Peru)

Avromi received his MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He joined TfP to combine his passions for global health, environmental medicine and carpentry. Avromi devoted his final year of medical school toward researching the TfP Waterless Toilet’s effect in lowering incidence in diarrheal illness and sanitation-related comorbidities in TfP’s target population. To spread the word regarding the potential community-level health benefits of TfP Waterless Toilet installations, he published a peer-reviewed paper documenting the results of his research, which he regularly presents in a poster presentation at medical conferences. Between clinical rotations, Avromi enjoys writing and listening to music, tai chi, and long car rides with his wife, Sara.

Mike Escobar

Rough Rider (La Palma, Nicaragua & 19th of November, Mexico)

Mike is an environmental engineer passionate about WASH delivery systems, green urban development, and appropriate technology. He prefers hands-on projects and the values that are generated from working directly with community members or program beneficiaries. Previous work has included engineering design, community engagement, applied research, and project management for a small-scale water distribution project and sanitation infrastructure in Ghana with Engineers Without Borders. He earned his B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University with a focus in Water Resources and will be departing for Peace Corps service in Mexico in March 2015.

Ayushi Roy

Rough Rider (La Palma, Nicaragua)

Ayushi Roy is a recent graduate from Columbia University with a dual degree in Human Rights and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. This California native passionate about issues of structural violence, intimate violence and sexual health has worked with asylum seekers, detained immigrants, and refugee women in conflict zones. Currently based in New York City, Ayushi is bridging technology and gender violence by developing a mobile text helpline to support college students in abusive relationships. She hopes to continue community organizing, writing, and restaurant-hopping during her postgraduate studies at Oxford next year.


Ashley Kebreau

Rough Rider (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti)

Ashley Kebreau is an environmental engineer with great interest in areas of sustainability and renewable energy. As a senior in college, she was able to assess and design a potential small-scale hydro-electric system for a village in Honduras as part of a senior design project. Now as a working professional, Ashley looks forward to building her environmental portfolio through both urban and rural sustainable design and construction.

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Phoebe Law

Rough Rider (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti)

Phoebe has a dual-degree in mechanical engineering and astrophysics and is still looking to learn more. When not working at a civil engineering firm, she volunteers at a middle school after school program (Sail Academy) and is active in the Belen Project of the Engineers Without Borders-NYC chapter. She enjoys exploring and is always searching for opportunities in developing technologies and/or global aid work.

Rena Stern

Web Site Manager and Intern

Rena is currently an undergraduate student at Florida International University studying Environmental Engineering and she is TfP’s current web site manager and intern. Rena has always been fascinated by global sanitation and water issues and is very excited to be working and learning with TfP. On her spare time she enjoys hiking and gardening and looking for new opportunities to learn.

Anna Mehrotra

Environmental Engineer

Anna is an environmental engineer with experience in all types of wastewater treatment, including wetlands, ponds, and conventional municipal and industrial systems. She received her PhD in environmental engineering from UC Berkeley and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio. When not pondering the chemistry of human waste in a TfP Waterless Toilet, Anna likes to practice her carpentry and data visualization skills.

Dustin Peabody

Digital Fabrication Lead

Dustin is a recent college graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego where he studied Technology Management. He is currently the Director of Digital Fabrication at Staten Island MakerSpace where he helps implement digital technology into the manufacturing process of their clients projects. At Toilets for People, Dustin aids in the prototyping process of the TfP Space-Saver Waterless Toilet and helps to continue improving the designs of current and future products. He has helped implement CNC technology to streamline the manufacturing process of the TfP Space-Saver. In April of 2016, Dustin and Jason went on a return trip to Peru to collect data on previously installed composting toilets, and to build new TfP Waterless Toilets for the the villages preschool. When he’s not working with TfP, Dustin is an avid soccer player and cyclist.