MEET THE TEAM
Sarah Sandsted, Global Operations Director & Vice President
Sarah serves as the Global Operations Director for REBUILD globally, and the Vice President of deux mains designs. She is in charge of all operations on the ground in Haiti; managing the deux mains designs budget in Haiti, scouting for new partnerships, managing current relationships, and ensuring the success of the social business eco-system, all while planning the expansion and growth of both companies.
Sarah discovered Haiti in 2006 on a short-term volunteer trip where she was recruited to work as French interpreter. Her first week in Haiti changed the course of her career forever, inspiring her to pursue a career in international development. After spending several years in leadership positions at U.S- and Haiti-based nonprofits, she eventually found her way to REBUILD globally and deux mains designs in October of 2013, where she first served as the Country Director, and now as the Global Operations Director.
Sarah’s love for Haiti is matched only by her passion for social business and ethical fashion as a means to ending global poverty. She is fluent in French and Haitian Kreyol, and holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and French, and an MA in International Liaison and Communication from the University of Westminster.
Isabel Walker, Communications Manager
Isabel is the Communications Manager for REBUILD globally and works from the company’s Orlando headquarters. Isabel joined the team in the summer of 2015 and now oversees marketing and communications activities. She advances the company’s social mission by developing strategic partnerships, managing digital marketing strategies, and is also in charge of donor relations.
Isabel’s passion for sustainable international development began in college as an economics major and has guided her career choices ever since. She has worked for a fair trade retail and wholesale provider of home, fashion and jewelry goods handmade by artisans in underdeveloped economies. During her graduate studies, she also worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Global Links Program, a cross-cultural exchange program for high achieving female professors in developing and post-conflict countries. Isabel is part of the Global Shaper Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
A Turkish-American, Isabel grew up in Bodrum, Turkey and relocated to the United States in high school. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Australian Studies and an MBA with a specialization in Marketing from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.
Thais Cuachio, Brand Merchandising Manager
Thais Cuachio works at REBUILD globally’s Orlando office and serves its social business partner, deux mains designs, as the Brand Merchandising Manager. She works with deux mains’ marketing visuals strategy and manages events, while creating opportunities for sales and impact increase.
Thais worked in sustainable development projects in different countries until she came across REBUILD globally and its unique model combining job training and education programs with ethical fashion as a way to restore people’s dignity and fight global poverty. She first joined the company as a Social Innovation intern in 2015 and since then, she is committed to using creativity and passion for social entrepreneurship to change lives.
Originally from Brazil, she is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism with a minor in International Affairs from Rollins College.