An all volunteer team.
Zack Bazzi, TentED’s co-founder and executive director, oversees projects on the ground during frequent visits to the region. While he builds relationships with new and existing partners, a dedicated team at home serves as a sounding board and manages day-to-day operations to ensure that funds are applied towards the most promising initiatives advancing the education of refugee children. TentED team members encompass a wide range of talents and work experience, which they graciously provide to the effort pro bono.
Frequent Skype calls keep lines of communication open while Zack manages work with partners. The TentED team is diverse and includes collective experience with military logistics, not-for-profit law, finance, journalism, nonprofit development, branding, marketing, and social media and web design. What binds this team together is the firmly held belief that the education of young people is the key to recovery and progress in war-torn areas.
"It is in nobody's interest for a whole generation of children in Iraq and Syria to grow up unable to read, write, or contribute meaningfully to society. A lack of education is at the root of marginalization and social instability." Zack Bazzi, TentED Co-Founder and Executive Director
Zack Bazzi: Zack is a co-founder and executive director of TentED. Since 2013, he has traveled regularly to the Kurdistan region of Iraq to fund and implement TentED activities. He works with a network of aid organizations, school administrators, students, and community leaders in order to identify and respond to specific needs, such as distributing school supplies and clothing, and providing bus transportation and psychosocial support for children. Between 2011 and 2013, he worked overseas, first in Afghanistan assisting with logistics for an airlift company supporting military operations, and then as a consultant for an Iraq-based development firm. Prior to that, he held several leadership positions with organizations advocating on behalf of military veterans. Between 1997 and 2008, he served in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, completing four overseas deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Zack holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Georgetown University.
Scott Quilty: Scott is a co-founder and board president of TentED, and the co-founder and president of MedScribes, a North Carolina-based medical staffing company. He served seven years on active duty with the U.S. Army, first as a Noncommissioned Officer and later as a Ranger-qualified Infantry Captain with the 10th Mountain Division. Scott deployed to Iraq in 2006, losing his right arm and leg to a roadside bomb. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School. Scott grew up in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire, and now he, his wife, and two children call the sandhills of North Carolina home.
Pat Hu: Patrick is a co-founder, board treasurer, and secretary of TentED, and a market researcher at AT&T Mobility. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army for more than eight years. He deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, working extensively with local government officials, tribal elders and aid workers to support the communities where the U.S. military had operations. Patrick’s experience in the region shaped his conviction that civic engagement is essential to recovery in war-torn regions. Patrick earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Emory University.
Trish Curry Glass: Trish is vice president of the board of TentED. Originally a journalist, she shifted to not-for-profit projects seeking to put a human face on pressing local and global issues. Recent projects include launching Peace Cord, a bracelet handmade by Afghan women and sold in the U.S. to fund job creation in Afghan villages. She also coordinated construction of a community center and a garden center in Bamyan, Afghanistan, and helped to develop programs that offer education, employment, fresh produce, sanitary facilities, and a sense of community to local women. Closer to home, she supports organizations that provide access to quality education for children in underserved Boston communities. Trish holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Thom Beres: Thom is a board member of TentED, where he brings to bear 40+ years of U.S. Government and Department of Defense military experience creating and executing worldwide operations and industry programs. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who spent his career in Special Operations. On leaving the military, he joined the civil service and then transitioned to positions in the corporate world. His background includes positions as Director of Programs at the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA), Senior Special Operations Manager at Lockheed-Martin Owego, Chief Operations Officer (Deployed) at AAR Airlift, and President and owner of Cascades Strategic Defense Consultants, LLC. His expertise in business development, strategic planning, government budget processes, and operations execution is highly respected and he is sought after as a consultant. While Thom resides in Washington, DC, his travel resume includes work in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and South America.
Bill Belding: Bill is a board member of TentED and a professorial lecturer at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy, and The New School in New York. Prior to teaching, Bill was president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, an international humanitarian organization that co-founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. He served as a U.S. Navy SEAL combat platoon commander in Vietnam for five years, during which he was involved in insurgent and counterinsurgent operations throughout Southeast Asia and Africa. Bill holds a Bachelor's in Economics from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
Kate Hoit: Kate is a board member of TentED and the Director of Communications for Got Your 6. Kate joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served for eight years—including a 2004-2005 deployment to Balad, Iraq as an Army photojournalist. In addition to maintaining the blog GIKate.com, her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, NPR, The Huffington Post, the Department of Veterans Affairs VAntage Point blog, and the Department of State’s EJ-USA Journal. She has appeared on multiple outlets representing women and Post-9/11 veterans. Kate has also worked on a documentary film about women in the military. She has worked in digital engagement and congressional communications at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the State University of New York at Albany. Kate graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master degree in Nonfiction Writing, and is a Pat Tillman Military Scholar.