Our Mission

To Help Nonprofits Do Good - Better

Our Belief

Everyone Should Have Access To The Help They Need. 

Universal Access



Global access to proven nonprofit and school programs from any internet connected device via our iOS, Android and Web App Suite.

Increase the number and frequency of high quality interactions to increase skills development and adoption of desired behaviors and habits.

Digitize nonprofit program delivery to virtually extend reach and scale impact.

Strategic Intent

To provide universal access to proven life-changing nonprofit programs.

Our Team

Our experienced and innovative team believes that nonprofits are changing the world. Together, we are building a collaborative network of nonprofits and life-empowering services accessible by anyone, anywhere.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Helen Keller

Executive Team


Andre Hughes

Founder & Servant, Powered by Action

Andre Hughes is a retired Global Managing Partner at Accenture. During his nearly 25 years with Accenture, Andre founded and grew two billion-dollar businesses and led the company's human capital, inclusion and diversity, and corporate citizenship program.

Andre holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He serves on the boards of the Chicago Urban League, Purdue University's Krannert School of Management - Business Opportunity Program, the Presidential Council for Economic Growth and Development in Haiti and LeaderShape. Andre lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.


Bjorn Jensen, Ph. D.

Chief of Staff

Bjorn has a specific background and experience in driving online community engagement through hands-on assistance and research. Bjorn believes all nonprofits can capitalize on the rise in civic engagement by leveraging innovative online technologies to solve society’s toughest problems. Likewise, he believes that increasing the frequency and number of interactions between nonprofits and the people they serve can triple knowledge and behavior changes sought.

Bjorn received his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication and Open Digital Innovation from The Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University and his MSc in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.


Regan Sonnabend

Chief Pioneer, PbA for nonprofits

Regan is a career marketer and a lifelong volunteer for a variety of causes. After spending a decade in hospitality, a decade in healthcare and most recently a few years in the agency world, Regan is overjoyed to be joining our team to bring her personal and professional passions together at Powered by Action. She has led marketing and social media strategy for numerous clients including household name organizations, presented at numerous industry conferences and worked with organizations to promote public-private partnership.

Regan’s volunteer highlights include Boys and Girls Clubs, United Way Youth in Action program, Chicago Lights, committee chair for her PTA, pro bono work for water-related causes and serving as a Climate Reality Leader, personally trained by Al Gore.

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Susanne Vasilic

Susanne Vasilic

Chief Pioneer, PbA for schools

Susanne Vasilic has taught in Chicago for fifteen years and believes that education can empower youth to reach their full potential. She has previously taught in the virtual hybrid teaching environment and is no stranger to technology. She earned a Master's of Science in Curriculum Adaptation at Northeastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Illinois at Chicago.


She has shared her ed tech experience at national conferences including the University of Wisconsin Madison Distance Teaching and Learning Conference and at the 2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. She is also a member of the International Society for Technology in Education. Susanne lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.


Mark A. Olivo


Mark A. Olivo, CPA has been providing 20 years of business and individual tax planning and consulting services to his clients. His expertise includes tax return preparation and review for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and exempt organizations.

Mark is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Illinois State University in 1997, and was granted a CPA certification by the State of Illinois in February 2001. He lives in Chicago with his wife, and is an avid Cubs fan.


Jason Perry

Curriculum Director, PbA for schools

Jason is an experienced minister, author and teacher. For 30 years he has served the church and the kingdom of God in a wide variety of capacities including youth pastor, Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder, campus youth leader with Youth For Christ, interim pastor, youth pastor, associate pastor, and church planter. He has served in several national-level leadership roles addressing issues surrounding youth, mentoring and leadership development. Pastor Perry possesses extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a conference and retreat speaker.


Sandy Pagán, MD, MPA

Executive Digital Producer

Sandy Pagán is a former medical doctor and health policy maker, who shifted her career into documentary television. She gets a thrill from finding the story around her and bringing voices to those who are unheard. Over the past decade, she’s grown a successful career as a media executive and television producer, creating, producing, and selling documentary television to cable networks like A&E, History, Discovery, and Fox Business Network. 


Sandy believes that storytelling has the power to move people to action. While practicing medicine, Sandy saw a lot of people hurting and experienced the social disparities in our health system. Today, she uses her storytelling, health, and nonprofit backgrounds to help healthcare organizations and nonprofits make positive change in our communities. 


Prior to her career in media, Sandy impacted national healthcare reform as a healthcare consultant in Washington DC, working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Congressional Black Caucus. She brings experience in Medicaid and healthcare communications. Sandy holds a BA from Princeton University in Molecular Biology, an MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine, and an MPA in Health Policy and Management from New York University. She trained as a Family Medicine physician with Northwestern University’s Family Medicine Residency Program and attended film school at DePaul University.

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