Board Members

Auguste Badiel

President and Founder

Auguste Badiel is from Ohio and has worked with nonprofit community in several states as volunteer and Program Coordinator for the last nineteen years. Auguste developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector. He also advocates for children of military/service members who are orphaned as a result of their parents sacrificing their own lives for their beloved country. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for young children.

Auguste founded Orphan Life Foundation in 2011 and has served as the organization’s President from 2011 to present. Auguste received a BA in Information System Management, MBA in Business administration, MBA in Cyber Criminology. He currently works at DoD.

Rupal Shah

Vice President

Rupal Shah currently serves as the Vice President of the Orphan Life Foundation. Rupal has an extensive background in charitable efforts including seats on various charity boards including Junior Achievement NJ, an organization which provides education to underprivileged children, New Eyes for the Needy, an organization which provides glasses to the disadvantaged and most recently Essex County Family Justice who provides resources for victims of domestic violence. Rupal aspires to help those in need.

Rupal holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MBA from the New York University, Stern Business School. She currently works at PGIM Fixed Income in their Client Advisory Group.

"Providing better educational opportunities to orphans, we empower them to complete their basic as well as advanced schooling."

We achieve this by cultivating a safe and efficient teaching environment, providing basic school supplies, reducing the level of educational disparity, and reducing or better yet eliminating the barriers orphans face for schooling.

Mary Ellen Cavanaugh


Mary Ellen Cavanaugh serves on the board of directors and as Treasurer of Orphan Life Foundation. Mary Ellen has been involved and supported many projects with nonprofits for several years, including American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child. She hopes to use her passion and skillset to support the objectives of Orphan Life Foundation to better the lives of orphans around the world.

Mary Ellen graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with a BS in Business Management and Administration. She has over 20 years of experience in senior finance related roles. She has experience in both public and private organizations, domestic and international sectors, around various industries. The companies she has supported are Lucent Technologies, Tiffany & Co., The Louis Berger Group, and Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. to name a few. Mary Ellen is currently the Treasurer at Wejo Inc.

Anand S. Shah


Anand S. Shah serves on the board of directors and serves as Secretary of Orphan Life Foundation. Anand has worked with nonprofits for several years, including providing pro bono legal counsel to New York Legal Assistance Group and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for New Eyes for The Needy. Anand is a practicing attorney in New York and New Jersey specializing in cross-border transactions, governance, financing, capital markets and M&A. Anand aspires to use his legal skillset to fulfill the mission of Orphan Life Foundation to better the lives of orphans all over the world.

Anand graduated from Boston College with a BS in Accounting and Information Systems, and from Seton Hall University School of Law with a JD. He recently was the Deputy General Counsel of HBC LP (the holding company of Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th, Hudson’s Bay Company, Lord & Taylor and Convene), and the General Counsel of Toys “R” Us.