anne-catherine jansen, cfa


Anne-Catherine pursued an education in economics and finance, which led to a long career at the International Monetary Fund. She retired early to start up You Assist. The motivation to start a charity partially stemmed from her childhood experiences. When she was young, Anne-Catherine traveled the world with her father and learned to share his passion for languages and helping others. She recently decided to explore her creative side and this resulted in painting a copy of Picasso’s “Rembrandt Figure and Eros,” which she proudly displays. She has also taken a strong interest in photography. In fact, she shot the majority of the photos taken in Sri Lanka.

michael jansen


Michael attended Virginia Tech and received a degree in environmental science. Having always had a passion for the environment, he originally worked as a soil scientist for a local consulting firm. He then decided to pursue a different path and created You Assist. In his spare time, Michael enjoys any and all films, failing miserably in the kitchen, and writing stories that he dreams will one day be published. He was responsible for the rest of the photos taken in Sri Lanka (read: the blurry ones).

doug behr

Doug grew up in a family of florists, which fostered an early interest in plants. He eventually went on to receive a degree in horticulture. At first, he worked as a landscape designer, but later parlayed his design skills into a senior graphic design position at Johns Hopkins. He now has his own graphic and landscape design company, Douglas M. Behr Design. Doug’s love of nature is reflected in his avid interest in bird watching. This was taken to an extreme when he traveled from Maryland to Michigan to get a rare look at the Kirtland’s Warbler. Doug is also active in his church and in his community.

sima jabbour

Sima’s educational background is in business and management. While she now works for a public accounting firm that she co-owns with her brother, Sima originally spent 10 years as a marketing and business development coordinator at an international export firm in Washington, DC. She is very active in her condominium community, where she sits on the board of directors. For fun, Sima loves to watch foreign films and learn about all sorts of foods, either by trying new recipes or simply sampling new cuisine. On occasion, she will merge these two interests and have a bite while enjoying a movie.