Board of Directors

Melinda Lee

Melinda Lee is the current Board Chair. She first volunteered with LE in Phichit, Thailand in 2011 and returned as Co-Program Director of the Thailand program in 2012 after she graduated from Georgetown University.

Inspired by her time with LE, she continued her service abroad with another non-profit, WorldTeach, for several years. She taught English in Hunan, China and ran the program in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.

Currently, Melinda lives in Washington, DC and works as an Analytics Consultant for Tableau Software. In her free time, she likes to hike, play soccer, and train for triathlons.

Maureen Russo Rodriquez

Working for Learning Enterprises has been a staple of Maureen’s life since she first volunteered in Sinaloa, Mexico in 2003. She returned to direct the Mexico program in 2004, and was subsequently recruited to be LE’s first Executive Director of Programming in 2006, spearheading a successful year that included the establishment of six new programs.

Maureen joined the Board in 2007 and served as Board Chair from 2008-2013. As LE’s longest-serving Board member, the thing she enjoys most about her work for LE is the opportunity to collaborate with inspiring people on the Board and Executive Staff.

Maureen holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University where she also earned her B.A. and M.S. Her academic specializations include Spanish, Cultural Studies, and Comparative Literature. Currently, she works as a professor at Schreiner University where she directs an interdisciplinary program in Spanish & Latin American Studies.

Remi Cohen

Remi volunteered in Poland after her freshman year at Georgetown University in 2012. She went to learn more about her Eastern European history and completely fell in love with the country, its people, and especially her host town of Zalasowa.

She has since returned to visit Poland multiple times, bringing her American family and friends to meet her Polish family. After her summer volunteering with LE Remi put her Georgetown Computer Science and Government degrees to use working as the Director of Technology and then Senior Director of Technology. These positions enabled her to focus on the sustainability of the organization and make sure that the programs she loves will be around for many years to come.

Currently, she spends her time in sunny New Mexico working as a computer security analyst at a large national laboratory. When she isn’t exploring the nearby mountains or dying in the summer heat she loves photography, cooking, and getting lost in new environments.

Jill Ni

Jill started her journey with Learning Enterprises in the summer of 2011, as a volunteer in rural China. Every day that summer, her students inspired her with their curiosity, warmth, and incredible enthusiasm for learning. For Jill, it was an unforgettable experience that allowed her to see firsthand the power of education in expanding opportunities for youth across the world.

Prior to joining the Board, Jill served as LE's Managing Director for Program Year 2014. She is currently a joint MBA/MPA student at Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School, and previously worked as a management consultant at Accenture. Jill graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.

Hao Shen

In 2010, Hao volunteered in the remote village of Mixi in Jiangxi, China. With two other U.S. volunteers and 3 teaching partners from Nanjing University, Hao taught 50+ students, but learned more from his students and fellow teachers about lesson planning, organic farming, and rice wine fermentation.

Hao has grown personally and professionally through different roles at LE as a volunteer, Campus Director, Director of Finance, and Board member. Hao is passionate about maintaining the global, but close-knit community of LE volunteers and alums through mentorship. Hao is currently a MBA Candidate at UC Berkeley Haas and has previously worked as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP and in off-grid solar in East Africa.

Sam Stein

Sam volunteered with Learning Enterprises in 2006 in Romania and Croatia and continued to serve the organization in a fundraising capacity. Sam joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and supports LE's mission with his unique legal expertise and also serves on the Board's Program Review and Executive Hiring Committees.

Sam earned his B.A. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he studied modern English literature and western European history. He then received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he focused on international business transactions and litigation. Sam currently lives in Pittsburgh and is an attorney with a boutique litigation firm representing consumers and victimized workers in class actions. 

Omika Jikaria

Omika served as an LE Volunteer in Poland in 2012, and as the Founder and Program Director of the LE India pilot program in 2013. Omika's experiences with LE inspired her to pursue an international career after college; she is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors to help the organization impact more students and communities.

Omika has worked as a business analyst at Facebook, as an international microfinance fellow with Kiva in Cambodia, and as one of the first members of the operations team at IDinsight, an international development consulting firm with eight offices across Africa and Asia. Omika holds a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and is currently pursuing an MBA at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.

Neha Shah

Neha joined the Board in 2019 after a few years away from LE. Before this, she was an active staff member for three years, as the PY16 Executive Director of Talent and Recruitment, and the PY14-15 Campus Director for UC Berkeley. Having founded the UCB LE campus when she returned from the Thailand 2013 program, Neha cares deeply about thoughtful recruitment and training of volunteers and fostering leadership development opportunities for our alumni.

After completing her Bachelor's in Public Health from UC Berkeley, Neha spent two years working in global health programs in sub-Saharan Africa, largely influenced by "expanded horizons" from her LE experience. Neha now works at a healthcare consulting firm in San Francisco. She loves traveling, trying new recipes, and enjoying a good TV binge at her home in Oakland.

Anthony Cruz

Anthony first served with LE as a volunteer in Mauritius in 2008, where he spent weekends playing soccer with students, learning to Sega dance, and cooking Creole food.  He returned as a campus coordinator in 2009 before graduating from Stanford in 2010.  After college, Anthony attended UC Berkeley Law School and specialized in international law.  

As a lawyer, Anthony has focused on representing clients in a range of legal issues, including government investigations, litigation, and international human rights and criminal law. Currently, Anthony lives in Washington, DC. 

After a few years away from LE, Anthony is looking forward to reconnecting with the organization and helping it to continue positively impacting the lives of students and underserved communities.

Jenn Kozyra

Jenn first volunteered with LE in Mauritius in 2015, where she taught 40 students alongside her incredible co-teachers, Alice and Brandon, in the village of Bambous. She was shown immense hospitality by her host family, the Rabots, and her host sister, Emilie, who now serves as the Mauritius Country Coordinator. Inspired by this volunteer experience, Jenn went on to serve as Georgetown's Campus Director, LE's Managing Director, and now Board member. 

Jenn is currently a consultant at The Bridgespan Group, a global nonprofit organization that serves as a leading social impact advisor to mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists. She is passionate about education and excited to support LE to continue impacting students across the globe. Jenn holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.  

Jennifer White

Jennifer volunteered in Llano Largo, Panama in 2009. This experience inspired her to continue teaching English as a second language through volunteering in the U.S. She is excited to be on the LE board and enthusiastic about the opportunity to help others have similar cross-cultural exchanges.

After completing her degree in International Relations at The George Washington University, Jennifer moved back to Nashville, TN. During law school at Belmont University, Jennifer continued volunteering with groups supporting immigrant communities. Currently, she works at a nonprofit focused on public education. She is passionate about exploring new restaurants, travel, and her growing collection of cookbooks.