Board of Directors

Adelaide Cahill

Adelaide first volunteered with LE in 2017 with LE Thailand. The Thai people and their beautiful culture were so incredible and inspiring to Adelaide that she went on to be a Campus Director for LE for PY18 as well as study the Thai language in University before returning to Thailand in 2018 as the Thailand Program Director. Ever inspired by Thai kindness and generosity Adelaide continued to work for LE as the Director of Programming for PY 2019.

Adelaide graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and went on to work in an immunology lab at UCSF before she bought a van and decided to try alternative living and embrace a spirit of adventure. When not adventuring, she works as a Ski Patroller in the mountains of California. 

Dr. Maureen Russo Rodriguez

Learning Enterprises has been a staple of Maureen’s life since she first volunteered in Sinaloa, Mexico in 2003. After returning to direct the Mexico program in 2004, she became LE’s first Executive Director of Programming and helped to establish six new programs between 2005-2006.

She joined the Board of Directors in 2007. As LE’s longest-serving board member, Maureen helped to develop and lead many of the processes that have become integral to the Boards service to the organization, including the protocols and best practices for Executive Hiring, Program Review, Insurance and Risk-mitigation, and mentorship of executives. She also served as Board Chair from 2008-2013. In 2021, after 15 years of active service on the board, Maureen accepted a nomination to hold LE’s first Emeritus board seat. She currently enjoys continuing to serve LE in an advisory capacity. 

Maureen has dedicated her career to education, including designing and directing academic programs and teaching across various humanities disciplines both in Higher Ed and independent schools. She holds a Ph.D., M.S., and B.A. from Georgetown University. Her academic specializations include Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, and Spanish language teaching pedagogy. Currently, she works as a faculty member at St. Mark’s School and lives in Massachusetts with her family. 

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 Seattle working in Cybersecurity.  She holds a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University, and Bachelor degrees from Georgetown University. Professionally she holds a number of security certifications. When she isn’t exploring the nearby mountains and beautiful PNW landscapes she loves photography, cooking, and getting lost in new cities.

Katie An

Katie volunteered in Phichit, Thailand in 2017 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a dual degree in Supply Chain and Marketing. While this was her second time teaching abroad, her experience with LE left a profound impact, deepening her passion for cultural immersion, education, and service. Not only did she gain a greater sense of purpose, but she also gained a role model -- her host mother -- who taught for 30+ years at Wat Ban Takamin before retiring in 2021. Katie is looking forward to furthering diversity and inclusion, scaling processes, and building upon LE's foundational principles.  

Since Learning Enterprises, Katie worked at Deloitte Consulting as a strategy consultant, primarily serving higher education and healthcare clients. Following that, she worked in Partner Engagement and Product Management at Verily Life Sciences, where she built and refined solutions for higher education institutions and Fortune 500 companies to enable a safe return for their employees, staff and students to work during COVID. Currently, she works as a Program Manager in Employee Referrals at Google, where she seeks to advance its commitments toward hiring thoughtfully and building a representative workplace. Outside of work, she can be found outdoors, whether that's picnicking at Central Park, playing soccer with her friends, or strolling through the city.

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, where he spends his free time experimenting with backyard bbq and trying to keep up with his toddler Isabel.

Margaret Prust

Margaret volunteered with LE in Panama in 2005. The experience and the connections that she made with students, fellow volunteers, and her host family left a lasting mark on her worldview and goals. Margaret was the Campus Director at Georgetown University in 2008 and at Yale University in 2013. After a few years away from LE, Margaret joined the Board in 2023 and is passionate about supporting LE to continue offering unique and life-changing opportunities for cultural exchange.

Margaret has pursued a career in global public health.  She holds a Master's in Public Health and has 15 years of experience conducting evaluations and research on health programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young sons.

Jake Wheeler

Jake first volunteered with Learning Enterprises in the summer of 2007 as part of the pre-pilot program in eastern Ethiopia. The experience had a profound impact on him both personally and professionally, and he looks forward to passionately contributing to fulfil the organization’s mission.

Jake received a BA from Emory University and an MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has more than 10 years of experience in the health and education sectors. He has worked for governmental and non-governmental development and humanitarian organizations in Liberia, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Poland. Jake is currently the Director for Americares’ Ukraine Response, where he oversees all emergency response and health systems strengthening programming.


Felicia Belostecinic

Felicia first volunteered with Learning Enterprises in Mauritius in 2013. Wanting to bring LE to her home country, the following year she founded an LE program in Moldova, which she directed for two years. Felicia is excited to rejoin the Learning Enterprise community as a Board Member and help continue the mission of LE to expand global horizons through international service teaching.  

Felicia holds a Bachelors from Georgetown University in International Political Economy, with a certificate in International Development and a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Harvard Kennedy School. Following her undergraduate degree she worked at the International Monetary Fund, focusing on economic research in the Research Department. She then lived and worked in Senegal and Morocco with IDinsight — a non-profit NGO that focuses on bringing about data-driven social impact. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Growth Lab in the Center for International Development.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah volunteered for Learning Enterprises in Croatia and Romania back in 2009. She fell in love with the people and culture of both countries and with the community she formed with other LE volunteers afterwards. She even convinced both of her siblings to go volunteer with LE in Romania as well! Sarah joined the Board in 2021. 

Since her time volunteering with LE, Sarah has worked in tech, first at as a human rights campaigner and in tech policy and then at Facebook where she led product policy for AR/VR products. She is now the Responsible Innovation Manager at Article One Advisors, a strategy consultancy that specializes in human rights, responsible innovation, and social impact.  Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys exploring San Francisco's secret staircases, camping in the Sierras, and baking.

Caroline Costello

Caroline first volunteered with LE in Xiting, China after her freshman year at the George Washington University in 2019. During this time, she was shown incredible hospitality and given the honor to learn about a culture so different from her own. After forming such strong bonds with the community in Xiting, as well as her fellow volunteers and her co-teacher, Shawn, she wanted to help other volunteers have fantastic LE experiences of their own. The following year, she went on to serve as the Poland Program Dairector, and she took on the role of Managing Director in 2021.

Since completing her degree in Political Science, International Affairs, and Chinese at GW, she has continued to be drawn to LE's mission of promoting intercultural understanding. Caroline currently works with the Institute of International Education to administer the International Visitor Leadership Program, a Department of State exchange program that connects current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields with their American counterparts.

Brian P. Kelly

Brian volunteered with Learning Enterprises in 2009, teaching in Jiangxi with two other Americans and a pair of students from Nanjing University—all of whom became fast friends.  He returned to China the following summer with the U.S. State Department on their Critical Language Scholarship Program and studied at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He graduated from Brown University in 2012 with degrees in English and Political Science, specializing in modern and postmodern literature and international relations, respectively.

After university he received a New Media Fellowship from AT&T and the Watson Institute for International Relations to study opiate addiction and harm reduction programs. He currently works as a journalist and critic, serving as an editor and writer at the Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in the Week, the Brooklyn Rail, Salon, Hyperallergic, the Daily Beast, and more, and he is founder of Counterpoint Gallery, a startup focusing on the contemporary art market. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his free time reading, playing tennis, and volunteering at the local community garden.

Niji Jain

Niji volunteered with Learning Enterprises during the summer of 2006 in Sinaloa, Mexico, where she had a deeply meaningful immersive experience in her host village. Niji joined the Board of Directors to help support LE's mission and advance its growth through her experience working to promote equity and inclusion and as an attorney.

Niji graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and a minor in Spanish, and from Emory University with a law degree. Following law school she worked for several years in the private sector at a litigation firm in New York City. Currently she is a public interest attorney at The Bronx Defenders, where she focuses on civil rights impact litigation, policy advocacy, and diversity, equity and inclusion issues. 

Olivia Wong

Olivia first volunteered with LE in 2017 and accepted an invitation to act as an international university guest speaker in the host country’s vibrant capital city. From fall 2018- 2021, Olivia piloted and directed several programs with LE- specifically in Asia, Eastern Europe, heartened by LE’s mission through sublime experiences felt along with generous host families, community leaders, and volunteers. Olivia also helped build LE’s first remote, asynchronous teaching services during the pandemic with digital education archives accessible offline for rural students.

Olivia transferred to UC Berkeley from community college to study the dimensions of Philosophy at the College of Letters and Sciences. Olivia most recently became a scholastic scholarship recipient in association with the UC Berkeley Greater Good Center and AmeriCorps. Olivia has years of diverse work experiences with executive secretarial support towards high-quality administration systems, and as an educator for youth with individualized social emotional and cognitive needs in: day schools, nonprofit ventures, online, and client home sessions.

Rhea Singh

Rhea joined the Learning Enterprises community during the summer of 2017 as a volunteer in Phichit, Thailand. She had an amazing experience that has now shaped many of her life and career goals and decided to bring LE back to her campus. She started the Virginia Commonwealth University LE chapter and was campus director for one year. Since then, she has taken some time away from LE during medical school, but is excited to become involved with LE once again as a member of the Board of Directors.

Rhea graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2017 and is currently a 4th year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She will be graduating this upcoming May and is hoping to pursue a dermatology residency with a focus on global health. She has spent much of her medical school career working on global health research and community outreach programs and hopes to bring her experience and passion for global health, advocacy, and education to the LE Board of Directors.