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 Cambridge, MA and is studying for her MBA at MIT Sloan. Previously, she worked as an Analytics Consultant for Tableau Software. In her free time, she likes to be outdoors - hiking, camping, and training for triathlons.


Dr. Maureen Russo Rodriquez
Maureen

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 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.


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 has been on the LE Board of Directors since 2019 and is thrilled to be helping the organization impact more students and communities. She has supported LE’s various changes through the global pandemic, and is passionate about coaching LE’s Executives through their leadership development journeys.

Omika is currently a Growth Strategy and Innovation Consultant at Innosight, where she advises forward-thinking Fortune 500 companies on how to navigate disruptive change and own the future. Prior to Innosight, Omika was one of the first members of the Global Operations team at IDinsight, an international development consulting firm with eight offices across Africa and Asia. There, she supported IDinsight through a sustained period of exponential growth, implementing organizational systems and people operations best practices tailored to the mission and budget of a non-profit. Omika also served as an international microfinance fellow with Kiva in Cambodia, and she started her career as a business analyst at Facebook. During her MBA, Omika interned at ZX Ventures, the corporate venture and innovation arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Omika holds an MBA for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Bachelor’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


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 health tech company in San Francisco. She loves traveling, trying new recipes, and enjoying a good reality TV binge.


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. 


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. 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 pursuing Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Harvard Kennedy School.


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. Sarah joined the Board in 2021. 

Since her time volunteering with LE, Sarah has worked in tech, first at Change.org and most recently at Facebook where she led product policy for AR/VR products. She is currently pursuing an executive Masters of Public Affairs at the Goldman School of Public Policy at Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys exploring San Francisco's secret staircases, camping in the Sierras, and baking.


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 she isn't puzzling over the next van project she can be found climbing and skiing or reading and watching tiny home videos.


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 legal expertise and experience working to promote equity and inclusion.

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.


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