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Ali Javid
Board of Directors

Ali is a social entrepreneur and simply believes that educating girls is the most powerful and effective way to reduce global poverty. He has been honored to volunteer as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mona Foundation for the last few years and in various means over the foundation's 16 year history. Ali is also the VP of Business Development at Body Labs a leading technology startup and aims to have a coherent life of service supporting projects in his local community and around the world.

There is really no giving. I always receive more than I give.
Mahnaz Aflatooni Javid
President

Mahnaz has a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has taught as an adjunct faculty at the University of Washington Computer and software systems, worked at Microsoft, most recently as Director of Readiness, and is currently Sr. Vice President of Talent Acquisition & integration at Avanade, a high tech consultancy in Seattle, Washington.

Mahnaz is one of the founding members of Mona Foundation. She is committed to education for all, specially women and girls, and has been involved in social and economic development projects around the world for the past several years. Mahnaz is married to Shannon and is the proud mother of Paul and Ali.

Philanthropy speaks to the core of our humanity. It defines and shapes us to be the best we can be.
Duy-Loan Le
Board of Directors

Duy-Loan came to America with nothing at the age of 12. She graduated as Valedictorian at 16 and from the University of Texas with BSEE Magna Cum Laude at 19. Duy-Loan received her MBA in 1989. In 2002, Duy-Loan became the first Asian-American and first woman at Texas Instruments (TI) to be elected Senior Fellow (equivalent to Senior VP) and remains the only woman in TI’s history to get elected to this title to this date. She holds 24 patents.

In 2002, Duy-Loan was elected to the Board of Directors at National Instruments Inc. and chairs its Compensation Committee. In 2012, she was elected to the Board of Directors at eSilicon Corp. in silicon valley and chairs its Technology Committee. Duy-Loan's service to the global community is extensive, but her deepest love is with Sunflower Mission and Mona Foundation, two non-profit organizations supporting education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) world wide. She is married with 2 sons and lives in Texas.

My purpose of doing well in life is to do good ... and giving a child the gift of education enables goodness in perpetuity.
Sima Mobini
Board of Directors

Sima has a Master's Degree in Structural Engineering from UCLA. She has worked in both private industry and public organizations for fifteen years and in 1997 stepped out to spend more time with her three children, with the ultimate hope of getting involved with meaningful projects that serve humanity. She learned about Mona Foundation in 2003 and has been volunteering ever since. Since her involvement with Mona Foundation she has traveled to some of the projects and these experiences have taught her the value of social and economic development and have enhanced her life. The site visits have proven to her that there are truly gems inside every individual regardless of their race, gender, or nationality and that what is needed is to recognize and discover these gems.

Education, both academic and character, is the best remedy for the current ills of the world.
Diane Samandi
Board of Directors

In 1980 Diane founded Jonquil, a romantic sleepwear collection evoking the glamour of old Hollywood. A favorite with brides, in 2007 Diane created a new collection with more whimsy and named it In Bloom by Jonquil. It soon became the most sought after bridal sleepwear around the world. Designing for nearly 40 years, her dedication to making a woman feel beautiful is still her inspiration.

Diane has served on the board of directors of the Mona Foundation as a volunteer for fourteen years. In Diane’s words ”supporting initiatives that begin with a few working together to create schools in their own village or region changes lives and transform communities. Education ensures the equal rights of all children to be part of building a better future. This is the emerging model of development philanthropy that I am very excited to be part of."

Education ensures the equal rights of all children to be a part of building a better future.
Rainn Wilson
Board of Directors

Rainn holds an MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. He has had a successful acting career, and co-founded SoulPancake, a multimedia platform to "chew on life's big questions." Rainn became involved with the Mona Foundation in 2007 and since then he and his wife, Holiday, have visited schools that the Mona Foundation supports in Haiti and India. In 2013 they started an initiative called LIDE, a non-profit organization, which empowers impoverished adolescent girls in Haiti through artistic educational programs. In 2014 Rainn joined the Mona board of directors.

In Rainn's words, "the best part of being a human being is giving back, being of service, and using one’s God-given talents to uplift the world. Education is the key to social change."

The best part of being a human being is giving back, being of service, and using one's God-given talents to uplift the world.
Kim Clark
Board Secretary

Kim Clark is an experienced education attorney/consultant and human rights advocate. Over the past twenty years, Ms. Clark has worked in the private sector for several large international law firms, in the non-profit sector as a legal aid lawyer, and the government sector as general counsel for a large public school district. Ms. Clark has also served as a management consultant to numerous school districts and State departments of education around the United States. Ms. Clark now devotes most of her time to philanthropic causes, including human rights advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied minors who have entered the United States to escape physical and/or sexual abuse. Ms. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian language from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

In her own words, "Access to education is a fundamental right that is critical to the progress of human civilization. As a school lawyer and feminist, I am deeply committed to this idea, particularly as it relates to girls. I like the Mona Foundation's strategic, results-driven approach to selecting projects that truly make a difference in the lives of the students they serve, and their communities. More than anything, though, I support the Mona Foundation because of the passion and commitment of the community of people behind the mission. Together we can do anything."

I support Mona Foundation because of the passion and commitment of the community of people behind the mission. Together we can do anything.
Nikki Meshkin
Board Vice President

Nikki Meshkin has been a Technical Advisor and Business Operations Manager at Intel Corporation Technology & Manufacturing Group for 25 years with responsibilities in strategic planning, marketing and business operations. She previously held senior positions at Merrill Lynch and other financial institutions. Nikki currently serves on the Andisheh Center Board of Directors, celebrating and promoting Iranian culture, heritage, and the arts. She is also engaged in a global process of learning with the aim of enhancing the capacity of individuals and communities to serve humanity. Nikki holds an M.B.A. and B.A. in Finance & Management and lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.

In Nikki's own words, "...to educate girls is to reduce poverty”…What is close to my heart is Mona’s focus on the projects that provide girls a real chance at a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.

What is close to my heart is Mona’s focus on the projects that provide girls a real chance at a better life...
Maggie Savarino
Board of Directors

Maggie Savarino is an author, food & beverage industry consultant, and Cub fan. As a trustee of The Glaser Progress Foundation, Maggie invests her time and efforts in voices and organizations that share the foundation's deep respect for equality in voice, health, and opportunity as well as a vision towards a more just, sustainable, and humane world. In her own words, "every mind begins as pure potential, and in that potential is humanity itself."

Every mind begins as pure potential, and in that potential is humanity itself.
PeterNeumann
Board of Directors

Peter Neumann is an International Partner with the PRC law firm of Broad & Bright in their Los Angeles office. Previously, Peter’s 20+ years in China and Shanghai included corporate counsel and managing roles with the Celanese Corporation, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Faegre & Benson LLP, and Deacons Graham & James. His law practice has focused on foreign direct investment, M&A, general commercial, and IP/technology matters, as well as strategic counseling on market entry and expansion.

His civic contributions include membership on the Pacific Counsel on International Policy, and as former member of the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors. Peter is fluent in spoken and written Chinese.

In his own words, "There is a saying in China, 'women hold up half the sky'; this is only possible if girls can achieve their full potential through universal education."

There is a saying in China, 'women hold up half the sky'; this is only possible if girls can achieve their full potential through universal education.
Tammy Randall Wood
Board of Directors

Tammy Randall Wood is the founder and principal of Interior Archaeology. She studied Television and Film at California State University at Northridge and went on to study Interior Design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York, eventually earning her NCIDQ Certificate and Professional Membership in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

"Throughout my adult life I’ve looked for ways to unite my individual efforts with larger efforts that have the highest capacity for making a difference in the world. I have never found an organization that satisfies this ends more thoroughly than Mona Foundation."

Mona Foundation unites my professional & philanthropic aspirations.
David Wood
Board Treasurer

David Wood is the CEO of Human Touch, originally hired to develop a turnaround and growth strategy for this 35-year old health and Wellness Company. An innovative and driven business professional, he managed a restructuring which led to debt retirement and strong annual growth and profitability. David’s expertise led to successful market and product strategies that drove product innovation in such companies as GN Netcom/Jabra and Bose Corporation. While at Bose, David pioneered and developed an extensive leadership development program for high performing colleagues and has been a frequent presenter for both internal and external learning programs. David engaged his undergraduate education in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, has general management certificates from Harvard Business School and an MBA from Boston University.

It is my core and conscious mission and privilege to engage my own strengths and virtues for the benefit of others.

Staff

Keith Gehrig
Office and Database Manager

Keith Gehrig joined Mona Foundation in October of 2015 as the Office and Database Manager. He has a BA from San Jose State University and is currently working on a Masters Degree at Seattle University. Keith has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for the last 30+ years. He has served on boards in many capacities starting in 1985 including one where he over-saw a grant program. He is thrilled to be at Mona Foundation, helping to make a difference in the world. He was recently appointed to the Snohomish County Arts Commission representing District 4.

Giving to others is probably the most selfless thing one human can
do.
Katie Kowalsky
Social Media Lead

Katie Kowalsky is a freshman at the Fosters School of Business who is hoping to Major in Marketing and Non-Profit Management. She has spent several hours volunteering for organizations across Washington including Volunteer Chore Services and Eastside Community Aid. She joined the Mona Foundation as a summer intern because she strongly believes that educating people, specifically young girls, is the best way to usher the world into a brighter future.

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you
Gaellen Quinn

Senior Program Officer

Gaellen graduated from Georgetown University and has over 25 years experience in corporate and entrepreneurial business. Her wide travels sparked an interest in social economic development and she spent three years as an unpaid volunteer to a project in the Amazon. She has a Masters Degree in International and Community Development with a focus on multi-stakeholder processes and fundraising management. She volunteers to help community building efforts and preservation of native culture in her home community. She’s also an award-winning novelist. Her themes, related to development, explore what causes individuals and societies to prosper or to decline.

Even the smallest gift can change a life forever, including the life of the giver.
Julie Weir
Development Officer

Julie has 15 years of experience in business development and event management. Her previous engagements include Senior Operations Manager, Portico, London, England, Front of House Manager, MITIE Business Services, at Merrill Lynch, London; Events Coordinator, The Four Seasons Hotel, London, and Project Coordinator, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California, USA. She is also passionate about giving back to her community. Prior to joining Mona and in addition to her other activities. she started a semi-annual clothing and toy drive for underprivileged children in South Africa,

I am passionate about the education of girls and women.

Volunteers

Audrey Alexander
Master Technical Lead

Audrey has been a dedicated supporter of Mona Foundation since learning about the organization in 2003 while a student at UW Bothell where she heard about the Mona Foundation. Last year, she approached Mona Foundation about volunteering, and found a great opportunity to put her technical skills to good use. Audrey is helping Mona Foundation identify and implement collaboration and communication technologies, including migration to Office 365 and Cloud to assist staff and volunteers in the important work they do. As the first in her family to earn a Master’s degree, Audrey is a firm believer in the power of education, and embraces Mona Foundation’s approach to support grassroots educational initiatives that provide education to all children and increase opportunities for women and girls.

There has never been a better time to support the mission of Mona Foundation.
Meghan Jones
Graphic Design

Meghan is a recent graduate from the University of Washington, Seattle. She believes that education is key not only for one’s own development, but also for the development of communities and nations. "It is through education that we can challenge existing oppression, and begin to construct new ways of being in the world with equality at the forefront". Volunteering at Mona Foundation has given her the opportunity to learn more about the link between international development and education. Meghan currently assists in creating digital and print content for both internal and external communications.

Through education that we can... begin to construct new ways of being in the world with equality at the forefront.

Advisory Board

Kit Bigelow
Board of Advisors

Kit Bigelow was director of external affairs for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the U.S. for twenty-five years with overall responsibility for the Office of External Affairs and the Office of the U.S. Bahá’í Representative to the UN, among other duties. Her work focused on human rights issues, including protection of religious freedom and the rights of women. Her collaborations on these issues were at high levels of US government and concerned international bodies. She continues her human rights work through various working groups, UN commissions and nonprofits, as adviser and consultant. In her own words, "every child is potentially the light of the world and at the same time its darkness...Give them the advantage of every useful kind of knowledge.' 'Abdu'l-Bahá.'

Every child is potentially the light of the world...
Urvashi Sahni
Board of Advisors

Urvashi Sahni is a social entrepreneur and educationist of 29 years standing, founder of the Study Hall Educational Foundation which runs educational programs in India. Urvashi leveraged digital technology to create flexible teaching methods to address challenges in under-resourced schools and was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010 for her work with Digital Study Hall (DHS). DSH is now capitalizing on the widespread mobile and internet network, using mobile phones and tablets as a medium to distribute their content. Urvashi is using DSH technology as the framework for her new initiative of girl empowerment, currently reaching around 10,000 adolescent girls from underserved areas. Dr. Sahni is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution and a member of Hillary Clinton’s CHARGE commitment to ensure that more girls complete secondary education around the world.

In her own words, "Mona provides continuous communication, trust, and involvement. They don’t tell us what to do. The say, ‘Tell us your problems and how we can help.’ Then they work alongside us. Because of their long-term commitment and thoughtful funding, our work has reached more than 40,000 students and teachers. This has happened only because of Mona’s support.

In her own words, "an empowering education can help girls recognize themselves as important persons worthy of respect. I want to educate as many girls as I can so that we have a generation of empowered girls. "

An empowering education can help girls recognize themselves as important persons worthy of respect.
Janet Zabeti
Board of Advisors

Janet has extensive experience in banking and investment. She started her banking career in retail banking at Bank of America in Southern California in 1981 and worked in variety of different capacities including as Business Development Officer involved with marketing plans to achieve revenue goals. In 1993, she moved to Portland, Oregon with her family and continued her career in Wells Fargo bank. She worked in Wells Fargo Private Client Services and Wealth Management as a VP Senior Financial Consultant / Relationship Manager. There, she held a Securities License as well as an Insurance License and worked with high net worth clients helping them with their investment planning, setting their financial goals and managing their investments. Janet retired in 2011 and since then has focused on her philanthropic activities .

In her own words, "it is an absolute pleasure and honor to be part of this organization and to be working towards making a difference in children's lives."

It is an absolute pleasure and honor to be working with Mona towards making a difference in the lives of children.
Jalal Hatami
Board of Advisors

Jalal is an operations executive with 20 years of leadership experience in the United States and abroad. He began his career with General Electric Capital where he held positions of increasing responsibility where he developed and led global programs and cross-functional teams focused on business strategy, M&A integrations, operations re engineering, lean deployments, and new product introduction.

In 2005 he moved with his family to Haifa, Israel to serve as the Director of the Office of Social Economic Development at the Baha’i World Center where he accompanied and guided the capacity development of 50 organizations focused on education, community banking, and health and youth empowerment. For the past seven years he held the post of Deputy-Secretary General of the Baha’i International Community, an international non-governmental organization. In this this capacity he fostered and maintained relations with the governmental, academic, religious, and civil society sectors within the State of Israel. In his own words: “Social and Economic Development is about capacity building. As human beings we not only have the responsibility to give to those in need but how we give is no less important.”

Social and economic development is about capacity building. As human beings we...have the responsibility to give
Roy Steiner
Board of Advisors

Dr. Roy Steiner is a highly experienced senior global agriculture and global development leader. He has demonstrated ability to strategize, consult, and manage professionals for development initiatives for an array of countries across Africa, Asia and Europe. He is well respected in the agricultural and international development field for his expertise in designing innovative and impactful solutions through the use of technology.

Dr. Steiner is currently Director of Learning and Impact at the Omidyar Network where he works across strategic initiatives and with the board to build a best in class learning organization. Previously, he served for nearly a decade at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, culminating in a position as Deputy Director and Founding Member of the Agricultural Development Initiative at the foundation’s Global Development Program. As Deputy Director, Dr. Steiner managed a professional team responsible for a $400M grant portfolio in the area of sustainable farmer productivity that included irrigation and water management, seed systems, agronomy, farmer organizations, gender, human capital and Information Communication Technology initiatives.

Prior to the foundation, Dr. Steiner was Founder and CEO of Cyberplex Africa, one of the largest web development companies in southern Africa. Focused on developing and delivering web-based solutions and knowledge management systems, Dr. Steiner rapidly developed a team of 45 professionals with offices in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Among his projects include founding one of the first online payment system platforms in Africa (QuickPay), and serving as Lead Developer of HIV/AIDS program management for the Centers on Disease Control.

Education is at the core of every positive social change
Geraldine Guilfoyle
Board of Advisors

Geraldine is a writer and a retired health and animal science educator. Working with youth and families in rural settings, she became an avid proponent of the principle of universal education as a means of unlocking the inherent potential of humanity. She has traveled widely in the Caribbean. While in Haiti she visited Anis Zunuzi School and became aware of the work of Mona Foundation. In her own words, “Mona’s commitment to long-term partnership with promising local educational initiatives is the type of work I want to support. Material progress can be so easily be reversed in unstable environments but the benefits of intellectual and spiritual education endure and continue to contribute to the progress of the individual and the community.”

Universal education unlocks the potential of humanity.
Chloe Rastegar
Board of Advisors

I am a junior attending Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. I play soccer and enjoy working with younger children and animals. Service has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother always made it a point in my life to be grateful for what God has given me and to give to those who are not as fortunate as I am. This has always stuck with me. Quite recently, I founded the Palos Verdes Peninsula Global Citizens Club at my high school to bring together students who want to serve globally in affiliation with the Mona Foundation. I support Mona because of its unique and personal approach to service. The foundation supports grassroots initiatives and is built upon the idea that one should develop long-term relationships with organizations and interact with those you serve to have lasting impact.

Service has been a part of my life for as long as I can re- member
Elham Rouhani
Board of Advisors

Elham Rouhani was born and educated in Dubai, U.A.E. After completing her primary studies, she attended college in the U.K, then later transferred to West Virginia University in the U.S.A. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Management SUMMA CUM LAUDE and a Master of Science degree in Economics in 1988.

Rouhani has worked with a Fortune 500 company in Dubai in the field of Human Resource Management. Her professional work enabled her to gain experience with managing people in different countries and support job placements of students from Higher Colleges of Technology at Citibank N.A. branches in U.A.E. In addition, Rouhani has served as an international Business Consultant working with both small and medium sized businesses, and an entrepreneur. Today, as an educator Rouhani teaches Economics at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia and also serves as the discipline program director.

In her own words, "I give to Mona Foundation because I believe in what they do and the lives they change. What we do for others remains and is immortal. This journey helps me find myself as I serve others."

I give to Mona Foundation because I believe in what they do and the lives they change.
Kathryn Adams
Board of Advisors

Dr. Kathryn Janene Adams is the executive director of Lidè, a foundation co-founded by writer Holiday Reinhorn, actor Rainn Wilson and Dr. Adams.

Dr. Adams is a specialist in the psychology of teaching and learning, especially in crisis and conflict zones, working in those contexts worldwide, training educators and relief professionals, as well as co-creating a video training series on the effects of trauma on learning which has been used within conflict zones that are inaccessible to outside NGOs.

Prior to directing Lidè, Dr. Adams was a tenured professor and coordinator of the Writing Center and Teaching and Learning Center at Moorpark College where she was awarded “professor of the Year”; she also taught educational psychology in the counseling and education graduate programs at California Lutheran University. Dr. Adams has worked as a therapist with children in foster care and their families, counseled children in elementary school settings, directed an academic support center, and facilitated therapeutic writing groups for veterans and for survivors of sexual trauma. She coordinated and co-facilitated Girls United: Haiti (2011), a UN Foundation supported short-term project, and has conducted trainings in for Lidè in Jordan and Lebanon, and as a part of the founding members of HST (Health Support Team) in Jordan and Haiti. She is also a member of an international working group for Global Citizenship Education.

Kathryn Janene Adams holds a M.A. in Writing, a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorate in Education, specializing in the psychology of teaching and learning.

Mona recognizes and supports the innate wisdom of the local community in doing what is right for the future of their children and thus the future of our shared global community.
Caroline Khazei
Board of Advisors

Caroline spends her time between work as a post-secondary educator at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a busy mother of three daughters. She appreciates the limitless potential her students and daughters have, as well as the ample opportunities provided by our society. Caroline identifies with Mona Foundation since both believe in the necessity of encouraging and empowering young people to achieve their potential through education and thereby improve conditions in the world. Caroline supports Mona foundation because the education of girls and women serves as an effective means to ending poverty, improving living conditions, and allowing all people to be self-actualizing forces in achieving their goals and dreams. Without these prerequisites, lasting peace among the nations will not be possible.

The education of girls and women serves as an effective means to ending poverty.
Nava Ghalili
Board of Advisors

Nava Ghalili was one of the youngest news anchors in the history of American television. The Emmy-nominated journalist is a youth radicalisation and countering violent extremism analyst, consultant to multi-media agencies worldwide and an activist for education and human rights. Of Iranian heritage, Nava was born in America and also raised in Australia. Her international upbringing has led her to active involvement in efforts pertaining to social transformation. She has advocated for issues ranging from moral education to gender equality and is currently developing educational curricula aimed at empowering youth.

Nava has formal education in Commerce (Curtin University) in Australia and Journalism (Harvard University). She also holds a Master of Science in Comparative Politics (Middle East Conflict) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Nava’s research both introduces and tests her new theories on a relationship between existing levels of human insecurity and subsequent acts of (what has been identified as) radical political Islamic terrorism.

Nava serves as a consultant in the restructuring of international media organizations that aim to empower the voice of underrepresented populations.

The prosperity of our future will depend on the moral empowerment and education of children, as they are the future champions of justice.
Britt Provost
Board of Advisors

Britt is the Senior Vice President of People and Culture for Apptio, a software-as-a-service leader in technology business management (TBM). She is responsible for leading the Human Resources function, coaching executives and managers to become more effective leaders, and fostering Apptio’s high performing culture.

Prior to joining Apptio, Britt held progressive HR leadership positions at fast-paced technology companies including Avanade, Real Networks, and Microsoft. She has over 15 years of experience leading HR teams in all aspects of the function, across a number of business sectors.

In particular, Britt is passionate about creating an amazing employee experience. She also believes that HR contributes to business growth and performance, by developing talent and maintaining a strong organizational culture.

Britt is actively involved as a speaker and facilitator on a number of topics including: leadership development, negotiation, women in leadership, employee engagement and career development topics. Britt holds a BA from the University of Washington and a MBA from University of Colorado and is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Washington Diversity Council, an organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow & leverage their knowledge of diversity.

In her own words, "I've seen first hand the impact that the Mona Foundation has on kids and their communities - and it powerful! This work to empower, educate and support local organizations is ongoing, powerful and inspiring. There is more to do - and I'm proud to be part of it.

I've seen first hand the impact that the Mona Foundation has on kids and their communities - and it powerful!
Dr. Nooshin Darvish

Dr. Nooshin K. Darvish is the Medical Director and founder of Holistique Medical Center. A Washington State board licensed naturopathic physician and a Fellow in Integrative Cancer Therapies, Dr. Darvish is a physician, writer, lecturer and educator in the field of naturopathic, integrative and anti-aging medicine. She is a candidate for a fellowship in anti-aging medicine. Dr. Darvish is Washington State’s only certified IPT (Insulin potentiation therapy) physician. Furthermore, she is a lyme-literate physician providing effective non-antibiotic based therapies for those suffering with chronic infections.

As a holistic clinician, she integrates western, eastern medicine, naturopathic and bio-energy medical systems, combining the care of the mind, body and spirit to address chronic illness, cancer, women’s and men’s health, allergies and physical pain. She practices medicine like a dance, delicately integrating the qualities of the human being with the attributes of the universe to diagnose, find the root cause of illness and treat to reverse the disease and aging processes.

A 1995 graduate and former chief resident and faculty member of Bastyr University, she has trained with medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors and holistic practitioners across North America and Europe. Dr. Darvish is an approved CNME (Council for Naturopathic Medical Education) medical director involved in the training of naturopathic resident physicians across North America.

Thank you for inviting me to be part of this amazing global endeavor. I am humbled and honored to be part of the advisory board of Mona.

Mona Canada

Afshin Khazei
Board of Directors, Mona Foundation, Canada

Afshin Khazei is an Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital and Simulation Education Director in the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. He has served as a volunteer with medical service delivery and medical education programs in Honduras, Vanuatu, China, and Nepal. Through these experiences, he became convinced that the most effective and sustainable way to improve the health of a population is through education. In 2008 Afshin learned about the needs of the Anis Zunuzi School in Haiti. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, the school had a pressing need for infrastructure improvements that would allow them to serve more students. Afshin was impressed with Mona Foundation’s ability to oversee the project with transparency and accountability and finish on time and on budget, which is a remarkable accomplishment in Haiti.

Educate women and their community will prosper. Deny them education and the world will suffer
Caroline Khazei
Board of Directors, Mona Foundation, Canada

Caroline spends her time between work as a post-secondary educator at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a busy mother of three daughters. She appreciates the limitless potential her students and daughters have, as well as the ample opportunities provided by our society. Caroline identifies with Mona Foundation since both believe in the necessity of encouraging and empowering young people to achieve their potential through education and thereby improve conditions in the world. Caroline supports Mona foundation because the education of girls and women serves as an effective means to ending poverty, improving living conditions, and allowing all people to be self-actualizing forces in achieving their goals and dreams. Without these prerequisites, lasting peace among the nations will not be possible.

The education of girls and women serves as an effective means to ending poverty.
Geraldine GuilfoyleBoard of Directors, Mona Foundation, Canada

Geraldine is a writer and a retired health and animal science educator. Working with youth and families in rural settings, she became an avid proponent of the principle of universal education as a means of unlocking the inherent potential of humanity. She has traveled widely in the Caribbean. While in Haiti she visited Anis Zunuzi School and became aware of the work of Mona Foundation. In her own words, “Mona’s commitment to long-term partnership with promising local educational initiatives is the type of work I want to support. Material progress can be so easily be reversed in unstable environments but the benefits of intellectual and spiritual education endure and continue to contribute to the progress of the individual and the community.”

Universal education unlocks the potential of humanity.
John Guilfoyle
Board of Directors, Mona Foundation, Canada

John has had a diverse and varied career in medicine. This has included full service family practice in rural and remote areas as well as administration and public health appointments in both Canada and the Caribbean. He has also been active in the training and mentoring of physicians while serving as director of the residency program in family medicine at the University of Manitoba. For the past fifteen years his practice has primarily been with northern communities. He has a keen interest in aboriginal health and the provision of services in remote areas. He has learned that the education of women and their complementary role in creating balanced development is essential to the health and wellbeing of the individual, the family, the community and the world.

I support Mona Foundation because of its focus on universal education and gender parity.