The Board of Directors of learn4change comprises dedicated and passionate individuals, who are committed to our mission of changing lives through effective education. The diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives that our board members bring to the organization help us truly understand the needs and the challenges at the communities we serve and identify the best ways to maximize the impact of our programs.
Maria Tiratsuyan is the Founder and President of learn4change. Growing up in a small town in chaotic, post-Soviet Armenia and in a family with modest means, being displaced by a devastating earthquake, and struggling with a corrupt educational system, college was a far-fetched dream for Maria. However her ambition allowed her to overcome long nights of studying under lamp lights, lack of transportation and books, and eventually, to be able to not only complete graduate education in the US but also achieve a successful career and support her family. Maria studied Economics and Finance as well as Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). As a true example of how education can change one’s life, Maria’s passion is to give back and open a door of opportunity for other children and inspire them to pursue their dreams.
Jana Sedlakova is the Creative Director at learn4change. Jana was born and raised in the Czech Republic, where she studied Social Work and Pedagogy to be a preschool teacher. From an early age, Jana took a natural interest in psychology. She later developed her professional skills in Life Coaching through Coach Training Alliance, focusing on integrating psychology, neuroscience and behavioral economics with strategic life coaching. Jana's passion for coaching children led her to write several children's stories and create an innovative summer camp curriculum helping children identify and utilize the power of their brains and thoughts. Personally, she credits her inspiration to her travels as well as her father, an extraordinary thinker and inventor.
Alvin Humerez is the Director of Programs for Latin America Region. Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, Alvin has always been mentored by his Mother to help others in need. Through the course of his life, his Mother would volunteer her time at the nearby orphanage by cutting the kids’ hair, donating food, toys and clothes. Every little bit helped. All these kids touched Alvin’s heart one way or another and he has promised to follow in his Mother’s footsteps. With assistance from his father and family, he was able to come to study in the US and secure a successful career as a government contractor. Helping children in Latin America and giving them a chance for a better future is his biggest aspiration and meaning in life.
Additional Executive and Advisory Board members of learn4change include:
- Anush Ricce – Strategic Advisor (Sumitomo Bank)
- Anna Martirosyan – Programs Advisor (University of Missouri)
- Stepan Tiratsuyan – Resource Development
We are always looking for motivated and committed individuals to join our Board of Directors. If you are interested in becoming a part of a growing organization and making a real impact on the lives of the children we serve, please Contact Us.