Welcome to our family!
The Minga Foundation is an all-volunteer organization. We work and live all over the world and have backgrounds ranging from public health to finance. Nevertheless, our number one passion is the same: improving the health and well-being of underserved communities. As a family and team, we have dedicated our time to this organization and the people it serves. We thank you for your support and generosity.
Dan Kselman, President
Dan has been a part of Minga since 2007. He earned his Masters in Economics and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2009, where he also participated in and led a variety of community organizing activities. Dan is currently the Academic Director at the IE School of International Relations in Madrid, where he teaches courses in Political Science, International Relations, and Game Theory, and continues to conduct and publish research on contemporary democracy and economic development.
Erin Lund, Vice President
Erin has worked with our organization since 2003, when she received a Fulbright scholarship to serve as the doctor and women’s health outreach coordinator at our project site in Ecuador. She earned her M.D. from Harvard University Medical School in 2005 and an MPH at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Erin lives in Northern California and works at a federally qualified health center, where she provides family medicine and obstetrical care to underserved populations and teaches family medicine residents.
Jessica Nadolski, Vice President
Jessica joined our board in 2011 and has over 14 years experience in corporate finance, planning, and analysis in multiple industries, including large corporations and financial institutions. Jessica earned her International MBA in 2011 from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and holds a B.S. in Public Financial Management from Indiana University. During her MBA, Jessica spent several months living in South Africa, where she worked with non profit organizations to promote responsible leadership and understand the challenges that small, non profit organizations face. Jessica currently resides in the Chicago area and works for a Fortune 100 company.
Tara Hopkins, Treasurer
Tara has worked with Minga since 2007. She attended Duke University and earned a degree in International Comparative Studies, with a concentration in Africa, and certificates in Global Health and Documentary Studies. She also holds a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Practice and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. Tara is the Executive Director of Mali Health.
Julie Titus, Secretary
Julie joined the board in 2010, but first became involved with our work as a volunteer in El Páramo in 2002, while working on education projects with community health promoters and women’s groups. She graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 2000 with a degree in Women and Gender Studies. Julie is currently Forest Grove, OR with her husband and dogs, and where she works for an educational travel non-profit.
Bhuan Agrawal, Board Member
Bhuan joined our board in 2012. Originally an engineer, he decided to take his career in a different direction and chose to pursue an International MBA at the IE Business School in Madrid. During his time there, he gained an interest in the issues of social impact and corporate social responsibility. After graduation, he spent several months in India and Bangladesh volunteering with a social impact consulting firm to try and understand the challenges faced by citizens of developing countries. Bhuan currently resides in southern France where he works as a business improvement specialist in the aircraft industry.
Brian Burke, Board Member
Brian has found his passion working with grassroots development, environmental, and health projects around the world. He has worked with environmental health projects in Nogales, Mexico; farming cooperatives and fair trade programs in Colombia, Brazil, and Paraguay; ecovillages, alternative currencies, and barter systems in Colombia; and environmental movements in southern Appalachia. He is a socio-cultural anthropologist and a professor of sustainable development at Appalachian State University, where his students and colleagues study the theory and practice of community-based and genuinely sustainable development. Brian earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Arizona in 2012.
Karin Friederic, Board Member, Co-founder
Karin has a long history of working at our first project site in Ecuador, and now visits at least once a year (with multiple Ecuadorian godchildren to show for it!). In 2011, Karin received her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona and is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. A cultural anthropologist, Karin specializes in global health, human rights, development, gender, violence, and inequality. Her most recent research examines how ideas about human rights are changing both women and men’s experiences of and responses to intimate partner violence in rural Ecuador. Karin has also been awarded the 2015-2016 Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World by the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jessica Levy, Board Member, Co-founder
In 2002, Jessica was the first gender health outreach coordinator at our project site in El Paramo, Ecuador. In years since, she has expanded her work with women to other regions of the world, continuing to focus on issues related to gender equality and women’s reproductive health. In 2013, Jessica received her PhD from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, in the department of Maternal and Child Health. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis and is the Senior Reproductive Health Associate for Iris Group, a consulting firm focused on gender equality and social inclusion. She loves applying the lessons she learns in the field to her classroom and vice versa!
Maia Monell, Board Member
Maia has joined our team after working as a volunteer for Minga this past year. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest University in 2015 and is currently studying for a Master’s in Marketing Strategy and Innovation at Cass Business School in London. While studying at WFU, she met Karin Friederic (a professor at WFU) who inspired her to take on a minor in Anthropology and pursue her passion for supporting sustainable projects dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights.
We are very excited to welcome our intern, Gabriella!
Gabriella Baxter attended San Francisco State University and spent a year studying abroad at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. She graduated in 2015 with a degree in Anthropology. Before joining the Minga team, Gabriella worked as an intern for Fair Housing Napa Valley.