Board of Directors

Maya's Hope Board of Directors

Maya Rowencak Crauderueff
Founder and President

Maya Rowencak Crauderueff is the President and founder of Maya’s Hope. After being inspired by the orphans in the Philippines, she decided to send care packages to many orphanages which eventually led her to Ukraine. Previously, she has worked for Metalmark Capital as an Executive Assistant. She considers herself an international problem solver and enjoys making kids (and adults) smile.

Michael Meltzer
Board Member

Michael is a Portfolio Manager at Tocqueville Asset Management in New York City, where he manages discretionary investment portfolios for high net worth individuals and institutions. Prior to joining Tocqueville in 2008, Michael was an Associate Director and Assistant Portfolio Manager within the Specialized Investment Management Group at Bear Stearns Asset Management since 2003. He began his career at Bear Stearns in 2000 as an analyst supporting the firm’s institutional marketing and client service efforts, focusing on the not-for-profit and family office market. This background has been instrumental in helping to organize the efforts of Maya’s Hope. Michael received a BS in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business and a JD from the Fordham University School of Law. Michael has known Maya on a personal level since 2005 and has been involved in Maya’s Hope from the beginning since he has always been interested in helping others that are less fortunate, particularly children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting, skiing, going to the beach, and most recently playing Scrabble on his iPad.

David Cohen

David is a Senior Analyst at Apos Capital, a global long-short equity hedge fund based in New York City. He has known Maya since 2006 and has been supportive of her efforts since her very first trip to orphanages in the Philippines. He was the first sponsor of a child through Maya’s initial sponsorship program at Bethlehem House of Bread orphanage, and his belief in the program brought him to recruit friends and family as sponsors. Committed to finding sponsors for children and growing Maya’s Hope, David joined Maya’s Hope as a Director in June 2011. With a passion for helping children in need, David has volunteered for several non-profit organizations in the past, including Big Brother Big Sister, the Tuleeni Orphanage (Tanzania), the Upendo Orphanage (Tanzania) and others.

Dave Kovach
Board Member

Dave has been a technologist for the past 20 years, building infrastructure and leading technical operations teams to support the technology boom in New York’s Silicon Alley at companies like Gilt, Viggle, Jibe, and Plaid. An inveterate polymath, he’s spent time as a photographer, motorcyclist, professional musician, amateur opera singer, paragliding pilot, muay thai fighter, climber of rocks, and wine nerd. He also volunteers assisting and coaching disabled climbers with the Adaptive Climbing Group (www.nycadaptiveclimbing.com).

“Years ago, I was deeply moved by an essay written by Forest Witcraft and it is my fervent hope that, in one hundred years, the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.”

Keshia Melton
Board Member

Keshia is a Registered Nurse from New Zealand. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2009, specializing in care of the elderly.

She is passionate about improving the lives of orphans and children with special needs in Ukraine. She has traveled to Ukraine in 2014, 2015 and 2017 to check on our partners, programs and children.

Keshia is our Ukraine Program and Social Media Manager. She volunteers several hours of her time every week.

Jacky Flood Soeda
Board Member

Jacky is a Principal, Agency Development Manager at Amazon. She has worked in the advertising agency and media industry for nearly two decades in both Los Angeles and New York. After her move back to New York in 2014, she was invited to the annual Maya’s Hope Gala. While she wasn’t able to attend, the charity struck a chord with Jacky as she had been looking for an opportunity to support an organization that aligned with her passion for helping sick and disabled children. Following a coffee with Maya, she donated, joined the 2015 host committee and has been involved ever since.
In 2018 Jacky joined the board of Maya’s Hope and is looking forward to seeing the charity grow and continue to support it’s commitment to improving lives, one child at a time.

Jennifer Fenimore
Board Member and Interim Secretary

Jennifer is the Marketing and Creative Manager as well as the HR Business Partner for a sanitary sealing and hose company in NJ.
Jennifer joined Maya’s Hope in 2014 as a volunteer graphic designer, helping out where ever needed. Since then she has designed invitations and marketing materials for fundraising events such as the Lotus Hope Ball, is sponsoring a child and works on the Maya’s Hope Website.

Julia Maksimova
Board Member and Gala Chair