Board of Directors

Maya's Hope Board of Directors & Vice President

Maya Rowencak Crauderueff
Founder and President

Maya Rowencak Crauderueff is the President and founder of Maya’s Hope. After she lost her mother in 2007, she had come to realize the pain of losing a parent. She began her journey of helping orphans from her first trip to the Philippines in 2008. She later started visiting institutions in Ukraine and Maya’s Hope has come to evolve to what it is today. She is committed to helping children in great need, despite their circumstances and believes that every child has value. She also is of Filipino and Ukrainian heritage.

Previously, she has worked for Metalmark Capital as an Executive Assistant to Managing Directors. She considers herself an international problem solver and enjoys making people smile. Maya has a degree in Piano Performance and French literature from Rutgers University.

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.

Julia Maksimova
Board Member, Vice President

Julia Maksimova is an entrepreneur and commercial real estate broker/advisor with KW Commercial, a commercial real estate arm of Keller Williams. Julia and her team focuses on commercial sales and leasing, representing local, national, institutional, public and private companies, along with high growth startups and Fortune 100 firms. She’s on the local, national and executive leadership board for the company. She began her commercial real estate career in 2005 as an intern at Cushman & Wakefield Moscow, Russia office in her second year of college and then transitioned into researcher/analyst role at Cushman & Wakefield New York upon her graduation with Economics and management degree.
Julia met Maya, the founder and president of Maya’s Hope at a business networking event in 2014 and after learning about the amazing mission of the charity, offered her connections to help with the gala. Julia has been sponsoring a child in the Philippines ever since. The following year, Maya asked Julia to be a gala chair and she has been happy to fill that position for the past 5 years. Julia joined the board in January 2019 as she’s passionate about helping children in Ukraine and Philippines and seeing the real impact the charity has brought to children in need. She is excited about Maya’s Hope’s growth and is always thinking of new ideas on how to help the organization. Julia also volunteers with Achilles International and New York Cares and resides in Manhattan.

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.

Semanti Datta Kulkarni

Semanti is a Partner and Analyst at Gilead Capital, an investment firm with a concentrated, small-cap focused strategy. Before joining Gilead Capital, Semanti spent four years as an Analyst at Brandes Investment Partners, L.P., a value-strategy investment firm. She began her career with investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and private equity at Metalmark Capital.
Semanti earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School.
Semanti has known Maya since 2007 and joined as a Director in March 2021. Having grown up in the Philippines, Semanti was particularly drawn to the mission of Maya’s Hope and she is excited to be part of an organization that makes such a direct impact on disadvantaged children by facilitating emergency medical care, including life-saving surgeries.

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.

Ava Mehta
Board Member

Ava Mehta is a Human Resources Executive at Bank of America. She is responsible for developing HR strategy plans and aligning HR capabilities to support responsible business growth and performance objectives. Ava joined the board of Maya’s Hope in 2020. She was looking for an organization that was committed to helping children. She is looking forward to seeing the charity grow and continue to support its commitment

Ava resides in NYC with her husband and twin daughters.