Maya’s Hope Team

Maya's Hope Team

Maya Rowencak Crauderueff
Founder and President

Maya Rowencak Crauderueff is the Founder and President 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.

Keshia Melton
Ukrainian Program Manager and Social Media Director

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.

Jennifer Fenimore
Marketing and Creative Director

Jennifer is the Marketing and Creative Manager as well as the HR Business Partner for a sanitary sealing and hose company in Northern 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, designs the annual reports and works on the Maya’s Hope Website.

Jenna Lafta
Data Analyst

Jenna takes care of all the numbers, pivot tables and data. She had recently moved to bustling New York with her husband and cat from a cozy city in Canada and was looking for a way to get involved in the community and meet new people. After being part of the first gala, Jenna realized just how much she really loved Maya’s Hope and wanted to do even more to get involved, and enjoys learning new things every day!
Jenna is finishing up her accounting degree along with helping the Cutie Pies and is happy to be involved in something so meaningful, as well as being a part of a team of amazing people.

Caron Katz
Bookkeeper

Caron Katz is the owner of the outsourced bookkeeping firm, CEK Solutions. She is a CPA and MBA with extensive knowledge and experience managing the accounting and financial reporting systems for small to mid-sized organizations.
Caron has served as the Vice President, Controller at Twinlab and Director of Finance at Sally Hershberger Professional Hair Care. Caron holds a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and an MBA with a focus in Accounting from Kennesaw State University.

Ollie Koshelieva
Russian/Ukrainian-English Translator

Ollie is an energetic educator currently working at a preschool where she takes care of infants and a language school where she teaches conversational English to international students. She joined Maya’s Hope as a Russian/Ukrainian-English translator in 2015. Since then, she’s been helping out where’s needed, including translating contracts, reports, and applications, organizing children’s case files, assisting with various documentation, etc. She’s also sponsoring a child. The mission of Maya’s Hope is Ollie’s daily inspiration. She declares it to be one of the main reasons she still has faith in people and the world.

Maria-Joelle Morris
Data Collection and Research

Hello! My name is Maria-Joelle Morris and I’m honored to be able to apply my ‘techie’ past to help Maya’s hope with form design, data collection and anything else that comes my way!
I’m a Mom of 3 young children and work from home inventing ways to keep my husband and kids busy. I’m also a certified yoga Instructor with teaching positions in the U.S. Army’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
I enjoy traveling, the great outdoors, reading bad hotel reviews online, books, jewelry-making, fitness, and nutrition.
We have two pets Mia and Bizy who have been with us through several house moves as well as international travel. Between all of us, we speak really good French, Spanish and English. Having lived in Ireland for most of my life, my heart will always be mostly Irish.

Mari Pantoja-Smith
Tagalog/English translator

Hello, I’m Mari. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. As a Filipina, I was drawn to its mission of “improve the quality of life of orphaned, impoverished, and special-needs children on a global scale.” I recently joined Maya’s Hope to volunteer as a Tagalog/English translator and to help with interviewing candidates. So far the experience has been very, very rewarding for me. I am thankful to Maya’s Hope for helping children with special needs in the Philippines.

Aside from Maya’s Hope, I also volunteer for the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE) of South Florida as a Student Services Chair – Board Member. After spending 15 years in bedside nursing within various South Florida hospitals and various nursing specialties, I understand what drives the healthcare industry. I am passionate about healthcare and higher education. I have a strong affinity towards clinician shortage as a crisis today and tomorrow for this creates a domino effect towards the future of healthcare and patient care.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing. I am also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt as well as a Champion Six Sigma. However, my biggest accomplishment in life is being a MOM to my three children. Among many things in life, I overcame obstacles as a teenage mother, I enforced the importance of higher education to my three children as well as encouraged them to pursue their passion.

Dilan Dundar
Data Management

Dilan Dundar is a Maya’s Hope volunteer hoping to eventually work in the non-profit sector. Currently she is volunteering from Houston, Texas. With her background in administration and data entry, she handles various administrative tasks, doing research and helping with various data management projects. She also facilitated the switch to JotForm for intake forms. She is excited to learn more about how a small non-profit works and do meaningful, productive work to help children and families in need.

Lori Seward
Administration

Lori Seward has been volunteering with Maya’s Hope for over four years. Lori is a retired communication professor who has helped the organization in a wide variety of ways. She has edited documents including our annual report, handled mailings, helped with event planning, and even played babysitter in the office to help me get work done!

Lori sponsors a child in the Philippines and is a frequent donor to Facebook campaigns to assist our cutie pies. When not helping Maya’s Hope, Lori loves exploring New York City and looks forward to the reopening of theatres and the opportunity to travel once more.

Taryn Hall Daniels
Administration

Taryn lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Prior to moving to NYC, she was a Licensed Master Social Worker for 10 years in Texas and London. Taryn worked primarily with children who were abused, providing counseling as a Play Therapist. Currently, she spends her days chasing her toddler around the playground, reading, playing with play dough, exploring nature in Central Park, and encourages learning through play. Taryn and her family love to travel and have visited over 50 countries where they enjoyed getting to learn about the different cultures.

Taryn currently volunteers writing thank you notes and address envelopes to donors of Maya’s Hope.

Myra Gonzales
Translator

My name is Myra and I am a volunteer translator for Maya’s Hope. I love to help as it has been one of my core personality traits and when I found that Maya’s Hope needed translators, I didn’t think twice on applying. I am a Filipino-American, born and raised in the Philippines till I moved to New York when I was 11 years old. I am a Medical Student at Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines and I am also taking Korean language classes continuing my Korean studies from undergrad. It has been a pleasure to work with such a wonderful team and helping families in need. I hope to keep volunteering and do more when I become a doctor. I believe that everyone deserves to live to see the beauty in the world.

Larissa Palacio
Administration

My name is Larissa Palacio. I live in New York with my teenage son. I was born in Colombia but
have lived in NY almost my entire life.
For over 12 years, I was a stay at home parent. Over the last couple of years, I have been
working towards achieving personal goals and exploring new creative outlets like making
bracelets. One of my favorite quotes is JFK’s “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth”. For me, it is important to continue to learn, grow and evolve as an individual.
My interest in applied psychology in the workplace led to my degree in human resources. Last year I completed a master’s degree in human resource management. It is a field that allows me to be a part of organizational change, help employees reach career goals, and improve
employee engagement.
Volunteering for Maya’s hope has been a rewarding experience. I am glad to be of service in an organization that is helping improve the quality of life of children in need.