Meet Our Team

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

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.

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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 Nadolski

Vice President

Jessica joined Minga in 2011 and has over 15 years experience in finance, planning, and analysis in multiple industries, including large corporations, financial institutions, and most recently healthcare.

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 working with nonprofit organizations. Jessica lives in the Indianapolis area and currently works in Finance within the healthcare industry.

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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.

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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 lives in Forest Grove, OR with her husband and dogs, and does fundraising and volunteer coordination for a non-profit community health center.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Maia Monell

Board Member

Maia joined Minga in 2015 after serving as a volunteer. With a BA in English and Anthropology from Wake Forest University and a MS in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School in London, she pursues a career in market research and strategy. Maia leverages her skills in marketing and communications to pursue her passion for supporting sustainable projects, dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights.

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Rebecca Andruszka

Project Development Officer

Rebecca joined Minga in 2017. She is a non-profit professional who has spent more than a decade focused on community solutions to poverty. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, doing everything from research and communications, to fundraising and project development. Rebecca received her BA from New School for Social Research and her MA from Hunter College. Both of her degrees examined the intersection of artistic expression and progressive politics.

Caitlin Murphy

Caitlin Murphy

Volunteer

Caitlin graduated from the University of Dundee in 2013 with an MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations. After university, she worked within marketing and fundraising in the non-profit sector before pursuing a career in digital design. Caitlin has since gained a CPD accredited diploma in Digital Marketing and runs her own web and graphic design business in Broughty Ferry, Scotland.

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