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Mira Lauches 34th Grant

Eight years in and over 30 projects later... Thank you, donors!


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Fast Facts

Meet Mira's Leadership Team




Board of Directors: Learn more about our all-volunteer team.


Korin Hoffman - Korin is passionate about empowering young women and girls internationally and in her own community.  She has been a Program Coordinator at the Institute of International Education for the International Visitor Leadership Program since 2011.  She is currently a volunteer mentor at MISSEY (working with sexually exploited youth) and a volunteer social media consultant for the International Research Foundation for Development.  In addition, she coaches girls' artistic gymnastics at American Gymnastics Club.  Korin holds a B.A. from University of Hawaii at Hilo and an M.A. in Human Rights from University College Dublin in Ireland.  She loves international travel and making global connections through social media.


Deniz Kebabci Tudor - Born and raised in Turkey, Deniz first came to U.S. as an exchange student in 1996-1997 with the American Field Service. Given her upbringing, she is sensitive to children’s needs in developing countries and the struggle of attaining a solid education. Deniz later pursued her PhD in Economics at University of California, San Diego. She has been an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University since 2007 and has been a member of the Rotary International (Fisherman’s Wharf) since January 2011. She has raised funds for March for Babies and Peninsula Humane Society.

Mike Ma - Mike loves to build and hack stuff. He has worked at major software, e-commerce and financial companies in roles from product development to business strategy and marketing. Mike has a sincere desire to make a difference in the world and to use his life to serve others. Using his experiences in computer software, hardware, network security and his entrepreneurial spirit, he started his own network security consulting company in high school. He was educated at the University of Waterloo in Canada and holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science - Computer Engineering. He is proficient in Chinese, Japanese and English and has travelled the world. Mike has founded various start-ups, and he is currently leading the efforts at Judy’s Book, a website empowering moms to help each other in the local marketplace.


Sara Ortega Roliz - Mira's Founder, Sara serves as Executive Director.  Prior to Mira, Sara worked in West Africa with post-graduate students at an IT and business school and in Southeast Asia with children learning English.  Throughout these experiences, she was also employed with a variety of non-profit organizations based in the Bay Area that focused on access to quality health care.  Sara lives in San Francisco with her husband, and together they enjoy travelling to new places locally and abroad.  Sara received a Masters of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a BA in Sociology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Adriana Solís López - Adriana  is originally from South East Los Angeles and lives in the Bay Area.  She is passionate about promoting social justice and leadership development, and while she works for a national organization, she is also very committed to international causes.   Adriana is currently Director of Development at Girls Leadership Institute, a national non-profit that is training the next generation of amazing women leaders. In her spare time, she volunteers for as an educational mentor and community mediator.  Adriana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in History focusing in Latin America.



Board of Advisors

Alec Detwiler - Alec is an SF Bay Area native who loves gadgets, celebrating diversity and promoting education. Alec is a global citizen, having lived in the Middle East as a child, studied in Germany, worked in Peru as an archealogist, and traveled to 38 countries. He has worked in the tech sector at AT&T, PayPal, and currently Apple, where he serves a senior project manager. Alec received a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard.


Shawn McHale - Born in Malaysia, also raised in rural Philippines, Shawn came to the U.S. as a nine-year old. He received a B.A from Swarthmore, worked as a community organizer in NY and Philadelphia, and then received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii. He then attained an M.A. and Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from Cornell University. Shawn received a Fulbright-Hays faculty fellowship and served as Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University where continues to teach today. He is animated by the desire to answer some simple questions-- why do people kill each other? Why have they gone to war? How should we, and other societies, confront the legacies of war and conflict?


Alex Sum - Alex loves to see shalom (“universal flourishing”) happen to all, especially oppressed and vulnerable children. Alex co-founded Seattle Against Slavery, an anti-trafficking nonprofit coalition and currently heads up a new abolition nonprofit, Hope for Seattle, as well as volunteers with International Justice Mission. Alex works as a tech executive helping lead eBible.com. He is married with 5 children and graduated with a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Frank Yetter - Frank "Skip" Yetter lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he serves as English Resource & Media Advisor at Cambodians for Resource Revenue Transparency. He also works as New Business Manager at Sciaroni & Associates. Before moving to Cambodia in 2010 with his incredible wife, Gabrielle, he had a 30-year career in U.S. media, most recently as head of global sales for Business Wire. He has a BA in Journalism from Syracuse University, and received advanced management training at the American Press Institute. He has two wonderful daughters, Kirsty and Emily. He is a decent and evolving cook, and loves travel, writing, multicultural experiences, music and karaoke!


Gabrielle Yetter - Gabrielle Yetter is a freelance writer and English resource volunteer at Development and Partnership in Action, a Cambodian NGO. She started her career as a reporter in South Africa and worked for nine years at Business Wire, where she managed the DC bureau, worked as an account manager in San Francisco and opened the company's first international office in London. She is originally from England and has lived in Bahrain and South Africa. She recently completed a book on traditional Cambodian desserts and is working on the Cambodia chapter on a book about moving to Southeast Asia. She loves to explore other regions of the world, read, write and sample cupcakes.