Our Team

We’re a driven bunch. Gritty and passionate about education. We’re working hard to provide the youth in Tanzania with the same educational opportunities we’ve been afforded in life. In our free time, we also love to practice Kendo, cook, volunteer at animal shelters, play soccer, and travel to places we love.


Mohamed Mwinyi

Co-founder & CEO

Born in Tanzania, Mohamed is the CEO of Soma International. His experiences with education in the US have driven him to give back to his homeland.

John Byers

Board Member

Support knows no boundaries. John has embodied that by connecting Soma to its Blacksburg community, the Christiansburg-Blacksburg Rotary Club, and Lions Club to raise 10,000+ books.

Martha Cecilia Montoya Silva

Co-founder & Vice President

Both of Cecilia’s parents immigrated to the US and instilled a fervor for reading and education in her as a youth. Cecilia works on the structure and image of Soma International. 

Joanne Dean

Board Member

Our community extraordinaire, JoAnne has graciously coordinated events to raise awareness and bring our supporters together. Her secret skill? Taking great action photos of her loved ones. 

Pranay Bhargava

Co-founder & COO, CFO

Pranay’s family moved from India to the US because his mother was pursuing an education. Hailing from New Delhi, India, Pranay helps run operations and finance for Soma.  

Wanda Price

Board Member

Wanda turns words into action and

loves to make crafts. She has visited Tanzania twice and lead efforts to create Rural Learning Center #2, affectionately called “Wanda Library”.

Core Team

Sarah "Sadie" Andersen

Director of Relations

Whether she’s cooking up the latest recipe she found or gathering books to donate to youth, Sadie loves how education helps people. She leads our communications & PR team.

Marifrancis "Min" Moschopoulos

Project Manager

Min is a project manager for Soma. She is a certified scuba instructor and is passionate about environmental conservation.

Sean Gillon

Project Manager

Sean Gillon is a project manager for Soma International.

Anamaria Ramirez

Program Coordinator

Anamaria is a program coordinator for Soma International.

Cornel Luambano

Project Coordinator

Cornel is our project coordinator on the ground in Tanzania. He helps facilitate the amazing work we do.

Cara Stombock

Education & Research Coordinator

Cara is our education and Resource coordinator for Soma International.


Lindsay Barnes

Asst. Business Operations Officer

Lindsay assists with managing all our business operations. She helps keep Soma up to speed.

Elizabeth Britten

Asst. Finance Officer

Elizabeth is a big fan of trying new things. Whether it be a new outdoor activity, or switching up her workout routine. She is a big fan of kittens, finance, and accounting.

Scott Hobbs

Finance Officer

Scott loves learning about other languages and cultures. In his spare time, he practices Kendo and brushes up on his Japanese, and brings that same discipline to running finances.

Alice Ji

Social Media Officer

Alice loves to “Let It Go” – from laying it on line on the football field to belting out her favorite James Bay song. She brings the same mantra to Soma’s public relations efforts.

Maximilian Gannon

Marketing Officer

From munching on his favorite tacos to talking about the years he spent in Costa Rica, Max loves sharing stories that captivate others. He brings that to Soma’s marketing efforts.

Leeina Tabbalat

Fundraising Officer

If you talk “Mansaf” or about monkeys, Leeina will talk about them for days! Our fundraising officer brings the same visceral enthusiasm to raising funds to build rural learning centers. 

Erica Martin

Communications Officer

Erica is our communications wiz.

Caroline Versaw

Graphic Design Officer

Meet the mastermind behind Soma’s graphics. Inspiration in Caroline’s life comes from things she loves. From cute and cuddly puppies to intricate and colorful ways sushi is assembled.

Emily Keshap

Student Advisor

Our resident soccer maestro, Emily brings the same hard work and passion into helping meet the needs of students in the Virginia Tech student organization for Soma. 

Walid Zeineldin

Photography & Videography Officer

Walid is in charge of all our photography and video.

Mackenzie Hyde

Events & Partnership

Our favorite dog-lover loves spending her weekends volunteering at local animal shelters and collecting various teas. She leads our event organizing and partnership teams.

Olivia Squirewell

Recruitment Officer

With an attitude and love for Soma as strong as her love for her native Sunshine State, Olivia spends her time spreading Soma’s mission and helping build our team. Second to her love for Soma and Florida, is her love of hikes and enchiladas.

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