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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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”.
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
Min is a project manager for Soma. She is a certified scuba instructor and is passionate about environmental conservation.
Karim is Copywriting Director for Soma International. He writes on behalf of the diaspora, reads in the midst of moonlight, and chases butterflies in his spare time.
Sean Gillon is a project manager for Soma International.
Anamaria is a program coordinator for Soma International.
His passion for music composition and performance motivated him to help Soma with creative content
Cornel is our project coordinator on the ground in Tanzania. He helps facilitate the amazing work we do.
Education & Research Coordinator
Cara is our education and Resource coordinator for Soma International.
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.
In touch with her creative side and spends her free time relaxing and doing things she loves such as painting and rollerskating! She manages creating content and visions that pertain to the image of Soma International.
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.
Enjoys spending time with her family and creating new illustrations and graphics.
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.
Enjoys writing short stories and making voice overs.
Hannah studies Multimedia Journalism and Cinema at Virginia Tech with the hopes to become a producer in the entertainment journalism industry. Other interests of hers include dogs, music, and poetry.