The Board of Directors:
Noble Kelly, BEd, MEd (President):
Noble has been a High School Educator since 1991. Mr. Kelly has a Post Baccalaureate in Educational Technology and a Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change. He is an Adjunct Professor with the Teacher Education Department at UBC and has worked as a teacher mentor and trainer for the Simon Fraser University Educational Technology Post Baccalaureate program. Noble has served as the co-chair of the board for BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) from 2013 to 2017 and has designed and facilitated workshops to teachers as a member of the Peace and Global Education Provincial Specialist Association of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. He has been involved in education reform work and teacher training in South Africa, Ethiopia, Guyana, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. Mr. Kelly founded Education Beyond Borders in 2007 and is presently devoting his time to its continued growth and developing and implementing systemic strategies and awareness to teachers and development practitioners to foster quality education globally.
Kin Lo, PhD, FCPA, FCA (Treasurer):
Dr. Lo is the Senior Associate Dean of Students at UBC Sauder School of Business. He holds the CPA Professorship in Accounting established by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC). After receiving a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, he articled at PwC and subsequently earned his doctorate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. His research has been published widely and he has served as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Accounting and Economics from 2003-2011. Aside from research and teaching, Kin is also active in the professional accounting community serving on provincial and national committees such as the Academic Advisory Council for the Accounting Standards Board of Canada. He was elected as Fellow of CPABC (FCPA) in 2013.
Soraya Arteaga, BA (Psych.), BEd, MEd (Tech), PhD (Ed):
Soraya started teaching in the province of Alberta, Canada in early 1990. She is an experienced K-12 classroom teacher, school administrator, and technology education consultant involved in mentoring and leading professional learning across curricular areas. Her doctoral dissertation and research focused on outlier teachers/educators who successfully use technologies to teach/learn and unite students across the world. She continues to be an advocate for education and a child sponsor (over 26 years). In 2016, Soraya visited communities in Ghana, Africa (with World Vision). Her passion for education has taken her to schools in Central and South America including those in the highlands of Guatemala (AMMID) and Bolivia reed-floating-islands. At present, she is expanding her knowledge of indigenous populations through online coursework. Of special interest to Soraya are benevolent community and organization projects that lead to self empowerment and sustainability. Education Beyond Borders merges her philanthropy with her love of education. Soraya firmly believes education is the right of all individuals in the world and the ladder up Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.
Tara Csont Mollett, MA (Board Secretary):
Tara is the Director of Student Services at the BCIT Student Association where she oversees a variety of student-focused, extra-curricular programming including career services, leadership development, entrepreneurship, and mentorship and wellness services. These services strive to meet the diverse needs of students and support them through their educational journey. Tara's professional background is based in career development, which she teaches part-time at Langara College. Tara holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Toronto, along with a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Royal Roads University and a certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Toronto. She is currently working towards the CPHR designation. Tara strongly believes in the right to education both inside and outside of the classroom. Over the past several years, Tara has played a lead role in the development of several community and post-secondary programs and she has experience working with a wide variety of individuals including youth, students, Indigenous people, older workers, and immigrants. Tara worked as an ESL instructor in both Taiwan and Hungary and completed an internship in Budapest where she worked with the Roma in the Media program at the Centre for Independent Journalism.
Nicole van Woudenberg BA, BEd, MA:
Nicole is a Special Education coordinator with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. She has taught elementary grades and worked as a Special Education resource teacher and consultant. She has taught English as a Second Language in Europe during the summer and delivered professional development to teachers in Africa and the Caribbean. Nicole has served on committees of several not-for-profit organizations, including serving as Chair of the International Education Aid Committee with her Provincial Teachers' Union. Most recently she held a seconded position as Chair at the Ontario College of Teachers. She is dedicated to social justice causes, specifically access to free, high-quality education. Certified to teach in Ontario since 1998, she holds an Honours BA, a B.Ed. and an MA.
Alexandra Kindrat, PhD, MSc, BEd, BSc
Dr. Alexandra Kindrat is an educator, neuroscientist, and educational researcher from Montreal, Canada. Her interests include exploring human physiological responses to micro-gravity on Earth and on the International Space Station, as well as mathematical relational thinking and algebra. In addition to being conferred graduate degrees from McGill University, International Space University and Concordia University, Dr. Kindrat is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Educator Award (2017). Alexandra looks forward to sharing her experiences in strategic planning and policy development and firmly believes that education is the only way to empower others to break down barriers to opportunity.
Philip Omanyo, Bed (ECD):
Mr. Omanyo is a leader in the field of education, teacher training, coaching and mentorship, and project management and planning. Philip works as an Education Officer for a digital learning for projects in Kenya, as well as an NGO advancing Numeracy and Literacy outcomes in Kenya and Nigeria through working with scalable government solutions. Prior, Philip has worked with several organizations as an instructional coach with Women Education Researcher of Kenya (WERK) and Education Development Trust (EDT). Notable of his skills are, project management and coordination, education and research, child protection and inclusion, parental education, teacher training, teacher coaching and mentorship, training of trainers (ToT), monitoring and evaluation, administrative and planning skills, community engagement and partnerships. He holds a Bachelors of Education (Early Childhood Education and Development) from the University of Nairobi.
Yoweri Mugweri, BBA:
Mr. Mugweri holds a bachelor's in Business Administration majoring in Accounts with a diploma in Cooperative and Business Administration and has a CPA. He also has a certificate in Project Planning and Management. Yoweri has been in service since 1990, working with the Uganda Government in the Ministries of Cooperative, Trade and Industry, as well as the Ministry of Local Government and Private Organizations Local and international. Yoweri has served as the board Chairperson of Good Shepherd community development association and the founder of Elite College and Good Shepherd Junior School all in Uganda. Apart from that above, Yoweri is active in auditing at JOELSEN and Co. Certified Public Accountants - Uganda. He is also the Vice Chairperson of Kamuli district private school owners association.