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Theresa Grant-Narasimhan

As the Founder and Executive Director of Make A Difference Now, Theresa has dedicated most of her life to helping disadvantaged children gain equal access to quality education. In 2005 she left a promising marketing career in the Silicon Valley to fulfill a calling to make a difference in Africa.

She is in charge of our fundraising, events and development. She holds a BS in International Relations and a BA in Spanish from Boise State University, an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT, as well as an Executive Certificate in Leading Successful Social Programs from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

Grant has supervised over 300 volunteers from around the world including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, UK, USA and Zambia.


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Janeth Evaristi

Janeth joined MAD in 2015 as our administrative assistant for Tanzania and is now our country program manager. She loves using her administrative experience to support MAD’s goals. She previously spent several years working with other NGOs in the Kilimanjaro region who help children attain educational opportunities. The work not only inspired her but helped her realize how unique MAD is in making a difference.

Janeth is a Tanzania citizen who holds a BS in business administration and entrepreneurship development.


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Ha Luong

Ha helps us with our social media while also studying Public Relations and Nonprofit Management at Boise State University.

She is a Peer Advisor at the International Student Services, and a Peer Mentor at Trios Rising Scholar Program where she helps international, first generation and low income students so they can have more support while staying in school, and have someone to reach out to when they have problems. She has interned at International Rescue Committee (IRC) during the 2017 summer as an Employment Intern.

“I feel very close to MAD’s vision and mission, because of being from Vietnam and my experience with education in developing countries. I decided to join MAD so that I can help make the vision that we share become more possible.”


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Elyse Perkins

Elyse joined MAD in 2018 as a volunteer. We loved her so much that we offered her a contract position as a Digital Administrative Coordinator.