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The Board

GIFT-CONNECT has a board of world class leaders

in the fields of early child hood development, business and philanthropy.




Mark Holden is a successful entrepreneur, musician, and international recording artist who has founded and operated several companies in a diverse career spanning four decades. He is an advocate for creating values-based businesses that make a difference. Mark believes that true success is measured by how many lives we impact. 



Vice President

Olivia was born in the Republic of the Congo. She is an artist, life coach, mindfulness practitioner, hypnosis practitioner and a Reiki Master. She also served as a Member of the Governor’s Delaware Interfaith Council.



Vice President

Toni Tijerino is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture through innovation and leadership. HHF is recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, other nonprofits and the Government of Mexico.



Vice President

Stellar Mengele is a gospel music artist, career woman, businesswoman, wife and mother. Born and raised in Kitui County, Stellar began her music career in 2003 and currently serves as the GIFT CONNECT 0-5 Ambassador in Kenya.



Vice President

Rika has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Gakushuin and a Master’s degree in Child Development from Michigan State University. Rika currently serves as a deputy chair for Byakko, Vice President of May Peace Prevail on Earth International, and Goi Peace Foundation following her family tradition of spreading peace and divine spark beyond race and religion.




Experienced Founder and Chief Executive Officer with a strong focus on creating businesses that promote wellbeing on all levels. A demonstrated history of working in both the positive psychology and well-being software industry with the Be Intent Technology platform.




Attorney Igwe began his career as Assistant District Attorney in the City of Philadelphia then continued on to be an insurance defense attorney at Allstate Insurance Company. Currently, Emeka is the managing partner of The Igwe Firm, dedicated to getting justice for the wrongfully accused and people who have had their civil rights violated.




Doug Lambert is a Global Good entrepreneur. His work is purposed to change philanthropy worldwide through an evolutionary & disruptive nonprofit e-platform.




Beth Medved Waller is a successful realtor in Virginia, having earned recognition as a top producer locally, regionally and nationally. She is also the founder of WHAT MATTERS, a 501(c)3 dedicated to efforts in community building, outreach and wellness, with a special emphasis on video-based storytelling and creating replicable fundraising models for non-profits.

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