Milli Arakawa, Founder graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles and has served in accounting and finance roles since graduation. Milli is passionate about creating change in the global society through education. She has participated in expanding the mission of many non-profits organizations, such as Operation Mobilization, Russia (1999), Habitat for Humanity, Fiji (2002), Ernst and Young Corporate Social Responsibility Program, El Salvador (2005), Globe Aware, Costa Rica, (2007) and Ubud Orphanage in Bali, Indonesia.
LeBaron Meyers, President graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked in institutional sales at a top investment management firm for seven years and spearheaded their first annual community service day. LeBaron’s eclectic path then brought her into radio as a morning show co-host in San Francisco and head of public affairs before donating and selling all of her belongings to step away for a year of international study of yoga and meditation. In her travels to India, Bali and beyond, she met amazing people, learned their stories and grew increasingly interested in what unites all of us. Her passion is people– and the responsibility and power in connecting empathetically and respectfully for a greater good. She currently works in strategic partnerships and continues to seek out new and innovative ways for individuals, groups and causes to collaborate.
Drew Zinser received his bachelor degree from the California State University of Fullerton in 2005. Having played sports his entire life, Andrew is a firm believer in character development through competitive sports. He went on to obtain his Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University and is constantly advocating the positive benefits of physical education. On the One Desk Foundation inaugural trip to the Philippines, Andrew was voted best teacher by all the camp participants. Andrew’s ability to have fun with the kids while teaching them lessons in life allowed many children to draw close to him. Andrew believes that giving back is the key to living a fulfilled life.
After graduating from undergrad with honors, Mervyn Encarnacion pursued his law degree at Southwestern University and has been practicing law in the California area for over 10 years. Mervyn has served in legal advisory roles throughout his career and has provided guidance and developed creative solutions to support programmatic objectives of various companies. Mervyn is a native of Southern California and is proudly devoted to building future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. He believes that helping youth is the key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
John Connors will be attending Michigan State University and has a promising career ahead of him in the finance and accounting field. He was a member of the varsity football team, one of the highest ranking football teams in the country. John is a role model in his community as a former member of the Boy Scouts, a team leader on the Cabin John Middle School Basketball team and team captain of the Catholic Youth Organization Basketball Team. John has volunteered countless hours to the different organizations in the Northern Maryland community. At a young age, John already understands the concept of making a difference each day. He believes real change requires real work, commitment and competitive greatness. John is passionate about instilling positive change in the lives of those around him.