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About Us

Connecting on a personal level is an important part of sharing ideas. On this page we present some details about our organization and the people behind it.

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Who We Are

We are a group of professionals who have devoted their lives to art, the humanities, science and education.

Ms. Dimitrina Koleva, President


Ms. Koleva is a graduate of the National Lycee for Ancient Languages and Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria. Later, she obtained a MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Sofia and a MBA from New Bulgarian University. She is a holder of a Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. Dimitrina has gained extensive knowledge of business management and international experience. While being a teacher of English in Bulgaria she also acquired a pedagogical insight and understanding of children’s needs and aspirations.

Dimitrina is committed to environmentally friendly life style and practices. Her hobby is photography.

Dr. Tania Laakmann, Director


Dr. Laakmann is a member of the Association of the Bulgarian Artists. She holds a MA in Textile and Fashion from the National Academy for Fine Arts in Sofia and a PhD in Fashion Design. She has been a professor at the Varna Free University where she discovered the pleasure of sharing her knowledge and experience with young people and motivating their creativity and love for design. For 18 years Tania has been the lead instructor at the National Innovative School in Sofia.

In 2011, Dr. Laakmann approached Mithra and offered her assistance with the artistic aspect of Mithra’s promotional materials and fundraising activities. Her experience as an educator and artist is invaluable for Mithra’s endeavors.  Edit Text

Theodor Petrov, Treasurer


Dr. Petrov has an impressive resume in the management of large governmental funds (NIH) as a Principal Investigator, interviewing, hiring personnel and public speaking. His expertise as an internationally recognized neuroscientist and physician member of Soc. Neuroscience, IBRO, the Editorial Board of J. Epithelial Biology and Pharmacol.) are invaluable in the assessment of the needs of children targeted in our Program.

Apart from being a prolific scientist, Dr. Petrov has deep interest and knowledge of modern European art and literature. He is in the process of writing his first book which addresses snobbery with a lot of humor.

Dr. Christian Takoff, Managing Director, Sofia Branch

Dr. Takoff is a graduate of the University of Sofia Law Department. He holds a LLM from University of Hamburg, Germany, and a doctorate in law from the University of Sofia. In addition to being a professor at the University of Sofia Law Department, Dr. Takoff is a practicing attorney. He has been a legal expert and consultant to numerous national and international institutions and organizations, and is currently the Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a co-founder of the Institute for European and German Law at the University of Sofia Law Department.


Suzanne Gabli, Project Manager

Suzanne is currently the Executive Director of Building Blocks Preschool and has been developing an Early Childhood Learning Community in Highland MI. Since 2004, she has been mentoring teachers and parents on what quality Early Childhood Education is. "Children and Quality Learning Experiences is a true passion for me. Nothing makes me happier than to inspire a teacher, parent or student. To see them get excited about authentic learning at any age!"

Suzanne believes that life is where children are filled with joy, competency, power and resourcefulness.  She believes that given challenges, support, kindness, and love their accomplishments are vast and outstanding.  With guidance, children together work hard, play hard and care for each other and the community around them while exploring new and varied topics and questions.  Suzanne is passionate about Early Childhood Education and has deep respect for children and their natural instinct to learn with their many intelligences. She is an advocate for children of all ages.  She is developing a strong awareness of early childhood education in Highland, Michigan, community and promoting quality education.

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