Our Team

Tonya Andrews

Tonya Andrews

Development Associate

Tonya Andrews is CAI’s Development Associate. When not working with CAI, Tonya teaches Acting and Directing classes at Montana State University. Tonya has spent her career developing and implementing arts programs, as well as working as an actor and director with theatre companies in Seattle, Chicago, and Montana. 


She spent 5 years touring Montana with Shakespeare in the Parks, where she fell in love with the people and landscapes of Montana. Tonya holds a master’s degree in Acting from the University of Arkansas and studied Shakespeare at Kingston University in London. When she is not in the classroom or at CAI, she is out backpacking, cross country skiing, and exploring with her dog Pete and her loving husband.

Libby Daghlian

Libby Daghlian

Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships

Libby Daghlian is the Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for Central Asia Institute. She comes to the team with 13+ years of experience in international development, and has focused extensively on educational programs and the rights of girls and women. 

Libby holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of New England, and has worked across every facet of nonprofit operations, including communications, partnerships, fundraising and programs.

Prior to joining CAI, Libby worked for nonprofits including Solidaridad Network, Days for Girls, and Educate!. Originally from Vermont, she spent 9 years living in Uganda, where she traveled extensively, particularly within Africa. She has worked with teams around the world and loves the opportunity to share, collaborate, and learn. Within the communications and partnerships space, Libby has found a passion for building bridges and connections between the nuanced, and often challenging work that happens on the ground, with the many people and institutions that have the capacity to support. Libby lives in Vermont with her husband and two young daughters.

Cynthia Evans

Cynthia Evans

Accounting and Finance Manager

Cynthia Evans, Central Asia Institute’s Accounting and Finance Manager, has over 30 years of experience working with a variety of organizations. Her expertise includes, bookkeeping, grant reporting, payroll, monthly reporting for not-for-profit organizations, and much more.

She especially enjoys creating and improving processes that provide integrity in delivering on Central Asia Institute’s mission. Cynthia lives in Bozeman with her husband and their yellow Labrador retriever. Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Colorado.

Terri Larson

Executive Assistant

Terri Larson is the Executive Assistant at Central Asia Institute. She came to Bozeman by way of Honolulu, HI where she worked as the Mental Health Administrator for military members at Hickam AFB.

Before coming to Bozeman she was also the Assistant to the Director for the Center for Excellence, DMHA a US government agency assisting with humanitarian aid in the SE Pacific.

Larson has settled in Bozeman next to 3 of her 4 children and enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and family get-togethers.

Marianne Monoc

Director of Development

Marianne Monoc has spent 28 years in the nonprofit sector, 25 of which have been in fundraising, development, and management. As the Director of Development, Marianne is connecting people that care with a cause that matters; driving resources to important programming in Central Asia.

Marianne earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from UMASS Amherst and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Louisiana State University. She has extensive experience in the fields of animal welfare, disabilities, health care, and public media. She serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a marketing and graphic design consultant for WTCI-PBS in Chattanooga. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and four rescue dogs.

Trudy Roberts

Development Manager

Trudy Roberts is CAI’s Development Manager, specializing in donor data management. Fundraising for nearly 20 years, Trudy has an inextinguishable passion for arts, education, and the overall prosperity of our world. Her primary aspiration is to create the best possible experience for the donors she serves.

Trudy graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado. Trudy is an avid reader and enjoys walking outdoors. She is grateful to spend time with friends and family playing games, gathering around the fire pit, and traveling.

Zia Sanaban

Zia Sanaban

Program Manager

Zia Sanaban is Central Asia Institute’s Program Manager. Before joining Central Asia Institute, Zia worked for a variety of development, humanitarian, and government organizations in Afghanistan.

He served as the Senior Program Development Coordinator for the International Medical Corps; the Planning and Programs Director for the National Environmental Protection Agency; Deputy Project Director for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Economy; and Planning and Evaluation Manager for the nonprofit organization Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, among others.

In all of these roles, Zia enjoyed contributing to programs that helped individuals and communities access education, health services, clean energy, and business opportunities.

Zia holds a master’s degree in International Development Studies from Ohio University and was a Fulbright scholar. A lifelong learner, Zia is fluent in English, Dari, and Pashtu, and speaks some Russian.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and volleyball. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.

Krishna Sob

Krishna Sob

Director of International Programs

Krishna Sob is Central Asia Institute’s Director of International Programs. Krishna is an international development professional with more than 20 years of practical experience. He specializes in the management of large, complex programs in transitional and post-conflict countries. He has managed programs in various sectors including education, public health, community mobilization, food security, economic development, emergency response, and poverty reduction.

Krishna has extensive experience in program planning, implementation, and monitoring. He is also adept at building the capacity of local NGOs, managing multi-cultural teams, overseeing contracts and grants, providing financial oversight, and developing policies and procedures.

In the past, he has worked as the Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in Nepal; Senior Program Director at Mercy Corps in Portland, Oregon; Country Director for the International Medical Corps in Afghanistan; and Senior Director of Asia and the Middle East for Lutheran World Relief.

Originally from Nepal, Krishna holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Tribhuwan University.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading books, walking, camping, and hiking.

Alice Thomas

Alice Thomas

Executive Director

Alice Thomas is the Executive Director of Central Asia Institute. An attorney by training and a passionate champion of social justice and gender rights, Alice brings over two decades of experience working in international development and human rights. From responding to refugee crises in conflict-ridden countries to tackling pressing global challenges such as poverty, education, poor governance, and climate change, Alice has dedicated her professional life to advocating on behalf of marginalized and disenfranchised populations.

Before stepping into her role as Executive Director of Central Asia Institute, Alice served a term on CAI’s board of directors where she not only played an active role in strategic planning and development but also found a deep sense of alignment and purpose with CAI’s mission and vision.

She views CAI’s mission – to promote education, especially for girls and women, in the remote communities of Central Asia – as a natural continuation of her previous work advocating for social justice and the empowerment of disenfranchised populations.

Prior to joining CAI, Alice was a Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager at Refugees International (RI), a non-governmental organization based out of Washington, DC. At RI, her work focused on improved assistance and protection for refugees and displaced people. In that role, she conducted over a dozen missions to poor and conflict-ridden countries to assess the protection, shelter, and education needs of affected communities. She also launched a novel program on the impacts of climate change on the displacement of vulnerable populations.

Alice has also served as a staff attorney in the international program at Earthjustice in San Francisco, where she worked in collaboration with local civil society to seek redress for communities affected by pollution.

She has also held several positions with the American Bar Association’s international initiatives – starting in ABA’s country office in Uzbekistan and later as Deputy Director of ABA’s Asia Law Initiative where she oversaw programs in Cambodia, China, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Alice started her career as a litigator in New York. She holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a B.A. in History from Princeton University. When not championing women’s education and gender rights, Alice enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.



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