Team

Mirellise Vazquez

Executive Director

Mirellise Vazquez is committed to making the world a better and more just place for children. She has twenty years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, focusing on human rights, children’s rights, and education, including grant-making, advocacy, and philanthropy.

Mirellise is honored to serve as Executive Director of the Tauck Family Foundation, leading the implementation of the Foundation's theory of change. Prior to this position, from November 2012 to January 2015, Mirellise served as the Foundation's first Program Officer, spearheading the due diligence process and managing the portfolio of non-profit investees. And, from July 2010 to October 2012, she served as Foundation Administrator, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.

Before working in Connecticut, Mirellise worked in both New York City and Washington, DC. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), she served as Coordinator of International Advocacy, where she developed and implemented IPPF/WHR’s international advocacy strategy and served as their main representative to the United Nations. Prior to joining IPPF/WHR, Mirellise worked at ChildFund International, where she held several posts, including serving as the organization's first Foundations Officer and conducting advocacy on Capitol Hill and the United Nations. Prior to joining ChildFund, Mirellise worked at the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs, where she focused on child labor and education technical assistance programs, research, and policy.

Mirellise is a Board member of Building One Community and Five Frogs, as well as a member of Impact Fairfield. She is also an alumnus of the 2011 Fairfield County cohort of the Leadership Development Roundtable Program for emerging leaders in Connecticut's non-profit sector and Hispanics in Philanthropy's 2016 Next Generation Latino Philanthropy Leadership Program.

Mirellise has a Master of Public Policy and International Affairs Degree and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.

Kim Hein

Program Associate

Kim Hein believes that every child should be given the same opportunities to grow, thrive, and be successful.

She has more than fifteen years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors primarily in program development, event management and fundraising. Prior to joining the Tauck Family Foundation, she oversaw the Norwalk Housing Authority College Scholarship Program to help low-income students navigate the college process and graduate with a college degree.

Before working in Connecticut, Kim worked in student affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Undergraduate Division where she oversaw large-scale events and developed co-curricular programs to create community among the student body. She began her career at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts where she held positions in both special events and wish program coordination.

Kim has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Linguistics from Syracuse University. She is an active volunteer in Fairfield County where she lives with her husband and two children.

Amy Bernard

Administrator

Amy Bernard is a motivated advocate for early intervention and the whole-child approach to learning. She understands the fundamental significance in developing social and emotional competencies, and the positive correlation to academic achievement and long-term success.

As an office management professional with over 10 years of experience, Amy has dedicated her career to administrative and organizational efficiency. Prior to joining the Tauck Family Foundation, Amy consulted privately for independent entrepreneurs and provided support coverage for corporate senior executives. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for two Wilton non-profit organizations that address community interests and child-centered causes.

Amy has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Women’s Studies from Purchase College, SUNY and completed graduate-level coursework in Organizational Management and Human Resources at Manhattanville College.