Founded after the school tragedy of Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, the Koshka Foundation was started to ensure the memory of April 16th is continued in meaningful ways.
Dedicated towards impacting school safety and student education initiatives, our vision is a world that strongly believes in the power of youth and awareness as the greatest assets to a safer future.
Our work is focused on 3 goals:
- Improving campus safety
- Empowering student activism
- Forging connections between survivors of various causes
Kristina Anderson founded the The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond and heal in the aftermath of school violence, after becoming one of the most critically injured survivors from the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy. Shot 3 times, Ms. Anderson returned to graduate from Virginia Tech with a degree in International Studies and Foreign Languages, and is now a resource to school administrators, teachers and students within higher education and K-12 regarding violence prevention initiatives and ways to increase individual personal safety awareness. The Koshka Foundation also partners with law enforcement agencies and first responders to provide educational presentations on surviving an active shooter from a survivor’s perspective, and best practices in incorporating lessons learned.
Heidi Miller is a 2010 graduate of Virginia Tech. She graduated magna cum laude with dual degrees in International Studies and Geography with a French minor.
Heidi was also in room 211 on April 16th and sustained multiple shots to leg. In the aftermath of the event, Heidi worked closely on the development of the Teach for Madame program at Virginia Tech that was created in memory of her French teacher. Heidi also worked on the Executive Committee for The Big Event-the largest day of community service for the university.
Since graduating from Tech, Heidi has worked in a high school English teacher in inner-city Philadelphia which is consistently on the “persistently dangerous” list in the state of Pennsylvania. Currently Heidi lives in Denver, Colorado and works at an alternative school in the Denver area that provides mental health services and education to its students.
Heidi firmly believes in the power of education as a means for teaching and living out nonviolence principles.
Eric Anderson is a leading entrepreneur in the space industry. An aerospace engineer by training, he has led the development of commercial human spaceflight and the space tourism industry since its inception over a decade ago.
Anderson co-founded Space Adventures, Ltd., in 1998, and serves as the company’s Chairman. Space Adventures is the only operational company providing opportunities to the world’s marketplace for private citizens to experience space. Anderson’s vision is to open space frontier to all and to enable access to space-based energy and resources to fuel humanity’s future.
Anderson also serves as CEO of Intentional Software Corporation, where he and his business partner, Dr. Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., have developed the “Intentional Knowledge Workbench” technology whose unique capabilities include drastically reducing the cost of encoding, processing, and utilizing knowledge. The Intentional Knowledge Workbench reduces costs & error incidences, accelerates innovation, and saves time in the development of software applications and other digital work products.
Anderson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia with a degree in aerospace engineering. He is 37 years old and lives in Bellevue, Washington with his wife and their children. Anderson is currently Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. In addition to the Koshka Foundation, he is also a Board Member of the X Prize Foundation.
In 2008, Anderson received the “CEO of the Year” award, presented by SmartCEO magazine and in 2010, was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recipient in Greater Washington. Anderson has been an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization and in 2008 was chosen by the World Economic Forum to become a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
For the past two decades, Mr. Modzeleski has held senior-level positions at the Department of Education. During that time, he was instrumental in designing and implementing programs, policies, training and technical assistance for safety in schools and Institutions of Higher Education. He also developed strategies and programs for responding to a wide range of crises (natural and man-made disasters) that disrupt teaching and learning. Other areas of responsibility included alcohol, drug, and violence prevention; issues related to violent extremism; health and mental health. Mr. Modzeleski has authored several studies on school safety, violence prevention, and emergency management.
During his career as a FBI Official and subsequently as an International Security Consultant, Revell has authored numerous articles on Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence and Organized Crime. As the founder of a global business and security consulting firm, Oliver Revell draws on his 30 years of working his way up in the FBI to consult his clients. He has spoken and lectured at the national and international level on these and other criminal justice and National Security subjects on a frequent basis.