Board Members

Temwani board members volunteer their time and effort to further our mission.  We are currently looking for new people to serve on our board.  If interested, please contact us at info@temwani.org

Leah Berger - Board Member and Co-President

Leah BergerLeah Berger is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an emphasis on Expressive Arts Therapy.  She has spent much of her life dedicated to environmental and social justice and is especially passionate about children. 

In 1991, Leah did her undergraduate foreign study in Sierra Leone, but was unable to return immediately due to a prolonged war in the country.  Eager to find her way back to Africa, she was invited to travel to Zambia in 2006 to do expressive arts therapy work with the children of N’gombe Compound at the Kondwa Day Center for Orphans.   Leah is a founding member of the Temwani Children’s Foundation and has travelled to Zambia three times for TCF projects.

Regan Murray - Board Member and Co-President

Regan MurrayRegan is a research scientist specializing in the protection of drinking water supplies and related public health issues. She earned a PhD in applied mathematics and hydrology in 2000 and since then has been working on environmental policy issues for governmental and educational institutions.

Regan has traveled four times to Zambia for TCF projects. She has founded and been active in organizations that promote education and careers in science for girls and women, and taught college level science courses for several years. She lives in Cincinnati, OH.

Laurie Holland - Board Member

Laurie HollandLaurie has done cross-cultural service and volunteer work in both Kenya and Zambia.  While in Zambia, she conducted grief workshops through the use of creative and expressive art therapy.

Laurie possesses a bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies and a master’s degree in Counselor Education with training in Expressive Arts Therapy.  She is also a Rotary alumnus, as she was awarded both the Group Study Exchange Scholarship to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as the Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship to Boquete, Panama.  Most of Laurie’s work experience includes counseling and academic support to children and adolescents.

Megan Blaney - Board Member

Megan BlaneyMegan Blaney is inspired to help children get the basics of food and education and believes that education is often the only way out of poverty.   In 2008 Megan travelled to Mamelodi, South Africa where she worked with families to establish plants in their community garden sites. Megan  enjoys photography, art, spending time with kids, and travelling. She works in the field of interior design, and currently resides in Cincinnati, OH.

 

 

Officers

Bevin Dunn - Technology Coordinator

Bevin DunnBevin Dunn is a graphic designer and photographer providing portrait photography as well as web and print design for a diverse client base.  Through her company digitalGinger, Bevin also markets Fine Art botanical prints and cards online and to retail stores.

Bevin traveled to Zambia in 2009 and 2011 to help document projects, meet with partners and learn more about the issues facing the children and communities TCF serves. She lives in San Diego, CA.


Darcy Sawdy - Secretary

Darcy SawdyDarcy has been involved with the Temwani Children’s Foundation since 2006; in the summer of 2007 she had the opportunity to travel to Zambia and meet the children attending Kondwa Day Center for Orphans, the teachers, guardians, and Angela Malik.  Before her departure Darcy believed she was going to Zambia to help the orphans, upon her return she now believes the orphans helped her much more than she ever could have imagined.

Darcy is honored to serve as Secretary and is looking forward to being more involved with the Temwani Foundation.  This year she hopes to delve deeper into fundraising efforts and learning more about promoting a sustainable life for the amazing Zambian people.

Darcy currently lives in Flagstaff and works in the health and wellness field.  In her free time she loves to explore the outdoor world, read, and spend time with her family and friends.

Advisory Board

Arlene H. Siegel, MA - Advisory Board

Arleen SiegelArlene’s interest in children and children’s issues began in 1979 when she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Instead of joining the work force she had the opportunity to raise her three sons. When she decided to further her formal education, she attended Prescott College graduating in 2002 with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Abundance. During her internship, she developed and facilitated a program for Youth On Their Own’s senior high school students called Strategies for Success.

As an Advisory Board Member, Arlene brings to Temwani Children’s Foundation her passions that combine her love of children and her knowledge of the universal spiritual laws and principles as they apply to creating abundance individually and collectively.

Shea R. Van Rhoads - Advisory Board

Shea Van RhoadesShea R. Van Rhoads is a writer, artist, teacher, researcher, humanitarian, entrepreneur, mother, and dog-lover.  She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard where she studied physics, African studies, and religion. She received her Master's Degree in Teaching from Simmons. She began working in sub-Saharan Africa on humanitarian aid projects in 1993.  In 2000-2001, she administered an HIV research clinic in Zambia.  Moved by the plight of orphans left in the wake of this epidemic, she became involved with Kondwa Day Center for Orphans.  In 2006, Ms. Van Rhoads recruited a team of dedicated American women to help build a primary school for orphans in Zambia, an nonprofit endeavor which grew into the Temwani Children's Foundation. 

Ms. Van Rhoads is passionate about learning and education. She has taught in a variety of settings throughout the US and Africa. She has worked in neuroscience research to elucidate the neural mechanisms of learning. She has been an advocate and fundraiser to provide better educational opportunities for Africans. Her recently published poetry book, Quarters, examines the quests and questions underpinning life's most challenging lessons.

Past Board Members

  • Jessica Dillon
  • Adam Hardin
  • Phoebe Goodwin
  • Mackenzie Smith
  • Shar VanBoskirk
  • Shea R. Van Rhoads