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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Berger - Board Member and Co-President
Leah 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 is a research scientist specializing in the protection
of drinking water supplies and related public health issues. She earned a
applied mathematics and hydrology in 2000 and since then has
been working on environmental policy issues for governmental and educational
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.
Laureen Ayers - Board Member
Laureen is a recently retired teacher who started teaching in 1975 for both gifted and special needs students. During her last years as a classroom teacher, one her goals for her students was to help them become caring citizens. After learning about the situation in Zambia and Lusaka, her and her students raised money for various organizations helping Africa and she volunteer in Lusaka during a life-changing Summer in 2007.
Teaching and travel have taught her many things, the most important of which is that children across the globe do not enjoy the same living or schooling privileges that they have in Canada. Her efforts have and will continue with the Temwani foundation to advocate for the right of every child to a good education.
Bevin Dunn - Technology Coordinator
Bevin Dunn is a Graphic Designer and Portrait Photographer, owning her own compnay Bevin Chriatina Photography.
Bevin helped found Temwani and 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 Tucson, AZ.
Darcy Sawdy - Secretary
Darcy 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.
Arlene H. Siegel, MA - Advisory Board
Arlene’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 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
- Laurie Holland
- Megan Blaney
- Adam Hardin
- Phoebe Goodwin
- Mackenzie Smith
- Shar VanBoskirk
- Shea R. Van Rhoads