3rd Annual Iowa – Tanzania Summit
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Des Moines Marriott, Des Moines, Iowa
Salon D, 2nd floor
Greetings From the World Food Prize (will attend as his schedule permits)
Kenneth Quinn, President, WFP
1:00 – 1:30 – Registration and Poster Session
1:30 – 1:35 – Opening Song
Mr. Simon Estes
1:35 – 1:45 – Welcome
Phil Latessa, Executive Director, Empower Tanzania Inc.
1:45 – 1:55 – 5,000 Points of Light Honoree
Floyd Hammer, President & Kathy Hammer, Secretary/Treasurer
1:55 – 2:00 – Speaker Introductions
Todd Byerly, Vice President, Empower Tanzania Inc.
2:00 – 2:30 – The Tanzanian Horticultural Assoc. Origin and Progress
Ms. Jacqueline Mkindi, Chief Executive, TZ Horticultural Assoc.
2:30 – 3:00 – Improving Women’s Health Program – A Model for Large Scale Public Health Education
Jeff Carithers, MD, FACS
3:00 – 3:30 – God’s Work, Our Hands
The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Last, Western Iowa Synod
3:30 – 4:00 – Worldwide Malaria Campaign
Mr. Simon Estes
4:00 – 4:30 – Questions, Discussions and Announcements: Audience Program Initiatives
* * * * * Adjourn for Networking Reception* * * * *
Floyd and Kathy Hammer
Floyd and Kathy live on their farm at Union, Iowa. They have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. They retired from successful business careers and have transferred that business knowledge and experience to Outreach operations. They work to provide safe water, food, medical care, education and opportunity to children and families at home and abroad.
Floyd and Kathy founded Outreach, inc., an Iowa not-for-profit 501c3 corporation in 2004, following a volunteer mission to Tanzania, East Africa.
- Non-sectarian serving children and families of all faiths
- Registered International NGO
- Four Star Charity Navigator rated
- Conducts packaging events in Iowa, across America, and in Canada
- Develops, repairs, and installs water systems
- Builds and operates Children’s Centers
- Conducts international medical missions
- Constructed Gunda Secondary School
- Developing 10-year agricultural sisal research program at their Shallom Farm with American and International Universities and Corporate Partners
- Outreach has provided ingredients and packaged more than 233 million meals, distributed free of charge here at home, and overseas.
- Outreach has developed two new meal formulations (Mac & Cheese/Beans & Rice) to match American tastes in cooperation with Iowa State University Food Sciences, AARP, and Feeding America. These new meals meet USDA/RDA guidelines, and they really do taste good!
- Visit www.outreachprogram.org to learn how you can get involved in attacking the hunger insecurity in America and overseas.
Jacqueline Mkindi is a Development Manager, specialized in Business and Trade, and also an agri-preneur. She has risen from various positions in the Private Sector to the level of Executive Director/CEO in the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), an apex body promoting and developing Tanzania horticulture with the major focus on flowers, fruits, vegetables, seeds, spices and herbs value chains across the country (Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar). Jacqueline has provided strong leadership in shaping and transforming the industry, which is now reckoned as the fastest growing agriculture sub-sector in Tanzania, attracting investments from both the locals and the Multinationals.
She has been very instrumental in creating and facilitating strong partnerships with the Government of Tanzania and Development Partners such as USAID, EU, BEST-AC, ITC, FINNISH GOVERNMENT, to mention but a few, through strategic advocacy and meaningful dialogue with partners with the aim of supporting the industry value chains and addressing critical challenges facing the industry. She has participated in a number of trade negotiations particularly on EAC, SADC, ECOWAS, EU and also on trade issues governing trade relationship between African countries and United States of America. By being on the advisory board of regional and international platforms, Jacqueline also supports the work of such instruments like International Agriculture Research Institution (IAGRI), German Marshall Fund of the United States Center of Excellence for Transformational Partnerships, not to forget national technical platforms advising the government on key issues around agriculture transformation agenda in the country.
In recognition of her role and involvement in the agriculture development of Tanzania, Jacqueline received ‘’A woman of determination” role modal Award, 2011, in supporting the SMEs in Tanzania during the Private Sector commemoration of the Tanzania 50th Years of independence, in Sept. 2011. She was also nominated to join other Young African Leaders on the President’s Obama Young African Leaders Mentoring Program, 2012. Ms. Mkindi is a holder of a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) and Bsc. Forestry and Nature Conservation from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania (Department of Forestry And Nature Conservation).
Jeffrey Carithers, MD, FACS
Dr. Carithers is a retired facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is an active volunteer with Empower Tanzania. For nearly 10 years during his medical career he was involved in a program to perform pro bono reconstructive surgery for victims of domestic violence who had suffered facial fractures, scarring and disfigurement from their abusers. He has served on the Iowa Governor’s Healthcare Subcommittee on Domestic Violence and the Iowa Governor’s Task Force for Domestic Violence Prevention. He received a Presidential Citation from the Iowa Medical Society for his work in this field.
Teaching and research have also been areas of focus for Dr. Carithers who served as Clinical Instructor at The Ohio State University and Assistant Clinical Professor in the University of Iowa Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has published a number of scientific research papers in his field and lectured extensively.
He grew up in rural Iowa and received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University followed by a medical degree from the University of Iowa. After a general surgery internship at Iowa Methodist Medical Center he did residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University. He then completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery before moving to Des Moines to practice that specialty.
Now retired on a farm in Virginia with his wife, Ali, a retired interior design professor at Drake University, he enjoys blacksmithing, sculpture and growing wildflowers for seed harvest. It is safe to say, however, that his passion is his work with Empower Tanzania. He works closely with Empower Tanzania Executive Director Phil Latessa on programs for Maasai healthcare, public health education and gender-based violence prevention. He and collaborator Gwantwa Mwakalundwa, MD have also produced 24 public health education videos with the assistance of Farma Mohamed and videographer Mark Burnham and Fatma for use by Empower Tanzania and other non-profit organizations.
Rev. Dr. Michael A. Last
Rev. Last is currently a Global Mission Traveler/Mission interpreter for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was formerly Bishop of the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA. He is an extensive traveler in Tanzania and Chili, and was the co-initiator of Hatua Kwa Hatua (Step by Step) with the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT). Hatua Kwa Hatua has evolved four primary initiatives: well drilling, education, medical and agriculture, impacting hundreds of thousands of individuals both in Tanzania and in Iowa.
Rev. Dr. Last has a B.A. from William Penn University, M. Div. from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary and a D. Min. from The Graduate Theological Foundation.
Simon Estes has performed in all of the worlds major Opera Houses such as; Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Chicago Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, La Scala in Milan, Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Deutsche Opera in Berlin, Hamburg State Opera House, Munich, Vienna State Opera and others. Mr. Estes has performed more than 100 roles of which he is most famous for are; The Flying Dutchman, King Phillip, Escamillo, Wotan, Porgy, Amfortas, Boris Godunov, Attila and Nabucco. He has sung under the baton of the world’s most famous conductors. Mr. Estes has sung for six Presidents of the United States including the current President Barack Obama. Mr. Estes has also sung for many kings, queens and notable leaders around the world including Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Simon Estes is the only singer to have sung for both the 25th and 50th Anniversary Concerts of the United Nations, in which he sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in San Francisco and New York City, respectively.
Notable artists Mr. Estes has performed with are: Grace Bumbry, Monserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Brigit Nilsson, Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Shirley Verrett, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Whitney Houston, Danny Kaye, Barry Manilow, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn and others.
Dr. Estes has founded The Simon Estes Educational Foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Simon Estes Foundation in Iowa, The Simon Estes Scholarship Funds in both Wartburg College and Iowa State University, The Simon and Westella Estes Scholarship in Centerville, Iowa and The Simon Estes International Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland.
Mr. Estes’ first degree was a Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa.
In the summer of 1989, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Siena College, NY,
In the spring of 1991 a Doctor of Music Degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and
In spring of 1994 an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In July, 1996, he received from the Governor of Iowa The Iowan Award, the State’s highest honor that has been given only thirteen times since its inception more than 40 years ago.
In the spring of 1997 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Iowa State University in Ames and in spring of 1998 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
In 1999 The College of Medicine at University of Iowa designated Simon Estes as advocate of health and education for children and youth.