Empower Tanzania is about volunteers. We have a volunteer Board of Directors and a group of incredible individuals working on committees and leading projects, as well as donating services and expertise. Without these dedicated people, nothing we do would be possible. In addition to our excellent volunteers, we have staff in both the U.S. and Tanzania working to maximize our impact. Together, we make a difference!
Our tanzanian staff
Elibariki Kisimbo, Director of Development | Joseph Johnson Kimbwereza, Integrated Farming & Water Projects Director | Efancia Nzota, Improving Women’s Health & Community-Hospital Alliance Program Director
Nteghenjwa Mjema, Administrative Assistant | Flora Zephania Mmbaga, Accountant | Yoeza Mbonea Mnzava, Education Programs Director
Meshack Henry Mkongo, Teacher (SLC) | Riziki Joseph Kimbwereza, Assistant Coordinator (SLC) | Mary Mrutu, Secretary & Asst. Coordinator (SLC) | Catherine John Wales, Health Program Coordinator
Our stateside team
Phil Latessa, Executive Director | Dr. Jeffrey Carithers, Improving Women’s Health, Community Hospital Alliance, & Beyond Gender-Based Violence Program Manager | Sheri Krumm, Integrated Farming Program Manager
Leslie Klipsch, Director of Communications & Development | Becky Lopez, Accountant | Carol Putz, Integrated Farming Program Manager
board of directors
President – Todd Byerly
Todd Byerly served as a board member and as vice president of the board before being elected president. Todd’s primary focus is in education and economic empowerment in rural Tanzania. He lived and worked in Tanzania for five years.
Treasurer – Michael Welsch
Secretary – Erik Goodale
Andrew Bice | Kindra Jacobson | Jake Klipsch | Jill June
John Meyer | Mike Gaul | Jodi Morgan-Peters
Carol Putz | Frank Klipsch | Charles Bursch
We’re humbled by what we’ve accomplished and the support that we’ve received since 2008. But there’s much more to be done. We want to further empower our Community Health Workers and reduce maternal mortality. We want to educate vulnerable children ripe with potential but lacking in support. We want to assist more farmers in growing nutritious food, as well as reaping the financial benefits of sound business practices. We have the opportunity to make tangible, remarkable change, but we can’t do it alone.
In Swahili, “wezesha” means “to empower” or “enable” and it’s what we believe in. You, too, can join this life-giving work by empowering us to effectively assist those who need it most. Join the Wezesha Circle by committing to a tax-deductible, monthly donation to Empower Tanzania.
WEZESHA CIRCLE MEMBERS
Phil Latessa | Jake & Leslie Klipsch | Mike & Deborah Welsch | Denise Murray Edwards | Robert Craig | Penny Dickey | Heide Bursch | Amy & Andrew Sivertsen | Jill June Glen Rippke | Niruba Gopinathan | Mark & Jan Burnham | John & Anne Hartson