About Empower Tanzania

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 Team

Amy Sivertsen
Accounts Consultant
Catherine John Wales
Health Programs Coordinator
Dr. Jeffrey Carithers
Health Programs Director
Efancia Nzota
Health Programs Manager
Elibariki Kisimbo
Country Director, Tanzania
Flora Zephania Mmbaga
Accountant
Joseph Johnson Kimbwereza
Integrated Farming & Water Projects Director
Leslie Klipsch
Director of Communications
Lilian Karani
Teacher, Same Learning Center
Mary Mrutu
Secretary & Asst. Coordinator, Same Learning Center
Meshack Henry Mkongo
Teacher, Same Learning Center
Nteghenjwa Mjema
Administrative Assistant
Phil Latessa
Director of Development
Riziki Joseph Kimbwereza
Assistant Coordinator, Same Learning Center
Todd Byerly
Executive Director
Yoeza Mbonea Mnzava
Education Programs Director

"It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it." -Nelson Mandela

Board of Directors

Officers

Members

  • Jennie Peakin
  • Jill June
  • Carol Putz
  • Frank Klipsch
  • Charles Bursch
  • Lisa Menzies
  • Holley Bzdega
  • Rob Craig
  • Chip Lowe
  • Nahana Mjema
  • Amon Noel Mchomvu
  • Mike Welsch
  • Filbert Kaspar
  • Janeth Malimbwi
  • Mark Pascal
  • Vicki Comegys

Wezesha Circle

  • Phil Latessa
  • Kindra Jacobsen
  • Mike & Deborah Welsch
  • Denise Murray Edwards
  • Robert Craig
  • Heide & Charles Bursch
  • Hanne Dalmut
  • Jennie & Sean Peakin
  • Ali Carithers
  • Kent & Sara Johnson
  • Chad & Andrea McKenna
  • Frank Klipsch
  • Eric Dreibelbeis & Candice Schlafmann
  • Denise Charter-Jones
  • Diane Ullom
  • Amy & Andrew Sivertsen
  • Glen Rippke
  • Dr. Jeff Carithers
  • Mark & Jan Burnham
  • John & Anne Hartson
  • Sara Olson-Smith
  • Frederic & Martha Hoerr
  • Mike Gaul
  • Andrew Bice
  • Dave King
  • Bonnie & Dick Ekse
  • Mike Roselli
  • Noelle & Aaron Fultz
  • Rachel Stauffer
  • Debra Parrott
  • Mamie Carlson
  • Eric & Rebecca Gerke
  • Elaine Olson
  • Patty Johannesen
  • Jaymie & Jason Wilson
  • Karen Clark
  • Jill Hook
  • Jill June
  • Chip Lowe
  • Ed Bell
  • Mark Tucker
  • Sarah Peakin
  • Lisa Veach
  • Ryan Schneider & Lindsey Mack
  • Carolyn Schnell
  • John & Mary Barnum
  • Dr. Lisa Menzies
  • Sandy Scotton
  • Jake & Leslie Klipsch
  • Matthew Seberger
  • Marta Ford
  • Dennis Ullom
  • Elisabeth Ullom
  • Dr. Holley & Ted Bzdega
  • Kip Peters & Jodi Morgan-Peters
  • Don Wolfe
  • Marlene Marolf
  • Lenore Metrick-Chen
  • Garrett Ullom
  • Stacie and Tom Franklin
  • Jean Morgan
  • George Hanna
  • Vicki Comegys

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Our Partners

  • Transform International
  • Global Health Media Project
  • Medical Aid Films
  • Rotary International
  • AIHA
  • Global Health Ministries
  • PEPFAR
  • USAID
  • Days for Girls
  • Giving Hope Foundation
  • Medicos del Mundo
  • Argrow's House
  • Peterson Family Foundation
  • 4 Returns Partners
  • ELCA Southeastern Iowa Synod
  • Fair Trade Federation
  • Des Moines University Department of Global Health
  • Univeristy of Iowa - University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Graduate Education and Media Resources
  • Georgia Southern University Jiann - Ping Hsu College of Public Health
  • Northern Arizona University - School of Nursing and Department of Anthropology
  • Northern Arizona University - Department of Anthropology
  • Drake University College of Pharmacy
  • Georgia Southern
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • World Vision Tanzania
  • Same Diocese, RC
  • ELCT Pare Diocese
  • Same District Council
  • Mwanga District
  • Maasai Villages in Same and Mwanga Districts
  • Same Counseling Center

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