The Team

Zoe Empowers multi-national Leadership team includes respected professionals from a range of background and specialties including business, economics, social justice, international law, academia, theology, and ministry.

Leadership

Reegan Kaberia

Chief Executive Officer of Zoe Global South and Kenya Country Manager

Reegan Kaberia

Chief Executive Officer of Zoe Global South and Kenya Country Manager

Before joining Zoe Empowers, Reegan served both local and international child-centered community development organizations. In March 2007, he joined the staff of Zoe Empowers in Kenya, opening and growing the empowerment program initiative. He holds an MBA in strategic management from Kenya Methodist University. Reegan is married and has two daughters.

Epiphanie Mujawimana

Empowerment Model Founder and Rwanda Country Manager

Epiphanie Mujawimana

Empowerment Model Founder and Rwanda Country Manager

Epiphanie helped to develop the empowerment model at the heart of Zoe Empowers program. Epiphanie and her husband have four children and are also raising four nieces and nephews.

Gaston Warner

Chief Executive Officer of Zoe Global North

Gaston Warner

Chief Executive Officer of Zoe Global North

Rev. Gaston Warner is an elder in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Gaston has led congregations in inner-city, multi-ethnic, and suburban settings, from Chicago to Bristol, England.  He has consulted with and served on a number of non-profit boards and as staff for Habitat for Humanity, Duke Divinity School, and Duke University Chapel. Gaston joined Zoe Empowers as a board member in 2007 and currently serves as CEO.

Zoe Empowers currently facilitates the empowerment of over fifty-eight thousand orphans and vulnerable children in seven countries and across two continents including:  Africa and India.  Gaston earned a BA from Brown University; a MDiv from Duke Divinity School, and a MBA from The University of Durham in England.   He lives outside of Abbot, TX (population:  356) with his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner, who teaches at Duke University Divinity School, their daughter Clare, and various pets and livestock.

John Boswell

Chief Operating Officer

John Boswell

Chief Operating Officer

John Boswell is the Chief Operating Office for Zoe Empowers. Prior to taking on that role, he served on the Zoe Board of Directors for 7 years. In his prior professional career, John was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for SAS, the world’s largest privately held software company. Before joining SAS, Boswell was President of Vista Development Corp., and General Counsel and Secretary for Raima Corp. In addition to his work for Zoe Empowers, John is active in his church and conducts a monthly ministry at the N.C. Central prison. John is married with three sons.

International Program Leaders

Reegan Kaberia

Chief Executive Officer of Zoe Global South and Kenya Country Manager

Reegan Kaberia

Chief Executive Officer of Zoe Global South and Kenya Country Manager

Before joining Zoe Empowers, Reegan served both local and international child-centered community development organizations. In March 2007, he joined the staff of Zoe Empowers in Kenya, opening and growing the empowerment program initiative. He holds an MBA in strategic management from Kenya Methodist University. Reegan is married and has two daughters.

Epiphanie Mujawimana

Empowerment Model Founder and Rwanda Country Manager

Epiphanie Mujawimana

Empowerment Model Founder and Rwanda Country Manager

Epiphanie helped to develop the empowerment model at the heart of Zoe Empowers program. Epiphanie and her husband have four children and are also raising four nieces and nephews.

Barbara Matsanga

Zimbabwe Country Manager

Barbara Matsanga

Zimbabwe Country Manager

Maclein Harawa

Malawi Country Manager

Maclein Harawa

Malawi Country Manager

Isaac Dowah

Liberia Country Manager

Isaac Dowah

Liberia Country Manager

Jabez Williams

Chennai, India Country Manager

Jabez Williams

Chennai, India Country Manager

Nani Chintala

Vizag, India Country Manager

Nani Chintala

Vizag, India Country Manager

Dr. Trice Shumbusho

Tanzania Country Manager

Dr. Trice Shumbusho

Tanzania Country Manager

U.S. Staff

Toni Cole

Director of Administration

Toni Cole

Director of Administration

Laura Nemecek

Director of Program Communications

Laura Nemecek

Director of Program Communications

Tina Schmidt

Director of Brand Strategy

Tina Schmidt

Director of Brand Strategy

Elena Ballam

Travel Manager

Elena Ballam

Travel Manager

Kristin Magee

Program Data Manager

Kristin Magee

Program Data Manager

Ruth Hillmann

Administrative Assistant

Ruth Hillmann

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Lynn Dugle

Chairperson

Lynn Dugle

Chairperson

Lynn Dugle serves on the Board of State Street Bank and formerly served as Engility’s (NYSE: EGL) chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board of directors before leading the sale of the company to SAIC (NYSE: SAIC). She joined Engility in 2016 and brings more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in defense, intelligence and high-tech industries.

Lynn began her career at Texas Instruments as a program engineer and rose to vice-president of quality for the Defense Systems and Electronics Group. While at Texas Instruments, she held positions within manufacturing, operations, supply chain management, quality, financial analysis, strategic planning and productivity programs, as well as a general management role in commercial software.

She serves as the Chairman of the Technology and Operations Committee and is member of the Audit Committee of State Street Corporation, and as a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Board.

Dugle was recognized as a Wash100 honoree in 2017 and 2018 for being one of the most influential leaders in government contracting, and was named to the Washington Business Journal’s distinguished “Women Who Mean Business” list. She received the 2015 Diversity in Technology award, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM in 2012 and as one of the Women Worth Watching in 2017 by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Dugle earned two degrees from Purdue University: a bachelor’s of science in technical management and a bachelor’s of arts in Spanish. She received a master’s of business administration from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Greg Londo

Vice Chairperson

Greg Londo

Vice Chairperson

Greg Londo is a Partner at A3S1 Capital, a private investing company and the CEO of Valor Technical Cleaning. Previously, he became the Chief Executive Officer at National Fire & Safety upon acquisition of the company in May of 2015. NF&S is a leading provider of Fire and Life Safety Services with a focus annual maintenance, inspection and construction. Prior to joining National, Greg worked as a Vice President at Alliance Bernstein, a financial services firm. Following the receipt of his Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Londo served in the US Army for 5 years and received the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.

Linda Folger

Secretary

Linda Folger

Secretary

Linda Folger is a Realtor/Broker with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC. after 45 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to her retirement in January 2019, Linda was the Executive Vice President for HUB International in Cary, NC, the seventh largest insurance and risk management broker in the world. Linda specialized in designing and managing insurance and risk management programs for non-profits, healthcare organizations, financial institutions, biotechnology/technology, and a wide range of miscellaneous businesses. She is a member of many professional organizations and has achieved the prestigious professional certifications of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). Linda is on the Board of Directors of The Miracle League of the Triangle, currently serves her church First United Methodist Church of Cary on the Board of Trustees, and is a group leader in the Western Wake Bible Study Group in Cary. Over the years, Linda has served on the Zoe Empowers Team at First United Methodist Church of Cary, organizing fundraising breakfasts and traveling to Africa on five occasions to visit Zoe Empowers groups. Linda Is married to Cleve Folger and has one grown daughter and a 10 year old granddaughter.

Dan Bayly

Treasurer

Dan Bayly

Treasurer

Dan Bayly spent 30 years at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking assisting CEOs, CFOs and Boards of Directors from wide-ranging industries with multi-billion dollar financings, merger and acquisitions, and strategic planning. At Merrill, Mr. Bayly held a variety of management positions including Head of US Industrial Financing. He then assumed responsibility for all of North America before becoming sole Head of Global Investment Banking for Merrill Lynch in 1998. While Head of Investment Banking, Dan traveled extensively all over the world supervising a business with approximately $4.5 billion in revenue and 2000 employees. During this period Merrill Lynch frequently ranked as the #1,#2 or #3 Investment Banks in the world.

Dan is now very active working with many social businesses around the world, using his years of experience to help passionate entrepreneurs with a social mission. He is focused on developing a systemic expansion of those organizations that have demonstrated a successful business model that can now be expanded globally. Dan graduated from Denison University and received his MBA from Northwestern.

Mark McAndrew

Board Development

Mark McAndrew

Board Development

Mark McAndrew was raised in Kahoka, Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is the retired CEO and Chairman of the Board of Torchmark Corp. Additionally, Mark serves on the Boards of The Samaritan Inn and the McKinney Education Foundation, both non-profit agencies.

Mark Konen

Mark Konen

Mark Konen has 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to his retirement in February 2017, Mark Konen was President of the Insurance and Retirement Solutions division of Lincoln Financial Group and a member of the company’s Senior Management Committee, reporting directly to the CEO. Under Konen’s leadership, the life and annuity businesses realized record growth, achieved industry-leadership based on third-party rankings, and became recognized for product innovation and responsiveness. Additionally, as a member of Lincoln’s Investment Committee and Enterprise Risk and Capital Committee, Konen helped guide and monitor the Company’s $100+ billion investment portfolio, as well as the $140+ billion of assets managed by outside mutual fund companies within the variable annuity and RPS platforms. He resides in Texas.

Mike Mandl

Mike Mandl

Mike Mandl is Executive Vice President of Piedmont Healthcare, a private, not-for-profit organization serving nearly 2 million patients across Georgia. Mandl retired in 2016 after 13 years as Executive Vice President for Business and Administration at Emory University. He began his accounting and finance career at KPMG Peat Marwick, followed by positions at Duke and Penn. Mandl is a passionate supporter of Zoe Empowers, having seen the program in Zimbabwe and committed financially through his church. He has extensive board experience throughout his career and has already brought in a new partner to ZOE. He resides in Atlanta, GA.

Rev. Matthew Williams

Rev. Matthew Williams

Rev. Matthew Williams’ chief desire is to assist others in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. As a follower of Christ and an elder in the United Methodist Church, Matthew has served churches in Tallahassee and Pembroke Pines. He is presently the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Boca Grande, FL — a hallmark congregation for missional involvement internationally, regionally, and locally. Upon answering the call to a vocation in ministry, Matthew quickly was drawn to missional initiatives. Matthew and his wife Joy are personally active in international and local missions both in and outside of the church. Under Matthew’s leadership, Boca Grande UMC has entered into a partnership with Zoe Empowers and Matthew visited Zoe Empowers Rwanda in June of 2017. He resides in Florida where he is viewed as a visionary leader in the Florida United Methodist conference.

Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee is an award winning travel writer and founder of the blog, Empty Nesters Hit The Road.  She and her husband, Jason Lee, travel frequently and use the blog as a vehicle to inspire couples 50+ to travel more. Prior to travel writing, Wendy had a successful thirty-year career as a development officer and non-profit executive.  She began her career with health non-profits including the American Heart Association, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center. For the last decade Wendy worked in graduate education, first as a vice president at Claremont School of Theology and then as a major gift officer at Fuller Seminary.  

Wendy’s volunteer involvement has included Association of Fundraising Professionals, Family Promise of Orange County, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, and the Institute for Community Impact.

Wendy and Jason have been married for 28 years and have two adult children, Jessica and Ryan. They are active members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church (AUMC) and have served on almost every committee, often in leadership roles.  They have resided in Irvine, California, for the past 22 years. In 2016 Wendy made her first trip to Rwanda with Zoe Empowers, shortly after AUMC began sponsoring their first empowerment group. She returned in February of 2019 as the church
began their support of a third group.

Randy Wiersma

Randy Wiersma

Randy has over 41 years of management experience.  He was a co-founder of College Bookstores of America which grew to over 100 locations; the last 16 years in the position of Chief Operating Officer. For six years before his retirement in 2019, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Zoe Empowers. Randy received a BS from Vanderbilt University, an MA from North Park Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He resides in North Georgia.

Erin Geter

Erin Geter

Erin A. Geter, is a human resources executive, with over 10 years of experience in employee recruitment, staff development, and performance management. She is skilled in implementing policies and strategically partnering with leaders to impact organization profitability, employee morale, and overall productivity.

Currently, she is an Employee Resources Partner at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and mentors younger employees in her spare time. Throughout her career, she has been successful in helping managers equitably manage their employees resulting in a successful outcome for all.

She is an expert in human resources with experience in investment banking having started her career at Citibank. Since then, she has worked in sales at AT&T, college recruiting at Georgia-Pacific and Siemens, and found her sweet spot in HR at General Electric prior to joining Google. As a HR professional, she has formed strong relationships with leadership at Google. She has also developed, managed and led continuous process improvement strategies and initiatives in line with the company’s goals.

In her spare time, Erin loves to travel, try new cuisines and spend time with her infant daughter, Eden. Her love for travel spurred her interest in participating in Zoe’s 2017 trip to Kenya with Impact Church. The time in Kenya put a lot into perspective and she is eager to continue to contribute to Zoe’s mission of empowering children to move beyond poverty.

She resides in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter. She earned an BA in International Studies from Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia.

Ken Muriithi

Ken Muriithi

Ken Muriithi has 20 years of experience in the Banking sector, having worked in Operations, Capital Markets, Risk Management and is currently serving as a Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank in their Enterprise Data Remediation area. He is a graduate of University of Nairobi, with an MBA in Finance. He is passionate about empowering youth leaders of the next generation. He is an active volunteer in the community, with an emphasis on the underserved, vulnerable and the ‘unseen’ among us. He is married to Elsie, and they are raising their three daughters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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