Lalafofofo Board

Two boards of directors oversee Lalafofofo’s organizational framework. Lalafofofo hosts the “local” board of directors in Moshi, and the international board in the U.S. and Canada. Local and international board meetings are scheduled to occur separately on a quarterly basis. Project manager Guadencia Mtunga resides in Moshi. Her responsibilities include locating service projects, overseeing their implementation, providing updates, communicating to the local board and founder, and ultimately ensuring onsite fiscal responsibility.

Lalafofofo’s primary objective is to be a source of affordable, small-scale service projects in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. Upon providing needed projects in the range of $500-$2,500, Lalafofofo will link them with American youth, families, and groups for financial sponsorship.  Initially, Lalafofofo will focus on education, and recruit families and youths 7-18 years of age in Silicon Valley, California. Most of all, the goal is to arouse interest and involvement in service projects in Kilimanjaro.

In addition, links to 8-10 local nonprofit organizations in the Mount Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania will be available on the Lalafofofo website. These grassroots organizations are qualified Lalafofofo partners, consequently representing six sectors: health, education, poverty, children, conservation and, most noteworthy, sustainability. By partnering with specific Kilimanjaro nonprofits, Lalafofofo can both advocate and spread each organization’s reach to the U.S.  Furthermore, all donations from the U.S. to these organizations are tax deductible through Lalafofofo’s 501c3 status in California.

Finally, Lalafofofo will recommend short-term service projects (one-day to one-week) to enthusiastic families and individuals visiting the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Ultimately, the objective is to support further development of the volunteer economy of Moshi and Kilimanjaro.

International

Laura Vaughan, Founder and CEO Lalafofofo Laura and her husband Brannan have traveled the globe on and off together for the last 25 years. In 2015, Laura and her three sons moved to Moshi, Tanzania to attend school and perform service learning. With this experience came the beginning of Lalafofofo. Prior to moving to Moshi, Laura held positions at Genentech Inc. and ALZA/Johnson & Johnson in Regulatory Affairs, and served on the Board of Directors of Alto School, an International Baccalaureate School in Silicon Valley. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, Laura holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Plant Science. During the school year, she lives with her family in Atherton, California with their three sons, a dog, cats and eight chickens. In the summer, the family moves back to Moshi.

Laura Vaughan, Founder and CEO Lalafofofo

Laura and her husband Brannan have traveled the globe on and off together for the last 25 years. In 2015, Laura and her three sons moved to Moshi, Tanzania to attend school and perform service learning. With this experience came the beginning of Lalafofofo.

Prior to moving to Moshi, Laura held positions at Genentech Inc. and ALZA/Johnson & Johnson in Regulatory Affairs, and served on the Board of Directors of Alto School, an International Baccalaureate School in Silicon Valley. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, Laura holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Plant Science.

During the school year, she lives with her family in Atherton, California with their three sons, a dog, cats and eight chickens. In the summer, the family moves back to Moshi.

Connie Steube, Treasurer Connie Steube has a background in management consulting and finance; she has worked for McKinsey and Company and for The Exxel Group. a leading private equity firm in Argentina. Coming from a German family and having lived in Argentina, the US and Hong Kong, she loves traveling and can easily relate to a wide array of cultures and people. Connie’s personal goal is to raise her three daughters as caring individuals, making them aware of people in need and promoting small everyday actions.

Connie Steube, Treasurer

Connie Steube has a background in management consulting and finance; she has worked for McKinsey and Company and for The Exxel Group. a leading private equity firm in Argentina. Coming from a German family and having lived in Argentina, the US and Hong Kong, she loves traveling and can easily relate to a wide array of cultures and people.

Connie’s personal goal is to raise her three daughters as caring individuals, making them aware of people in need and promoting small everyday actions.

Linda Beck, PhD Linda is a professor of political science specializing in African politics, civic engagement and environmental activism. She lived in Moshi, Tanzania during her recent sabbatical in Spring 2015 while conducting research on environmental activism and ecotourism. She is planning to try again to summit Kilimanjaro perhaps next summer when she will bring a group of undergraduates on a travel course.

Linda Beck, PhD

Linda is a professor of political science specializing in African politics, civic engagement and environmental activism. She lived in Moshi, Tanzania during her recent sabbatical in Spring 2015 while conducting research on environmental activism and ecotourism. She is planning to try again to summit Kilimanjaro perhaps next summer when she will bring a group of undergraduates on a travel course.

Carla Funk, Strategic Advisor & Secretary Carla Funk specializes in nonprofit management and resource mobilization; she is currently completing a doctorate on the topic of privately funded international development aid. Moshi Tanzania was her home these past two winters as she interviewed recipients and donors of 20 nonprofit organizations for her case study research. She is looking forward to working with nonprofit organizations, putting in to practice some of the key findings of her research

Carla Funk, Strategic Advisor & Secretary

Carla Funk specializes in nonprofit management and resource mobilization; she is currently completing a doctorate on the topic of privately funded international development aid. Moshi Tanzania was her home these past two winters as she interviewed recipients and donors of 20 nonprofit organizations for her case study research. She is looking forward to working with nonprofit organizations, putting in to practice some of the key findings of her research

Jennifer Doettling, Asst Secretary Jennifer Doettling is a communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in high tech, non-profit and small business marketing and communications. Jennifer is a seasoned spokesperson and is committed to building strong relationships through impactful communications.  She has held positions in public relations at Sun Microsystems, Netscape and AOL, and as communications director at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. Jennifer is currently serving as publications analyst at Visa, Inc and is the owner of a small part-time European cake business. Holiday baking is one of her favorite things to do, and each year she continues to strive toward the perfect recipe for Christstollen, a German Christmas specialty.

Jennifer Doettling, Asst Secretary

Jennifer Doettling is a communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in high tech, non-profit and small business marketing and communications. Jennifer is a seasoned spokesperson and is committed to building strong relationships through impactful communications.  She has held positions in public relations at Sun Microsystems, Netscape and AOL, and as communications director at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

Jennifer is currently serving as publications analyst at Visa, Inc and is the owner of a small part-time European cake business. Holiday baking is one of her favorite things to do, and each year she continues to strive toward the perfect recipe for Christstollen, a German Christmas specialty.

Manuela Mischke-Reeds Manuela Miscke-Reeds is an international teacher of psychology and mindfulness, and a published author. She loves to travel to fun places and explore with her two teens and husband. Manuela likes to write, be creative and meditate. A  personal goal is to discover Bhutan with her sons.

Manuela Mischke-Reeds

Manuela Miscke-Reeds is an international teacher of psychology and mindfulness, and a published author. She loves to travel to fun places and explore with her two teens and husband. Manuela likes to write, be creative and meditate. A  personal goal is to discover Bhutan with her sons.

Beth Davis, Vice President Beth Davis is the co-founder and CEO of the PAR Framework. She has a proven record of bringing technology products to market, having previously served as the vice president and general manager of Macromedia, Inc., where she was responsible for managing their entire suite of products including Flash, Dreamweaver, Flash Communication Server, Contribute, Director, and Authorware. During her tenure as managing partner at Sage Road Solutions, LLC, Beth was a trusted business advisor for institutions and enterprises interested in putting learning technologies to work in the service of student success. With PAR, she has assembled a team of professionals up to the challenge of bringing this high-tech, high-touch project to the higher-education market.

Beth Davis, Vice President

Beth Davis is the co-founder and CEO of the PAR Framework. She has a proven record of bringing technology products to market, having previously served as the vice president and general manager of Macromedia, Inc., where she was responsible for managing their entire suite of products including Flash, Dreamweaver, Flash Communication Server, Contribute, Director, and Authorware.

During her tenure as managing partner at Sage Road Solutions, LLC, Beth was a trusted business advisor for institutions and enterprises interested in putting learning technologies to work in the service of student success. With PAR, she has assembled a team of professionals up to the challenge of bringing this high-tech, high-touch project to the higher-education market.

Holly Sutton Holly first visited Moshi, Tanzania and became involved with Lalafofofo during her 2016 sabbatical from her employment law practice at the San Francisco law firm of Farella Braun + Martel, where she has been a partner for over 15 years. She brings to the board her experience providing legal counseling to numerous local and national nonprofits.  Beyond her legal career, Holly has been an active volunteer at the schools of her two  children, and involved in other local community organizations in the Bay Area.  Holly received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and her law degree from Stanford Law school. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, skiing with her husband, and traveling with her family.   

Holly Sutton

Holly first visited Moshi, Tanzania and became involved with Lalafofofo during her 2016 sabbatical from her employment law practice at the San Francisco law firm of Farella Braun + Martel, where she has been a partner for over 15 years. She brings to the board her experience providing legal counseling to numerous local and national nonprofits. 

Beyond her legal career, Holly has been an active volunteer at the schools of her two  children, and involved in other local community organizations in the Bay Area.  Holly received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and her law degree from Stanford Law school. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, skiing with her husband, and traveling with her family. 

 

 

Tanzania

Krupa Patel, Strategic Advisor, Head of Tanzanian Board Krupa Patel heads Lalafofofo’s Tanzanian Board and additionally serves as a strategic advisor. Krupa is well regarded in the Kilimanjaro community for her innovative solutions to local challenges. Krupa is the founder and CEO of Anza, a business incubator in Moshi. Anza provides a range of services to start, support and scale social impact businesses in Tanzania. Krupa is passionate about the transformational potential social businesses have on society. Consequently, she has infused these beliefs into all of Anza’s activities.

Krupa Patel, Strategic Advisor, Head of Tanzanian Board

Krupa Patel heads Lalafofofo’s Tanzanian Board and additionally serves as a strategic advisor. Krupa is well regarded in the Kilimanjaro community for her innovative solutions to local challenges. Krupa is the founder and CEO of Anza, a business incubator in Moshi. Anza provides a range of services to start, support and scale social impact businesses in Tanzania. Krupa is passionate about the transformational potential social businesses have on society. Consequently, she has infused these beliefs into all of Anza’s activities.

Joris deVries  

Joris deVries

 

Other Members:

Sarah Rubinstein
Ingrid Chavez

John Kessy  

John Kessy