Lalafofofo Staff

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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.

Pei Ketron, Digital Media Strategist Pei Ketron is a photographer, educator, digital media consultant, and traveler based in San Francisco. Pei was born in Taiwan and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona as part of a biracial household.  Pei holds a BA in Psychology from Pomona College and an MA in both Special Education and Assistive Technology from Simmons College. In addition, she holds a credential in Educational Leadership and a certificate in Digital Marketing. Pei specializes in travel and commercial photography in San Francisco and worldwide.

Pei Ketron, Digital Media Strategist

Pei Ketron is a photographer, educator, digital media consultant, and traveler based in San Francisco. Pei was born in Taiwan and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona as part of a biracial household. 

Pei holds a BA in Psychology from Pomona College and an MA in both Special Education and Assistive Technology from Simmons College. In addition, she holds a credential in Educational Leadership and a certificate in Digital Marketing.

Pei specializes in travel and commercial photography in San Francisco and worldwide.

 

Tanzania

Lalafofofo’s committed, high caliber Tanzanian staff keeps things running smoothly in the heart of Moshi. They monitor our active projects, and continually explore new project opportunities. Thanks to their efforts, Lalafofofo can make a real difference in the lives of Tanzanians.

Gaudencia Malango Mtunga (“Gaudy”), Tanzanian Project Manager Program Manager Gaudencia Malango Mtunga (“Gaudy”) has been active within Lalafofofo since its inception in 2015. Gaudy lives in Moshi, has a degree in accounting and is pursuing further education in social work. An experienced translator familiar with the impoverished areas of Kilimanjaro, she additionally serves as a women’s advocate in Boma Ng’ombe. Most of all, Gaudy’s enthusiasm and expertise benefit Lalafofofo abundantly.

Gaudencia Malango Mtunga (“Gaudy”), Tanzanian Project Manager

Program Manager Gaudencia Malango Mtunga (“Gaudy”) has been active within Lalafofofo since its inception in 2015. Gaudy lives in Moshi, has a degree in accounting and is pursuing further education in social work. An experienced translator familiar with the impoverished areas of Kilimanjaro, she additionally serves as a women’s advocate in Boma Ng’ombe. Most of all, Gaudy’s enthusiasm and expertise benefit Lalafofofo abundantly.

Anne Street, Advocate in Moshi Anne Street lives in Moshi with her husband, Steve. Consequently, Anne has devoted her life to working with her husband to support and enrich the lives of the region’s poor. Together, the Streets have built houses, improved schools, set up food programs, built bridges, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the local community over their lifetime.

Anne Street, Advocate in Moshi

Anne Street lives in Moshi with her husband, Steve. Consequently, Anne has devoted her life to working with her husband to support and enrich the lives of the region’s poor. Together, the Streets have built houses, improved schools, set up food programs, built bridges, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the local community over their lifetime.

Abraham Molel, Tanzanian Community Liaison Finally, Lalafofofo’s local community liaison, Abraham Molel, joined the Tanzanian staff in June 2015. Abraham is a respected Maasai village elder in Boma Ng’ombe, and his family lands are adjacent to Sanya Station public school. Abraham is often seen riding his "piki-piki" or motorbike checking on the school, hence providing us with first-hand observations on our progress. Welcome to Abraham! Because he will be working for Gaudy Mtunga, Lalafofofo’s program manager, we feel confident that our mission will flourish as a result.

Abraham Molel, Tanzanian Community Liaison

Finally, Lalafofofo’s local community liaison, Abraham Molel, joined the Tanzanian staff in June 2015. Abraham is a respected Maasai village elder in Boma Ng’ombe, and his family lands are adjacent to Sanya Station public school. Abraham is often seen riding his "piki-piki" or motorbike checking on the school, hence providing us with first-hand observations on our progress. Welcome to Abraham! Because he will be working for Gaudy Mtunga, Lalafofofo’s program manager, we feel confident that our mission will flourish as a result.

Justin Mtunga, "Fundi" Extraordinaire Justin can fix and build anything, anytime. Justin visits projects in the bush on a regular basis, implementing and monitoring our programs.

Justin Mtunga, "Fundi" Extraordinaire

Justin can fix and build anything, anytime. Justin visits projects in the bush on a regular basis, implementing and monitoring our programs.

Steve Street, Advocate in Moshi Retired science teacher Steve Street and his wife, Anne live in Moshi. Their combined talents and dedication to advocating for Kilimanjaro's poor has created a legacy built over more than three decades. In addition, their latest effort—running a model farm to educate locals on sustainable growing practices—is expected to benefit Tanzanians for generations to come. The Streets teamed up with Lalafofofo in January 2015.

Steve Street, Advocate in Moshi

Retired science teacher Steve Street and his wife, Anne live in Moshi. Their combined talents and dedication to advocating for Kilimanjaro's poor has created a legacy built over more than three decades. In addition, their latest effort—running a model farm to educate locals on sustainable growing practices—is expected to benefit Tanzanians for generations to come. The Streets teamed up with Lalafofofo in January 2015.