Africa Bridge

OUR TEAM

Staff  |  Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated staff members below:

Africa Bridge’s headquarters are located on the campus of Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego.  Our field office is located in Tukuyu, Mbeya Region and is staffed by seven employees, all of who are Tanzanian.


Deborah Saunders
Executive Director, US

Deb joined Africa Bridge in 2016 as Executive Director, bringing over 30 years of nonprofit experience to the position. Saunders leads all Africa Bridge operations from Oregon, including Tanzanian program implementation and management. Her leadership skills and fundraising experience will help enable Africa Bridge to grow and maximize its effectiveness in working with vulnerable children in Tanzania.



Carl Schwab
Financial Director

Carl joined Africa Bridge in November of 2017, after 15 years as owner and financial manager of an environmental consulting and groundwater remediation business. His accounting career began in the 7th grade when he was recruited to keep the books for his father’s small business. He has additional work experience ranging from field geology in the mountains of Alaska, to teaching mathematics at an inner city high school. Carl is using his business experience and life-long interest in economics and international development to help guide the growth of the Africa Bridge model.



Lillian Cupparo
Admin/Development Assistant

Lillian joined us in July of 2016. She comes to us with extensive fundraising and gala event experience which she gained by volunteering for a local nonprofit from 2004-2015. Prior to that, she worked for Texaco and xNet, delivering IT solutions and business process improvements for the oil & gas industry and the medical industry. Lillian earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Sam Houston State University.



Fredrick Urembo
Program Director, TZ

Fredrick is the first Program Director to be based in Tanzania. Urembo will lead field operations in Tanzania including program implementation and management. Urembo spent the last twelve years in Dar es Salaam, TZ with The Salvation Army as Director of Community Development Projects. His program development and leadership skills will help enable Africa Bridge to grow and maximize its effectiveness in working with vulnerable children in Tanzania.



Martha Mmbando
Program Manager, TZ

Martha is a results-oriented, dedicated manager who delivered Africa Bridge’s field operations for the past 11 years. Martha has Certificates in Management and Project Planning. Her skills run the gamut from leading our huge kick-off Future Search conferences to organizing Children’s Club meetings to training villagers on a wide range of topics. She manages implementation schedules and maintains important relationships with local government offices and village leaders. We are lucky to have Martha hold our “institutional memory” as the longest-serving member of our Tanzania staff.



Noel Msuha
Co-op Coordinator, TZ

Noel has been with the Africa Bridge team since 2008, and serves as our very hands-on advisor and supporter of our village co-ops. In addition, he serves as an extension officer for local government. Noel is a trainer, advisor, and coach, and has been responsible for the launch of 50 village farm co-ops. He has taught hundreds of farmers and Para-Professionals, and has monitored many hundreds of cows, maize fields, avocado orchards, and chicken coops. Noel lives on his own farm in Masoko ward with his wife and 4 children, and travels the dusty or muddy roads of Rungwe on a motorcycle.



Yona Kayombo
Assistant Program Manager, TZ

Yona oversees Africa Bridge’s programs that collect data to reflect the impact of our programs. This involves painstaking work with village farmers, MVC Committee volunteers, and Para-Professionals. In the four years he has been with Africa Bridge, he has personally interviewed over 500 village households. He also conducts trainings, analyzes data, and prepares reports for our Foundation donors. Yona has a BA in Social Science, and further training in evaluation and HIV/AIDS counseling. Yona loves technology and enjoys testing new mobile applications for data collection.



Abeid Lema
M&E Coordinator, TZ

Abeid is our young technology pro and since 2014 has added great strength to our team. He works closely with Yona in building our capacity to collect data from scattered farms and villages. Abeid has the crucial job of managing our growing database, and we are fortunate that he has strong Excel skills. Abeid also has a playful side, and adds joy and fun to Children’s Club activities conducted in all villages quarterly. Abeid received a degree in Computer Science in Hyderabad, India.



Ponsiano Lupoli
Co-op Coordinator, TZ

Ponsiano joined our staff in late 2015 as Co-op Coordinator. He will work closely with Noel to train and mentor the many Africa Bridge co-ops engaging in diverse farming enterprises. Ponsiano has both a Certificate and a Diploma in Animal Health and Production, and has field experience in livestock and crop extension work. He is strong in the use of technology, and he transitions easily from farm to desk.



Sarah Paschal
MVCC Coordinator, TZ

Sarah joined the Africa Bridge team at the close of 2015. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a strong interest in poverty alleviation. Her skills range from research to training to individual counseling. Her empathic approach will serve her well as she steps into the role of Coordinator of all Africa Bridge’s work to establish, train, and mentor MVC Committees as they deliver social services to vulnerable village households.

Board of Directors


Katie Wire, Chair
Communications Consultant

 


Jeff Walter, Vice Chair
Social Innovation Manager, Hewlett-Packard

 


Susan Stewart, Secretary
Retired VP of Engineering, Blount International

 


Don Schmidt, Treasurer
Retired Partner, Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt CPAs

 


Gary Grossman, Director
Vice President, Edelman

 


Ashley Hayden, Director
Ophthalmologist, Devers Eye Clinic

Glenda Minor, Director
Retired CFO, Evraz
Mark Morford, Director
Attorney, Stoel Rives


Oliver Muggli, Director
Undergraduate Student, Willamette University

 


Kevin O’Donnell, Director
Director of Business Program Management, Microsoft

 


Joy Rich, Director
Teacher