OUR TEAM IN CANADA

Board of Directors

Melissa is retired and has lived in Ottawa for most of her life.  She spent her professional career working in financial services for two of Canada’s major banks.  Prior to joining the Board of TEMBO, Melissa spent 8 years on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa including 3 years as Chair and 3 years as past Chair.  She visited Longido, Tanzania in 2014 where she met with girls being sponsored by TEMBO, visited schools and walked with Maasai women for water.  Melissa is currently completing a certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson.

Arlene is a retired lawyer, and has been a member of the board of TEMBO in Canada since 2005.  She has travelled many times to Longido District to support TEMBO’s work in Tanzania including as the guide for numerous Traveling with TEMBO groups. Today, her passion for the work only grows.

Arlene is Chair of the Nominating Committee, and is also involved in numerous fundraising activities.

Virginia has been a Board member since 2010, drawing on over 28 years of teaching and academic management experience to support the work of TEMBO. Her ‘community-based’ approach to teaching inspired her engagement with TEMBO’s academic support programs for girls including TEC and PASS.  Prior to COVID, Virginia spent periods of time in Longido supporting volunteer teachers and visitors, as well as leading the Traveling with TEMBO program.

In addition to her degrees in teaching and linguistics, Virginia has a Certificate in Project Management.

Virginia is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, while also supporting communications and fundraising activities.

After Margaret’s first visit to TEMBO in 2010, she was convinced that she wanted to do something more to help the girls and women she had met there to achieve their dreams of education.  Margaret’s career in medical education provided her with opportunities for national and international travel and to see how education can make a difference! She joined the TEMBO Board in 2018 and is honoured to be able to help achieve her original goal, set in 2010, to help girls and women in Longido to have greater educational opportunities.

Melissa Clark, President

Melissa is retired and has lived in Ottawa for most of her life.  She spent her professional career working in financial services for two of Canada’s major banks.  Prior to joining the Board of TEMBO, Melissa spent 8 years on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa including 3 years as Chair and 3 years as past Chair.  She visited Longido, Tanzania in 2014 where she met with girls being sponsored by TEMBO, visited schools and walked with Maasai women for water.  Melissa is currently completing a certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson.

Arlene McKechnie, Vice-President

Arlene is a retired lawyer, and has been a member of the board of TEMBO in Canada since 2005.  She has travelled many times to Longido District to support TEMBO’s work in Tanzania including as the guide for numerous Traveling with TEMBO groups. Today, her passion for the work only grows.

Arlene is Chair of the Nominating Committee, and is also involved in numerous fundraising activities.

Virginia Taylor, Treasurer

Virginia has been a Board member since 2010, drawing on over 28 years of teaching and academic management experience to support the work of TEMBO. Her ‘community-based’ approach to teaching inspired her engagement with TEMBO’s academic support programs for girls including TEC and PASS.  Prior to COVID, Virginia spent periods of time in Longido supporting volunteer teachers and visitors, as well as leading the Traveling with TEMBO program.

In addition to her degrees in teaching and linguistics, Virginia has a Certificate in Project Management.

Virginia is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, while also supporting communications and fundraising activities.

Margaret Kennedy, Secretary

After Margaret’s first visit to TEMBO in 2010, she was convinced that she wanted to do something more to help the girls and women she had met there to achieve their dreams of education.  Margaret’s career in medical education provided her with opportunities for national and international travel and to see how education can make a difference! She joined the TEMBO Board in 2018 and is honoured to be able to help achieve her original goal, set in 2010, to help girls and women in Longido to have greater educational opportunities.

Nancy retired after 30 years of teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels.  She enthusiastically embraced teaching in Longido in the PASS program (Primary and Secondary Success) and shortly afterwards, joined the TEMBO Board of Directors.  When she is not busy with TEMBO, she is an active quilter and cycling tourist.

Nancy is Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Steve retired from technology product management and marketing in 2019.  His plans to travel the world in 2020 with his family were cut short by the COVID pandemic, but not before he visited TEMBO in Longido.  Steve has worked for several high technology companies including Digital Equipment, Apple, Mitel, Entrust and Trend Micro.  His background in technology has allowed Steve to take on technology projects for TEMBO including implementation of a new Donor Management system (DMS).

Steve is Chair of the Technology Committee and also brings to bear his technology marketing experience to aid TEMBO with their fundraising efforts.

Cheryl is the President of Strategic Governance Consulting Services Ltd. and the author of ‘An Introduction to University Governance’ (2021). She has over twenty years of governance experience in the publicly traded, private, not-for-profit and university sectors.

Cheryl received her law degree from Queen’s University in 1993. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1995 and practised law for more than twenty-five years, including twenty years as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to four organizations in the technology and higher education sectors.

Valerie Keyes recently retired from the Public Service after a lengthy career in policy, security and intelligence.  She is the President of GTM Leadership Matters and works with several federal departments and agencies.  She is a member of the Samuel Group of Companies, teaching leadership and communications. In addition to the TEMBO board, Valerie is the Vice-President of the MADD Canada Ottawa Chapter, and Chair of the Security and Intelligence Study Group of the Canadian International Council.  She was previously the strategic director of the Board of the Canadian Fencing Federation and President of the RA Centre, Ottawa.  

Valerie is Chair of the Governance Committee.

Elizabeth was a Marine Biologist who is now an Oleologist, think a sommelier for olive oil. Her background is in International Development Studies, Marine Biology, Citizen Science, Natural History Museums, Organic Agriculture, and Sustainable Fisheries. The culmination of her passion for the environment, food, and travel has directed her education, life experience, work history. It led her to launch “The Unrefined Olive” in Ottawa in 2012. It has since grown into two storefront locations in The Glebe and Kanata as well as an active online store. She is engaged with her local community and an active participant with many organizations.

Dennis is a retired Federal Government Senior Executive with a history of diverse work experiences. Dennis enjoyed being a long-term mentor in the Federal Government providing advice and direction to young professionals. Dennis is a life-long volunteer running a softball league in Kanata for over 25 years and playing for over 40 years, establishing a fitness centre at Global Affairs Canada in the 90s and being the chairperson of the volunteer executive committee for over 20 years, running a men’s hockey team in the RA Hockey League for over 30 years, joining the RA Board of Directors in 2013 and also presiding as the President of the RA Board of Directors.

Dennis is enthusiastically looking forward to having a positive impact on the growth of TEMBO.

Donna has been a board member of TEMBO for 10 years. Her first visit to Longido solidified her view that the community depended on organizations that engaged and respected the will of the people. This commitment has been reflected in the ongoing work of the board and volunteers, ensuring sustainability and adaptability. Donna brings her experiences garnered from volunteer chair positions of Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Eastern Ontario Young Offenders, Salvation Army Bethany Hope Council and director of Nelson House of Ottawa and as an educator for 30 years. Her purpose is to support the goals of social change and provide a small measure of care to the community.

Nancy Arbogast

Nancy retired after 30 years of teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels.  She enthusiastically embraced teaching in Longido in the PASS program (Primary and Secondary Success) and shortly afterwards, joined the TEMBO Board of Directors.  When she is not busy with TEMBO, she is an active quilter and cycling tourist.

Nancy is Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Steve Duncan

Steve retired from technology product management and marketing in 2019.  His plans to travel the world in 2020 with his family were cut short by the COVID pandemic, but not before he visited TEMBO in Longido.  Steve has worked for several high technology companies including Digital Equipment, Apple, Mitel, Entrust and Trend Micro.  His background in technology has allowed Steve to take on technology projects for TEMBO including implementation of a new Donor Management system (DMS).

Steve is Chair of the Technology Committee and also brings to bear his technology marketing experience to aid TEMBO with their fundraising efforts.

Cheryl Foy

Cheryl is the President of Strategic Governance Consulting Services Ltd. and the author of ‘An Introduction to University Governance’ (2021). She has over twenty years of governance experience in the publicly traded, private, not-for-profit and university sectors.

Cheryl received her law degree from Queen’s University in 1993. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1995 and practised law for more than twenty-five years, including twenty years as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to four organizations in the technology and higher education sectors.

Valerie Keyes

Valerie Keyes recently retired from the Public Service after a lengthy career in policy, security and intelligence.  She is the President of GTM Leadership Matters and works with several federal departments and agencies.  She is a member of the Samuel Group of Companies, teaching leadership and communications. In addition to the TEMBO board, Valerie is the Vice-President of the MADD Canada Ottawa Chapter, and Chair of the Security and Intelligence Study Group of the Canadian International Council.  She was previously the strategic director of the Board of the Canadian Fencing Federation and President of the RA Centre, Ottawa.  

Valerie is Chair of the Governance Committee.

Elizabeth Kilvert

Elizabeth was a Marine Biologist who is now an Oleologist, think a sommelier for olive oil. Her background is in International Development Studies, Marine Biology, Citizen Science, Natural History Museums, Organic Agriculture, and Sustainable Fisheries. The culmination of her passion for the environment, food, and travel has directed her education, life experience, work history. It led her to launch “The Unrefined Olive” in Ottawa in 2012. It has since grown into two storefront locations in The Glebe and Kanata as well as an active online store. She is engaged with her local community and an active participant with many organizations.

Dennis Seebach

Dennis is a retired Federal Government Senior Executive with a history of diverse work experiences. Dennis enjoyed being a long-term mentor in the Federal Government providing advice and direction to young professionals. Dennis is a life-long volunteer running a softball league in Kanata for over 25 years and playing for over 40 years, establishing a fitness centre at Global Affairs Canada in the 90s and being the chairperson of the volunteer executive committee for over 20 years, running a men’s hockey team in the RA Hockey League for over 30 years, joining the RA Board of Directors in 2013 and also presiding as the President of the RA Board of Directors.

Dennis is enthusiastically looking forward to having a positive impact on the growth of TEMBO.

Donna Serafini

Donna has been a board member of TEMBO for 10 years. Her first visit to Longido solidified her view that the community depended on organizations that engaged and respected the will of the people. This commitment has been reflected in the ongoing work of the board and volunteers, ensuring sustainability and adaptability. Donna brings her experiences garnered from volunteer chair positions of Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Eastern Ontario Young Offenders, Salvation Army Bethany Hope Council and director of Nelson House of Ottawa and as an educator for 30 years. Her purpose is to support the goals of social change and provide a small measure of care to the community.

OUR TEAM IN TANZANIA

TEMBO STAFF

Paulina is the Executive Director of TEMBO. She joined the team in 2010 after graduating with a B.A. in Sociology with a specialization in community development and rural transformation.  Paulina notes that she “loves working with women and girls in empowering them socially and economically”. She spends most of her time at the office receiving various guests who come for help/ support, girls requesting sponsorship and women for micro-finance loans.

Simon is the Accountant and has an MBA in Accounting. He is responsible for maintaining the financial records and reporting on managerial assignments to the Director. At TEMBO, he likes the good leadership, presence of cooperation and coordination spirit among the Board and Management Team.

Mary works at TEMBO as the Community Facilitator. She joined TEMBO in 2007 after completing her Certificate in Secondary Education. She has since taken many professional development courses in community development. Mary likes teaching seminars in the community and working with the children at schools.

Christina works at TEMBO as a Program Support Officer. She joined TEMBO in 2019 after completing a Diploma in Community Development. She likes teaching the women and children, and works hard to prepare material for teaching before going out into the community for outreach programs.

Rosie joined TEMBO as a housekeeper in 2010 when the TEMBO Inn opened. She has over 12 years of experience greeting the staff and guests and keeping the offices and rooms clean. One of her favourite activities is cooking for the guests.

Oyaya joined TEMBO as a security guard in 2008. He is a tremendous support to all of the staff and guests. In addition to his security duties, he makes sure everyone is comfortable while staying at the TEMBO Inn.

Paulina Sumayani

Paulina is the Executive Director of TEMBO. She joined the team in 2010 after graduating with a B.A. in Sociology with a specialization in community development and rural transformation.  Paulina notes that she “loves working with women and girls in empowering them socially and economically”. She spends most of her time at the office receiving various guests who come for help/ support, girls requesting sponsorship and women for micro-finance loans.

Simon Marivey

Simon is the Accountant and has an MBA in Accounting. He is responsible for maintaining the financial records and reporting on managerial assignments to the Director. At TEMBO, he likes the good leadership, presence of cooperation and coordination spirit among the Board and Management Team.

Mary Lazaro

Mary works at TEMBO as the Community Facilitator. She joined TEMBO in 2007 after completing her Certificate in Secondary Education. She has since taken many professional development courses in community development. Mary likes teaching seminars in the community and working with the children at schools.

Christina Sumayani

Christina works at TEMBO as a Program Support Officer. She joined TEMBO in 2019 after completing a Diploma in Community Development. She likes teaching the women and children, and works hard to prepare material for teaching before going out into the community for outreach programs.

Dianarose Mchome

Rosie joined TEMBO as a housekeeper in 2010 when the TEMBO Inn opened. She has over 12 years of experience greeting the staff and guests and keeping the offices and rooms clean. One of her favourite activities is cooking for the guests.

Oyaya Saitoti

Oyaya joined TEMBO as a security guard in 2008. He is a tremendous support to all of the staff and guests. In addition to his security duties, he makes sure everyone is comfortable while staying at the TEMBO Inn.

LEARNING IN LONGIDO STAFF

My name is Leah Kisambu. I serve as the Executive Director at Learning in Longido (LiL). I have a diploma in community development from Monduli CDTI. What I like most about working at LiL is trust from LiL employers to have the ability to do our organization responsibilities and make them a success. They also support us by giving us suggestions, advice and use of participatory approach and also make resources available which makes our work easy. I spend most of my time in the office making sure all activities are well executed in each program as planned.

My name is Grace Mremi. I have a Certificate in Tailoring and Sewing from the Marangu Kilimanjaro Vocational Training College. I am a tailoring facilitator at the Longido District Learning Centre. I spend time teaching and guiding tailoring students. I like working here because the Centre empowers women, especially Maasai, who are underprivileged for a long time in educational matters and I have an opportunity to be part of this service.

My name is Grace Solomon and I am the bookkeeper for Learning in Longido. I like working in the office which is bright and open. I like welcoming the many users including adults and children who come to visit the Learning Centre.

My name is Joyce Wakari. I have a B.A. in Education from Open University in Tanzania. I work as a secondary school teacher at the Longido District Learning Centre. What I like most about working here is a team approach and also the availability of working resources. I spend most of my time teaching and guiding students especially in June and September to November with Pre-Form 1students which keeps me busy and enjoying my work.

My name is Judith Mollel. I have a Secondary Education Certificate attained here at Learning in Longido where I joined the QT and PC program (independent studies). I also have a Certificate of Early Childhood Education and also Special Need Education Certificate. I work as a preschool teacher here at Learning in Longido. I like working at LiL because it promotes education for the people in different age groups and I like the cooperation between staff and taking care of each other. I spend most of my time in the classroom to teach and guide the children.

My name is Namynak Mereso. My job title is a primary teacher in the primary program. I have a form six certificate (equivalent to Grade 13). What I like most about working at LiL is the way staff cooperate as a team to work hard in order to make our programs successful.  I spend most of my time here teaching primary students and directing them to get the books they need from the library.

Leah Kisambu

My name is Leah Kisambu. I serve as the Executive Director at Learning in Longido (LiL). I have a diploma in community development from Monduli CDTI. What I like most about working at LiL is trust from LiL employers to have the ability to do our organization responsibilities and make them a success. They also support us by giving us suggestions, advice and use of participatory approach and also make resources available which makes our work easy. I spend most of my time in the office making sure all activities are well executed in each program as planned.

Grace Meremi

My name is Grace Mremi. I have a Certificate in Tailoring and Sewing from the Marangu Kilimanjaro Vocational Training College. I am a tailoring facilitator at the Longido District Learning Centre. I spend time teaching and guiding tailoring students. I like working here because the Centre empowers women, especially Maasai, who are underprivileged for a long time in educational matters and I have an opportunity to be part of this service.

Grace Solomon

My name is Grace Solomon and I am the bookkeeper for Learning in Longido. I like working in the office which is bright and open. I like welcoming the many users including adults and children who come to visit the Learning Centre.

Joyce Wankari

My name is Joyce Wakari. I have a B.A. in Education from Open University in Tanzania. I work as a secondary school teacher at the Longido District Learning Centre. What I like most about working here is a team approach and also the availability of working resources. I spend most of my time teaching and guiding students especially in June and September to November with Pre-Form 1students which keeps me busy and enjoying my work.

Judith Mollel

My name is Judith Mollel. I have a Secondary Education Certificate attained here at Learning in Longido where I joined the QT and PC program (independent studies). I also have a Certificate of Early Childhood Education and also Special Need Education Certificate. I work as a preschool teacher here at Learning in Longido. I like working at LiL because it promotes education for the people in different age groups and I like the cooperation between staff and taking care of each other. I spend most of my time in the classroom to teach and guide the children.

Namynak Mereso

My name is Namynak Mereso. My job title is a primary teacher in the primary program. I have a form six certificate (equivalent to Grade 13). What I like most about working at LiL is the way staff cooperate as a team to work hard in order to make our programs successful.  I spend most of my time here teaching primary students and directing them to get the books they need from the library.