Catherine Mapomba MupombwaFinance Manager
Catherine is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Honors Degree in Accounting (NUST Zimbabwe), an award winning Certified Life Coach (ICMF Zimbabwe), and a trained Wellness Practitioner (Wellness Institute of Zimbabwe). She has worked with young people in schools and communities, physically and online as a Youth/Smart Teens life coach. Her passion is to motivate all people to view life from a well-informed holistic approach, addressing negative past experiences, maintaining and improving positive habits, whilst facing the future with confidence. When she’s free, Catherine reads self help books, plays music, dances and has sing-alongs with her family.
Kupa is an A level graduate of Arundel School on a gap year before starting university. Kupa loves anything to do with Biology and hope to use this love to become a part of the Health Sector through Biomedicine. At Education Matters she hope to learn and gain insightful information about how best she can make an impact on the education of the youth in Zimbabwe as well as Africa. When not working, Kupa enjoys cooking, reading, and engaging in intellectual conversations about mental health.
TWEENS Operations Coordinator
Jeannette is a young lady from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She completed high school at Olympia Park High School with arts subjects (Sociology, History and Literature). She has one year of experience as an operations coordinator at GIrls’ Pam. Jeannette is passionate about giving back to the community, and working with youths and children. She likes singing, soccer and reading. She plans to continue her studies in Nursing.
Counseling Program Coordinator
Kim has 13 years of experience in careers and university guidance and is one of our country’s top careers and university counsellors. As an International Education Consultant, Kim founded The Uni People where she supports students with applications to universities and vocational schools across the globe. Her personal approach to the university counselling process has been recognised by several leading universities and she is a member of the International Association for College Admissions Counselling (IACAC). Kim is passionate about sharing her knowledge with career counsellors. Kim holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree in Organisational Psychology from Rhodes University, a Professional Development in Teaching Qualification from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s in Education from Liverpool John Moores University. When she is not helping students map their career path and goals, she is a wife, mum to a toddler and avid Novak Djokovic fan.
Rebecca Zeigler Mano
Having taught in classrooms in Coastal Kenya, Northern California and Chirumhanzu, Zimbabwe, Rebecca has devoted her professional life to college equity and access for talented, low-income students. She founded USAP in 2000 and worked for a very long spell as the Country Coordinator for EducationUSA in Zimbabwe. She has been active as a presenter, trainer and leader in international education organisations such as NAFSA, I-ACAC, CIS and currently the HALI Access Network. Rebecca holds a BA in Anthropology and African Studies from Brown University and MAs in International Development Education and English and World History Secondary Education from Stanford University. When not trying to save the world from itself or hanging out with her daughters, Rebecca enjoys cooking, Arsenal FC and dreaming of beaches from her landlocked home.
Melisa is from the USAP Community School Class of 2021. She is passionate about inclusion of women, girls and marginalized communities into the global community. During the first half of her gap year, she has worked at Kukosha Trust which partners with Zimbabwe Without Orphans and works with teen mothers, single mothers, child headed family leaders and street residents. This experience has influenced her to aspire to study international law and humanitarian policy at college after her gap year. Melisa also enjoys running a book club, writing stories, tutoring kids and debating current affairs.
Education Matters Trustees
Dr. Cathrine Ziyomo is a Senior Scientist – Molecular Plant Breeder with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Nairobi. Her focus as a researcher is to improve the efficiencies of African plant breeding programs using the latest advances in technology. A USAP alum, Cathrine attained her PhD in Plant Genetics from the University of Minnesota.
Clive Msipha is the CEO and founder of Untu Capital Limited and also serves an Independent Non-Executive Director of a JSE listed African Rainbow Capital Investments Limited. A USAP alum, Clive is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charter-holder and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Mark Albertyn is a Mathematics teacher and the Deputy Headmaster at Hellenic Academy in Harare. He is also the co-founder of and helps run Makomborero; a non-profit that provides A-level and tertiary opportunities for Zimbabwean high-achieving, low-income A Level students at top private schools in Zimbabwe and then universities here and internationally. Mark lives in Harare with Laura and four young children.
Education Matters Africa Foundation Board of Directors
Ann Kuhlman has served as Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Yale University since 1999 where she directs programs and provides services to more than 6000 international students, researchers, faculty, staff and their dependents. Before coming to Yale, Ms. Kuhlman was Associate Director for the Office of International Programs at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) in Washington D.C. She completed her undergraduate course work with a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT and a Master’s degree in International and Middle East Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian is a Managing Director at Citigroup Global Markets, where he runs the Global CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation) Trading Desk. He is a USAP alumni who graduated from Haverford College in 2004 with a BSc in Economics & Computer Science.
David Bruce Wharton
Bruce Wharton served as an American diplomat in Africa and Latin America for over 30 years, specializing in educational and cultural policy and programs. Among other assignments, he was U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe (2012-2015), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs (2015-16), and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy (2016-2017). He and his wife Julia, a theater director and teacher, now live in Asheville, NC. They have three children.
Lois Mufuka Martin
Lois is an experienced non-profit executive, social worker and community change agent. She currently works as the Vice President of Search and Consulting Services at CalWest Educators Placement, a firm that places teachers and administrators at independent schools. Lois previously served as Chief Volunteer Engagement Officer at United Way of Southwestern PA and as CEO of Bethlehem Haven, an organization that moves women from homelessness to housing. She also served as Director of The Community Fund at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Lois served as a founding trustee and scholarship coordinator with the Douglas & Jean Mufuka Private Foundation from 2002 to 2019, where she facilitated the enrollment of 17 Zimbabwean students to attend Lander University. Lois earned a BA in History from Lander University and an MEd in Counseling from Clemson University. She is married to Derek A. Martin and they have two adult children.
Ronald Mutasa is a Senior Health Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Ronald leads the Bank’s analytical and operational work in Southern Africa and South Asia and has more than 15 years of experience in public health and social protection in Africa and the United States. Over the past three years, Ronald has been the Task Leader of the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support project—the Bank’s flagship regional initiative. Ronald’s doctorate degree is in public health, and he holds advanced degrees in development economics and health policy.
Chair of Fundraising
Ru Nyambuya is a VP at Standard Bank’s New York office where she manages a portfolio of clients based in North America but also doing business in Africa. She joined Standard Bank’s NY team in 2012 and truly enjoys being a part of the Africa economic growth and investment story. Prior to Standard Bank, she spent 5 years at Ernst & Young. She is a USAP Alumni with a BS in Accounting from Ithaca College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dr. Lucy Steinitz lived in Africa for 17 years (mostly Namibia and Ethiopia) where she partnered with several NGOs to help families, communities, and local government in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic (1997-2014). Currently, she serves as Senior Technical Advisor for Protection and Equity at Catholic Relief Services, which works in over 100 countries globally. As a former non-profit CEO, academic, and author, Lucy has a Ph.D. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and earlier degrees from Brandies University and Wilmington College (a Quaker school) in Ohio.