Geoff Mzembe – Relations & Sponsorships Manager
Geoff has been with Determined to Develop since the beginning, starting with the project in 2010. Geoff has been an integral part of all projects from their inception. In the past year, Geoff has moved into a new role coordinating all external and community relations, from our surrounding villages and schools to government-level stakeholders. This means Geoff sits on the Parent Teacher Associations of our local schools, attends village meetings on issues affecting the community, and maintains partnerships with the Ministry of Social Welfare. Geoff also oversees the sponsorships of all youth under D2D programming. Geoff has a degree in Education, with a focus on Social and Development Studies as well as Geography from the University of Livingstonia. In his free time, Geoff likes to watch and play soccer.
Alex Mendez – Assistant Executive Director
Alex is a University of Colorado graduate with a B.A. in Psychological Sciences. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps where she implemented social behavior change interventions at the grassroots level in Malawi’s health sector. She lived and worked in the northernmost region of Malawi for two years, focusing predominantly on promoting healthy behavior in primary and secondary school students, as well as advising rural hospital staff on best practices.
Hope Kondowe – Finance Officer/Accountant
Hope has a higher diploma in Business Management obtained from Lilongwe Technical College. He started working with D2D in June 2016. Hope is responsible for monitoring and carrying out the finances and accounting for D2D. Hope ensures that D2D policies and procedures are adhered to, and that financial transactions and records are in compliance with the approved accounting system. In his free time he enjoys watching movies and listening to music.
Frank Kasanda – Operations Officer
Frank has been with D2D since the organization began in 2010. He helped to lay the foundation and construct the infrastructure for the Maji Zuwa and what would eventually become the Determined to Develop campus. He enrolled in Livingstonia Technical College in 2015 and graduated with a certificate in Motor Vehicle Mechanics in 2017. He works now as D2S’s Operations Officer, overseeing construction projects, supporting operations, and continuing his work as the organization’s driver and mechanic. He enjoys fixing mechanical issues and feels the most proud once he is able to use his skills and technical work to complete a task. In his spare time he enjoys reading novels.
Chimwemwe Munthali – Girls’ Empowerment Initiatives
Chimwemwe graduated from the University of Livingstonia with a degree in Development Studies. During her studies, she interned an organization where she taught sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS education to secondary school students. As the Girls’ Empowerment Initiatives Manager, Chimwemwe conducts all Girls’ Empowerment Program Initiatives, including Girls Club and Income Generating Activities. In her free time, Chimwemwe enjoys baking, reading, and listening to music.
Ofwa Sibakwe – Special Projects Manager
Ofwa graduated from the University of Livingstonia with a degree in Development Studies. Ofwa began as an intern at D2D before becoming a full-time employee. As Special Projects Manager, Ofwa handles all operations and monitoring for D2D’s special projects and runs the Extended Learning Opportunities Program. Central to the Extended Learning Opportunities Program are the operations and maintenance of the D2D technology center, gardens, reforestation efforts, and animal husbandry efforts. In his free time, Ofwa enjoys playing and watching football and watching documentaries.
Robert Chikwezga – Residential Youth Manager
Robert earned his degree in Environmental Management from the University of Livingstonia. As Residential Youth Manager, Robert is in charge of running the on-campus residential home. He leads the residential youth, overseeing academic and personal development, and ensures adherence to policies and procedures. Robert previously held an internship in the Mzuzu City Council’s Parks and Recreation Department. In his free time, Robert enjoys watching movies, swimming, and playing beach soccer.
Becca Westphal – Program Officer
Becca graduated from the University of Dayton with degrees in Human Rights Studies and Spanish. She previously interned with Child Restoration Outreach and Support Organization (CROSO) NGO, which provides higher education school tuition scholarships to Ugandan students. She joins D2D as Program Officer for one year under the University of Dayton Malawi Graduate Fellowship, after which she will return to the university as a Graduate Assistant in the Human Rights Center while earning her Masters of Arts. In her free time, Becca enjoys embroidery and swimming.