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Board Members

Please welcome two board members, Amsala Kassa and Athanasius Awasom.

Mbuyu “Puma” Wa Mbuyu, President & Co-founder, is a master electrician in Washington, D.C.  Every year since 1994 Puma has organized the AWIEF projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer while pursuing his job in the United States during the rest of the year. He is a recipient of the Ron Hering Mission of Service award from the Mankind Project for taking action to live his mission in the world. Mbuyu "Puma" Wa Mbuyu 
Richard Emeni, Vice President, grew up in Cameroon where he received a degree in Economics and Statistics before coming to Maryland. He earned an MBA from American University and has professional experience in radio, TV, Internet and print media. His vision is to use his IT skills to improve health, business and farming systems in Africa. Richard Emeni 
James Carpenter, Treasurer and Chief Geek.  Jim’s professional background is in math, statistics and information technology.  He has been active in his community for 30 years in energy and environment issues.  He has traveled to the Congo four times with Puma since 2002 to build computer labs and teach. Jim
Athanasius Awasom grew up in Cameroon where he studied accounting at St. Paul's College in Bonjongo, Cameroon.  He earned degrees BBA (Hon), MBA and M.Sci in Accounting & Auditing in the U.S. Between degrees he held several accounting posts in Cameroon and U.S.  He and his brothers support and run a bilingual school from preschool through primary grades that serves poor families and orphans in Mankon, Bamenda, Cameroon. Athanasius Awason 
Mamadou Dia grew up in Mali with a love of farming. His dream is to improve the traditional farm system in Mali. He has devoted much ofMankon, Bamenda, Cameroonhis life since 1994, when he moved to the U.S., to working on his dream.  He lives in Arlington, VA and returns frequently to oversee farming projects.

Amsale Kassa is from Ethiopia and currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She has a degree in Cybersecurity and International Business Management. She has worked in the
IT area, but prefers working with non-profit organizations
like Able & Willing.
Amsale Kassa 
Maggie Nato Lusweti is from Kenya and is currently a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, working near Baltimore.  She has a master’s degree in International Trade and speaks Swahili and Spanish.  She is the  mother of two boys. Maggie has organized Able & Willing’s efforts to help schools in Kenya and she is currently working on a project to establish a school for children with developmental disabilities in Bungoma County in Western Kenya.  
Greg Ramm was a US Peace Corps volunteer in Kandale, Zaire (now DRC) from 1981 to 1983.  He taught Math and Physics at a local secondary school. Greg has worked extensively on development and humanitarian issues in the DR Congo and throughout Africa. He was Director of Global Programmes for Save the Children UK in London until 2012 and now Vice President, living with wife, Colette, and children in Bethesda, Maryland. Greg Ramm
Colette Madishi Ramm grew-up in Kandale, Zaire (now DRC). She taught at the local primary school in 1982 before serving as head of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission in DRC. She has also worked at the US Peace Corps Volunteers Center and with the United Nations in Kosovo, Kenya and Senegal. Colette speaks six languages and holds a Masters in International Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University at Manchester, USA. Colette Ramm 

Charles Schultz is editor of our newsletter and a master electrician in Washington, D.C. He has a degree in English with experience in publications and, like Puma, he has an Eagle Scout background.