Board President: grew up in central Wisconsin. She has lived and worked in Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya. Donna has a Masters degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in Financial Management from The Ohio State University. She had a lengthy career working in Accounting and Management with the Department of Veterans Affairs, from which she retired as Director, Business Operations in 2010, and then spent five years working for World Vision as a Senior Financial Officer. She believes strongly that education at all levels is the best gift we can give.
Treasurer: has a long history in higher education and is Chancellor Emeritus of the Houston Community College System. Ruth is an active members of St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, and has been very supportive of mission activities related to the University of Livingstonia.
Secretary: spent most of her 34-year teaching career in Africa. She has taught in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. She has taught A-Level and 1B English, served as Department Head, and in Botswana established a Special Needs program at the elementary level. After the death of her husband, who was from Zimbabwe. She lives in the United States with her children.
Has degrees in Associates in Applied Sciences in Allied Health Physical Therapist Assistant, Bachelors of Science in Health Systems Management and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Ellen has worked in a variety of geriatric facilities including a psychological facilities as a Director of Rehabilitation and also as an owner of a residential service agency providing home health nursing and therapy services as well as a developmental disabilities group home. Ellen is a mother to a wonderful 14 year old boy and lives in Olney, MD.
Is a retired psychiatrist, but still does consulting. Although now living in Buffalo, New York, Cromwell was born in South Africa and raised in Malawi. He attended Livingstonia Primary School before going on to Blantyre Secondary School, and he well remembers the days of climbing up to the plateau. He was Chairman of the Stewardship and Finance Committee at MacAlpine Presbyterian Church.
Is retired after 25 years as a Head Start teacher and a Supervisor of Head Start teachers. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, where she met her husband, Cromwell, who was studying at Fisk University. Mary has also taught theater in Chicago, Illinois. Both her maternal and paternal families were part of the African-American migration when they moved from the South to Chicago.
Was born and raised in Zambia. Both of Mwinji’s parents are from Malawi, and her great grandfather was a reverend for the Livingstonia Synod. She has a deep passion for helping the University of Livingstonia, because she feels that it is her way of giving back and keeping her family’s legacy — the high value of education. She believes that education in Malawi will greatly help the country and future generations. Mwinji attended school at the University of Zambia before coming to the United States. She currently works as a Staff Accountant in Washington DC, and attends St. Matthew Presbyterian Church.
As an Associate Professor of Science at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Regional Director for the "Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) International for Southern Africa.
He has served in Malawi in the Ministry of Agriculture, and as Deputy Director of Environmental Affairs in the Malawi Ministry of Research and Environmental Affairs. In that position, he was the Malawi Desk Officer for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. As Project Director for Mercer University’s Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad Program he has led students on three service projects to Malawi.
Is president and founder of Hotel & Leisure Advisors, a hospitality consulting firm that conducts feasibility studies, appraisals, impact studies, and other market research for hotels, resorts, waterparks, and other leisure properties throughout North America. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and professional certifications as a CPA, MAI, and ISHC (member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants). David and his wife Laura worked in Malawi between 1989 and 1991 through the US Peace Corps. David worked for the national credit union system (MUSCO) and Laura taught at the Polytechnic while they lived in Blantyre. They have two children and live in Cleveland, Ohio.
All of the Board members have unique contributions that they will bring to the Board. They are deeply committed to education and have developed a special passion for the University of Livingstonia.