Board of Directors
Matt Maroon, M.A., Founder
Matt is the founder and previous Executive Director of Determined to Develop. He now serves as the Senior Education Advisor for USAID Malawi and lives in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital. Matt is a 2006 graduate of the University of Dayton, USA. Before going to law school, he decided to undertake a year of service abroad. He arranged a one-year program in Malawi, with the help of the Marianist brothers from the University of Dayton. What was meant to be a one-year stay in Malawi turned into two. During his time with the Marianists, Matt served as Chief Financial Officer and Acting Director of Miracle Technical College for Orphans. Concurrently, he taught social studies and biology at Chaminade Boarding School and was in charge of a women’s empowerment program which allocated micro-credit loans to widows and orphans. During the hunger months, which is the time in Malawi before harvests when country-wide food storages are low or emptied, Matt managed a grain distribution program that provided sustenance to over 1,500 families who would have otherwise risked starvation. Following the completion of his graduate studies in Cultural and Applied Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati, where he also worked full-time as a residential house parent in a group home for inner-city boys, Matt returned to Malawi. He established a lodge called Maji Zuwa, which means “water and sun” in the local language of ChiTumbuka, which serves as a community hub where people can come together to work on development projects. At the same time, Matt founded Determined to Develop to support the development work of surrounding villages and Malawi as a whole. Matt formerly lectured at the University of Livingstonia in Malawi, where he held the post of Dean of the College of Social Sciences. In recognition of his work and collaborative spirit, Matt has been inducted by traditional leaders as a chief in the Mwakhwawa clan.
Matt is the founder and previous Executive Officer of Determined to Develop and serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, without fiduciary responsibility. Matt is currently a Senior Education Advisor for USAID Malawi working on national education policy and programming and lives full-time in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital.
Lawrence Kondowe, M.A. – Vice Chairperson
Lawrence graduated from the University of Dayton with a Masters in Financial Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After graduate school, Lawrence started working as quantitative risk analyst at The AES Corporation – a global energy company. Born and raised in Malawi, Lawrence attended Chaminade Catholic Secondary School in the Northern Region of Malawi just a few kilometers away from Determined to Develop’s headquarters. Having grown up in Malawi, Lawrence knows first-hand that getting an education can determine one’s wellbeing. Serving on the board of directors is an opportunity for Lawrence to help impact the lives of young Malawians through Determined to Develop’s many development projects.
Clemmie Newton, M.I.D – Secretary
Clemmie is a University of Otago graduate in social anthropology and holds a Master of Science in International Humanitarian Aid from University College Dublin. Clemmie is originally from New Zealand, and met Matt while working for a volunteering organization. In 2014, Clemmie moved to Malawi to work as the program director for D2D, focusing on strategic development and project management. Clemmie had the privilege of living at Maji Zuwa during her time working with D2D and remains passionate about D2D’s approach and unique standing within the community. Clemmie currently lives in Vanuatu, a small Pacific Island nation, and works as program manager for a New Zealand based NGO.
Laura Limarzi Klyn
Laura first became involved with D2D as a volunteer in the fall of 2012 during her gap year. After completing her undergraduate studies, Laura returned to Malawi for two years to work on several NIH-funded research grants on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and cervical cancer in rural Malawi. Laura is currently an Associate at Colbeck Strategic Advisors, a non-profit strategy consulting firm, and has previously worked on health equity projects with the Center for Ethical, Social and Cultural Risk in Toronto, the World Health Organization in Geneva, and Baylor Scott and White Health in Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in the Control of Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Lynn is the mother of Matt Maroon and currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Cleveland, Ohio and takes care of her 88 year old father. Lynn has been visiting Matt in Africa since he first went in 2006 and continues to make the journey as often as time allows. When she is in Malawi, Lynn lovingly takes on the role of Mum and will tackle any project deemed necessary, but her favorite pastime is to interact with everyone at Maji Zuwa, in the village, at the schools and in the community. She is anxious to retire someday so that she can devote more time in Malawi. Lynn has seen firsthand the amazing impact that Determined To Develop’s projects and programs have made and the positive change in so many lives.
The second of eight children, Julie was born and raised in the Cleveland area. She became interested in special education because she had a profoundly deaf brother and received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University. She began her career as an intervention specialist in Lakewood City Schools and then went to Open Door Christian School in Elyria where she taught in a regular education program. In 1993 she developed the Drama Club for students in grades K-12. To support student programs and initiatives, Julie became a successful grant writer and received over $138,000 in grants and donations her first year. As a result, she was appointed to the Administrative Team and became the Development Director for Open Door. In 2005 Julie received her Master of Administration degree from Ashland University. She taught as a math specialist in the Cleveland Municipal Schools and went on to become a building principal in Avon. There she focused on grant writing and fundraising. She raised money to supply the school with new computers, classroom supports, and to build a new playground for students who had special needs. She has since worked in Westlake City Schools and is currently working in North Ridgeville City Schools since 2008. Julie is married to Patrick McAulay and they live in Avon Lake. They have raised three children of their own and two who became their legal wards. They have fourteen grandchildren.