Allison Varrichio, M.I.D
Allison Varricchio is international development professional and currently works as a project associate for DAI Global, LLC. She has a Master’s of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Human Rights Studies from the University of Dayton. Allison spent three summers working and conducting research in Malawi with Determined to Develop. In 2013, she was a member of the Needs Assessment for the Operation of a New Secondary School in Malawi. She also served as the trip liaison for the ten-week Malawi Practicum on Rights and Development. Allison chaired the fundraising event “Water for the Warm Heart of Africa” in 2012 for the Sangilo Water System project that brought water to the Sangilo Private Health Center and surrounding village.
Eddy Rojas, Ph.D., M.A., P.E.
Eddy Rojas is the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Dayton. He completed his graduate studies in civil engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.) and economics (M.A.) at the University of Colorado at Boulder and his undergraduate studies in civil engineering at the University of Costa Rica (Lic.). He is also a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of Michigan. Throughout his academic career, he has led numerous research studies in modeling, simulation, and visualization of construction engineering and management processes; engineering education; and construction economics. He is also the editor of two books in construction productivity and construction project management published by J.Ross Publishing. Born and raised in Costa Rica, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. After completing college, he learned English as a second language through intensive evenning classes while working full time. Following two years of language instruction, he emigrated to the United States with his wife Denise for his graduate studies. Since finishing school, he has served as a professor and researcher at several institutions of higher education in the United States.
Tom Philipps was born and raised in Buffalo NY were he learned the construction supply business from his father from 1976 to 1990. In 1990 he started his own construction supply business near Cleveland OH and transformed the shoe string start up into a $2M per year sales company. In 2006 he sold the business and tried several other occupations finally settling back into construction supplies again in 2012.
Lawrence Kondowe, M.A.
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.
Roy Burgoon – Chairperson
Roy Burgoon is a small business consultant in northwest Ohio. He received his business degree from Miami University in 1984 and entered the insurance business in the 1988. After starting and growing several health insurance agencies over a 22 year period, he recently sold his most successful business and decided to focus on assisting small businesses and charities in achieving their short and long term goals. He splits his time between for and non-profits, and is an active participant in several local and international charities. He currently works and resides in rural northwest Ohio with his wife Shelli. If not working or volunteering, he can be found at a Grateful Dead concert, golfing or traveling with his wife and their two grown children.
Frank is a graduate of the University of Dayton where he received a degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Frank spent 16 years in the banking/finance sector. Since 2011, Frank has been volunteering full-time for several non-profit organizations in Southern Oregon. Frank is honored to serve on the inaugural Board of Directors for Determined To Develop and fell in love with the people, optimism and beauty of Malawi while visiting Maji Zuwa in 2013.
Kevin Keller, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Kevin Keller graduated from the University of Dayton in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Kevin continued his studies at the University of Dayton, and in 2008 graduated with a Masters in Business Administration. Upon Graduation, Kevin joined PricewaterhouseCoopers corporate tax group in Cleveland, OH. During his time with PwC, Kevin consulted for domestic and multinational companies in the public utilities, power generation, manufacturing, automotive and technology industries. In 2013 Kevin relocated to PwC’s Chicago office to provide corporate tax services in the greater Chicago market. In the fall of 2015 Kevin joined Regulated Capital Consultants, an Atlanta based consulting and technology company. Kevin continues to consult in the areas of corporate taxation, tax accounting, tax technology, and other areas of accounting within the public utilities and power generation industries. Kevin remains a resident of Chicago, IL, but roots for all Cleveland sports teams…even the Browns.
Jason Pierce, Ph.D. – Vice Chair
Jason Pierce is associate professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin (2002) and B.A. at Southwestern University (1994). He serves as the faculty advisor to the University of Dayton’s student group Determined to Develop, a group that raises awareness of Malawi and opportunities for students to serve and learn there. He and his colleagues also administer the university’s Malawi Research Program on Rights & Development, a summer experiential learning program for University of Dayton students to conduct develop and human rights fieldwork and research.
Lynn Maroon 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.
Carly spent a year volunteering with D2D teaching Biology and Physical Science at Khwawa Secondary School, the local village school where most of our students are educated. Carly works in Cincinnati in the clinical research industry, helping bring products to market to improve world health. Carly is a 2011 graduate of the University of Dayton where she earned a Bachelors degree in Biology. In order to raise awareness and funds for Determined to Develop, Carly co-chairs the annual event “Malawi Music Fest” which is a celebration of art and music held every spring in Dayton, Ohio. After spending time in Malawi, Carly looks forward to one day returning to the warm heart of Africa!
Chad Hahlen, M.B.A. – Treasurer
Chad is a North East Ohio native. He grew up in Alliance and then attended the University of Akron where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1994. He completed his Masters of Business Administration at Ashland University in 2006 where he graduated with Honors. Chad is Senior Vice President for EverFi, a financial education software firm whose goal is to change lives through financial literacy and awareness. In 2008, Chad and his wife Tricia and two children relocated to San Antonio Texas. As a friend of Matt Maroon, Chad was involved with Maji Zuwa from its inception and currently serves as D2D’s Treasurer.
Abbie Morneault – Secretary
Abbie was our first long-term volunteer with Determined to Develop and returned from two years of service in Malawi in May of 2014. While in Malawi, Abbie taught Mathematics at Khwawa Secondary school, the local village school where many of our students are educated. Abbie also taught at the Dayton Early College Academy in Dayton, Ohio, (2014-16) a charter school whose goal is to send urban youth to college and to prepare them to be successful students for life. Abbie is a 2012 graduate of Kent State University’s Integrated Mathematics program and is currently a graduate student in the International Training and Education program at American University. After spending two years living in Khwawa Village, she is anxiously waiting to return to her home away from home as soon as possible.
Clemmie Newton, M.I.D.
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 organisation. 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.
Daniel Dilley is a native of San Antonio, Texas and currently serves as Assistant Vice President for a large financial services company. He attended Central Catholic Marianist High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Sul Ross State University in 1992. He has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years, spending a majority of the time in Internal Audit and Regulatory Compliance. Daniel is also actively involved in several enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives at his company, serving in various leadership and advisory roles.
While Daniel has lived throughout Texas and Illinois, he is happy to call San Antonio home with his wife Rachel and two children. He is honored to be part of Determined to Develop’s Board and the amazing work for the beautiful people of Malawi. He also greatly appreciates the shared passion and support of his family. Go Spurs!