Geoff Mzembe – Executive Director – Acting
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. As Acting Executive Director, Geoff leads the day-to-day operations of our team and programs. Geoff also coordinates 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 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.
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.
Abbie Morneault – Development Director
Abbie first visited Malawi in 2010 on a quick trip and was immediately hooked. After receiving her undergraduate degree in education, she returned in 2012 as a D2D volunteer teacher at our local community school, Khwawa CDSS. Most recently, Abbie served as the Head Teacher for Wasambo Boys High School, D2D’s partner project with Wasambo Education Foundation. In her role as Development Officer, Abbie works closely with our board members and community of donors. She’s also overseeing the transition to a new Head Teacher at WBHS. Abbie is an alumnus of Kent State University (’12) and American University (’18). In her free time, Abbie enjoys baking and reading.
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.
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.
Periana Kalonga – Girl’s Empowerment Manager
Periana has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from African Bible College and a Certificate in Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation. Periana joined the team in 2021 and is responsible for managing all of the D2D girl’s empowerment initiatives. She coordinates girl’s clubs for primary and secondary age girls, plans outings and events, and keeps records for all of these programs. In her spare time, Periana enjoys listening to music and watching movies.
Taleka Nyasulu – Special Programs Manager
Taleka joined the D2D team in 2021 as the Special Projects Manager after completing his Bachelor of Education from the University of Livingstonia. Taleka is responsible for projects in our extended learning program such as reforestation initiatives, animal husbandry, and Saturday programming for sponsored youth. Taleka also works with community members to oversee D2D supported nursery schools as well as spending time writing informal curriculum to support Wasambo Boys High School. Taleka enjoys reading books and watching historical documentaries in his free time.