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Margareth Awiti – President 

 

Margareth Awiti was born in Tanzania and came to the United States in 1996. She lives in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia and works as a nurse at the Inglis Foundation. For years she has personally assisted family, friends and former neighbors with medical emergencies, school fees and housing needs. She has long been interested in developing a larger outreach program to help people in Tanzania. She hopes for people in Philadelphia to get to know the wonderful people and famous natural sites in Tanzania. The objectives of the Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance have grown out of her own experience of life in Tanzania, where as a nurse midwife she encountered many individuals, especially women and children, who were and still are deprived of human rights, clean water, education, economic well-being and health care. In 2010 she launched an effort at St. Peter’s Church that has grown into the Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance. 

Stephen Dunne, Esq. – Vice President 

 

As the founder of Dunne Law Offices PC, Stephen M. Dunne is committed to representing clients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas. He focuses his practice on handling consumer bankruptcy cases and has helped over 1,000 individuals and families go through the Bankruptcy process. He is the State Chair of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and a member of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference.

 

Mr. Dunne earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from The Pennsylvania State University. During his time there, he served as an infantry soldier with the Pennsylvania National Guard and as a cadet with the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Mr. Dunne then went on to receive a Juris Doctor from New England Law | Boston in 2005.

 

For the last decade, Mr. Dunne has been dedicated to helping clients make a fresh financial start. He understands that filing for bankruptcy can be an emotional and complicated process and is known for treating clients with respect. Media sources, including FOX News, The Nation and The Philadelphia Inquirer, have sought Mr. Dunne’s insights on current affairs. He is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

 

Active in his community, Mr. Dunne provides pro bono legal services to a number of organizations, helping seniors, the homeless, immigrants and veterans. 

John Gummere – Secretary 

 

John Gummere is a self-employed graphic designer, illustrator and painter who graduated from Columbia University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has two daughters and lives in Morrisville, PA with his wife Sue. In 2010 Margareth Awiti asked John to assist her in developing an outreach program for Tanzania; that effort has become one of John’s passions and led to the creation of the Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance. John’s other interests include his graphic design work for the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey; his previous volunteer work has included service on the Board of Historic St. Peter’s Church Preservation Corporation, and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, which maintains Philadelphia’s tall ship Gazela.

Tim Bulat – Treasurer 

Tim is a health insurance actuary at Cigna, where he has held several positions over 10 years.  Most relevant to this project, he was the finance lead for Cigna’s launch of health insurance products in countries throughout Asia.  In this role, he gained experience with cultures, legal environments, and economies in developing countries.
 
He has long been interested in helping developing countries make the transition to emerging economies.  He believes that providing clean water is the first step in improving health & education, both of which are necessary for sustainable economic development. 

 

Prior to working at Cigna, Tim was a software developer for a start-up internet company. He is a 2002 Computer Science & Engineering graduate of the University of Connecticut.

 

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Kate.

Brett Anderson – Director

Brett Anderson is a Philadelphia native and has worked as a senior data analyst with a financial software company in the Philadelphia suburbs for nearly 10 years. In addition to his analyst position and work with PSA, Brett is pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. John and Margareth introduced Brett to PSA in 2012 and he has been a passionate supporter ever since. He has traveled to Tanzania twice to help establish new contacts in the government and to assist in fundraising at a local level. His primary focus with PSA has been the effect that water projects have on education and he hopes to expand our work to include specific education projects in the future. 

Richard Aherne – Director

Richard J. Aherne is an attorney with a practice in Montgomery County. He lives with his wife and daughter in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Saint Joseph University where as an undergraduate he studied and did service work in Latin America; after college he was awarded an Ambassadorial Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation to study in South America. His experience also includes past service as a board member for two subsidiaries of the Northwestern Human Services Corporation, a non-profit dedicated to assisting individuals with mental health challenges. As an attorney he often works with the Spanish speaking community in Philadelphia on legal and social issues. 

Leslie Everts, M.D. – Director

Leslie Everts is medical director of the Drexel Student Health Center and assistant professor of family and community medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.  She earned a BA in mathematics at Haverford College and her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Everts has produced an educational film on caring for patients with multicultural backgrounds, and has given national presentations on educating medical students and residents on the care of multicultural patients. She currently volunteers as a supervising physician at Drexel’s student-run Salvation Army Clinic in Philadelphia. In November 2012 she travelled with her family to the Serengeti region and represented the Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance while meeting with local villagers and Tanzanian officials.

Robert Noll, M.D. – Director

Dr. Robert Noll is a pediatrician, currently serving as Director for Hospital Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Care at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, PA. He has a background in providing pediatric medical care to underserved populations and is a veteran of the National Health Service Corps. He is involved in medical education and holds faculty appointments at Temple University School of Medicine and Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to medical school Noll took an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and worked in consumer products manufacturing. Dr. Noll’s interest in Tanzania began after his brother, a United States Park Service Ranger, returned from a training mission for Village Game Scouts in Tanzania, an effort to prevent wildlife poaching in the Tanzanian National Parks. In November 2012 Dr. Noll was privileged to spend 2 weeks in Tanzania and during this trip spent a day with officials of the Serengeti District visiting with Tanzanians in some of the villages with the most challenging access to clean water supplies. 

Eliot Spindel- Director

Eliot Spindel is a graduate of Long Island University (Brooklyn campus), with a degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice. He also has associate degrees as a Paralegal (Georgetown) and Computer Science (AbiliTech). He takes charge of the Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance’s website, and serves as webmaster for several other nonprofit organizations. He previously worked on mainframe computers for Eastern Airlines. Since an injury in 1985 left him with quadriplegic paralysis, he was an early user of adaptive technologies, and has worked to help individuals overcome physical disabilities through the use of technology. He likes reading, computers, and ever since his days at Georgia Tech he has been an avid fan of the Allman Brothers Band.

Jordan Ermilio- Director

Jordan Ermilio has been directly involved with the engineering design and implementation of water supply projects in many countries throughout Southeast Asia and Central America. He served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where he was responsible for the implementation of water supply projects in rural communities of Northern Luzon. He worked with Oxfam International during post-conflict reconstruction efforts in East Timor and has provided consulting services for the design of solar powered pumping systems in Sri Lanka. 

 

Jordan Ermilio received a post-graduate diploma in Technology for Developing Communities from the Water Engineering Development Centre at Loughborough University in 2001 and his Masters of Science in Water Resources Engineering from Villanova University in 2006. While in graduate school he helped to establish the Engineering Service Program within the College of Engineering and is currently the Director of this program. Jordan frequently travels to Central America and Southeast Asia where Villanova engineering students and faculty have been actively involved with the design and construction of water supply and renewable energy systems. Jordan is also a Professional Engineer and teaches courses in International Development, Engineering Capstone Design and Engineering Ethics. He recently celebrated his 12th anniversary with his wife Annie and has two children; Jiordano Tay (6-years) and Juleia Bella (3-years).

Geoffrey Ngullu- Director

Geoffrey Ngullu was born and grew up in Tanzania. While in Tanzania he worked as an officer with local and central governments, in charge of helping to promote strong rural and urban community development. Later in his career, he worked as revenue accountant and he was in charge of the department, Dar-es-salaam City Commission, Temeke Municipal. Since relocating to the United States, he has been developing his career with an education in accounting and business. In this country he has opportunities to work with a number of corporations and organizations. His goal is to help transform life through the mobilization and distribution of resources, and putting an end to suffering, poverty, and abuse, especially of women and children.