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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. 

Brett Anderson – Vice President 

 

Brett Anderson is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and he now resides near Princeton, NJ. Brett has spent over ten years leading a team of data analysts at a fintech firm near King of Prussia. Margareth and John introduced Brett to PSA in 2012 and he has been a passionate supporter ever since. He has traveled to Tanzania three times to help establish new contacts in the government, within various communities, 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. In the meantime, he provides a scholarship for a young girl in Tanzania to attend school and will be providing a scholarship to a second student in the upcoming fall semester.

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.

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. 

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.