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Robert Avery


Robert Avery is a Director and President of Worldview. Robert was a Co-Founder of the organization. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and attended Northwestern University. Following his graduation from Northwestern he attended Columbia University’s School of Law in New York where he was Articles & Book Reviews Editor of the Law Review and graduated cum laude. After law school he clerked for one year in New York for Judge Robert P. Anderson of the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Following his clerkship Bob joined the law firm Jones Day in Cleveland, and practiced with the firm for over 41 years in its Cleveland, Los Angeles and Chicago offices, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters; he retired from the firm 2011. Bob is a member of the Northwestern University Library’s Board of Governors and is Northwestern’s Alumni Regent for Africa. He lives in Chicago and has a second home in Tanzania.



Ann Avery


Ann Avery is a Director and a Co-Founder of the organization.









Alex Herrera


Alex Herrera is a Director of Worldview and is Executive Director of International Development for Northwestern University, working primarily with donors in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. His long history of work with non-profit organizations began with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (Acapulco, Mexico) and has also included, among others, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Illinois), and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Texas). He joined the Worldview board in 2012 and has been active in fundraising from Foundations and individuals. He visited Tanzania in 2014, spending two weeks seeing Worldview’s work “up close and personal.” He lives in Chicago with his husband Morris Floyd and their dog Niko.



Noelle Sullivan


Noelle Sullivan is a Director of Worldview and is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Northwestern University’s Global Health Studies program. She has a Masters of Arts and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida, which has one of the top African Studies programs in the United States. She also earned her M.A. in African and African American Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY. Noelle’s expertise is in global health, health policy and governance, development, and international volunteering in medical settings. She has been an invited speaker at universities and health professions organizations across the United States, and has published her work in academic journals as well as in the public media. Noelle has been doing research in Meru District, Tanzania since 2004 and provides the Worldview board with contextual and cultural expertise to inform the board’s decision-making processes. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Noelle lives in Skokie IL with her family.



Morris Floyd


Morris Floyd serves as volunteer treasurer for Worldview. A native of Austin, Texas, he attended the University of Texas there, as well as Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Prior to his retirement, Morris worked primarily as a health care executive and consultant, serving provider and payer organizations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Europe. He is an experienced as a member of many non-profit boards of directors. Morris and his husband Alex, along with their beloved pug Niko, live in Chicago and in Cuernavaca, Mexico.



Tanzanian Leadership Team


Upendo Mligi


Upendo is the main teacher and coordinator for the Girls Empowerment Program operated through our partner NGO, TEKUA. She has been the head of the Girls Empowerment Program since 2009, but herself was a beneficiary of TEKUA’s programming. Back in 2004, Upendo was an English student at TEKUA, became an assistant teacher in 2005, and became a full TEKUA teacher in 2007. In 2010, Upendo took a course in Administration and Development of Organizations so that she would be able to become a TEKUA coordinator, and from 2013-2016 she studied English and Swahili at the University of Arusha, and completed her B.A. in Education in 2016.



Tumaini


Tumaini is the leader of the Hamna Shida Women’s program. She started working with Worldview in 2012. She had been an apprentice to a tailor for three years during her youth, and from 1997-2012 she worked as a tailor, opening her own tailoring business in 2000. During that time Tumaini became interested in passing her tailoring skills on to others. Through a relationship with a nearby orphanage, Precious House, she learned about the opportunity opening up to be a teacher for the Hamna Shida Women’s program, applied, and was accepted. She’s since taught over 60 young women how to tailor, many of whom have started their own successful businesses since completing the course.



Chris Karizi Mmbwambo


Chris is the Director In-Charge of Worldview Tanzania and oversees and coordinates all Worldview activities with our partner NGOs or government entities in-country. A graduate of the University of Nairobi in accounting, Chris is the director of the NGO TEKUA, which he co-founded with the late Ally Mhina back in 2009 to expand educational opportunities to the community around Usa River. As Worldview’s director in Tanzania, Chris prepares our budgets, visits homes of students we support, finds educational institutions for students under scholarship, offers translation services, teaches basic business skills, and is the Worldview relations officer for local and international visitors to Worldview and its partner organizations.