Board Members

Patrick Makokoro – Board President

Patrick founded Nhaka Foundation in 2007 in response to the call of God on his life; he has committed himself to ensuring the lives of vulnerable children are meaningfully transformed and that communities in which they live are strengthened in response to their growing needs. Patrick has over twelve years’ experience in community-based development and relief project planning working with local and international Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Zimbabwe and in the Sub Saharan Africa region. Patrick is a founding member of the Africa Early Childhood Network, Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Development Actors and serves on local and international boards. Patrick holds a MSc in Development Studies, BA in Social and Human Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Development, Diploma in Project Planning and Management among other qualifications.

Ross Moschitto- Board Member

Ross Moschitto has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY).  He currently serves as President & CEO of E-Wiz Solutions, Inc. (established in 1999) and resides in New York with his wife and two children. Having been a firm supporter of Nhaka Foundation for several years, Ross is committed to the organization’s continued growth and success.  Ross believes everyone has a “purpose”.  What better way to find or amplify your own purpose than to help a child discover theirs?  The act of giving is what counts, amplified by the sacrifice one makes!

Tsitsi Chataika (PhD) – Board Member

Tsitsi is a senior lecturer in disability and inclusive education in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Zimbabwe. She is passionate about promoting inclusive education programmes and ensuring that learners continue their education up to higher education. She is using her passion to support the great work of Nhaka Foundation in disability mainstreaming and inclusive education. She is an accomplished writer and among her publications is a gender and disability mainstreaming training manual that is relevant and applied within the African context. Tsitsi has a PhD in Educational Studies, Master of Arts in Special Education, Bachelor in Education degree among other qualifications.

Lea Ann Christenson (PhD) – Board Member

Dr. Christenson is passionate about early childhood development and brings her experience to the Board. She is an Assistant Professor of the Early Childhood Department at Towson University in Maryland.  Before holding positions in higher education Dr. Christenson worked for 18 years in the California public school system as a Kindergarten-second grade teacher, ESOL teacher and Assistant Principal. Prior to her appointment at Towson University Dr. Christenson worked at the Maryland State Department of Education as a Race to the Top Reading Specialist.  She has developed and conducted professional development for in-service teachers in a variety of contexts including El Salvador. Her research interests include emergent literacy acquisition, Pre-K and K STEM and teacher preparation and professional development.

Ndabenhle (Ndaba) Nkala – Board Member

Ndaba Nkala brings to the board wide ranging experience on ICT in education and development. He is an Information Communication Technology (ICT) specialist with nine years of industry experience specializing in IP-based technologies; currently, he is the Business Development Manager at Telco. Ndaba is passionate about working with less privileged children and giving them an opportunity to grow and develop into responsible citizens; he is using his ICT experience and knowledge to develop a program that will bring computers and technology to bear on education.

Kate Hannon Thomas – Board Member 

Kate Thomas brings in wide ranging experience in education and development. She currently serves as an Education Advisor at Cambridge Education. With more than 10 years of international education and management experience, she has a Master’s of Art in Teaching young children and a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Before joining Cambridge, Kate managed international projects for the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington, D.C., served as Country Director for A Partner in Education in Kigali, and was an Assistant Professor for Early Childhood Education at Kigali Institute of Education in Rwanda.

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