Board of Directors
Constance Cork, President
Constance Cork has worked with charitable trusts and endowments for over 15 years. She is a former director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, where she chaired the Development Committee and was instrumental in doubling the size of its endowment. Constance is very involved in youth education and the arts, and is an advocate for the accessibility of education and microfinance in developing countries. She became hooked on Tanzania and FoTZC during a visit in 2007, which included volunteering in a primary school, and looks forward to introducing her family to the wonders of Tanzania.
Steve Hendrickson, treasurer
Steve first visited Tanzania in 2009 with the Museum of Science, and was delighted to return with a group of family and friends in 2014. It was not just the amazing diversity of wildlife and incredible experience of being on safari in Tanzania, but also the people of Tanzania who touched his heart. Steve is the retired founder of Christian Book Distributors and Hendrickson Publishers (Peabody). He has served on numerous non-profit boards. Presently, Steve is a Trustee of Sherrill House, and is Chair of the Investment Committee of Trinity Church, Boston. Steve joined the FoTZC Board in 2015.
Sally Byrne, Clerk
Sally Byrne visited Tanzania for the first time in 1996. She was captivated by the people and the culture, and she returned in 2003 to volunteer in a secondary school in Mtera and again in 2006 to volunteer in a primary school in Arusha. She became involved with FOTZC after her 2006 trip, and joined the board in 2017. Sally is a technology transactions attorney. She lives in Brookline, MA with her two daughters.
Bonnie spent more than forty years in the United States and Europe as a nonprofit executive and board member, and now is a volunteer consultant for charities in the area of fundraising, strategic planning and governance. She had the privilege of first visiting Tanzania in 2008 and has returned several more times, including a family safari in 2014. She is eager to help FOTZC become an even more effective supporter of the wonderful people of Tanzania.
Karen Dial first visited Tanzania over two decades ago and has been a supporter of FoTZC for many years. Since 2006, Dial has served as the president of Los Angeles-based property-management firm Drollinger Properties. Dial also serves on the boards of directors for the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association and the Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District, as well as on the Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees. Karen joined the FoTZC board in 2014.
Seeing the animals in their natural habitats and meeting some of the Maasai people made Deborah’s 2015 visit to Tanzania her “best vacation ever!” She remembers learning about 17 students sharing one book and funds for lunches running out at the end of the school year. After reading about FoTZC’s important projects, Deborah joined the board in 2016 to help improve conditions for these radiant people. Following marketing positions at Levi Strauss, Wells Fargo and Charles Schwab, Deborah was an independent management consultant for 23 years. She has served on ten nonprofit boards, including officer positions for Hunters Point Family, Ohio State Critical Difference for Women Foundation and San Francisco Maritime National Park Association.
Katherine is the deputy director of Behavioral Health Integration and Accountable Care at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission where she oversees efforts to integrate capacity to address mild mental illness and substance use disorders into primary and acute care settings, and primary care capacities in to community mental health centers (via investment and certification initiatives). Prior to joining the Commission, she was a clinical instructor on law with Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, where she focused on the expansion and standardization of mental health courts in the Commonwealth, healthcare reform implementation, compliance training for healthcare providers related to consent for HIV testing and disclosure, and implementing state electronic health record databases in compliance with federal and state privacy laws. Prior to that, Katherine worked on public health law reform, firearms control, and global preparation for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent the transmission of HIV (PrEP) at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Katherine received her JD, cum laude, and masters in Psychology at Duke University, her MPH from Harvard’s School of Public Health, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, and also sits on the board of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Bob Treitman spent a year in Tanzania, working as a volunteer at The School of St. Jude, a school for very poor, but bright and motivated children from the Arusha area. When he and his family returned to the US in 2006, he brought his knowledge and experience to FoTZC, where he serves as the chair of its Programs and Policies committee. He’s twice returned to Tanzania (in 2008 and 2014) with other board members to listen to community representatives, evaluate existing FoTZC-supported projects, and consider new proposals. Bob, who spent two years of his childhood in Nigeria, now lives in the Boston area with his wife (who volunteered as a nurse with Flying Medical Services in Arusha). A graduate of Brown University and Harvard School of Public Health, he recently retired from Adobe Systems but not-so-secretly longs for an excuse to return to Tanzania.
As a pioneering entrepreneur, philanthropist, and adventurer, Judi Wineland has founded several successful adventure travel companies and organizations, and she continues to serve as co-director of the award-winning Thomson Safaris. In 2007, the Adventure Travel Trade Association honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her lasting influence and inspiration in the international adventure travel community. Among her proudest philanthropic achievements is being one of the founding members of Focus on Tanzanian Communities.
Eliza Hatch, Director of Operations
Eliza joined the Thomson Safaris staff in 2007, and came on board with FoTZC in 2009. She now oversees FoTZC's daily operations and serves as the Thomson Safaris Operations Manager. During a trip to Tanzania as an undgraduate, she discovered her passion for traveling in developing nations, and she is thankful to use this passion in her work at FoTZC. Since that first trip, she has returned to Tanzania seven more times to travel with the FoTZC Board of Directors, to help in the Thomson Safaris Arusha office, and to climb Kilimanjaro. She completed her Masters in Public Health in 2013, and focused her studies on how to sustainably start health facilities in remote areas of developing countries; she was integral to the planning and execution of the Sukenya Dispensary project, and she is proud of how successful the dispensary has been since its opening!
Elizabeth Mwakajila, Projects Administrator
Elizabeth joined the FoTZC staff in 2016 and serves as the organization's "boots on the ground" in Tanzania. Fluent in both English and Swahili, Elizabeth is as a conduit between the FoTZC board of directors and local contractors, village elders, and elected officials. As Projects Administrator, Elizabeth ensures that construction projects and programs stay on track, and through monitoring and evaluations, that our donors' dollars are spent responsibly. Born in Iringa, Tanzania, and educated at Mzumbe University, Elizabeth is a lifelong resident of Tanzania. She has a background in marketing, community development, with a focus on supporting women's entrepreneurship, and is very interested in economic development and training for her fellow Tanzanians. She brings a unique perspective to our work and we are incredibly lucky to have her on our team.