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.
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.
Michelle Doherty traveled to Tanzania for the first time in 2014 and fell in love with the people. Motivated by what she learned about the needs of the Maasai people and Arusha communities, she returned to Boston wanting to help in a more substantial way and joined the FoTZC Board in 2015. Michelle has a background in education and currently works at Harvard Business School in the IT Department as the Portfolio and Resource Manager. Additionally, Michelle volunteers and is an active participant in fundraising for Save A Dog. Michelle is returning to Tanzania in 2016 and is eager to visit communities where FoTZC may have an impact.
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.
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.
Lucy is a lawyer in Concord, NH, who has served on boards of non-profit organizations devoted to promoting and protecting women’s health throughout the course of her career. Lucy first visited Tanzania in September 2009 where the women of the Enyuata Women’s Collaborative captured her heart. Desiring to work with an organization that promotes both programs for women and education for their children, she joined the board of FOTZC in 2010. In November 2011, Lucy returned to Tanzania with fellow board members to evaluate current and past projects of FOTZC and meet with members of communities in which the projects are located to discuss their needs and requests for assistance for new projects.
Mary Loeken visited Tanzania with her family over the millennium New Year, 2000. Motivated by her visit to a Tanzanian elementary school, she joined the Board of Directors of Friends of Tanzanian Schools in 2000. Mary has also served as a trustee at the Charles River School, the Carroll School, and Beaver Country Day School. Mary is a research investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center and an associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School.
Ken has recently retired from the Museum of Science, Boston after over four decades as a science educator. He is still involved in promoting science literacy and continues to lead Museum trips to Tanzania with Thomson Safaris. With a lifetime exploring the woods and waters of New England and two decades of annual visits to East Africa, Ken feels at home in both locations, learning and teaching. Through deep friendships with Tanzanian families he became involved in supporting Tanzanian communities and has enjoyed watching them grow over the years. Ken joined the board in 2005.
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!