Board of Directors
Bonnie Clendenning, President
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.
Jim kackley, treasurer
Jim began his career in travel as the CFO of Saga International Holidays. Jim, along with his wife Kim, were fortunate enough to have lived four years in Tanzania from 1994 to 1998 working for Thomson Safaris as their General Manager. His oldest son Christian was born in Kenya in March 1997 and quickly acquired the nickname msafiri mdogo mdogo (the little little traveler) because of all the travel he did by age one. Jim had left for Tanzania expecting to enjoy the spectacular wildlife but he fell in love with the Tanzanian people. Their kindness, generosity and gentleness left a real mark on him. Since 1998 Jim has worked for Judi Wineland and Rick Thomson starting and building Thomson Family Adventures (TFA) into one of the premiere family travel companies in the world. He has been the General Manager for TFA during this time. He has also managed the finances for the Wineland Thomson Adventures, Inc . for much of this time. He joined the FoTZC board in January 2018.
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.
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.
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 FoTZC in 2000. She served until 2017, then after a year off, rejoined in 2018. Mary has also served as a Trustee at the Charles River School, Beaver Country Day School, and the Carroll School near Boston. Mary is a research investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center and associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School.
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.