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Board Members

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David Sangree

Board President

president and founder of Hotel & Leisure Advisors, a hospitality consulting firm that conducts feasibility studies, appraisals, impact studies, and other market research for hotels, resorts, waterparks, and other leisure properties throughout North America. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and professional certifications as a CPA, MAI, and ISHC (member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants). David and his wife Laura worked in Malawi between 1989 and 1991 through the US Peace Corps. David worked for the national credit union system (MUSCO) and Laura taught at the Polytechnic while they lived in Blantyre. They have two children and live in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Bina M.W. Kakusa


Chiku Ellen Kankhwende


Has degrees in Associates in Applied Sciences in Allied Health Physical Therapist Assistant, Bachelors of Science in Health Systems Management and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Ellen has worked in a variety of geriatric facilities including a psychological facilities as a Director of Rehabilitation and also as an owner of a residential service agency providing home health nursing and therapy services as well as a developmental disabilities group home. Ellen is a mother to a wonderful 14 year old boy and lives in Olney, MD.

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Donna Chirwa


Works at the World Bank HQ, Washington DC, in the Budget Performance Review & Strategy Vice Presidency unit. Prior to that, he worked in Malawi for OilCom, the Malawi College of Accountancy, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), and the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA). Then worked for Oxfam-GB in Angola and South Africa. Bina has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Malawi University of Business and Applies Sciences (MUBAS), a post graduate in Accounting & Finance from University Sterling in Scotland, and professional certifications as ACCA-UK and CPA-USA.

Bina has multi-dimensional connections with the University of Livingstonia. His maternal grand-mum came from Luzi at the foot of the plateau in the Henga valley, his sister was at Livingstonia secondary school, and he has sponsored three nieces at UNILIA, one of which will graduate 2023. Having started his career as lecturer at MCA, he currently is the learning coordinator for his Vice Presidency unit at the World Bank, and has co-authored a book to mentor the youth, titled ‘Stories of our lives’ published by Color Planet Ltd (12/2011) and Xlibris (8/2012).

Former Board President:

grew up in central Wisconsin. She has lived and worked in Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya. Donna has a Masters degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in Financial Management from The Ohio State University. She had a lengthy career working in Accounting and Management with the Department of Veterans Affairs, from which she retired as Director, Business Operations in 2010, and then spent five years working for World Vision as a Senior Financial Officer. She believes strongly that education at all levels is the best gift we can give.


Cromwell Msuku

Is a retired psychiatrist, but still does consulting.  Although now living in Buffalo, New York, Cromwell was born in South Africa and raised in Malawi. He  attended Livingstonia Primary School before going on to Blantyre Secondary School, and he well remembers the days of climbing up to the plateau.  He was Chairman of the Stewardship and Finance Committee at MacAlpine Presbyterian Church.


Patricia Erdmann

received a Bachelor of Arts degree from  Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster College. She spent 28 years involved in education, mostly as an elementary school teacher and principal. She retired in 2013 to pursue her interest in training teachers in Africa. Patricia volunteered at the University of Livingstonia Laws Campus, teaching Educational Leadership to senior education majors and English Grammar to all first-year students for one semester/year for seven years. She also volunteered to co-teach at the local primary school and created a girls group at the secondary school to encourage girls’ empowerment. Patricia started the UNILIA Women’s Fund in 2014 to provide tuition support for women students. She greatly misses being in Malawi, maintains connections with UNILIA students, graduates and staff.

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Elisa Munthali

is the global public health consultant for Health and Rights Education Programme (HREP), Malawi, which promotes good health and equal rights for all Malawians through civic education, advocacy, and data-driven policy. She also consults with US-based organizations on healthcare quality and patient safety. Elisa previously served as Senior Vice President, Quality Measurement of the National Quality Forum, a not-for-profit organization in the US that works to catalyze healthcare improvement through quality measurement and reporting. She has a deep connection to Livingstonia; her late Grandfather was a minister at the Mission and her father and mother attended and completed primary school there.

Elisa received her Master of Public Health degree in global health promotion from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC.


Zipangani Vokhiwa

is a Professor of Science at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Regional Director for the Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) International for Southern Africa.

He has served  in Malawi in the Ministry of Agriculture, and as Deputy Director of Environmental Affairs in the Malawi Ministry of Research and Environmental Affairs.  In that position, he was the Malawi Desk Officer for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.  As Project Director for Mercer University’s Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad Program he has led students on three service projects to Malawi.


Mwinji Isabel Mtonga

was born and raised in Zambia. Both of Mwinji’s parents are from Malawi, and her great grandfather was a reverend for the Livingstonia Synod. She has a deep passion for helping the University of Livingstonia, because she feels that it is her way of giving back and keeping her family’s legacy — the high value of education. She believes that education in Malawi will greatly help the country and future generations. Mwinji attended school at the University of Zambia before coming to the United States. She currently works as a Staff Accountant in Washington DC, and attends St. Matthew Presbyterian Church.


Marvin Kaulembe

is a professional photographer and videographer from Malawi. He has worked with various organizations in Malawi as a media consultant, producing documentaries, websites, news and magazine content. He is well known for wedding and portrait photography as Marvin Photography.  Marvin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Community Development at DMI – St John the Baptist University Malawi in 2015.  He is currently studying Web Development.

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