Katherine Dadachanji, philanthropist and community volunteer, is thrilled to be part of the VoiceFlame team. She first met Mary Tuchscherer in 2012 during her Amherst Writer & Artists (AWA) workshop leader certification training and was an instant believer in Mary's vision of using AWA to give voice to the young girls of Malawi. Katherine says, "AWA has a way of encouraging us to let our guards down and just write from the heart, and then celebrate the unique voice that comes from within each of us". She found her own voice in the very first AWA exercise she wrote. She knows it's power.
Nellie Lewis BSc, MSc
Nellie Lewis BSc, MSc is the first person in her family to attend college. As a trained nurse mid-wife, she has work experience in maternal and pediatric areas in various hospitals and clinics in Malawi. She is passionate about girls’ education, counseling, and health education in communities of rural Malawi. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests are HIV/AIDS, adverse childhood experiences, and women health care in low resource contexts. Nellie is a long-time participant of AWA writing groups in Amherst.
Crystal Linnet is a teacher, mother, dreamer, explorer, AWA facilitator, and 916 Ink Wordslinger. She met Mary Tuchscherer, founder of VoiceFlame, through 916 Ink, a literacy non-profit empowering students through creative writing workshops that transform them into published authors. She's had the honor and pleasure to 'wordsling' for the Find Your Voice creative writing workshops and considers these experiences some of the most inspiring, transformative, and powerful of her teaching career. Traveling to Malawi, Africa with Mary and VoiceFlame during the summer of 2016 and writing alongside girls and women using these writing methods revealed a passion for girls' education. She is delighted to be a part of the VoiceFlame team.
James Tayali is the first Malawian student to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated in 2017 with a BS in Public Health. James is very interested in bringing accessible, innovative, affordable and sustainable healthcare to Malawi and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also has a strong passion for social entrepreneurship and technology. During three years of undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, James founded and launched three social ventures in Malawi. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Resolution Fellowship at the Clinton Global Initiative and Social Venture Challenge, for his work in Malawi and enthusiasm in social entrepreneurship.