BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Tuchscherer, MA
Mary Tuchscherer, MA, is the founder and Director of VoiceFlame, Inc. She is a published author, leader, and astute listener. She has 30+ years of working cross-culturally in the US, Korea, and Africa. She received her Amherst Writers & Artists facilitator training in 2003 and became an international trainer for the method in 2008. Mary is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA., where she teaches graduate students how to use writing as a healing practice. She loves witnessing as people of all ages and backgrounds explore the power of their unique voices to make a positive impact in the world. Besides being passionate about empowering women and girls, Mary delights in her roles as mother, Grandmother, partner, and life-long spiritual student. In 2009 and 2014, Mary was the recipient of the Soroptimist International award for “Women Making a Difference,” given for her work with disenfranchised women in Malawi, Africa.
Chikondi Lunguzi Njawala
Chikondi Lunguzi Njawala is a goal-oriented woman who believes that with leadership, guidance, and resources we can create a brighter future for the girl child. She has an MS in Marketing and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Institute of Marketing. She possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills and is passionate about working with young girls and women. Chikondi is the founder and Director of El-Shaddai Preschool in Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa and Program Manager for VoiceFlame’s writing programs in Malawi. She understands the importance of education for females and dedicates herself to lead and strengthen girls to stay in school. She encourages girls to embrace reading and writing as a means to self and community empowerment. In 2014, Chikondi was trained as an Amherst Writers & Artists writing facilitator. She leads successful writing groups and camps for girls in secondary schools in Lilongwe.
Lisa Repko Borden
Lisa Repko Borden is a founding partner and co-director of Wema Ventures, a non-profit prioritizing wholistic development in East Africa. Her U.S. passport is constantly in use as she travels frequently and has lived most of her life outside of the United States. With 30+ plus years of experience in Africa and Europe, she has led many small groups, seminars, and workshops, and taught at larger conferences on topics including resilience, cross-cultural living, parenting, developing and nurturing spiritual life, and creativity. Lisa is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists Writing Group Leader. A published author, she holds a BA in English Literature. In 2014, Lisa and her husband, Byron, were awarded the Westmont College Global Service Award, which honors the work of alums around the world. Lisa lives in Arusha, Tanzania.
Cynthia Sunita Mtseka
Cynthia Sunita Mtseka is a young woman with big dreams and the strength to see them through. She is a graduate of the University of Malawi with a diploma in journalism and plans to pursue a degree in Cultural and Communications Studies in the near future. She is passionate about empowering girls to work hard in their education and aspires to support children with disabilities. Cynthia was inspired to join the VoiceFlame board after participating in several life-changing writing groups, where she learned that encouraging people’s strengths is a powerful motivator for girls to stay in school. She also learned to appreciate the uniqueness of each person’s voice and as a result, applies a more non-judgmental attitude in her daily life. In her spare time, Cynthia loves reading spiritual books and spending time with family.