Ellen Collisson, M.S., Ph.D. is a professor of microbiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Science in Southern California. I am also an Emeritus Professor at Texas A&M University, having served in their College of Veterinary Medicine for 22 years. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, I worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. My teaching responsibilities have included graduate students in microbiology, genetics and biochemistry, as well as students working towards their veterinary doctorate degrees.
My most stimulating work is that connected with the grants team of the Friends of Malawi. It was my experiences teaching in the Peace Corps in Malawi and then in Ghana from 1968 to 1971 that cultivating the passion for teaching all these years. It is my sincere pleasure working with members of the FOM and the wonderful and dedicated people of Malawi.
Friends of Malawi, Grants Chair since August, 2017
Daughter of Janice Makwakwa RPCV Malawi 1965 – 1967
Maurina currently works for Steinberg Dickey Collaborative, LLP an Architect Firm for 8 years. Prior to working for S.D.C., As a Tech Savy, My Partner & I, own an IT Technical support business called, Lynex Services, LLC has been serving the Houston area since 2004, providing IT Support such as technical help desk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.
It's always been our goal to provide enterprise-level IT practices and solutions to the small business sector, with small business prices. Our experience has allowed us to build and develop the infrastructure needed to keep our clients up and running. Attended College in California.
I have also served on Malawians in Texas Organization at the Chairwoman for 3 years since 2013 to 2016. Collaborated Malawi at 50 with Malawi Washington Association (MWA) and the Malawi Embassy in Washington, DC. I also volunteer to work with Rice University 360, to help assist with all interns that come yearly in the summer to participate in their engineering program.
I am in the process of opening up a Technical School in Malawi. The Mission of Tikumana Inc. is to empower both educators and students to develop their knowledge and skill with computer technology as a tool. Create a unique environment in which people of all ages, can experience and use their computer and technology to perform research, learn what the world wide net can offer and put their abilities to a new height.
Lance currently works for Mercy Corps as their Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analyis. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Lance has had roles as the CFO for a nonprofit services corporation, as well as, serving as IT Director and Financial Director for a youth non-profit. Lance was the counterpart to the Treasurer of Zomba in Malawi, while serving there in the Peace Corps.
Mike received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a JD from Duke University, and a MPP from Princeton University, focusing on international development and quantitative analysis. After serving as a Peace Corps teacher in Malawi, Mike founded Village X Org, a nonprofit that fights extreme poverty in rural Malawi by deploying cash transfers for village-led projects and rigorously measuring development impacts. Mike practices intellectual property law, specializing in international trade and patent litigation. He is currently an Attorney Advisor to Judge McNamara at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, DC.
Andrew is a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Portland in Oregon. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer at the Malawi Institute of Education in Domasi, inspiring ongoing interests in cross-cultural human development along with research in sub-Saharan African countries including Malawi, Angola, and Tanzania. Andrew has also done research and writing on education and youth development through sports and other activities in the US and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in human development from the University of Chicago, a MS in sport studies from Miami University of Ohio, and a BA in psychology from Kenyon College.
Eugene currently works for Tishman Construction as a Project Manager. Eugene served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi and a Technical Delegate for four District Councils. After Peace Corps, Eugene worked with the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission (UNOMIL) in Liberia and as a Technical Delegate for the American Red Cross in Armenia. He holds a Master Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley College, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Kirk currently works for the City of Fort Collins Utilities supporting public involvement and policy development related to the City's Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining the Fort Collins team, Kirk served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi and as the Agency’s Sustainability Program Manager from its Washington, D.C. headquarters. Through a portfolio of projects addressing community based natural resource management and organizational sustainability planning, Kirk has facilitated programs with a focus on aligning social, cultural and personal values with conservation efforts. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Northern Illinois University.
Bright currently works as a nurse for the Hawke’s Bay District Hospital Emergency Department. She is a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner. She values service and strengthening local health care systems from within, through capacity-building extension work and education. She enjoys providing patient care and aims to work to improve quality and access to health care in under-resourced communities.
Bright loves Malawi and visits her friends in Ntchisi. She met her phenomenal husband Tim in Malawi (RPCV 2006-2009) and they have two amazing children.