Board of Directors
In October 2018, several members of the REVE Kandale Foundation board of directors traveled from the U.S. to Kandale in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They hired four vehicles to carry 40 new sewing machines, solar panels for the newly completed multi-purpose building, and barrels of books for the new community library. Learn who is who on the RKF Board.
Chris Fowles - New Board Member
Chris Fowles has over 30 years community-level economic development work experience in sub-Saharan Africa. After graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a major in French, Chris served a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo teaching English as a foreign language to secondary school students. In the 1980s she served as Director of Education and later Programming and Training Director for the Peace Corps program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, She also served as Peace Corps Country Director in Burundi.
In 1986, Chris joined the U.S. African Development Foundation and served in many leadership roles with extensive travel to more than 30 African countries. These include, Managing Director, overseeing a $20 million grant program and staff both in D.C. and 20 country programs across Africa. Chris retired in 2017 and lives in her family home in rural Massachusetts.
Greg Ramm - Co-Founder and Chairman
Greg Ramm is Vice President, Humanitarian Response for Save the Children, based in Washington, DC. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, when the country was known as Zaire. He taught math and physics at Institut Gufwa-Gubila in Kandale, Bandundu, from 1981 to 1983. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and speaks French and Kikongo. He lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife Colette Madishi Ramm.
Colette Madishi Ramm - Co-Founder
Colette Madishi Ramm grew-up in Kandale, DRC. She works in administration at the National Capital Presbytery in Rockville, MD. She served as head of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission for North and South Kivu regions in Eastern Congo during the Mai-Mai Uprising (1997-1998). Colette holds a master’s degree in International Community Economics and Development from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH. She is fluent in six languages. In 2010, she co-founded REVE Kandale with her husband, Greg Ramm. Colette lives in Bethesda, MD.
John Sullivan - Vice-Chairman
John Sullivan is a video producer and former journalist who began his career as a news reporter in Massachusetts. For the past 30 years, he has worked in the United States and Africa, primarily in the area of environmental news. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Zaire from 1979 to 1981, teaching English to secondary school students in Katanga Region. He has a B.A. in English from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. He speaks French and some Swahili. He lives in Accra, Ghana with his wife, Stephanie Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.
Peter Lane - Treasurer
Peter Lane is a national board certified health and wellness coach, and organizational development consultant. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Zaire, where he taught English at Institut Gufwa-Gubila in Kandale in the 1980s and piloted a literacy program and small-scale income generating projects on animal husbandry. Peter has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He lives with his partner in Takoma Park, MD.
David Dorfman - Board Member
David Dorfman is an architect for Greenberg Farrow Architects Inc. in Columbus, OH. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Zaire, where he taught math and physics at Institut Gufwa-Gubila in Kandale from 1983 to 1985. From 1988 to 1997, David taught algebra in the 6th to 8th grades at a school for gifted children in Cleveland Public Schools, where he developed an enrichment program in mathematics and coached soccer, track, and chess. David holds master’s degrees in Mathematics Education and Architecture from the Ohio State University. He resides with his family in Columbus, OH.
Jean Nguya K. Maniania, Ph.D. - Board Member
Jean Nguya K. Maniania is an insect pathologist who earned his PhD from the Université Paris VI (Pierre and Marie Curie). In December 2015, he retired from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya, where he had worked since 1989. He currently is working for Crop Defenders in Windsor, Ontario. Dr. Maniania is originally from Kwilu Province (formerly Bandundu Region) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He speaks English, French, Kikongo, and Lingala.
Julie Martel - Board Member
Julie Martel is a senior director in project management at Pfizer Inc. She has 30 years of experience in process control, medical research, and drug development in academia and industry. She holds a master’s degree in Statistics and Biometry from Cornell University. Julie was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Bandundu region of the former Zaire from 1981 to 1985. She worked as a Fish Culture Extension Agent and then served as the Peace Corps Regional Volunteer Leader in Bandundu. Julie speaks French and Kikongo.
Fred Marton - Board Member
Fred Marton has an MBA in International Business from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. He served with the Peace Corps as a volunteer in the Fish Culture Program in the Bandundu Region of the former Zaire from 1979 to 1981 and later as a staff member at Peace Corps in Washington, DC, from 1990 to 1997. He retired from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 after 29 years of federal government service. His late wife of 15 years, Godelive Marton, who passed away in 1995, was from Kikwit. Fred speaks French, Spanish, and Kikongo and lives in Germantown, MD, with two of his three adult children.
Doug Schultz - Board Member
Doug Schultz is a secondary school Fine Arts Instructor at a secondary school in Silicon Valley, CA. He received a master’s degree in Fine Arts in Sculpture from San Francisco State University in 1992. He recently completed a year-long sabbatical that focused on the ceramic traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico; Valencia, Spain; and Tajimi, Japan. He worked as a Peace Corps volunteer Fish Culture Extension Agent in the former Zaire from 1980 to 1982. Doug continues to remain active in the arts, especially sculpture and experimental filmmaking.