Co-Founders and Founding Board Members
Louis J. Calli, Jr, MD
Ann Marie Thomson, PhD
GBA is governed by a Board of Directors which meets monthly via conference call. The board gathers annually for a face to face meeting. A Steering Committee which consists of board members who live in Bloomington, IN meets on a weekly basis. The GBA board is composed of a diverse group of individuals. Though they have various professional backgrounds, our board of directors shares a belief in education, community service, and a commitment to giving back to the Congolese people.
- Jim is a founding member of GBA and he served as the board president for five and a half years. He is a cardiologist in Bloomington, IN. Jim is married to board secretary Ann Marie Thomson and has traveled with her to Congo on one occasion.
- . Barb has held various leadership roles in different organizations, primarily in areas related to human resources and organizational effectiveness. She currently works at the Capital Group and resides in Indianapolis. Barb is involved in other non-profits focused on education and this interest, coupled with her travels to Congo, have driven her passion around Giving Back to Africa and the long-term sustainable change its approach supports and empowers Congolese youth to achieve.
- Becky Brown is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at Brown & Associates and is a native of Spencer, IN. Becky’s many years of financial and accounting experience are extremely useful for managing Giving Back to Africa’s finances. She has traveled to Congo and her experience there influenced her desire to serve on the GBA Governing Board.
- Linnea Stifler is a sister to Ann Marie Thomson and has a Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Education, a Master Degree in Education, and a Master of Divinity Degree. Teaching has been her life work: early childhood education, adult education, religious education, and work in the public schools. Linnea is the chair of the Giving Back to Africa Program Committee and works primarily with Dr. Jerry Kindomba and Garth Pollack in the development of process curricula for the PAID school.
- PA. Leslie is very familiar with Giving Back to Africa because she assisted Ann Marie while a student in IU-Bloomington SPEA’s Nonprofit Management program. During her time at IU, she also participated in SPEA’s ACCT program and completed a summer internship in Kenya focusing on environmental education. She still lives in Bloomington and is currently assisting Giving Back to Africa with planning for our annual gala event. Leslie works as an account manager for the Wellington Group.
- Margaret Bransford is the current Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Services at IU-Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business where she primarily works on developing the school’s international program strategy. As a business consultant, Margaret will be a great asset to Giving Back to Africa’s board. Margaret also has spent some time in Uganda when working for an Irish nonprofit called Traidlinks that focused on responsible business practices in Africa.
- Katie Butwin, JD Katie is a licensed attorney currently teaching in the Legal Studies Program at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and DePaul University College of Law. She is mother to an eight-year old son, Jack.
- Monica DiOrio, BA Monica is an AmeriCorps VISTA member currently serving a one-year term at the Indiana Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. Her focus is on capacity building through grant evaluation and measurement efficiency. She graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as a certificate in Multi-Cultural Studies.
- Andrea Lewis Affeltranger, MPA Andrea is associate director for programs at Independent Sector, a national leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs, in Washington D.C. She graduated from Indiana University with an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Comparative and International Affairs.
- Arthur-Kalala Katalayi, MA Born and raised in France, educated in the UK, and the US, Arthur-Kalala is originally from the Kasai-Orientale province of the DRC. He holds a Master’s Degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. He serves as senior advisor & global ambassador for GBA.
- Eyamba G. Bokamba, PhD Eyamba is from the Equateur Province in the DRC. He is currently a linguistics professor and the director of Program of African Languages at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Martin Moore A former high school teacher, Marty Moore is executive director of the Benevolent Friends of African Charities, which supports orphanages, school and community center construction, anti-AIDS programs, food programs and more. He was instrumental in founding, and continues to advise, the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership.
- Matthew S. Carr, Esq Matt is a partner with Krieg DeVault law firm in Indianapolis, IN
- Mrim Boutla, PhD Half-Swiss and half-Moroccan, Mrim was born and raised in Lausanne (Switzerland). Mrim earned her Bsc in Psychology from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and her MA and Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. Mrim is the founder of PurposeU, LLC, a social enterprise that aims at helping professionals articulate their career purpose and build careers that successfully blend financial return with social impact and environmental responsibility.
- Osita Afoaku, PhD Osita is currently the director of outreach in the African Studies Program and a professor of public policy at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, IN.
- Richard Peterson, PhD Rick was raised in the DRC and is the brother of Ann Marie Thomson. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the University of New England and holds both a MS and Ph.D. from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison.
- Robert C. Peterson Bob is a retired missionary who worked as an educator in the DRC for 38 years.