Lalafofofo International Board of Directors
Laura Vaughan, Founder and CEO Lalafofofo
Laura Vincent Vaughan is the founder and CEO of Lalafofofo.org, and oversees the organization’s international board of directors. A burgeoning writer of travel books and blogs. She is currently working on a travel book series that focuses on teaching children to be global citizens through family global travel and service projects. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Laura’s writing go to fund micro-grants for schools in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Laura’s new ebook, Alpaca Tastes Better Than Guinea Pig: Family Travel Tips for Machu Picchu and the Galapagos, is expected to be published shortly. Laura’s travel- and global citizen-related articles appear in publications like Enterprising Women. Laura and her husband Brannan have traveled the globe on and off together for the last 25 years. While living in Tanzania for six months in 2015, Laura and her three sons performed service learning in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, Laura holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Plant Physiology. She and Brannan live in Atherton, Calif. with their three sons, a dog, cats and chickens.
Carla Funk, Strategic Advisor & Secretary, International Board
Carla Funk specializes in nonprofit management and resource mobilization; she is currently completing a doctorate on the topic of privately funded international development aid. Moshi Tanzania was her home these past two winters as she interviewed recipients and donors of 20 nonprofit organizations for her case study research. She is looking forward to working with nonprofit organizations, putting in to practice some of the key findings of her research
Beth Davis, Vice President, International Board
Beth Davis is the co-founder and CEO of the PAR Framework. She has a proven record of bringing technology products to market, having previously served as the vice president and general manager of Macromedia, Inc., where she was responsible for managing their entire suite of products including Flash, Dreamweaver, Flash Communication Server, Contribute, Director, and Authorware. During her tenure as managing partner at Sage Road Solutions, LLC, Beth was a trusted business advisor for institutions and enterprises interested in putting learning technologies to work in the service of student success. With PAR, she has assembled a team of professionals up to the challenge of bringing this high-tech, high-touch project to the higher-education market.
Connie Steube, Treasurer, International Board
Connie Steube has a background in management consulting and finance; she has worked for McKinsey and Company and for The Exxel Group. a leading private equity firm in Argentina. Coming from a German family and having lived in Argentina, the US and Hong Kong, she loves traveling and can easily relate to a wide array of cultures and people. Connie’s personal goal is to raise her three daughters as caring individuals, making them aware of people in need and promoting small everyday actions.
Jennifer Doettling, Asst Secretary, International Board
Jennifer Doettling is a communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in high tech, non-profit and small business marketing and communications. Doettling is a seasoned spokesperson and is committed to building strong relationships through impactful communications. She has held positions in public relations at Sun Microsystems, Netscape and AOL, and as communications director at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. Doettling is currently serving as publications analyst at Visa, Inc and is the owner of a small part-time European cake business.Holiday baking is one of her favorite things to do, and each year she continues to strive toward the perfect recipe for Christstollen, a German Christmas specialty.
International Board of Directors
Linda Beck, PhD,International Board
Linda Beck is a a professor of political science specializing in African politics, civic engagement and environmental activism. Linda lived in Moshi, Tanzania during a recent sabbatical in Spring 2015 while conducting research on environmental activism and ecotourism. She is planning to try again to summit Kilimanjaro perhaps next summer when she will bring a group of undergraduates on a travel course.
Erin Glanville, International Board
Erin Glanville is a mother of three, community volunteer, freelance writer, and former Silicon Valley professional (Cisco Systems and Tandem Computers). She has worked with multiple non-profits, but feels that the personal connection to the specific, tangible projects that Lalafofofo engages in is right in line with her family’s faith. Their schedules don’t allow Erin and her husband to travel much now, but they look forward to being able to return to some of their favorite places someday with their children, especially her beloved Paris, some very sleepy towns in Switzerland, and the always magical Salzburg.
Lorna Harding Bradley, PhD, International Board
A statistician, Lorna Harding has been working on behalf of Irish, British and US companies as a consultant for over 15 years. She graduated with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, and has Bachelor degrees in Social Science and Law in addition to an Masters Degree from the National University of Ireland. She has had a long standing interest in issues of international development, especially as it relates to the provision of education and opportunity for children. Her goal is to identify ways of leveraging technology to enhance education and training opportunities in developing countries.
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MFT, International Board
Manuela Miscke-Reeds is an international teacher of psychology and mindfulness, and a published author. She loves to travel to fun places and explore with her two teens and husband. Manuela likes to write, be creative and meditate. A personal goal is to discover Bhutan with her sons.