Board of Directors
Edward M. Ballen, LCSW, Executive Director
Sue Altman, MS.Ed. Judith Schmidt, PhD
Laura Himmelstein, LCSW Mark Schulman, AIA, LEED AP
Ellen Lasch, M.B.A. Jason Waxler
Peter Schaffer Jack Zitomer
Rachel Ballen, BSN, Health Consultant
Josh Ballen, MBA, Financial Consultant
Robert Whittaker, Esq.
Ann Ewing Burns, M.El.Ed., Head of Lower School at The Hackley School
Stan Chu, MS.Ed, Bank Street College Graduate School of Education
Tristen Edwards, Peace Family
Sindy Solomon, MD, Healthcare Consultant
Scott Hewitt, Ed.D, Rollins College
Yigal Joseph, Ed.D., Leadership Consultant
Michael Ioli, MS.Ed, KIPP School
Tovah Klein, PhD, Director Barnard College Center for Toddler Development
Jennie Lyons, M.B.A., Technology Consultant
Michael Marlowe, MA, Leadership Development
Casey Maxwell, M.Ed., Early Childhood Education Consultant
Neesha N. Rahim, MSW, Executive Director, Level-Up Village
Alain Rwabukamba, M.Eng., Technology Consultant
Muhoza Rwabukamba, Cultural Consultant to Rwanda
Heide Wrigley, PhD, Executive Director, Literacywork International
Michele Israel, Director of Communications
Jean Paulin Mutatsineza, Project Manager
Eugene Nteziyaremye, Literacy Coordinator
Elisaphane Bikorimana, Librarian/Early Childhood Specialist
Joseph Semafara, Technology Consultant
Geoffrey Mutabazi, President of REAP Rwanda
Antoine Tuyisenge, Treasurer of REAP Rwanda
Justice Rafiki, Community Outreach Coordinator
Jean Paulin Mutatsineza, the REAP Project Manager just returned to Rwanda from the United States where he spent nine weeks attending President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and meeting with REAP Executive Director and board members.
Below is an extract from an interview with REAP’s Director of Operations:
In addition to an intensive training in personal, team, organizational and societal leadership, the six weeks I spent at the University of Minnesota have been an eye-opener, an exposure, an energizer, an impetus and a challenge to first develop myself as a leader, and then my field team.
My goal is to develop the REAP employees into a small think tank for the organization to provide sustainable educational & vocational opportunities to students and see REAP scaling up its impact to the national level.
Furthermore, I will be creating a wide network with US and African leaders in education and as a Mandela Washington fellow, my employer organization is eligible to apply for USAID grants and other various US-funded opportunities.
The 10-day stay at Ed’s home, REAP’s executive director, was invaluable, I got to discuss face-to-face with my supervisor, meet key REAP partners, and see the organization’s “Top View” as a project manager. I learned how to balance day-to-day details, essential to accountability, while also attending to the organization’s big picture.
Last but not least, I was humbled to meet our U.S. board members, the generous faces that collectively provide their unwavering efforts to making REAP’s work possible.
I very much appreciate the work you do.