Board of Directors

                                                                                Edward M. Ballen, LCSW, Executive Director     

                                            Gary Flaum                                                                                                 Judith Schmidt, PhD

                                            Laura Himmelstein, LMSW                                                                       Mark Schulman, AIA, LEED AP

                                            Ellen Lasch, M.B.A.                                                                                   Jason Waxler

                                            Peter Schaffer                                                                                           Jack Zitomer

Advisory Board

  • Sue Altman, MS.Ed., Director of Global Education

  • Rachel Ballen, BSN, Health Consultant

  • 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., Retired Principal, Columbus Magnet School

  • Michael Ioli, MS.Ed, KIPP School, New York, NY

  • 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                       

 

Our Staff

  • Michele Franklin,  Director of Operations

  • 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 Us where he spent 9 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 he gave to 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 US 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.