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Susan Warshaurer

Board Chair

Susan joined the AFPF Board in 2009 and by the summer of that year she was living in Uganda as the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of African Rural University. She worked with the Ugandan team to gain licensure for ARU from the National Council of Higher Education in Uganda. As a Social Psychologist, Susan has a long career dedicated to helping profit and non-profit organizations develop their leadership, and has a special interest in women’s issues and education. 

Joel Yanowitz

Vice Chair

Joel joined the AFPF Board in 1985 and has contributed extensively to building the intellectual capital resident in the unique URDT integrated systemic approach to development. A co-founder of Innovation Associates, he has over 30 years of experience helping organizations address pressing business and organizational challenges. He is a highly recognized advisor to senior executives and entrepreneurs who need help accelerating the rate for growth and innovation in their organizations. 

Michael Stacy


Mike joined the AFPF Board in 2005 and visited the URDT campus that same year. Mike is the CEO of ID90 Technologies providing airlines with a non-revenue travel solution that reduces their costs and improves the employee experience. Mike has been the CEO or President of a number of successful firms in the travel industry.

Judy Murdock


Judy has been involved with AFPF since 1981 when she began working with Silvana Veltcamp. Judy is a long-time Board Member and has been Secretary since 2005. She has been the Office Manager for Circle Furniture for 16 years. 

Bryan Smith

Board Member

Bryan joined the AFPF Board in 2005. He has been involved in the facilitation of systems thinking and shared visioning programs at the URDT campus in Kagadi with both staff and students. He was a founding member of the ARU Council. With Peter Senge, he is a co-author of the four bestselling books: The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994); The Dance of Change (1999); Schools that Learn (2000, 2012) and The Necessary Revolution (2010). All four books are full of practical tools and experience from his in-depth work helping organizations create sustainable change. 

Samantha van Putten

Board Member

With a passion for education and development in Africa, Samantha joined the board in 2011 after spending the summer working as an AFPF intern. She currently works in Risk and Internal Audit Consulting at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause. Recently she has worked with higher education institutions and K-12 school districts to asses how resources are aligned with each entity's mission. She also serves on the Board of the DC Net Impact professional chapter.

Martha Dolben

Chair Emeritus

Martha served as Executive Director of African Food & Peace Foundation from 1997 - 2013. She was first associated with AFPF in the 1980's, when she was a Board Member supporting the work of Uganda Rural Development and Training Program in its earliest days. Martha served as a founding member of the African Rural University Council. She is an educator and poet working with women's circles to advance personal agency, friendship, and fruitful conversation on all manner of subjects.

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