Board of Directors

DIRECTORS


Jeronimo Augusto, Director

Nghiwete is a business woman who was born in Angola by Namibian parents, and raised in England and the USA. She attended American University in Washington, DC, where she attained a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion Management. She is passionate about Southern Africa and is a founder the non-profit organization, Southern African Community USA (SACU). She is also the founder of Southern African News (online newspaper). She hosts the Weekly social event: Southern African Nights in Washington, DC She’s the Producer of Southern African Connection TV Show in the DMV area. She is the author of Valentina: The Exile Child, a historical book about Apartheid in Namibia. More information about Rachel and her work can be found at he is also a Founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as the Executive Director and Director.


 

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Naidine Gualdino
Finance & Fundraising
Country: Angola

Nadine Gauldino, Director

Originally from Angola, Nadine is dedicated to providing cultural awareness for the people of Angola living in the United States; Nadine is a founding member of Kudissanga, the association of Angolans in America. She has organized and hosted the Miss Angola United States for the past three years. In Addition she also organizes and coordinates the Angola Peace Conference annually for the past three years. She is a banking professional who an Assistant Bank Manager at United Bank.  She is also a Co-founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as a Director

 

 

 


 

Sitinga Kachipande

Sitinga Kachipande
Marketing and Public Relations
Country: Malawi

Sitinga Kachipande , Director

Kachipande is currently a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Sociology with a specialization in Africana Studies and the Global Political Economy at Virginia Tech. She has worked in the non-profit healthcare sector for several years. She has also worked as a social media intern for “Africa Now!” radio show/Transfrica and Consultancy Africa Intelligence. She served on the board of the Malawi Washington Association and is the current President of the organization. She has a BSc in Anthropology and Sociology from Truman State University, a Masters in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University and an MBA in Marketing from Hood College. She was Marketing Director of the National Association of Women MBAs at Hood College. At Truman, she was the co-founder of the African Students Association and served as its President. She was also President of the International Club and member of the Photography Club. Kachipande is a blogger who blogs on African issues at “Africa on the Blog, “Rebrand Africa”, and Mail & Guardian (South Africa)’s Voices of Africa. She has contributed news analysis and opinion pieces to Pambazuka News, Think Africa Press, The Guardian (UK) Africa Network, and other pan-African media. She is also a Co-founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as a Director


 

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Siyanda Masiza
Finance & Fundraising
Country: South Africa

Siyanda Masiza, Director

Masiza received her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Arts. Then went on to the University of Maryland University College graduated with a Global MBA degree. While in school she worked as personal assistant and worked at Total Wine & More in Mclean, Virginia as Front End Team Member. She has done some intern and consulting work at; the Embassy of South Africa, Brand South Africa (USA), Total Wine & More Store Support Center and Genpact (India). She is currently a consultant in web-content development. She is also a Co-founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as a Director.

 

 

 


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Lisa Netha
Event Coordination & Social Relations
Country: Namibia

Lisa Netha, Director

Lisa Netha is passionate about Africans accepting each other regardless of the African country they come from. She is contributing to ensuring this happens as a Co-founder of the Southern African Community in the USA. She has been involved in poverty alleviation projects in the USA and in Namibia. Some of her projects include the collection and distribution of clothing for the underprivileged in Namibia and feeding the hungry at two shelters in Washington DC. Lisa is an active member of the Namibian community in the USA. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. She also has a Master’s degree from Middlesex University in United Kingdom. She is also a Co-founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as a Director.

 

 

 


 

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Rachel Nghiwete
Finance & Fundraising
Country: Namibia

Rachel Valentina Nghiwete, Director (Executive Director)

Nghiwete is a business woman who was born in Angola by Namibian parents, and raised in England and the USA. She attended American University in Washington, DC, where she attained a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion Management. She is passionate about Southern Africa and is a founder the non-profit organization, Southern African Community USA (SACU). She is also the founder of Southern African News (online newspaper). She hosts the Weekly social event: Southern African Nights in Washington, DC She’s the Producer of Southern African Connection TV Show in the DMV area. She is the author of Valentina: The Exile Child, a historical book about Apartheid in Namibia. More information about Rachel and her work can be found at www.chezadance.com and www.theexilechild.com. She is also a Founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as the Executive Director and Director.

 

 


 

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Margaret Perakis
Administration and Operations Director
Country: South Africa

Margaret Perakis, Director

Nghiwete is a business woman who was born in Angola by Namibian parents, and raised in England and the USA. She attended American University in Washington, DC, where she attained a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion Management. She is passionate about Southern Africa and is a founder the non-profit organization, Southern African Community USA (SACU). She is also the founder of Southern African News (online newspaper). She hosts the Weekly social event: Southern African Nights in Washington, DC She’s the Producer of Southern African Connection TV Show in the DMV area. She is the author of Valentina: The Exile Child, a historical book about Apartheid in Namibia. More information about Rachel and her work can be found at Director.

 

 


 

 

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Mimmy Polan
Event Coordination & Social Relations
Country: Botswana

Mimmy Polan, Director

Polan initiated the establishment of a Botswana community in the USA. For the past six years, she has coordinated various events aimed at bringing the community together. Mimmy’s main achievement was coordinating the 2008 West Coast Conference for the BaTswana in the Diaspora aimed at addressing the scourge of HIV/AIDS that has effected and affected Botswana. Mimmy also organizes the annual Botswana Independence Day celebrations with the purpose of uniting the BaTswana and the friends of Botswana in America. She is also a Co-founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as a Director.

 

 

 


 

Iddi Sandaly, Director

Nghiwete is a business woman who was born in Angola by Namibian parents, and raised in England and the USA. She attended American University in Washington, DC, where she attained a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion Management. She is passionate about Southern Africa and is a founder the non-profit organization, Southern African Community USA (SACU). She is also the founder of Southern African News (online newspaper). She hosts the Weekly social event: Southern African Nights in Washington, DC She’s the Producer of Southern African Connection TV Show in the DMV area. She is the author of Valentina: The Exile Child, a historical book about Apartheid in Namibia. More information about Rachel and her work can be found ats also a Founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as the Executive Director and Director.

 


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Cassandra Sibanda
Marketing & Public Relations
Country: Zimbabwe

Cassandra Sibanda, Director

Rhoda Cassandra Sibanda is a community organizer for the Zimbabwe Diaspora Community in the DMV area, a Software Engineer at a fortune 500 Engineering-construction company, secretary for the Love Sisters Christian Group, board member of Women of Dominion International and a chef at Cassandra’s Kitchen. She finds joy in using her talents to serve God and others. She is a computer science graduate of Geneva College and Strayer University. She is also a Co-founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as a Director.

 

 


 

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Omega Tawonezvi
Administration & Human Resources
Country: Zimbabwe

Omega Tawonezvi, Director

Tawonezvi is interested in economic development and improved healthcare access & outcomes for Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. She works with established groups in her native Zimbabwe to promote micro-enterprise and health wellness programs. She is the assistant producer of Southern African Connection, a southern Africa centric weekly TV magazine show in the DC metro area.  Omega has over 10 year’s operations management experience in various industries including financial services, telecommunications, and drug development services and currently works for a healthcare consulting firm in DC. Omega holds an MBA & Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland system and a BBA in Economics from Austin Peay State University. She tweets about all things southern African @africasoequator and blogs on www.padare-indaba and on www.Africaontheblog.com a Guardian Africa Network affiliate.  She is also a Co-founder of SACU and currently serves on the board as a Director.


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