Our Board of Directors

DF on IdjwiDavid Folds
Mr. Folds joined the Board in March, 2010, and currently serves as the President.  A practicing attorney in Washington, DC, Mr. Folds has been a volunteer tutor for children in D.C. for a number of years.  Prior to his law practice, Mr. Folds served as a briefing coordinator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. from Sewanee University.

themThem Nyamunongo 
Mr. Nyamunongo is a founding member of the Fund, and currently serves as Vice President.  He focuses primarily on project development and community relations here, in Goma, and on Idjwi. Mr. Nyamunongo attended schools on Idjwi and the University of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After moving to the United States in 1999, Mr. Nyamunongo attended the University of Maryland, where he received an Associate of Arts in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security. A photographer and an information technology professional, Mr. Nyamunongo is fluent in French, Swahili, and English.

Frank McAuliffe 
Mr. McAuliffe is a founding member of the Board. He is a retired senior executive of NASD, Inc., a securities industry self-regulatory organization that in 2007 merged with the regulatory unit of the New York Stock Exchange to form the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In his over 36 years at NASD, Mr. McAuliffe was responsible for developing an extensive battery of qualification examinations for securities industry professionals, and for designing and implementing in 1979 the first nationwide computer-based testing system for an entire industry. At the time of his retirement in 2003, NASD administered a half million computerized tests and continuing education programs in the US and abroad.

LisaLisa McAuliffe 
Mrs. McAuliffe is a founding member of the Board and serves as its Secretary.  She was the Associate Editor of The American Scholar magazine for many years, before turning her focus to education.  She has worked with young children both in and out of the classroom for over twenty years and is currently the Director of Chevy Chase-Bethesda Community Children’s Center in Washington, DC.  Mrs. McAuliffe played a pivotal role in the Children’s Center becoming a fully independent, non-profit entity that is recognized as one of the premier pre-schools in the Washington area

croppedBeth Hesler 
Ms. Hesler serves as the Development Director for Idjwi Island Education Fund and has been with the Board since 2010.  Ms. Hesler is a Community Architect and has focused her professional practice on community revitalization, and her volunteer efforts on child development.  As an associate with an architecture and planning firm in DC, Ms. Hesler has more than a decade’s experience planning, designing, and managing public and private projects ranging from 3 acres to 3,000 acres. She received her BFA from the University of Kansas and her MLA from North Carolina State University.

HackneyDavid Hackney 
Mr. Hackney joined the Board in September, 2010.  Mr. Hackney is the Senior Counsel for Global Human Resources for The Nature Conservancy.  Previously, Mr. Hackney was the General Counsel at One Economy Corp. and Director of Human Resources at DigitalBridge Communications.  In the public section, Mr. Hackney was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, served as a war crimes prosecutor with the United Nations in the Hague, Netherlands, and served as an attorney-advisor for the U.S. State Department in Pristina, Kosovo. Mr. Hackney holds a BS degree from Cornell University and a JD/MPA from Harvard Law School and the JFK School of Government.

Safi Nyamunongo
Ms. Nyamunongo is a founding member of the Fund and focuses on community relations, project planning, and fundraising. Ms. Nyamunongo, who attended the Lycee Wima school in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, is a preschool teacher in Washington, D.C. She is fluent in French and Swahili.

KurtfrittsKurt Fritts
The Fund is delighted to welcome Kurt Fritts as our newest board member. Having held leadership positions in advocacy organizations and political campaigns for over 15 years, Kurt has significant experience in strategic planning, grass roots organizing, and fundraising. In 2010, Kurt worked in Juba, Sudan where he managed a civic and voter education project for the National Democratic Institute as southern Sudan prepared to vote for its independence. Kurt hails from the state of Washington, and still bleeds the green and blue of the Sounders and Seahawks.