Lori Schippers, Executive Director
Lori was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2008-2010 in Andara, Namibia. While there, she formed lasting relationships with the girls she taught and learned from. Through these relationships, she learned about the hardships of growing up female in rural Namibia, facing challenges the boys in her classes didn’t. Upon returning to the United States, she has continued her efforts to improve the lives of girls in Namibia by creating Empower Women in Africa to bring economic opportunities to women and educational opportunities to girls. Lori graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College in 2008 with a degree in mathematics.
Sandra Schippers, Board Chair
In 2009, Sandra visited Lori in Namibia and saw first hand the living conditions of the girls that Lori taught and lived with in Andara. She has been a partner, running a small family farm in New England for the last 30 years. This experience gives her valuable knowledge to help EWA with planning and executing the steps to achieve EWA’s goals.
Kathy Vassos, Board member
Kathy has spent numerous years in Namibia conducting research as a PhD candidate in public health at Johns Hopkins University.
Kerri Courtney, Board member
Kerri served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from November 2006 through December 2009. She taught English in a rural village for two years and then worked for the Forum of Women Educationalists in Namibia (FAWENA) under the Ministry of Gender and Equality. She now teachers in a public school in Colorado.
Rachel was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rundu, Namibia from 2007-2009. She is currently getting her Masters in Global Public Health at Emory University, where most of her assignments have revolved around EWA and menstrual hygeine management. Rachel also specializes in monitoring and evaluation, quantitative analysis, gender, and water and sanitation. After graduation, Rachel hopes to join the world of the gainfully employed.
Dina Klimkina – social media and grants
Dina is a first year M.A. candidate in the International Studies program at Josef Korbel and is concentrating in post-Soviet security. She received her undergraduate education at Centre College in Danville, KY earning a B.A. in International Studies with minors in History and Government. She is also currently the assistant events coordinator at the Center on Rights Development, a non-profit organization focusing on Human Rights.
Our programs would not be possible without the help of an incredible group of volunteers. We give all of our thanks to your generosity of time, materials and energy to make our programs possible.
We have had many volunteers in Namibia without whose help we would not be able to accomplish our work. Currently those who go above and beyond on a daily basis are Christina, Shawn, Linda, Tsakana and Isabel.
Christine and Bonnie host separate monthly sewing events for volunteers in and around the Denver, CO area.
If you’d like to get involved in any capacity (writing articles, website maintenance, sewing alone or gathering a group, grant writing and research, hosting a fundraising event, etc.) please email us at Info@empowerwomeninafrica.com. We’ll help you get set up for whatever task it is you’re interested in undertaking.