board of directors
 
James MunthaliJames Munthali
Founder, Executive Director

A retired Advisor to the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), James worked as an economist, promoting and representing the interests of 21 sub-Saharan African countries. During this period, James developed close and extensive familiarity with global economies, especially the fundamentals of macroeconomic functioning of poor economies. Prior to joining the IMF, he served the Malawi Government for 11 years, working in various positions as an economist in the Economic Planning Division, the Ministry of Finance and finally serving as the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

James has devoted much of his time in retirement to many philanthropic interests, including various church mission programs such as PCEA Kibwezi Education Center initiatives in Kenya and an Anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment program at Embangweni Hospital in Malawi. It was through these projects and his previous work in fighting poverty as a career economist that the idea for the Walking with Africans Foundation came to fruition.

Ed Parker, Program Development and Operations
Ed has had a long career with the Federal Government in financial, information management, and related fields. Now retired, he is engaged in church work and faith-based service.He also is taking classes in diverse subjects to continue a life-long desire to learn. As an avid photographer, he has recorded extensive images of the Kenyan people and their living conditions in the Kibwezi area. He's the man behind the lens in many of the photographs in our photo gallery and videos.

Lyle Barlow, Budget and Finance
Lyle is driven by a desire to contribute to a meaningful partnership and providing lasting solutions to the most vulnerable and impoverished locally and abroad. Lyle also lends his expertise as a CPA and Tax Manager at Homes, Lowry, Horn, and Johnson, Ltd., to manage the accounting and finance for the organization. 

Mark Reimers, Program Development and Partnerships
Mark is a retired Federal Government employee of the US Forest Service in the Department Agriculture. He served one year as Forestry Advisor in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. He served as chairman of the partnership between Burke Presbyterian Church and the PCEA Kibwezi Mission Area and the Education Center. He has extensive experience in various community projects in Kibwezi and throughout Kenya. He is currently serving the NGO, Waterlines as a coordinator alongside his wife Diane; their primary focus is on rainwater harvesting and spring protection water projects.

Chimmy Munthali, Communications, Fundraising and Outreach
Chimmy has always had a deep-rooted passion for people and community service. A Project Manager with SAIC, she served on the company's Community Service Leadership Committee, mobilizing staff to participate in voluntary service projects at the locally and nationally. From running a marathon with Team-In-Training to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to leading a division-wide fundraiser for the National Children Medical Center's Oncology Unit and Clinic, Chimmy relishes every opportunity to connect with people and help improve lives. She jumped at the opportunity to team up with her father James on a project with a global reach.

Dave Norman, Program Operations, Fundraising and Outreach 
Dave is passionately dedicated to helping other people both in the United States and abroad. His first interactions with Kenyans took place at a young age in 1993 through a church work camp in Kibwezi, Kenya. Ever since then he has stayed firm in a long-term commitment to helping that community. Mr. Norman's outside interests include learning how to teach curriculum on laptop computers to students at the Kibwezi Educational Centre.

Board of Advisors 
Terese Colling
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth P. Braxton
Diane Reimers 
Jill Davidson
Elly Brtva
Amanda Putnam

Efforts of the Poor in Development - Kenya (EPID-Kenya) *pictured above
Linus Muyaga (Program Manager), Samual Mote (Chairman), Anastasia Mueni, Pauline Ndungali, Joseph Nzomo, Andrew Ndunda