Board

Board

Mashebe Mushe Subulwa

Founder

Mashebe (aka: Mushe) was born and raised in Naloyela Village, Mabumbu area, western Zambia. Mushe grew up with 5 brothers and 4 sisters. His father (Edward Mooka) passed away when Mushe was only 4 years old. His mom (Namakau Maria) and his sister (Monde Regina) ensured that the rest of the Subulwa children continued in school despite the loss. Mashebe attended Kalangu Basic School until he was 15 years old when he moved to the capital city (Lusaka) to live with his brother (Charles Mwakamui – former Dean of the College of Education at the University of Zambia). After high school, Mushe obtained a technical degree in automotive mechanics/engineering and operated an automotive mechanics business in Lusaka for several years. In 2003, Mashebe moved to South Africa where he worked at a teacher and principal at A Petit Pat Independent School in Mpumalanga. In 2005, Mashebe’s father-figure/brother, Charles Mwakamui, passed away and Mashebe returned to Zambia to handle family affairs. During this time, Mashebe met Ang as they lived in the same neighborhood on campus. In 2006, Mushe and Ang married and returned to the U.S.

Mashebe first settled in Kansas and worked building train engines while Ang completed her Ph.D. In 2008, they moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Mushe completed a degree in Renewable Electric. He currently works for Reliable Plus Car Wash Services installing/programming/troubleshooting automated car was systems throughout the state. When he isn’t working, Mashebe is running around with his young sons – Mooka (6) and Mwakamui (3) – who keep him busy, humble, motivated, and hopeful.



Angela G. Subulwa, PhD

Founder

Ang was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Geography at the University of Kansas, as well as a graduate certificate in African Studies. She also has a B.S. in Geography, with minors in Computer Science and GIS from Northwest Missouri State University. Her research interests include examining the processes of forced displacement and identity as it relates to development, gender, political, and cultural geographies. Most of her research focuses on southern Africa, with a concentration on Zambia. In addition to numerous geography courses, she also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. 

Ang first traveled to Zambia in 2005 as a Fulbrighter to conduct her dissertation research on the former Ukwimi Refugee Settlement in eastern Zambia. While at the University of Zambia, Ang met Mashebe. They married in 2006 and moved to Kansas. After completing her Ph.D., they moved to Oshkosh where Ang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In 2011, Ang welcomed her first child onto the planet (Mooka) and in 2014 the family welcomed a second son (Mwakamui).  


Garth A. Myers, PhD

Garth Myers is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies at Trinity College. Garth earned a Ph.D. in Geography (1993) from UCLA with an allied field in Urban Planning.  Myers has an M.A. (UCLA, 1986) in African Area Studies, with Geography & Urban Planning as the major and minor fields, and a BA with Honors in History from Bowdoin College, with concentrations in African and African-American History. He has taught at the University of Kansas, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Miami University (Ohio), California State University at Dominguez Hills, and UCLA. Garth has conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal, South Africa, Finland, and the UK over the past 20 years. While at the University of Kansas, he was Director of the African Studies Center (2006-11) and Director of KU’s link with the University of Zambia (2000-04). He has traveled and conducted research in Zambia five times from 2000-2013, and worked with Ang and Mushe in western Zambia in 2013. Garth has been married to Melanie Hepburn for more than 30 years. They have two daughters, Phebe (23) and Atlee (17).


Samantha Gray

Samantha was born and raised in Elk Point, South Dakota. She is a mother, a wife, a business owner, a social justice warrior, a passionate environmentalist, and a true nerd. After spending years in the telecommunications industry where her focus was on wireless network engineering and project management, Samantha left corporate America behind to create Goatshark Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations plan and deploy sustainable technology solutions. Her company donates half of its time to helping non-profit organizations realize their environmental sustainability goals. Samantha is married to her best friend, Ryan. They have four children, who are being trained in the arts of sarcasm and social activism. When she’s not busy saving her boyfriend, The Planet, she and Ryan (who is completely supportive of their relationship) enjoy nerdy podcasts or marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Frank Gray

Frank has over thirty-five years of local government finance experience and retired as the City Treasurer of Sioux City, Iowa in 2013. He was a charter member of the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa and Chair of its Investment Committee. Frank also served for 20 years as a member of the Woodbury County Conservation Board, five years as the Chair of the Board. He is a past member of Blessed Sacrament Church Endowment Board and Finance Committee, Crittenton Center board, and the Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (STARS). He currently volunteers his time and expertise to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Frank has a degree in Finance and Accounting from Briar Cliff University. Frank and his wife (Cindy) have been married since 1972 and have two children and six grandchildren. Frank traveled to Zambia in 2006 and remains committed to moving SEPO’s mission forward.

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