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Dr. Mike Mtika

Founder and Director of Field Ops

Dr. Mtika is Pamoza’s visionary and founder. Originally from Malawi, he specializes in issues of HIV/AIDS, sustainable development, agriculture, and community empowerment. He has a PhD in Sociology and worked for World Vision in Malawi before migrating to the U.S.

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Temwa Wright

Executive Director

As a native of Malawi and a long-time resident of the United States, Mrs. Wright’s focus is on creating cross-cultural connections that enable people to work together to improve quality of life – physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

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Damaseko Nyirongo

Programs Manager

Mr. Nyirongo resides in Zowe, Malawi where Pamoza is headquartered. He is responsible for all operations in Malawi including overseeing staff, collaborating with local leaders, and implementing programs. He has a Bachelors in Biblical studies and a Masters in Education.

Board of Directors

Melissa Nyoni

Co-founder and Board Chair

Project Coordinator, CCIU

Mike Mtika

Founder and Director of Field Operations

Sociology Professor, Eastern University

Carol Austin

Executive Director

First Up

Bill Clark


Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP

Holton Falk

Retired Engineer


Leah Hood


Throwing Light

Yusuf Juwayeyi

Anthropologist Professor

Long Island University

Tobias Nyondo

Global Director, Grants and Finance

World Vision

Kat Messman

Registered Nurse

University of Tennessee

Doug Pennock



Frank Robinson


Cresheim Valley Church

Jane Wathome

Director of Program Design and Management

American Bible Society

Advisors to the Board

Jarret Mhango

Senior Lecturer

Mzuzu University, Malawi

Rev. Copeland Nkhata


Mzuzu Methodist Church, Malawi