Meet the CONNECTION UBUNTU Board of Directors:
Founder and President
Vicki is a Senior Public Relations Representative for Evapco, Inc., a worldwide, employee-owned, manufacturing company. She has been employed for 30 years at Evapco. Vicki is very passionate about helping others learn how to become educated and self-motivated, especially girls and women in Africa. Connection Ubuntu is her dream, a life-line to Africa, and Vicki hopes that by learning new technology for their futures, this company gives many African women and girls hope to "be someone."
Treasurer, Newsletter Director
Cindy Garis serves as the Senior Minister at Colonial Park United Church of Christ (Harrisburg, PA). She graduated from Messiah College with a dual focus in Christian Education and Marketing. She received her Masters of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and has been ordained in the United Church of Christ for the past 20 years. For 12 years, Cindy was the Executive Director of Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development (www.oasismin.org), a non-profit that teaches people spiritual direction, contemplative practices and retreat leadership. When not working, Cindy enjoys being outside and gardening, photography, and traveling. Cindy loves working with people and to see them grow into being the best they can be. She discovered Connection Ubuntu as part of a pilgrimage to Kenya in 2019, and worked along side of Vicki and saw some of the CU labs. Cindy has always had an affinity and heart for Africa and her people. Connection Ubuntu allows that connection to remain strong and makes a difference in the lives of individuals and communities, transforming the world.
Director, at Large
My interest in serving on the board relates to my involvement and caring for the people of Kenya. After traveling to Kenya on three occasions, the
relationships increase and deepen. I participated in medical missions which allowed an immersion within that culture. They are such beautiful and humble people. Working to improve their lives through
supplying of computers is inspirational for me. I would love to take a greater part in that effort... Plus, I find Vicki’s efforts inspiring!
Raj Iyengar is a professional software developer, amateur trombonist, and mediocre (but avid) soccer player. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Drexel University, and has worked for the University of Pennsylvania for over 7 years. Raj wants more people to have those sorts of opportunities. He believes that our lives are enriched by cross-cultural connections and cooperation, and he loves keeping useful computer hardware out of landfills and in the hands of people who can use it.
Director, at Large
Deb is an artist and entrepreneur. She is a 1982 Millersville University graduate, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in art. She has her own art business, and is President of her own office cleaning company, both under the name of Wood ‘n Glass. Her passion is art, but she also loves getting her hands dirty in beautiful planet earth, growing many varieties of peppers, herbs and tomatoes. Deb loves to travel, mostly to work with those in other countries less fortunate than the USA. “Giving back changes the world, one person, one community at a time!”
Director, at Large
Nick graduated from East Stroudsburg college with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. He taught school and coached various sports for ten years and is currently self employed as a contractor. He and his wife, Lori, have traveled extensively in third world countries and experienced first hand the basic skills the people in these areas need to improve their lives. Nick feels “Connection Ubuntu” satisfies one of these skills by providing students the tools and opportunity needed to succeed in college and life. "I am very fortunate and honored to be part of this team."
Director at Large
Carla was employed at YTI Career Institute where she was involved in career focused education for almost 20 years, serving as Vice President Human Resources and Campus President. Her passion of helping students find self-sustaining employment and careers translates well to the mission of Connection Ubuntu. Carla has traveled to Kenya, visiting labs CU has provided, and was touched by the gratitude and enthusiasm of the Kenyans and is pleased to have this opportunity to continue to support our African friends. Carla enjoys time with her family, running, traveling, and golf.
Past Board Members:
(currently Acting Treasurer)
Connection Ubuntu is a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization founded in 2014 for the purpose of starting computer labs in Africa by providing computers and other technology tools.