ASFE Board Members - USA
Founder and President
Ashley Washburn has a BS Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Montana State University. Prior to starting a family and raising her four sons with with her husband Jay, she worked in sales and marketing in the construction industry. She served 9 years on the Board of Trustees at both the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Ct and T7 years on the Board at The Covenant Preparatory School, a tuition free independent middle school for underserved boys in Hartford, CT. In her heart she is always in Tanzania with the ASFE students.
Kay has a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus in Behavioral Studies from Oklahoma City University. She has a career of working for international companies in Information Technology and now does consulting work in the same field.
She has a past history of serving on the Boards of other Oklahoma City based charitable organizations related to HIV/AIDS and equality.
Kay shares a passion and love for Tanzania and its people, especially those close to ASFE and BEE.
Jay Washburn has Master's Degrees in both Finance and Education. He has been a History/Social Studies teacher at Glastonbury High School since 2005. Before embarking on a teaching career, he was President of a family-owned business that manufactured and sold industrial sewing machines around the world. " Ashley and I fell in love with the Tanzanian culture and people during a trip to Tanzania with our four boys in 2006." ( Jay Washburn)
Marybeth holds a Master's Degree in Psychology and works as a professional independent educational consultant placing international students in US boarding schools, colleges and universities. She has been on the ASFE Board of Directors nearly from the inception. Marybeth is the mother of 2 daughters who have traveled with ASFE and helped with our programs and considers the commitment to ASFE a family affair.
Eva is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Eva fell in love with Tanzania while volunteering there in 2009 and 2010, and wanted to help ensure that all children had the access and means to a primary and secondary education. After working for 12+ years in consumer marketing, Eva changed careers and now currently works as a Development Officer for Partners in Health.
Dana Schweer is a Senior Executive at Finn Partners, leading in their account management for corporate social responsibility and social impact. Previously, she ran her own consulting business where she supported clients in retail, social good, entertainment, and travel. Her background is in nonprofit marketing and fundraising, where she held positions at U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the March of Dimes, and the United Nations World Food Programme. Dana holds a Master of Public Policy from Duke University and Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from Florida State University. She lives in New York City with her husband and her two dachshunds.
JoAnn Lohneiss is the mother of FIVE daughters and very active in the public school system in West Hartford, Ct. Prior to starting her family she worked at SNET and now runs a family owned business. She is an active board member who hopes to meet our Tanzanian students in person in the near future.
Tanzania Staff and
Tumainely Frank - Director of Asante Sana For Education - Tanzania
Chairman of Asante Sana For Education NGO - Tanzania
Tumainely Frank was born in 1987 in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. He completed primary school in 2001. After primary school he moved to Dar es Salaam because his family could not afford secondary school fees and he started a new life as a businessman. In 2007, Tuma moved from Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo where he started working with Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS), a USA non-profit volunteer service company. In 2009 Tuma went back to school to complete his education while continuing to work at CCS. He joined Asante Sana For Education in 2013 working with Students Empowering Students and has mentored hundreds of students and communities with his dedication to the ASFE mission.
Tuma lives in Bagamoyo with his wife Emma and their two sons - Derrick and Jeydrick.
Emma August Chami - Assistant Director Asante Sana For Education
Secretary, Asante Sana For Education NGO - Tanzania
Emma Augusti Chami lives in Bagamoyo, Tanzania with her husband, Tuma, and sons Derrick and Jeydrick. Originally from Moshi Village in the Kilimanjaro region Emma is the fifth of six children.
Emma received her primary and most of her secondary education in Moshi, including attending a computer college between semesters, and finished her secondary advanced level at Eagles Nest Secondary School in Kampala, Uganda in 2008. In 2011 she received her diploma from Dar es Salaam School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Emma worked as an editor, news presenter and photographer with Radio Triple “A” in Arusha from July 2011 to May 2012. In June 2012 to August 2013 she worked at Airtel Tanzania in customer service and advertising. Emma joined ASFE in 2015 when her first son turned one.
Head Teacher at BEE Montessori Preschool
Glory, the youngest of eleven children raised by her single mother after her father passed away when she was one, originates from the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. She moved to Dar es Salaam to stay with her brother after completing Secondary School in 2010. She received her certificate in Computer Application from Tegeta Computer College and joined the International Montessori Teachers College in Dar es Salaam receiving her Diploma in Education and Child Care in 2016.
Glory joined Asante Sana For Education in early 2017 to help with the start up of BEE Montessori Preschool. Under her direction as head teacher BEE has grown from 15 students in 2017 to 46 students in 2019.
Albina Simon Stowa
Teacher at BEE Montessori Preschool
Albina is the third of nine children from the Singida region of Tanzania where her parents both still live. She graduated from Secondary School in 2010 and had her son, Innocent, in 2012.
Albina’s parents cared for her son when she moved to Dar es Salaam in 2014 to study English followed by getting her Diploma in Education and Child Care from the International Montessori Teachers College in 2016.
Albina and her son joined BEE Montessori Preschool in early 2017 . Her son was one of BEE's first graduates and is now attending Steven Tito Academy - an English-medium primary school in Bagamoyo.
BEE Montessori Preschool Teacher
Salome, the oldest of 3 children raised by her mother, completed her secondary education in 2011.
She graduated from Mtumba Teachers College in 2014 with a Certificate of Nursery Teaching and then joined International Montessori Teachers College in Dar es Salaam where she received her Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education in 2016. Salome is grateful for the support of her mother and uncles who made her education possible.
Prior to joining ASFE she spent several years working at a preschool in Dar es Salaam.
Zauna Hashim Komba
BEE Montessori Preschool Teacher
Zauna, the oldest of two children, was raised by her grandmother and step-mother. After graduating from form 4 secondary school in 2016 she took a year off while her family raised money for her to attend the International Montessori Teachers College in 2018. We first met Zauna in early 2019 when she came to BEE Montessori Preschool for her field study. Poverty again prevented her from returning to college in June 2019 so she volunteered at BEE for the remainder of 2019 and returned to college in January 2020 with full sponsorship from Asante Sana For Education. Zauna graduated from The International Montessori Teachers College with a Certificate of Early Childhood Care and Education in November 2020 and returned to BEE Montessori Preschool as a full time teacher.
Zauna is the favorite teacher to many BEE students because of her big smile and her love singing and dancing with children.
BEE Montessori Preschool Assistant
Grace, the oldest of 5 children, was raised by her grandmother since she was 4 years old.
After graduating from primary school in 2000 she attending a bakery training school for 2 years. In 2002 she was able to join secondary school with the support of donations from her teachers and an after school job as a housekeeper. Upon graduation of Form 4 took a full time job as a housemaid in Bagamoyo. The year prior to joining ASFE she rented a small room and supported herself by selling fruit in the neighborhood.
Grace Is wonderful with the children at BEE.
Dorina Yona Hussein
Dorina is the 7th of 11 children. She is fortunate to have both parents still together but due to poverty was not able to continue her formal education past primary school when she graduated in 2000. She originally came to Bagamoyo from the capital, Dodoma, as a housemaid. In 2015 she married and now has 2 children.
Prior to joining ASFE Dorina was a cooking for the sisters at a local parish.
Jeofrey, the oldest of 3 children raised by his mother, never attended school due to extreme poverty. When he joined Asante Sana for Education in 2019 the BEE Montessori Teachers enjoyed teaching him how to read and write allowing him to read and write text messages.
Jeofrey moved from his village Mbozi in Mbeya region to Bagamoyo with his uncle who had him grazing cattle for many years before becoming a security guard at a local college. A chance meeting with our cook Lucy introduced him to ASFE and we hired him in 2019 as our primary security guard and all-around helper.
Jeofrey has 2 children who live with his wife in Tanga region of Tanzania.