John is from Iringa, Tanzania. He earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Iringa and worked as a program intern with Under The Same Sun before coming to serve with Shade. As a person with albinism himself, John brings his first-hand experience to his work in order to lead the charge for change.
Debora is from Kigoma, Tanzania. She earned her certificate in Education from Musoma Utalii College and her diploma from St. Joseph’s College. She has a passion for teaching pre-primary-aged children, as well as a deep passion for Jesus.
Janeth is from Meatu, Tanzania. She holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Dar Es Salaam College of Hotel and Business Studies and a diploma from St. Joseph’s College. Her passion is teaching and loves working with Shade’s youngest ones.
Mecktilda is from Shinyanga, Tanzania. She holds a degree in Co-Operative Management and Accounting from Moshi Co-Operative University. Mecktilda also serves as the Human Resources representative for Shade.
Martina is from Bukoba, Tanzania. She earned her diploma from Buhare Community Development Training Institute in Musoma. She heads up Shade’s newest program, leading spiritual outreach efforts in our community.
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George is from Bariadi, Tanzania. He serves as the head of security for the Shade campus, overseeing the guards and all of Shade’s property. He currently lives with his family in the guard house on the Shade property.
Claire earned her degree in Psychology and certificate in K-8 Education from Seattle Pacific University. She taught in Louisiana before being called to move to Tanzania to start Shade from the ground up. Claire led Shade in Tanzania with her husband Mike from 2014-2018. Claire continues as Shade’s International Director from the U.S.
Rev. Jack Grubbs is an Anglican priest serving at Church of the Resurrection in Baltimore, Maryland. Jack is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and has a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Prior to being ordained, he worked in the non-profit sector promoting micro-enterprise programs in developing countries.
Esmé received her doctorate in Immunology from Plymouth, UK and came to the United States for a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She later moved into vaccine research where she has worked for many years. Esmé was born in Tanzania.
Carolyn Cuppernull is a communications, public policy and business development executive with 30 years of experience working with corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Carolyn is a graduate of Ohio University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
Susan Grubbs earned her degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work experience includes a number of ministries and non-profits.