Tanzanian Team

John Migila

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 Daud

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 Renatus

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 Mbogo

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 Byeilango

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.

George Makoye

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.

U.S. Team

Claire Fedele

Claire earned her degree in Psychology and K-8 Education certificate from Seattle Pacific University. She taught in Louisiana before moving to Tanzania to start Shade, which she led with her husband Mike from 2014-2018. Claire now serves in the U.S.

Jack Grubbs

Rev. Grubbs is an Anglican priest serving at Church of the Resurrection in 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 nonprofit sector.

Carolyn Cuppernull

Carolyn 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.

Robyn Magee

Robyn has been teaching piano for the past 8 years. Prior to that, she worked for over 30 years in executive, administrative, and legal assistant positions. Robyn attended Berkshire Christian College for music and is a graduate of Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School.

Esme Farley

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.

Matthew Blunt

Matthew has an MBA from Virginia Tech and has worked in Information Technology for the past 25 years in the private sector and for federal government clients. He was inspired to serve with Shade by his late wife Sheryl Blunt.