A U.S. citizen, DENNIS GABOURY, has been living and working with orphans in Bulawayo since 2005, when he ran a city-wide toy competition that evolved into the Zimkids Orphan Trust. During the same period, he was the architect of another orphan project centered in Nketa, Bulawayo. A sculptor, he nonetheless holds an undergraduate degree in Special Education and a Masters in Business Administration.
SAMBULO DUBE is a qualified childcare provider and elementary educator with 12 years of experience in the educational development of children. A native of the Matobo region of Matabeleland, she holds a diploma in Education from Gwanda Zintec College and two certificates in Child Development and Child Care Curricular Planning from Montgomery College in Maryland, USA. She currently teaches in the Montgomery County Schools.
A Zimbabwean citizen, HEZVO MPUNGA, was raised in Harare and moved to the United States after high school, where he studied computer science and audio and video production. After nine years in New Jesery, he moved to Toronto, where he heads the IT department at The Real News Network. Hezvo works with Zimkids in the development of the website.
A native of Bulawayo, SINDISO NYATHI studied his O-levels at John Tallach High School and his A-levels at Thornhill High School, serving as Head Boy in both places. He continued his studies at Princeton University, where he majored in marine ecology and spent time conducting research and furthering his education in China, Panama and Honduras. Sindiso plans a career in Public Health.
PHILIPPA SUSKIN POLSKIN was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and currently resides in New York City, NY. She is the President of Polskin Arts and Communication Counselors, which provides strategic communications counsel and program implementation for major museums and performing arts centers across the world. She continues the work of her brother, Adrian Suskin, who served on the board of trustees of Zimkids since its inception and passed away after a long battle with cancer.
TINASHE BASA grew up hard, dumped by his mother with relatives in a rural area at the age of two, sick for a full year when he was five because of malnutrition, and pulled out of school at the age of 15 and sent to work in the tobacco fields. Nonetheless, he managed to put himself through the rest of secondary school by his own efforts and reached out to volunteer at the orphan project Dennis developed in Nketa in 2007. As Executive Director and co-founder of Zimkids he is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Ric Keeley spent 14 years in the film industry before leaving Hollywood to pursue his passion for cooking. After training at the French Culinary Institute, he took his commitment to healthy food into school cafeterias, cooking and educating students about eating for a good life. Currently the Executive Chef for the Town School in San Francisco, he was instrumental in teaming Zimkids up with Ross School students in the Hamptons.
Goodwell Nzou was born in a remote Zimbabwean village, the 16th of 22 children, and lost his right leg to a snake bite when he was a kid. Refusing to succumb to local belief that people with disabilities are “useless,” he won scholarships to King George VI School, to Christian Brothers College, then to Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He interned at the University of California, San Diego, and Novartis Pharmaceutical and is currently a Phd candidate at Wake Forest University. He is also a drummer and marimba player, formerly president of Liyana, featured in the films iThemba and Music by Prudence. For Zimkids, he’s a bottomless well of insight into the needs of Zimbabwean children.
Julie Tazzia, a founding member of the P&G Alumni Network, is one of the most active and creative members of our board of advisors. With over 20 years in administration, marketing services, sales and merchandising at Procter & Gamble, she is currently a Principal at Sycamore & Company, a Michigan-based management consulting firm. She is also an American Sign Language, working with Michigan school districts. Julie is also a fine arts photographer, and has shown in galleries in Michigan and Ohio. She hopes one day to travel to Zimbabwe, with her camera of course, and meet all the kids she speaks with frequently via Skype.
Gloria Slagle lives outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, where is she an active dog musher and an avid painter. A wife and mother of four grown children, she studied elementary education and fine arts at university and has been active in her faith community at Fairban’s St. Raphael Catholic Church for over 13 years. She became involved with Zimkids when Dennis Gaboury visited her parish in 2005 and has been a vibrant fundraiser, trusted advisor and generous friend to Zimkids since 2008.
Dee Duhe met Zimkids through her son John, a member of the Independent Pilots Association and friend Adrian Suskin, who was instrumental in funding the construction of the Center. Dee and her ladies have made over 300 and counting quilted blankets for our kids, and sent us over 20 sewing machines, fabrics and patterns for our sewing center. A retired accountant, she has volunteered on mission trips to orphanages in Romania, China, Guatemala and was named as a “Point of Light” by the Bush Point of Light Foundation and awarded the “Volunteer of the Year Award” for Collin County, Texas. To Zimkids, she is the Supreme Texas Gogo who drives like a truck driver and inspires others to good works