At Komera Canada, we have a Board of Directors who are committed to empowering the young women we support. Each of them has an expertise that they generously use to advance our fundraising efforts.

Canadian Board of Directors

Komera Canada Board Members

(L to R) Susan Munro, Peter Baumgartner, Hilary Butler, Sue Ritchie, Barry Adams, Courtney Inman on computer

Chair – Hilary Butler: Retired high school teacher who loves travelling, hiking and sailing. She has spent much time in Africa, particularly South Africa, Zimbabwe and Rwanda where she visited the Rwinkwavu Sector and became interested in the idea of funding scholarships for impoverished girls.

Vice-chair – Peter Baumgartner: Renowned professional photographer who has worked in Switzerland, Montreal, New York and Seattle. An avid sailor and traveller, his interests include design and the culinary arts.

Secretary – Sue Ritchie: Legal editor and ESL teacher, she has lived in Europe, Asia and Canada. She enjoys gardening, hiking and she sings in several choirs.

Treasurer – Courtney Inman: Human Resource Manager for East Side Games, an indie gaming studio located in Vancouver, BC.  She is a Certified Human Resource Professional and a business graduate from the University of Washington.  In 2011, Courtney visited Rwanda and had the pleasure of meeting potential scholarship girls and taking part in the girls’ run in Rwinkwavu.  She looks forward to visiting again soon.

Member at large – Susan Munro: Lawyer, legal editor and department head at CLE, Susan is an enthusiastic musician and enjoys travel and reading.

Member at large – Barry Adams: Retired teacher, inveterate traveller, Masters athlete and energetic volunteer leader for many charities.

Member at large – Rebecca Johnstone: Area Community Strategist for lululemon athletica. Rebecca is a retired professional runner and represented Nike Canada for 5 years. Before that time she competed in the 800-metres as a varsity athlete at Simon Fraser University. Rebecca now lives in North Vancouver, loves yoga and focuses on local road races.

Komera Board

Rwandan Board of Directors

Donatha Gihana Deputy Country Director, Girl Hub
Juliette Muzaire Human Resource Specialist, Chemonics International
Honoline Niyigena Executive Assistant, Qatar Airways
Alice Nyirimana  Social Worker Manager, Partners In Health
Evelyn Mukakabano Social Worker, Rwinkwavu Hospital
Edward Shyaka District Project Manager, Partners in Health
Jackline Mukayisiri Manager, Bank of Rwanda
Solange Ayanone Managing Director, Afri-Media
Francis Kamanzi Lecturer, College of Education, University of Rwanda
Jackline Mukashyaka Student, University of Rwanda
Pierrine Musabyemaria Student, University of Rwanda
Dativah Bideri Program Director, Komera

U.S. Board of Directors

David Boehmer Partner, Heidrick and Struggles and Board Chair
Elizabeth Bohart Philanthropic Consultant
Margaret Butler Co-founder, Executive Director
Kristen Gengaro SVP Group Account Director, CAHG/TBWA Worldhealth
John Hagarty Managing Member, Arc Delta LLC
Joanne Pace Former Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Ali Samadi Managing Director, Equity Derivatives at Nomura Securities
Larkin Callaghan Research Program Director, Center for AIDS Research, University of California San Francisco