The most important factor in delivering empowerment and economic independence for vulnerable women and children in Zambia is our dedicated team.
Passionate, dedicated and inspiring they delight in finding potential in each student, and that is what we specialise in and a promise we deliver on.
We invite you to get to know our wonderful staff by putting a face to the name, reading their bios and getting in touch; they are always happy to discuss anything you need to know.

Maggie Indopu Wamunyima

Zambia Country Coordinator

Maggie Wamunyima is WISE’s first salaried employee, hired as our project coordinator in 2014.

Evan Haglund

United States Director

Evan first went to Africa in 2006, when he traveled to a Sudanese refugee camp in northern Uganda to assist in a legal situation.


Administrative Assistant

Nomangolwa joined WISE as Maggie's Administrative Assistant in January of 2018.

Albert Kamenye

Educational Coordinator and Assistant Director

Albert was one of WISE’s first secondary school scholarship recipients.



Each year, WISE hires two-three of its recent secondary school graduates to serve as interns during their pre-college gap year. During this period, they perform a variety of tasks, everything from operating the corn meal hammermill to interviewing prospective scholarship students. Even after heading off to college, many of these interns stay involved with WISE, volunteering during school breaks.


The WISE Board works in the U.S. as an all-volunteer working board. Each member is committed to promoting WISE’s success through frequent communication, financial accountability, and fundraising efforts. The Board meets bi-monthly via electronic communication, gathering once or twice a year for in-person meetings. WISE recently increased its board to seven members

Joanne Bollinger

Board President

Joanne first heard the WISE story in 2010 and made her first trip to Kaoma in 2013.

Nila Gorman

Board Treasurer

Nila’s first involvement with WISE was in 2011, when she joined a team visiting Kaoma.

Evan Haglund

Board Secretary

Evan, in addition to his many duties as Executive Director, records and distributes minutes of all Board deliberations.

Patricia Stockford

Board Member & Assistant Treasurer

Pat’s support for WISE began a year prior to her first trip to Zambia in 2005.

Jane Abucha

Board Member

Dr. Jane Abucha joined the WISE Board in 2018 as its first member originally from Africa.

Micaela S. Haglund-Wong

Board Member

Micaela joined the WISE Board in 2018 as its newest millennial.

Inger Nilsson

Board Member

Inger joined the WISE Board in 2018, not long after her first visit to Kaoma and outlying areas.