Our team is spread across two continents and multiple countries, but we're all connected by a love for Africa.

Lois Shaw | Hannah Teague Photography

LOIS SHAW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Newport News, Virginia / Nairobi, Kenya

Lois has been married to Mark, the love of her life, for 45 years. Their first date was at a crazy little coffee shop in Old Town, Chicago, and they have made conversation over coffee a hallmark of their lives ever since. Great books, politics, literature, music, travel, art and most of all, faith and faith journeys are always on the table.

The trail of conversations and coffee took them from Chicago to New England, Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and Nairobi to Edinburgh to Virginia. Their conversations, mostly with university students, expanded to include two wonderful children, their thoughtful spouses and now four grandsons. Debate, dialogue and discussion fill their lives.

Lois and Mark lived in Kenya for 35 years and still spend part of each year in East Africa. While Mark serves at Africa International University as Professor of World Christianity and writes books, Lois pursues her passion for empowering African women leaders and networking them with their North American counterparts. The results are worth it all.

Lois has a BS from Philadelphia Biblical University and an MA from Wheaton College. She has published two books and is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry at Africa International University. She presently serves on the board of CLA, an organization that shares her commitment to developing African leaders. 

Lois is a cancer survivor, summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011, was a “Fiesta Pilgrim” on the Camino de Santiago de Campostela in 2013 and is always ready to learn something new, play Legos with her grandsons, or read a good book.

The coffee pot is always on, the table is set and the conversation continues. Come on by.

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Charlotte Rippy

Charlotte Rippy, Associate Director

Newport News, Virginia

 

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Hannah Teague, creative Director

Richmond, Virginia

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John Rippy, Business Director

Newport News, Virginia

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Charlotte Proctor, Partnership Development

Baltimore, Maryland


Advisory Board

Ruth Douglas

Toronto, Ontario

Mary Thamari

Mary Ogalo

Nairobi, Kenya

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Chris Hamilton

Newport News, Virginia


Africa-Based Coordinators

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REBECCA MOSER, HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR

Nairobi, Kenya

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KATE SHAW, EDUCATOR

Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo

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KAMAL SAID, TRAVEL AGENT 

Nairobi, Kenya


Michael White

Michael White, adventure & edutourism coordinator

Gloucester, Virginia