Conservation Programme Manager

Karlyn Langjahr

Karlyn is thrilled to join the Chipembele team and return to working in Africa as Conservation Programme Manager. She comes with a diverse background in natural resource and marine protected area management, informal environmental education, capacity building, eco-tourism and conservation project management.

After receiving her BS in Zoology and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked in a coastal village on the Pacific coast of Panama as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer from 2001-03. She then completed her Master’s degree from the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs, where she focused on interdisciplinary and community-based approaches to marine protected area management and conducted her thesis research in the Philippines. She went on to work for the St. Croix East End Marine Park in the U.S. Virgin Islands for 3 years as a NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow, followed by 2 years in the Zanzibar archipelago, which included managing Chumbe Island Coral Park. Karlyn has also worked with university students on field-based natural science study abroad programs in Central America (Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua). Most recently, she spent 4+ years working for NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Washington State, USA.

Some of her career highlights include coordinating the U.S. Virgin Islands territorial efforts for International Year of the Reef, hosting Jane Goodall for her 50th Global Anniversary celebrations in Tanzania, being part of Chumbe Island’s team when selected as a finalist for BBC’s World Challenge, and assisting in initiating the process for Olympic Coast to become a sentinel site for ocean acidification.

Karlyn is from the United States but considers herself a citizen of the world. She has travelled globally, including the following countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia. She loves all wildlife and has a passion for teaching yoga, being active outdoors, and drinking coffee.


Conservation Education Manager

Jenn Dillard

Jennifer is from the USA. She has lived in and explored the natural resources of twelve US states. She received a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and spent over ten years working as a formal and non-formal educator in a variety of settings. She later graduated with a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in environmental education and interpretation.

Jenn has worked as an educator with incarcerated US youth in an AmeriCorps programme, as a community health educator in Madagascar with the US Peace Corps, and in various roles as natural history interpreter, guide and educator in Florida, Alaska and Northwest Minnesota. She worked as a consultant evaluating the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Republic of the Congo environmental education programmes and was instrumental in re-building their ecotourism programme. Her most recent position was a brief stint in Malawi as Science Communication and Media Officer for Conservation Research Africa.

Jenn and her husband Les, a conservation pilot with Conservation South Luangwa, moved to Mfuwe in January 2017. Jenn says she has landed in her ‘dream job’ with Chipembele.


Principal Conservation Educator

Philip Muyoma

Born and bred in Lusaka, Philip has always loved the outdoors and nature. He received his BA in Education from the University of Zambia, and thereafter taught high school geography and history. His interest and passion for nature conservation consumed him and he went on to study for his MSc. in environmental and natural resources management. His research focused on identifying the hidden cost of human wildlife conflicts in Mukungule game management area on the northern frontier of North Luangwa National Park.

Philip received a European Union sponsored research grant under the Conservation Research for East African Threatened Eco-system (C.R.E.A.T.E) project, which was implemented through the Frankfurt Zoological Society. He further received a bursary to present a poster of his research findings at the Students Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2015, at the University of Cambridge.

Community Conservation Educators

The Conservation Education Outreach programme increased from 6 to 17 schools in 2016. 4 part-time Community Conservation Educators were recruited from the communities of 4 geographic zones in the greater Mfuwe area.


Programme Support Officer

Eunice Nakachinda

Eunice is a Zambian citizen who is a single mum with a daughter at school and has a particular interest in encouraging girl education. She speaks the local language, Chinyanja, but is also fluent in Tonga and English. After completing school she volunteered in 2003 for the British Red Cross at a refugee project for 28,700 Congolese Refugees in Northern Province where she was awarded a certificate for the status of Messenger of Peace. She attended a 20 week course for trauma counselling, conflict analysis, domestic violence and human rights.

Eunice was employed by Chipembele in January 2012. She has exceptional interpersonal skills. Eunice is involved in Chipembele’s extensive Gender Awareness Programme. In particular she provides leadership, mentoring and advice to girls on a wide range of subjects that help them to achieve equality with boys and to achieve their life goals.


Accounts Officer and IT Teacher

Japhet Shanungu

Japhet holds a certificate in Computers, and a certificate in Teaching Methodology. He was a 4th year undergrad in a BSc in Production Management. He has previously taught computing at Chipata Trades Institute and worked for the last 4 years in office administration at Tribal Textiles. His interests include running, listening to music and playing and watching football (soccer).