Jenn

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’s 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’s 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.

Isaac

Senior Conservation Educator

Isaac Mulenga

Isaac Mulenga holds a diploma in Wildlife Management from the Kenya Wildlife Service. Prior to commencing employment with Chipembele he was a field research assistant in a baboon project in Kafue National Park and enjoys nothing more than observing wildlife and being in the bush. His other interests include reading motivational books, singing and watching wildlife documentaries. As Senior Conservation Educator he assists the Conservation Education Manager in teaching in the conservation club meetings in local schools and facilitating other Chipembele programmes (such as camping and other excursions, the Chipembele Rangers scheme, the Skill-Up workshops and the annual environmental campaign). He also runs the Chipembele Camera Club and assists in the lesson planning for the four Community Conservation Educators and their ongoing training.

In his spare time he enjoys photography, reading all sorts of books on a variety of topics like – philosophy, conservation biology, innovation and motivation. He is also an amazing singer and artist.

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.

Eunice

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. As the Matron of the Chipembele Girl’s Club – Eunice provides leadership, mentoring and advice to girls on a wide range of subjects including about self-development, self-empowerment, leadership skills, careers advice and health matters. We endorse the club motto, chosen by the girls themselves, that ‘Strong Girls Can Change the World’.

Japhet

Bookkeeper & Computer Skills 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).