Executive-Director / Founder
Kyle has had training in the world of the arts for years working for numerous companies across Alaska, California, Michigan, New Zealand, England, Malawi and beyond. His resume is ever growing, and is full of exciting roles, including, but not limited to Macbeth (Macbeth), Brutus (Julius Caesar), Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Antipholus of Ephesus (Comedy of Errors), Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), and Haemon (Antigone). He has trained with various companies in Alaska and New Zealand, as well as being a proud graduate of both Interlochen Arts Academy and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Kyle has directed shows around the world, always focusing on children and getting their voices and a strong message heard and understood. Over the years he has been honoured to be a winner of the awards: Gold US Presidential Student, Student of the Year, Good Neighbor, Most Improved Actor, Best Actor, two time Gold C.A.R.E student of the year in New Zealand, among others. He has a long history of volunteering with Primary schools in Alaska, Michigan, and New Zealand, and experience in governing entities, having been a business owner, and a member of various significant boards around Alaska and New Zealand from a young age. He also volunteers at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles in his very sparse free time.
Daverious Mtemang'ombe Willard
Malawi Country Director
Project Director: Malawi AIDS Initiative
Davie has been active in Malawi for years. He was the head of the Language department at one of the most prestigious high schools in Malawi, and went on to be deputy principle. He has taught English to caregivers at local orphanages, and actively writes articles for the government on local issues. Davie is the co-founder of the Malawi AIDS Initiative at T!AN and has been the leading force for continued growth within Malawi. Due to his diligence and perseverance Davie will soon undertake managing sub-projects under Malawi AIDS Initiative, such as the Soccer for AIDS Initiative, HIV Radio Initiative and Children's AIDS Initiative. Recently Davie started studying for his Bachelors degree in Mzuzu to better lead Together! ACT Now into the future.
Project Director: Malawi Special Needs Initiative
Mary grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Alaska for 35+ years. Between 1974-1977 she lived in Africa, spending most of her time in Kenya, traveling around sub-Saharan Africa. She’s a physical therapist with her own private practice in Alaska, with over 30 years of experience working with children with disabilities. She started a outdoor camp for children with disabilities, that went onto great success. She brings to T!AN her experience through not only a number of years of work in the field, but a continual growth of her knowledge by both attending and leading Physical Therapist conferences around America. Mary’s knowledge of the local culture and her medical experience has allowed her to successfully maintain a project that supplies wheelchairs, splints, braces, and other equipment to children and people in need in Malawi.
Project Director: Malawi Primary School Rebuild Initiative
Mike grew up in New Zealand and moved to Alaska in the late 1970’s. As a registered Land Surveyor he has successfully started and run his own land surveying business for a number of years, recently he has moved on from a mid-size nation wide engineering / surveying company to start Farpoint Land Services with Marc Eid, where they offer an extensive knowledge of Alaskan rural surveying.
Mike's knowledge of the land and resources are very helpful. Mike has surveyed in New Zealand, Malawi, Samoa and America, primarily over the past 30 years working in Alaska. His experience has included a lot of work in small bush communities. Due to Mike’s broad understanding of contractors, surveyors, engineers and builders around the world, Malawi Primary Roofs Initiative will have all the needed resources readily available to best assist the people of Malawi.
Project: Malawi AIDS Initiative - Mangochi Yao Cast Support Director
Margarita was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and attended the University Colorado, Denver where she received a BS in Biology. Over the years she has
progressed her interest in women’s health, labor, delivery and pediatrics both
domestically and internationally. She has interned at the Alaska Native Medical Center,
worked at Children’s Physical Therapy Services, been involved in placental research at
Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado and served as an HIV/AIDS advisor for United
States Peace Corps, Malawi 2013-2015.
During her service, Margarita was an Assistant Coordinator for camp GLOW
(GirlsLeadingOurWorld), assisted in a preventative mother-to- child-transmission study
through Clinton Foundation of Malawi, coached for Grassroots Soccer, co-directed for
Malawi Music Project and taught health education in various primary and secondary
schools of Malawi. Working with Together! Act Now as a Director was Margarita’s
primary focus as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She was able to train and establish another
T!AN group among the villagers and health workers in her community. During her two
years, she collaborated with Malawian locals and T!AN to perform and test in 18 villages, targeted nearly 20,000 individuals, distributed 17,000 condoms, and tested 1,300 villagers for HIV/AIDS.
She is currently working in New York City as a Care Coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital
in Social Work Services and continues to play an active role on Together! ACT Now’s
Board of Directors.
Project: Malawi AIDS Initiative: Chichewa Mangochi Director
Catherine has helped Together! ACT Now reach out into the villages and creates the connection needed with the village chiefs to get our face visible and message heard. She has run village volunteer programmes for over 15 years and brings a vast range of knowledge to Together! ACT. Catherine has recently taken over as the Mangochi Chichewa cast Director, leading our troupe of actors in the Mangochi district around the villages.
Florence Konwandi Mndala
Project: Malawi AIDS Initiative – Lead Outreach / HIV tester & Counsellor
Florence has helped Together! ACT Now reach out into the villages and has created the connection needed with the village chiefs to get our face visible and message heard. herself and the late Phiri have been with the Malawi AIDS Initiative as the lead outreach volunteers from the project’s inception. She is also a registered HIV tester and counselor and donates her time to assist the HIV tester that we have at each village. She has run village volunteer programmes for over 18 years and brings a vast range of knowledge to Together! ACT.
Project: Malawi Special Needs Initiative
Annette was born in Bismarck, North Dakota and received her undergraduate degree from UND in Grand forks, ND with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1980 and a Master Degree in Education with emphasis in early childhood special education from UA-Anchorage in 2000. Annette has worked with infants and children with special needs in rural areas across South Dakota and Alaska with 30 years of experience. Annette currently works in private practice and part time for the Anchorage school district. She has volunteered for various projects such as the National Veterans wheelchair games. Annette has volunteered for T!AN in Malawi, bringing an Occupational Therapist knowledge to the project to further our ability to help people in need.
The list of our fantastic actors is too long to write out, but we are always appreciative and thankful for the hard work they put into Together! ACT Now. None of this would be possible without them.
Additional thanks to the following people who have volunteered along the way: Anne Meyer, Sharon Morris, Christian Heppinstall, Ahtra Elnashar, Kira Stevens, Philip Uninsky, Tobin Horne, Michael Franklin, Dr. Tom and Ruth Nighswander, William Church and Phiri Mpenda.
We would like to take a moment to thank our volunteers who, even while struggling with HIV, continue to volunteer for us. And to those volunteers, Phiri Mpenda (2009) and Florence Juma (2016), who have passed away from AIDS, we humbly thank you for your tireless effort and we will continue with our goal to rid Malawi of HIV so that your work lives on.
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