IMPACT BURUNDI TEAM

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Libere Dusabe

Executive Director

Driven by his faith and love to serve God, Libere is a Burundi native who loves investing in other peoples’ lives. He founded Impact Burundi to address needs  in his country. In his free time, Libere enjoys serving his church and spending time with his family.

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Peter Haaksma

Chairman of the Board

Peter is a successful and retired businessman from the Grand Rapids, MI area who is passionate about serving vulnerable people locally and internationally. When he's not spending his free time with his family, he's supporting his church and cheering for the underdog. 

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Phil Smart

Board Member

Dr. Phil Smart is an international development expert with more than 35 years of experience as a missionary, pastor, facilitator, and business manager.

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Deb Nederhood

Secretary and Bookkeeper

Deb is an account manager for her husband's excavating company. She loves spending time with her family and loved ones, and she can often be found volunteering at her church and at her local food pantry. Deb carries a profound compassion for those less fortunate than her. 

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Bev Abma

Treasurer

Bev  is a long-term overseas development worker with   humanitarian efforts and nonprofit organizations. Her health care background  impacts her perspectives  in the multiple organizations she serves.  She misses  visiting her Canadian family, especially four precious granddaughters, during Covid restrictions.

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Josephine Zylstra

Board Member

Josephine,from Uganda, brings nonprofit experience from several East African countries. She and her husband Jim alternate their time between Uganda where they support eleven foster children and the U.S.  Here she works with three schools as a cultural liaison for high school students from  Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Elizabeth Mooy

Board Member

Elizabeth is a retired educator who has worked in Michigan, Japan and England. Her passion for people has lead her to  serve on multiple boards and visit international communities, including Burundi,  to celebrate and encourage the wisdom and dignity of local people, 

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Donna Smith

Board Member

Donna is seasoned spiritual leader within the non-profit and academic sectors, serving  as a chaplain within corporate settings, facilitating a  grief support group, constantly learning, and always seeding opportunities to bring people of diverse communities together.  She is avid about the outdoors and has hiked segments of the Appalachian trail.

BURUNDI DEVELOPMENT

SOLUTIONS TEAM

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Syldie Bizimana

Country Director

Dr. Syldie Bizimana  is part of the Burundi Development Solutions team and works directly with communities in Burundi.

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Josias Nduwimana

Evangelism Advisor

Josias is part of the Burundi Development Solutions team and works directly with communities in Burundi.

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Chantal Nizigiyimana

Accounting Assistant 

Chantal is part of the Burundi Development Solutions team and works directly with communities in Burundi.

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Jean Claude Niyonkure

Veterinary Technician

Jean Claude is part of the Burundi Development Solutions team and works directly with communities in Burundi.

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Alain Pierre Nicayenzi

Projector Coordinator 

Alain is part of the Burundi Development Solutions team and works directly with communities in Burundi.