Floriane Marie Nibakure – Founder and Executive Director
Kim Raymond – Board Chair
Nicholas Beecher – Director
Clint Robins – Secretary
Kabby Kasoro – Director
Steve Noah – Director
Elsa Robins – Director
James Magee – Director
Floriane Marie Nibakure – Founder and Executive DirectorFloriane is the Founder of NCV and serves as its Executive Director. A native of Rwanda, she has lived in the US since 1988. Before moving to the US, Floriane attended school in Belgium; worked as a radio broadcaster in her native country; served as a bilingual executive assistant for UNDP and UNICEF; and worked as an English teacher at the American Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. In the US, she has worked for Pillsbury (now General Mills); the US Embassy in West Africa; 3M; St. Jude Medical; St. Paul Companies and RBC Dain Rauscher. Floriane has a master’s degree in counseling psychology which is useful in her ongoing work as executive director of NCV. Floriane is fluent in Kinyarwanda, French and English and proficient in Swahili. She maintains strong relationships in Rwanda and makes frequent visits on behalf of NCV. Her background, relationships and familiarity with the issues and people is vital to the work of NCV.
Kim Raymond – Board ChairKim is a licensed architect who owns her own firm in Aspen, Colorado. She is NCV’s pro-bono architect, providing countless hours of consultation. She has worked passionately to refine the plans for the village and coordinates the work with the NCV’s Rwandan architect. She has traveled numerous times to Rwanda to review and advise work at the village site. She is a tireless supporter of the organization and dedicated board member.
Nicholas Beecher – DirectorPassionate leader with multiple years of service working with children and young adults in the US and internationally, including as Education Director for the Tanzanian Children’s Fund Dedicated non-profit manager skilled in staff development, fiscal management, and relationship building Professional who can maintain strategic vision while paying attention to details, remain flexible, and be able to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Clint Robins – SecretaryClint is the son of the founder of Nibakure Community Village (NCV), Floriane Marie Nibakure. Currently, he is a third year Masters and Ph.D. student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) and is studying how the transition from wildland to urban environments shapes puma hunting behavior. In Washington, pumas occupy landscapes in or near residential development. The ecology and behavior of pumas is shaped, in part, by human population size, distribution, and activity. Consequently, successful management and conservation of this species requires an accurate understanding of how these factors influence puma space use, ecology, and interactions with people. The goal of Clint’s research is to understand how landscape features influence where pumas choose to hunt for prey, and whether tendencies change near residential areas. His graduate work is funded by the National Science Foundation, minimizing Clint’s teaching responsibilities and allowing him to be a part of NCV. Prior to graduate school, Clint conducted research in Liwonde National Park, Malawi as a Fulbright fellow.
Kabby Kasoro – DirectorKabby is high energy, results-oriented IT services leader and relationship builder who's had progressively increasing responsibilities across a number of disciplines – Global Service Desk Startups, Managing Teams, Mentoring Teams, Process Improvement, Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, System Upgrade coordination and Training. She provides smart, efficient solutions to challenging business problems. Kabby delivers results that consistently meet the current need (based on keeping up with the current changes etc.,) and she anticipates future needs using Common Sense* (in the positive way) and other methodologies (e.g.: ITIL, Variations of Continuous Improvement equating to Agile and Lean Six Sigma). Kabby’s strengths include developing people, fixing problems and creating incredible customer experiences and interactions. She is known as a passionate advocate for leaning into and through adversity, tackling high-profile projects while increasing service levels and standards. Kabby has led remote/virtual teams with great success providing help when they needed it and bringing out their very best. Secured numerous company achievement awards for delivery of exceptional customer service.
Steve Noah – DirectorSteve Noah, a native of Charles City Iowa and a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa is widely recognized for his work in economic development, politics, entrepreneurship and international trade. He served as the Vice President for Government Relations and Special Projects at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as well as a partner in Iowa International Minerals LLC, and as an associate of The Clark Group, now Vela Environmental LLC in Washington, D.C. Noah has experience in banking, real estate, construction, international trade and economic development, and university advancement. Noah founded and managed businesses in several countries including the Soviet Union, Hungary and Mexico. Most recently Noah has been actively engaged in the Republic of Rwanda and East Africa. In Rwanda Steve has been involved in supporting Rwandan students in the United States as well as facilitating visits by content experts to Rwanda. Noah helped to arrange for US medical students to serve clinical rotations in Rwandan hospitals. Currently, Steve is consulting with a US company, Kuder Inc, which is developing the Rwanda Career Planning System to introduce evidence based career guidance to Rwandan students. Steve has presented to professional audiences in nine countries; was awarded the Wartburg College Distinguished Alumni Citation in October of 2002 for contributions in effective entrepreneurship, international trade and economic development.
Elsa Robins – DirectorElsa is the daughter of the founder of Nibakure Community Village (NCV), Floriane Marie Nibakure. Elsa Robins is a multimedia journalist and TV news reporter, currently in Green Bay, Wisconsin.Before returning to Wisconsin, Elsa worked as a multimedia journalist and fill-in anchor on mornings and weekends for KBJR 6 and Range 11 News in Duluth, Minnesota. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she produced and broadcast the news on award- winning WSUM student radio. Elsaʼs career as a professional MMJ began immediately after graduation and followed her internship the previous summer at the Minneapolis-based CBS affiliate, WCCO-TV. She is extremely knowledgeable in website management with an emphasis on social media, reputation management, digital PR strategies, and media relations. Elsa joined the board in the middle of 2016, and has been an avid NCV supporter from the beginning.
James Magee – DirectorJames has spent the last 6 years of his life as a kindergarten teacher and he has loved every second of it. That is what brought him to work with NCV. James got into education as a calling, and when he met Floriane, he felt that calling expand to Rwanda. He helped lead a team of volunteers to fundraise for and construct two greenhouses which are now being used at NCV in Rwanda. However, after being there, James knew that his journey in Nyamata was not over. He is now serving on the board as an educational consultant. He wants to form a bridge between the community he works in and the new community he is getting to know. James wants to give the kids he’s just met the same educational opportunities as the ones he’s taught the last 6 years in Minnesota.
Rwanda Advisory Board
Eric Kabera – Director
Founder and president of the Rwanda Cinema Center, an organization that aims to promote the country’s film industry. Kabera initially set up the Center as an organization that would train new filmmakers but, since 2005, the center has been better known for organizing the annual Rwanda Film Festival. The Rwanda Film Festival, nicknamed “Hillywood” due to Rwanda’s nickname of “Land of a Thousand Hills”, is a travelling festival. Due to Kabera’s desire to show the films to as large of an audience as possible, the festival is held not only in the capital of Kigali but the films, especially ones made by Rwandan filmmakers, are also shown on large inflatable screens in rural areas throughout the country. More recently, Kabera has stated that the festival will make a move away from focusing only on the issue of the genocide; rather “other social issues” of modern Rwanda will be explored. Kabera says that he would like to make a comedy. Partly to help further promote the film festival, Kabera has started a project to build Rwanda’s first purpose-built movie theater in Kigali. The theater has been under construction since at least 2007 but progress is slow due to lack of funds necessary to complete the project.
Paul Masterjerb – Director
Consultant in education management and capacity building in Kigali, Rwanda. Paul Masterjerb Birungi is a seasoned educationist, distance education management specialist especially in developing countries with challenges in education delivery, capacity building. He describes himself as someone who he can change lemon into lemonade, always looking at all issues optimistically. He is also an event management specialist, a seasoned MC and loves his family. Paul would like to see his children achieve even greater heights as his investment, gets a lot of support from his wife Yvonne, a right choice made 34 years ago.
Sam Dargan – Director
Founder/Owner Great Lakes Energy. Great Lakes Energy is a social enterprise founded by Sam Dargan in 2005. The company is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda and primarily serves the East African market. The company provides NGOs, hospitals, and schools with optimized photovoltaic systems. The company has specialized in retrofitting existing off-grid PV solar system designs with optimized versions. In the past the company has also provided jobs for training local Rwandans on how to engineer and install these systems. The company also has provided training to other social entrepreneurs learning to operate in Africa. Great Lakes Energy became the distributor for Sun King lamps by Green Light Energy in 2013 allowing it to provide off the shelf sustainable lighting solutions for rural households in Rwanda. In 2014 Great Lakes Energy partnered with Global Bright Light Foundation to distribute sun king lamps to refugees in the UNHCR Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda.
Chandelle Mutezintare – Director
Born to a humble family of immigrants in Burundi, Chandelle was one of 7 children – six girls and one boy. She was attending the National University of Rwanda when she got married at age 22.
Chandelle is a humble woman who lives her life centered in God. When she’s not working in her business, she enjoys decorating her home; however, her fondest love is cooking for her family. Out of that love of cooking, Chandelle hopes to one day open a restaurant.
Chandelle hopes to add even more products and services to her business in the very near future. She would like to offer spa services such as pedicures, manicures, facials, and massages.