“We think our affiliates are incredible, each organisation is unique and made up of beautiful
people who dedicate themselves to working with women and children at risk.
We are proud to serve their joint commitment to see families thrive.”
Dr. Vaughan Standard, Chairperson
Board of Directors
Dee is a social development entrepreneur dedicated to challenging systems that put children at risk. With 22 years of experience in the South African non-government sector, she has set up a counselling centre for women with crisis pregnancies as well as national network of counselling centres. Her vision is to see small to medium sized organisations as credible contributors to advocacy for children and social development. Dee was part of the founding team of Connect Network in 2004 and endeavours to enhance the efforts of the Network to remain cutting edge and relevant. She started her career as a registered nurse, midwife and paediatric primary health care practitioner, and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School for Citizenship at Syracuse University, New York. In 2013 Dee was awarded a Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship which gave her international work experience in the USA.
She is married to Ivan, they have four young adult children, a son and three daughters and their home is in Somerset West, Cape Town.
Camngca has a great passion and heart for development, facilitating economic growth and empowering people. Her desire is to apply herself to transform & improve the economy. Her varied experience within the financial services industry together with her experience in volunteer work, focusing on children and the elderly, have played a great role in fulfilling this desire.
She has a Master of Management in Finance & Investment Management; BCOM (Hons) Economics; BCOM Economics & Statistics, and four years of financial services experience inclusive of: Corporate & Investment Banking Risk and Economic Research; Financial Broking; Corporate Finance.
Currently she is a Country & Sovereign Risk Analyst at Standard Bank Group in Johannesburg. Her skills and experience in finance and risk management positions her on the board of Connect Network in the role of Risk Governance
Camngca, is an active member of the Shofar Christian Church and lives in Johannesburg.
Moussa believes that meaningful collaboration is doable if people are willing, flexible, practical, committed and real. No matter how complex life seems, it is simple and should be kept simple! He has vast experience in collaborative projects within South Africa, Southern and West Africa regions at large.
He is a senior manager at ThinkTwice www.thinktwice.org.za where he started as a volunteer in 2003, was employed in 2005 as a project manager and then became the Executive Director when he led ThinkTwice out of bankruptcy. He was awarded the Western Cape LeadSA hero for the month of July 2014 and got ThinkTwice accredited with the Education Training Development and Practices Sector Education and Training Authority. He currently manages a few community projects in Noupoort/Northern Cape.
His experience in a leading child protection services organisation positions him on the Connect Board in the role of Advocacy Governance
Moussa is a qualified nurse and completed his Master’s in International Development from Eastern University in 2013. He is married to Ruth and with their four children live in Athlone, Cape Town.
Phumza is passionate when it comes working with people. As Connect Network’s Hospitality and Prayer Coordinator she provides essential support to the team and anchors the reception desk by managing the network prayer diary, welcoming visitors, assisting with events as well as ensuring that the office is well stocked and all resources are in good working order.
Previously she worked as a Community HIV Care Provider offering HIV and Tuberculosis counselling and testing, referring family planning and medical male circumcision. She also taught on the prevention of HIV from mother to child transmission and collected data on medication compliance for the Desmond Tutu TB centre under University of Stellenbosch.
She is mother of daughter Kungentando and lives in The Strand, Cape Town.
Lindy Ann Johnson is passionate about applying her skills to help women and children at risk. As office administrator at Connect Network she ensures that all funded projects are administered, data management systems are maintained and digital communication is kept current.
She has an Executive PC Technical & Management Computer Diploma from Computer Career College and a Business Management & Computing Certificate from Damelin Campus Stellenbosch. Lindy owns immaculate organisation skills, is creative and detail-oriented.
When Lindy is not glued to her computer at work. She is a lover of nature & enjoys spending quality time with her family. She is a mother of two young adult sons who she values greatly. She lives in Somerset West, Cape Town.
Linda is hardworking and a real go-getter who loves a challenge. As Connect Network’s Community Coordinator, she brings with her a wealth of experience gained from many years of working for the Salvation Army, where she was the HIV/AIDS Health and Family Manager. Linda’s extensive experience of working with grass roots organisations in poverty-stricken areas of Cape Town qualifies her as an expert in community development. Her role is to develop relationships among network members and to encourage organisational leaders who are struggling. Linda is currently on the Board of Carehaven, a shelter for abused women and their children and coordinator of the Lansdowne Child Care Forum.
Linda lives in Wynberg, Cape Town. She is married to Gordon, has two grown sons and grandmother to Zac and Hannah.
Priscilla is an admin ace. Her diverse experience in administration has included administration posts in the government and private sector. Her last position was personal assistant to the organisers of the Lausanne Convention in 2010, which gave her exposure and experience in coordination and hospitality with overseas delegates. Having lived abroad herself, she brings valuable insights to the network’s office environment. Priscilla’s role on the team is providing hospitality for meetings, managing reception and visitors, as well as ensuring that the office is well stocked and all resources are in good working order. She also administrates Connects Finance’s and data management system.
Priscilla is married to Grant and they live in Somerset West.
Beverley is dedicated to seeing non-government organisations become sustainable and well-run financially. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). Before joining Connect Network, she worked for eight years, six years in audit and accounting and two years in the corporate sector as a Project Accountant. Her position as Finance Manager at Connect Network is to manage finances, budgets, financial reports and participate in the strategic plans of the network.
Beverley is married to Gavin and is mom to Noah and Sarah, they live in Stellenbosch.
Zandi is passionate about people and how they can work together better. She has vast experience working in the non profit sector over the last 15 years, which has included administration, project management and staff recruitment, and it was from this experience that she was inspired to study further. Zandi acquired a Bachelor of CommerceDegree from The University of the Western Cape in Industrial Psychology and Information Systems, and through this gained a greater understanding of the field of human relations. She has also been involved in church leadership with her husband for many years. All of this experience has led her to her role on our team as the Operational Manager of Connect Network’s support services.
Zandi is married to Oscar and they live in Strand with their three sons.
Chewe is passionate about access to education, especially for girls. She is a goal-setter and strategist with years of diverse experience from tomato farming, to
hosting a business magazine television programme, to financial management and stockbroking at Cavmont Capital Bank Zambia and Stanbic Bank Zambia, to marketing and investment advisory for the Zambian Stock Exhange, to lecturing at the Tertiary School in Business Administration (tsiba) College. All this experience culminates in her role as Fundraising Associate for Connect Network where she is able to package fundable network projects and match them to investors. Chewe has a bachelors degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Development Finance from the Stellenbosch University Business school.
She is married to Prof. Charles Adjasi and is mother of two little boys, their home is in Eden Park, Brakenfell, Capetown.
Rachelle is passionate about South Africa and our democracy. She is organized, detailed, and she dedicates her time and expertise to improving systems and processes in organisations that directly improve the lives of people in need. With her keen eye for compliance and her vast experience in the non-governmental sector and community development she is an ace at administrating Connect’s volunteer programme, iKapa Volunteers, ensuring that interns and volunteers from abroad are able to contribute meaningfully to the capacity of the Connect Network affiliates. Rachelle is well travelled and has a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She is mom of two young adult daughters and lives in Somerset West.
Mariӫtte is a registered counselling psychologist, who is passionate about child protection, ethics and community development. She believes that communities can best be served through ethical leadership and strong organisational structures where the shared vision is clear. Mariӫtte is currently the managing director and training coordinator of Ezrah Community Training and Development NPC, a non-profit organisation with the vision of promoting ethical service delivery and quality education where children matter. Ezrah, as a Connect Network affiliate, was mandated by Connect Network to coordinate their flagship programme, the Quality Improvement System (QIS). This capacity building programme equips Christian non-profit organisations with best practice standards and skills to collaborate in the best interest of children.
Marcia attributes her professional success to being a very hard worker who’s willing to learn new things. Her role on the board of Connect Network is to ensure that sound monitoring and evaluation systems of the network are implemented and adhered to. She is the Executive Director of Think Twice, an organisation that promotes healthy sexuality, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree, with a certificate in human resource management. She has extensive experience working with community development programmes that focus on prevention of HIV and AIDS, child abuse and sexual gender based violence. She is an International Exchange Alumni for United States Department of International Visitor Leadership Programme, a professional exchange programme for which she was selected to work with a team that dealt with best practice models of combating gender based violence in communities.
She is married to Khotsi, has a small son and daughter and lives in Langa, Cape Town.
David’s passion is to bring hope to children and young people living in difficult circumstances. His role on the Connect Board is to provide Human Resource
Governance. He is the National Director of the United Christian Students Association, which focuses mainly on life skills in schools across South Africa. David has a history in education from teaching in local schools to assisting the Western Cape Education department, where he developed curriculum for Business and Economic Science. He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics, as well as a second Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters in Philosophy. He enjoys outdoor sport, drama and youth leadership development.
David and his wife Eloise live in Jamestown with their son David Phillip.
Andre believes that through collaboration we can see effective changes made in social development. An effective thinker and doer, Andre has proven experience in strategic planning, general business management and communications and he grasps development from a corporate and sociological perspective. His role on the Connect Board to provide Finance Governance. He is a senior marketing professional with over 20 years senior marketing experience both in South Africa and in the USA, and he is currently the Marketing Executive of PEP stores. Andre holds a Masters degree in Business Administration Executive Management from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business, as well as a Bachelors degree in Organisation Psychology
Andre is married to Leanne; they have two daughters and a son and live in Somerset West, Cape Town.
Dr. Vaughan Stannard
Vaughan is passionate about justice and mercy and finding ways to help vulnerable communities experience the transforming power of God’s love and purpose for their lives. His role on the Connect Board is to provide Network Strategy Governance. Vaughan is a qualified medical doctor who studied further in paediatrics, HIV and palliative care after becoming interested in children suffering with HIV and the effects of poverty while working in the paediatric unit of a local hospital. He is currently the Executive Director of Beautiful Gate South Africa, a child and family support non-profit organization.
Vaughan is married to Corné, has two sons and lives in Pinelands, Cape Town.
Cheryl is a professional in Sales and Marketing, she has worked at Beckman Coulter, a Global Diagnostic Company for 14 years that delivers innovative, reliable and efficient diagnostic solutions for patients across the globe. She is responsible for all laboratories in the Western, Southern, Eastern Cape and Namibia.
She initially qualified as a Medical Technologist (Haematology) and completed her training at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Subsequent to that she held the position of Laboratory Manager at Groote Schuur and commissioned the Professor Jabobs Bone Marrow Transplant Unit before managing a group of laboratories in private practice.
Further study in Psychology and Private Law with electives in Human Rights, Constitutional and Medical Law resulted in her obtaining a BA LLB. She then assisted in establishing the UCT Private Academic Hospital as HR Manager.
She worships at Christ Church Kenilworth, has been a leader of the Woman’s Beulah Group, is on the Welcoming Committee and writes for the 8 o’clock News. For a while now she has been drawn to serve in a NPO where she hopes to be able utilise her Strategic Business Management and Project Management qualifications and satisfy her deep-seated need to bring change to people’s lives.
Grace strongly believes that the lives of women and children can be improved through effective equipping and collaboration. Grace has a good understanding of the NGO sector and was one of the founding members of Think Twice, which was established to empower children.
Grace has degrees in theology, community development and is currently completing her PhD in broader development studies with children and food vulnerability. In addition to this, her practical experience in trauma and crisis intervention counselling has given her a greater understanding of the challenges that women and children are facing and how to appropriately respond.
Grace is married to Woyisile and they have two young daughters.