We believe the richest experience we can have is giving of ourselves without the expectation of return.
None of our U.S. board members receive a salary. In Tanzania, they work with students and teachers. In the US they raise funds, run in-kind drives, hold fundraisers, meet with individuals and groups to tell our story, design our materials, and handle a myriad of administrative tasks facing a US organization working internationally.
Mary Dupont 
Founder, President, Chair

An attorney and CPA, Mary is a retired partner of KPMG, LLP, the global accounting firm. She is a founding partner and managing director of Whittier Associates, a family investment firm; a member of the Boston College Law School Board of Overseers; and a former board member and volunteer of The Jim Arden Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps Tanzanian orphans.  She is also a former board member of a number of other non-profit organizations, including the United Way of Westchester and Putnam and the Westchester Council for the Arts, both located in New York.


Sheryl Seyfert 
Founder, Vice President, Marketing Director

Sheryl is a retired marketing and public relations executive who, most recently, worked for Nauset, Inc., a non-profit organization for disabled adults. She also worked as a journalist, writing for the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. She is a former board member and volunteer with The Jim Arden Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps Tanzanian orphans.


Bebe Dudley
Founder, Enrichment Activities Coordinator

Bebe is a retired public school educator. She is very active in her community, serving as the volunteer secretary for the Christian Activities Council; a puppet ministry and conference delegate for Buckingham Church in Glastonbury, CT; and the coordinator for the Milner School tutoring program. She is also a member of the Friends of the Library in Hebron, CT and and a board member and volunteer with The Jim Arden Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps Tanzanian orphans.


Fred Dudley 
Founder, School Supplies Coordinator

Fred is a retired Vice-President of Marketing and Sales at Gerber Scientific, a board member and volunteer with The Jim Arden Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps Tanzanian orphans and a board member of Heads Up! Hartford Operations. He is also the Chairman of Christian Outreach of Buckingham Church in Glastonbury, CT.


Robert Decelles 
Corporate Secretary

An attorney and CPA, Bob is a retired partner of KPMG, LLP, the global accounting firm; a founding partner and managing director of Whittier Associates, a family investment firm; a member of the Boston College Law School Board of Overseers; and a past board member of a number of non-profit organizations including The Boys and Girls Club of New York and the International Center in New York.


Dennis Conry 
Volunteer Counsel

An attorney licensed to practice before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the United States District Court, Dennis is the founder of Conry Law, a legal firm located in Wareham, MA. He is a current member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, a former member of the Executive Committee of the Plymouth County Bar Association, and a former pro-bono advocate for the Plymouth County Bar Association.


Katherine Decelles 
Treasurer, Orphanage Boys Scholarship Coordinator

A CPA, Katherine is an associate controller at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and a former senior associate at KPMG, LLP, the global accounting firm. She is a former board member and volunteer of The Jim Arden Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps Tanzanian orphans, and a regular volunteer at the TACODA Children's Center in Arusha, Tanzania.


Isaya Oleporuo
Maasai Girls Scholarship Coordinator

A leader and organizer in the Maasai community in Tanzania, Isaya was responsible for bringing the priceless gift of fresh water to his remote village of Eluai. He was the first Maasai warrior to work in a UN sponsored HIV/AIDS awareness program in his community, to run in a London marathon and to be invited to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is the founder, president and board chair of The Warriors Organization, a non-profit organization, that is helping preserve the cultures of the indigenous tribes of Tanzania. He is currently both a student at Mass Bay Community College and an employee of Trader Joe's.


Deogratias Melkior
Tanzanian Operational Representative

With more than nine years of leadership experience in Tanzanian NGO's and educational institutions, Deo serves as EfforTZ's local operational representative in Tanzania. He is also the co-founder/operator of the Juhudi Learning Center, providing pre-K school programs for children in the community, and the founding partner of the law firm, Logos Attorneys, both located in Arusha. Previously, Deo served as Operations Manager for the TACODA Children's Home and Educational Center as well as Coordinator and Team Leader for Youth Education and Development in Arusha. He has also held positions as a principal in a Tanzanian college and headmaster in a local Lutheran School.



EfforTZ Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. 
EfforTZ Foundation, 447 Davisville Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536  -  effortz4kidz@aol.com  -  508-548-3703
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