US Office

Concepcion Gaxiola,  Executive Director

As AGE Africa’s Executive Director, Concepcion is responsible for leading AGE Africa’s vision, mission, strategy, and fundraising efforts. Most recently, she served as Director of Development at Women Thrive Worldwide, now Women Thrive Alliance, and as Director of Organizational Advancement at United to End Genocide. Prior to her work in nonprofits Concepcion worked for 10 years at Troxler and Associates Inc., now TVP Asset, a private real estate financial firm in Southern California.

In her spare time, Concepcion enjoys reading, yoga, cooking and discovering her creativity.

Alison Anderson, Financial & IT Consultant

Alison manages AGE Africa’s finance and technology needs. Alison is a principle at Lovellette Consulting, specializing in nonprofit’s finance, administrative, and data management needs. Previously, Alison has acted as the General/Operations Manager for several multimillion dollar nonprofits, including Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and New Repertory Theatre. Alison holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Davidson College in Theatre and a concentration in International Studies, Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Master of Arts Management with Highest Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University’s John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

Toni Sewell, Financial Consultant 

Toni manages AGE’s bookkeeping and payroll needs. Previously Toni worked for The University of Alabama School of Medicine Alumni Association assisting with communications, database management and alumni events.  Toni holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Alabama.

Cozy Faber, Deputy Director of Partnership and Giving

Cozy Faber is a passionate professional fundraiser, serving as the Deputy Director of Partnership and Giving at AGE Africa. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Cozy has worked with a variety of small local organizations in California but now finds her true passion in working to create gender parity and focus on education through AGE Africa’s international efforts. Cozy’s enthusiasm for this cause is palpable, and she hopes that, through her work, she can make a meaningful impact across the globe.

Malawi Office

Dumisani Nkhonjera, Interim Country Director

Dumisani provides Programme and Governance direction and guides the implementation of AGE Africa’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework. He brings over 10 years of experience in the Malawi education sector particularly in areas of M&E and Project Management. He has a demonstrated history of working in education management and is skilled in public speaking, development of M&E Systems and tools, as well as development and usage of digital Data Management systems.

Before joining AGE Africa, Dumisani worked as Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Manager for the Association of Early Childhood Development in Malawi where he was leading the overall monitoring of various programs and conducting baseline, midterm and end line surveys. He also led program management in various organizations including Blantyre Synod Education Department and the Ministry of Education of the Malawi Government first as a Teacher and then a Head teacher. Dumisani has worked with various stakeholders at National, District and community levels in over 15 Districts in Malawi. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Humanities and a Master of Education in Policy Planning and Leadership both from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.

Bertha Bonongwe, District Officer Mangochi

Bertha is passionate to work with girls as she herself had been bursary beneficiary during her secondary and tertiary education. Her story inspires many girls and Bertha continues to identify deeply with what it means for a girl to have a dream without the resources to achieve it.

Bertha feels that working with AGE Africa will help girls that have dreams to become successful women in fulfilling their vision.

Before joining AGE Africa, Bertha worked with Concern Universal (now United Purpose) for a period of 5 years on different portfolios.

Bertha has also worked under Malaria Project as a Field officer, and also as a Field Facilitator for Enhancing Quality and Inclusive Public Services (EQUIPS). Between 2013 and mid 2016 Bertha worked as a Water and Sanitation Officer in the same organization. She has substantial experience in community mobilization and engagement.

Bertha has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Share World Open University and also a Diploma in Food Nutrition and Livelihood Security from the Natural Resource College of Malawi.

Irina Manjomo Pasiya, District Officer Mulanje

Irina graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs Education with Honors from the Catholic University of Malawi in 2011. In 2012, Irina joined the Malawi Council for the Handicapped as a Community Rehabilitation Officer. She later served in the Women and Children’s Section as an Officer and a Coordinator.

Over the years, Irina has gained facilitation, project management, and community-based rehabilitation skills. Irina enjoys working with young girls from poor socioeconomic backgrounds as she comes from a similar background. She also enjoys traveling and collecting art in her spare time.

Jessie Banda Puwapuwa, District Officer Machinga/Zomba

Second born in a family of 10, Jessie has seen the benefits of educating a girl child and providing a conducive learning environment. Having been a girl at some point who was traveling long distances to school but did not let this deny her of a brighter future, her work with AGE Africa makes her a role model to girls who are faced with similar challenges. Today, she is the District Officer for AGE Africa in Zomba.

Jessie is an experienced social worker and media expert with over 15 years of work experience, focusing on Adolescent girls and young women.  She has direct experience in media production with 15+ years in project management, information, education, and communication (IEC), and community mobilization.

Her experience revolves around interventions in: Education, demand creation of health services and Agriculture (promotion of adoption of new farming technologies), Governance, HIV and AIDS, Gender, Health (both communicable and non-communicable diseases).  Jessie has also been involved in mid-term, final, and long-term impact evaluations in the last 7 years.

Her career path started in 2002 with Trans World radio where she worked for 9 years in different positions from a reporter/producer/presenter to a Station Manager responsible for the southern region office. She then joined Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission where she worked as a Communications Officer and later joined the Synod of Livingstonia’s radio station where she was the Station Director. Before joining AGE Africa, Jessie worked as the Media Coordinator for Story Workshop, responsible for a USAID project, and was later promoted to Projects Manager at the same institution.

She possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Malawi College of Accountancy, an Advanced Diploma in Business Management from The Polytechnic; Management Development Centre, and a Diploma in Journalism from the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ).

Alinafe Nazombe-Makande, District Officer Kasungu

Alinafe graduated from the Catholic University of Malawi with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. However, she has always been passionate about raising the bar when it comes to the education of vulnerable girls because she also comes from a similar background.

As an AGE Africa alumna, she gives back to her community by proving to the world what girls’ can achieve. Being the first graduate from her village, she would like to inspire more girls to be first and open doors for others.

Lessenia Chikho, District Officer Mchinji

Lessenia Chikho, a 2012 AGE Africa Alumna, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a bias in Economics and Sociology from the University of Malawi-Chancellor College (2018).

Before Joining AGE Africa, Lessenia worked for Greater Involvement International (GIM) Microfinance Company as an Operations Manager in the Dedza District. Prior to that, Lessenia worked with the Government of Malawi as an Economist, where she led and oversaw development planning and overall monitoring of different programs in the Dedza District. In 2018, Lessenia joined CorpsAfrica Malawi as a Development Facilitator and implemented two income-generating projects with community members in the Mchinji District. Lessenia has also worked as a Secondary School Teacher at Dedza CCAP Christian Secondary School.

Lessenia, a focused and determined individual, finds her joy in working with and inspiring girls from low socioeconomic upbringings, as she comes from a similar background.

Chauncy Kasenye, District Officer Dowa

Chauncy is a passionate advocate for children and adolescent girls. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social science, majoring in social work, from the Catholic University of Malawi. She has six years of experience working with government and non-governmental organizations. She has worked as a Social Welfare Officer at the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare. She has also worked as a Project Officer at Global Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO).

Lucy Morris, District Officer Mulanje

During Lucy’s university years at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, she began volunteering at the AGE Africa Mulanje office. She aimed to empower young girls in various secondary schools associated with AGE Africa, inspiring them to believe in their dreams and abilities, just as she did. Her service continued when she was selected as an AGE Africa scholar in 2022.

In 2023, Lucy’s commitment to AGE Africa continued when she became the AGE Africa district officer for Mulanje. She aims to see more disadvantaged girls pursue their education and become independent women and future leaders. Lucy’s journey is a testament to her belief in the power of education and her unwavering commitment to empowering young girls.

Elizabeth Chiweyu, M&E Coordinator

Elizabeth Chiweyu has seven years of experience in monitoring and evaluating different program sectors, including health and nutrition, Education, Reproductive health, HIV, and Adolescent Girls and Young Women in the NGO sector.

She has worked with World Relief Malawi as a Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant for Strengthening Community Health Outcomes for Community Engagement (SCOPE) in Machinga District and Youth Initiative for Community Development (YICOD) in Dedza District, supporting the development and management of M and E systems.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with a focus in Family Science from the University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture.

Lovemore Kutani, Program Coordinator Central Region

Lovemore has over seven years of experience planning, implementing, and monitoring education projects and stakeholder engagement.  As AGE Africa’s Southern Region Program Coordinator, he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of AGE Africa’s programs in Malawi’s central region. Before joining AGE Africa, Lovemore was a Program Coordinator for the Education Department of CCAP Synod of Livingstonia. He led the implementation of inclusive education, Prevention of teenage pregnancies and child marriages, and child rights governance in Mzimba South. 

Throughout his teaching experience, he witnessed brilliant girls dropping out of school largely due to economic and social factors. This led him to pursue opportunities to promote girls’ education, leading him to AGE Africa.  Lovemore holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Education from Mzuzu University and a Master of Arts in Youth Development from Africa University of Diplomacy, Counseling, and International Relations. Lovemore is also a candidate for a Master’s in Transformative Community Development at Mzuzu University.

Mustapher Chirwa, Office Administrator

Mustapher works as an Office Assistant to AGE’s Malawi office and provides administrative support to all AGE Africa staff on all personnel matters, assist Country Director with the day to day program work as requested and assists Finance & Administration Officer on execution of daily financial transactions.

Prior to joining AGE Africa Mustapher worked at Inter Aide Hydro 9 Project in Phalombe for three years as Stores Clerk and Administrative Assistant.

Mustapher is a holder of Certificate in Financial Accounting from Institute of Chartered Accountant in Malawi (ICAM) obtained at Accountancy Tuition College in 2017 and currently studying Diploma in Financial Accounting.