Our Board Members
President and Founder
David Newman is the founder of The Rafiki Village Project. He is a family nurse practitioner and owner of Health Plus. He is married to board member Laura Orgel. They have three adult children, Jennifer, Seth and Tamah. David is passionate about social and economic justice, Human rights, universal health care, literacy promotion, and environmental protection. He has traveled extensively in the developing world.
Laura Orgel, Ph.D., has worked with children her whole life. First as an educator and later as a psychologist, her work with disadvantaged children and families has helped her understand the impact of generational poverty on learning and development. Her work has also strengthened her conviction in the healing power of close and meaningful relationships. In addition to being a Rafiki Village Project board member, Laura is a local Clinical Director for A Home Within, which connects foster youth to therapists who can see them long-term at no charge.
Tim Crump is a nurse practitioner who works with David at Health Plus and also works at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. He previously worked as a village development worker for six months in Sevagram Village, Maharashtra State, India and for the Portland/Multnomah County Sustainable Development Commission. The Rafiki Village Project unifies his desire to work for global social justice on a local scale.
Vice President and Web Developer
Lori Levy is a User Interface / User Experience Specialist and a Senior Software Engineer for a large corporation. Her career in Information Technology spans several decades. Her passion for creating beautiful web sites and contributing to causes that make a difference prompted her to volunteer her skills for the design and development this Web site.
Tom is a consultant and public speaker with more than 25 years experience in the accounting and information systems fields. As President of Revolution Accounting and Advisory, Tom directs implementation and outsourcing of improved accounting processes and technologies for small and large not-for-profit organizations and privately-held companies. In addition to being an officer of the Rafiki Village Project, Tom is Treasurer of Tabor Toastmasters and is founder and past President of Sync or Swim dragon boat team.
Diane Meisenhelter is the Director of Buckman SUN Community School. She was previously the Founder and Director of Sabin Community Development Corporation and taught social history and women's studies at Marylhurst, PSU, and Willamette University. Diane has lived in OnGoing Cohousing Community for the past 25 years and has been active in various environmental and social justice organizations. She has served on the Portland Housing and Community Development Commission and on the Board of Friendship with Cambodia.