US Team

  • Dianne Calvi, our Chief Executive Officer, has over twenty years of international management experience. Prior to joining Village Enterprise, Dianne served as the President of Bring Me A Book Foundation, a literacy nonprofit with international partnerships in Hong Kong, Malawi, Mexico, and Guatemala. Previously, she worked in sales and marketing for Microsoft, Xerox, and Montedison in Milan, Italy. She has also served on several nonprofit boards. Dianne received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Bocconi University (Milan, IT) on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.

    Dianne Calvi
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Anne Olson is our Director of Africa Operations. She has a BS in Mathematics and was a high school math teacher for 8 years before moving into software and programming. Anne worked in the software industry for 25 years; she retired in 2005 after 20 years at Hewlett-Packard. Her last position was Finance Support Manager with an international staff.

    Anne Olson
    Director of Africa Operations
  • Caroline Bernadi joined the team in 2005 as a volunteer on the Village Enterprise Impact Evaluation. She became Foundation Director in September 2008 and since then has become the Senior Director of Institutional Giving. Prior to Village Enterprise, Caroline worked in operations in the luxury goods industry in France and was the co-founder of Maatiam, a social venture. She holds a MS in Industrial Management from Ecole des Mines in France.

    Caroline Bernadi
    Senior Director of Institutional Giving
  • Lucy Valentine Wurtz is our Director of Development and Marketing. She has nearly 20 years experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining Village Enterprise, Lucy most recently worked at Waldorf School of the Peninsula as the Development and Outreach Director. Lucy has a BS from Santa Clara University and is a graduate of the Coro Foundation’s leadership training program in public affairs. Lucy lived and worked in Arusha, Tanzania from 1986 to 1989.

    Lucy Valentine Wurtz
    Director of Development and Marketing
  • Kyson Bunthuwong joined Village Enterprise as the Associate Director of Development in July 2013. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in International Political Economy. He co-founded an organization working to address the charcoal trade and deforestation in Malawi and has a passion for social entrepreneurship for poverty alleviation in the Global South. He is a former competitive gymnast that competed nationally and internationally, but now enjoys living an active outdoor lifestyle.

    Kyson Bunthuwong
    Associate Director of Development
  • Alongside Ryah Belford’s position as Executive Assistant and Office Manager at Village Enterprise, she is studying for her personal training corrective exercise certification. Originally from Boston, she graduated from Ithaca College in 2011 with a BA in Culture and Communication, then moved to San Francisco to explore her passion for poverty alleviation and anti-human trafficking work on a professional level. She enjoys reading, sailing and exploring new places, wherever they may be.

    Ryah Belford
    Executive Assistant and Office Manager
  • Previously a Senior Fellow based in Soroti, Uganda and in the U.S. office as the Director of Finance and Africa Support, Philip Arscott is now a Technology Consultant. Philip holds a BA in Economics from Hamilton College in upstate New York. He has been working with Village Enterprise in both the US offices and East Africa since 2008. Philip calls San Francisco home and enjoys gardening, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

    Philip Arscott
    Technology Consultant
  • Konstantin joined Village Enterprise in July 2011 as Sr. Director of Programs and Operations and is now Director of Agribusiness Development. Born in Barcelona Spain, he has dedicated most of his professional career to financial services and management consulting work with Booz Allen Hamilton. Konstantin has focused his professional experience in systems and operations improvement as the Director of Operations of a Bear Stearns/JP Morgan joint venture, and as an independent consultant for Developing World Markets (an investment bank dedicated to making socially positive investments in the microfinance sector). He lived in East Africa as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique from 2005-2007. He received a BS in Biology and a BS in Financial Economics from the University of Maryland and his MBA from Georgetown University.

    Konstantin Zvereff
    Director of Agribusiness Development

Our US-based staff brings their life experience, talent, hard work, and passion to the task of alleviating poverty in East Africa. While they call California home, their hearts are never far from the people they serve.

Key Volunteers

Richard Frick – Information Technology Consultant
Susan Young – Conservation Project Manager
Maggie Go-Yu – Database Analyst
Sandy Wait, Corporate Partnerships Volunteer
Scott McMullin – Church Liaison

Development Committee Volunteers

Diane Elcan
Kimberly Lally
Anjanette Lundell
Cynthia Sewell
Laura Somers
Martha Trela
Kristin Vais
Jennifer Jory
Lisa Huntzinger
Candace Savoie

Programs and Operations Committee Volunteers

Lyndsay Holley
Julia McWhirter
Christine Rose
Laura Unger

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