Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS – African S.M.I.L.E. – USA

LouAnn editLouAnn Rondorf-Klym – A Research Scientist with a background in Nursing (Bachelors and Masters from University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota) and Ph.D. in Nursing with a Minor in Methodology and Statistical Analysis from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. Her background has included Oncology, Cardiovascular, Women’s Health, Public Health, and Clinical Research. She has worked in following areas: Long-Term Care, Acute-Care, Public Health, Clinical Research, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In her church life, she taught Sunday School and served in Parish Nurse Ministries. Dr. Rondorf-Klym became involved with African S.M.I.L.E. after hearing about the School of Nursing that was being established in Iambi, Tanzania.

Pastor Gary BlumenthalPastor Gary V. Blumanthal – Pastor Blumanthal received his Masters of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary in 1972 and immediately took up the role of Missionary to Papua New Guinea.  After 11 years of missionary work he returned to the states to take up the calling of Pastoral Ministry.  For over two decades he could be found leading various congregations and serving in a multitude of roles for the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  After retiring from active ministerial duty in 2004 he returned to his first passion, overseas missions, where he devoted his time to short-term missionary work.  In 2012 Pastor Blumanthal made his eighth trip to Iambi Hospital in Tanzania to continue the work he has been involved with since 2005 – new construction, renovation, teaching of pastors and evangelists, and preaching.

Don EtzelDonald V. Etzel – A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Mr. Etzel recently retired from a life-long career of successful ventures in the leasing and financial areas of the business world.  He is a past member of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, City Club of Portland, and both the Seattle and Portland Rotary Clubs.  A dedicated member of the Lutheran church he has served numerous years on national boards for outdoor and youth ministries as well as local church councils.  For six years Mr. Etzel served as chairman of the American Lutheran Church Camping Board where he was responsible for 85 camps nationwide.  In 2006 he became involved with the Wilsonville chapter of Royal Family KIDS where foster children are given the opportunity to attend a week long summer camp in a safe and secure environment.

Upon returning from his first visit to Tanzania in January 2004, Mr. Etzel formed the non-profit African S.M.I.L.E.  “I truly feel God called this group together to help the people in the village of Nkungi.”  A commitment Mr. Etzel has remained steadfast to having visited the Singida region nine times to oversee a multitude of projects.

Photo Coming SoonLinda Etzel – Mrs. Etzel’s mission in life has been to be a help mate to her husband Don.  She has supported him in both his business ventures and philanthropic work.  Dedicated to sharing God’s love with children in need, the Etzel’s have been foster parents for 28 years.  In her spare time she has worked as an accountant and office manager in the health care industry and for her husband’s companies.  Mrs. Etzel is a charter board member of African S.M.I.L.E..

Bill PavlsickBill Pavlisick – A certified welder and heavy equipment operator, Mr. Pavlisick’s 21 years with the Colorado Department of Transportation Highway Maintenance has prepared him well to help the people of Tanzania build roads, schools, hospitals and homes.  For the past seven years he has been self-employed as a general construction contractor and has put his talents to work building homes with Habitat for Humanity.  In addition to having served as president and board member of his local Habitat for Humanity chapter Mr. Pavlisick has been active with Christ Community Lutheran Church.  He became involved with African S.M.I.L.E. to give a hand up not a hand out to those in need.

Linda CondonLinda Condon – A graduate of Dartmouth College, Linda has experience as a medical economist and actuary in the health insurance field. Currently she works part-time in property investment and is an active advocate for seriously ill children and their families.

Linda served on the steering committee that brought Stephen Ministry to Wilsonville in 2007, and volunteered with that organization until 2012 . She is active in local children’s literacy initiatives and serves as Treasurer for AfricanS.M.I.L.E.

Dave SmithDave Smith – Dave Smith has over 25 years of leadership and management experience primarily in the healthcare industry.  Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Engineering at Oregon State University.  His personal interests and experiences led him into the non-profit sector, including having served as a board member and board chair of Social Venture Partners Portland.  Mr. Smith serves as President of The Smith Family Foundation, a private family foundation focused on Christian based ministries that improve the lives of children.  He is also active in Royal Family Kids’ Camp, which ministers to foster children through camps and mentoring.  Mr. Smith became involved with African S.M.I.L.E. after witnessing the success achieved in Tanzania and the impact of every dollar invested in the region.

Annette_Stixrud_optAnnette Stixrud – A Registered Nurse with an MS in Health Education from the University of Oregon (undergraduate, BA in Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University), Mrs. Stixrud retired from the position of Executive Director for Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries.  She developed her affection for the work in Iambi and Nkungi while serving in the capacity of a Missionary wife in Kiomboi, Tanzania.  As a Missionary wife, Annette has volunteered in many capacities including teaching missionary children in Tanzania and India; serving as a school nurse; teaching English to nursing students in Tanzania; running well-baby clinics and working with 13 villages to obtain clean water, vaccinate children and teach clean child birth and first aid in India.

While in India, Annette served on the Van Allen Hospital Board and Van Allen Rural and Integrated Health and Development Board.  She currently serves on the steering committee at Mission of the Atonement church, a Roman Catholic/ELCA church in Beaverton; and the Alumni Board of Pacific Lutheran University.  Mrs. Stixrud was elected to the African S.M.I.L.E. board in January 2012.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS – African S.M.I.L.E. – TANZANIA

Donald Etzel – See above

Gary Blumanthal – See above

Mike KitakwaMike Kitakwa – Mr. Kitakwa comes from a family of business and community leaders in Arusha with family ties to Nkungi.  Formally trained as a veterinarian, he has become known as the “jack of all trades” to several missionary groups working in Nkungi and the Singida region and has been instrumental in helping the groups achieve their goals.  Mr. Kitakwa and his wife live in the neighboring community of Arusha.

Photo Coming SoonStephen Luther – Mr. Luther is a resident of Arusha with family ties to Nkungi.  Dedicated to helping improve the area communities, he works for multiple non-profit groups from the United States.

Photo Coming SoonBishop Alex Seif Mkumbo – Currently serves as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Tanzania Central Diocese.