CAV Board Members
Mark Wheeler, President
Mark lives in San Diego with his best friend and wife, Alexandra Hart. They adore their dog, Ella. In addition to helping lead CAV, Mark pursues research and teaches philosophy at San Diego State University, practices and teaches traditional Chinese martial arts at the White Dragon School, and is an active member of Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Zvidzai Ushe, Treasurer
Zvidzai Ushe is a civil engineer. Originally from Zimbabwe, he has lived all over the world. He enjoys applying his engineering background to the needs of Compassion for African Villages. He and wife Sibongile have been instrumental in connecting with helpers in Zimbabwe. They are critical to CAV's in-country success.
Lisa Garvey, Board MembeR
Lisa is married to a wonderful man, Jeff, who is also a board member. Between them, they have 3 grown children, and 4 grandchildren. Lisa's hobbies used to be running and yoga, but since spinal surgery, her hobbies are now riding an elliptical, doing physical therapy, and reading. Lisa loves to travel and has been to Africa, China, Peru, and the Galapagos. Besides being on the Board for Compassion for African Villages, Lisa is also a hospice volunteer and works part-time as a Geographic Information Systems analyst.
Idzai Mubaiwa, Board Member
Best friend of founder Tsitsi Mutseta, fellow Zimbabwean. avid organic gardener, and immediate CAV past vice-president and current resident of San Diego. She was Tsitsi's primary caregiver during her long battle with cancer.
Nick Zalkow, Board Member
Nick Zalcow is a native of Scottsdale, AZ where in high school he started his own non-profit called Every Kid Plays, which helps to benefit underpriviledged youth through sports. He is an alumni of San Diego State University and a proud alumni of the SDSU Rotary Club. If he is not watching his favorite football team the Arizona Cardinals, you can probably find him on the golf course.
Chase Whittaker, Board Member
Chase Whittaker is a recent graduate of San Diego State University with degrees in Public Health and Political Science. He is currently enrolled as a law student at the University of Richmond in Virginia and is the President of Sandstone Initiative, Inc.
As President, Chase has overseen several projects in Zambia that have collectively led to the substantially improved financial stability of two schools, prevented several students from dropping out due to financial reasons, kept 8 teachers up-to-date with registration, enhanced food security, and more. Chase is also supervising the Sandstone Compassion Campus project currently unfolding in Livingstone, Zambia.
Compassion for African Villages is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. EIN #26-0469607