CFE Team

Lia and Katie and a HUGE tree on the rim of Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania

Lia and Katie and a HUGE tree on the rim of Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania


Lia Heaney (Co-Founder, Vice President) is from Hanover, New Hampshire.  Lia is a graduate of Chapman University.  Lia was a Communications Studies major and Peace Studies minor.  She and Katie became friends working at YMCA Camp Coniston in New Hampshire.  She currently lives in Boston, MA.



Katie Henoch (Co-Founder, President) is from Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst. Katie was a Theater Arts major and a Sociology minor and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Leah Henoch (Communications Director) is a graduate of Clark University with a dual degree in English and Theater.  She is an actress, producer and yoga teacher in Los Angeles.


Veronica Malongo (School Coordinator/Accountant) is from Mbeya City in the Southern part of Tanzania.  She studied Accounting for her undergraduate degree and recently got her graduate degree from the IAA (Institute of Accountancy) in Arusha. Currently she is working for an event planning business and hopes to run her own event planning business in the future.  She lives in Arusha.  


Ben Ryugo (Head of Development) is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a dual degree in Finance and Psychology.  He currently works at Linden Capital Partners and lives in Chicago, where he also participates in several education-focused non-profits as a Mentor in Minds Matter and Co-Chair for the Associate Board of the Golden Apple Foundation.