Board and Staff 2018-01-06T06:52:19+00:00


Tanya Weaver, Executive Director

Tanya Weaver joined American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) in 2005. In addition to directing AFCA’s day-to-day activities, Tanya frequently speaks about AFCA and AIDS to students, community organizations and religious organizations. In 2007, Tanya created and held the first Climb Up so Kids Can Grow Up, an international series of outdoor events that raises funds for AFCA.

She has spent much of her life abroad involved in international development. Prior to joining AFCA, Tanya worked in Afghanistan as a Project Supervisor and later as Interim Country Director for Shelter for Life International, a global organization that provides assistance building homes and other shelters for those in need. Previously, Tanya worked with Habitat for Humanity International in Romania, Portugal, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary and Russia.

Tanya’s involvement with international development began early in her life. Raised in Colombia, she worked in orphanages in Colombia, Brazil and Jamaica during college summer breaks, further broadening her world view.

Tanya has a Masters in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently resides in Harrisburg, PA with her husband Eric, her daughter Julia and her son Aiden.

Michelle Miller, Executive Assistant / Finance Director

Michelle started in the construction field right out of high school. She enjoyed a 25 year career in accounting, human resources and office management. In addition to office management, Michelle loved guiding homeowners through the selection process in building their dream home. The housing economy sent her searching for a new adventure, which brought her to us.

Michelle and her husband, Ron, have been married for 12 years and live in Lebanon, PA. They have been blessed with a daughter, Megan, who is 8 years old. Michelle and her family are active members of Grace United Church of Christ, where Michelle serves as a deacon.

Alyson Lawrence, Graphic Designer (volunteer)

Alyson Lawrence grew up in northern New Jersey. She is a graphic design major, photography minor at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Aside from studying and enjoying art and design, she is also involved in Kappa Delta Sorority, Catholic Campus Ministry, and the Women’s Rugby Club at Susquehanna. She is honored to be working with AFCA as a graphic design volunteer, and happy that her designs are going to such a good cause.

Betsy Dorsey, Warehouse Manager (volunteer)

For the past few years, Betsy has dedicated herself to helping AFCA’s children through managing the warehouse where medical supplies are sorted, packaged, inventories, and shipped to our partner hospitals and clinics in Africa. Without her brilliant and “cool as the other sie of the pillow” leadership, AFCA’s warehouse would not run as efficiently as it does.

Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia University and lives in Lebanon, PA with her husband, Patrick, and their 5 children.

Jackie Johnson, Graphic Designer (volunteer)

Jackie has always been an obsessive creator and communicator. Growing up in Wisconsin and graduating from UW-Madison with a Fine Arts degree, she has spent the last 15 years honing skills as a Designer and Art Director working with a myriad of clients. But what really drives her is to share stories and bridge connections through thoughtful communication. She’s honored to work with AFCA’s staff and children across the globe to share their important story.

Jackie lives in Neenah, WI with her husband and son in a little mid century modern house that they built themselves. A hoarder of hobbies. Nose often in a book. Coffee mug often in hand. Totally crazy about kids and animals. Lover of laughter, people with passion, and connecting at a deep level.


Bill Garbarino


Professor Bill Garbarino is a full time faculty member at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Since 2004 Bill has also been the Program Coordinator for the Business Marketing diploma, and 2 business certificate programs. Prior to joining Algonquin College in 2003 Bill enjoyed a 28 year career in Sales & Marketing.

Bill’s Management roles included Regional Sales Manager, Long Distance and Telemarketing Consulting Support Director, and Vice President of Bell Canada’s E-Marketing & Distribution channels unit called Bell Direct. Bill finished up his management career from 2000-2003 at BCE Emergis as Senior Vice President of the Product Management and Product Marketing units.

Bill is an avid athlete and has coached youth and adults in several sport disciplines. He is married for nearly 30 years with 2 adult sons.

Bill actively supports many charities including sponsoring Plan International Foster Children for nearly 30 years, cancer fundraising and awareness events, and AIDS related non-profit organizations. Since 2010 Bill has been an advisory board member for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) and its Canadian affiliate, CFCA. Bill is the currently the President for AFCA.

Anne L. Parmer

Vice President

Anne L. Parmer is a dynamic partner in the success of entrepreneurial endeavors. With a background in marketing, strong communications skills, and a deep intellectual curiousity, Anne quickly analyzes and understands the business issues and articulately applies elegant solutions. Anne is a partner in the strategic HR firm, Intenuity, which assists organizations with strategic training and development and long-term succession planning. Additionally, Anne is the founder and CEO of Pepper Assistants, Inc., a boutique business assistant firm and her projects include planning (National Kids Yoga Conference), on-going office administration skills, marketing/research projects, and coordination. She is also a registered yoga teacher and brings a sensitive and intuitive approach to problem solving. Anne is a distinguished graduate of Lebanon Valley College (BA) and Penn State University (MBA).

Michael Kracht


Michael Kracht is a shareholder in the Law firm of Weber, Kracht and Chellew in Perkasie, PA. Michael works principally in the areas of Defense litigation, Municipal, and Land Development in eastern Pennsylvania. He has for years actively participated in and represented numerous charitable organization. He is a founding member and current Board Member of the Keystone Opportunity Center which provides, among other things, emergency shelter, transitional housing, food and clothing for the Bucks and Montgomery County’s less fortunate. He has traveled on mission projects and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador from 1981-1983 working with the Indigenous population teaching school and constructing several community projects.

Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Michael grew up in Iowa, graduated with a degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State University and finished his formal education with a J.D. from Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas in 1979. He is admitted to practice not only in State Courts of Kansas and Pennsylvania, but also several Federal Courts, including the United States Supreme Court. After graduation, he served in the Kansas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. After returning from Peace Corps, he also worked several years for Legal Aid before entering private practice with his current firm.

Stephanie Watkins


Stephanie Watkins became a part of the Board of Directors in 2013.

Stephanie is a Government Relations Specialist with the Ridge Policy Group based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C where she represents clients in both the non-profit and corporate worlds. She works with government officials and agencies on a daily basis navigating the intricate world of policy and politics.

Stephanie earned her BA in Political Science from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and her LLM in Public International Law from the University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Stephanie and her husband, Kip, currently reside in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Jen Panattoni


Jen Panattoni became a part of the Board of Directors in 2016 and came to us though our brand partner, Lewis N. Clark where she is the director of business strategy for the adventure travel brand. A highly seasoned sales and marketing professional, Jen brings over 17 years of experience to the table with a creative outlook and strong critical thinking skills. A passion for communication and consumer behavior led Jen down her marketing path and she enjoys staying abreast to current trends in marketing automation. Jen earned her BA from DePaul University and she currently resides in Chicago with her husband Dan, two kids and one on the way. In her free time, she likes to be outside as much as possible enjoying nature with her family.

Nick Cassino


AFCA board director since 2005

Lives by the credo . . .” Do no harm, help when you can”

Karin Stortz


Karin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. Her masters degree includes a focus in international and program development. Karin completed her graduate thesis in Cape Town, South Africa. It was this experience that she attributes her passion for providing tangible resources and solitions for those in need. Karin’s work has included community mental health advocate, violence prevention trainer, private practice clinician, trainer for educators on topics from bullying prevention to teen dating violence, as well as media expert resource. She is currently working as an educator on the topics of mental health, and stress management for the Cook County Departments of Corrections. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young children. What free time she has is spent adventuring with her family to new places and capturing it all with her love of photography. Karin is dedicated to cultivating change through empathy, insight and tangible strategies.

Renee Gabbett

Renee Gabbett is a Chef and Culinary School Consultant. Renee started her career working as a Private Chef in New York and Chicago. As much as she She enjoyed this chapter of her life, upon starting a family, she felt a need to share her knowledge as a chef with others.

Wanting to provide needed culinary guidance for people in their busy lives, she pursued instructing and ran a corporate cooking school, which ultimately shaped her career as a Chef Instructor. The journey led to teaching others about healthy cooking and living naturally through simple techniques and education. She believes we can all eat so well with a few simple tips and the idea that “you are what eat”.


Kathryn K. (Kit) Goldfarb
President, KG Communications

Kit has more than 25 years experience helping organizations meet their goals through the effective use of communications, marketing, and fundraising. Kit brings a combination of entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to excellence to all her efforts, working as a virtual extension of her clients’ organizations. Her services range from online communications programs and marketing strategies to operational and administrative support. Her successes include providing counsel to multinational companies including GE, MCI (now Verizon), AMS and Alcatel to dozens of start-ups and non-profits as well as founding and growing her own company.

In 1999, Kit founded KG Communications, which quickly grew to a full-service PR and communications consultancy that launched some of the most innovative and successful start-ups in telecommunications and other technology areas.

Today, Kit is leveraging her experience and expertise to use communications and technology to help not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in the area of international development. She currently serves as a consultant to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS and Investors without Borders.

Valarie (Val) Tomey
Managing Partner, Pondera Vita Partners

Val has over 28 years of experience as a business executive in commercial real estate management, providing services to major corporate and institutional clients and investors. She has a comprehensive background in financial management, as well as significant experience in the leadership of large and diverse staffs. Her demonstrated skills in strategy development and process management have resulted in the successful implementation of numerous complicated and challenging projects. She has also been recognized for development and implementation of metrics-based and results-focused performance evaluation programs that have helped ensure quality results.

For the past several years, Val has applied her organizational and analytical skills to the humanitarian world by recruiting, preparing and leading volunteer teams around the globe. She is currently a highly-regarded team leader for Habitat for Humanity International. She also serves as an advisor and team leader to American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

Robert Maynard

Bob is one of the founders of AFCA, having seen a need to provide medicine and care for HIV+ children in Africa and acting on it.  Bob is also the Founder and Director of the World Housing Foundation, a Washington, D.C. based humanitarian organization created for the purpose of providing affordable housing to those in need on a global basis. He also sits on the Board of The Organ Donation & Transplant Association of America.

Bob is the President/CEO of Concept Venture Companies, Inc., and Performance Management Systems, LLC, both Lawrence, Kansas based development and management companies that provide services, solutions, and systems as well as management, advisory, market research and G & A functions to medical/dental and foodservice hospitality vertical markets/related businesses. He is knowledgeable in creating operational structures, taking them from conception, through growth and into on-going procedures.

A seasoned traveler, Bob is experienced in working with charitable foundations, consequently interlacing corporate business with humanitarian endeavors.

Mary Engelking

Mary Engleking joined the American Foundation for Children with AIDS in 2004. Mary heads her own consulting group, Mary Engelking & Company, which provides management services and consulting to non-profit organizations in North America and Europe.

Mary has extensive experience and expertise in areas ranging from construction and affordable housing to training, organizational development, evaluation, fundraising and finance. Prior to establishing Mary Engelking & Company, Mary served as the Director of Programs for Europe and Central Asia for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). Based in Budapest, she was responsible for programs in 16 countries. Prior, she spent three years as a volunteer with HFHI, doing work on community development projects in Kyrgyzstan, England, and Bulgaria. Mary also did a fellowship at the National Center for Nonprofit Boards in Washington, DC.

Mary spent 12 years in the Air Force in a variety of assignments in fields such as strategy, program and project management of aircraft acquisition, and logistics. She lived in several states in the U.S. as well as abroad in Germany, Belarus, and Russia.

Mary has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Wright State University.