Meet Our Team
With years of business, travel and volunteering experience behind her, Michelle Procter has finally found her dream job. Originally from the UK, Michelle worked in Human Resources and People Development before packing it all in to move to rural St Lucia on South Africa’s East coast to manage an African Impact volunteer project for three years. Now Executive Director of The Happy Africa Foundation, Michelle is motivated by the knowledge that every challenge overcome, every lesson learnt and every cent (or penny!) raised is another step closer to a better life for an adult or child in need. “My passion for Africa’s people, wildlife and environment has been part of me since I first visited Kenya in 2001. Helping to make a difference in people’s lives in rural Africa is a wonderful and humbling job.”
Ronel Stevens joined the team in 2016, and her role includes working on Monitoring and Evaluations of current The Happy Africa Foundation Projects. She is a Cape Town local and love the outdoors, especially the beach! Ronel loves reading and creative arts and if she does not spend weekends with her 4-year old daughter, she could be found in local galleries or live shows around City. Her purpose meets profession with her passion for Community Development!
Morgan Domijan first interned with The Happy Africa Foundation in 2016 with 6 months in Livingstone and 3 months at our Head Office in Cape Town. Having previous experience running her own NGO and a Masters in Elementary Education and Curriculum Development, it was an easy transition for her to join the Happy Africa team full time as project support, programming for The Girl Impact and developing fundraising strategies. You will find Morgan exploring Cape Town and taking road trips across Southern Africa.
Denise joined the THAF team in November 2014 as the Finance Coordinator. Denise has a financial background which has been invaluable in her new role. Denise is enjoying her work and loves seeing the impact The Happy Africa Foundation has on the communities and individuals it serves. One of her favourite quotes by Dr Minor Myers Jr. sums up why she wants to make a difference,“Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good.”
Sophie started working with the team in January 2017 having worked for 7 years in the NGO sector in Cape Town. Originally from the UK, Sophie has always had a passion for community development and seeing change through civil society. Sophie loves the outdoors Cape Town life of hiking and braais, and the occasional wine tasting! Her favourite quote to live by is “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Sharon has lived in Livingstone, Zambia, her whole life. She joined African Impact in June 2007 as a chef and since then has been working from department to department within African Impact until 2013 when she joined the African Impact Foundation. Sharon is passionate about children and strives to improve their lives now and their future to come. “I love being around children and interacting with them. Its important to advise and encourage our sponsored children to be good and work extra hard in their education.”
Born and raised in Mongu, Western Province, Memory received an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Management Studies from Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka. With a love of mathematics she is currently pursuing her degree in accountancy. She has been with the Foundation since March 2010 as a sponsor A Child Coordinator and later in 2013 she was appointed as the Project Coordinator. She truly believes that education is key to success and enjoys encouraging students to pursue their education. She loves that she gets an opportunity to meet different kinds of people with different attitudes and behaviors.
Sash is a passionate graphic designer with many years experience in the NGO sector. Having worked previously for The Sozo Foundation in Vrygrond, Muizenberg Sash honed her skills in social media, design and marketing. Sash is passionate about community development and enjoys living near the sea where she can surf on her days off!