Board of Directors

Majengo Canada

PAUL AXELROD Interim Board Chair

Paul is a professor emeritus and former Dean of the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto. As an administrator and educator, Paul helped initiate a program involving Canadian teacher candidates in Kenya. He joined the Majengo Canda Board in in 2015.


Seanna works in community-engaged arts in under-resourced and under-served communities both locally and globally within the not-for-profit/charity sector. She has travelled to Majengo several times.


Elizabeth is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA). She first visited Majengo Children’s Home in 2013, and again in 2019. She joined the Majengo Canada Board in June 2017.


Matt founded the Warren Majengo Foundation in 2009, and initiated a U.S. fundraising campaign at that time. He continues to be involved in all aspects of Majengo and visits twice a year.


Heidi has lived and worked in the Canadian Arctic as a regional planner since 2002, managing organizations and capacity building initiatives. Heidi volunteered at Majengo Children’s Home from February 2013 to December 2014, coming to us through ICA CANADA. She joined the Majengo Canada Board in October 2015, and visits Majengo once a year.

JANET MCKELVEY Advisor to the Board

Janet is a businesswoman, and philanthropist. She has raised and disbursed more than $3.5 million to families in need in communities across Canada in her role as executive Director of Canadian Tire’s Foundation for Families. She has chaired and been Director of such boards as the Toronto Public Library Foundation, Shaw Festival Board of Governors, Developing World Connections, and since October 2015, Majengo Canada.

LYNN CONNELL Founding President, Majengo Canada

An artist, activist, and community volunteer, Lynn co-founded the Majengo Children’s Home in 2008, spearheaded fundraising initiatives in Canada, and started Majengo Canada. She has visited Majengo on numerous occasions.



Matt got involved in the Majengo project right from the beginning, just as Lynn Connell was moving all of the initial children into their first modest home. He founded the Warren Majengo Foundation in 2009 to help support Majengo from his hometown, Warren, PA, and continues to be involved in all aspects of Majengo. Matt and his family typically visit Tanzania twice a year.

LYNN CONNELL Vice President

Lynn co-founded the Majengo Children’s Home in 2008 by spearheading the fundraising initiatives in Canada and starting Majengo Canada. She continues to work closely in all aspects of Majengo, and visits the kids in Tanzania for 6 weeks each year.


Ian is a pharmacist and owner of the Youngsville Pharmacy in Youngsville, PA. After traveling with Matt McKissock in March 2009 to Tanzania to meet with Lynn Connell and experience first hand the Majengo Orphanage, he became an ardent supporter of the cause and is a board member for the Warren Majengo Foundation.


Alicia works in marketing and business development for a global law firm in the Washington, DC area. She acts as the board secretary for Warren Majengo Foundation and is involved in fundraising, event management and other strategic initiatives for the organization. She first visited Majengo Children's Home in 2013 and returns once a year.

Majengo Staff

SIMONE LEE HAMILTON Executive Director, Majengo Canada

Simone has two bachelor degrees, in Art History and in Education, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Marketing. She began volunteering for Majengo in 2011 and has since spent   considerable time in Tanzania teaching, participating in program development, and providing on the ground support. Her time in Canada is spent in fundraising and project planning.

EMILY ONUFFER Program and Development Director, Warren Majengo Foundation

Emily spent 20 years working for McKissock Real Estate and Appraisal School. She started as a Customer Service Representative and worked her way up through the company until she became the Product Director of Appraisal Education. In 2016 she resigned her role at McKissock to begin full time work at WMF. She spends her time fundraising and program planning in Warren, PA.

Both Majengo Canada and Warren Majengo Foundation have one staff member each. All board members are unpaid.