Albin Mathias was born and grew up in Arusha in the north of Tanzania. He went to Tanga Technical Secondary School in 2002 and then to Old Moshi High School in 2006. After graduation he worked as physics and chemistry teacher at Banjika Secondary School where he was able to get more practice working with computers, and he conducted Technology Tent training events at Banjika, Noonkodin and Oltoroto schools, introducing computer to secondary and high school students. In 2014 he graduated from St. Joseph University in Tanzania with a degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Information Systems and Network Engineering. He has served as Powering Potential's Country Director since 2011.
Janice Lathen is an entrepreneur and in 1987 she started a computer consulting business in New York City specializing in training. Her clients included Citibank, Time Warner, Saturday Night Live, Lippincott & Margulies, Bard College, Spence School, Al Franken and Jimmy Breslin. Prior to starting her computer business Janice worked as an actress and a model. Fulfilling a childhood dream to visit Africa and see animals living freely, Janice safaried to Tanzania in 2006. When she introduced herself in Swahili to a classroom of students, they burst into excited applause and she was stunned by their deep appreciation. She decided then to go home, raise money and come back to the school with ten computers and spend time teaching them how to use the computers. From that experience Powering Potential was born and in 2010 Janice gave up her 23-year computer consulting business to focus full-time on growing Powering Potential. The animals drew Janice to Tanzania and the Tanzanians draw her back. Their extraordinary warmth and gentleness, uplifting spirit, and deep sense of appreciation inspire her to action.
Rich Segal earned his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Washington. He is a member of the research staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center where he researches the application of artificial-intelligence and machine-learning techniques to real-world business problems. Rich and his wife Joanna are the parents of three girls. Rich is an avid bicyclist who has completed the 200-mile Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic nine times. Rich's charitable interests include Africa, children with special needs, and epilepsy. He also serves as a board member of the Segal Family Foundation, a strong supporter of Powering Potential since its inception.
V. Ena Haines
V. Ena Haines recently retired from her position as Director of Information Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, leading the IT department of 45 staff who handle everything from faculty and student computing to administrative systems, the data network, desktop support, telephony and cable TV in the dorms. She has previously worked at other institutions of higher education, over the course of 40+ years in IT. Her interest is in making technology work for people, particularly enabling activities that are not really feasible otherwise. She holds a BA from Smith College in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) and a Master's in Library Science. A lifelong New Yorker, Ena first visited Africa in 2009 and found the engaging people as unforgettable as the majesty of the Serengeti. Seeing the work that Powering Potential had begun at Banjika School, she and her husband Michael were inspired to support its growth.