Our Board of Directors (United States)
kate cavanugh, chairman (dallas, texas)
Kate Alpert Cavanaugh began her career in real estate in 2004 working on due diligence, closings, and client and investor relations with a successful Dallas retail and land developer. Prior to real estate she worked as Assistant Director and then Director of Christian Education at churches in South Carolina and Texas. With Stewart Title since 2007, Kate is responsible for maintaining and developing new business relationships and assisting her team with marketing efforts. She has secured numerous multi-million dollar transactions across the United States.
Kate is an active Board member of several Dallas based philanthropies, including CARE Dallas, The Dallas Christian Leadership Prayer Breakfast, and The Real Estate Council. She is also a volunteer for Family Legacy, focused on the children in Zambia, and an active member of 4Word for Women and various real estate organizations. Kate and her husband Chip have four grown children and several furry children together.
natalie yates, treasurer (dallas, texas)
Natalie spent a decade in finance working for Lehman Brothers, J.P. Morgan, and BBVA in various capital markets and investment banking roles. Over the last five years, Natalie helped build a dedicated private equity lending platform for BBVA, growing portfolio from $300MM to nearly $3BN. She was directly responsible for the team’s business development strategy and managing relationships with 50+ private equity firms across the U.S. During her tenure at BBVA, she sourced nearly 500 investment opportunities, wrote and presented 100+ memorandums to the Investment Committee, and executed 30+ transactions totaling $750MM+ in deployed capital and generating $15MM+ in fees.
Natalie has a passion for microfinance and helping female entrepreneurs. She previously served with Opportunity International, helping launch their Young Professionals group in 2012 and serving as a Board of Governors member. She organized several small fundraising events and organized a fundraising lunch featuring Carly Fiorina and Laura Bush with more than 200 attendees at the Bush Library. She is also a supporter of The Akola Project and International Justice Mission. Natalie now consults for female entrepreneurs and non-profits assisting with business plans, operational and financial decision making, and financial modeling.
Natalie is a member of Watermark Church where she serves in the marriage ministry as a mentor for engaged couples through Merge, and newly married couples by leading Foundation Groups weekly through their first year of marriage. She has also led small groups of women through the Re:Generation recovery ministry. Natalie resides in Dallas with her husband Brad and their two children, Jack (2) and Abby (1).
tia plum, secretary (houston, texas)
Tia Plum received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University with an emphasis in Reading/Literacy. She worked as a classroom educator in public and private school districts for nearly 13 years. After being relocated to Houston, TX in 2006, Tia began using her education experience and passion for literacy and reading education to serve nonprofit ministries and her church community. Her roles have included adult literacy tutoring, launching a food pantry to serve the hungry, developing a literacy program and leading teams of educators to Zambia, and most recently as women’s ministry leader.
Tia is married to her best friend and biggest encourager, David, for 28 years, she treasures being mom to their daughters, Mackenzie & Madisen. Tia has found her greatest joy in loving Jesus, abiding in His Word and doing what He says. She believes God has given her heart a deep desire to run the race set before her to advance the Gospel and increase literacy among the marginalized at home and in the world - - - especially Africa.
Sara Gallivan, board member (dallas, Texas)
Sara Gallivan serves as the Short-Term Missions Director at Family Legacy Missions International, where she is responsible to help coordinate, manage and execute short-term mission trips to Lusaka, Zambia for up to 1,000 volunteers every year. Sara feels called by God to help facilitate the powerful experience that can take place in a short-term mission trip to engage God’s heart through the “least of these,” the orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. You can find her energized by walking alongside and building relationships with those preparing to serve overseas in Zambia.
Sara grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2013. Before God called Sara to full-time ministry, she worked in the corporate world in I.T. Recruiting and Real Estate Development. Sara feels grateful for the gained experience from these opportunities but feels like ministry is where she can really flourish. Sara resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Travis where they are active members of Watermark Community Church.
mike hogan, board member (austin, texas | lusaka, zambia)
Mike Hogan began his career serving his country in the U.S. Air Force and was involved in numerous U.S. and overseas assignments. Mike holds a Texas Master Peace Officers license and a Commercial Pilots license. Mike received degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. Immediately thereafter, Mike began working in development for several early stage technology companies in Austin, Texas. In 1997, Mike helped launch ViaVideo, immediately purchased by Polycom Inc., and spent the following five years working as a software engineer and designer, primarily focused on human factors and internet development.
Mike’s experience developing software launched him into a season focused on international development work and volunteerism in Meixco and later Zambia. He formed several companies in the U.S. and Cayman Islands, creating a boutique lending operation between ex-pats and local companies, as well as various construction operations. Mike launched and maintains Escondo, LLC to develop a small Longhorn ranch outside of Austin. Mike has served on the board of directors for a medical device manufacturer and guided it through its recent sale. Most recently, Mike has been involved with a large Zambian based NGO where he serves as its operations and construction lead, as well as managing its lodge facilities.
Our Board of Directors (Zambia)
Emmanuel sichone, chaIrman (lusaka, Zambia)
Emmanuel, born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, currently serves as a Social Services Program Manager, overseeing all day-to-day program operations for Family Legacy’s education system for 15,000 students in 25 schools. More specifically, Emmanuel is responsible to manage and oversee three main departments that allow Family Legacy to continue to reach, protect and educate the vulnerable children through community development, child protection, assessment and placement.
For almost a decade, Emmanuel has served tirelessly and vigorously in various roles within the education system in Lusaka, including area coordinator, classroom educator and deputy program manager. Emmanuel has acquired a certificate in social work and is currently continuing his education in Social Work Practice and Developmental Studies at the University of Africa. Emmanuel is a proud husband to his lovely wife Magdalene and they have 4 children. In addition to his passion for his family and vulnerable children in Zambia, Emmanuel is most of all passionate about following Jesus Christ. He currently serves as an elder of Bethel Christian Center.
MARiah glasener, treasurer (lusaka, zambia)
Mariah Glasener knew from an early age that she called to work with children for a living. Her passion for the children of Zambia was first ignited in July 2009, when she visited Zambia just after graduating high school. It was then that she participated in Family Legacy’s Camp Life program with her father for the first time. In the following years, Mariah returned every summer to volunteer at Camp Life for several weeks at a time. Since that first summer of camp, her sisters and mother have all since come as well; and Mariah and her father experienced their 10th consecutive Camp Life season together in 2018.
In the summer of 2014, Mariah returned to Zambia on Family Legacy’s teacher training trip - where she actually met Amanda for the first time. By the end of the six weeks spent in Zambia that summer, God had spoken clearly that He was leading her to move to Lusaka and join the Family Legacy staff full time. Six months later, at 24 years old, Mariah moved to Lusaka full time to work at Family Legacy’s children’s residential care facility, the Tree of Life Children’s Village. Today, she continues to serve on full-time staff as the Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator, facilitating team communications and administrative logistics for the care of over 700 children and 150 staff.
Mariah Glasener is a Texas girl, born and raised. She grew up in Southlake, Texas, where she attended Carroll High School and graduated in 2009. She went on Texas A&M University, where graduated in 2013 with her elementary education degree. Mariah loves spending time with her family, traveling the world, and baking in her spare time.
audrey mwanza, secretary (lusaka, zambia)
Audrey Mwanza, based in Lusaka, Zambia, passionately serves as a professional psychologist specializing in private counseling for children, teens, and adults, as well as a Program Manager for 25 schools and 15,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. Audrey has received a master’s level of education in Child and Adolescent Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and is registered with the Psychology Association of Zambia.
Audrey has over a decade of experience serving as a counselor in Zambia and is passionate about coming alongside her clients, encouraging them to see past their current circumstances or psychological state by equipping them with unique knowledge and skills to overcome and succeed in life. Prior to becoming a private counselor, Audrey served as a school counselor for six years at a private school, as well as a secondary science teacher.
Audrey is passionate about impacting and empowering the lives of individuals through education, professional counseling, and biblical discipleship. Audrey is happily married to her husband Kennedy and has three children, Kondwani, Mtendere, and Wonani.