Ralph Cauthen has a Master of Social Work. He is a retired social work manager.
Ralph developed his concern for the world growing up in China in a missionary family. He also served in the first group of Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines.
Ralph is active in civic affairs, church and music, and he is also a beekeeper. At People To People Liaison, Ralph serves as the Board Chair for PTPL’s USA Board.
Rev. Bahekelwa Imatha (Baim) was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He came to the United States as the result of the traumatic experience that helped him “relate to children who have undergone loss … or who were exposed to traumatic events.”
Rev. Bahekelwa attended the Union Presbyterian Seminary at the Charlotte campus where he received his Masters degree in Theology. He serves as Pastor at Ferree’s Chapel and St. Peter’s United Methodist Churches.
He is the co-founder of PTPL and serves as Executive Director. His responsibilities include coordinating both the USA and DRC Boards while ensuring communication between them.
Matumaini Furaha (Mimi) was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She attended primary school at Kasenga in Uvira. She got her High School diploma from Bideka in South-Kivu.
Mimi also has a B.A. in African Studies from the University of Lubumbashi and an M.S. in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T University. She works as a Nurse’s aid at Moses Cone Hospital.
Mimi is the co-founder of PTPL and is actively involved in the Public Relations activities.
Dr. Israel is a Professor of History and Intercultural Studies and former Vice President and Academic Dean at Guilford College where she has been employed since 1982.
She teaches African and African American History and is the co-founder of the College’s Study Abroad program in Ghana and current coordinator of African and African American Studies.
Dr. Israel plans and organizes fundraising events. She serves as Vice-Chair of PTPL.
Katherine Mpeshi McKee (Kassy) was born and raised in the Congo (DRC), daughter of second generation missionary to the Congo.
She earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Florida State University, MA in Museum Studies from Hampton University and has worked with African collections in museums for 25 years including the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University Art Gallery.
For the past five years, Kassy has farmed on Congolina Farm with her sister and brother-in-law and four Congolese women, including PTPL co-founder, Mimi Furaha. She serves as the Chairperson of the PTPL PR committee.
Casey Patterson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Minor in History. She also has a Masters of Science in Accounting.
She is currently employed by Bernard Robinson & Company, LLP as a tax manager. Her expertise is in individual and affordable housing tax work. She is a member of the NCACPA and the AICPA.
At People To people Liaison, Casey is in charge of bookkeeping and facilitates disbursement of funds to different programs. She serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Budget Committee.
Marcia Rhodes is a retired Greensboro public school media assistant and school counselor.
She has been involved in the Girl Scouts, served as a Sunday School teacher and youth leader, and has two children and four grandchildren
Marcia Rhodes joined People To People Liaison (USA) in 2017 and serves as People To People Liaison’s Board Secretary. Her responsibilities include recording minutes for Board meetings.
Dr. Goldie Wells is the District 2 council member for the city of Greensboro. She is the founder of Citizens for Economic and Environmental Injustice.
She has fought for families in Northeast Greensboro who were left without access to nutritional foods and goods. This fight would lead to the opening of a grocery store that is owned and operated by the community.
At People To People Liaison, Dr. Goldie Wells is responsible for recruiting new members and getting them acquainted with the organization.
Helen Wolff is an educator, having worked as a teacher, principal, and curriculum coordinator for the public schools of North Carolina.
Helen has retired from the Guilford County Public Schools.
Helen Wolff was a founding member of the Board of People To People Liaison.
Bahati was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and his family is originally from the Eastern region where People To People Liaison’s programs are located.
He came to the United States in 1998 and recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with a Master’s Degree in Information Technology & Management.
Bahati also has an AS in Computer Programming and a BS in Information Systems and Operations Management. He joined PTPL’s Board in 2017 where he serves as Webmaster.
Sally has a lifetime of caring for people, including her family and two children.
She was a member of the Open Door class at West Market Street United Methodist Church that provided initial encouragement to the founding of People To People Liaison.