Alease Newman, Founder/CEO
Alease Newman is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University with a master's degree in public administration, where graduate studies included nonprofit management. As a federal government senior executive for over 38 years, serving in leadership and management positions, she worked on staffs of congressional members, cabinet members, and mayors.
During many international travels, she encountered hundreds of youth in dire need of life's basic essentials. Her passion and compassion to help these youth prompted the creation of CPI in 2004. CPI began its work by supporting orphanages in Argentina, Africa, and Thailand. Knowing that education is key to any delivery system from a challenging environment, an alliance was established with residents (Amoa family) of Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa to support and provide educational opportunities to vulnerable youth in this small West African coastal community.
Elizabeth Mulenga, Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth Mulenga is a graduate of The University of Maryland University College with an MBA and master’s degree in Technology Management. She is a firm believer of education being a conduit to alleviating poverty because she and her siblings have been able to construct a sustainable living for themselves due to educational opportunities. Her passion for assisting those less fortunate led her to participate in mission trips with her church as well several local charities.
Randy Tarpey, Certified Public Accountant (Independent CPA)
Randy Tarpey is owner of Sickler Tarpey & Associates, a CPA firm specializing in small business clients. He is also a consultant for KIZ Resources, Inc., a Pennsylvania tax credit brokerage firm which sponsors VCPSF - Volunteer Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund. Since 1987, the VCPSF education assistance charity has been offered and managed by Certified Public Accountants in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Randy and colleagues provide affordable educational options and opportunities for children and parents that are not available through their own resources. Using viable tools within the tax codes to encourage donors to participate is an advocacy Randy enjoys.
Kristen Cho, Fund Development Manager
Kristen Cho is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. She is currently employed at KPMG. Kristen has been sponsoring a child in Guatemala through Compassion International, and has joined our "Make a Promise" sponsorship program to support a child in Takoradi. She is also continuing her education in Chartered Financial Analyst program.
Isabella Ingelman-Sundberg, Integrated Marketing & Communications Manager
Caitlin Touchberry, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Caitlin Touchberry is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, with Masters in Development Practice and ten years of professional experience in program, project, and stakeholder management. Having a military engineering career coupled with recent international development work experience in Ethiopia, India, Qatar, and Afghanistan, Caitlin recognizes that a solid education is the foundation for any child who wishes to become a successful adult and is something that every child deserves. Therefore, she is passionate about substantiating the impact of CPI’s mission and contributing to its cause.