Norton Tennille
Norton TennilleChair & Founder
Norton Tennille is the founder of SAEP and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. A former Rhodes Scholar, he practiced environmental and federal regulatory law in Washington, DC for 25 years before moving to Cape Town to establish SAEP in 1994. He is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard University, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School. He was a founding Director of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham and served on the General Alumni Board of UNC: Chapel Hill. During his career as an environmental lawyer he received numerous awards from environmental organizations and headed the Balliol College Alumni Association in the United States.
Katie Sue Zellner
Katie Sue ZellnerVice Chair
Katie Sue Zellner is a consultant for university recruitment offices, and she specializes in program launches for adult and non-traditional students. She recently completed her MBA at NYU Stern with a specialization in marketing and finance.
Katie Sue joined the SAEP-USA Board in 2014 after two stints living in Cape Town, and now holds the position as Vice Chair. First, she taught in SAEP’s Hope Scholars Program in 2009-2010 and assisted the fundraising team with grant-writing and corporate outreach. She returned briefly in 2013 to work as a short-term consultant to SAEP’s Centre for Innovation (now called the Impact Centre), where she evaluated program performance and led professional development efforts across teaching and program management staff. She is especially proud of her 2010 work on a $100,000 grant from the Friends of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, a 500,000 ZAR award from the South African Department of Social Development and a multi-year award from the South African Lottery.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Katie Sue studied environmental studies and public policy and also cultivated enthusiasm for travel. She is based in the Bay Area.
Patrick Collins
Patrick CollinsTreasurer
Patrick Collins joined the SAEP (USA) Board of Directors in 2010 and currently serves as Board Treasurer. He has a background in Compliance and Technology and works at a San Francisco-based investment adviser. Prior to joining the Board, Patrick volunteered for SAEP in Cape Town for over two years along with his wife Lindsey Witmer. The pair contributed to several projects including ADT Teach, Hope Scholars, and the Bridging Year Programme, in addition to fundraising and bookkeeping. They live in Vallejo, CA.
Patrick graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a B.S. in Business Administration.
Tate Foster
Tate FosterSecretary
Tate Foster is the Secretary of SAEP (USA). Tate is from Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from the College of Charleston, SC in 1998 with a degree in Political Science. She attended the University of Denver where she received a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management in 2004. After working for an environmental nonprofit in Colorado as well as volunteering for many local organizations, Tate went to Cape Town as a volunteer for SAEP. Her duties at SAEP included facilitating the environmental program, taking bridging year students on excursions, and teaching English to high school students in the township schools. Tate currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and young son.
Alice G. Chambers
Alice G. ChambersBoard Member
Alice Chambers of Annapolis, Maryland has been on the SAEP Board since 2010, serving as Chair from 2012-2015. She retired from St. John’s College in 2016 where she worked as Assistant Director for Community Programs for 15 years. She was active in recruiting students for SAEP. Alice has served on many non-profit boards, including the League of Women Voters, the Historical Society of Carroll County MD, the TARGET organization, which aids the developmentally disabled, and Planned Parenthood of MD. Originally from North Carolina, she holds a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and did graduate work at the University of Rhode Island. Previously she worked for 10 years in the Maryland General Assembly. She visited and saw the SAEP programs in action in 2006.
Walter B. Slocombe
Walter B. SlocombeBoard Member
Walter B. Slocombe is a senior counsel at Caplin and Drysdale, a law firm in Washington, D.C. He has served in a number of positions in the United States government including as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and, currently, as a member of the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board. He attended Princeton University, Oxford University and Harvard Law School. Currently, he is a Director of the Atlantic Council, a think tank.
Courtney Campbell
Courtney CampbellBoard Member
Courtney D. Campbell currently works for the youth mentoring organization Friends of the Children in the role of National Marketing Manager. He brings in-depth expertise in digital content creation, video production, website development, digital asset management, online communications and digital marketing and distribution strategy.
Prior to joining Friends, Courtney founded Changing Directions Films, an independent documentary production company focusing on global human rights issues. His first feature documentary, Don’t Shout Too Loud, premiered at the Bend Film Festival and is included in the libraries and curriculum at dozens of universities and colleges worldwide. In addition, he has directed, produced, and edited non-profit & commercial videos for various clients in the U.S. and abroad.
Courtney holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, with a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California – Santa Barbara. He is fluent in French and is a member of the Children’s Course Ambassador Board.
Candace Debnam
Candace DebnamBoard Member
Candace Debnam is an international development professional with experience managing business proposals for large development contracts and grants for private sector development, health, agriculture, energy, education, and community development projects overseas. Candace has experience developing business development strategies, as well as organizing new business initiatives for projects funded by USAID, MCC and multilateral funding organizations. Prior to joining School-to-School International, Candace supported a variety of business development and education initiatives at IntraHealth, SNV, FHI 360, and AED. She holds a BA in English Literature and Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and MSc in Management from University College, Dublin.
Jerry McAfee
Jerry McAfeeBoard Member
Jerry McAfee retired in 2004 after 35 years with DuPont and ConocoPhillips in technology, business, manufacturing, and project managerial positions. His projects received corporate recognition for Engineering Excellence and Environmental Excellence, and his last project was named a DuPont Engineering Top 10 Accomplishment for their Centennial Celebration. He continues to stay active in the industry, presenting seminars and consulting for Process Technical Services, Inc. He served on the board of the YMCA of North Carolina for five years and joined the board of SAEP-USA after visiting their offices and seeing their activities in Cape Town in 2013.
Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the Project Management Institute. He lives in Winston-Salem, NC, and is married with three children and five grandchildren.
Indra Raj
Indra RajBoard Member
Indra Raj is an arts administrator, educator, and advocate. As a lifelong musician, trained in both classical and contemporary styles, Indra strongly believes in creating access to quality arts education for all. This has led to work with various arts and education organizations, including Midori & Friends, a music education non-profit that partners with NYC public schools, the South African Education and Environment Project, and New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnerships program.
A graduate of Oberlin College with degrees in English, History, and Music, Indra is a champion of the humanities and liberal arts and brings her passion for both to her current work with the Humanities and Liberal Arts Assessment Lab at Harvard University’s Project Zero. Indra also holds a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Indra currently lives in Boulder, CO. She is also a singer and songwriter.
Shep Willis
Shep WillisBoard Member
Shep Willis graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After working as a journalist, he moved to Cape Town in 2007 to volunteer with SAEP for what he thought would be a few months. After falling in love with the organization, Shep stayed on and became manager of SAEP’s High School and Bridging Year programs, working with SAEP until 2013. He is now living in Carrboro, NC and working with a non-profit that provides educational programs for at-risk high school students in Durham, NC. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work from North Carolina Central University.
Sean Bland
Sean BlandBoard Member
Sean Bland is an associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, and he specializes on HIV law and policy initiatives. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Sean was a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York City and Washington, DC and worked as a research associate at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health in Boston, MA. Sean has served as a law clerk with the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the American Psychological Association, and Lambda Legal, where he held the 2011 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German Studies from Yale University.
Pedro Carreño
Pedro CarreñoBoard Member
Pedro Carreño is an educator based in New York City. He has served as a teacher at Uncommon Schools and Dean of Students at both Pave Academy and DREAM Charter School in Brooklyn, NY. Pedro is currently on a sabbatical from the education scene in NYC to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling and living abroad (Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil and South Africa). He has volunteered with different local organizations during this time, including with Teachers2Teachers International, Camino A La Escuela in Antigua, Guatemala and the South African Education & Environment Project in Cape Town, South Africa.