Lubuto Boards and Advisors

Board of Directors   |   Advisory Board   |   Collections & Programs Advisory Council

Board of Directors



President, Lubuto Library Partners
Washington, DC, USA

Jane Meyers is a professional librarian with over 35 years of experience working with and living in Africa. She lived in Malawi for nearly four years in the mid-1980’s on a World Bank project, developing a network of research libraries for the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and pioneering CD-ROM applications for Africa. Ten years later she returned to neighboring Zambia, where she became increasingly involved with services to street children offered by the Fountain of Hope, a drop-in shelter in Lusaka. She established a reading program, served on the Board, raised funds, and created a library for the children, among her many contributions to the center. On her return to the U.S. in 2001, she developed the concept, approach and organization of Lubuto Library Partners. Most of Jane’s professional career has been involved with libraries in international development, particularly in the agricultural sector. She worked in that capacity at the World Bank and the U.S. National Agricultural Library, for USAID, and as a consultant to a number of international organizations. Jane has a B.A. from the University of Arizona with highest distinction and a M.L.S. from the University of Maryland.



Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, Africa Group 1, World Bank
Washington, DC, USA

Wilson Banda is currently Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Africa Group I at the World Bank, where he started, as an Advisor, in 2010. From 2003 to 2010, Wilson was General Manager of the Reserve Bank of Malawi. He has also served as the Director of the Malawi Stock Exchange, a member of the Economics Association of Malawi, and a chairman for both the Malawi Knowledge Network (MAKNET) and Malawi Payments Systems. Wilson earned his PhD in economics from the University of Manchester. He also holds an MPA from Harvard University and an M.Phil in monetary economics from the University of Glasgow.

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Principal, Anne Caputo Consulting LLC
Alexandria, VA, USA

Anne Caputo is Principal of Anne Caputo Consulting LLC. Previously she served as Executive Director of Dow Jones' Learning & Information Professional Programs, where she was responsible for the planning and development of learning initiatives for Dow Jones Content Technology Solutions group. She has also worked in various positions with The Dialog Corporation, most recently as Director of Dialog's Quantum information professional program and the Classroom Instruction Program. Anne is a longtime leader of the Special Libraries Association, serving as its President in 2009-2010. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College of Library and Information Services, and a member of the distance education faculty for the University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences. A history graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Anne holds advanced degrees in architectural history from the University of Oregon and in library and information science from San Jose State University in San Jose, California.



Principal, Ownermakers
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Brian DeMarchi is currently working with Ownermakers, a real estate company, and is also involved in various philanthropic endeavors such as Lubuto and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He recently was a regional account manager with Thomson Reuters, where he was responsible for the accounts with large research universities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. He has more than twenty years of experience in account management and consultative sales. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Brian spent eight years as account development executive at Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters joint venture, and two years in the capacity of account development executive for Dow Jones. His background also includes five years of work at MediaStream, where he managed the installation of electronic library systems for newspapers in the U.S. and South America. Additionally, Brian served as the President of the Special Libraries Association Philadelphia Chapter and the President of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties. Brian has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Rutgers University.



Retired Grant Program Officer
Washington, DC, USA

Jeanne was a Program Officer in the Division of International Research and Training at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2000 until she retired in Dec. 2016. Over the 17 years of her administration, the programs evolved from training individual LMIC scientists in biomedical HIV research at U.S. institutions to emphasizing research training of LMIC individuals at U.S. and LMIC institutions that resulted in increased research capacity at an LMIC institutional level to better address the evolving HIV epidemic in the LMICs. After working as a labor and delivery nurse  and then midwife in the US, she began her international career in Malawi teaching nursing & midwifery at the University of Malawi, and served as the maternal health/family planning advisor in a USAID-funded Primary Health Care Project in Swaziland. Jeanne also served at the Epidemic Intelligence Service and malaria branch at the CDC, the World Health Organization, the World Bank (Republic of Georgia), and a USAID-funded global maternal and neonatal health project (MotherCare) with emphasis on projects in Indonesia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Moldova. Her professional background is in nursing and midwifery from Georgetown, with a public health emphasis through an MPH from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Emory.



Section Chief, Membership Engagement Division, Secretary's Department at the International Monetary Fund
Washington, DC, USA

Elena Michaels joined the IMF in 2001, and works with Executive Board in the areas of corporate governance, budget management and human resources. A New Zealand national, she holds Masters in Political Science and Governmental Studies from Victoria University of New Zealand, and has also previously worked at the New Zealand Treasury, Ministry of Economic Development and Department of Justice. As a Visiting Scholar in the Governmental Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Elena has also studied government reinvention and public/private partnerships in a variety of contexts. Her most unlikely career moment to date has involved wearing a clown suit while typing a letter dictated by a man riding around the office on a unicycle.



Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs, March of Dimes Foundation
Washington, DC, USA

Cynthia Pellegrini oversees all March of Dimes advocacy efforts at the federal level and in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. She also guides the organization’s research on maternal and child health policy issues, represents the March of Dimes on the National Priorities Partnership’s and its Maternity Action Team and serves on the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s Patients, Families & Consumers Center leadership cabinet. Prior to joining March of Dimes, Ms. Pellegrini served as Associate Director for Federal Affairs at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she covered a range of issues including genetics, bioethics, child abuse and neglect, environmental health, nutrition, obesity, and injury and violence. In this capacity, Ms. Pellegrini worked with AAP leadership to develop and execute strategies to advance AAP priorities through both Congress and the Administration. Ms. Pellegrini worked on Capitol Hill for over eleven years. From 1996 to 2004, she served as Chief of Staff and health aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY). Her tenure on Capitol Hill also included stints with Reps. Gerald Kleczka (WI) and Jay Inslee (WA). Ms. Pellegrini has an extensive background in public policy issues as well as politics and administration.

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Assistant Director of the African Department (retired), the International Monetary Fund
Washington, DC, USA

Doris Ross worked as a macro economist for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC for 30+ years, traveling to Latin America, Eastern Europe and, most recently sub-Saharan Africa. She is German but considers herself a global citizen. She holds graduate degrees in economics from the University of Michigan and Universität Saarbrücken. Doris fuses glass as a hobby and supports a number of good causes.

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Library Consultant (retired)
Silver Spring, MD, USA

Sally Sinn was a contract consultant for library technical services at the University of Maryland, College Park. Following a 31 year career in technical services at the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library she served as Interim President and Director of Administration for the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2006. In her management of technical services and indexing operations, she has been committed to the application of technology to improve library technical services and promoted contractual and other partnership arrangements among public and private agencies to expand bibliographic database content. She has served in leadership roles for a number of national library programs for cataloging and serials control. From 2000 – 2004 she served on the board of directors of NFAIS (formerly the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services).


Advisory Board


Dr. Jonathan Brakarsh
Child psychologist, international OVC consultant, author
Harare, Zimbabwe

Mark Chona's speech commemorating Lubuto's 10th anniversary

Kent L. Brown Jr.
Editor in Chief, Highlights for Children, Inc. 
Publisher, Boyds Mills Press, Inc.
Executive Director, Highlights Foundations, Inc.
Honesdale, PA, USA

Susan Fifer Canby
Vice President, Emeritus
National Geographic Society
Washington, DC, USA

H.E. Barbara Chilangwa
Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to Angola
Former Executive Director, CAMFED Zambia
Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Zambia
Luanda, Angola

Mark Chona
Member, International Advisory Board of the Council of Foreign Relations
Former Political Advisor to President Kenneth Kaunda
Former Executive Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Corruption
Business Executive and Civic Leader
Lusaka, Zambia

Clare Hart
President, Sterling Infosystems, Inc.
New York, NY, USA

Marilyn Hollinshead
Children's bookseller and author
West Tisbury, MA, USA

Jean Kalinga
Founder and Head,
Mtogolo Village Project

Mulenga Kapwepwe
Former Chair, National Arts Council of Zambia
Sociologist, author, and playwright
Lusaka, Zambia

Mulenga Kapwepwe's speech commemorating Lubuto's 10th anniversary

Dr. Peter J. Lor
Extraordinary Professor
Department of Information Science
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

H.E. Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika
Former Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the
European Union and the United States
Mongu, Zambia

Peter McDermott
Director, Fajara Associates, UK
Former Chief of HIV/AIDS Section, UNICEF
Heydon, UK

Mark O'Donnell
CEO, Union Gold Zambia Limited
Lusaka, Zambia

Suzi Peel
Veterans Initiative
Habitat for Humanity International
Easton, MD, USA

Kenlee Ray
Senior Information Officer, World Bank (retired)
Washington, DC, USA

Richard Reyes-Gavilan
Executive Director
DC Public Library
Washington, DC, USA

H.E. Sheila Siwela
Former Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United
States of America, the European Union and Zimbabwe
Lusaka, Zambia

Jewell Stoddard
Former Director of Children's Services, Politics and Prose Bookstore
Children's literature expert, librarian, and teacher
Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Paul Sturges OBE
Professor Emeritus
Department of Information Science, Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK

Dr. Scott D. Taylor
Associate Professor & Director
African Studies Program, Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Washington, DC, USA

Ellen R. Tise
Senior Director
Library and Information Services, University of Stellenbosch
Former President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Jim Wooten
Formerly, ABC News Nightline
Author, We Are All The Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love
Washington, DC, USA


Collections & Programs Advisory Council


Dr. Denise E. Agosto
Associate Professor
College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dr. Joan Atkinson
Associate Professor Emeritus
School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Dr. Anthony Bernier
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
Project Director,
San Jose, CA, USA

Barbara A. Genco
ALA Councilor at Large
Editor, Collection Management, Library Journal
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Dr. Genevieve Hart
Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Library & Information Science, University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Norah Mumba
Former Chief, Acquisitions Department, University of Zambia Library
Lusaka, Zambia

Kay Raseroka
Former Director of Library Services, University of Botswana
Former President
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Gaborone, Botswana

Dr. Mary Wagner
Professor Emeritus, Department of Library and Information Science
St. Catherine University
University of Zambia Fulbright Professor, 2010-2011
St. Paul, MN, USA