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Our Volunteers

Committed to the Cause

Volunteers: Meet the Team

Rosario Mejia

Rosario owns a clothing fashion shop in the Actopan Town Center in Actopan, Hidalgo, Mexico. She has lived in Actopan for most of her life and she truly cares about her community and has a passion for people, especially the welfare of women. 

Rosario supports the work of The Angaza Project by visiting with the women, praying with them and speaking on various topics. She also assists to mobilize and distribute hygiene products while supporting the cultivation of additional community relationships that support women's empowerment.


Laura Montufar

Laura lives in Actopan, Hidalgo, Mexico and works as the Director of Women's Programming which is out of the Actopan President's Office. Laura has a passion for empowering women and facilitates a skills program that equips women with income generating skills while also serving as a social worker/case manager to address the risks and needs that women have in the community especially in regard to domestic violence. 

Laura supports the work of The Angaza Project and distributes resources our office provides to women in the refuge and in the streets of Actopan. Her office partners with The Angaza Project to be community speakers at events, such as International Women's Day and she is working forward to reach more women in services.  


Christa Paul, M.Ed

Christa is from Grantham, North Carolina. She currently lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, two toddlers, and German Shepard pup. 


Christa earned her Masters in Education and her Bachelors in Psychology at Grand Canyon University and she is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland Global Campus. Outside of being a full time Mama and a Professor, she loves to travel and spend time with her family. Christa is also a free lancer Photographer and Writer.  She is excited to join the community of The Angaza Project!



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Dr. Carol Huynh, PhD

Chair of the Research Committee

 Dr. Huynh is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice within the UNC University System. She earned her PhD in Criminal Justice and her Masters in Psychology from North Dakota State University. Prior to her graduate studies, she attended California State University- Fullerton where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice. Dr. Huynh has many published works within the social sciences.

Dr. Huynh serves as Chair of the Research Committee for The Angaza Project.  



Bayleigh Henneman


Bayleigh Henneman is another one of our volunteers in the greater Charlotte area! She helps make sure our events in the community go smoothly with setting it up, greeting friends, and sharing us in the community. Events are hard work and her sense of humor keeps us all going! She has a personality that lights up the room and contributes excellent ideas to our operations

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Kayle Barbur


Kayle Barbur of Monroe, North Carolina spends countless hours supporting our community events whether it be setting up the event, breaking it down, and making some of the best chicken salad snacks to serve to our guests! She is a master crafter on a variety of crafts and often makes our raffle give-a-way items! Kayle has a heart for women's empowerment issues around the world and we appreciate all of her support and networking she does for us in the greater Charlotte, NC area!

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Kayla Lewis, MS

Lead Advisor for Girls Empowerment

Kayla is from Summerville, South Carolina and has a special place in her heart for Kenya! Kayla has been to Kenya on more than one occasion starting in 2014 where she worked with at risk youth and orphans in Kibera (Soweto). 

Kayla graduated from Springfield College with her Masters Degree in Community Counseling and Psychology in 2015 and her Bachelors in Human Services in 2013. Before her studies at Springfield, she earned her Associate's degree in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling from Tunxis Community College. During her academic career, Kayla was member of the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, known as the oldest and preeminent honor society of the social sciences. Kayla is certified in Trauma Informed Therapy (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She also has a a credential for Suicide to Hope. 

Kayla works with teens as a Therapist in South Carolina and in her free time, she serves as lead of the Advisory Committee for our Girls Empowerment activities. Kayla also serves on our Research Committee and she authored our girls empowerment lesson plans! She will be publishing her work in the near future!


Jane Arum

Student Intern | Kabete Polytechnic Institute of Kenya | Major: Social Work and Community Development

Jane is a volunteer student intern from the Kenya Kabete Polytechnic Institute. Her major is Social Work and Community Development and she is looking forward to completing her studies in the near future. We are excited to have her and also build a relationship with her college. Jane will be conducting a variety of activities while with us, identified by the College and our Board of Directors to serve the girls and women in our programs in Kibera, Kenya.

Jane is the recipient of the 2021 Women Who Shine Award powered by The Angaza Project Board of Directors and Her Village. The award came with a scholarship toward her student needs at Kabete Polytechnic Institute of Kenya and a scholarship for a certification from the Kenya Red Cross that will greatly benefit her for future employment. 

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