Linda Atwater, president
Linda is a school teacher, mother and grandmother living in Portland, Oregon. Peace Corps changed her
life when she spent three years teaching deaf children in rural Ghana. Since 2001, deep relationships have developed with the people, her “Ghanaian family”, as she continues to bring projects and support programs that make a difference.
She travels to Ghana every year to monitor the scholarship program, visit schools and, her favorite part, visiting students in their homes.
Other community involvement opportunities always arise; such as working with Rotary Club rebuilding the local dam by hand or the villagers ongoing, multi-acre afforestation program.
Linda is passionate about empowering girls and encouraging both girls and boys to become educated. She understands the power of family and community, seeking to support village grassroot efforts and strengthen families. She aspires to follow the example Christ gave us as he lived love, acceptance, and grace.
David Kmetovic, Secretary
David Kmetovic has worked on a wide variety of projects as a Project Manager, in the environmental analysis and engineering field. Projects often require a sensitive treatment of natural resource and social issues. Through his volunteer work with Mercy Corps and friendships with dedicated people doing beneficial work building capacity and improving education in the developing world, he has come to appreciate the tremendous good that can be done. But, it was meeting Linda Atwater in 2012, learning her story and seeing the strong continuing connections she has formed with the members of the Talensi community that led to his commitment to be part of Ghana Community Pathways. David has worked with Linda supporting her scholarship efforts in recent years and is now an active part of expanding GCP’s efforts in upper east Ghana.
David is a father of three living in Portland, Oregon where he has his own consulting business, and where stays active in community-building, music performance and outdoor recreation.
Hawa Bangrey, ghana advisor
Hawa is a wife and mother of four, including one adopted nephew. She lives in Kaare village, Ghana where she has been intrinsically involved with the Ghana Scholarship fund since 2010. She is a strong community organizer and a leader in Hope Ghana Church. Hawa brings a level of trust and transparency to the scholarship fund by coordinating the children in need with the scholarship process. Hawa supports girl-child education and advises many of the girls we have in the program, who call her Momma Hawa.
Hawa enjoys cooking (including Western burritos and brownies) and studying the gospel.