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, work with our teachers at Oasis Pathways Academy, visit other 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 grass-root 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 expanding the Oasis Pathways Academy.
David is a father of three living in Portland, Oregon where he has his own consulting business, and where he 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. in 2018, Hawa joined the staff at Oasis Pathways Academy as administrator. She brings a level of trust and transparency to the shool and GPC board by coordinating the needs of the children, the teachers and parents.
in 2020, she became a focal point as food shortages affected the villages and hunger of the families. Long after the food distribution in June, villagers continue to show up at her kitchen for food.
Hawa enjoys cooking (including Western burritos and brownies) and studying the gospel.