Who We Are


Board Members

Laurie Tam

Laurie Tam, MD

Laurie is a wife, mother and physician. She has co-led medical missions to Swaziland and Cambodia with her husband. She is active in her church, First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, serving as an elder and a small group leader. Both of her children are in college. She enjoys water aerobics, hula, piano, and traveling with her family.

Msizi Dlamini Shongwe

Msizi Dlamini Shongwe

Msizi is the Treasurer of AFAC’s Swazi Board. She is married and has a daughter. She has worked for prominent bank institutions in the Kingdom of eSwatini, serving as systems administrator and analyst respectively. She holds a Diploma in Computer science and is currently pursuing a degree in Administration through the University of South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys reading and bicycling.

Brian Fila

Brian Fila

Brian is a retired member of the U.S. Government Senior Executive Service and Captain in the U.S. Navy. He has led in almost every sector including: government, the armed forces, ministry, academia, law enforcement, and in the non-profit community. He owns his own business, is a lecturer at Hawai’i Pacific University, and is a Partner in Leader Development Network Global (www.ldnglobal.com), a 501C3 organization dedicated to transforming men and women into leaders of confidence, competence, and capacity. Brian lives in Kaneohe with his wife Beth and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Heidi Lum

Heidi Lum

Heidi founded Advocates for Africa’s Children in 2006. She has worked in Swaziland since 2005 and in Tanzania since 2016. Prior to founding AFAC, she was an accountant and also full-time mother of two sons. She and her husband have been married for 28 years. She is currently a Lay Pastor, Elder and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, an ECO Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. and from Fuller Theological Seminary with a MA in Global Leadership. Heidi enjoys swimming, music, and reading historical fiction.

Ellery Lum

Ellery Lum

Ellery has been traveling to Swaziland with his wife, Heidi, since 2007 and has been supporting the work of AFAC in various ways. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii and is a Deacon in the ECO Presbyterian Church. In addition to supporting the ministry of AFAC and his family, he enjoys woodworking and anything Apple Computer.

Kristi Maynard

Kristi Maynard

Kristi is the Chief Financial Officer of Finance Factors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance and accounting. Kristi is on the board of several non-profit institutions, serves on the State of Hawaii Council on Revenues and is an elder of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu. Kristi is married and mother of three young adult children.

Brad Holck

Brad Holck

Brad is Vice-Principal at Madera South High School in Madera, CA and was a Pastor of Children’s Ministry at People’s Church in Fresno, CA. Brad was on Heidi’s first team in Swaziland in 2005 and has traveled to Swaziland with his family several times. He is married to Kelly and together they have 4 children.

Mdudzi Patrick Dlamini

Mdudzi Patrick Dlamini

Patrick has several fields of expertise including capacity building, programme and project management, program monitoring and evaluation, including financial and human resource management. He has held positions as Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator at the US Embassy in Swaziland, National Project Coordinator for United Nations (UNODC), and Monitoring System Manager at National Emergency Response Council on HIV (NERCHA). He holds a BS in Social Science from the University of Swaziland and an MBA from Management College of Southern Africa in Durban, South Africa. He is married with three children.

Sgcibelo Alfred Magagula

Sgcibelo Alfred Magagula

Alfred is the Municipal AIDS Program Manager for the Matsapha Town Council (AMICAALL Wing), heading HIV/AIDS and urban community programmes with the responsibility for all coordination, implementation & operations at the municipality level. He facilitates capacity building including needs identification, planning and implementation at municipal and community levels. Alfred holds two law degrees from the University of Swaziland and is also the President of the Rotary Club in Matsapha.


Staff

Marcia Caldirola

Marcia Caldirola

Marcia is the Director of Development for AFAC. After graduating from Gonzaga University she established her recruitment company and for six years lived and worked in Singapore and South Africa. After returning to the US, Marcia worked for eight years with the American Red Cross of Santa Monica / Greater L.A. and then for four years with the March of Dimes, Hawaii. Marcia is married and mom to two wonderful daughters adopted from China.

Thulie Ncongwane

Thulie Ncongwane

Thulie graduated from the University of Swaziland with a diploma in law and a BA in Public Administration and Sociology. She has nearly a decade of experience with nonprofit sector organizations in Swaziland and the Anglican Church, doing community and child development and child protection. She began working with AFAC in May 2018 and is bringing our projects and programs to a high standard of efficiency, accountability, and sustainability.