Meet Our Staff
United States staff
PHIL LILIENTHAL, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Philip Lilienthal founded Global Camps Africa in 2004. He was a Reston attorney Phillip Lilienthal, who, for 30 years, was the owner and director of Camp Winnebago in Maine. Mr. Lilienthal, who joined the Peace Corps following law school, started Ethiopia’s first residential summer camps in 1967 and 1968. Phil was with his wife, Lynn, a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, and on the Peace Corps staff in Washington, DC, the Philippines, and Thailand. He then moved back to the U.S. to start his law practice and raise a family.
Emily Crowder, Executive Director
Emily Crowder joined Global Camps Africa (GCA) in 2010 to continue her work supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. In her role as Executive Director at GCA, she is responsible for organizational and Board development, operational management, and the strategic coordination of fundraising and communications activities. Prior to joining GCA, Emily served as the Executive Team Lead at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where she facilitated the organization’s global strategic planning efforts, co-produced a documentary film about the Foundation’s work, and managed the Executive Office of the President and CEO. She received her graduate degree in global health policy in 2011. Emily serves on a number of Boards of Directors, including Churches for Urban Ministries (Camp Timothy) and Camp Kum-Ba-Yah in Lynchburg, Virginia.
CourtNey Harris, Office Manager / Program Associate
Courtney Harris joined Global Camps Africa in 2015 as an intern, and in 2016 as the Office Manager. She graduated from George Mason University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Global Community Health, and is pursuing her Master's in Public Health from the same university. In her role as Office Manager, she is responsible for the daily management of donor relations and other administrative coordination. As Program Associate she works to develop evidence-based curriculum materials with sound evaluation practices. Courtney decided to dedicate herself to community health after teaching for a year in Honduras, is passionate about the empowerment of global youth, and hopes for a future of wellness and equality for all humanity. In addition to her work at Global Camps Africa, Courtney volunteers as an interpreter for global medical outreach organizations.
Ann Granger, Special projects Consultant
Ann Granger has spent more than 30 years in the nonprofit world, both professionally and as a volunteer, and has had a keen interest HIV/AIDS since the epidemic began. She has experience in all aspects of development including event planning, volunteer management, communications, and grants. Before coming to Global Camps Africa, she was Development Manager for Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, an HIV prevention program for young people in Northern Virginia. As part of a Foreign Service family, Ann has gained a love and appreciation of other cultures and a deep concern for the effects of the AIDS pandemic worldwide. While living in Guatemala, she created a panel for that country’s AIDS quilt. When not working for GCA, Ann enjoys working in her home pottery studio.
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KABELO MALEFANE, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Kabelo Malefane has been part of the NGO world since resigning from his job as a diamond polisher in April of 2007. He went on to become a volunteer for the Elton John Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Eldorado Park. It catered to children from Kliptown and Eldorado Park and ever since then, his passion for working, designing and implementing child and youth care programmes has grown. He was introduced to Camp Sizanani through Youth Clubs and he attended his first camp in March/April of 2008. He has been actively involved with camp since then. He has held several roles including a Team Leader at Youth Clubs and member of the Training Team at camp. He has also worked at camp in the United States as part of an exchange program facilitated by Global Camps Africa. In 2014, Kabelo participated in the Sidney J. Parnes Global Fellowship program, which helps emerging community leaders develop as creative thinkers and innovators, while tackling major challenges to advance the common good and improve lives in their communities.
KIM POSTHUMUS, operations director
Kim Posthumus joined Global Camps Africa in 2014, first as an intern, then worked as the Office Manager and Program Associate in the US. In 2016 she took on the role of Program Officer, and now lives and works with Camp Sizanani in South Africa. She graduated from George Mason University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Kim was born in South Africa, and raised in the United States. In her many visits to South Africa, she developed an interest in working toward a better future for South Africa.