Intuba board

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Raphael Mthombeni

Founder & President

Raphael Makhiye Mthombeni was born in Gwanda, Zimbabwe, and has been married to Evelyne since 1979. They have two boys, one girl, and four beautiful grandchildren. Raphael and Evelyne have called Cleburne, Texas, home since moving to the United States in 2002. Raphael has a B.A Degree in Theology and multiple certificates in agricultural development, and has had a long and productive career as a pastor, social justice activist and relationship developer. Raphael is a humanitarian and passionate about family, servant leadership. He loves to worship music and can often be heard singing one of his favorite worship songs in either English, Xhosa, Swahili, or Zulu.

Steven Malecek

Technical Advisor

Steve Malecek is a water and energy development advisor with qualifications in technical, business, and legal disciplines through professional work, education, research, and volunteer experience. As founder and principal of Water Pathways, LLC he has consulted for nonprofits in assessing water resources, preparing project proposals, and coordinating with service providers. Professional experience includes over 30 years as a geophysicist in the oil & gas industry with assignments in the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia with Mobil Oil, Saudi Aramco, PetroTel Consulting, and Kosmos Energy in positions as technical specialist, team leader, trainer, and mentor. Education includes a BA, Physics (Southwest Minnesota State University); MSc, Geophysics (University of British Columbia); MSc, Engineering Management (Missouri University of Science & Technology); MBA, International Business (University of Texas at Dallas); LLM, Energy Law and Policy (University of Dundee, Scotland); and PhD, Water Law and Policy (University of Dundee, Scotland).  He seeks to apply his multidisciplinary and international experience in water, energy, and agriculture through collaborative partnerships for sustainable economic development.

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Ishmael Mthombeni

Media Director

Ishmael was born in Victoria  Falls, grew up in Bulawayo, migrated to the US in the early 2000s, holds a bachelor's degree in public policy and international law, and has a diploma in IOS development. He is passionate about sports and blockchain.

Chase Harman

Marketing Director

Chase’s professional background includes experience in the financial and insurance industries. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in May of 2021 with an MBA in marketing, he began working in the nonprofit sector after God redirected his steps. As a member of Generations Church in Granbury, Texas, he was introduced to the incredible work of Intuba when Raphael shared his vision during a Sunday service. His passion is seeing other people and communities reach their full God-given potential. He was asked to join Intuba after seeing his passion align with Raphael's mission of restoring a nation.

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Thabisa Masina

Executive Secretary

Pastor Thabisa Masina was born and raised in Zimbabwe, one of the Southern African countries where Intuba currently operates. Before moving to the USA, he pastored several church districts in Zimbabwe, mainly in the Matabeleland region. Therefore, he has firsthand experience of the challenges in the area. He has a strong passion for community development and transformation. When he met Raphael in Texas, they connected over their pastoral backgrounds and Zimbabwe but found their passions aligned for seeing the restoration of Southern Africa. Consequently, Pastor Thabisa was asked to join the board of Intuba. 

Yvette Latta

Treasurer

Yvette Latta was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, now known as Harare, Zimbabwe, in Africa. She became the first Christian in her home at 14, and this journey led her to meet her American husband, Alan Latta, there in 1977, who with his missionary parents had been sent to establish churches in Rhodesia. Little did this European girl know that she would become a missionary sent to America from Africa to be an influencer to the youth of the nation and a pastor’s wife and Youth Pastor. Alan and Yvette have pastored Generations Church in Granbury, Texas, for 30 years. They have been married for 44 years and have two gorgeous married children, Summer Okimoto and Zane Latta, who, with their loving spouses, have given them five beautiful grandchildren. 

 

After meeting Raphael last year and sharing her long-term vision of seeing Zimbabwe restored to the Bread Basket of Africa again, Yvette was asked to be the treasurer of Intuba. She is excited to co-labor with Raphael Mthombeni’s vision because she knows the blessing of Zimbabwe is in the soil. 

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Crystal Barth

CPA

Crystal is a retired federal employee, retiring after 32 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She worked in financial management, specializing in budget and workforce at the regional level. Since retirement, she has had a bookkeeping and tax business and has been active in genealogy and family history research. 

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Chris Kennedy

Pubic Relations Officer

Chris Kennedy has worn many hats over her 30 years in ministry. Including pastor, ministry coordinator, intercessor, and volunteer. Chris and her husband Del pastored several churches and para ministries, enabling her to experience firsthand the rewarding and challenging aspects of ministering to God's people. She has a passion and love for helping others. A natural problem solver and lifelong learner, Chris utilizes these skills to mentor and uplift others when counseling. She holds an A.D. from North Carolina College of Theology. She has been ordained through the Evangel Association of Churches and Ministries since 1999. She is affectionately known as Pastor Blondie. When not in church, Chris loves being with her family, baking, shopping, home decorating, and reading. 

Africa team leaders

Our team leaders in Africa are dedicated individuals committed to the work and mission of Intuba. Each member in the region is responsible for the project over-site and implementation and has received extensive hands-on training.

Our team leaders have been certified through the Intuba team leader certification process.

Lweendo Janny Hachilenge

Zambia

Doubt Ndlovu

Zimbabwe

Lihle Zwane

South Africa

Ndawo Sithole

Swaziland