DIA co-founders, Cherri Briggs and Richard Wilson
Cherri Briggs, owner and president of EXPLORE INC, enjoyed a “wild and free” childhood on remote cattle ranch in Nevada which may explain her zest for adventure and love for open spaces. She founded EXPLORE Inc in 1992 and since that time EXPLORE has become one of the leading African travel companies in the USA. She and her husband Richard Wilson have homes in Botswana, Zambia, and the United States, and spend six to eight months of the year in Africa, primarily at their home on the remote Lower Zambezi River. Cherri is Honorary Consul for the Embassy for the Republic of Zambia to the USA and was the first non-citizen to be appointed to the Botswana Tourism Organization
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She lives in New York City, and is the author of the newly released travelogue My Life on the Road.
Lewis and Barbara Hollweg
When our first trip to Africa was arranged by EXPLORE, Inc in 2005, little did we know that our lives were about to be significantly changed. On this journey, Barbara found a dormant passion in wildlife photography, and Lewis expanded his love of cultural and geographic adventure experiences. This first trip was also a powerful catalyst to our commitment to local village sustainability and endangered species conservation. Each of us sincerely believes that DIA is making a powerful difference in the lower Zambezi
Sam Boren and Steve King
Susan (Sam) Boren has been involved with projects in East Africa for over 20 years. After a 50 year corporate career she has recently stepped back to spend more time working with organizations focused on education, the environment, and women’s empowerment. Her friendship with Cherri and Richard brought her to the DIA board and the work on the Lower Zambezi has become an important passion that she shares with her partner Steve.
Steve King is the founder and chairman of Landscape Structures Inc., a manufacturer of public playground equipment. He is a member of several not for profit boards and has been on the DIA board since 2011. He is committed to helping communities along the lower Zambezi River become self-sufficient and sustaining.
Ed Trousil has always been a wildlife habitat advocate. He is the founder of the award winning website, conservelands.com, former board member and chair of the finance committee of the local hospital, and has been awarded an Honorary Proclamation from Governor Owens for his conceptual involvement in preserving a large working ranch just outside the city limits of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Cheri Trousil ’s professional career as a Physical Therapist spans 35 years working in a wide variety of settings; including the ranch where she currently lives. In 1999 Cheri combined her medical training with her love for the outdoors and her belief in the healing power of the animal/ human bond and founded a non-profit organization – the Humble Ranch Therapy Center.
Elisabeth and Gabriel de Kergorlay
Elisabeth de Kergorlay is the founder of Babeth’s Feast, a frozen food company based in New York. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the French-American Cultural Exchange foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board of Global Kids which is dedicated to inspiring urban youth to become successful students, citizens and community leaders. Elisabeth graduated from Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1993 with a Masters degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Political Science and International Relations and currently lives in London with her son Gabriel.
Gabriel De Kergorlay is originally from Paris, however Gabriel grew up in New York for nine years. Gabriel has recently moved to the UK where he resides in London with his mother, Elisabeth De Kergorlay.
Outside of school, Gabriel’s interests are his new 12 week old puppy, Jean – Pierre,tennis photography & theatre. He is also an avid Chelsea supporter.
Gabrielle has recently taken part in a Ping Pong project where he helped the children of Chiawa, Zambia. Where he helped raised seven thousand dollars to purchase 8 ping pong tables, 30 racquets and hundreds of balls for the children.
Mona and Rohan Sinha
Mona Sinha is a dedicated supporter of women and girls. She serves on several boards including: Smith College, Apne Aap USA (an anti-trafficking organization) Let’s Breakthrough (an organization devoted to ending violence against women globally), Women Moving Millions (an organization dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for the empowerment of women and girls), the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, the Global Mental Health Program at the Columbia School of Public Health and the American Museum of Natural History. In 2010, she founded the Asian Women’s Leadership program to train Asian women as leaders, in collaboration with Smith College. She is an active investor in women entrepreneurs. In 2015 she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of her work.
Rohan Sinha is an 18 year old high school senior at the Trinity School in New York City and was raised in New York, California, and Hong Kong. He is an avid debater, reader, and has a passion for social justice. In the fall, Rohan will attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.