Meet Our Leadership

Board of Directors:

DL Lundberg

Founder & President

Brief Biography:

DL Lundberg is a social activist, who believes in the power of sustainable business to catalyze lasting social changes. In Ghana, DL has been active for three years - as a researcher and founder of the non-profit Ghana Strong Initiative, which evolved into MFC Tie-Dye Inc. DL's research has focused on the experiences of people with disabilities and different abilities in Ghana - especially on the human impact of social discrimination and service inaccessibility - serving as lead researcher on the Portraits of Ability project. DL holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Boston College and is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the US, he works as a behavior technician for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Other Affiliations:

  • Co-Director, Matilda Flow Inclusion Foundation

Contact:

dl@mfctiedye.com

Dr. Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy

Director of Sustainability

Brief Biography:

Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy is an applied psychologist working in both business and academic settings. She studies‎ ‎the‎ relationship of social class ‎variables to the human lifespan. Her work and research focuses ‎on social mobility ‎among low ‎income ‎global citizens, and examines ‎personal aspects, as well as, ‎ecological contexts‎ such as ‎family, faith group, ‎workplace, ‎community and ‎educational ‎settings that facilitate or constrain optimal development. She is currently studying ‎ways in which economically disempowered individuals‎ develop dual ‎class-based ‎psychological‎ identities in order to transition to elevated economic success‎ levels ‎while maintaining healthy ‎emotional‎ well-being and relational support connections‎.‎

She has been involved nationally and internationally in social impact, social entrepreneur businesses and social justice work since 1989.

She‎ ‎holds‎ a‎ ‎B.‎A. ‎from Saint ‎Lawrence ‎University, MTS from Harvard University, PhD from Boston College, and expects to complete her MBA from Oxford University in 2017.

Other Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors, Harvard University Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors, Jackson-Walnut Park Educational Collaborative
  • Board of Directors, Families First Parenting Programs

Contact:

julia@mfctiedye.com

Sarah Bibbey

Director of Outreach & Growth

Brief Biography:

Sarah Bibbey is from Laporte, Colorado, USA, and currently lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA. Sarah, sometimes known as “Afia”, first came to Ghana in 2012 as part of the US State Department’s YES Abroad Program. Her time in Ghana blew her mind, and she spent most of her university years planning trips back. Sarah is a co-founder of the Ghanaian/British NGO Enliven Mama Africa, which provides scholarships for young mothers in rural areas around Kumasi to attend seamstress trade school. She served as Enliven Mama Africa’s foreign managing director for three years, and now serves as a project adviser. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Colorado State University.

During her undergraduate, Sarah authored two papers: “Exploring Experiences in the Enliven Mama Africa Seamstress Class in Besease, Ghana” and “Voices of Leaders in Ghana’s Disability Rights Movement.” Both are in the early stages of revision for publication. For MFC, Sarah has collaborated with Matilda and DL to create knitted products. Round-loom knitting is an activity that people with a variety of abilities can participate in, so has fit in well with MFC’s work. Sarah can carry a short conversation in Twi, and is nearly fluent in Spanish. Outside her work in Ghana, Sarah has studied in Costa Rica and worked in homelessness service provision in the United States. She currently works as an employment specialist for people with disabilities in Bellingham. Sarah believes that gender equity, disability rights, and poverty reduction are connected. Sarah has found great value in the power of qualitative research to amplify voices.

Other Affiliations:

  • Project Adviser, Enliven Mama Africa
  • Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Winner, International Exchange Alumni

Contact:

sarah@mfctiedye.com


Workshop Partners:

Matilda Lartey

Co-Director, Matilda Flow Inclusion Foundation

Brief Biography:

Matilda Lartey is a seamstress and a mother of three with her husband, James. She owns a sewing workshop outside her house in Amasaman, Ghana which was expanded and named Matilda Flow Enterprise. This workshop is the home of the Matilda Flow Inclusion Foundation where our tie-dye products are produced. Her firstborn daughter Ruby has an intellectual disability and has faced social discrimination in the community and local schools. Matilda is also skilled in soap-making and manufacturing peanut-cake.

Contact:

matildaflowenterprise@gmail.com


    Project Advisors:

    Joyce Ankrah

    Advisor on Children with Special Needs in Ghana

    Brief Biography:

    Joyce Ankrah is the co-founder and executive director of The Epicentre, a non-profit rehabilitative center for children with intellectual and learning disabilities in Accra. She is also a parent with a daughter with special needs, who is a student at the center.

    She is passionate about the rights and experiences of children with intellectual disabilities in education and adult life and committed to improving the quality of special education services in Ghana. She also serves as an advisor to a variety of social impact projects in Ghana and on a grant-making board for corporate social responsibility.

    Other Affiliations:

    • Executive Director, The Epicentre
    • ISACA Corporate Social Responsibility Board Member, Accra Chapter

    Contact:

    epicentreghana@gmail.com

    Billy Wilson

    Advisor on Persons with Disabilities in Ghana

    Brief Biography:

    Billy Wilson is the President of the Disability Needs Foundation, an advocacy and watchdog group that is led and managed by persons with disabilities in Ghana. It acts as a mouthpiece for the interests of persons with disabilities and seeks to meet their needs through project work. Billy lives with a physical disability and has worked and served as an advocate in the disability rights movement in Ghana for several decades.

    Other Affiliations:

    Contact:

    dnfoundationn@yahoo.com