US Board of Directors

CameroonFDP Bamenda family

Kim Cermak

Cross-Cultural Coach and Consultant, Athena Group International

Kim joined the Board of Directors in early 2013 and traveled to Cameroon that summer to see the impact for herself. She is based in Philadelphia and serves on the fundraising committee.

Matthew Weissberg

Director, Technology Infrastructure Services Operations Processes, PNC Financial Services Group

Matt joined the Board in 2014 and led the strategic planning process, managing a team of experienced sport-for-development professionals from across the country, soon after getting involved. He traveled to Cameroon in the summer of 2016 to meet the local management team and connect with the youth we serve. He is based in Pittsburgh with his wife and two boys.

Sylvia Nanji, MPA

Professional Certified Coach, New Balance Coaching at Nanji and Associates

“Mama” Sylvia, as she is affectionately known, has been on the Board since 2013 and serves as the liaison to the Cameroonian Community in Pittsburgh. She lives just outside the city of Pittsburgh; while on retirement she still remains quite active as a grandmother of five.

Peter Johnson

Sr. Director, Strategic & Cross-Solution Marketing, SAP

Peter joined the board in 2015 and is supporting in a dual role as secretary and marketing and communications committee lead, supporting the organization in some re-branding initiatives and working to improve the messaging. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.

Kevin Deutsch
Sr. Quantitative Analyst, Corporate Risk, EQT Corporation
Kevin has been a longtime supporter of  CameroonFDP and joined the Board in 2016.  He serves on the fundraising committee and takes an active role in organizing and leading the annual Taste of Africa fundraising event.  Kevin is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh region and is an avid world traveler. 

Martell Covington

Program Coordinator, The African American Leadership Institute, Community Empowerment Association

Martell has been involved with CameroonFDP since 2013. He serves on the Taste of Africa committee and fundraising committee and is actively involved with our young supporters in Pittsburgh. Martell traveled to Cameroon in summer 2016 and realized one of his dreams by visiting Africa before the age of 30.

Hector Tantoh


Hector has served on the board since 2013. He serves as our cultural liaison, providing context to human resources practices in the country. He moved to the U.S. from his native Cameroon when he was 16 years old and went to university and graduate studies in the U.S. Formerly based in Pittsburgh, he is now living in Southern California.

Tim Patterson

Sr. Consultant, FedEx Ground

Tim joined the board in late 2014 and has become actively involved in our strategic partnerships and serves as the chair of the fund development committee. Tim is a long-time resident of the Pittsburgh-region and an avid traveler.

Ghejung Awunti


Ghejung joined the board in 2014 and is responsible for strategic planning and partnerships in Cameroon. He has extensive travel and work experience and is a native to the Northwest Region of Cameroon. He lives outside of Pittsburgh with his wife and three children.