Changes to the Board of Directors

Thanking Ryan Garbe

After 10 years serving on the Board of Directors as both Treasurer and Secretary, Ryan Garbe is stepping down to spend more time with his new family. “Ryan brought to the board bookkeeping and management skills that helped to maintain and grow the organization and our ability to support the Korando Education Center,” Ripple Effect Project President Joshua Sammon says. “He worked tirelessly to ensure that we complied with Federal regulations and good stewardship for our donors. Along with his welcome opinions and insight he brought a calm to situations that would otherwise be chaotic and stressful.”

I’ve seen firsthand how Ripple Effect Project has touched so many children’s lives, as it has changed mine.

Ryan Garbe

Ryan shares his satisfaction seeing the relationship with Korando grow. “It has been such a pleasure working with Ripple Effect Project and the Korando Education Center,” Ryan says. “Ripple Effect Project has grown so much since I’ve started as a board member ten years ago. I am amazed by the dedication of all the volunteers and the generosity of the donors to be able to come together to help this small community in Kisumu. REP has always been able to respond to the unpreventable challenges that are brought to our friends in Kenya, from flooding to drought, government shutdowns, and food shortages. I am proud of all the work that has been done but know that there are many accomplishments that lie ahead. I’ve seen firsthand how Ripple Effect Project has touched so many children’s lives, as it has changed mine.”

Ryan has graciously been working with Donna Klein, our new Treasurer, to ensure a smooth transition. We are all grateful for his many years of service and wish him well on his journey as a new father!

Welcoming Donna Klein

Donna Klein

We are pleased to welcome Donna Klein as our new Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. For the last eight years, Donna has overseen various fundraising activities for Ripple Effect Project, most notably the successful annual bowling fundraiser.  Donna has graciously agreed to become more involved with the organization’s finances by assuming bookkeeping and financial management responsibilities as Treasurer.

During the day, Donna is a full-time Executive Assistant, in addition to managing her family’s home plumbing and heating business which she owns with her husband. She is a mother and grandmother, yet still finds time to serve her community as a Meals On Wheels volunteer.

Welcoming David Scaduto

David Scaduto

Please welcome David Scaduto as our Communications Director and member of the Board of Directors. David has been volunteering for Ripple Effect Project in various capacities for over 13 years, most recently as newsletter layout editor. As a member of the Communications Committee, he has been responsible for developing a consistent voice for the organization, implementing branding standards and harmonizing print and digital communications.

Professionally, David is a diagnostic imaging physicist, consulting with hospitals and medical facilities throughout Maine. He earned his doctoral degree in Medical Physics from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where he remains a member of the research faculty.