Pangea’s Executive Board
Patrick Murphy || Board Chairperson
Patrick T. Murphy is the Development and Alumni Relations Director of the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation. He holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential from CFRE International. Patrick is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration. Initially inspired by his friends to help PANGEA, Patrick joined the board in 2016 as he learned more about the organization's mission and impact in serving the people of Uganda.
Joe Meginnes || Board Secretry
Joe Meginnes is the Deputy General Counsel at Balyasny Asset Management L.P., a Chicago-based investment firm. Prior to BAM, Joe worked in the Investment Funds, Advisers, and Derivatives practice group at Sidley Austin LLP. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School. Joe joined PANGEA to connect with vibrant, dedicated change-makers and provide lasting educational opportunities for children in under-resourced areas.
Abdul Mutebi is an entrepreneur and consultant for various companies across Uganda. He previously worked in the President’s Office of Uganda as a Security Consultant. Abdul has been one of the backbone leaders of our organization since our inception. Abdul was inspired to join PANGEA’s mission for the deep believe in empowering communities to make a difference in their own lives - sustainably.
Amy Meginnes is a Consultant at Slalom. She graduated from The University of Iowa with her bachelors in Finance and Business Management and completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact Design with Archeworks. Amy was inspired to join PANGEA's mission to be part of the incredible force for good that is this board and the Pangea community.
Melinda Wright is a consultant for nonprofit organizations and an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University where she teaches about nonprofit leadership and management. She holds Masters Degrees in Multicultural Literature and Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and DePaul University. Serving on PANGEA’s board brings together Melinda’s passion and background in education and teaching, children’s publishing, and working in the nonprofit sector to affect sustainable change for underserved populations.
Michael Milne specializes in the field of Forensic and Investigative Accounting as it relates to financial crimes and losses due to business interruption. Mike received his BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and promptly began his MS in Accounting Forensics. A CPA, CFE, Trustee, and dog father, Mike joined the board in 2018 with the goal of furthering the development of Pangea Publishing and shoring up the internal control structure of overseas operations. Mike uses his unique experiences investigating financial crimes to design and implement processes and procedures that all but eliminate the possibility of malfeasance.
Pangea’s Advisory Board
Melis Sönmez is a design researcher with a background in product design and brand communication. She has spent the past five years collaborating with design and strategy teams tackling complex challenges and contributing strategic thinking to high-visibility projects. Melis joined PANGEA to help form actionable insights that would inspire product and service opportunities for Ugandan people.
Sundar is an engineer who works with people and communities to solve problems. His projects have been centered on issues ranging from alternative energy to community radio to permaculture to human-centered experiential design. He loves finding ways to make tools accessible, via open source and other means, and for the most part he believes that solutions are already present but oftentimes need a bit more nurturing. His interest in PANGEA comes from seeing the impact of its projects in Uganda and the power of local communities supported by innovative non-profit models.