About us

We are a group of passionate individuals dedicated to improving the health of people across the African continent, by supporting and funding projects such as sanitation, clean drinking water and disease prevention.


Curt Calcaterra, MD.

Curt is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine.  In his 35 years of caring for patients, he witnessed how simple, low cost disease prevention measures can save lives.  This knowledge of disease prevention as well as his love for Africa and its people drew him to to help found this organization.


Jenna Tonet

Jenna has a Master of Public Health from Boston University   She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years, working in community health, academic, and hospital settings.  Having a background in public health and having spent time in Africa, she found her way to this amazing and inspiring group of individuals who are equally passionate to be up to something bigger than ourselves.


Ashley Rund

Ashley is a project manager for an IT consulting firm.  In 2017, Ashley was introduced to an organization which would take her to beautiful Kenya.  There, a love and passion for the Kenyan people and their communities was born.  She is thrilled to be a member of AIPHA where she can continue to help and support these communities.


Mary Andre

Mary is a civil engineer living in rural Colorado. Her career path was formed when she spent a year in Kenya at age 16.  Recognizing a need, she obtained a degree in engineering specializing in designing water and wastewater treatment facilities.  She has spent more than 25 years working in this field and brings that knowledge along with a passion for helping others to this organization.


Phyllis Hurwitz

Phyllis is a 5th grade teacher for a Title 1 inner-city school in Philadelphia.  She has a master’s degree in Elementary Education and has been an educator for over 20 years. Through the years, she has supported projects in Africa, specifically in Kenya and Rwanda.  She is an advocate of sustainable solutions that effectively address the needs of the African people.  Through education, she hopes this knowledge will pass to the next generation, who will be the heroes of change our future is dependent upon.


Brandy Lee Keller

Brandy Lee Keller is an advocate for health and wellness of humans everywhere. Her formal education is B.A. in Psychology and Juris Doctorate (J.D.). She currently teaches yoga at addiction treatment centers and is a performance coach. Born and raised in Montana, Brandy spent 6 months in Tanzania as a young adult. The experience transformed her understanding and vision for global connection and appreciation. More recently, Brandy delivered Mind-Body Wellness training to yoga teachers in Rwanda and Zimbabwe. She is enthused by the creation of AIPHA and the purposeful mission to innovate solutions for improved public health in Africa. Brandy, her spouse, Ryan, and their 3 children, live in the beautiful ski town of Steamboat Springs, CO, USA.


Fran Lewbel

Fran owned and operated a Real Estate company for 25 years.  She decided to return to school in 2014, where she earned a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis on Consciousness, Health and Healing.  She currently works in this field and considers herself a counselor in consciousness.  Fran has spent time in Africa participating and volunteering in service to the environment and humanitarian needs.  There she met like-minded and like hearted people who ultimately came together to create AIPHA. She considers it an honor and a privilege to be part of this organization.


Cheri Taliaferro

Cheri spent 12 years as a wild land firefighter/smokejumper, and 6 of those years also working in Antarctica in her “off-season.” When she wasn’t working, she was traveling, and actively avoiding putting her Kinesiology BA degree to use! She has been a jewelry designer for the last 20 years and gets profound joy from putting beauty out into the world. In the late 90’s she spent a life-transforming trip in Kenya working for Habitat for Humanity, and of course fell in love with the beautiful culture and people of Africa. Now she looks forward to serving these beautiful people in every way possible through AIPHA. 


Parth Bhawalkar

Parth grew up in Mumbai, India before moving to the United States to pursue higher education. Having grown up in a country with poor access to sanitation and healthcare, he has seen first hand how much of an impact it can have to the quality of life. He is incredibly humbled by the opportunity to help make a difference in peoples lives by being a part of AIPHA.
He currently works at a large media company in Silicon Valley, and has helped bring AIPHA online. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife Gina, and is known to make friends with every dog he sees on the street.