REPRESENTING THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION, NAMIBIA - IN THE UNITED STATES:
AfriCat America Inc.
Peter and Wanda Hanssen
7601 W. Southport road, Peoria, Illinois 61615 USA
AfriCat America Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation and is classified as a public charity under U.S. Federal law. Donations to AfriCat America Inc. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. AfriCat America Inc. is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, transfers and gifts under U.S. Federal law. EIN 20-3174862
BOARD MEMBERS AND PRESIDENT
Peter Hanssen, President.
Peter was born and raised in Namibia, studied Agricultural Economics (Msc) in South Africa and was the first agricultural economist to work for the administration of Namibia during the 60’s and 70’s. Peter is one of the brothers (Hanssen) who owned Okonjima as a cattle farm before the current owners launched the AfriCat Foundation. Peter intimately knows the situation and plight of the African carnivore vis a vis the wildlife human conflict scenario in Africa. He and his wife immigrated to the USA in 1977 and ran a succesful bakery business in Illinois from which they are retired. Peter and Wanda live in Peoria Illinois and visit Namibia every year during Febuary and stay on Okonjima to update themselves on the current situation.
Wanda Hanssen, Treasurer.
Wanda was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. She was a professional fashion model before marrying Peter and moving to Namibia where she learned the intimate details of farming and the rural areas of Namibia, and specifically Okonjima the home of the AfriCat Foundation. Wanda immigrated to the USA in 1977 with her husband Peter and together ran a successful retail bakery business from which she is now retired. She accompanies Peter every year for the annual visit to Namibia and Okonjima.
David Farquharson, Board Member.
David lives in West London with his wife, Jo and three children. David and his wife first visited Okonjima in November 2010 and were massively impressed by the great work being carried out by the AfriCat Foundation and equally by the warmth of the African hospitality. His wife then volunteered his services! As a corporate lawyer with a media and entertainment firm, David has assisted with the running of AfriCat UK and various work with the Foundation's legal requirements and issues. Outside of law and AfriCat, David enjoys spending time with his family, undertaking a variety of sporting pursuits, travelling, theatre, and good food and wine.
Mark Reinecke, Board Member.
A lawyer by training, Mark is also a part-owner for the past 14 years of Farm Ombujongwe, which has been brought into the Okonjima Conservancy and now serves as an integral part of AfriCat's release programmes.
Kathy Arkwell, Board Member.
Dr Kathy Arkwell is an orthodontist in Peoria Illinois and a partner in a very successful practice. Kathy is an avid aviator, licensed as a hot air balloonist pilot, helicopter pilot and a fixed wing pilot and instructor. She visited Okonjima in 2013/14 and fell in love with the project and the vision of the foundation and all it stands for.
Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Board Member.
Tammy (Director AfriCat Foundation – Namibia) is the public face of the Foundation in Namibia and internationally, as well as with local supporters and donors. Tammy’s passion for wildlife and the 'bush' started out on the family farm in the rugged Highlands south-west of Windhoek and grew to become a passion when her parents and siblings moved to Okonjima, where AfriCat was born. After studies in Botany, Zoology and a teaching career, she left urban life for the wilderness of Namibia’s north-west where Tammy and her family bought the Hoth-family livestock farm which shared a common border with the Etosha National Park. The Hoths found themselves within the human-wildlife conflict zone, losing large numbers of livestock to lions and spotted hyaena. Due to the ever-increasing demand for environmental education and human-wildlife conflict mitigation, the northern section of AfriCat was set-up in 1997 and aims at finding solutions to this farmer-predator stalemate.