Meet Our Team

  

“What we need now is a nation of great people who live to positively impact others and build enduring legacies” 
- Fela Durotoye
  

Our Beginning

  
Transcend Stem was birthed from a mother's love, compassion for humanity,  and a heart cry for a young generation that's equipped to become better parents and leaders of tomorrow. In 2006, our founder learned about a troubled 13 year old Jamel. Our founder listened helplessly as stories about Jamel surfaced, as Jamel transformed from a polite, soft spoken innocent 13 year old teen to drug and alcohol use and eventually a life of crime. Today, at age of 23, Jamel is incarcerated.  Although our founder tried in vain to get through to Jamel's parents to help with Jamel she did not lose the hope to create programs that help intervene/prevent other teens from following the same path as Jamel did.
  
  
Transcend Stem seeks to strategically engage teens in activity based out of school programs that are focused on improving outcomes for youth.  According to KIDS COUNT data center reports, teen problems may emanate from living in high poverty, living in single parent homes,  and boredom due to lack of activities - among other things. Transcend Stem proposes to utilize STEM Education based curricula to help teens create innovative ideas that will support youth success, peer and family relationships and keep them away from drugs, alcohol and sexual activities.
  
 Founding Executive Director
IT Director
Programs Coordinator
  
  
Malcom “Meech” Chitsa
Meech, as is Malcom playfully addressed by his peers, is our IT guru. His IT career started at age 11 when he built his first computer without expert assistance.  Malcom brings a very peaceful and calm demeanor and over 11 years of IT expertise. Malcom serves as one of our most valued team members who knows “all things IT”. When he is not working, Malcom loves making music. Malcom has a unique music production engineering talent which comes as an additional asset to some of our programs as he assists with beat production and music engineering. Malcom resides in the Dallas area and works as an IT Analyst for Flextronics corporate in addition to serving on the Transcend Stem Education team.
  
  
  
  
Haphen Muchapondwa
Haphen started her nonprofit career in 1995 as a High School Teacher and Youth Director for Hermann Gmeiner Kinderdorf International (SOS Children’s Villages).  Other nonprofit organizations whose philanthropic activities are based on truly improving humanity which Haphen has served over the years include, National Center for Higher Education, Editorial Projects in Education and National Math and Science Initiative. Haphen currently resides in Dallas and serves for an organization that provides services for Refugees, Immigrants, other displaced persons and victims of human trafficking in addition to overseeing Transcend Stem education.
  
  
  
Abigail Delfina Luna
Abigail is the Programs Volunteer Coordinator. Abigail juggles between working for a local law firm and coordinating the Transcend Stem Youth Programs. Abigail’s positive outlook to life and her vibrant smile brings hope and encouragement to all that are around her.  Abigail resides in her family home in the Bedford area of Texas. When she is not working Abigail loves photography, participating in photo shoots and spending time with her beautiful mother listening to music.