Meet The Team

About Us

Lynn Minderman

Lynn retired from a career as a school administrator/teacher in New York State and entered the Peace Corp, serving in Lesotho in 2007-2008. In her role there she worked for the Lesotho College of Education, teaching teachers. She lived in a single room rondaval in rural Qholaqhoe Mountain and traveled by foot each day to different schools in the region.

Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections is Lynn's response to the overwhelming needs of a population devastated by hunger, disease and poverty. She returns to the Mountain every year to work help oversee the high school and college scholarship programs.

Cornelia (Pic) Schade

Pic served as treasurer of the organization since its inception. It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of her death on 7/4/19.

Pic believed passionately in our work with the students at Qholaqhoe High School. She loved traveling there to work with students, parents, teachers and administrators alike. 

Pic was also instrumental in establishing our college scholarship program, traveling with Lynn to The National University in Roma to arrange the funding processes for our scholarship winners. She worried about our six students, recognizing how difficult a transition from the remote mountains to college life would be. And, she delighted in seeing how well they have adapted to university life, excelling in their studies. 

We are establishing a memorial fund in Pic’s name to provide continuing support for our six students at the National University. The fund will help ensure that Ntsebo, Rameketse, Ts’epang, Moeling, Itumeleg, and Karabo are funded through their graduations. 

If you would like to honor Pic with a donation to the memorial fund please direct your donation to:                                             

Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections
Pic Schade College Scholarship Memorial Fund
PO Box 405, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

 

Debbi Hitchings

A co-founder of the organization, serves as Vice President and Secretary and handles the more "techie” aspects of the project. Recently retired, she oversees publicity and our website..

Pic and Debbi are sisters and sisters-in-law of Lynn.

Linda Gorham 

Joined the QMC board of directors in July, 2013. In 2016 she served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Micronesia. She is a long time Qholaqhoe High School sponsor and is a retired educator and museum director of education.

Kevin Koryto

Kevin KorytoKevin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer at Qholaqhoe High School from 2011-2013. In Lesotho, Kevin met his wife Caitlin who was a Peace Corps Volunteer at the school on the other side of Qholaqhoe Mountain. Kevin and Caitlin currently live in Boulder, Colorado where Kevin works as a water resources engineer. Kevin remains close with many of his friends and students in Qholaqhoe including QMC Counterpart Tlali Joseph Lengala who recently traveled to the US to be in Kevin and Caitlin's wedding!  Kevin joined the QMC board in 2016 and assists with the College Scholarship Program.

Roger Gorham

Roger Gorham

Roger capped a career as an educational administrator, college professor, and consultant by joining the Peace Corps Response program in 2016-17.  Stationed in Pohnpei, Micronesia, he provided educational leadership training and mentoring to the island’s administrators, principals, and teacher leaders; a role he currently enjoys while working with Qholaqhoe High School leadership.

 

 

 

Our Most Sincere Gratitude

We are most grateful to the law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP of Albany NY for its assistance in procuring 501C3 status.  

Elm Street Marketing Essentials powered by Proforma of Camden, ME has provided ongoing assistance with our website and with our publicity.  

We are also indebted to many organizations and individuals who have supported this project financially since its inception.



We would be pleased to share a presentation of both of our projects in Lesotho. If interested please contact us.

 

Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections

P.O. Box 405
,
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

518.732.4279



Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections is a 501(c)3 organization.


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