Who We Are?

We are a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We are guided by a vision and a set of values in whatever work that we do. We are also led by a board of advisors that help steer the ship on course.

Vision​

Manda Institute envisions an alternative community where people are mentally and spiritually healthy and are able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, lead productive lives, and achieve their self-determined goals.

Mission

Our mission is to enhance the capacities of lay and professional mental health and spiritual care counselors to offer basic and professional care services by offering continuing professional development courses and mentorship, conducting research to inform our training and practice and provide therapeutic services in the areas that we serve.

Values

  • People-centered- We invest in people

  • Client-centered-We are committed to offering services that suit the client’s needs.

  • Respect-We believe in the dignity of all our clients.

  • Genuineness- We know or strengths and deficits and we refer clients to other service providers when we are not able to assist.

  • Client empowerment- We help clients develop a sense of self-responsibility.

 

Meet the Board

Manda Institute values the role that the board of advisers play in the success and sustainability of the Institute. They are specialists in their own fields and each one of them have things they are doing. We are grateful to them for their willingness and availability to give wisdom and direction to the work of the Institute. 

Charles is based in Connecticut, United States of America. Charles has over 12 years of experience in working in the field of continuing professional development of mental health and spiritual counselors.  He has a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from the University of Pretoria, South Africa with concentrations in Pastoral Family Therapy and Trauma interventions. Manda has worked as an adjunct lecturer for the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa from 2005 to 2012, and the University of Pretoria's Centre for Contextual Ministry from 2011 to 2018 where he offered short courses in Pastoral Care, Crisis and Trauma Support, Conflict Resolution, and Advanced Trauma Counselling. Following his graduation with Ph.D. in 2014, Manda was awarded a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of South Africa (UNISA) where he published seven journal articles and later appointed as a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria where he published his November 2019 book titled: Re-Authoring Life Narratives after Trauma: A Holistic Narrative Model of Care, which continues to be a specialist resource in the fields of traumatic stress, mental health, and spiritual care. When he is not lecturing or doing research, Manda is a Clinical Pastoral Counselor in private practice. He is a professional chaplain and has recently completed a Chaplain Residency program at Yale New-Haven Health- Bridgeport Hospital, Connecticut, USA. He runs a Consulting Chaplains Agency, LLC that supplies chaplains to hospitals. hospices, palliative care facilities, homes, funeral homes, educational institutions, and veterinary hospitals..

John Ntonta

Board Member

John Kadiwaku is the Founder and Executive Director of Ntonta & Associates, an Us-based business consulting firm based in the city of Bridgeport, in Connecticut (USA). He's an award-winning social entrepreneur and Business Consultant. John owns a portfolio of companies and currently working as a consultant to many organizations and social impact businesses. In 2006, John created the East Eagle Foundation, a human rights organization with 1500+ members, that works to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in DR Congo with missions to the United Nations in New York (USA) and Geneva (Switzerland). In 2018, John, with an award from the global organization based in New York, Echoing Green, created the Kadiwaku Family Foundation to empower people with disabilities to become agents of change and entrepreneurs.

Prof Uchenna Nwachuku

Board Member

Professor Nwachuku is an advisor in the Mental Health and continuing professional development of mental health counselors' work of the MICS. He is the Coordinator of the Master's Degree Program in Community Counseling and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) based in New Haven, Connecticut. Before his full-time faculty tenure at SCSU, Dr. Nwachuku served as a Chief Psychologist for the State of North Carolina Department of Mental Health and Adjunct Professor of Counseling at the University of North Caroline at Greenville. He was also a Staff Psychologist for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and a founding partner of Ebon Associates, a health management consultant firm.

Rev Karen Evenson

Board Member

Based in Minnesota, Karen is the Pastor of Faith Church, United Methodist in Farmington, Minnesota, and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.  She was introduced to Charles Manda in 2013 while training as a facilitator for the Institute for Healing of Memories with Fr Michael Lapsley.  For nearly 30 years, Karen has worked with people as a teacher, in communications, development and fundraising, children, youth and family ministries, addiction/recovery services, homeless/transitional services, workshops, community relations, and as a pastor/counselor.  She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and a Masters of Divinity in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, with concentrations in United Methodist Studies, and Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Dr Charles Manda

Founder & CEO

Mr Scott Evenson

Board Member

Based in Minnesota, Scott Evenson is an experienced theologian, teacher, caregiver, and chef!  He has degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Management and Hospitality from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2017 with Concentrations in Religious Studies, Pastoral Care, and United Methodist Studies. 

Scott’s life story and experiences fill his ministry with wisdom and have enriched his deep faith in God.  Currently, he is studying contemplative practice with Fr Richard Rohr as part of the Center for Action and Contemplation “Living School,” is managing the “Loaves and Fishes” community meal at Faith Church in Farmington, Minnesota, writing a memoir, and is working toward ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.  Scott has worked with children, youth, and adults in camp and addiction/recovery settings has visited with and cared for persons living in elder care, and has worked in HIV/AIDS hospice care settings.