Board Members

Tshilanda Mukala


Tish is from Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She went to Roxbury Community College for a degree in nursing, then to Salem State for a BSN and to the University of New Hampshire for an MSN in their Family Nurse Practitioner Program, graduating summa cum laude. She worked at Spaulding, Kindred and Union Hospitals, as an instructor at Roxbury CC and is currently at PACE-Element Care in Lynn. Tish has cross-cultural skills and a passion for supporting patients and their families.

Leslie Greenberg


Leslie has lived in the Highlands for 49 years. She ran neighborhood cleanups and worked with Fair Share. She is the Chair of the Lynn Health Task Force – working to keep healthcare services. She was President of My Brother’s Table and was the Lions Club Woman of the year. She retired as a special needs assistant from Lynn English High School .

Bawa Wavezwa



Bawa worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Labor & Social Services before moving to Lynn in 1973. He obtained BS/BA degrees from Salem State College, an MBA in finance from Suffolk University and a Masters in International Administration from the School for International Training. He taught at Roxbury Community College. At Mass. Department of Environmental Protection for 33 years, he is the Director of Fiscal Manage-ment. He lives in the Highlands with wife Tish.



Meet our Staff

Being interviewed at the Ford School Garden for that Highlands History Project.

David Gass

International Project Director

Raised in Lynn, David went to Antioch College in Ohio, participating in the civil rights and anti-war movements. His goal was to be a community organizer. He worked 10 years in machine shops in Cleveland in the labor movement. He graduated with a BA in American history in 1983.

 He returned to the North Shore with his wife and sons to build houses, then worked for community development corporations (cdcs) in Somerville and Boston on affordable housing. He directed LINC, a cdc in Lynn, creating award-winning housing/offices on Union St. He helped found the Highlands Coalition at the Ford School in 2006.
From an immigrant family, he would like new arrivals to share in Lynn’s wealth and power, not in its poverty. Education and good health are pathways out of poverty. Community schools working with neighborhood groups empower residents. As Frederick Douglass, former Lynn resident, taught: It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Tanveer Malik
Founder Director 

A human rights activist, social worker, HR advisor and film maker, For 15 years he worked with United Nations agencies, USAID and government organizations, raising awareness about crimes against women and children. He founded South Asia Peace Institute for Conflict Management. He manages large teams and humanitarian projects.  He has masters degrees in Mass Communication and Computer Science. He founded (Pakistan Human Resource Network), specializing in the human aspect of planned change and the American Refugee Council. Read more on his Official Website

Aminah Rasheed





Areeba Syed