Imke Weitzel - Imke's youngest daughter was born with a progressive hearing loss. 36 years ago that implied regular trips to South Africa to receive quality advice on early education for hearing impaired children. She met Heide Beinhauer when she later travelled to Germany for further guidance in her daughter Gesa's mother tongue. Imke designed most of the organisation's earlier leaflets and books and served as Treasurer for a long time.

Barbara von Koenen - When Barbara and Jorrit von Koenen searched for a specialist teacher to help their son, who had become deaf at the age of 3, Imke told them about Heide. Ultimately Benedikt was the direct reason for Heide's arrival in Namibia. A long-standing active member and treasured friend of the organisation, Barbara now resides in Germany with her family and Benedikt is a qualified aeroplane mechanic working for Lufthansa.

Linda Franklin-Thorn - As a speech/language therapist and audiologist, Linda was very aware of the limited resources available for language, speech and hearing impaired children in Namibia and felt a need for a parent support group and "watchdog organisation" to fight for the rights of children with communication disorders and their families. As past Chairperson of CLaSH, Linda remains an active member of the organisation and takes great delight in all of CLaSH's achievements.

Johnnie van Tonder - One of the few ENT specialists in Namibia, Johnnie has never stopped his support and encouragement. He continuously and generously assists CLaSH in the provision of professional service and expert care. Since 2003 he has actively supported Operation Omakutsi, a series of middle ear operations in the Northern regions of Namibia where ENT services are usually not available.

Heide Beinhauer - A specialist teacher for hearing and speech impaired children, Heide arrived in Namibia in 1989. The plight of the country's hearing impaired children and the countless opportunities to start meaningful projects became her calling! More than twenty years on, Heide co-founded CLaSH, became its Education/Training Officer and is now Director of the organisation.


Wolfgang Keding, Chairman - Due to his nephew, who has language and learning difficulties Wolfgang became involved with CLaSH. He has a BCom and MBA degree and feels that through his personal and professional experience he can contribute towards keeping CLaSH a vibrant organisation.

Webster Gonzo, Vice-Chairman - Webster is passionate about people in general. A psychologist by profession he currently works as Human Capital Manager. He sees his role on the Board of CLaSH as one of facilitator and enabler for those that have to deal with the organization on a day-to-day basis.

Marc Biederlack - At the age of 2, Marc discovered that both his ear canals were closed and until the age of 9 he had to undergo several operations. Today Marc is a successful financial wealth consultant. "Serving on the CLaSH Board is a great opportunity to help those less fortunate than myself with their hearing," says Marc.

Maureen Chirawu - "I am 'involved' with CLaSH because I had worked there for a couple of years.  Working at CLaSH opened my eyes to the world of parents with language, speech and hearing impaired children. CLaSH's work involves practical solutions for the parents who live in remote areas as well as those in towns.  The work done is not only about the parent/child but includes training the teachers/trainers/caregivers in communication. I find that the little time I give to attend the meetings whenever I can is usually worth it."

Antoinette Kooper - Antoinette has a deaf nephew, who used to attend the CLaSH pre-school unit before moving on to the Deaf school. She works for the Ministry of Health and Social Services and has a Diploma in Office Management and Technology. On the Board she specifically serves as parent representative.

Sem Shikongo - A good friend of Imke’s, Sem watched her daughter find her way in life and grew to understand the challenges involved. He is Director of Tourism at the Ministry of Environment & Tourism.

Ali Ipinge - "My reason to join CLaSH as a trustee is to serve, in some small ways, the community of children with language and hearing impairments in Namibia. With my financial and leadership background, I felt that I can invest some of my spare time in supporting CLaSH to meet its objectives and goals. As a treasurer of CLaSH I believe I will be adding value to the financial sustainability of the organization and by extension ensure that the kids with language and hearing impairments continue to receive much needed continuous support."

Ndafu Amadhila-Heita - "I think a quote that summarizes why I joined CLaSH would be 'Do what you can, where you are, with what you have'. I was asked by a colleague who had served on the board for a long time if I would be interested in joining when she left. Upon making further enquiries, I came to realize that it is an organization in which I could make some kind of impact. I have always believed that it is important to be involved in helping to make one's community better, in whichever way one can. To use one's unique talents and skills in making positive changes."

Heide Beinhauer
Melissa Claasen

Linea Mudjanima
Hazel Josob
Adelheid Malakia
Loide Nangolo
Stephanie Angelicia Isaacs
Sue Bright
Office and Finance Administrator
Project Officer
Principal ECD Caregiver
ECD Caregiver
ECD Caregiver
ECD Caregiver
Deaf Education Advisor