Meet The Team

A collective group of individuals who are passionate about creating an environment where South Africans can excel and thrive.

Mercedes Fredericks

Director/Project Manager

Ms. Fredericks is an experienced public health professional and nurse with over 20 years of experience that includes service delivery, health facility assessments, project management, and clinical and management training. Ms. Fredericks brings a technical background in HIV/AIDS, TB, and adolescent and youth reproductive and sexual health. She has liaised with all levels of government in South Africa and brings significant experience conducting site assessments at the primary healthcare center (PHC) level, including assessing sites for implementation and rollout of ART services in Northern Cape. In her role at Pathfinder International South Africa, she conducted facility assessments and trainings and provided technical assistance for the implementation of adolescent and youth-friendly services (AYFS), including Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, at the primary health care (PHC) level. Ms. Fredericks holds degrees in public health and nursing education, community health, and occupational health, and diplomas in nursing, midwifery, and project management. Ms. Fredericks is fluent in English and Afrikaans and has basic mastery of Setswana and Xhosa.

Sophia Ladha

Director/Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, & Reporting (MELR) Advisor

Ms. Ladha has over 20 years of experience designing, managing, implementing, and providing technical assistance to health care programs in South Africa and globally. She has successfully managed and supervised large, complex programs, and has participated in PEPFAR-funded projects with partnerships of multiple international agencies and local NGOs. Ms. Ladha served as the Country Director for Pathfinder International South Africa from 2001 and is recognized for her leadership skills and experience fostering a participatory environment for staff and partners; recognizing and leveraging complementary strengths; inspiring and supporting creativity and innovation; and encouraging accountability and professionalism to deliver high-quality results. Ms. Ladha has lead the establishment of monitoring and evaluation processes to measure program effectiveness and inform the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions including necessary evaluation assessments. Ms. Ladha has participated in the evaluation of national health programs, conducted public health facility assessments, and drafted policy and best practice recommendations. She has developed assessment and planning tools and job aides for program managers to facilitate performance improvement and increase demand for services. She was als involved in the design of the methodology and data collection tools to demonstrate the impact of Pathfinder’s International’s adolescent and youth friendly services on the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Seithati Maboi


Ms. Maboi has over a decade of experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluation of public health programs and interventions. She possesses in-depth knowledge of health systems strengthening. In addition to her experience in HIV and STIs, Ms. Maboi has also trained different categories of health care providers on HCT, TB and HIV-TB integration as well as PMTCT. Ms. Maboi has a thorough understanding of the South African Government (SAG) health care system and the current policies and guidelines. Ms. Maboi has extensive experience in mentoring and coaching health professionals on HIV/AIDS and TB at facility level. Furthermore, this experience has enabled Ms. Maboi to establish and manage key networks and partnerships with relevant partners including NGOs, CBOs and DoH and relevant government departments within the districts and sub districts. Ms. Maboi holds a degree in Social Work and is fluent in Sepedi, Tswana, Sesotho, Zulu, Tsonga, and English.

Shafiq Kara

Finance & Operations Director

Mr. Kara has over a decade of experience in operations management as well as finance and human resource management systems. With degrees in fundamentals of project management and business administration, he has worked extensively for NGOs in South Africa and Kenya and conducted short-term technical assistance work in Angola and Botswana. Since 2007, Mr. Kara has worked as the Finance and Administration (F&A) Manager for Pathfinder International in South Africa, where he was responsible for overall office functions and financial concerns including: budget planning, managing, monitoring, and reporting; training and oversight of staff and partners financial activities ensuring compliance with agency and donor expectations, and managing timely payments; procuring goods and services; and advising senior management of any significant financial or operational issues necessitating revisions in planning. Mr. Kara has extensive experience in developing systems and processes, establishing policies and procedures, and training and overseeing staff and partner adherence to such systems, processes, policies, and procedures for financial controls and operational administration. Mr. Kara also has significant experience in human resources management. He oversaw the implementation of human resource policies and procedures, as well as staff recruitment, development, and retention in the South Africa office. Mr. Kara has provided information to employees about regulations, contract language, policies, and practices.

Evelyn Goeieman

National Technical Advisor

Evelyn has a forensic nursing qualification and is an HWSETA accredited assessor and moderator. Ms. Goeieman is a senior public health professional, highly experienced in the management and implementation of donor-funded national and provincial level health programs, particularly in support of youth friendly SRH/FP and HIV/AIDS services. With over a decade of experience in project management, Ms. Goeieman has been recognized for her results-driven approach when implementing and strengthening HIV prevention programs, liaising with provincial and local government officials, and fostering an accountable and professional environment for staff and partners. . Ms. Goeieman holds degrees in nursing education, community health, and occupational health, and diplomas in nursing, midwifery, and project management. Ms. Goeieman is fluent in English, Afrikaans, Setswana, and Sesotho