Ruth Mwangi has worked to design, test and coordinate numerous projects within the slums and villages of Kenya since 2004, such as: Bridge International Academies where she has helped improve the academic performance of students across 215 schools in Kenya. She has helped pioneer various girl-child initiatives that have so far ensured over 1,500 teenage girls have free access to sanitary-ware every month. As a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and Finalist of the 2016 Echoing Green Fellowship, Ruth has had the opportunity to lead, train and direct numerous groups, conferences and events; works that have well been recognized by global organizations such as the One Young World, where she has twice been selected to represent Kenya.
Doug AndersonBoard Member
Doug Anderson currently serves as Associate Pastor of Christ is the Answer Ministries in Maryland. He is also the Co-founder and Director of Global Partnerships at Garden of Hope Foundation. Doug’s background is in holistic community development, which has taken him to various parts of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. He holds a M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Pillar College. He enjoys traveling, trying different kinds of food, and lots of laughter. Doug lives with his wife, daughter and son in Maryland.
Fiona NgesaBoard Member
Fiona Ngesa is a tourism professional with over 10 years experience in destination marketing. She holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) & a Masters degree in International Tourism & Leisure Management from London Metropolitan University. Besides being a tourism professional, she is a certified coach, speaker and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. She is passionate about the youth, and also helping individuals in the their personal growth and development journey. During her free time she loves to relax with a good book or travel to discover new places. She has a keen interest in Leadership, Coaching and Sustainability.
Keyla PaviaBoard Member
Keyla Pavia is the Vice President of Enrollment Services at Pillar College, an accredited four year institution of higher learning in New Jersey. She has a passion to serve the youth. In 2016 she founded a girls’ mentoring program called Abigail’s Place; a one-year coaching program for girls ages 12-23. Today she serves with her husband, Francisco Pavia, as Youth Leaders at Grace Fellowship Chapel in Bedminster, New Jersey, working with Middle School to college-age students
Brittney Anderson Board Member
Brittney Anderson is a wife and mother of two children. She strives to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and her first role is taking care of her family and supporting her husband in his ministries. She wears many hats and strongly believes in doing the most good where one is planted. Her passions include food justice, urban agriculture, cooking, sustainably grown organic food, earth stewardship, healthy lifestyles, and minimalistic living. Brittney holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. Her professional experience spans a variety of sectors including: environmental scientist, marketing director, nonprofit fundraising, tech company start-up, and business consulting.
Kevin OumaBoard Member
An alumni of the Mohamed Amin school for broadcast Journalism on a Reuters Scholarship.Kevin Ouma is an Independent documentary photographer based in Nairobi Kenya with assignments in East Africa.Kevin works mostly with non profits when not doing his personal projects.He is keen on pursuing themes around social justice and human rights.
Kevin is a foundry Photojournalism fellow,a world press photo master class alumni and was part of the team of photographers that worked on the Safaricom,Kenya’s largest (Telkom) 2015 calendar.He is also a director of OneTouch media,a collective of Kenyan Visual creatives.
When not traveling,he lives with his wife in Nairobi.–
Rosette Adera Board Member
Dr. Rosette Adera is a former refugee from Rwanda who lived, studied and worked in Kenya for fourteen years before she emigrated to Canada. She has spent close to thirty years teaching and working in higher education in Kenya, Canada and the US. Rosette has served on several boards including Women Graduates-USA and El Centro Hispanoamericano. She continues to facilitate the inclusion of refugees, new immigrants and other vulnerable populations into the workforce as well as academic environments. Currently, she is the Chair of the Business Administration Department at Pillar College where she teaches courses in management, she is the Faculty Advisor for international graduate students and for Pillar Enactus. When she is not doing that, she is engaging in social entrepreneurship, running small startups and writing curriculum. Rosette lives with her husband Mathews and grandson EliJude in New Jersey, USA.