Our Team

CFK Africa has benefited from tremendous leadership on the ground and on our Boards for over 20 years.  

Leadership team

Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Leadership Team

Hillary Omala
Executive Director | Kenya

Hillary is a program management professional with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

He has led program implementation in Western Kenya, the Rift valley, and Nairobi, including working for the CDC/KEMRI Program where he served as the Clinic Services Manager. He has developed and managed successful partnerships with eight County governments, Ministries of Health and Education, local CSOs, and research collaborators such as the CDC Kenya, KEMRI, Kenyatta University, Washington State University, and the University of North Carolina, among others. Hillary was a key writer and facilitator in the lobbying, stakeholder engagement, legislation, and deployment of the Nairobi and Nakuru Community Health Services Act in 2022, 2022-2026 Strategic Plans, and policies.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nairobi and has a postgraduate Diploma in Project Management. He is an MSc. Health Economics candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Mary Ndiba
Chief Operating Officer | Kenya

Mary is a seasoned strategic leader with vast experience working in the development sector for close to 20 years.

Her expertise covers multiple functional areas, including organizational strategy and development, financial management, budgeting and budget implementation, procurement, operations, audit and risk management, internal controls systems design and set up, grants and contracts management, sub-awards management, project lifecycle management, HR, and IT systems management. She has managed projects from donors such as USAID, USDA, DFID, CDC, SIDA, IrishAid, EU, GIZ, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Mastercard Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation, among others. 

Mary has held senior management positions in Kenya, East Africa, and Southern African regions. Prior to joining the development sector, she was an Auditor. Mary holds a Master of Business Administration degree (Finance and Strategy) from the United States International University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Daystar University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPAK). 

Erick Nandoya, Ph.D.
Head of Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning | Kenya

Dr. Nandoya offers over 12 years of professional experience from the public, private, and civil society sectors.

He has worked with international development organizations in East, South, and Central Africa. His core areas of work experience combine good governance, civil society development, livelihood, and small business development with a focus on vulnerable groups. He is highly versed in the research design, review, and evaluation of international development initiatives.  

He is the current Principal Investigator (PI) to five scientific studies in a pool of experts under the USAID New Partnership Initiative (NPI) – World Relief, Strengthening Community Outcome for Positive Engagement (SCOPE) Project framework agreement for reviews and evaluations. In addition, Dr. Nandoya is a faculty member with Kenya Institute of Management and St. Elizabeth University Europe – The Kenya Chapter. He holds a Ph.D. in Community Health specializing in infectious disease control.

Partnerships & Fundraising Manager | Kenya

Ann has served with CFK Africa for more than 10 years.

She is a Program Management specialist with rich, progressive experience in data-driven program management and design, partnerships management, government relations management, fundraising, program monitoring and evaluation, grants development, management, and administration. She started as a program officer supporting our girls and young women led projects and led a USAID–funded Orphan and Vulnerable Children Program. She then served as CFK’s Impact Manger facilitating the utilization of data, grants and partner interests to realign program models before transitioning to the role of Partnerships and Fundraising Manager to play a critical role in CFK’s expansion efforts within Kenya. Ann is responsible for establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships with non-profit organizations, research institutions, government entities, and for-profit organizations in establishing CFK’s strategic and formalized partnerships through MOUs with government and other partners.   

Ann is passionate and devoted to contributing to empowering marginalized communities, especially communities in informal and peri-urban areas.  She earned a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology from the Technical University of Kenya and is a finalist for a Master’s in Public Policy from Kenyatta University.

Head of Finance | Kenya

Jane is a financial professional with more than 10 years of financial management experience.

She has extensive experience overseeing and managing diverse financial portfolios, including multi-year and multi-funded donor programs. She has managed projects from individuals, foundations, international and local agencies, state departments, and UN agencies through her work with organizations including AVSI and Centre for Rights and Education Awareness (CREAW).  

Jane is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPAK) and earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from KCA University and a diploma in Accounts from the Kenya Technical University of Mombasa.

Head of Operations | Kenya

Doreen is a finance and administration professional with more than seven years of experience in non-profit organization management.

She previously served as CFK’s Finance and Administration Officer. Before CFK, Doreen served as a Financial Officer with Jhpiego and World Concern.   

Doreen champions the improvement of internal controls to ensure accountability and the effective use of financial resources within the organization. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is a registered CPA.  

Primary Health Care Coordinator | Kenya

Eddah is a progressive community health advocate with more than 10 years of experience in community health and health service delivery.

She has served as a Health Surveillance Officer for various organizations, including Washington State University, Avo Global Enterprise, and KEMRI/CDC. Eddah oversees CFK’s Primary Health Care facilities and community outreach initiatives and has been instrumental in facilitating CFK’s COVID-19 response and expanding the organization’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) initiatives to additional informal settlements. 

Eddah earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management from the Kenya Methodist University and a diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from the Kenya Medical Training College.

Jeffrey Okoro
Education and Livelihoods Coordinator | Kenya

Jeffrey has been a part of CFK Africa for more than 10 years. 

He has strong roots in the Kibera community and finds joy in providing services that help uplift adolescents and youth. Growing up in Kibera and experiencing the power of education firsthand, Jeffrey serves as a powerful role model for youth in informal settlements. He manages CFK’s education and livelihoods initiatives and co-founded the Best Schools Initiative, CFK’s largest education research project.  

Jeffrey is committed to empowering people to empower themselves. He served as a 2019 Metis Fellow, working toward accelerating the pace of education reform across Africa. Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Science in Project Planning and Management from Moi University and a certificate in Business Mathematics.

Communications Manager | Kenya

Carol is a strategic communications expert with over 10 years of professional experience in the non-profit and media landscapes.

She has worked with international organizations like Mercy Corps, Action Aid, and SOS Children’s Villages in Kenya implementing health, education, youth empowerment, and child rights programs. Her core areas of work experience encompass: communications strategy development and implementation, media relations, writing, knowledge management, and social media management. She is also experienced in managing teams and overseeing all areas of communication to ensure that communication amplifies project participants’ voices, facilitating meaningful participation and fostering positive change. Carol holds a Master of Arts Degree in Development Communications from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the United States International University (USIU).

Wilkister Olando
Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Coordinator | Kenya

Wilkister is a Public Health Specialist with over 10 years of progressive experience in programs design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and research in health and livelihoods programs.

She has previously designed, directed and managed numerous monitoring and evaluation programs under PEPFAR (CDC, USAID and HRSA) and Embassy of Netherlands funded programs. Her experience in monitoring and evaluation includes work in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Livelihood, Biomedical Engineering, and Adolescent and Youth Health programs. 

Wilkister holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (Epidemiology and population health) and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Information Technology from Maseno University. She also holds a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Kenya Institute of Management with a follow up Monitoring and Evaluation training by an International Organization, Inside NGO (now Humentum). She has previously successfully submitted two Monitoring and Evaluation Abstracts to the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2017 held in Ivory Coast and International AIDS conference (IAC) 2018 held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Her mantra is, “The only way we can know where we are coming from and going is through guided measurements and documentation of all processes.”

Administrative Coordinator | Kenya

Sarah is a social justice advocate with more than 10 years of experience in social and community work. 

She has professional experience in participatory development, monitoring and evaluation, program management, social-economic analysis, and lobbying for policy change for vulnerable groups. Sarah is passionate about working on issues related to adolescent girls and is working to realize social and economic transformation of girls from poor backgrounds. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Communication from Catholic University.

Valentine Cheche
Valentine Cheche
Human Resources Business Partner | Kenya

Valentine is an accomplished Human Resources Specialist with over 10 years of progressive work experience in Human Resources and Administration

She is a people enthusiast and a thought leader who has  previously held Financial Planning Manager and Customer Care roles at British American Asset Managers and Airtel Kenya respectively. She believes in choosing and seeing people in their light and influencing them from that space.

Valentine holds a Master of Management Degree in International Business from Central Queensland University in Sydney Australia (CQU-Sydney) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business Administration from the United States International University Africa Campus (USIU-A). She is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP-K) and an award winner of the most Outstanding National Performer in the Reward Management Unit from the Human Resource Management Professionals Examination Board (HRMPEB). She is also a full member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) having been awarded a winner of a trivia organized by the institution for demonstrating excellent skills as a team player.

Kibera Centre Manager | Kenya

Yunus is a Community Health and Development Specialist with expertise in community mobilization for action, project management and implementation, coordinating research studies, and facilitation skills developed over the last 12 years.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Community-Based development and Project Management from PREMESE Africa Development Institute. Previously, he served as a Program Officer in a Public Health position and has also worked with different organizations such as AMREF, Africa Network for Health Knowledge Management (AFRI-AFYA) and KEMRI/CDC in coordinating several community-based projects.

Beth Ann Kutchma
Beth-Ann Kutchma
Director of Strategic Partnerships | United States

Beth-Ann is a non-profit leader, higher education administrator, and multimedia producer with 20 years of experience specializing in global research and education development, data analysis, and international evaluation. 

She has completed professional work with organizations including Carnegie Mellon University, the Nature Conservancy, the UNC Mathematics and Science Education Network, and served as a Senior Program Officer and Fulbright Program Advisor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Beth-Ann served over three terms on CFK Africa’s Board of Directors and produced Without a Fight, an award-winning documentary that explores how soccer can facilitate social change in Kibera. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Terrestrial Ecology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She enjoys playing bass guitar in a good rock and roll show on occasion.

Operations & Development Manager | United States

Katrina is a dedicated humanitarian health professional with more than nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

She has worked with a community development corporation, a free medical clinic, a refugee resettlement agency, and has international volunteer experience. Katrina’s mission is to improve the lives of people around the world.  

She visited Kibera in 2019 before learning about CFK Africa’s work and is honored to be a part of the CFK team. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Applied Science in Humanitarian Health from Johns Hopkins University. 

Health Communications Fellow | United States

Hannah is a creative storyteller with experience in grant writing, cross-cultural communication, and developing and implementing marketing and communication strategies for international non-profits.

She has studied and lived in Peru and Spain, volunteered for organizations offering legal and health care services to immigrants and low-income households, and served as a Social Innovation Fellow where she worked on a project to mitigate heat-related illnesses and deaths among migrant farmworkers in eastern North Carolina.  

Hannah received Bachelors degrees in Communications, Spanish, and International Studies from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Communications & Operations Associate | United States

Leeann is an enthusiastic team member with a passion for environmental issues and conflict resolution.

She has developed business-to-business (B2B) research for private sector clients and also brings policy experience from the U.S. Senate and Department of Commerce. Leeann has also conducted research on global transboundary water security and WaSH issues.

Leeann received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Business Administration from the George Washington University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Board of Directors &
Advisory Council

We have a dedicated team of Board and Advisory Council members who volunteer their time and expertise to maximize CFK Africa’s impact. They provide us with a strong, steady foundation even through the most difficult times. We are forever grateful for their support and expertise. 

Board of Directors

Our Kenya Board of Trustees and U.S. Board of Directors operate together on a Joint Board.

Rye Barcott, Chair

Co-Founder, CFK Africa; Co-Founder and CEO, With Honor

Brett Bullington

Angel Investor and Advisor to Start-ups, Technology Entrepreneur

Jennifer Coffman, Ph.D.

Professor of Integrated Science and Technology, School of Integrated Sciences, James Madison University

Jim Herrington, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Vice-President, Drone Data and Film® Photography; Professor (retired), Department of Health Behavior, UNC-Chapel Hill

Francis Kibet, Treasurer

Manager, IT Audit Services, Duke Energy Corporation

George Kuria

Chief Executive Officer, ACRE Africa

Rosemary Maina

Senior Associate, Anjarwalla & Khanna (ALN Kenya)

Suzanne Maman, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill

James Ndiang’ui

Senior Finance, Administration and Compliance Manager, Malawi at Counterpart International

Joseph Nganga, Secretary

Executive Director, Smart Power Africa, Power Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dickson Omondi

Regional Director, Southern and East Africa, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Claire Rotich

Senior Associate, Health Industries Advisory at PwC

Dr. Ron Strauss, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Executive Vice Provost, UNC-Chapel Hill

James Peacock, Ph.D. (Honorary Member)

Kenan Professor of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel HIll

Advisory Council

In 2020, we convened a diverse group of international leaders and volunteers that will guide CFK Africa’s strategic decisions and assist us as we continue to develop local leaders and catalyze change in informal communities.

Madeleiene Albright (in memoriam)

64th U.S. Secretary of State

Steve Arnold

Education Activist; Professor of Religious Studies

Karen Austrian, Ph.D.
Senior Associate, Population Council
Yaniv Barzilai​

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State; former CFK Africa Peacock Fellow

Stellah Bosire, M.D.

Executive Director, UHAI: East African Sexual Health & Rights Initiative

Robert Breiman, M.D.

Emory University Professor; Former Director, CDC Global Disease Detection Division in Kenya

Peter Dixon ​

Founder and CEO, Second Front; former CFK Africa Peacock Fellow

Bill George, Ph.D.

Professor, Harvard Business School; former CEO, Medtronic

Christopher Hunt

Partner, Riverston; Professor of Practice, Imperial Business School in London

Orlando Lyomu

Group CEO and Managing Director, The Standard Group PI

Rebecca Martin, Ph.D.

Vice President for Global Health, Emory University; Director, Emory Global Health Institute

Kathleen McGinn, Ph.D.

Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration; Co-Unit Head, Negotiation, Organizaitons & Markets, Harvard Business School

Joseph Nye, Ph.D.

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University Center for the Environment, Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

William Roper, M.D.

CEO, UNC Health Care; Former Director, U.S. CDC

English Sall, Ph.D.

Board Member, Sall Family Foundation; Adjunct Professor, UNC School of Public Health

Past Board Chairs

CFK Africa has benefited from tremendous leadership on the ground and on our Boards for nearly 20 years. We recognize the tenure of our past Board Chairs, who volunteered and helped us grow at each stage of our movement to be a model of participatory development and responsible research in informal settlements gripped by cycles of extreme poverty and around the world.

Jennifer Coffman, Ph.D.

Professor of Integrated Science and Technology, School of Integrated Sciences, James Madison University

Joseph Nganga

Executive Director, Smart Power Africa, Power Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Kathleen McGinn, Ph.D.

Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration; Co-Unit Head, Negotiation, Organizaitons & Markets, Harvard Business School

David Mshila

Senior Advisor, GIZ-PSDA

George Kuria

Chief Executive Officr, ACRE Africa

Fred Wasike

Division Director of Human Resources, Isuzu East Africa Ltd.

Jane Kilonzo

Deputy Managing Director, Bank of Africa

Kim Chapman Page

Owner of Bull City Running

Ben Mshila

Training Consultant, SelectTempStaffing

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