Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.


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Kenyan Staff

Robert Kasambala – Kenya Program Director
As Kenya Program Director, Robert directly supervises the team leads, works with the board, and provides the day-to-day leadership for all programs and financial controls in Lwala. He has been in this role since 2010 and has overseen rapid program growth during his tenure. Robert has more than 20 years of healthcare management experience. His previous positions at Kijabe Hospiltal included Resource Director, Clinical Support Services Director, and Community Health Coordinator. He also served as the Director of the AIDS Division at AIC Health Ministries.

Mercy Owuor – Deputy Program Director
In this role, Mercy oversees the Kenya program Team Leads and directs the execution of the annual program plan. Prior to serving in the capacity, Mercy worked for the Lwala Community Alliance as the Community Health Manager.She has a background in managing community-based programs, community mobilization, and holds a Masters degree in Community Health and Development from Great Lakes University and a BA in Sociology. Mercy was previously employed by University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences as a Field Study Coordinator.

Vincent Okoth – Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Vincent ensures that all grant-specific data as well as department and organizational data is accurately and efficiently collected and analyzed. In addition, he develops and utilizes monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools for the organization’s grants and programs, and educates staff on M&E tools. Vincent previously worked with the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society as a Data Officer and as a Data and Information Officer with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.


Teresa Kemuma Atandi – Clinical Care Manager
Teresa currently coordinates the clinical staff in Lwala including Clinical Officers, nurses, lab techs, pharmacy techs, and various aides. Teresa has worked in Lwala since 2010 providing patient care for HIV and TB, PMTCT, immunizations, and general inpatient and outpatient care. She has a diploma in community health from Kendu School of Medical Sciences.

James Mark Otieno – Senior Clinical Officer


David Adipo – Community Health Manager
In this position, David coordinates all public health programming, including programs in maternal health, family planning, and Youth Peer Providers. David oversees all community health staff, including community health nurses and Community Health Workers. In addition, he coordinates scheduling, training, materials and resources for all community activities. Before joining LCA’s staff, David worked with Shining Hope for Communities as a program nurse and as the Head of Nursing Services. David received his bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing and Public Health from Kenyatta University.


Paciphique Adhiambo- Education Coordinator
As Education Coordinator, Paciphique manages education staff and all education programs in the 15 local schools around North Kamagambo. She works with LCA staff, local schools and community members to design and implement effective programs, and monitors and evaluates these programs. Paciphique is a licensed social worker with extensive experience working with at-risk youth.


Edith Ingutia – Economic Development Coordinator
Edith manages income generating activities including, but not limited to, the sewing cooperative, soap making cooperative, youth groups, and agricultural work. Edith also works to engage vulnerable groups such as HIV-positive community members and young mothers in income generating activities. Edith previously served NACSO Secretariat as an Enterprise Development Advisor. Edith has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Namibia.


Mark Barasa – Operations Coordinator
Mark manages operations including transport, security, and buildings and grounds. Mark has worked in Lwala since 2011 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Kenya Methodist University and CPA II section IV. He previously worked with Bethany Kids at Kijabe Hospital and Ultimate Vetserve ltd as Program Accountant. He has over 7 years of experience managing donor funds.

U.S. Staff

James Nardella – Executive Director
As the Executive Director, James leads the programs in Kenya and the fundraising and awareness efforts in the U.S. He has a background in communications and international community development and holds a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Leadership from Vanderbilt University. He has worked with communities in Africa, Central Asia, South America, and South East Asia. In 2007, James managed the founding of a secondary school in Southwest Kenya. Outside of his work in international development, James had a career in New York City as an actor in theatre, film, and TV. He continues to use these skills to make short films and to advocate for the people of Lwala.

Katherine Falk – Development and Communications Coordinator
As Development and Communications Coordinator, Katherine works on donor and partner development, organizational content and messaging, volunteer coordination, event planning, and keeps track of all things related to fundraising. Her background is in education and counseling with at-risk children, and she holds an M.Ed. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the Alliance staff, Katherine conducted and published educational research and coordinated a federally funded research center at Vanderbilt University. She also has extensive grant writing experience. Katherine has worked with under-resourced communities in Romania, Northern Ireland, and Kenya. In particular, she has been involved in holistic development efforts in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya and currently serves on the board of Share International. In addition, she leads an afterschool reading program for inner-city children.

Mindy Skelton – Field Operations Officer
In this role, Mindy serves as the backstop to all Kenya program activities, working directly with the Kenya program staff to ensure that programs are executed with excellence. Mindy’s background is in engineering management and development economics, and she holds a bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the Alliance team, Mindy worked as a healthcare consultant at Huron Consulting Group. Her work at Huron included design and implementation of new processes, department and leadership structures, software, and tools to provide the foundation for patient flow optimization. Mindy also has international community development experience and has volunteered in communities in Uganda, India, Laos, and Northern Thailand. In addition, she is working with a Thailand based development organization to create preventative health education materials and prevention programs specific to the tribal region in Thailand.

Sydney Nehrig – Assistant to the Executive Director and Development Associate
In this role, Sydney manages organizational communication and work flow; conducts donor research and donation tracking; supports the U.S. board; and manages day-to-day details of the office operation. Sydney has a background in anthropology from Mercer University and holds a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining Lwala’s team, Sydney taught first grade and kindergarten at an inner-city school and did development for Teach For America’s Charlotte, NC region. Sydney previously worked with the Kenyan staff in Lwala to strengthen the girls’ education programs and build capacity for participatory monitoring and evaluation practices. Sydney has also volunteered in communities in various urban and rural areas of Kenya.


  • 2,962 Monthly Patient Visits

  • 643 2013 Babies Born

  • 1,200 Girls empowered

  • 160 Kenyans employed

  • 6,000 Students with Clean Water

  • 1,100 Patients on HIV Care

  • 1,650 Farmers Trained

  • 52 Student Scholarships

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