Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
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.
Robert Kasambala – Kenya Program Director
As Kenya Program Director, directly supervises the team leads, works with the board, and provides the day-to-day leadership for all programs and financial controls in Lwala. Mr. Kasambala 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.
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.
Japolo Ouma Nyakinye – Clinical Officer
Elisha – Clinical Officer
Lydia – Clinical Officer (FACES)
Rose Adhiambo Gayo – Nurse
Geoffrey – Nurse
Carolyne – Nurse
Diana – Nurse
Rosemary A. Akello – Nurse Aide
Joash Ochieng Solo – Pharmacy Assistant
Denish Magomere Shidemi – Pharmacist
Michael Nyambilo Ondiek – Lab Tech
Duncan – Lab Assistant
Suzzy Endesia Otieno – Records Clerk
Richard Solo Ogal – Cashier
Jacktone Odhiambo Okello – Customer Care
Irene Were – Clinic Community Health Assistant (FACES)
PUBLIC HEALTH OUTREACH
Mercy Owuor – Community Health Manager
Mercy has managed all community/public health staff and outreach for Lwala since 2012. Mercy coordinates the community units, community nurses, the Youth Peer Providers, community mobilization activities, and data collection for the same. She has a background in community mobilization and managing community-based programs, and she holds a Masters degree in Community Health and Development and a BA in Sociology. Mercy was previously employed by University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences as a Field Study Coordinator.
Elizabeth Akinyi Obiero – Community Health Education Coordinator
Okari Denzel – Community Health Nurse Supervisor
Obel – Community Health Nurse
Zadock Okello Stakus – Community Health Worker
Elizabeth Oliech – Community Health Worker
Irene Owuor – Education Coordinator
As Education Coordinator, Irene manages Education Programs in the 15 schools around North Kamagambo. Irene also works with the Youth Peer Providers in schools to promote behavior change and mobilize youth. She has a Masters degree in Development Studies from Erasmus University, Netherlands and a Bsc. in Nutrition. Irene previously worked for Kenya Red Cross Society as a Programs Coordinator and Aga Khan Foundation as a Community Health Coordinator.
Winnie Oyugi – Education Assistant
Edith Ingutia – Economic Development Coordinator
Tobias – Farm Manager
New Visions Sewing Co-op
Elizabeth Akinyi Oketch – Chairlady
Jane Adhiambo Ondiek – V. Chairlady
Christine Achien Onduru – Treasurer
Adelaine Atieno Adhiambo
Yukabeth Ajwang’ Okengo
Molly Achieng’ Elisha
Ann Akeyo Opiyo
Benta Aoko Ochieng’
Furaha Soapmaking Co-op
Joram Odiero Omollo – Chairperson
Linet Kinaga – Treasurer
Leah Agutu Oyugi
Elizabeth Akinyi Opiyo
Roselyne Akinyi Opiyo
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.
Joseph Otieno – Driver
Robinson Omondi Nyakinya – Part-time driver
Grace Anyango Obongo – Cook
Rose Akinyi Odondi – Housekeeper
Samwel Waringa Tonde – Security Guard
Andrew Ouko Ogola – Security Guard
Jael Atieno Ochieng – Hospitality Manager
Roselyne Akinyi Opiyo – Volunteer at the guest house
John Ogola Onyango – Temporary worker grounds
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